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Comment Re:The last mile... (Score 1) 160

One of our incumbent ISPs is in the process of installing fibre in our city, and it's supposed to be done by the end of next year.

I saw the main trucks stringing fibre up and down the street last week (all underground in my neighbourhood.)

What they've done is they'll install it for free when the trenching crew is in the neighbourhood, but if you decide not to you will have to pay the install costs (which will probably be hundreds of dollars as everything is underground.)

Comment Re:whatever (Score 3, Interesting) 534

It's amazing how 20 years ago everyone looked down on anyone who sat at a computer on bulletin board systems all the time. Now everyone's doing it, it's OK. F*cking hypocrites.

Social media is not being social. I recently told someone this and they gave me a blank stare. You have to go out and meet people face-to-face and put your damn facebook app away. I'm personally not on facebook and never will be.

Comment Re:Good thing you have a choice (Score 1) 537

In link #2:

Although most jamming devices are manufactured for the purpose of disrupting the functioning of wireless cellular networks and low-power communication devices


In Canada, radio apparatus, interference-causing equipment and terminal equipment are subject to Canadian regulations. Canadian consumers and others seeking to import radio transmitting equipment into Canada should verify that the equipment meets Industry Canada's technical regulations prior to making any purchases. Jamming devices may be detained or seized at the border, and the importer may, on prosecution, be liable to a fine or to imprisonment.

It is talking specifically about manufactured devices and importing said devices.

A building is not a device.

I agree though, it will have to be tested in court.

Comment Re:Good thing you have a choice (Score 1) 537

Here in Canada, it's totally illegal.

Incorrect. It's illegal to use a device (i.e. an active jamming device) to block signals. There's absolutely nothing regarding passive devices or regulations that apply to buildings.

Sources: #1, #2.

If you think about it, including buildings is rather dumb. I know a lot of houses that have crappy cellular signals and I even rented an apartment almost a decade ago that had really poor cellular service unless you went outside on the balcony.

Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

Not saying chip and pin is perfect, but I really don't get why this is such a big "disaster".

Here in Canada they're really pushing the "tap" feature which is bypassing the "security" for smaller purchases anyhow. So if someone steals your card they can nickel and dime you with many transactions. I check my card's transaction logs regularly (at least once a day) but if my card goes missing who knows how many dozens of transactions can be rung up before I notice.

Basically all you do is wave the card across the card reader, it is contactless. It does not require a pin or a signature.

Visa and Mastercard don't care about security, if they did they would not be pushing this "tap" feature. They want to make it easier to use.

Comment Re:No. (Score 1) 108

I doubt it. I bought my Xbox One last year because I wanted to play a specific game and it was cheaper to buy a console than upgrade my PC.

That said, I told myself I wouldn't use it until I finished all the game on my 360 - I still have four of those left to finish. I only turned on the One to initially configure it, and I played a random game for about an hour. It's sat collecting dust since.

That reminds me, I should really finish those games on the 360!

Comment Re:Satisfaction? Heh. (Score 1) 104

I have fixed Lenovo, HP, Dell, LG, and Toshiba laptops that have had this issue. They were different models of Intel wifi cards, so I'm thinking there must be an issue with the wifi driver itself.

I even tried it on my old LG laptop with Intel wifi and it had the wifi disconnect/reconnect issue. Hell, on my laptop sometime it initially wouldn't even connect to wifi unless you rebooted it 3-4 times.

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