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Submission + - TP-Link confirms Wifi freedom is dead- All routers to be locked down (

An anonymous reader writes: We got confirmation today from one of the largest router manufacturer that they have begun locking router firmware down due to recent FCC rule changes. This is exactly what the Save Wifi campaign participants had been arguing would happen for the past several months. Despite the FCC unequivocally denying that this was there intention it was irrelevant to the outcome, and the expected response of manufacturers to the new rules. The competitiveness of the market and costs of compliance means the only real solution for manufactures to comply is the lock down of there router's firmware. The TP-Link rep went on to say that all future routers would be locked down as a direct result of the rule changes.

These rules are bad and already hindering user freedom. The FCC has pulled a fast one and we need to fight back. This is a major security and privacy threat which will lead to even buggier and more insecure wireless hardware. A legal campaign to end this nonsense will require significantly more funding and criticism. Unfortunately the major players on fighting this are burning out. Christopher Waid, of ThinkPenguin, Dave Taht, of BufferBloat, Eric Schultz, Josh Gay of the FSF, and others just don't have the time or resources to keep fighting this. Don't let this be the end.

The Save Wifi campaign needs major financial help if we're going to put an end to this. Please donate to the effort at: . Please see for updates.

Read more about what TP-Link had to say here:

Comment Re:Hardly Stupid (Score 4, Interesting) 385

Sorry for the long answer to a fairly obvious statement, but it's written, and it's going out:

True, but to me there is a difference between memorizing (learning verbatim/rote) and just remembering something useful. I haven't memorized the size of the known universe, I just remember it. I didn't memorize the size of bears, I just remember it - and when I go to use something I haven't recalled in a while I may notice that it is a little foggy. I can place bounds on the values and possibly remember specific values after dredging it from the depths of memory, but I can definitely recognize the need for a refresh.

Anyway, the more you have to look something up, the better you will remember it. If it's something that you need to use frequently, your recollection of it it will become more and more solid with every lookup - though if it is complex enough, you will likely notice that it is hard to remember, and keep the reference extremely handy.

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 1) 309

Utah is a CCW state. You would think that if he didn't have a permit, they would have thrown that charge at him as well. I guess the housing market is a lot scarier than I thought.

In Utah, CFPs are only required for concealed carry. Open carry requires no permit, though it must be at least two actions away from firing (ie. two trigger pulls or slide+trigger).

Oh, and Utah is the only state with a brady score of 0, something many people consider to be a good thing.

Comment Re:More is better (Score 1) 375

I hate saying this, but I've had the most success using xrandr - as a specific example, 'xrandr --output DVI-0 --auto --right-of DVI-1'.

This is in my .xinitrc file before my wm (I'm not using a graphical login), though you should be able to add it somewhere else to get it to work in a gui-only environment.

It seems that if there is anything that should be consistent, it should be the configuration system - but oss being what it is, I don't think that that will ever really happen - not for end users. Using the lower level utilities (like directly using xorg's functions) is sometimes the easiest way to configure a system - if only because you only have to learn it once.

Comment Re:How does one form a PIrate ISP? (Score 1) 204

Here's a specific example:
The site is all in spanish, but the map should help you understand the scope. Internet access is orthogonal to community wireless access.
That article is a should be a decent jumping point. Enjoy!

Comment Re:1 vote / 100% (Score 1) 375

I'm not sure that ctime is the best option, I used mtime.

find -iname "*" -printf "%TY/%Tm/%Td\t%p\n" | sort | less

I actually piped it to a file so I could examine the output while waiting for the command to finish, but it's pretty much the same.

I'm still looking for the first entry that I created - (interpreting creation as having personally modified the content of, not created by copying - otherwise old dos executables and such would be my oldest files...)

Comment Re:Beware University Wifi (Score 1) 289

I've been using my N800 for a while as a phone substitute (I don't recommend getting one for this btw, the battery life isn't great plus it's speakerphone only (bluetooth kind of works, but the cpu has more issues keeping up with doing both, esp. with skype - regular sip is better)), and my university does have a required web login - however, I installed devicescape which works great. I did have to save the login page and send it to them, but it was fast and painless.

I'm just saying - there are solutions to that particular issue.

Comment Re:Something I was wondering (Score 3, Interesting) 364

It seems to me that in order for an established orbit to exist on the event horizon, the orbiting matter would have to be going at the speed of light. I would further presume that any matter orbiting within the event horizon would have to be /exceeding/ the speed of light.

To my knowledge, matter cannot travel at or beyond the speed of light.

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