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Comment Re:Wait what? (Score 1) 285

If the latter requires the former, then sure... why not? In a world of IP-KVM and power outlets you can cycle remotely, I absolutely want someone (besides me) that's responsible for handling the late-night maintenance windows, the rack-and-stack, and any other layer-1 concerns.

I guess it just depends on the size of your company and whether there's managerial accountability for any screw-ups. I voice my opinion based on working at a company with > $95 billion of annual revenue. Were I working for a much smaller company with a more generalist instead of specialist workforce model, I might be inclined to agree with you. _________________________________

Comment Re:Yawn (Score 1) 110

True that. I'm a network engineer and during the course of troubleshooting, I'd start pinging something and forget about it. 40,000 pings later, I'd have dropped about 400 pings during my cable-modem days. I switched to Verizon FIOS and when I'd do the same thing, I'd have dropped ZERO packets.

Likewise, we're using a VOIP solution in our house and when I was doing the cable-modem thing, for some reason, my ATA would lock up and I'd have to power cycle it at least once per week. When I switched to FIOS, the problem went away. I have no idea why it would make any difference, but it really has. Knowing what I know now, even if the prices and speeds were the same, I'd still switch to FIOS.

My only frustration is that I've got 5Mbps upstream and the places I try to upload to cap their downstream (cough)HOSTROCKET(cough) so I'm still pushing content at 1Mbps. This is despite their swearing that they aren't rate-limiting... That kind of stuff may have been OK in 2004, but five years later, I'm a whole lot less forgiving.


Comment Re:USB? (Score 1) 374

I don't know that legislation is the answer, but you are SO RIGHT about mini-USB. At least my Nokia phones all had the same charger between models OR a mini-USB jack. I have one Samsung phone and my wife has another. Instead of using mini-USB, they use some crack-whore flat-style connector. The kicker? THEY'RE DIFFERENT BY 1/16th OF AN INCH.

You look into the connector and see an array of 10 to 20 pins. Mysteriously enough, there are FOUR on the other end. EVERY TIME. It doesn't matter if you put 100 pins on the end of the cable, it will STILL BE FOUR ON THE OTHER SIDE. If there is circuitry you have to put in the cable that modifies the signal and splits it out, you need to fit that in the phone itself.



Comment Re:Fines... (Score 1) 876

There's two other options... you can stick with the one that's made with union labor and costs $300 or use the one constructed by illegal immigrants and costs $15. Both equate to human rights violations, to any person that can see beyond their own wallet.


Comment Re:Kinda funny... (Score 1) 426

I know your socialist heart wants to believe that every company that is large and successful could have only become that by mistreating others, but despite your passive-aggressive undertones, some companies are larger because they genuinely have a better product.

Comment Re:Modem use forbidden by corporate policy? (Score 1) 135

While traveling, I signed up for the tethering plan on a Samsung Glyde. It was expensive, but when I was in an EVDO with at least one or two bars, I had no trouble consisently getting ~680Kbps down.

I have to admit, their network really is better. My brother picked up an iPhone and the voice quality sucks and he's constantly dropping calls. My wife also has AT&T and doesn't have the voice quality issues, but still has dead spots and dropped calls.


Comment That which doesn't kill you... (Score 1) 439

...doesn't necessarily make you stronger. This is yet another in a series of reports of diminished productivity from things ranging from multi-tasking to ridiculous levels of text messaging.

None of this should surprise anyone that can actually see the forest through the trees.


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