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Comment Re:Formidable? (Score 1) 67

Of course it isn't. You and I know that. And I'd be willing to bet that the people who are actually responsible for designing and deploying the networks know it too.

But if the lawyers can convince a city council that deploying LTE to replace the aging copper infrastructure is just as good as fiber, what financial department would approve the roll out fiber when they could approve a much cheaper, much higher margin LTE installation instead?

Comment Re:Formidable? (Score 1) 67

In the case of CenturyLink specifically, unless they want to go the MNVO route, they probably don't care what you do after their service becomes unusable. It sounds like they're just shoring up their business customer base so they can afford to bleed residential customers until they don't have any anymore.

In my experience, companies like CenturyLink and Frontier are where residential communications infrastructure goes to die.

Comment Re:Was Obvious from the Start (Score 1) 330

Pretty much.

Smart watches are like tablets. The people who wanted one bought one when they came out. But now they have one and it works fine.

Adding new baubles might convince a few new people to buy one. And there are always people who will always run out to the Apple Store to stand in line for the latest iGadget. (Or whatever brand they prefer, if Apple isn't their game.) But that isn't most technology users.

There are two types of smartwatch companies: The ones who saw that the initial demand will wear off and are playing the long game, and the ones who wanted to make a quick buck cashing in on an new market that will drop the entire product line when the going gets tough. Which companies are which is left as an exercise to the buyer.

Comment Eh. (Score 1) 203

I feel like they're going for what they had when they owned Motorola. Basically stock Android with Google Apps and a few extras (like enhanced camera apps and the like.)

As long as they don't do things like bundle "special offers" as non-removable systems apps and continue with the Nexus update policy, I don't really see it as a problem. (New versions for at least 18 months, security updates for at least 36 months.)

Hopefully, this time, they won't sell it all to Lenovo.

Comment Re:Not a Comcast shill, but... (Score 1) 101

Er... what?

If we go by that metric, then the fastest internet is satellite or cellular. Those are available in far more places than Comcast (or cable in general) is and are usually faster than a landline with a 56k modem. (Which, despite the copper network being largely left to rot be some phone companies, is STILL more ubiquitous than cable.)

Comment Preserve the experience. (Score 1) 331

How to enable to movie theaters to compete:

1. Make in-home screens larger than 42 inches illegal.
2. Make in-home audio systems with more than two speakers illegal.
3. Make fast forward/skip and rewind/back buttons illegal.
4. Start embedding random phone ringing, talking and infant screeching in the audio tracks of Bluray and DVD.
5. Require that home systems 1% chance making a curtain appear in front of the left and right edges of the picture. (Make sure it's time based so restarting won't fix it.)
6. Require that home systems digitally add film scratches and artifacts when playing older movies.

With all these perfectly reasonable requests implemented, people should start seeing the value in coming to the theater more. Anything less is a dire threat to the world economy and entertainment industry, both of which are very clearly on the brink of collapse because of criminals who have been allowed to brazenly pirate elements of proprietary theater designs into so-called "home theater systems."

Comment Re:Wireless Keyboards (Score 2) 85

Based on my cursory Googling:

Microsoft keyboards have been broken for a while.

Logitech apparently actually uses 128-bit AES, though the question of how they generate their symmetric key isn't exactly answered in a way that's satisfying.

Not sure about Dell. Couldn't find much on their keyboards with my cursory Googling. They seem to mostly rebrand other people's wireless keyboards?

And Apple keyboards all seem to be bluetooth.

Comment Wireless Keyboards (Score 1) 85

I always assume wireless keyboard are cheap consumer products built by the lowest bidder and designed by people whose primary interest is getting a product out the door in advance of or for the next big release of whatever their company's actual product is.

Most wireless keyboards' performance reflects that. It doesn't surprise me in the slightest their security is similar.

Comment Re:Probably not me (Score 3, Funny) 180

That reminds me of a conversation I had with a FiOS installer circa 2009.

"Er, can you run CAT5 instead of coax?"
"No, you need coax for TV."
"You're not installing TV, though. Just Internet. Can we run CAT5?"
"You might get TV later."
"Nope. I won't. And even if I did, you'd be sending out another installer anyway. Can we run CAT5?"
"I don't know how to crimp CAT5..."

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