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Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal Using Only a Beer Can

timothy posted about 3 years ago | from the for-some-values-of-only dept.

Beer 229

First time accepted submitter AmyVernon writes with a small hack that "is supposed to boost signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars," and which requires little more than a can of beer (or Orangina). She writes: "What you need: scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. The brand doesn't matter for the router, but I suppose it would be cooler looking if it were Asahi or Stella Artois than if it were Budweiser." Perhaps this will be added one day to my favorite (and very extensive!) list of low-budget Wi-Fi amplifying rigs.

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Even better... (2)

MindPrison (864299) | about 3 years ago | (#37361040)

...if you have a satellite dish (which neighborhood doesn't?)
you can just place your WiFi Dongle right in the focus area, or even various other places in front of your dish, and you'll have more hotspots than you EVER dreamed of.

Re:Even better... (2)

gomiam (587421) | about 3 years ago | (#37361448)

...as long as they are in the line of sight of the satellite dish. I haven't worked with many of them but I kind of remember they are very directional, being parabolic and all that.

Re:Even better... (3)

Fallingwater (1465567) | about 3 years ago | (#37361490)

They indeed are. Sat dishes are fantastic for leeching wifi from a location where you can see half the city, because you can *literally* reach wherever you can see, but you'll have to move the dish around a lot. And if you live in a second-floor flat you won't be doing much leeching at all. Also keep in mind that you need to keep

Re:Even better... (5, Funny)

gomiam (587421) | about 3 years ago | (#37361506)

that you need to keep

Someone elbowed that sat dish again, didn't they? ;)

Re:Even better... (0)

gomiam (587421) | about 3 years ago | (#37361558)

Please excuse the digression but I have just had a Yoda moment:

Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can... *nods sagely*

Frist psot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361048)

First time accepted submitter

Who cares?

Re:Frist psot (1)

JustOK (667959) | about 3 years ago | (#37361068)

Do you really expect a list?

Re:Frist psot (2)

NoobixCube (1133473) | about 3 years ago | (#37361088)

It's so we know who to start hating, should the need arise.

Beer booster (2, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | about 3 years ago | (#37361052)

The attractiveness of the opposite sex greatly increases by two to four beers.

Re:Beer booster (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361058)

Exponential signal strength; the more beers one has, the more bars one's likely to see in an evening.

Re:Beer booster (0)

Dunbal (464142) | about 3 years ago | (#37361508)

And I thought you went to the bar to get more beer...

Re:Beer booster (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361094)

two really don't increase much, maybe six to eight beers.

Orangina comes in cans? (1)

Trepidity (597) | about 3 years ago | (#37361084)

I thought its "thing" was the weirdly shaped bottle [wikimedia.org] .

Re:Orangina comes in cans? (2)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | about 3 years ago | (#37361144)

You can buy it in cans (certainly done so here in the UK). Why you'd want to is another matter.

Lameness and collateral lameness (2, Informative)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | about 3 years ago | (#37361090)

1. This is old news.
2. Amplified signal power in your direction == amplified noise for your neighbors in other directions.
3. This is probably illegal in many jurisdictions.
4. Nerds don't measure "signal strength" in "bars". Use S/N or leave /..
5. ???
6. Profit!!

Re:Lameness and collateral lameness (1)

gzipped_tar (1151931) | about 3 years ago | (#37361102)

Gaah, I meant "in the same direction". Lameness on me...

Re:Lameness and collateral lameness (0)

dtmos (447842) | about 3 years ago | (#37361182)

Don't feel bad. It's a natural law -- like the fact that no Grammar Nazi post can ever be written without some type of language error. It couldn't be helped.

Re:Lameness and collateral lameness (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361240)

OTOH, amplified signal power in one direction = reduced noise for your neighbors in other directions. Granted, if you measure signal in "bars", it's safe to assume you know nothing about laying out a site for minimal interference, but for those who know and care, directional antennas of modest gain can be quite effective for making your home network work without tragedying up the commons.

Re:Lameness and collateral lameness (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361400)

Obviously you're going to measure the maximum gain and adjust the power output to avoid exceeding the allowed EIRP. Then you'll still have better reception, and if the other side also uses a high-gain antenna pointed at your access point, you can each hear the other side better (because you lowered the received noise and increased the received signal), radiate less total power and create less noise for other Wifi users. That's what you're going to do, right?

Re:Lameness and collateral lameness (0)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about 3 years ago | (#37361580)

Nerds don't measure "signal strength" in "bars".

... but they drink "beer" in "bars"...

Re:Lameness and collateral lameness (4, Insightful)

Hatta (162192) | about 3 years ago | (#37361754)

2. Amplified signal power in your direction == amplified noise for your neighbors in other directions.
3. This is probably illegal in many jurisdictions.

This isn't amplification. It's just a reflector.

Re:Lameness and collateral lameness (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 3 years ago | (#37361812)

S/N measured in dB.

Or signal strength in dBm.

At least this seems to be an alternative to the cantenna [uberreview.com] solution.

And there are a lot of cantenna articles on /. already: http://ask.slashdot.org/tag/cantenna [slashdot.org]

Bars (5, Informative)

TarMil (1623915) | about 3 years ago | (#37361092)

Since when is WiFi signal strength measured in bars? It's a pressure unit.

Re:Bars (2, Interesting)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about 3 years ago | (#37361112)

Since when is WiFi signal strength measured in bars? It's a pressure unit.

The writer is likely a person that doesn't have much experience with WiFi technology and is only familiar with the GUI WiFi signal icon. I agree that telling some actual numbers of expect boost to signal would be more useful, but.. well, the point is that it boosts the signal reception somewhat, ignoring the point and nitpicking about the wording expresses only arrogance.

Re:Bars (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361212)

ignoring the point and nitpicking about the wording expresses only arrogance.

Oh be fair, interpreting the "bars" as the unit for pressure was a least a little funny. I thought so anyway.

Re:Bars (4, Insightful)

pjt33 (739471) | about 3 years ago | (#37361244)

Asking for figures to be given with units which actually make sense indicates competence, not arrogance. The arrogance, if any, is the submitter assuming that everyone uses the same software as them (boosting by "at least 2 to 4 bars" indicates that it can boost by more, which would be quite impressive with software where 4 bars is as high as it goes), but I think it's fairer to assume ignorance than arrogance.

Beercan and Bar anology (0)

ja (14684) | about 3 years ago | (#37361662)

Although I have no idea what software the author is using, I had no problem following his line of thought ... More bars are better, no?

Re:Bars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361744)

If you are using beer cans, bars might be an appropriate unit :)

Re:Bars (4, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 3 years ago | (#37361268)

The writer is likely a person that doesn't have much experience with WiFi technology

Or beer for that matter. I mean, Stella Artois?

First time accepted submitter? Hopefully the last time too.

Stella Artois is not a bad beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361340)

Stella Artois is not a bad beer if you get it in Belgium. If you get the brewed under license rubbish outside Belgium then it's just another brand.

Re:Stella Artois is not a bad beer (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 3 years ago | (#37361512)

Stella Artois is not a bad beer if you get it in Belgium.

Actually it is, all the more so when compared to the alternatives available there.

Re:Stella Artois is not a bad beer (1)

kdemetter (965669) | about 3 years ago | (#37361638)

Stella Artois is not a bad beer if you get it in Belgium.

Actually it is, all the more so when compared to the alternatives available there.

As a Belgian citizen, i second that.
Though it's a matter of taste i guess : i'm sure some beer which is loved here, won't find a market in the US.

Re:Stella Artois is not a bad beer (2)

Kreigaffe (765218) | about 3 years ago | (#37361758)

I guess you're not familiar with the heavily-booming US microbrewery industry.

Once we were legally allowed to brew at home again, people started it, and some people discovered that they made some killer beer, so they went into business. There's been a trend towards more "extreme" sorts of beer, but that's subsiding -- but was and is a pretty good agent for change and the creation of new and delicious beer. The US is a little less... mired in tradition, let's say.. than European brewers. That basically means we're free to pretty much copy any kind of European beer, or create new weird and good beers.

I (am about to sound like a hipster, but) always order a microbrew when I'm out somewhere, if one is available. It almost doesn't even matter who makes it or what sort of beer it is, they're all pretty good and some are outstanding. Though that's riskier on the west coast, they've got more microbreweries over there that have run with the whole crank-it-to-11 idea.. east coast microbrews i've found to typically be more interested in just making damn good beer without the gimmicks (but since there's fewer of them, there isn't the competition to stand out from as on the west coast. and also less hipsters..)

Re:Bars (1)

shitzu (931108) | about 3 years ago | (#37361840)

It does not "boost" the signal at all. It directs it. Basically it makes a directional antenna out of your omnidirectinal antenna. How much it helps, depends on your home and the placement of your wifi access point. If your wifi ap happens to be in the center of your domicile (where a reasonable person would put it) this cantenna does more harm than good.

Re:Bars (4, Funny)

nacturation (646836) | about 3 years ago | (#37361122)

My iPad displays its WiFi signal strength in kilopascals, or you can change this in the settings to display millimeters of mercury.

Re:Bars (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361228)

Since when is WiFi signal strength measured in bars?

Makes sense to me. That way at the same time you're getting the measurement you can get yourself a drink.

Re:Bars (2)

wmspider (1333299) | about 3 years ago | (#37361260)

I can make you a GUI that makes the signal go to 12 bars! Even without beer cans! http://xkcd.com/670/ [xkcd.com]

Re:Bars (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361348)

Signal strength (radiation pressure) of a 100mW Wi-Fi transmitter at 10 metres: 2.7 * 10^-18 bars.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=convert+%28100mW+%2F+%284*pi*%2810m%29^2%29+%2F+c%29+to+bars

Re:Bars (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 3 years ago | (#37361514)

Better bars than kiloPascals...

Don't be silly (1)

multipartmixed (163409) | about 3 years ago | (#37361636)

This story is about beer cans, so I thought it would be obvious, but I'll spell it out for you: It means that you can see at least 2-4 more Pubs' WiFi hotspots from your flat.

Re:Bars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361714)

The dB is not exclusively a pressure scale. It has many other applications. In the case of wifi I would be pretty sure it would be dBm for radio power or in this specific case dBi for antenna gain. Neither of those are related to pressure.

Re:Bars (1)

rossdee (243626) | about 3 years ago | (#37361764)

Real nerds measure 'pressure' in (kilo)pascals

Cans (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361818)

What is this, the redneck solution to a poor wi-fi signal?

Mmmm, canned beer. I bet that tastes good. Whether it is entering or exiting your body, I defy anyone to tell me there the difference in taste. Too bad the solution doesn't work with beer bottles.

Other possible uses ? (2, Funny)

alexhs (877055) | about 3 years ago | (#37361126)

Does it work with the iPhone4 ?

Re:Other possible uses ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361356)

Does it work?

Re:Other possible uses ? (1)

rvw (755107) | about 3 years ago | (#37361536)

Does it work with the iPhone4 ?

The Iphone ís the beer can! [mshcdn.com]

What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Artois? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361134)

I suppose it would be cooler looking if it were Asahi or Stella Artois than if it were Budweiser.

There is nothing special about Stella Artois, in Belgium (where it has its origin) it is the most ordinary beer you can find. The coolness ("premium beer") it has in some other countries is nothing but marketing. When I was a nerd, nerds did not fall for that, but it seems the power of marketing has no limit nowadays.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (2)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | about 3 years ago | (#37361160)

In the UK it's nicknamed "Wifebeater". The premium marketing here is nothing more than a desperate ploy by InBev to link it with prestige and class, as opposed to domestic violence.

It's not very nice lager anyway. Mind you I drink Budweiser* so who's kidding who here?

* it's a light, refreshing lager which is ideal for summer evenings, and it's a damn sight better than some of the pisswater we have over here like Carling. That said I'd rather have Innis and Gunn all things considered.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (2)

geminidomino (614729) | about 3 years ago | (#37361270)

Wait... You're calling something pisswater compared to Budweiser?!

Jesus. That crap is pisswater compared to...well... water

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | about 3 years ago | (#37361296)

Carling is worse than Budweiser by a long shot. It's standard cheap British beer for people who drink to get drunk. It tastes like shit. Budweiser is just an easy-drinking, decent (not great) tasting refreshing beer.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

jonwil (467024) | about 3 years ago | (#37361388)

If you think you have tasted the worst the beer world can offer, you clearly havent tasted Emu here in Western Australia.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (2)

Anne Thwacks (531696) | about 3 years ago | (#37361404)

I thnk you might be confusing teh American Budweiser with the stuff that actually comes from the river Budweis in the Czech Replublic. The American stuff is in the same league with Carling.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budweiser_trademark_dispute [wikipedia.org]

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

Joe Jay Bee (1151309) | about 3 years ago | (#37361782)

Nope, I am talking about the American Budweiser and not Budvar (which perversely I haven't tried - and probably won't for the foreseeable future, thanks to my diet plan I can't drink beer). Mind you, this is when I want lager - if I drink beer (which I will probably celebrate with when said diet is over) I'd rather drink ale. Aforementioned Innis and Gunn probably.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | about 3 years ago | (#37361414)

My wife and I observed (when we lived in Harrogate) that people who drink to get drunk in England choose cider. We called them "cider kids". They wanted to get drunk but weren't grown up enough to appreciate beer.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

alen (225700) | about 3 years ago | (#37361446)

someone who has never tried natural light

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

kdemetter (965669) | about 3 years ago | (#37361656)

Lol , being a Belgian citizen i suddenly feel great : we certainly have beer much is much ,much better than stella artois ( which to me , is pisswater ).

If you ever come to Belgium, let me know . I'll introduce you to our finest beers.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

Dunbal (464142) | about 3 years ago | (#37361524)

In the UK

A Brit commenting on beer? Call me when you discover drinking your beer cold.

Joking, I lived a while in the UK and enjoyed more than a few pints of bitter...

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

Gordonjcp (186804) | about 3 years ago | (#37361718)

The only reason you'd ever drink beer *cold* is if it tastes so disgusting it has to numb your tastebuds before they register what it actually tastes like.

Beer should be drunk at cellar temperature, somewhere between 6 and 8ÂC.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (2)

Dunbal (464142) | about 3 years ago | (#37361794)

We do things differently down here in the tropics.

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (1)

jawtheshark (198669) | about 3 years ago | (#37361174)

Yup, it's in the same league as Jupiler, Maes (well, some might argue that one, but I happen to like Maes) and Primus. It's nothing more than "just another pils". Which is fine, if you like pils, but don't act all giddy when you get a Stella. They did have some funny commercials though...

(Disclaimer, I stopped drinking... Ah, a good cold one. The memories.)

Re:What's cool about a run of the mill Stella Arto (2)

stewbacca (1033764) | about 3 years ago | (#37361398)

A little perspective please. In comparison to awful Anheiser-Bush American Piss Water lagers, Stella is a fine lager. In comparison to the fine craft-beer American Ales made by a myriad of quality brewers, Stella is indeed ordinary.

"Premium Beer" might be a marketing term in Europe (I never saw it when I lived in England or Germany) but in the US it is code for "super-extra-piss-water". It is used by Anheiser Bush, Miller, Coors, et. al. to fool Bubbas into thinking they are drinking good beer, when they are just drinking relabeled piss water.

Given the choice of a Stella on draught in America, or any ordinary American beer (on draught or not), Stella is indeed premium.

And if you're not a redneck... (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361150)

you could run the freeantennas.com template [freeantennas.com] through your printer, cut out the bits, glue them together, slap a bit of tin foil on the back, and off you go. It really takes less than ten minutes to make one. That's an easy 8..9dB extra gain.

The thing that's critical to beer can and paper-and-tinfoil construction is a reasonable parabolic shape and positioning the antenna at that parabole's focal point. Though a nice square angle will do too, but there again it's the focal point that does it.

News? (5, Insightful)

nbetcher (973062) | about 3 years ago | (#37361164)

Haven't we known this since 802.11 came out? Pringles can, anyone?

Re:News? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361202)

Yes, and no. If you cut up a pringles can and use it like this cut-up beer can, then yes. But the trick of the pringles can was that you could use it as a waveguide, or you could put a yagi inside it. It's pretty poor as a circular waveguide for 2.4GHz actually as it's too small; dunno about the yagi inside.

Building a good waveguide is a bit trickier than this. It starts with most materials expecting you to do all the horrible math yourself (it boils down to two constants, eventually, after you've fed the right formulae with the right parameters through wolfram alpha) or they give rules of thumb on not enough digits in the wrong measurements system. Or they use twice-converted stuff. And that's just for knowing where to stick the probe in the side of the can. What's much harder to find is information about what size & length the probe ought to be; the one study I could find was for 10GHz and it basically said "try a lot and see what works". Anyhow. I know all this because I spent weeks trying to understand just what was going on with waveguides.

A 1d parabola like this is far, far less complicated, and cheaper too. Print it out or cut it up and stick it over the 2dBi omni you already have. Not counting tools, a usable waveguide costs more in N-plug and pigtail already.

Re:News? (1)

Pharmboy (216950) | about 3 years ago | (#37361650)

I was thinking the same thing, and a Pringles can is easier and cheaper. This is kind of like a higher form of dupes.

Beer can? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361188)

"Beer can"? Asahi, Stella Artois, Budweiser? Maybe you mean "piss can"?

How do you measure signal in bars? Maybe you mean the pressure of that horrible liquid you buy in a can?

Choice of beer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361192)

Stella Artois is owned by the same company that owns Budweiser. Oh and Beck's too. They are all mediocre beers on par with each other.

Re:Choice of beer (1)

calgar99 (856142) | about 3 years ago | (#37361864)

Having recently gone on an Anheuser-Busch tour, here's the scoop: Anheuser-Busch manufactures and distributes Budweiser. Stella is distributed by InBev. InBev recently bought Anheuser-Busch and operates Anheuser-Busch as a subsidiary. But, true, no matter how you dice it, they're both similar beers on par with each other. I happen to like simple beers, though.

What about boosting GSM/2G signal? (1)

Artem Tashkinov (764309) | about 3 years ago | (#37361222)

My relatives live in the countryside and Internet access speed via a GSM network is abysmal (I'm talking solely about G2/Edge traffic) - around 4-6KB/sec vs theoretical limit of ~14KB/sec. Also access is very intermittent.

Is there a simple working solution (like the one outlined in this article) of boosting GSM connectivity for a 3G modem (which, alas, works only in 2G mode, since 3G masts are too far away).

Re:What about boosting GSM/2G signal? (2)

bemymonkey (1244086) | about 3 years ago | (#37361256)

Maybe a cell repeater with a directional antenna... might be worth it if the signal is better somewhere close to/around the house in a spot where you could safely place such a device.

Pretty expensive though, like $250 and up...

Re:What about boosting GSM/2G signal? (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 3 years ago | (#37361266)

. . . image that the Internet is a series of beer can tubes . . . running from your house to the 3G masts . . . how many beer cans that you will need depends on your distance from the masts, and the signal strength that you want, measured in bars . . .

Bottles (1)

Lord Lode (1290856) | about 3 years ago | (#37361234)

Proper beer comes in bottles, or barrels, you insensitive clods!

Needs to be formed to a parabola (2)

Peter Simpson (112887) | about 3 years ago | (#37361246)

It might work, but I built one of the antennas described below for my brother, and the improvement was noticeable in terms of measured signal strength. http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template/ [freeantennas.com]

So it would be better with a beer can *and* a couple of pieces of foamcore cut into parabolas...

Re:Needs to be formed to a parabola (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | about 3 years ago | (#37361698)

Actually that is false since you're assuming the receiver has no gain. A typical small antenna found on wifi routers have significant gain horizontally as you rarely have a computer sitting above or below one. By combining the cylindrical shape of the beer can with the horizontally streched doughnut radiation patern of the receiving antenna, the result actually looks like a parabolic dish with a point receiver. A parabolic dish would provide some additional gain but no where near a much a people commonly think.

Boosting Signal is Not Always Good (2)

Quantum_Infinity (2038086) | about 3 years ago | (#37361252)

Boosting a wi-fi signal should be done only when one is having issues due to signal strength. The signal strength should be just enough to get good connection in the radius one intends to use it in (say your apartment/house). If it goes out further than that it is actually a negative thing. The stronger the signal the further it goes out and more vulnerable your wi-fi becomes as it is broadcast over larger area. Also it causes interference with other networks which reduces quality of all the interfering networks involved.

Re:Boosting Signal is Not Always Good (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361578)

Except this only boosts the signal in one direction and stops it in the other, it's basically a reflector dish. Add the ability to change the power level of the output signal (custom wifi firmware), it can be useful IF all your devices are within one direction of the router.

"cooler" with Stella Artois ?? WTF ?? (1)

Seb C. (5555) | about 3 years ago | (#37361258)

Stella Artois is a french brand, and well, i'm french (sorry 'bout that, at the time, i had no say in the matter :P ). So you can trust me if i tell you that this beer is nowhere near "cool" (and even a good fridge won't do anything about it :) ) ..
You may call it "piss" or any other weird name you can think of, but "cool" does not apply... never... i swear...

Re:"cooler" with Stella Artois ?? WTF ?? (1)

Quantum_Infinity (2038086) | about 3 years ago | (#37361276)

Last time I checked Stella Artois was a Belgian brand.

Re:"cooler" with Stella Artois ?? WTF ?? (3, Funny)

AtlantaSteve (965777) | about 3 years ago | (#37361310)

Last time I checked Stella Artois was a Belgian brand.

Yes... but why stand in the way of this kid's bizarre (and entertaining) self-hatred?

Re:"cooler" with Stella Artois ?? WTF ?? (1)

julesh (229690) | about 3 years ago | (#37361316)

Yes, it is. But the manufacturers have deliberately confused the issue by marketing it with adverts based on French cinema, and shot at locations in France. I can only assume the idea is to make us assume it's French (although why they'd do this I have no idea -- my experience of French beer is that it's uniformly poor).

Re:"cooler" with Stella Artois ?? WTF ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361544)

Stella Artois is piss water, they wouldn't use it to mop floors in Belgium.

Re:"cooler" with Stella Artois ?? WTF ?? (2)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 3 years ago | (#37361308)

Stella Artois is a french brand and well, i'm french (sorry 'bout that, at the time, i had no say in the matter :P ).

Hate to break it to you, but Napoleon lost. That boring bit that used to be the Spanish Netherlands is independent again.

Re:"cooler" with Stella Artois ?? WTF ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361312)

Stella Artois is a french brand

Sure about that? I can see the Stella Artois brewery from my back window, and I'm in Belgium. Not that it tastes any better than French beer, so I can see how you might make that mistake.... (So yes, you're right, "cool" does not apply, though it does have a much nicer-looking label than Budweiser.)

Re:"cooler" with Stella Artois ?? WTF ?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361540)

We know this beer is not cool, it is mentioned because of all the idiot tasteless hipsters who drink it while making fun of Budweiser and not realizing they are drinking the European version of Budweiser.

Oh and it is Belgian not French.

The Day That Slashdot Died (1)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | about 3 years ago | (#37361306)

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
How that tech news used to make me smile.
And I knew if I had my chance
That I could make those geeknerds dance
And, maybe, theyâ(TM)d be happy for a while.

Re:The Day That Slashdot Died (1)

Rockoon (1252108) | about 3 years ago | (#37361500)

August had me weeping
When taco announced the he'd be leaving
Bad news on the front page
Geeks left in fits of nerd rage

I cant remember if I cried
The day this site would no longer provide
But something touched me deep inside
the day... slashdot died.

Re:The Day That Slashdot Died (1)

gl4ss (559668) | about 3 years ago | (#37361556)

slashdot should roll back a bit.

like, having to to go to "options" for checking no karma bonus sucks big time.

sucks even more when you come back from that options menu and see slashdot reloading the page for no apparent reason and the already written text disappears into oblivion.

slashdot doesn't need ajax, especially when it's done fucked up...

Budweiser (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361346)

I suppose it would be cooler looking if it were Asahi or Stella Artois than if it were Budweiser.

Why the hate for Czech beer? It's not my favourite brand, but given that kind of competition...

Re:Budweiser (0)

stewbacca (1033764) | about 3 years ago | (#37361422)

Budvar is not Budweiser. Budvar is good. Budweiser is the opposite of good.

Re:Budweiser (0)

gatkinso (15975) | about 3 years ago | (#37361712)

I suppose that the word "Budweiser" on the can of Budvar beer is lost on you.

Re:Budweiser (1)

stewbacca (1033764) | about 3 years ago | (#37361810)

I suppose the awfulness of American Budweiser is lost on you, otherwise you would have modded my post +1 funny.

I suppose the fact that "Czechvar" and "Budéjovicky Budvar" on the can everywhere else in the world is lost on you? Budweiser appears on the cans in the EU only. But yeah, as a beer fan, and somebody who has been to the brewery, I'm fully aware that Budvar is the original "Budweiser".

Then again, as a fan of beer, I generally don't drink it out of a can (few exceptions being some craft brewers in America starting to ship in cans).

Deja vu ? (1)

Monoman (8745) | about 3 years ago | (#37361370)

I'm pretty sure this was covered years ago via http://www.freeantennas.com/projects/template/ [freeantennas.com]

Also, pretty sure the signal is not amplified, just directed.

But that's ten cents!!! (1)

ewg (158266) | about 3 years ago | (#37361590)

Ten cents is ten cents in this economy...

The A-Team are on Slashdot (1)

Mike Mentalist (544984) | about 3 years ago | (#37361608)

They must be. They always did things like this, knocking a tank up out of a water pistol, some corrugated iron and a skateboard.

Expensive beer? (1)

gatkinso (15975) | about 3 years ago | (#37361704)

I thought the whole point was to go cheap.

Re:Expensive beer? (1)

petes_PoV (912422) | about 3 years ago | (#37361742)

The people who want it on the cheap have been gluing aluminium foil to cardboard - per. the designs over the past decade.

All the author is trying to do is impress us that he/she/it is old enough to drink. That falls down flat as all the beer reference says is they're not old enough to know a decent brew.

router brand doesn't matter? (1)

Cyko_01 (1092499) | about 3 years ago | (#37361796)

The brand doesn't matter for the router, but I suppose it would be cooler looking if it were Asahi or Stella Artois than if it were Budweiser

I didn't know Budweiser made routers!

Visualising radio waves (1)

grumbel (592662) | about 3 years ago | (#37361808)

Speaking about radio waves, I always have a hard time visualizing how they fly through the air, what shields them, what reflects them, what is transparent for them, etc. So does anybody know images that demonstrate how the world would look like when seen with radio waves instead of regular light, how a room would look like just illuminated by your WLan router? For IR one can find a few nice pictures such as these [nasa.gov] , but for radio waves I haven't been able to find anything, aside of course from astronomy pictures, but I am looking more for everyday life.

PS: I know there are issues with resolution that would make a regular "photo" impossible, but putting in some equations into a raytracer might be doable.

2 to 4 bars (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37361832)

So I'm already at full, how do I add 2-4 bars to that?

WokFi site mirror (1)

MarcoPon (689115) | about 3 years ago | (#37361848)

I host a mirror of Stan's site. It has not beep updated in the last couple years, but near all the content is there: http://www.exe64.com/mirror/wokfi/ [exe64.com]
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