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Got a Cell Phone Booster? FCC Says You Have To Turn It Off

Ariven Re:Need more info ... (245 comments)

Wi-fi calling does work great, if you have a phone that supports it and wi-fi.

Not all our phones were wi-fi calling capable until recently, and wi-fi calling was unreliable for text messages until recently as well.. so, free booster.. :)

about a year and a half ago
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Got a Cell Phone Booster? FCC Says You Have To Turn It Off

Ariven Re:Need more info ... (245 comments)

Well, depending on the provider I don't think that they will penalize the users... I have one that I actually got from t-mobile for "free" (i.e. I had to agree to staying with the carrier for 2 years). But it works well to keep some signal for us in our house.

They won't give you one if you don't have at least 1 bar of signal some place in your house, and they won't give you one unless you have a standalone house that you live in (i.e. no apartments).

The device I have is a two piece setup.. I have a receiving antenna that I have to place wherever in the house that I can get the best signal for it (for me, its on top of a cupboard in my kitchen angling out a window past our neighbors 2 story house), and another piece that is somewhere else in the house that does the rebroadcasting of the signal that our cell phones connect to. Normally I don't get any bars anywhere in the house on my cell, but with this running and in the same room with me I get 2-4 bars.. latency is horrid, but it seems to work well to get me on the system.

about a year and a half ago
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Gmail Drops Support for Connecting To Pop3 Servers With Self -Signed Certs

Ariven Re:Communications Breakdown (299 comments)

I have two apps accounts, and manage 4 more.. and didn't receive an email about this.. I suspect notification was spotty... :)

about a year and a half ago
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SEC Investigates Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Over Facebook Posting

Ariven Re:Back of envelope calculations (190 comments)

purely subjective and anecdotaly, i average 2+ per weekday, more per weekend day. my daughter ranges 1 to 3 a day, my son the same.

i can see 34 per subscriber easily.

about a year and a half ago
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Ad Blocking – a Coming Legal Battleground?

Ariven Re:Short answer: (686 comments)

Ad block can also pattern match within a website. I have had it block legitimate images, served from the same site, just because it matched the right pattern. So they have to be more creative than just "load from local site"

about a year and a half ago
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Fisker Hybrids Get Bad Karma From Superstorm Sandy

Ariven Re:Why does this matter? (414 comments)

I don't see how the cars taking a shower is relevant... my point stands.. if their FAILURE is bursting into flames, rather than merely receiving water damage... then they don't qualify as a "nice car" in my opinion..

about a year and a half ago
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Fisker Hybrids Get Bad Karma From Superstorm Sandy

Ariven Re:Why does this matter? (414 comments)

I'd have to say their apparent tendency to burst into flames when they get wet would kinda move them from the "nice car" category...

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Tips For Designing a Modern Web Application?

Ariven A front end framework helps too (409 comments)

Regardless of what back end language you pick, a good front end helps a lot. I have found the twitter bootstrap package to be very helpful..

You can find it at: http://twitter.github.com/bootstrap/

They have a nice dynamic setup you can use that allows your page to collapse down to be easily usable by phone browsers, tablets, etc... It also gives you a good display framework to start from to ensure consistancy of your user interface.. and since the display is css based, you can tweak it how you want.

more than 2 years ago
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Newb-Friendly Linux Flavor For LAMP Server?

Ariven Re:Go hosted? (382 comments)

Yup that was my thought as well, I use DreamHost for my hosting.. (just paid the bill so its on my mind).. not unreasonably priced, they have great tech support and you can do quite a bit with it.

more than 2 years ago
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Maine School District Gives iPad To Every Kindergartner

Ariven Re:What happens when they break? Or get stolen? (478 comments)

Prolly the same thing that was set up when my daughter got a laptop in high school. If you don't pay a small fee ($50 in our case) for insurance at the beginning of the year, the parents were liable for the replacement cost of the item.

more than 2 years ago
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Most People Have Never Heard of CTRL+F

Ariven Re:Learn your AVC's (567 comments)

yeah I got this yesterday... co-worker goes "what did you do to make that box of icons show up?" as I was alt-tabbing... /sigh

more than 2 years ago
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BART Disables Cell Service To Disrupt Protests

Ariven Re:Stupid slope (440 comments)

And in some areas shooting to wound and not to "stop the threat" can put you at risk of being arrested... you aren't supposed to use your lethal force for "malicious wounding" (as I have heard it referred to by an instructor), but just to stop the threat of imminent bodily harm or death to you or another (and that "another" is a sticky situation too unless you know all the particulars)

more than 2 years ago
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Compromised WordPress Blogs Poison Google Image Searches

Ariven Re:Blame PHP. Blame JavaScript. (87 comments)

The hosting company I use supports Joomla, Drupal, Concrete5 and GetSimple as one click installs..

If you want to start with a framework and add your own CMS on top of that I am liking CodeIgniter.

more than 2 years ago
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Man Ordered At Gunpoint To Hand Over Phone For Recording Cops

Ariven Re:Ahhh crime. (983 comments)

Yes, http://qik.com/ Qik supports android and iPhone.. it worked well on my 3g and works fine on my android.

more than 3 years ago
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Recession Turning Software Auditors Into Greedy Traffic Cops

Ariven Re:Greedy traffic cops? (307 comments)

Also some cops use tickets as easy overtime pay. They know that if they go to court it is typically out of their normal work shift and they will get paid OT for it. So in many cases where people think there is a quota, I think some of that is what is really happening.

In Phoenix (at least a few years ago) cops who hadnt been on the force for a while were not allowed to moonlight doing the security work in uniform, so this was their only real way to get extra cash for that period.

more than 4 years ago
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Visually Impaired Gamer Sues Sony

Ariven Re:Great (550 comments)

LiveGamer is responsible for it, they maintain it, they own it, they operate it. Any suit for lack of functionality on it should go vs them first, and SOE as an add on.

But, when does "the right way" have anything to do with lawyers :)

more than 4 years ago
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Visually Impaired Gamer Sues Sony

Ariven Re:Great (550 comments)

SOE doesnt even run their online auction site, its run by a company called LiveGamer, its been that way for quite some time.

more than 4 years ago

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