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Cuba Says the Internet Now a Priority

BrianRaker Why go 20th century? (115 comments)

You have a blank slate. Do it right with fibre optics everywhere. Set these people right from the start. Don't cripple them by putting in tech from the 1950s or 1980s.

about a month ago

Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

BrianRaker Re: Liability (474 comments)

Welp, good thing I own my own router. Oh wait, there's probably Counsel here that could explain that even that device can be 'compelled' to provide the WiFi service too >.>

about 7 months ago

My Automobile Gets __ MPG

BrianRaker Re:Diesel (1141 comments)

Mercedes Benz is on the cusp of (if not already) selling their BlueTEC diesels in California. They are sold elsewhere in the US, however. R350 BlueTEC, GL350 BlueTEC and ML350 BlueTEC, all available in the US.

more than 4 years ago

Hearst Launching Kindle Competitor and Platform "By Publishers, For Publishers"

BrianRaker Welcome to the land of fail... (155 comments)

I wish them luck in this venture... they're going to need it with a market that already has widely accepted semi-user-friendly devices (Amazon Kindle, Sony eReader, etc).

Also, haven't they learned their lesson already in other markets? Publisher (content-owner) friendly rarely ever is accepted by the marketplace as it wasn't designed with the end user (the people PAYING for this "service").

more than 5 years ago

National Satiety Alert System should be set at ...

BrianRaker Re:whats a satiety? (272 comments)

[quote: This pole is meaningless. WTF!]

That's what she said.

more than 5 years ago

How many countries have you visited?

BrianRaker Re:Well then! Tijuana (958 comments)

Nah, TJ is just South Chula Vista. :P

more than 5 years ago

In 100 Years, Health Care Won't Be An Issue Because ...

BrianRaker Re:Missing option: (804 comments)

Shotguns don't use bullets. They use shells. Rifles and pistols use bullets.

more than 5 years ago

(Near) Constant Internet While RV'ing?

BrianRaker Re:Cat V (438 comments)

100 meters if you are doing Ethernet, that is.

more than 5 years ago

(Near) Constant Internet While RV'ing?

BrianRaker CradlePoint MB1000/Kyocera KR2 + EVDO card (438 comments)

...works great for me. I have my EV-DO Kyocera KPC680 (Verizon) card with me everywhere and a Kyocera KR2 camps out in the car with its requisite DC-DC power adapter. Install a nice high-gain antenna (Wilson [eBay] has some decent +9/+13dB gain antennas for EV-DO/1xRTT and GSM/W-CDMA/UMTS bands) on the roof of the RV and make sure you have a decent groundplane if your roof is fiberglass (no worries if it is aluminum) and you should be fine for something like 95% of US roads traveled (you will drop to 1xRTT/EDGE in some areas, but 3G (EV-DO/W-CDMA/UMTS) is pretty well covered on most interstate routes, based on Verizon and at&t's service maps).

For Canada... I'm not too sure there as I'm a Yank and have not had a need to visit our friends to the north yet. You might be able to get a roaming data plan that includes Canada from your US cellular provider though.

FWIW, I work for Kyocera International, parent company of Kyocera Wireless.

more than 5 years ago

Alienware Refusing Customers As Thieves

BrianRaker Re:Cars (665 comments)

Actually, it's Dell as a whole. I recently put in a call to Dell for support on a Latitude D820 that now fails to boot. It's covered under warranty for another year but Dell refuses to work on it because I'm not listed as the purchaser or authorized agent for the system. My business bought this system through an employee (via a reimbursement) who no longer works with the organization. I don't have any reasonable way to have this ex-employee 'vouch' that I own the system.

Whatever happened to the days where I could just give them my Express Service Code and actually get help instead of getting accusations of theft?

more than 5 years ago

Adobe To Open Real-Time Messaging Protocol

BrianRaker Abobe? (108 comments)

Please? Can someone fix the topic?

Bad Timothy!

about 6 years ago

Trees' Leaves Grow At a Cool 70° All Over the World

BrianRaker Re:Shameless karma whore (537 comments)

Since when was normal body temp 96F? Google-sama (and years of misspent youth in health and science classes) tell me it's 98.6F. ... unless we've started a new branch of cold-blooded humans, consisting mainly of politicians and murderers...

more than 6 years ago



Jack Thompson Disbarred, Permanently

BrianRaker BrianRaker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BrianRaker (633638) writes "Thanks to GamePolitics for breaking the story, it looks like the Florida Supreme Court has affirmed Jack Thompson's permanent disbarment from practicing law. This change takes place in 30 days, and will prohibit him from practicing law, or ever reapplying to the bar, for ever.

Of course, Jack rebutts with his typical "Now The Fun Begins" rhetoric. Will this really be the end of Jack Thompson? We can only hope so, but my Magick 9-Ball says "Signs point to No"."

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BrianRaker BrianRaker writes  |  more than 11 years ago Yeah I said you case modders are wasting your time. All I have to say is "Damn, and this is where this poor sap's money is at?" I mean come on, get a grip. The case modding industry is getting as bad a the 'ricer' car mods.

Whoop-de freaking do. I'm happy with my iBook, ThinkPad and beigebox.

Ja mata.


New post RE: TN Super DMCA

BrianRaker BrianRaker writes  |  more than 11 years ago Well, If you haven't read it already, I'm a little peeved at what my old state legislature is doing. Looks like a friend of mine is organizing a party to head to Nashville to boycott/whatnot the passage of SB213 and HB457. i wish him the best of luck in his endeavours. Oh yeah, here is my obligitory link and my friend's Anti TN SuperDMCA page

Oh, and the guy who posted just before me on the article can suck it, there are some bass-ackward people in TN, but you'd be suprised at what an *educated* person can do.


BrianRaker BrianRaker writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Sometimes I wonder about myself.

After about a week of goofing off and about 48 hours of hardcore editing, I've completed my first anime music video. I must say, two things stand out when making this video. Use of pre-edited footage makes the editing a bitch sometimes, and I miss, but don't really miss the old A/B edit system I'm used to using. Ah, the fun of popping in and out SVHS and 3/4-SP tapes all day long, remixing and mixing down the audio on an 8-track ADAT, and only being able to do A/B transitions. Nope, no roll-editing here. But I do *really* miss the controlls. Being able to 'punch-in' and 'punch-out' your edit points, using the jog/shuttle wheel to quickly find what you wanted to mutiliate. Ah, those were the days. Maybe once a job is secured I'll go looking around to see if someone has made a decent edit controller that works with Premiere. Then I would be happy :) And a nice big-freaking RAID setup, 120gb doesn't go too far today :)

Besides, who ever liked swapping out SVHS and 3/4-SP tapes all day long? :p


BrianRaker BrianRaker writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Two Weeks. They say time flies when you are having fun. Funny thing is, I'm not having fun :p Still unemployed, and I've an open offer to move back to Mid-TN and restabilize myself. I've got about 3-4 weeks before I self-implode. *shrug*

Hey, at least later in the week my Chobits and .hack//SIGN comes in from Amazon. Just makes me mad that Cartoon Network got ahold of .hack//SIGN for air in the US before the DVD was even released. Who knows? Hamtaro struck the US by storm, with CN riding the tsunami. Will future US anime releases hit the TV before our local BestBuy or Suncoast? Only time will tell.

I now need to recover from my all-night edit session. :)


BrianRaker BrianRaker writes  |  more than 11 years ago Back to Sony I go. Some might remember that I used to work on contract with Sony here in San Diego during most of 2002 (Dec 2001 - Oct 2002). Well, the job search has gone badly enough that I am doing what I told myself I would not do. Oh well, it's money and I refuse to go on unemployment.

I know, a bunch of you out there would like to strangle me for that last comment. So be it.

At least I'll be able to keep up with my bills now. And here's to hoping they'll take me back.

In other news, I registered for Anime Expo 2003 today.


BrianRaker BrianRaker writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, the job search is rather pitiful. I'm starting ot look in other markets for chances in getting hired. San Antonio is looking good right now, couple of decent names hiring in positions that I can actually do. Gonna fire off another barrage of resumes Monday.

On other news, I cut my nails today.

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