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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

DewDude Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

>Don't even get me started on ball sports..
This pretty much tells me everything I need to know about your mentality and to put 0 effort in to my return arguement because you're flat out going to not buy them.

> There are Ethernet and power plugs at various spots in the garden..
That's great...for you. For many of us trying to do something as simple as plant a flower bed requires digging permits and utility companies to spend days trampling through your yard to mark where lines are. That's not to mention many people live in places where they can't run wires...say an apartment building or a house they rent.

>So.. because I've solved my particular needs for workspace freedom using wires Good for you. Solving problems using 200 year old technology.

> I would humbly suggest you have a good night's sleep and read up on some modern research on biological effects of RF, and perhaps come back to this discussion afterwards. I have...many of them in fact. I took RF engineering stuff in college. The problem I had with most of those reports are 80% of them were biased one way or another and paid for by some company with other motives; the others tended to be inaccurate for one reason or another. It's true we didn't fully know microwaves; but things have changed. We've done more studies...and many of those have been biased one way or another. It's like reading stuff put out by PeTA; it does nothing but help push their agenda while seeming like fact.

I guess that's my problem...I've worked with this stuff and worked with people who have been around it longer than I have..and we don't see the purpose. None of the guys I know who have been doing cell-phone sites for 30 years have no problem.

Of course are you to a nuclear plant? Anything within 50 miles and you're pretty much screwed anyway.

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

DewDude Re:Why Fy? (260 comments)

Hey....how else am I supposed to watch football when I poop? That's why I own a tablet. But don't see the point of WiFi? Really? Ever consider someone who works from home, and works on a computer? What's the point of not being in the office if you're still tethered to a location to work; one that likely has marginally more natural light. Maybe I want to...I don't know...sit outside on a nice day and do some work. You're just one of those paranoid tin-foil hat types who probably only feels secure in a cubicle. Technology has allowed us to no longer be tied to a terminal..or a room...or a building...or even a populated location. But you banned microwave-based devices....that's fine...I probably wouldn't want to associate with a paranoid job like you in the first place..

about a month ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

DewDude Re:13 or more.. (260 comments)

Your roommate is an idiot. Tell him all the wifi is hogging the spectrum.

about a month ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

DewDude Verizon should be paying Netflix (200 comments)

Netflix paid a peering deal with Verizon; and Verizon refuses to deliver. Speeds are just as slow as they were before the deal. If Netflix deserves anything; they deserve every cent they paid to Verizon; then they should sue for breech of contract.

about 2 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

DewDude Too bad it won't do any good. (398 comments)

Verizon doesn't care. They own RedBox Instant; they last thing they want is customers using Netflix. We're not gonna get net neutrality out of the FCC (the public comments are a sham; the FCC only care about the businesses involved in the decision); so this is not going to get fixed. If Netflix uses Level3; they were cripple all level3 connectivity.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Carrying 1Tbit/s of IPv6 Internet Traffic

DewDude Re:What about Verizon FIOS? (146 comments)

As far as I know, it's at 0%. They have not activated IPv6 for anyone; nor do they seem to have any plans to. They've been promising it for years; but nothing.

about 2 months ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

DewDude Re:Trolling (349 comments)

Sorry; the original lawsuit against Beta were brought by Universal Pictures, Walt Disney, and a few other picture companies. These original lawsuits dated back to 1976. Sony did not have a film/tv entertainment industry till the late 80's.

The lawsuit didn't include anything about disabling the copy of tapes. The argument was the devices themselves were capable of infringement and wanted Sony held responsible. Copying tapes wasn't a concern; as most people couldn't afford a VCR, let alone two; but TV networks were also making the claim that people recording content was infringing copyright.

The Supreme Court wound up making a decision on this case in '84; ruling just because the devices could be used for that purpose, they had a larger number of legitimate purposes; since they also ruled that time-shifting programs for one's own use was legal.

about 3 months ago
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Bye Bye Aereo, For Now

DewDude Re:They where acting like the cable co / CATV (93 comments)

Why did congress set it up? Think about this?

The 1992 Cable Act set up the must-carry; and it's intention was to help get smaller ignored broadcasters on to cable systems with the must-carry provision. The retramission consent was probably foresight. ATSC was working on HDTV standards at that time (which, if you ask me were at least 10 years too early); 8VSB and COFDM were modulation methods looked at. For some odd reason, the FCC adopted 8VSB even though it's technically inferior to COFDM. 8VSB does not handle multi-path very well, if at all. This is a problem just about everywhere, signals bounce. You live in the city, you get signals bouncing off buildings. You live in a rural area; you got signal bouncing off the ground, trees, etc. Why would you use a system that breaks down at the first little reflection?

Retramission fees.

Those in power knew that 8VSB modulation, in the long run; would cause OTA TV to fail. You'd get a small percentage of people who got signal; but people who used to get marginal reception don't get it at all. I used to get locals with an antenna; but with all the trees around my house it's no point. I get great signal levels, sure; the problem is the amount of multipath and signal degradation is so severe it's not usable.

Maybe that's not true...but the fact is; we're using a modulation system that's outright garbage. Majority of people can't get quality reception without expensive antennas or shelling out a lot of money; the day of putting rabbit ears on the TV are largely over. Create a system where people have to switch to a provider, then double-dip on the profits.

The fact is, no one was sure whether it was legal or not...till the networks got involved. Plain and simple..

Up next on the chopping block are going to be multi-room DVRs, Slingbox technology, and probably anything that delivers video to your computer. The judgement was not very clear on an even less clear law; and "past-precedent" will be used to get all kinds of new technology illegal.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

DewDude Re:This doesn't necessarly shut it down (484 comments)

No. In order to do it now, Aereo will have to pay retransmission fees to the broadcasters. Broadcasters can either a) make this an insane amount they can't afford or b) refuse to negotiate. If they wanted to, as of right now; they could effectively force Aereo to turn the service off and to never return.

about 3 months ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

DewDude Re:Wrong decision (484 comments)

A judge ruled...over a year ago, that it wasn't. However, the TV networks didn't agree with that; they didn't want it to exist AT ALL. So, they used their clout to get it declared illegal. This wasn't a "decision" by the Supreme Court....there was no reason for this. The networks didn't want it; they got it stopped; so they did.

about 3 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

DewDude Re:Awesome! (100 comments)

Yes, they're just .dsk images. They make emulators for Android that will run on probably just about any smartphone out there.

about 4 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

DewDude Re:Awesome! (100 comments)

Softdisk #114.

about 4 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

DewDude Re:Awesome! (100 comments)

Softdisk had a very long history of publishing their monthly Apple II "magazette". While the guys did work on the PC side of that; they also developed A LOT of stuff for the Apple II side. Even after they left, some of the properties kept getting used and credited to the original guys. I never had the PC edition of Softdisk. But some of these games did in fact start on Apple II, or were ported to the Apple II or PC later.

about 4 months ago
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id Software's Original 'Softdisk' Games Open Sourced

DewDude Awesome! (100 comments)

Till now I've been limited to playing them in an Apple II emulator; which some of these were the reason I bought the old Softdisk collection in the first place. These are the true roots of id Software; and some of the games they'd make later clearly had their roots here. Dangerous Dave? I first encountered him on Softdisk! Glad id could acquire whatever rights they needed to.

about 4 months ago
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How much use would you get from a 1 gigabit internet connection?

DewDude My 75/35 sits idle most of the time (224 comments)

I've got a Fios 75/35 connection. About the only times it gets used is if someone's downloading a big file or somone's streaming Slingbox.

about 5 months ago
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Facebook Data Miner Will Shock You

DewDude Close, but no cigar (164 comments)

It got a few things...ok..the only thing it got right was my average income...it was a reasonably close guess for the average it ran the last 10 years.

Other than that..it doesn't know me at all. It called me volitile, "You display unstable temperament and threaten to react with violence when provoked."

Yup, that's about all it got right.

I think the issue is most of the information I put on facebook is true, but it's only maybe 11% of the truth. Most of what's online about myself is only around 10% of the full truth anyway. It's a lot easier to keep most of your information secure when you just don't reveal it...or obfuscate it to the nth degree.

about 5 months ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

DewDude "I'm not anti-vax.... (588 comments)

and my boobs are totally real!"

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

DewDude Re:It does work (219 comments)

The thing about BUD back then with TVRO is there were countless configurations of hardware. You generally needed three or four things; first you needed a motor controller that would aim the dish for you; then you needed a descrambler to descramble channels you had paid for; depending on the generation of your hardware, you may have needed a power injector to send the voltages to the LNB to trigger horizontal/vertical switching for C-Band or the circular polarizations for Ku. I don't remember how that all hooked up; my uncle upgraded in the early 90s and had a brand new single unit IRD that integrated motor control, power injection, and the latest descrambler in to one box. As far as the feeds, those were quite popular...and my uncle used to get not only master network feeds (which generally had a black screen during commercials) as well as the occasional uplink feed. Yes, it was possible to watch Letterman at 5pm when it was uplinked to the west coast...if it wasn't scrambled. Whenever I went down on vacation, my uncle would record about 3 hours of Simpsons a day since they were uplinked at around 4am from the west coast for the syndicated airings. It was interesting watching them without commercials and the lovely color bars with episode info other technical details. What people don't realize is the cost of transponder time is outrageous; back in the 90s I think it was around $145,000/month for a full-time lease on a C-Band transponder. A friend of mine that used to work in TV said the cost of the guys out in the field was anywhere from $500 for a 5 minute window to sometimes an inflated $5,000 for a 5 minute window. That's largely because remote broadcasts tend to take the entire transponder, it has to be downlinked and muxed on the ground from a single source...i.e...two people running digital can't point at the bird and send two digital streams at once...unless they're premuxed on the ground.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

DewDude Re:It does work (219 comments)

Yeah, see...for a period of time the BUD's supported both C-Band and the Ku/Ka band systems. You generally saw more "classic" providers using C-Band becuase they had long term agreements for those transponders. The ability to encrypt didn't kill FTA; they've *always* had scrambling systems and had gotten quite good at them. Going digital did allow them the extra security, but it also allowed them to cram more channels in to a single transponder. You have to remember that in order to get an analog video source to even work on satellites, they had to go wideband-FM and use a LOT of bandwidth; I believe around 20mhz or something per transponder vs the 6mhz we get for terrestrial NTSC. But, due to the extremely low SNR involved (C-Band sats only pumped out a whopping 5 watts per transponder), it was required. Digital changed things; they didn't need to go overkill on bandwidth to carry a clear analog signal; and they could cram more feeds in an already expensive transponder lease. What really killed FTA is capitalism and greed. Think about this; US cable providers have to *pay* the channel to carry them on the system even though they're already funded by advertising. DTH (directv/dish) systems went with the small dishes because the Ku band sats allowed them to get enough gain with a smaller dish; which was more attractive to customers. Also, I believe the actual joke was the BUD was the state flower of West Virginia.

about 6 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Experiences With Free To Air Satellite TV?

DewDude Re:Are you in the USA? (219 comments)

That list constantly shows satellites you cannot get in the US. I see European birds showing up, last I knew you couldn't get any of the birds on the other side of the prime meridian very well, if at all. I mean, from DC the birds at .8 W come in at an elevation of 1.8 degrees. At that point you'd need something bigger than a 1m dish to even get the signal. I also have to question the inclusion of OTA channels in that list; as they have pretty tight distribution per FCC rules.

about 6 months ago

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imageshack hacked

DewDude DewDude writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DewDude writes "Apparently a group called The anti-sec Movement has hacked popular image hosting service ImageShack. ImageShack has not yet commented on the images, but they seem to have "replaced" a majority of the images used on web forums with this and moving the actual files to another file name.

Reports on the imageshack forums have been few and not much has been said elsewhere about it, but my own images used on forums were taken over by this."
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What's the best source to DVR the Inauguration?

DewDude DewDude writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DewDude writes "Unlike so many people, I have to be at work for the majority, if not all, of the inauguration events tomorrow. Naturally I have a DVR and can record hours of an entire channel (two at the same time in fact); the question is what do I use? I have no shortage of news stations on DirecTV but I also live in the DC area and have what could be unique local coverage of the event. Which one, or two, would you choose to archive for the future?"
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OiNK.CD admin arrested, site shut down.

DewDude DewDude writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DewDude (537374) writes "From Reuters (full article here): "British and Dutch police shut down one of the world's largest sources of illegal pre-release music on Tuesday and arrested a 24-year-old man. The raids in Amsterdam and the northeast English city of Middlesbrough followed a two-year investigation into a members-only Web site, www.OiNK.cd, which allowed users to upload and download albums before their release." This is just another case of rather than fixing the priacy problem, let's play terrorist and attack everyone. As an ex-member living in the US...I'm rather worried about the suits the RIAA is surely going to file."

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