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FCC Moves To Boost Wireless Speeds

Elshar Re:Bar commercial use of this spectrum (40 comments)

That's actually incredibly illegal. You're not allowed by the FCC to intentionally put noise out that interferes with other people's equipment.

Also, ALL wifi stuff is considered 'low power' because of it's power levels. It's not talking about 50mw cards in your home router vs the 200mw cards put up on the towers. It's talking about devices which compared to traditional radio equipment is 'low power'. Generally speaking, this is stuff which has a transmission radius of approximately 10-15 miles without amps, etc.

Finally, commercial wireless carriers are a way of providing an alternate means of internet connectivity in places which are notoriously hard to get connected such as dense urban areas (Because you need to get permission from the city to use the right of ways), or rural areas which could cost thousands to run copper or fiber miles out just to get $20-100/month.

And, yes, there are grants for that stuff. But generally speaking it's not very feasible for small companies to do as the government is very strict on how you manage it. It can actually cost a small ISP a large chunk of the grant itself just proving to the government that they're spending the grant the way it was meant to be.

about a year and a half ago
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FCC Moves To Boost Wireless Speeds

Elshar Fixing DFS would actually do more. (40 comments)

The real problem right now with DFS is that a large chunk of the current 5GHz spectrum (5470-5725) is actually required to use it. So, of the 555MHz, 255 of it is actually more or less unusable for carriers due to the constraints imposed upon it. Since you typically provision a new sector with the current interference in mind, it's possible to set an AP to a "good" channel, and connect a client to it, only to have DFS kick it to a new channel when it hears relevant interference. Causing the AP to move to a subpar channel, possibly one that has a lot of interference on the client end (Because the AP does the choosing, and doesn't take into consideration client noise levels on every channel - too much work when you've got 20-30 clients on one AP).

Anyways, more spectrum is always good. But if we could somehow migrate radar and such away from 5GHz, that would be a huge improvement on wireless broadband speeds. 5GHz is actually used a lot for WISPs as it has a much higher throughput capacity and seems to do better over longer distances than 2.4Ghz.

I'd be interested in seeing what sort of catches comes with this new spectrum being freed up. If it's more DFS spectrum, I don't see how this is really going to help long-term. If it's actually free, clear spectrum being freed than it could actually greatly help WISPs gain more speed as they can reduce the overlap between channels.

about a year and a half ago
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Coca-Cola and Pepsi Change Recipe To Avoid Cancer Warning

Elshar Re:California (398 comments)

I think proximity does cause califonicancer. Everywhere I look, there's people here (In Oregon) attempting to make Oregon more like, well, California of all places. Somehow they get tired of Cali, decide fuck it, let's move! And then want the place they move to be just like the place they left.

Ah, well. Maybe someone will develop some kind of cure. I know, we could have a gold colored ribbon! Oregon for the cure!

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Has Windows-Style Hardware-Based DRM For Games

Elshar Re:Three hardware changes? (473 comments)

If it's windows 7, why are you even bothering to register/activate it seeing as you're just going to reload from an image? FWIW, I've had my son's computer running win7 pro for 6 months without activating it. (Because he was tending to get viruses from "free game" websites, arg). No usability problems at all. Unless you count MSSE not working a problem. Nothing a reload wouldn't fix anyways.

more than 2 years ago
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Build Your Own 135TB RAID6 Storage Pod For $7,384

Elshar Re:Anything over 2TB should be ZFS... (239 comments)

Just out of curiosity, what would happen if a bit had changed over at BB's end? Would it then sync the BB's version of the file over to the client? Also, what about if both ends change at the same time (Highly unlikely, I know). Which side's version would be preferred?

more than 3 years ago
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Build Your Own 135TB RAID6 Storage Pod For $7,384

Elshar Re:Can't actually store 135TB of data (239 comments)

You got a little mixed up on your RAID levels.

RAID 1 is mirroring, so you'd get (45 * 3TB) / 2 = 67.5TB

RAID 0 is concatenating, so you'd get 45 * 3TB = 135TB

You really wouldn't want to do RAID0 for a 'backup' array. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Why You Shouldn't Reboot Unix Servers

Elshar Re:Persistent myth? (705 comments)

I'm inclined to think that the anti virus (Norton) is at least partly responsible

Well, there's your problem right there!

more than 3 years ago
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Auto Industry's Fastest Processor Is 128Mhz

Elshar Re:This is cool, but not revolutionary... (397 comments)

Yes, PCs "break". Caps go bad, fans seize (without the owner's knowing), heat sinks become detached.

After repairing computers for 12 years, if you can think of something that's happened to a computer - I've seen it happen. The fact that you have 20 year old working computers doesn't suprise me at all.

I had a gentleman bring in a 486/25 SX (Circa '92 or so). Ran perfectly. No real dust buildup, all original parts. Windows 95 even booted up fine. But I have to tell you, that's a total and complete anomaly. The last time I saw a running 486 was about 10 years ago, and the last time I saw one in that condition was when I was still in high school in the early 90's.

Modern consumer-level computers tend to last about 4 years or so. Heck, even server-grade parts tend to fail with alarming regularity. Honestly, I don't think they're much better than their desktop brethren, just more expensive and oddly enough in more minimal (Re: Cheaper) packaging.

more than 3 years ago
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Greg 'Ghostcrawler' Street, Lead Systems Designer For World of Warcraft

Elshar Re:Raiding (175 comments)

Not only that, but it's also impossible to PUG heroics in BC. I know, I've camped for hours (Admittedly, as DPS) with my aff lock waiting for someone - anyone - on any server - to also queue for them. It just ain't happening.

So the only way you can reliably get into the BC heroics is via either a specialty guild, or attempting (ROFL) to convince your guild that BC stuff is going to be "fun" when they're grinding to get >5k GS to go do ICC (hahaha, sure..)

Anyways, that's what really ticked me off right before I quit about 8 or so weeks ago. After a week of queueing while grinding quests, I did a grand total of... *1* BC heroic. yay.

Pretty much the only "easy" stuff is crap that you use to level. Even the drops in the instances totally suck, and as far as I can tell, the dungeons only exist so you have something, ANYTHING to do after you've wasted all the time you could grinding rep/quests/etc trying to get into the final heroics/raids.

Blah, sorry.

more than 3 years ago
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Ubuntu Moves Away From GNOME

Elshar Re:For those who wonder what Gnome Shell is ... (514 comments)

Really? I've been using ubuntu since about 6.04, and I haven't really noticed a dumbing down of the interface. Sure, the default theme's been cleaned up (and changed every damn version), but all the options are still there in System-> Preferences / Administration. The synaptic package manager is still there in 10.10, and the terminal is still included by default, as is aptitude (Or did I install aptitude?).

Anyways, Ubuntu getting easier to use isn't a bad thing. It's not dumbing down, you can still manually do anything you can do in a debian install. It's just not geared towards the hands-on powerusers who want to micromanage their desktop. What's so bad about that? :)

more than 3 years ago
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Amazon To Allow Book Lending On the Kindle

Elshar Re:Even real books do not have such restrictions (280 comments)

If you can lend ebooks as much as you want, people will set up exchanges where they trade them and publishers will only sell 20 copies and then 20 people at a time can read it.

Huh, sort of like... Libraries?

more than 3 years ago
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Canada Says Google Wi-Fi Sniffing Collected Personal Data

Elshar Re:Expectation of Privacy (136 comments)

I'm not condoning the actions (or inaction) of people that result in private/personal information being broadcast over wifi.. But, consider that most routers are setup insecure by default AND the people they are targeted to generally are NOT geeks like us, it's reasonable to assume that the people do NOT know that their information is publicly accessible.

I'm not going to put out an analogy, but keep in mind all of yours included someone actively giving out their information.

With these incidents via wifi, the people passively gave it out their information. They likely had no idea until this google thing, and even MORE likely is most people that google got packets from STILL don't know. Why? Because they're not geeks like us, and as such, likely don't even read the stories. Even if they did read the story on what google did, and how badly people's routers are set up, they probably wouldn't think it even applies to them.

Luckily, my first point is getting redressed. I know new linksys routers support a secure setup mechanism, and attempts to set the wep/wpa level to the highest it can and remain compatible with the laptop/device used to set it up. But there's still a long ways to go before the general non-geek populace understands what this jargon means for them.

about 4 years ago
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Home WiFi Network Security Failings Exposed

Elshar Re:No password WiFi != unsecured (161 comments)

No. Technically it is spoofing. Every network adapter has a unique address assigned to it, typically stored in some firmware within the NIC itself. The whole purpose is to make that particular interface globally identifiable.

Now, if you change your NIC's MAC to someone ELSE'S MAC, you are spoofing their MAC. IE, you are pretending that your NIC is in fact someone else's, even though it's not. For the sole purpose of attempting to gain access while masquerading as the other device.

That's pretty much the definition of spoofing. Here's a summary definition or two:

In the context of network security, a spoofing attack is a situation in which one person or program successfully masquerades as another by falsifying data and thereby gaining an illegitimate advantage.

Definition of Spoof:

Verb -
* to communicate electronically under a false identity
* to fool by a hoax; play a trick on, esp. one intended to deceive.

So, what you describe is not spoofing? I think so.

about 4 years ago
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Pirate Electrician Supplied Power To 1,500 Homes

Elshar Re:British Power Supply (373 comments)

Yea, you really should be modded up.

Mythbusters are NOT scientifically going about replicating experiments to try to reproduce conditions. They're trying to sell entertainment, and as often as not get things half assed or totally wrong.

Noone should be using Mythbusters as a gauge to tell if something is possible or not.

about 4 years ago
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Should ISPs Cut Off Bot-infected Users?

Elshar Re:Of course... (486 comments)

As someone who runs a small ISP, it's really not hard to tell the difference between botnet and P2P activity. Some things to check for. It'd be better as a flowchart, but I'll just make a list:

1) Is it mostly outgoing traffic? P2P does upload, but mostly botnets ONLY upload. So is the traffic lopsided like this?

2) Is it hitting sequential or seemingly random masses of IP blocks (>100 or so)?

3) Is the port fairly uniform or random?

4) Is it TCP or UDP?

Just with those four criteria, and with something like trafshow just to see the connection states RT, you can (with experience) VERY easily discern if large activity is legitimate downloading of movies (Netflix, Hulu, Youtube is ALL download from 1-2 hosts). Bittorrent (Normally synchronous U/D, but even if lopsided, connections tend to be in the reasonable 30-120 or so host connections), or Botnet (Computer is spewing out to massive IP blocks at random, with little/no incoming data on the connection).

* If any of that traffic is with the normal mail ports ( 25, 465, 587, 110, 143, 993, 995) AND you're seeing buttloads of connections, then they're infected.

* If you start seeing totally random things that vaguely resemble portscans (Lots of hosts, same/similar ports, lost of unreachable/ no return packs), they're infected. ... Etc.

This isn't really rocket science, it's fairly easy to setup a IDS to detect this, and warn/slam the brake on this crap. And, as a small ISP, the LAST thing you need is to be shitlisted on a bazillion blacklists, some of which (SORBS especially) are virtually impossible to get off of without being extorted.

As a small ISP, I'd rather lose one customer that can't get their shit together than lose 15 because I didn't terminate that one and got blacklisted.

about 4 years ago
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Lost Online Games From the Pre-Web Era

Elshar Re:Oh, if I could get the hours lost back (186 comments)

You're not alone. I remember actually downloading LOD and playing it as a stand-alone RPG, as well as playing it via the local BBS. I'm really suprised more people didn't play it. Was definitely one of the best door games out there.

about 4 years ago
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GOG.com Not Really Gone

Elshar Re:Unintended consequences (276 comments)

It's actually abit better than steam in that you can have two computers sitting next to each other, BOTH logged into Impulse and play games off your Impulse account. They both have their pros and cons, but I tend to lean more towards Impulse because of it's tendency to just leave me alone.

Also, with Impulse it often just installs the game with the client. You just run the game like normal to actually play it. I'm sure with steam you could do the same thing, but you'd have to dig around for the actual app within your steam install.

Or put another way: I've never, under any circumstance NOT been able to play games I got from Impulse. (Offline, on a second computer, while my son is logged in with my account on my other comp, etc). Unlike steam which wants me to always log on (Or incredibly frequently anyways), and if, god forbid, my steam client on my other computer logs me in automagically, I get kicked off on the other one.

more than 4 years ago
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Tensions Rise Between Gamers and Game Companies Over DRM

Elshar Re:I stopped getting tense after MechWarrior4 (447 comments)

I think any gamers who take one incident and say "This tiny problem is the ONE reason!" are liars. Or have some bizarro pathology that I've never seen in normal people.

Really? Just because NWN had a problem with it's DRM you haven''t bought ANY games since then (Aside from the casual games, which also have problems with their DRM)?

@GP Really? Just because MW4's DRM didn't work with your particular setup you're so jaded that you've never bought another game since? Really?

I call BS. Huge piles of flaming, stinking BS. But nice stories. :)

more than 3 years ago
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Tensions Rise Between Gamers and Game Companies Over DRM

Elshar Re:Good Example: GTA4 (447 comments)

Don't forget, detractors also look at the automatic updates bit. Valve has seriously broken their games plenty of times -- in the old days, people would've reverted the patch and got on with things. Now they're forced to wait days or weeks for a fix.

You don't HAVE to install the updates automagically. You can, actually, tell it "No thanks, I'd like to not update my game".

more than 3 years ago
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Is LGP Going the Way of Loki Software?

Elshar Re:Speculations anyone? (124 comments)

So lets say they are dead (Which might not be the case), what do you think killed them?

I'm just guessing here, but I am and have been an entrepreneur, having run a successful local business for 10 years. I'd think, if anything, what killed them was the pricing. Don't get me wrong, I love F/OSS (FBSD/Linux on my servers, Ubuntu on my desktops, hell I even game on Linux machines).

But you can't really run a competitive business when your competitor's things are 1) easier to acquire, 2) work on a larger range of systems, and 3) And most importantly, when your prices are always at least 200-1000% higher than competition's.

Don't believe me? Look up some random handful of the games on there. Then go to GoG.com, steam, impulse, gamersgate, and check out the prices there. Then, if you're really thrifty, go look them up on amazon, ebay, etc (For hardcopies), I'm sure you'll find EVEN CHEAPER prices there. Hell, some games are as cheap as $0.99. Less than a dollar, and LGP wants to charge $20-60? That's why they're dead, if they are dead. No sane person would pay exorbitant prices for games that are at least 10-15 years old and can be had at a fraction of the price.

For that price difference, if I REALLY wanted to support F/OSS, I'd buy the $0.99 version off ebay, run it under WINE and send the other $19.01-49.01 or so to one of the F/OSS projects I use and love, knowing that I'm actually helping out the community whose resources I use.

more than 3 years ago

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