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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

Lothsahn Re:This may be the way to escape from Comcast (418 comments)

So if you rent a car, and then it breaks down, and you call for repair, and they:
1) Arrive within 3 days to give you a new one
2) Charge you 20-30 dollars for a "car tech visit"
3) Break it on the way out the door (yes, it happened to me)

This is OK? ...because, they had to incur employee, vehicle, and gas costs to replace the device they rented you which was faulty?

(Ignoring the statement in the parent where he suggested breaking the cablemodem--that's a different issue entirely).

Full Disclosure: In my case, I was able to get the fee removed each time by calling in, because it's not my fault that their tech refused to follow clear instructions (both written on his form and from my wife), and it's not my fault that the modem was faulty.

about a week ago

US Government Fights To Not Explain No-Fly List Selection Process

Lothsahn Re:Consdiring their past... (248 comments)

It sounds like you're referring to Dr. Ibrahim.

Also, Alstrup did not rule that she had to be removed from the list. The ruling only meant that they had to inform her whether she was still on the list and correct the clerical error from all databases which originally put her on the list. Nothing stops the government from putting her back on the list for other reasons. It also provided her with the ability to apply for a waiver for her visa denial.

(page 38)

about three weeks ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Lothsahn Re:put it in bridge mode (224 comments)

In all fairness, asking the tier1 techs to put a router into bridge mode used to be about as fun as burning yourself alive.

But they've updated their training scripts and lately I've had 100% success with tier1 techs enabling bridge mode. They've always done it quickly and known exactly what I wanted.

Just don't try it if you have the DPC3939 listed in this article! See:

about a month and a half ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Lothsahn Re:As someone who had the DPC3939 (224 comments)

Agreed. That's what I was trying to do. But they don't let you use plain cable modems anymore (at least with my plan). So the trick is to call them and ask them to put it in "bridge mode", which basically turns it into a dumb modem.

Then you can use your own router.

Unless you have a DPC3939, which will cause it to reboot every 3-8 minutes.

about a month and a half ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Lothsahn Re:As someone who had the DPC3939 (224 comments)

The technicolor is actually the box I have right now. It's been working great, once I called Comcast and had them put it in bridge mode. :)

about a month and a half ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Lothsahn Re:As someone who had the DPC3939 (224 comments)

I can't do that. The plan that I have is to compete with Google Fiber (which will be in my town soon), so they don't allow you to bring your own modem, and they don't allow you to use any modem except the DPC3939. That's why I had to talk to so many reps to get an alternate modem in. They lock the discounted price to that specific hardware, for reasons that are utter insanity.

To use a different modem, I'd have to cancel my bundle, which would raise my monthly bill from $120-240 for the same package.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Lothsahn LOVE 'em with Toastman (427 comments)

Try a RT-N66U. It'll be just as rock solid and stable, but has dual band and N support. I have 6 (6mth-2years uptime) and have had no issues on Toastman, unless I turn ipv6 on. They're more expensive, but they have far better range, performance, and fewer wireless drops. I have one in bridge mode and have nearly zero packet loss over the wireless.

I'm still waiting for the arm-based ones to get mature (66U/68U).

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Lothsahn Avoid the Asus RT-N66U .. overpriced (427 comments)

If you configure the RT-N66U with a bridge, you might consider setting the bridge router to 5GHZ mode, not 2.4. I've been able to get 50+ Mbps in bridge mode with 5GHZ with Toastman Tomato.

Also make sure WMM is turned on, otherwise you'll be running Wireless G, not N. Turn the wireless interference mitigation off, set a short preamble, and frame burst enabled.

about a month and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Lothsahn Re:Buffalo (427 comments)

It's not really fair to say it's no longer maintained. The official branch is dead, but there are 3 active developers. The developers just have no desire to try to merge to a common codebase, but they all heavily share code from each other.

There are 3 heavily maintained branches: Toastman Shibby RAF

Any of these three are heavily maintained, and all 3 were recently patched for heartbleed. So yes, they're still active.

I run a number of RT-N66U's with Toastman and I've found it to be far more stable than my WRT54GL's (RT-N66U has never crashed once configured, while I have a crash about ~6 months with the WRT54GL). It's also way faster, obviously. It also has better wireless range, performance, and less dropouts. For a much lower price, I've heard the RT-N16's are great too.

WRT54G(L) nostalgia is just that. The newer routers are far better. My remaining WRT54GL's are now sitting in a box.

about a month and a half ago

The Hidden Cost of Your New Xfinity Router

Lothsahn As someone who had the DPC3939 (224 comments)

The device has stability problems as well, as mentioned in the post. In normal (routed) mode, it worked fairly well, although I noticed odd lag spikes and other issues I didn't experience with the old modem. However, once you place the router into bridge mode (disabling all wifi features so I can use my modem direct), the router would reboot itself every 3-8 minutes.

I eventually, after talking to 20+ Comcast reps, got them to put a different modem back in. Even though my plan is 250d/30u, I'm only getting 30d/5u, because the modem won't provision with my plan. However, it works, so I'd rather have that than a laggy, rebooting faster plan.

I strongly recommend avoiding the DPC3939 until the problems are resolved. It lalso ooks to me like all of the problems are software related, not hardware--usually they can be avoided by changing configuration options, etc.

about a month and a half ago

Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

Lothsahn Re: Very original (182 comments)

...and that's precisely what the "overly expensive" Phillips filter does, that he compares himself to.

about 2 months ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Lothsahn Re:Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

While you can rile on religion, there are numerous statistics that show that religion and spiritual beliefs help with drug addiction and alcoholism[1] [2]--main items preventing the chronic homeless from reintegrating with society. This is why the religious shelters push religion so hard. The goal in these shelters isn't just to provide a bed, but to get the person to overcome the conditions in themselves that prevent them from leaving homeless life.

Nearly all chronic homeless have dreams of a better life, but almost none of them have goals to achieve their dreams, and are stuck in the homeless life. Is trying to give homeless people the tools they need to achieve their dreams "evil"?

The real tragedies in shelters is the rate of rape and violence, which is especially true in (underfunded) public teen shelters. These shelters house hundreds of mentally ill or drug addicted people, who frequently rape others. Most of the homeless people I've run into (who live in a hard life--hearing gunshots nightly) refuse to go anywhere near the public shelters because of fear of their safety. That's how bad they are--that's where the real evil is.

[1] It was concluded that among this sample of Scottish post-secondary students, having a strong religious commitment was associated with less substance use and that heavy drinking and using tobacco was correlated with illicit drug use.
[2] The one-third of prison inmates who participate in religious activities exhibit lower rates of recidivismand recidivism is due almost entirely to drug and alcohol abuse.

Teens who do not consider religious beliefs important are almost three times more likely to drink, binge-drink and smoke, almost four times likelier to use marijuana and seven times likelier to use illicit drugs than teens who believe that religion is important.

about 2 months ago

Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Lothsahn Re:Millionare panhandlers (200 comments)

The vast majority of chronic homeless people (stunk, dirty, massive backpacks) have drug addiction and/or mental illness[3]. They also make a boatload of money (often > $100,000/yr). The problem is that they lack the skills necessary to effectively use that money and reintegrate to normal society, so they're relegated to homeless life. Homeless life isn't easy either--most of them have either been around someone who's been shot, or been shot themselves. Rape is prevalent, for both genders, but especially women. [2] Life expectancy is not good[1]. In talking to hundreds of homeless people, I have only met one homeless person who was there by choice.

Having a Starbucks cup doesn't mean that they have piles of money. It means they received > $4 in donations recently and were able to spend it. The money they earn usually quickly goes to drugs, alcohol, theft, or impulse purchases. This is why it's so key to NOT give them money. You or I would be smart enough to put the money in a bank, save, and get back on our feet. They can't (or they would have already done so).

When I walk down the street and run into a homeless person begging, I offer to take them to a nearby fast-food restaurant. About 50% decline, and the other 50% are immensely grateful. That allows you to engage them in conversation, and offer them to take up a rehab program, which can teach them to break their addictions and gain the life skills they need to become part of society again.

[1] young homeless women are four to 31 times as likely to die early as housed young women (O’Connell, 2005)

[2] In yet another study, 9% of homeless women reported at least one experience of sexual victimization in the last month

[3] According to Didenko and Pankratz (2007), two-thirds of homeless people report that drugs and/or alcohol were a major reason for their becoming homeless.

about 2 months ago

VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

Lothsahn Re:Biden is talking coding?? (225 comments)


He's not wasting his time. This is the first time I've EVER seen a rebuttal to the common Al Gore "internet" quote, and it completely changed my perspective on the whole issue. I am now very thankful for Al Gore's involvement in the internet as a whole, and have significantly more respect for his future vision.

He's also been completely correct on global warming--a topic I did not accept as fact during his VP term.

about 2 months ago

OpenWRT 14.07 RC1 Supports Native IPv6, Procd Init System

Lothsahn Re:Will it run on my WRT54G? (71 comments)

I run Toastman's build of Tomato on RT-N66Us. I have 6 of them in various environments, from 6 months to 2 years deployed, and not a single lockup in prod operation. I achieve rates of 150Mb/s wired and 30-50Mb/s wireless. While speeds are not great, I'm mainly after features, stability, and the bandwidth monitor--and these are plenty faster than my ISP. These are dual-band as well, which is useful as one of the environments I'm in has a completely saturated 2.4 GHZ spectrum.

I have had stability problems in Toastman Tomato when I enable IPv6, but I expect that's either me doing something wrong, or a firmware issue, not a hardware issue.

The ASUS routers also have a CFE (bios, kinda) which allows reflashing, which means they're almost impossible to brick. Highly recommend.

The RT-AC66U is much faster than the RT-N66U, but I haven't had much experience with it. Shibby Tomato does support it now.

about 2 months ago

Mozilla CEO Firestorm Likely Violated California Law

Lothsahn Re:I May Not Agree (1116 comments)

Cmon Grateful... Under what basis do you qualify Eich as a bigot?

"having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one's own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others."

Eich's statement shows ultimate tolerance of the opinions of others. He promises to treat others as equal, continue to work with the LGBT community, continue the non-discrimination policy, equal health benefits, etc, etc. His tolerance is shown clearly: he doesn't agree with gay marriage, but commits to treating all of his employees as human beings. Others at Mozilla that worked with him were shocked to find out he contributed to Prop 8, because they had never seen him treat anyone with inequality. All of the facts, both from himself and others, have shown a full commitment to treat others with respect.

Eich's statement:
I ask for your ongoing help to make Mozilla a place of equality and welcome for all. Here are my commitments, and here’s what you can expect:

Active commitment to equality in everything we do, from employment to events to community-building.
Working with LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming.
My ongoing commitment to our Community Participation Guidelines, our inclusive health benefits, our anti-discrimination policies, and the spirit that underlies all of these.

My personal commitment to work on new initiatives to reach out to those who feel excluded or who have been marginalized in ways that makes their contributing to Mozilla and to open source difficult. More on this last item below.

I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I can only ask for your support to have the time to “show, not tell”; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain.[1]

“That was shocking to me, because I never saw any kind of behavior or attitude from him that was not in line with Mozilla’s values of inclusiveness,” (Mitchell Baker-Chairperson of Mozilla) [2]

This is not the statement of a bigot. Silencing, attacking, and treating his political views as invalid is bigoted.

Without a difference of opinion, you cannot have tolerance. A monoculture has no room for tolerance. Why the heck is disagreement these days automatically "bigotry" and why do people see love as "accepting all opinions that another holds"? Why would it be "shocking" that someone could treat others with respect, but disagree on a political issue?

[2] (note: this post appears to have been taken down on her blog, or archived, but it's still widely quoted on the internet)

about 5 months ago


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