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

TobinLathrop Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

There are no 'freeloaders' in the sense that it is a totally open hotspot. You have to have an account with Comcrap and sign in with that. So it is still paying customers only.

about 3 months ago

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

TobinLathrop Re:Or just don't rent your modem... (474 comments)

In a way I can see where this is nice but then I can see where it can lead to oh IP used ad house X was downloading Ke$ha music (or worse) and you have no

gah, nice loss of train of though there self.
you have no way to know if the resident or some free loader did it.

about 3 months ago

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

TobinLathrop Or just don't rent your modem... (474 comments)

I can buy one every year and it still comes out cheaper than renting from Comcast. Also the modem does not have wifi built in, it connects to my router and that takes care of things.
In a way I can see where this is nice but then I can see where it can lead to oh IP used ad house X was downloading Ke$ha music (or worse) and you have no

about 3 months ago

Don't Be a Server Hugger! (Video)

TobinLathrop cough cough adobe, cloud, ... (409 comments)

I hate this everything can be in the 'cloud' well no not everything can or should be as seen by todays lack of productivity for users who can't authenticate with Adobe.

about 4 months ago

Physician Operates On Server, Costs His Hospital $4.8 Million

TobinLathrop Re:The old laptop security chink (143 comments)

And this ladies and gentlemen is why BYOD in more than a few types of work place is phenomenally fucking stupid idea. Oh I need to take this back now, let me undo the network things... oh the company data, i guess thats okay for now...

about 4 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

TobinLathrop Re:Self-solving problem... (747 comments)

Yes this! And there are a lot of adults out there that were above the vaccination age yet and those of us that are just old enough that what we got vaccinated with may not be in the immune system memory anymore.
If there is one group of people I very literally want to hit with a real clue by four it is the antivax crazies cause they are killing not only their own children but others who either are too young yet or they are the small amount that the vaccine didn't work on but should have been okay due to herd immunity.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

TobinLathrop Re:MMOs take the main part (669 comments)

Yes this quite a bit, tried on a Steam free weekend and then paid the $4 and change sale price to get the game and all DLC. Now I am a little sad I didn't splurge and get the 4 pack and give it away to friends.

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Would You Stop a Debt Collection Scam From Targeting You?

TobinLathrop Re:Ditch your landline if possible (497 comments)

Yes this, after a month of 'You singed up for information' from various who knows what that I didn't sign up for. When I pressed for info it sounded like someone with a throwaway email was scamming for something or just being a dick. We gave up the land line. Hell for less than the land line cost alone I get more minutes than I generally use and caller id, and voice mail, and unlimited text, etc and 98% of the landline calls were robocalls of some sort or weekly messages from the school. It wasn't worth keeping and Qwest wondered why I didn't want to keep paying $40 a month for that.

about 10 months ago

I've done my current job in X time zones ...

TobinLathrop What counts as location? (167 comments)

Well one desk/office/whatnot in one timezone, the boxes I actually work on all over the damn planet. So which counts?

about a year ago

HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

TobinLathrop Re:My wife worked there for 25 years (477 comments)

Yeah where I work it would be a big umm good luck with that cause you don't have the desk space for all of us to begin with, which is why we got pushed to telecommute in the first place and now after getting outsourced (I still do the same job just different employer on the paycheck, and hey I can actually say no not in the contract fix your own code now as well) we are now not just scattered across several sites/counties in one state but scattered across the U.S. so even if we end up with a desk 'on site' somewhere I am still not going to actually see any of my direct coworkers.

about a year ago

Experiences and Realities of an Homesourced IT Worker

TobinLathrop Re:Do not want (114 comments)

Thanks to my current work position I am out of on call rotation, so other than the odd big outage or emergency (well customer needs it yesterday) server build I rarely put much extra time *knock wood*. But due to long ago lack of desk space the company decided to push server admins in to telecommuting cause a cable internet is cheaper than desk space. Not that they pay for it anymore and there is still no permanent desk space but it is cheaper than gas on the 40 mile round trip if I had to drive it every day. My biggest problem is remembering to get out every day for a walk or something, while I am good at locking the work machine/setting away at quitting time sometimes it is a yeah still the same old walls I have been looking at all day stir crazy that really gets to me.

1 year,28 days

Several Western Govts. Ban Lenovo Equipment From Sensitive Networks

TobinLathrop Re:What a load of bullshit (410 comments)

Yes THIS! Reading the summary I was thinking wait just about all commodity hardware is made in bloody China right now. How is singling out lenovo going to stop anything?

about a year ago

Why Everyone Gets It Wrong About BYOD

TobinLathrop Umm no. (377 comments)

Or maybe it is because I work at place with SOX/HIPAA/DOD/etc requirements. Even though I am vendor I have to use the customer supplied device as I admin their servers and thats what security will allow for me to do my work. I don't have admin rights on the supplied laptop itself and everything is whitelisted to run.
Every time I hear about this at least from my side of the fence of IT support I just think of the support and security nightmares. Also if the company wants me to install their stuff on my personal pc. well they can buy me one. Same goes for a phone. They need to call me as an employee they can provide a cell phone too.

about a year ago

Seattle To Get Gigabit Fiber To the Home and Business

TobinLathrop Re:Color me unimpressed (108 comments)

I would be nice to leave comcrud but it looks like I am just shy of the coverage. I think this is awesome though. Even if I end up moving out of the area by the time it gets more coverage this really should be public utility.

about 2 years ago

Court Rules Website Terms of Service Agreement Completely Invalid

TobinLathrop Re:Changes incoming (148 comments)

You only get the advertised sale price if you use their "club card" which has your personal identifying information plus now your spending habits, etc.

You could do what I do, find one on the street and use it. Oh sure I don't get the gas bonus from QFC but they get crap for their data. Also a lot of cashiers are happy to hand you a card and throw away the information sheet. So yes you get tracked but as anonymous coward basically.

about 2 years ago

Paypal Slips 'No Class Action' Clause Into Policy Update

TobinLathrop Re:Why does anyone use PayPal? (294 comments)

Or they do what the did to me, Hey you used your credit card with us to buy some gas at a place near work instead of home and that is suspicious so we are locking your account. Can't dispute, can't close it. It is here forever locked down till your grandkids die (or paypal dies whichever comes first).
At least I didn't actually have any funds in it.
I hope they die soon.

about 2 years ago

How Long Is Your Morning Commute?

TobinLathrop Re:Depends (353 comments)

Yeah 4 days a week the commute is amble down the stairs with coffee in my jammies and crank up the vpn. On Friday I get up early shower, etc. and commute about 20 to 40 minutes depending on traffic to the local data center to be a rotating warm body on site in case someone actually needs to touch a server.

about 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Wrist Watch For the Tech Minded

TobinLathrop Re:Don't post while idiot (466 comments)

There's a reason wristwatches supplanted pocket ones.

Fashion trends are cyclical.
After enough years, everything old is new again.

Fashion has more to do with men wearing wrist watches in general, they were considered too feminine till WWI when the watches worn by the pilots caught on. I honesty have been considering a pocket watch to replace my 10+ year old Fossil. We don't think too much about it as we grew up with it being normal.

more than 2 years ago

Student Expelled From Indiana High School For Tweeting Profanity

TobinLathrop Re:Swearing in general (349 comments)

Hell half of my high school teachers would have been fucking well expelled as well.

more than 2 years ago



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