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How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Zebai Re:Not impressed (157 comments)

I'm unique as well, however the it gave a list of what items I was unique in Namely the only thing that I did not share with the vast majority of others was the exact nature of my plugin list. The exact version and names of all enabled plugins apparently had a unique configuration..Personally I don't see a need to broadcast my plugin list is there anyway to prevent it?

3 days ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

Zebai Re:I am by no means a fan of Comcast... (291 comments)

I'm not a huge fan of many of Comcast policy's but in this case... They don't need your consent, it is their property, under a lease agreement, and they are allowed to modify that agreement at will with notice (and they DO print notices about pending hotspot activations on the statements). I haven't read the service agreement myself but I'm pretty sure that cost to power leased devices is mentioned somehow. In any case you can disable the feature yourself without talking to anyone by logging into your account online. If your that much concerned about it beyond this you should be using your own modem anyway as the gateway is a POS.

The home hotspots also require login prior to use, they can't be used anonymous by non comcast customers

about a week ago
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Volcanic Eruption In Japan Disrupts Flights

Zebai Re:Only a kilometer high? (24 comments)

It's not the cloud that's a danger, as that's easily seen and avoided but what the cloud represents.. Tons of earth thrown into the air at high speed in random directions. The cloud is where it is most dense but there are likely rocks being thrown around in smaller quantities every which way that could easily hit a plane and destroy it.

about three weeks ago
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First Victims of the Stuxnet Worm Revealed

Zebai Expensive ? (39 comments)

I think i lost interest in anything this article says when I read " extremely expensive zero-day vulnerabilities".

about a month ago
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Will Fiber-To-the-Home Create a New Digital Divide?

Zebai Re:Healthcare? (291 comments)

Was just about to mention he has numbers off when i saw your post. Also would like to point out they aren't avoiding fiber to the home in all areas, I am aware of a few communities that have negotiated for fiber the home for comcast so its not like such an event is not impossible if there's strong enough community demand for it. I personally don't see the need for the cost of it, I'm personally satisfied with my 50mbps as most places I connect to do not saturate what I already have and likely will not for many years. Higher speeds do exist in my area (Comcast offers 505mbps here) but I doubt I would upgrade even if the cost wasn't the massive $300/mo

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Zebai Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

It depends heavily on what your calling in for, for example if you call in for internet issues chances are your going to get outsourced ( and i don't blame them for this a lot of internet calls tend to be PC/router issues). It also depends on where you live, some areas by contract require certain considerations such as hold time, outage response times..those areas are routed domestically to certain areas that are aware of those requirements. There is also some quality control, if it detects you have spoken to a large number of reps over a short period it has a higher priority to be routed domestically as well as it is obvious your problem is not getting solved.

I think the biggest problem with comcast is that the upper management ignores the lack of quality control and accountability for outsourced support that local agents are subject to. Even if every mistake or bad behavior is reported (which it is not simply because you just don't have the time and have to fix it and move on) the difficulty of reporting that behavior to out of country management team and ensuring that they correct it is alot higher than sending msg to an internal manager/sup.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Zebai Re:+1 for this Post (427 comments)

I'm using a netgear WNDR3800 with gargoyle branded vs of openwrt. Works absolutely perfect, its an older model now but I don't need AC support and it's above average cpu and memory for a router even under heavy usage its barely peaks over 20% capacity and I've never noticed a single time where it has dropped my connection or need to be reset at all in the past 4 years

Memory Usage:17.7MB / 123.7MB (14.3%)
Connections:337/4096
CPU Load Averages:0.07 / 0.03 / 0.05 (1/5/15 minutes)

about 4 months ago
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Google Sells Maine Barge For Scrap

Zebai Re:Why is this news? Seriously? (79 comments)

If a mysterious project from a major tech company gets dropped silently how is this not news for nerds?

about 4 months ago
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Autonomous Sea-Robot Survives Massive Typhoon

Zebai Is this an achievement? (47 comments)

Am I only one who doesn't think this is all that impressive? A manned ship surviving, yes, a stationary building surviving yes, but a unmanned sealed drone that has no problem being submerged in the water with nothing to collide against it without need to stay upright? I could achieve similar results as this drone by putting some gear in a steel container and letting throwing it out to sea. Its other purposes aside "shrugging" off a storm of any size should be trivial for such an object.

about 5 months ago
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EFF Releases Wireless Router Firmware For Open Access Points

Zebai Re:Obsolete before it was released. (56 comments)

Other than reduced availability for sale I don't think being end of life should really matter you would not get support from netgear on a custom firmware.

I just feels to me like the EFF wants to reinvent the wheel here. There are already routers/firmwares out there that support multiple wifi ssid's just make one of them a guest id public or not.

about 5 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Zebai Re:Liability (474 comments)

You still have to sign in to a comcast ID to use the public hotspots the ones broadcasting your home does not have a free time period.

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Zebai Re:Liability (474 comments)

Those modems are ip6 enabled so they should have plenty

about 6 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Zebai Re:Liability (474 comments)

The hotspot is only broadcast from the rented wireless gateway router/modem combo devices and it supports multiple IP addresses so the public hotspot is off a 2nd, isolated IP to prevent any problem with copyright etc.. It also doesn't count against your bandwidth or usage so you can still use your full speed your signed up for. Personally though I'd rather not have it my home either but I went out of my way to get a regular EMTA modem instead of the gateway for other reasons (the device itself is rather crappy)

about 6 months ago
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Cable TV Prices Rising At Four Times the Inflation Rate

Zebai Re:more money - less quality (286 comments)

Comcast trialed this is the Charleston, NC area, or did for many years. You buy a core package for basic service and then you can addon additional packs by category, sports, news, family, movies etc.. Last I heard of it it wasn't popular enough to keep maintaining and is being phased out. Most people were in the category that they didn't pay enough attention or make the effort to save money or chose to save money by discount hopping.

about 7 months ago
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Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

Zebai Re:next 50 to 100 years? (453 comments)

I think I have to comment on this one. Say your right, there is 1 in 1,000,000,000 chance of even micro organisms being on another planet, and another 1 in billion of it being intelligent. That would still leave chances of life to be in the BILLIONS and we can't even see all of it because the light takes so long to travel the birth of distant stars from billions of years ago hasn't even reached us yet. As long as the chance is not 0% which it is not because we are here then some where in the universe there are other intelligent life forms however our chance of ever being able find them are equally infinitesimal.

about 7 months ago
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

Zebai Re:Just out of curiosity (107 comments)

I'm not really for it but i'm not against it either, most of the people here yelling against it are against it just because they don't like comcast. Comcast has a lot of faults but I don't see how refusing this merger will make things better or worse for anyone, It will not really stifle competition because the companies don't really compete with each other and Time Warner has just as much problems as comcast does its just different problems. If i had one major thing to gripe about comcast its their decision to rely outsourcers who by their very nature care nothing about the customer only that the quickest they get done with that job or that call the more jobs or calls they can do that day and more money they can make so they have less focus on resolving things than just pushing you off to the next person.

about 8 months ago
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Final Fantasy XIV Failed Due To Overly Detailed Flowerpots

Zebai Re:Ivory tower much? (195 comments)

As someone who actually tried the revamped version I believe they have done a good job fixing all the concerns your listed above. There's no need to grind at all for your primary class as quests can take you the entire way there. If for any reason you find you don't know where to go next they have a very nice recommended quest/zone/dungeon list and loading is not any worse than any other game. I played a new character up to around 35 on my main class and I enjoyed most of it. Not playing it anymore but that's more me not spending as much time playing games period anymore.

about 9 months ago
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Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Zebai Re:A wild competition appeared (338 comments)

I forgot one tier, some areas have a 305 package also

about a year ago
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Google Fiber Launches In Provo — and Here's What It Feels Like

Zebai Re:A wild competition appeared (338 comments)

I think you may be incorrect on those speeds. Comcast speed tiers are 3/6/25/50/105/515(certain Northeast markets only) There may be regional offers on price but the actual speeds are uniform

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Convince an ISP To Bury Cable In Your Neighborhood?

Zebai Re:The basics... (324 comments)

I work for a cable company and sat near the Commercial Dev agents for several years it was not uncommon for them to negotiate deals to lay new construction. Many communities opted for bulk agreements as part of the deal that required some basic level of service for all members for a number of years resulting in the cable company willing to cover a larger portion of the construction cost, sometimes all of it.

about a year ago

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