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Bad "Buss Duct" Causes Week-long Closure of 5,000 Employee Federal Complex

apraetor Re:Link doesn't work (117 comments)

It's not a link. Someone put an <a>..</a> tag around text, there's no href component with a URL provided.

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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

apraetor Re: Alternative explanation (361 comments)

Verizon was called-out for refusing to do it, simultaneously refusing to increase their L3 peering (for free!) to compensate, and then claiming Netflix was the cause of degraded Netflix streaming: http://blog.level3.com/global-...

yesterday
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

apraetor Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (361 comments)

Having large sections of the backbone slowly replaced by websites peering directly to ISPs also is a threat to the internet. It allows levels of douchebaggery which can't be achieved when the bulk of traffic travels via L3 and their competitors. When ISPs start peering directly, beyond the level of simple CDNs, they're effectively becoming their own paywalled "internet".. AOL much?

yesterday
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

apraetor Re: Speed tests (361 comments)

Try testmy.net, they don't colocate with ISPs.

yesterday
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:So (310 comments)

What about government forms that require a signature attesting to the validity of the information, under penalty of perjury?

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:So (310 comments)

"in to" and "into" are not equivalents.

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:Your tax dollars @ work (310 comments)

No. Radio cars are police cars, dispatched via radio -- the usual every-day panda cars. The officers in the chopper just guided them to where the drone pilots were located. Still a giant waste of resources.

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:Obligatory Car Analogy (310 comments)

And everything that falls outside both lists is left to the States to decide.

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:So (310 comments)

Hopefully the drone pilots file an FAA complaint, that should be sufficient to get at LEAST a suspension of the officer's flight status. He caused an accident under Part 830 by intentionally entering another craft's airspace.

about two weeks ago
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Police Recording Confirms NYPD Flew At a Drone and Never Feared Crashing

apraetor Re:So (310 comments)

Cars on the ground can, with little exception, stop any time they feel like giving up the chase and turning themselves in to the officers. Aircraft have no such ability, and if you were being actively closely pursued by another aircraft it could even prove fatal to try and land. That doesn't even take into account the risks involved to the people on the ground below, who the police in this case endangered by engaging in pursuit -- the correct action would be to have the ATC track the belligerent until it landed, and arrest the pilots there. Following it at high speed, closely, it precisely what FAA regulations were intended to prevent.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Charges $750 for One Minute of International Data Roaming

apraetor T-Mobile has unlimited roaming (1 comments)

This is why I changed carriers to T-Mobile, despite crappy coverage in my area -- unlimited international roaming for voice & data.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

apraetor Re:Nexus 4? (259 comments)

I'll buy your argument, up until the last sentence. 4G was already a defined technology, which had been advertised to the public as having specific features. Verizon/ATT/TMobile/Sprint decided to redefine the term, but clearly didn't want to try too hard letting their subscribers know the "new 4G network" wasn't the same 4G we'd all been told to expect.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Do 4G World Phones Exist?

apraetor Re:Yes (259 comments)

T-Mobile's Simple Choice unlimited voice/data plans include unlimited international roaming, as well.

about 2 months ago
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It's Time For the Descent Games Return

apraetor Heard of "Retrovirus"? (251 comments)

It's available on Steam for cheap, and it is very much a 3-axis Descent-type game. The premise is different, and absurd, but it's fun and gave me a reason to acclimate to dual thumb-sticks again.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Distributed Online Storage For Families?

apraetor Re:s3 (168 comments)

I don't see Amazon in the list of supported hosting providers.

about 6 months ago
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Digital Electronic Starter Kits.

apraetor Try Velleman (2 comments)

I'd recommend including the K8055 board from Velleman; they also have some great general kits. The K8055 is a cheapo ADC/DAC board that gives you some channels to play with via USB. It comes with a DLL for Visual Studio, plus a LabVIEW module for drag-and-drop simplicity.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: MMORPG Recommendations?

apraetor Best free rpg: Path of Exile (555 comments)

It's free to play, but features an amazingly complex and interconnected skill tree. Any class can use any combination of skills; it's just where on the 2D skill matrix you start that changes.

about 8 months ago
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Avast, me hearties! Antigua to legally pirate US copyrighted works

apraetor It's not piracy (1 comments)

You can't call it piracy when the actions are legally sanctioned by the WTO.

about 9 months ago
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CEO who resisted NSA spying is out of prison

apraetor Given how things have turned out lately.. (1 comments)

..the NSA is never going to effectively convince folks they WEREN'T behind it, even if they really are innocent.

about 10 months ago
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Study: Our 3D Universe Could Have Originated From a 4D Black Hole

apraetor Re:Uhhh... what did he just say to us? (337 comments)

Nope, the math doesn't wash if you're considering a universe with less than 3 spatial + 1 time dimension. Planetary orbits wouldn't be stable, for example.

about 10 months ago

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Child Porn Suspect Must Decrypt Own External Hard Drive

apraetor apraetor writes  |  about a year ago

apraetor (248989) writes "I wonder how this stacks up against recent federal court rulings related to border searches and self-incrimination.

MILWAUKEE (CN) — A man suspected of housing child pornography on his hard drives must help the U.S. government decrypt them, a federal magistrate ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan Jr. issued the order last week, overturning an earlier decision that said the suspect, Jeffrey Feldman, was protected by his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.

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Apple sells apps that don't actually *do* anything

apraetor apraetor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

apraetor (248989) writes "This app, like many others in the Apple App Store, claims to do things which are patently untrue. In addition, the claims are things which the iPhone OS SDK outright bans developers from doing. For example, the app claims to repair battery capacity issues. Meanwhile, the SDK allows only polling the battery's current charge % and state (i.e. charging, full, discharging). An email I sent to Apple's App Store support last week has gone unanswered.

This app is such bs. It doesn’t actually *do* anything. The “features” it claims are all built-in to iPhone OS anyway. It relies on the naivety of users for sales; it is unfortunate that Apple, which purports to “approve” apps for customer protection, lets dishonest developers openly deceive those same customers for profit. The developer claims that the app “performs maintenance” to restore lost battery life, but the iPhone SDK documentation makes it clear that 3rd party apps can do nothing other than display the current charge of the battery, and the charge status.
“Magical battery-fixing junk”
This app claims to increase your iPhone volume.. yet another piece of Apple-approved deceptive advertising."

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