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

backbyter Re:Monthly quota? (474 comments)

The usage is tied to the visitor's account, not necessarily the home owner. Does lead to interesting questions though. Is a subscriber usage limited (capped) when using other peoples wifi, if not, what happens when the home owner logs into their own router as a visitor?

about 3 months ago

Do We Really Have a Shortage of STEM Workers?

backbyter Better (491 comments)

My favorite was when I was labeled as part of a 'Supply Chain' by a fairly large defense contractor.

about 7 months ago

I most recently switched ISPs ...

backbyter Re:Cox Northern Virginia (250 comments)

Also live in SW Virginia, although I'm fortunate to have 3 wired choices (Cable/DSL/Fiber) and 3G available.

more than 2 years ago

My phone is ...

backbyter Re:Traditional land-line only (274 comments)

For me, it's not the need to feel "in contact" 24/7 as much as it is to enable people to call my number where ever my work has happened to assign me for the moment.

Currently I am in the DC area. But likely as not I will be either down south or in the mid-west for the next week or two.

When I need to connect to the net from my computer and I do not have normal access, I simply turn my phone into a hot spot and connect. Should the fiber to the house go out, I can hook my phone up to my router and all devices on the network now have access to the outside world.

Even if I didn't need a cell phone for work purposes, I'd still have one over a land line as it gives me far more flexibility.

more than 3 years ago

Study Says Software Engineers Have the Best US Jobs

backbyter Re:Mathematician's rank contradicts the old joke: (337 comments)

My neighbor in Fairfax was the only non-academic I've known who earned his living doing theoretical math -- for a certain 3 letter agency and later in the private sector.

more than 3 years ago

Chinese Companies Rent White Foreigners

backbyter Re:Nothing new. (145 comments)

and there were a bunch of cute girls working there.

...and the money would have come around full circle. :)

more than 4 years ago

Study Shows Standing Up To Bullies Is Good For You

backbyter This is good for you (458 comments)

until it isn't.

more than 4 years ago

Google Stops Ads For "Cougar" Sites

backbyter Re:Well... (319 comments)

I wish I had mod points right now! Too funny!

more than 4 years ago

Sony Joins the Offensive Against Pre-Owned Games

backbyter Humph! (461 comments)

I guess since the last game console I bought was a Magnavox Odyssey, this really doesn't affect me directly.

more than 4 years ago

Tracking Browsers Without Cookies Or IP Addresses?

backbyter Re:I'm unique! (265 comments)

And I'm unique at 12,107!

more than 4 years ago

How Men and Women Badly Estimate Their Own Intelligence

backbyter Re:They believe it because it's true (928 comments)

To stay with the initial feline theme, substitute 'pussy' for 'jack-ass'.

more than 4 years ago

FCC Lets Radar Company See Through Walls

backbyter Re:It's time to buy stock ... (179 comments)

Talk about planning... the government banned that in homes years ago...

more than 4 years ago

FCC Lets Radar Company See Through Walls

backbyter Foil strips and a fan. (179 comments)

Order your party supplies now.

more than 4 years ago

Fear Detector To Sniff Out Terrorists

backbyter Re:Yeah, but... (342 comments)

I was thinking it was a take off from Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant:

"...And friends, somewhere in Washington enshrined in some little folder, is a study in black and white of my fingerprints and the only reason I'm singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a situation like that there's only one thing you can do and that's walk into the shrink wherever you are, just walk in say: Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice's restaurant. And walk out.

You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and
they won't take him.

And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them.

And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an

And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singing a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement."

more than 4 years ago

Fear Detector To Sniff Out Terrorists

backbyter Re:Detects terrorists... (342 comments)

or young men who are afraid that their dreams for a virgin will be confused with somebody else's dreams of 71 virgins.

more than 4 years ago

Comcast's New Throttling Plan Uses Trigger Conditions, Not Silent Blocking

backbyter Re:Laws (698 comments)

/. really needs to have *some* posts able to take a +100 moderation or so. Yours would be one such post.

more than 4 years ago

Is There a Future For Mature Games On Wii?

backbyter Re:No (186 comments)

"Slut Wars, the force unleashed on your Wii Wii"

more than 4 years ago

Telco Sues City For Plan To Roll Out Own Broadband

backbyter Monticello needs to talk to Bristol, Va Utilities (681 comments)

I live in Abingdon, VA. Recently, BVU extended their fiber to the house (FTTH) into my neighborhood. I was the first to have it installed on my street.

10MB service @ $55 monthly after all taxes have been applied. They are competing against Comcast & Embarq (two of my previous ISPs) and Charter & Verizon, and lastly the City of Abingdon itself (both paid fiber and free wireless).

Since I live on the edge of town, I am just outside the Abingdon Wireless Mesh reach, so technically it is not available to me, nor are there any plans to make the eva fiber available any time soon.

Additionally, 3g from Verizon & others are available in the area, depending on which side of which mountain you are in.


more than 4 years ago


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