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

bobjr94 Thats why we have modem & router seperate (291 comments)

Thats why we have 2 separate devices at my office. A non-wifi modem plugged into our own router. Faster, no unwanted traffic, no security issues and no monthly rental fees. Just buy your own equipment then you can stop complaining about what comcast is doing with their router in your home or office. They can not force you to rent from them, if they say so ask to talk to someone else.

about a week ago
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First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

bobjr94 Re:TIE-Fighters flying in Atmosphere?!?!?!?! (390 comments)

Remember this was a long, long time ago. Maybe ion's were heavier back then and could produce more thrust. The ion cannon on the ground at the start of EP 5 seemed to pack quite a bit of punch.

about three weeks ago
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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

bobjr94 Yeah WMP, now supporting 2004 formats (313 comments)

Not a reason to upgrade to Win 10. A tiny (180k ?) free download adds support for these if you want to use WMP.

about three weeks ago
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Consortium Roadmap Shows 100TB Hard Drives Possible By 2025

bobjr94 Who would need that ? (215 comments)

The average new computer being sold today sits on a desk in an office or is a facebook machine at home. It will have in it 500GB to 1TB of storage on average ? Then whats the actual usage, 20% or less ? I have people asking me all the time, my computer is slow do I have too many pictures on it ? I look at their drive, 482GB capacity, 404GB free.

Sure there are some users who have hundreds of movies stored on their computer and businesses and datacenters who would love a drive like that but by number of computers, thats a small percentage. A majority of computers would do much better with just a SSD 1/4 the size of the HDD they currently have. A faster system overall, bootup times cut by 60%, 20-30 minutes more battery life in laptops....

about three weeks ago
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Introducing Slashdot Deals

bobjr94 Thanks goodness (37 comments)

It's about time, since there is no place else to buy electronics and gadgets on this internets.

about three weeks ago
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What is your computer most often plugged into?

bobjr94 I bet half the answers are wrong (236 comments)

I would bet many people saying surge protector are actually just using a power strip with an on/off switch or a power strip with a fuse or breaker. Their 'surge protector' has no surge arresting ability at all, just over current protection, to save it's self from someone drawing to much power though it.

about three weeks ago
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I'm most interested in robots that will...

bobjr94 Re:Basic jobs, but not to avoid talking (307 comments)

Yes but half the time the TPMS comes on, the sensor it self has gone bad and the tire is fine. More systems monitoring more things = more things breaking. Same with self driving cars, even more things to break and more cars in the shop for even more expensive parts.

about a month ago
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Firefox Signs Five-Year Deal With Yahoo, Drops Google as Default Search Engine

bobjr94 End of firefox ? (400 comments)

I thought mozilla was not for profit, so who's getting the money ? Then whats next, suggested (sponsored ) web pages, killing extensions like ad blockers and more annoyances. It just takes a second to say make chrome the default browser.

about a month ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

bobjr94 Re:Meh (257 comments)

Thats why I buy from newegg, they never charge me tax. Amazon charges tax but not newegg, if they both have the same price I order from newegg since Im saving almost 10% in tax.

about a month ago
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Data Center Study Reveals Top 5 SMART Stats That Correlate To Drive Failures

bobjr94 Re:Cool data but... (142 comments)

Ive seen that as well. But I have had drives that report a SMART error at boot for years and still never failed (nothing important on that drive, thats why I didnt care) Maybe they would just rather the end user surprisingly looses all their data one day, rather then be troubled by a message at boot up when a problem us suspected.

I would like to see SMART tools built into Windows and other OS's (maybe there are some I don't know about). Especially since some of my computers are up for 6 months or more at a time, a drive could be fine 4 or 5 months ago when it was last booted, but I wont get a smart message until next reboot, maybe a month or two from now, after it's to late.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

bobjr94 Expensive and will be unused (698 comments)

What are there, maybe 4 school shootings per year in the US ? And 98,000 public schools. What does that make the odds of a school actually having a shooting, about 1 in 25,000 ?

about a month ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

bobjr94 Waterfox (181 comments)

Ive been running Waterfox (64 bit firefox) for several years now. I'm not sure what difference it really makes but makes me feel better.

about a month ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

bobjr94 I work at a small dealer and yes its common (271 comments)

How they work is the are hidden under the dash, usually with a Y cable running off the OBD2 port just for the power feed. Just plug and play, about a 5 minute install. The devices cost around $100. For a bit more you can get one with a battery back-up, so if the car is left abandoned, it will signal the dealer the vehicle battery is now dead and here is the location. usually once a day (often 23 hours apart) they send their location, so after a few weeks you know the car's typical location day and night.

Many times the customer is not told at all. It's still a grey area if this is legal since the car is property of the dealer. Once the car is paid off the device (and monthly service charge) is disabled. If the customer is told, it's not made clear what the device is used for. There will be a line in the sales contract saying - your vehicle may include an anti-theft device - That's all. What's not said is the anti-theft device only benefits the dealer, and will be used so the repoman can come pick up your car.

In the dealer defense, buy here - pay here customers are the bottom of the credit barrel and no big name dealer would touch them. They will have 1 or more repossessions, maybe 5 or more accounts in collections, a bunch more of charged off accounts they just gave up on and maybe an eviction from their last apartment. So the dealer knows they don't like to pay for things they buy. There is only about a 50% chance they will actually pay off the car they are buying.

about a month ago
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Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

bobjr94 Re:About effing time (214 comments)

Good. I was worried Android was getting ready to loose expandable storage, likely under pressure from manufactures, so they can charge ridiculous amount of money for extra storage. Like Apple has always done of course.

about a month and a half ago
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Will HP's $200 Stream 11 Make People Forget About Chromebooks?

bobjr94 Re:E'rethin' Old is New Again (232 comments)

I still have and use an eee pc 1000hd. It has an extended battery and SSD, boots up very fast and runs a long time. For web, facebook, slashdot and youtube (not HD) its fine. I even have some games on it, warcraft 2 & 3, they run great on 8 year old hardware. This machine with non expandable 2gb ram and 32gb drive is just not going to do it for me. I can spend another 75$ and get a real mini laptop thats upgradeable for the future.

about a month and a half ago
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Ken Ham's Ark Torpedoed With Charges of Religious Discrimination

bobjr94 Re:Sanity? (451 comments)

Eventually states like Kentucky will see supporting this kind of thing makes them look pretty out of date. No place the younger generations will want to move or stay to raise their family and not a place to bring high tech businesses. Just a place where old white factory workers live and work, who do the same job for 50 years with just above basic work skills.

about a month and a half ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

bobjr94 Re:'Bout time (175 comments)

That will work great for a few years, until hit a recession or slowdown in taxes and first thing they will do is jack up the rates.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?

bobjr94 Ive been doing that for years (107 comments)

We still have no cable/dsl service near our house. My current setup is a Pantech uml295 4G usb modem, plugged into a cradelpoint mbr95 router, using a 20gb monthly plan from millenicom. They use Verizon's network, its the strongest where we live. They do throttle the speeds though, I get about 250-300k per second max, if I swap in a real verizon sim, I get around 750-1000k downloads. No problem with voip, we use vonage for our home phone and wifi calling on our tmobile phones.

about 2 months ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

bobjr94 its not needed anyway (406 comments)

What are the odds your plane will crash, 1 in 10 million ? What are the odds the 4 year old bedhind your seat till throw a fit when their ipod ges taken away when they want to watch a movie, 1 in 2 ? Im for keeping the kids and passengers happy. Their speech is pretty useless anyway, if you have been in a car since 1952 then you know how to use a seatbelt.

about 2 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

bobjr94 Re: blocking the networks owners ? (429 comments)

The wifi owners are lying to you and you want to block them, so you want to block them from their own network ? Not how it works...Y,ou will be end up banned from their wifi for blocking traffic. If your that worried about it, buy your own hotspot.

about 2 months ago

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