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Tor Now Comes In a Box

bobthecow Re: Make it easy? (150 comments)

Because the information provided isn't sufficient to understand what the box actually does. Does it act as a DHCP provider? How would my devices know to use it? Since it sits inside the network, how would devices which want to use it know its there? Do I have to update proxy settings on browsers?

about a year ago

Compared to its non-Super version, I most prefer ...

bobthecow superfluidity (288 comments)

As above.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: What Magazines Do You Still Read?

bobthecow Re:None (363 comments)

I still read the Economist on paper because the electronic version is more expensive than the print version. Plus, this way I don't have to spend money for a device to read it on every few years.

about 2 years ago

US Postal Service Discontinuing Saturday Mail Delivery

bobthecow Re:That's actually not bad... (582 comments)

No. You must live in a giant subdivision with little boxes made of ticky-tacky.

about 2 years ago

As 4G Seeps In, Verizon Offers Cheap(er) No-Contract 3G Plans

bobthecow Re:Available elsewhere for a while (67 comments)

Right, just go with the $69.95 plan from Page Plus Cellular, and get unlimited talk and messaging and 5GB of data.

Or the $55 plan with 2GB of data.

I was *so happy* when I found them earlier this year after dealing with the terrible service quality on Virgin Mobile.

about 2 years ago

How Old Were You When You First Got a Cell Phone?

bobthecow Re:Back in't old days .... (330 comments)

Unrelated, but I remember ordering a dozen P-150 desktops with build-in zip drives. I found my old parallel-port zip drive in a box under the house at the weekend...

I just threw away my parallel-port zip drive last year. Didn't work anymore. I also had a Fujitsu or Toshiba Lifebook with a zipdrive option. I loved those things for a while.

about 2 years ago

New York Paper Uses Public Records To Publish Gun-Owner Map

bobthecow Re:Brilliant (1232 comments)

"BTW, in a suburban setting it would be considered uncommon to have a neighbor with a gun."

Not in any suburb I've ever lived in. And I live in Northern Illinois, so that's saying something.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Were You Taught About Computers In High School?

bobthecow 1994 (632 comments)

I had a computer science class in high school in 1994 & 1995. We had Apple ][e as I recall, and the coding was done in Basic. Your usual stuff, learning about conditional branching and so forth. Also had typing class.

In 1995 or 1996 I got a dial-up account with Fox Valley Internet for my 486DX which I believe was running OS/2 Warp. Couldn't figure out what I was supposed to do with UUCP, Gopher and Usenet (besides the obvious photo-downloading) so I didn't keep it for more than a few months and went back to chatting on the Lunatic Phringe.

I kept trying to give people my email address...I suppose that'd be like giving someone your pager number now. Most people would call up, hear the beeps, get confused and hang up.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Cell Phone Carrier In the US?

bobthecow Re:impossible question. No ideal carrier exists he (375 comments)

Page Plus Cellular will get you Verizon's native network at much reduced cost. But that depends on whether you care about 4G. If you care about 4G, this won't be an option. Also, the largest amount of data they offer in a monthly plan is 2GB, which is fine for most people, but not if you're a heavy data user via your phone.

more than 2 years ago

The History of the Floppy Disk

bobthecow Re:Read Error (204 comments)

I spent several weeks one summer installing Windows 95 on 60 computers from disk.

I would put the first disk in one computer, finish with disk one on that one, put disk two in that computer and disk one in another, and so forth.

I want my time back.

more than 2 years ago

Is TV Over the 'Net Really Cheaper Than Cable?

bobthecow Re:the cost of cable (285 comments)

AT&T keeps sending my 5-year-old letters offering her really good deals on a UVerse package. I kind of want to have her call in and try to set up an account. I think it would be a fun audio recording.

But, I hate AT&T with a passion, and so I don't ever plan on speaking with them again unless it's unavoidable.

more than 2 years ago

How a 3-Year-Old Can Open a Gun Safe

bobthecow Re:Ignoring political opinions (646 comments)

I think this is feasible, certainly the designs which allow access to the lock release mechanism are a real problem.

The other stuff seems to be mostly a result of the electronic locking design. Most of these use an electromagnet to push or pull a pin into or out of the appropriate spot to keep the bolt from being retracted. These type should never be considered secure if they are mounted, though even then someone with training can defeat them with a rubber mallet and a lot of practice.

But, mostly I would say don't keep your firearms loaded. I don't think most three year olds can rack the slide on a semi-auto, unless the spring is really weak.

Most of all, I would say that if you're going to have firearms, familiarize your children with them the way you would with knives. Most kids don't stab themselves with knives because they're taught to leave them alone. Same logic applies here.

more than 2 years ago

2013 H-1B Visa Supply Nearly Exhausted

bobthecow Re:Thank God. (428 comments)

Last week I found a notice posted that my employer is bringing in an H-1B for $115K per year for a three year contract. I think that's significantly more than most of the 10+ year employees on my floor make.

So I sent a question to the floor director asking what skills are needed that we can't fill from the local resource pool at that salary.


Imagine that.

more than 2 years ago

Sprint Orders All OEMs To Strip Carrier IQ From Their Phones

bobthecow Re:Now if they would only strip the other bloatwar (156 comments)

Oh, but when I sent an email to the CEO to complain, I got a nice call back from a lady who said all that crap is on there because customers want it to be. So, I asked her whether she'd ever read the reviews on the Android Market for the bloatware apps, and that she might notice the reason they're rated low is because people want to be able to uninstall them.

Everybody else who cares should email the CEO as well, and maybe we can get this changed.

more than 3 years ago

AT&T/T-Mobile Merger 'Not In the Public Interest'

bobthecow Re:It might save Sprint, but... (190 comments)

Let's not go encouraging the FCC to mandate anything. You clearly haven't noticed, but government mandates rarely work out well for the consumer. I'm thinking of, oh, I don't know, the fact that I have to pay $60 for an inhaler now because the old ones used CFCs, and so due to the government mandate to eliminate those, there are now no generic options. That also is the case because of a government mandate.

Having competing standards in the US has only been a good thing for the consumer, in my opinion. And, CDMA is the better technology anyway.

more than 3 years ago

What Good Technical Books Adorn Your Library?

bobthecow Re:"Adorn"? (160 comments)

Yeah, see adorn is not really the correct word to use here. Or at least it's a very weird use of the word. I go with the thesaurus theory.

more than 8 years ago


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