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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

carlhirsch Re:Rogue AP Shunning is not a crime. (278 comments)

Hamstrung by my typo, here.

Even though I don't quite agree, you're definitely on the crux of the problem. I say they weren't actually creating interference, just talking idiotically on the channel as was their right on their own property. I'm sure they were staying within their regulated wattage allotment per individual station.

about 4 months ago

Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

carlhirsch Rogue AP Shunning is not a crime. (278 comments)

Marriott's behavior smacks of shadiness and price-gouging, but they ware well within their rights on their own private property. Doing this in a public space might be interfering with common services, but in this context Marriott was simply regulating congestion on their internal network. There's only so many channels of available spectrum, especially at 802.11b/2.4ghz. It's simplex communication; more than a few hosts talking at once will absolutely saturate the pipe. You can throw more access points on different channels at the problem but eventually crosstalk and back-off timers bring things to a halt.

Could the hotel/conference center have 86'd a disruptive patron with their own security and not the police? If so, it's a private space and internal network regulation at ISO Layer 2 and above is a private matter. If they're not interfering with somebody's communication on a Layer 1, laws-of-physics level, I consider it to be outside the FCC's purview. I doubt they were disrupting cell service, so usb-connected MiFis likely worked just fine.

I hate attaching civil rights and civil liberties to corporate persons, but the fact of the matter is that this decision, if upheld, could be misapplied to the use and management of WiFi in many other contexts.

about 4 months ago

Weev's Attorney Says FBI Is Intercepting His Client's Mail

carlhirsch More Evidence... (109 comments)

that Tor is an insecure means of communication.

about 10 months ago

BBC: Amazon Workers Face "Increased Risk of Mental Illness"

carlhirsch Today's Tautology (321 comments)

Dehumanizing Work Is Dehumanizing.

about a year ago

Fighting Zombies? Chevrolet Reveals New "Black Ops" Concept Truck

carlhirsch Re:Does anyone understand the "zombies" craze? (220 comments)

Mod parent up. This is not trolling, this is Real Talk. Cruise some gun messageboards or conservative-leaning political forums if you don't believe me. So, mod parent up.

Note: it's not an exclusively racial phenomenon, it's also a good stand-in for hating and fearing the poor folks in general.

about a year ago

Intel's Wine-Powered Microprocessor

carlhirsch Cheer up, meatbags (126 comments)

And that's the story of how Bender's great-grandpappy was born.

about a year ago

Joining Lavabit Et Al, Groklaw Shuts Down Because of NSA Dragnet

carlhirsch Re:PGP? (986 comments)

From the statement:
"They tell us that if you send or receive an email from outside the US, it will be read. If it's encrypted, they keep it for five years, presumably in the hopes of tech advancing to be able to decrypt it against your will and without your knowledge. Groklaw has readers all over the world."

about a year and a half ago

HTC Profits Drop By 79%

carlhirsch Done with HTC (209 comments)

For me, HTC's strength was their continued devotion to physical QWERTY siding keyboards. I'm simply not going to be SSH-ing into a server with a touchscreen.

Two things have sunk this affection. First, HTC (like the rest of the industry) is moving away from physical keyboards. Second, the last QWERTY I got from them crapped out in a really disappointing way. I had a MyTouch 4G slide, also known as the HTC Doubleshot. Really nice phone, decent modding community. The thing is, it's got a design flaw. The flex cable between the front and back halves of the phone failed, causing a whole basket of things to go wrong. When I disassembled the unit, I could clearly see how the edge of a metal bracket was rubbing against the cable every time the phone was opened or closed.

If you've got a HTC Doubleshot, it's just a matter of time before it fails. I'm sure the design engineers recognized this problem but they likely had their fix overruled to save production cost or hustle the unit out the door. Worse, it could have been planned obsolescence, given that the problem manifested a month after the warranty expired.

Meanwhile, my HTC Dream is chugging along with new old-stock units available for $90, and HTC has walked away from the one thing they did better than the rest of the industry .

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Rugged E-book Reader?

carlhirsch Nook Simple or other eInk reader (126 comments)

It seems to me an eInk display is a good idea here because of its performance under open sunlight.

The Nook is rootable, fits in a cargo pants pocket, and has incredible battery life.

There's waterproof cases to be had on eBay, but I prefer a pleather booklet cover. The Nook's front face seems pretty watertight and I use a drybag for watertight storage.

It's only barely useable for browsing, but it's a beast for ePubs and passable for PDFs.

more than 2 years ago

Google Releases Android 4.1 SDK

carlhirsch Cart before the horse? (58 comments)

Wouldn't it have been traditional for them to make the SDK available before the OS dropped, to make sure there was a base of current apps in place when devices started shipping?

I can only imagine the SDK was available to certain select developers for months, while the Nexus 7 was in testing and such-like.

more than 2 years ago

Leaked Assassin's Creed 3 Screenshots Show American Revolution

carlhirsch Upcoming DLC (100 comments)

Predator Drone Operator Mode: Unlocked!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Distro For Linux Lessons?

carlhirsch Re:Linux from Scratch (319 comments)

I wish I had mod points today. The Linux From Scratch project is an excellent learning tool, for understanding Linux internals as well as Unixish thinking in general.

more than 2 years ago

FreeBSD 9.0 Released

carlhirsch Re:+5 New stuff (418 comments)

Can you point to documentation on CCF? I'm not seeing reference to it on the FreeBSD wiki.

about 3 years ago

Site Offers History of Torrent Downloads By IP

carlhirsch Facebook data harvesting tool (340 comments)

Well, at least we know how they're monetizing this admittedly slick database; they won't allow you to submit a removal request until you provide your facebook credentials. To even reach the text below, you need to unblock Facebook in NoScript:
Removal Request

What’s the matter? You’re brave enough to steal music, movies and programs but only because you thought you weren’t going to get caught? Well whoever told you that was completely wrong and now your information has gone public. Are you afraid of media companies finding out that you’re a pirate or are you afraid of your friends finding out exactly what you’ve been downloading? Whatever your reason may be, the internet is no place for secrets. Even if you use every precaution in the book, there’s always a chance that someone like us will figure out what you’ve been up to. Because, the reality is, if man made it...man will get around it...and man will figure out how to exploit it. It’s just human nature.

Anyway, like we said before, luck is on your side today because we’re actually nicer than we let on. I never said we wouldn’t bust your chops about it, but at least we’re offering you a chance to redeem yourself — The details can be found after logging in to your Facebook account.

more than 3 years ago

Regulators Investigating Unpaid Internships

carlhirsch Unpaid Interns are Worse than Scabs (182 comments)

Unpaid interns are worse than scabs.

They are, however, great examples of the invisible hand in action during a down market.

more than 4 years ago

A Look Into the Chinese Hacker Underworld

carlhirsch Re:Well now... (198 comments)

Oranges were first domesticated in China and SE Asia.

Your cultural chauvinism is showing!

more than 4 years ago

Complaints Pour In After Digital TV Test

carlhirsch Re:How is CH 2 HD coming in for you they have a we (537 comments)

It's a weak signal, but I seem to be doing okay. The big problem is that Channel 2 CBS is VHF (and staying VHF I believe) while most HD channels are on UHF spectrum. And you're right, they're very low power.

I've got a smeller UHF/VHF antenna in addition to my large UHF antenna, and they're both run into a UHF/VHF signal combiner. Then the signal goes through an inline amplifier and is connected to my 3 ATSC tuners via a splitter. I'd like to get a better VHF non-combo antenna, then I'm sure CBS would be no problem.

it's usually a balancing act for me between picking up CBS2 and WGN9.

more than 6 years ago


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