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

cogeek Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

Maximum transmission speed on a single coax cable last I heard was 100mbps. Since I have a 40 mbps connection rate and 5 televisions all hooked up with HD channels, how exactly could they double that without cutting into my bandwidth?

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

cogeek Re:It's a separate connection (474 comments)

There's only one cable coming from the pole to my home, so how is it a different connection? Of course it will use your bandwidth, just as every other Comcast customer in my area affects my bandwidth.

about a month and a half ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

cogeek Re:Who owns them? (474 comments)

Yeah, and both the subscriber and the freeloader will get the same amount of bandwidth I pay for every month from Comcast? Do they magically double the connection speed? Because I'm already at the highest level Internet they offer.

about a month and a half ago
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Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

cogeek Re:Not Anticipated (139 comments)

You give the government too much credit. Common core doesn't take location into account at all. It's a one-size will be imposed on all solution.

about a month and a half ago
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Parents Mobilize Against States' Student Data Mining

cogeek Re:Not Anticipated (139 comments)

More likely they were just high. It's ridiculous to think that what works for kids in Florida works for kids in Hawaii, or what works for kids in Arizona works for kids in New York. This kind of data is just meant for tracking, it wouldn't be used to improve a thing.

about a month and a half ago
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I Want a Kindle Killer

cogeek Re:What I would like in a Kindle (321 comments)

Every Android tablet I've owned has a hard reset button. Hold the power button down for 3-5 seconds and it powers off.

about 2 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

cogeek Re:save money (483 comments)

It's a sure fired way to make sure they don't become repeat offenders.

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

cogeek Re:LOL ... no ... (251 comments)

First game that made me sick was Prey. All the twisting and turning as soon as you come through the portal, too much for this old fart.

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

cogeek Re:The Good Old Days! (522 comments)

Yes, stopping mid-sentence every 5 seconds or so and pressing Ctrl-Z is highly conducive to the creative process. Thanks for proving the author's point that newer isn't always better.

about 2 months ago
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Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

cogeek The Good Old Days! (522 comments)

I still remember WordPerfect 5.1 running on DOS, once you had all the shortcut keys memorized, was lightning fast and did just what it was supposed to. I get so pissed off clicking on the little blue lightning bolt every 5 seconds to undo something Microsoft thought it was helping me "fix."

about 2 months ago
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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

cogeek Re:Denver (784 comments)

No, Denver is full, stay in California!

about 2 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

cogeek Re: And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

Keep up on the laws, multiple states have laws in place that require this technology be installed on all handguns once it's available. Whether it works or not doesn't matter, just if it's available.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Tell a Compelling Story About IT Infrastructure?

cogeek Re:Save your breath. (192 comments)

PowerPoint! Who doesn't appreciate a good PowerPoint presentation?

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There really needs to be a sarcasm font...

about 2 months ago
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The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling

cogeek Google, you're our only hope! (258 comments)

Please just mention you're coming to Denver, would love to see how Comcass and CenturyLunk react.

about 3 months ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

cogeek Re:Funding (311 comments)

The Mossberg 500 is a shotgun, not a rifle. The difference is similar to being asked to find the value of pi and coming up with the acceleration of gravity. Yes, they both have numbers and decimal places, but two very different things.

about 3 months ago
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UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

cogeek Irreversible? (987 comments)

Well, the report says the effects are irreversible, so does this mean we can finally stop worrying about it now?

about 4 months ago
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How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

cogeek Re:Hmmm... (983 comments)

He did say station wagon, maybe he was referring to 8-track tapes....

about 4 months ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

cogeek Re:umm (712 comments)

Think of the birds! Wind power kills birds. Can't have that! Unless you take out all the animal activists first..... and while you're at it, take out the environmentalists... then of course you'll have to take out the lawyers, so they don't put you on trial for murder... then the politicians, they'll just make a mess of everything all over again.... I think that sort of reduction of population would be enough to bring energy usage down to a point where coal won't have that much of an impact on the environment anymore.

about 4 months ago
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Should programming be a required curriculum in public schools?

cogeek Problem Solving (313 comments)

I think problem solving and logic are much more important than coding itself. Lots of kids have no interest in coding and it will just be another class they struggle in. Teach them how to solve a problem logically and they can apply it to lots of things in life. Coding can be used as examples to show how the logic flows through the process from beginning to end, but to try and force a bunch of kids to learn how to code variables, If Then statements, recursive loops, I'd be banging my head against a wall as a teacher.

about 5 months ago

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