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Jury Finds Apple and Samsung Infringed Each Other's Patents

freddieb re Apple vs Samsung (49 comments)

I do not like these patent suits. I actually have a patent but made nothing on it as I worked for the government at the time. We patented the device I worked on so someone could not duplicate it and keep us from making it for our own use. Patents should have never been allow to descend to the level (software nuances ) of these disputes. If Samsung didn't actually steal the code, then how is it different than amd/intel disputes of the past?

about 4 months ago
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WSJ Reports AT&T May Be Eying a $40B DirecTV Acquisition

freddieb Direct TV owns spectrum (73 comments)

Direct TV owns plenty of spectrum. That's probably what ATT wants and probably would preclude the FCC granting such an action.

about 4 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

freddieb re snow (723 comments)

There is no way the gov. authorities could have prevented the problem. Business and schools let out early and created a huge traffic problem and temperatures dropped well into the 20's (F). All most all roads despite traffic became iced over. The city and state did not possess enough sand, salt to cover the affected areas besides by this time there were abandoned cars and trucks. It took my daughter 7 hours to go about 10 miles from work to home mostly due to blocked streets and jammed up traffic.

about 7 months ago
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Linksys Resurrects WRT54G In a New Router

freddieb re wrt54g (310 comments)

Nice specifications. Hard to justify when you can buy a really nice router from Mikrotic for under $100 though. Hopefully the price will drop eventually and it will be competitive.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Project For a Router/Wi-Fi Access Point?

freddieb Use hostapd and Debian or Ubuntu (193 comments)

I have tried what you suggest using both Ubuntu and Debian. I used one of the AR5212/AR5213 HP pci cards however if your laptop will work in the master mode you should be able to use it. I also have a Mikrotik router as someone else suggested. The hostapd solution is not as good as the Mikrotik even though I both are running high power. In my case it is probably the antenna placement. There are plenty of hostapd howto's on the net. wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg Mode:Master Tx-Power=27 dBm Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Power Management:on

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

freddieb re linux distro (573 comments)

I would recommend Debian and Gnome. Ubuntu has too many bells and whistles and it can be funky to setup using bleeding edge kernels and drivers. Another alternative is Centos 6.2. It's essentially Red Hat. The desktop is quite nice. I expect you would learn more with Debian though.

about a year and a half ago
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NASCAR Tries To Squelch Video of Spectators Injured By Crash

freddieb re takedown (359 comments)

Nascar should not have tried to suppress the video. If you look at their new website, it is obvious they don't know much about electronic media. The website is awful. Maybe the art of web design is lost? Surely they could have done better.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?

freddieb re WRT-54GS (334 comments)

I have struggled with the same. I have put dd-wrt on a couple of clones and ending up bricking them with updates or modifications. I have two suggestions. Mikrotik has just come out with a high power ap / router for under $100 bucks. Their routeros is linux based and the new ap/router has a usb port also. I have had good luck running hostapd on a linux server. I presently use one of the high power (EPI-3601S) available from Amazon or Newegg and the latest version of Ubuntu server edition. Works great however, this card doesn't have wireless N.

more than 2 years ago
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RadioShack Trying To Return To Its DIY Roots

freddieb re RS (we are up to RS in parts?) (413 comments)

Radio Shack never was a real good parts store. Olson Electronics was better. There were some local parts stores that were much better (Delta Electronics). Most all of them have vanished. Radio Shack did have a big store that was great (can't remember the name) but it was similar to Allied Radio. We had a local store here in the Atlanta Area. They sold everything from cases to test equipment. Like most of their other trial balloons (Incredible Universe, etc), they went bust. I will go to RS for small parts (led's etc) as it is the only local venue left. We are lucky here in Atlanta to have Fry's. They have most anything that RS would stock and much more of it.

more than 2 years ago
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Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%

freddieb re Apple and Business Market (494 comments)

I wonder if these are laptops? The recent changes to the imac (hard drive replacement - requires Apple part and special cable) would make the imac very expensive to use in a business.

more than 3 years ago
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New Alureon Rootkit Takes Malware To New Level

freddieb Re:Don't worry, Microsoft is on it (135 comments)

The last time I had a windows virus it was Alureon. Every time I clean the drive, it was fine until I reinstalled MSRT. Then it appeared. Finally, I replaced the drive and installed Nortons and have not had another problem. I found only one tool that would actually remove it and it was free from Kaspersky Labs (TDSSKiller).

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Sues Samsung Over Galaxy Phones and Tablets

freddieb Re Apple (465 comments)

I still expect them to sue God over the name Apple.

more than 3 years ago
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Vatican Warns That Internet Promotes Satanism

freddieb re internet (585 comments)

Sounds like a good way to make some money!

more than 3 years ago
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The 30th Anniversary of Osborne Computer

freddieb Re:Wow... thirty years ago... (81 comments)

I always wanted one too. I never actually had an Osborne however, I finally got a taste of CPM..I see why it died now!

more than 3 years ago
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Glen Beck Warns Viewers Not To Use Google

freddieb re Glenn Beck (1276 comments)

Beck is out there for one thing. Money. That's what it's all about. He will say anything to get press and attention so he can sell his books and book his events. He is repulsive.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Debian Matters More Than Ever

freddieb re Debian Squeeze (345 comments)

I have Squeeze running on a desktop and my home server. It is excellent. I have a Ubuntu desktop also. I really see no major difference except with Debian you don't have to update every two days to keep current. The long release cycle is excellent for servers. The new version has the latest bind, php 5.3, etc. Seems really current to me. It also plays Sirus player, compiz, software-center, just like debian. 2.6.27 compiled fine and runs like a top.

more than 3 years ago
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Spinach Could Be Used For Hydrogen Fuel

freddieb re Kyocera Echo (105 comments)

I have had Sprint for a number of years. I have one android phone on my account and my only criticism is the battery life. I expect this dual screen phone will have horrible battery life. I think Sprint really missed the mark on this one. I think most Sprint users were hoping for the iphone4 since Verizon does not have an exclusive contract on that device. Maybe Sprint is not in a position financially to introduce the Iphone. The big intro of the Kyocera may generate enough outcry to bring some new hardware to Sprint. Hopefully the Iphone and/or some of the Motorola Droids.

more than 3 years ago
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Debian 6.0 Released In GNU/Linux, FreeBSD Flavors

freddieb Using Squeeze (250 comments)

I have been using Squeeze for a while now. It's a great package. I was just reading the debian/freebsd wiki. Interesting idea. I may try that in one of my kvm machines. Personally, I love Debian's long stable cycle. The current version is very up-to-date with the latest php (php-fpm via dotdeb), etc. I did compile a 2.6.37 vanilla kernel and that works just fine however, I am using the standard kernel as I could really see no difference on my server. Great job!!

more than 3 years ago
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Fedora 15 Changes Network Device Naming Scheme

freddieb re multiple eth (132 comments)

I have never had much of a problem with multiple eth devices. Sometimes udev gets mixed up and changes the order. You can manually correct this in the udev.d rules. I suppose if you were trying to deploy large numbers of machines this could become problematic. If you knew it was all the same hardware seems you could just code the udev network rules so they would not be modified.

more than 3 years ago
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Fun To Be Had With a 10-Foot Satellite Dish?

freddieb re dish (386 comments)

Google for c band satellite tv. You will find several sources of equipment and programming. I am not sure if there is free programming. There probably is. Commercial users (cable companies and networks) us this band.

about 4 years ago

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FCC proposes a $48,000 fine to man jamming cellphones on interstate 4 in Florida

freddieb freddieb writes  |  about 4 months ago

freddieb (537771) writes "An individual who had been jamming cellphone traffic on interstate 4 in Florida was located by FCC agents with the assistance of Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputies. The individual had reportedly been jamming cellphone traffic on I-4 for two years."
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