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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

macromorgan Re:'Bout time (173 comments)

Don't forget the FCC. Time Warner got their act together very quickly once I complained to the FCC about their cable card fuckery. We'll see if the FCC gets Verizon Wireless into shape for their violations of the C Block auction rules I just complained about.

3 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

macromorgan Re:'Bout time (173 comments)

The "chance" to make a difference has long since past. The general election is just a formality. If you want to have a true impact on who gets elected and what kind of platform they run on, you need to vote in the PRIMARIES. Since so few people do, we end up with these mostly-unelectable assholes who manage to get elected anyway. What we need (in addition to stronger 3rd parties) are more participation in the primaries.

3 days ago
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

macromorgan Re:But what about... (38 comments)

Probably. When can we expect this free market you speak of? I only see a duopoly where I live for wired service, and a 4 player oligopoly for wireless.

about a week ago
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Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

macromorgan Re:Power VR sucks (97 comments)

Bay Trail uses Intel's own HD graphics. Bay Trail is good stuff. It's the Pine Trail that you want to avoid.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

macromorgan Re:Let me get this right (838 comments)

Instead of paying interest, money should have an expiration date. Use it or lose it.

You mean like inflation?

about a week ago
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Android On Intel x86 Tablet Performance Explored: Things Are Improving

macromorgan Re:Power VR sucks (97 comments)

I bought one of these boards with the PowerVR crap, but I knew what I was getting into when I did. It makes a handy headless server, but aside from that it's a paperweight. I'm a bit disappointed that the Nexus Player has an Atom with a PowerVR graphics core; otherwise it would have made not only a compelling purchase on its own merits, but an awesome device that could easily be extended with different media capabilities. With the PowerVR chip it's pretty much Android or nothing.

about a week ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

macromorgan Re:Also announced Nexus player (201 comments)

I suspect it's the Z3560. If I were you I'd be less worried about the bitedness and more worried about the graphics drivers if you wanted to run Linux on this thing. Intel chips with PowerVR graphics have had a terrible track record (compared to Intel chips with in-house graphics).

about two weeks ago
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Tiny Wireless Device Offers Tor Anonymity

macromorgan Re:I wonder how much we can trust it (68 comments)

I would argue that thanks to Edward Snowden, we now know a lot of things we thought were unlikely aren't.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

macromorgan Re:No substitute for the real thing: cat5e or bett (279 comments)

For best performance they need to be on the same breaker switch and not share the breaker with any electric motors or fluorescent lights. If they have noisy devices on their circuit, or are on a different breaker they'll run slower. If they have noisy devices and are on a different phase they may not work at all.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

macromorgan Re:Combine the 2 (279 comments)

A lot of the newer ones should be able to handle a gigabit connection. The problem is (unfortunately) is that it relies on hardware based NAT acceleration which sadly doesn't work with most 3rd party firmwares. I grabbed a Asus RT-AC68U which should get close enough to a gigabit to be okay for my needs; the advantage is it is one of the very few routers that has a 3rd party firmware (AsusWRT Merlin) that maintains NAT acceleration while adding to the factory firmware.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Would You Build a Home Network To Fully Utilize Google Fiber?

macromorgan Re:more than I can technically achieve over wirele (279 comments)

In my experience each stream of 802.11ac in the real world has the same bandwidth of a 100Mb network link. If you go triple stream, you'll be getting about 300Mbps (despite the 1.2Gbps "rating"). There really is no substitute for wired. I just bought a house a few months ago and one of the first things I did was drop CAT6A in as many rooms as I could. It's a pain in the ass since it's an existing 2 story home, but again, there is no substitute for wired.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

macromorgan Re:Population Density centers (346 comments)

Population density is a problem of backbone infrastructure, not last mile infrastructure. The US is on par or better than most nations in the world when it comes to our backbone infrastructure; it's our last mile that equates to a 3rd world internet (at above first world prices). You have only 1 or 2 companies to blame which vary depending upon your market, and that is exactly the problem.

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

macromorgan Re:It's not just Sweden (346 comments)

So which telecom company do you work for? Multiple Verizon references makes me think you work for them...

about two weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

macromorgan Re:not complicated...monopology (346 comments)

You have 3 more choices than I do then, living in one of the largest markets in the US (Dallas-Fort Worth). Additionally, the Swedish model is simultaneously a monopoly and not a monopoly. The infrastructure is provided by the government, but the service is provided by any of a multitude of companies. Personally I think this model is ideal and wish it would be adopted more here in the US. I don't care if the network is owned by a government or highly regulated monopoly, I just think separating service and infrastructure makes sense. It's exactly how we handle our power today where I live. Oncor runs all of the infrastructure, and I get to pick whichever power company I choose. I want that, but for Internet.

about two weeks ago
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Conservative Groups Accuse FCC of Helping Net Neutrality Advocates File Comments

macromorgan Re:Conservatives crying "no fair"? (283 comments)

They're not bitching about fairness. They're trying to delegitimize the 3.7 million comments of which a cursory sampling shows about 99% in favor of greater net neutrality protections. They can't even fake the kind of groundswell support net neutrality got, so they're trying to make it look like an orchestrated movement instead.

about three weeks ago
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Hong Kong Protesters Use Mesh Networks To Organize

macromorgan Re:requires Internet-based sign-up (85 comments)

Then maybe they should be using a series of Pirate Boxes (http://piratebox.cc/)? Although they would only exist in smaller nodes, since they currently don't all mesh together it would still allow you to chat and post pictures/files anonymously, all without going online.

about three weeks ago
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U2 and Apple Collaborate On 'Non-Piratable, Interactive Format For Music'

macromorgan Re:confused (358 comments)

Once Amazon started selling MP3s, I jumped ship from iTunes and never looked back. I imagine even if there was no court order mandating they remove DRM they would have for competitive reasons anyway. Apple may have market power, but not enough to kill the MP3 format I reckon, and it is support for this format that made for a time music purchased from Amazon far better for the iPod than music purchased from iTunes from a consumer standpoint.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

macromorgan Re:Still pretty affordable (393 comments)

I'm taking the supercharger network into account. My concern lay with the fact that if the car as a 100 mile range I'll be stopping every 75 minutes to charge for 30 minutes. It's not the end of the world (and admittedly a first world type problem), but still a big enough of a hassle.

about a month ago
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Is the Tesla Model 3 Actually Going To Cost $50,000?

macromorgan Re:Still pretty affordable (393 comments)

I live in Texas. I'd love to own a Model 3 when they come out. But I'm on a budget, so if the price is closer to $35k I can do it, but at $50k it's not possible (my budget for cars in the next few years will be around $25k, the lower per mile cost of a Tesla will factor in though). Additionally, being from Texas, I occasionally need to drive long distances and would hope the range can still come in around 250+ at that price point.

about a month ago

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