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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?

pete-classic Re:use wifi (250 comments)

Are you fucking with me, or what?

If you have ONE AP using ONE channel and you have ONE user, then the user can use (or at least approach) the full channel capacity. When you add a second node you have to add some back off time to avoid collisions. As you add nodes, there are more times when you have to back off. During back off time, no one is transmitting. Since capacity is a RATE, any TIME when no one is transmitting equals a LOSS of capacity.

So, for the third fucking time, without regard to power or interference, the aggregate capacity of a wireless network decreases as the number of nodes increase.

I'd be very happy to discuss this further. But if you just say the same thing again I will wish horrible, violent death on you.

about 8 months ago
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Google Fiber In Austin Hits a Snag: Incumbent AT&T

pete-classic Re:Free market? Gov't gave AT&T the ROW to beg (291 comments)

It seems like you're arguing AT&T's point. Why should they give access to a company that doesn't have to comply with telecom regulations if the deal was that they'd give access to other telecoms?

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?

pete-classic Re:use wifi (250 comments)

Interference is a different problem. And you're absolutely right that it can be mitigated with more APs (and smart channel assignments).

With a single AP and a completely (RF) quiet environment the aggregate capacity goes down as the number of nodes increases. More nodes means more time spent in backoff. This problem is unrelated to interference or transmit power.

about 8 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Recommendations For Beautiful Network Cable Trays?

pete-classic Re:use wifi (250 comments)

The bigger problem is that having many nodes means having many collisions. The aggregate capacity of the WiFi channel goes down as the number of nodes increases. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSMA/CA

about 9 months ago
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Samsung Ordered To Pay Apple $290M In Patent Case

pete-classic Re:Have you noticed? (219 comments)

If Apple (or someone) files a patent application it is on the public record*, if they don't, they can't make a claim. So . . . how is Apple meant to make Samsung do its due diligence?

*37 C.F.R. 1.11

about 8 months ago
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Legislation Would Prohibit ISPs From Throttling Online Video Services

pete-classic Re:Reasonable throttling (222 comments)

How is the ISP meant to know the video's bitrate?

In fact, most streaming video doesn't have a bitrate. It has several and the player adapts based on network conditions.

about 9 months ago
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Artificial Blood Made In Romania

pete-classic PolyHeme (232 comments)

Have we forgotten about PolyHeme? It isn't truly artificial (it is made from human hemoglobin), but it is not infectious and is not type specific. And it can be stored for a year at room temperature.

about 10 months ago
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Torvalds: Free OS X Is No Threat To Linux

pete-classic Re:Free as in mousetrap cheese. (314 comments)

A couple of points of fact.

1. You can run non-MacOS software on Mac hardware. (E.g. Windows, Linux.)
2. You can run MacOS on non-Apple hardware (though it is a violation of the license agreement).

I take your point, but I think it would be more apt to say "free as in bar mix". Yes, it's figured into the overall bill. Yes, it makes you want more of the product for sale. But it's not really a trap. More of a loss leader.

about 10 months ago
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Google Wants To Help You Tiptoe Around the NSA & the Great Firewall of China

pete-classic VPN (140 comments)

"Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which serve to mask the source and destination of data by routing it through a third-party server"

This is a false and very dangerous line of thinking. A VPN and a proxy are two different things. And they don't necessarily do what you're saying they do.

about 10 months ago
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Facebook May Dislike the Social Fixer Extension, but Many Users Love It (Video)

pete-classic Product vs. Customer (176 comments)

"We don't know why Facebook would be against a browser extension that improves their users' site experience."

Easy. You seem to be operating under the very common -- but clearly mistaken -- belief that Facebook users are Facebook's customers. In fact, Facebook's advertisers are their customers, and Facebook users are the product. Once you look at it from this perspective, everything Facebook does makes sense.

about 10 months ago
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Digital Revolution Will Kill Jobs, Inflame Social Unrest, Says Gartner

pete-classic Re:This has been going on for hundreds of years (754 comments)

"The automobile saved people time, which is why it replaced the horse."

It also saved Manhattan from being -- quite literally -- buried in horse shit.

"Most people don't think too highly of the folks behind Standard Oil, but an honest assessment would suggest that they did more to save whales than anyone at Greenpeace -- by making whale oil a less cost effective heating mechanism."

Strangers with this kind of intellectual honesty make me go a big rubbery one, if you know what I mean.

about 10 months ago
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Colorado Town Considers Drone-Hunting Licenses

pete-classic Re:I hope it happens. (341 comments)

Very, very well said. Kudos.

about a year ago
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FCC Rural Phone Subsidies Reach As High As $3,000 Per Line

pete-classic Re:FCC (372 comments)

From the FIRST PARAGRAPH of the article:

"some rich areas of the country receiving up to US$23,000 per line per year from the agency's Universal Service Fund"

Per line, per year. Not one-time.

about a year ago
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Obamacare Software Glitch Will Limit Penalties Charged To Smokers

pete-classic Re:My health is none of the government's business (490 comments)

Your sig suggest that you're a thoughtful person, but your post seems as if you didn't think about what you were saying at all.

Surely you don't really think that a market wherein the vast majority of consumers use an optional (subsidized) system will treat outlier, "pay-as-you-go" consumers equitably.

about a year ago
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Why Cell Phone Bans Don't Work

pete-classic Hands Free (335 comments)

I've never been able to accept the oft-cited studies claiming that hands free is no safer than using the phone directly while driving. I'm embarrassed that I never considered a common cause between accidents during hands-free and hands-on calls that is unrelated to the call.

In any case, IN YOUR FACE commenters who cited the older studies!

about 2 years ago
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eBook Lending Library Launched

pete-classic Re:How Can They Control That? (145 comments)

I had the same questions, so I went to their site. I browsed around. Read the FAQ. Tried to borrow a book.

I still have the same questions.

-Peter

more than 3 years ago
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Man Arrested For Exploiting Error In Slot Machines

pete-classic Re:So if it's an exploit... (611 comments)

Aren't casinos exploiting humans? Isn't this worse?

-Peter

more than 3 years ago
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NASA Records Solar Blast of Epic Proportions

pete-classic Scale (123 comments)

For scale, 700,000km is half the diameter of the Sun.

-Peter

more than 3 years ago

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Two iPhone Releated Notes

pete-classic pete-classic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

pete-classic writes "Apple put out the iPhone firmware update to 1.0.2 last night. This morning I got a text message from AT&T stating that the itemized billing (previously discussed on Slashdot) will now be by request only."

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Punitive Moderation V & VI

pete-classic pete-classic writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Two more occasions where some voiceless coward had modded down my three most recent posts, several days after each was posted.

Can anyone imagine a reason to do this other than to try (in vain) to take away my +1 posting bonus?

Whoever you are, why not try talking to me rather than failing to silence me? Come on. Man up. Give voice to your frustrations!

-Peter

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Punitive Moderation III & IV

pete-classic pete-classic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Well, it has happened TWICE more.

I can't rightly understand the kind of mean mentality that would cause a person to use all his moderator points just to put a little ding in my "karma".

I have half a mind to abandon my account and just use /. anonymously as a news aggregator. I decided I need the user features, though, when I discovered I could filter out Jon Katz.

Maybe I'll just use my Google account as a front-end to /..

It's sad to see a dear old friend go to shit.

-Peter

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Punitive Moderation

pete-classic pete-classic writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Well, it happened again. I didn't get banned this time, but some dickless mother fucker went and modded down four of my posts. One post was made today. The others ranged from two days to a week old, and none of those had been moderated since the day they were posted.

If it was you, why don't you post below and let me know what you fucking problem is?

-Peter

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Banned?

pete-classic pete-classic writes  |  more than 9 years ago

It seems that someone modded down a bunch of my posts over the weekend. Some of the posts weren't very good, and probably deserved it, but some weren't. Most of them were pretty stale. They fact that they all received moderation is . . . suspicious.

So, now I'm banned for an indefinite period.

I can't even get any of that karma back, since I can't post!

Frustrating.

-Peter

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