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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

sk999 Re:My solution: (hint-it's cold, and it's hard...) (557 comments)

I like cash too, but ATMs can be hacked, and banks put more hoops in your way before you can get your money back. In my case I think it was the bank's own ATM that was compromised - in any case, I didn't have to file police reports in far-off towns first.

5 days ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

sk999 Re:Why a fixed hostname? (191 comments)

There's one or two devices (called "IP Swtiches") that do the monitoring and power cycling all in one box. They work basically the way you've described.

about three weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

sk999 Re:Another company compromised by NSA (191 comments)

dd-wrt lets you manipulate the routing tables, which I have used to quash one device that kept "phoning home" but works fine when "home" no longer responds.

about three weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

sk999 Re:I quit using Belkin years ago, (191 comments)

Linksys was done in during the days it was owned by Cisco, who apparently put the squeeze on to increase profit margins. The last Linksys router I bought had had the memory cut in half from the prior version in the series, just to shave a few pennies off the cost, but as a consequence it was flaky and unreliable compared to the previous model I'd bought during pre-Cisco days. It took a while to figure out that it was the router that was at fault.

about three weeks ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

sk999 Re:I quit using Belkin years ago, (191 comments)

My current router is Buffalo - think I bought it from Newegg, but you can find this brand at Fry's, if you are lucky enough to have one nearby. It came with dd-wrt preloaded. After one firmware upgrade, it has been reliable as anything (470 day uptime).

I have a separate device that monitors internet connectivity (DSL here) and will reboot the modem if an outage is detected. It monitors FOUR remote addresses to avoid the stupid problem Belkin has inflicted on its customers. Yes, sometimes one or the other cannot be reached. Safety in numbers.

about three weeks ago
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Small Restaurant Out-Maneuvers Yelp In Reviews War

sk999 Redmond, CA ...? (249 comments)

The submitter (or Timothy) talks about "The owners of Botto Bistro in REDMOND, CA ..."

The restaurant is in RICHMOND CA, methinks.

about a month ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

sk999 Re:Virtual Desktops (Workspaces) (545 comments)

The nice thing about workspaces is that they work even when you are traveling on a plane Ever tried to set up 8 physical monitors in coach class? Even in first class, you can get complaints.

I use a 2x3 configuration. After much experimenting, I settled on an edge resistance of zero. Seamless flow from one workspace to the next. Takes a bit of practice. Anyone else trying to use it goes batty.

about a month and a half ago
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Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

sk999 Footnote mania (155 comments)

19 footnotes for a 24 page opinion, including one so long that spills over from one page onto the next. Ouch! Detracts from what is otherwise a great read, including delving into papers from the file of the acting governor at the time that the legislation at issue was passed.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Serves Old Search Page To Old Browsers

sk999 Even better approach ... (152 comments)

I have a bookmark to a static copy of the Google start page from the era when it was starkly simple - none of the goofy javascript nonsense that infests it nowadays. If the returned search pages are just as "outdated" - well, that's even better.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

sk999 Rotary Phone (635 comments)

Mine is from back when you didn't own it - the phone company leased it to you. Built like a brick. Would get rid of it, but it is still the only thing that can test if the phone line is working when the power goes out.

about 2 months ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Prepared Are You For an Earthquake?

sk999 Preparing When You Are On The Road (191 comments)

It pays to prepare, even if you don't live in a quake-prone area. I've felt 7 quakes in all and most have been while I was on the road, including yesterday's Chile quake, when I was in the Santiago airport. It was strong enough that the staff came through later to make sure everyone was OK and to admonish everyone that they should have stayed away from the windows. The duty free shop was shut down, so I guess the lesson is to get your shopping out of the way sooner rather than waiting.

about 2 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

sk999 Re:Glad to see you use the term 'assemble' (391 comments)

I never built or assembled a computer, but around 1977 I did build a computer peripheral - a video display driver with a whopping 786 kbits of memory - shift register, not RAM. An instrument controller was also part of it. Lots of toggle switches, thumbwheels, and blinking lights. Sonalert to signal state changes. It even came with a remote. Lots of mandatory soldering and wirewrapping. Custom manufactured crystal for the master oscillator. The blinking lights were the most impressive feature. The day that the banks of blinking lights were eliminated from computers is the day I stopped trusting them. Still don't.

about 3 months ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

sk999 Hard To Say (278 comments)

I have a mix of CFL, halogen, and old-fashioned filament bulbs. The halogen is the shortest-lived, by far. The CFL has been doing fine for years. Interestingly, the filaments bulbs, by and large, are also doing fine after many years. The average age is well over 3 years (the longest interval in the poll) even for bulbs that get used every day.

about 4 months ago
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NOAA: Earth Smashed A Record For Heat In May 2014, Effects To Worsen

sk999 NOAA, please shut up. (547 comments)

In my area, our records predate the NOAA. We had the coldest season ever for Dec-March. We had snow in April. We had freezing precip. in May. June has been pretty nice, but we are about to head below normal once again. For anyone who has the idea that we need to cool the Earth back down, just go away.

about 4 months ago
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Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

sk999 Even Slashdot Classic is Going Downhill (474 comments)

Slashdot gives me the option to disable ads, but for the longest time I didn't bother, because - heck - it's what pays the bills, plus I even bought something once through one of its ads.

Then the obnoxious oversized ads and overlayed popups started appearing, and suddenly disabling ads became the only way to even see the site content.

Now, even with ads "disabled", I still get ads. Nice job Slashdot.

about 5 months ago
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Driver Study: People Want Fewer Embedded Apps, Just Essentials That Work Easily

sk999 Re:I just bought a new car... (148 comments)

I recently had a Ford Fusion as a rental. It was a hybrid, which I had never driven before, and it took most of a day of trial and error to figure out which combination of this-and-that you need to do to even start the thing. It had the Microsoft In Sync system, which I never figured it out. In fact, I couldn't even figure out how to turn off the radio - could only turn down the volume. On the plus side, it did perform quite well as a car (that driving thing).

about 5 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Taking a New Tack On Net Neutrality?

sk999 PHB thinking at its finest (185 comments)

The BOD must think it is comparable to selling lists of phone numbers to telemarketers, but the internet doesn't work that way. The total college student population in the US is of order 20 million - how are they going to get companies to pay attention to a diddly-squat ISP that wants to control access to 35,000 - 0.2% of the potential market?

about 4 months ago
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The Major Theoretical Blunders That Held Back Progress In Modern Astronomy

sk999 Re:Einstein was a huge roadblock (129 comments)

The evidence was accumulating even before General Relativity was published and was largely in place by 1923 - all of Slipher's galaxy velocities (41 total), which were published in Eddington's book on GR. The predominance of positive velocities (i.e., redshifts) was well known. Had Einstein properly appreciated Friedmann's work in 1922 and at least made others aware of it, it is likely that the connection between a model of an expanding universe and the positive velocities would have been made around that time.

about 5 months ago

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