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FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

tshawkins Re:So what is an answer? (117 comments)

For weight and space reasons I travel with only my wifi-only tablet. Generally that works well for me.

  Every now and then I encounter a hotel with only wired access provided in rooms. (Often they have wifi in public areas.) Is there an answer to using the wifi-only device in such a circumstance. For sake of argument, let's assume I am an international traveller whose cellphone never works in the countries I visit. (True) That means the hotspot method mentioned will not work.

There are numerous mobile wifi router/bridges which can plug into a wired network and make ot available over wifi, either as a bridged or routed connection. At home they can also be used as a wifi range extender.

For example

http://www.tp-link.com/en/prod...

yesterday
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

tshawkins Re:i like open offices (420 comments)

Agreed, this abhorrence of open plan offices seems to be a percularly american trait. I have no problens focusing in an open office, being able to tune out distractions is all part of the trade.

about a month ago
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Over 78% of All PHP Installs Are Insecure

tshawkins Re:Why the distros? (112 comments)

I think he is trying to show that the distros are doing a poor job in ensuring that insecure versions are not getting frozen in thier distributions.

about a month ago
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Amazon "Suppresses" Book With Too Many Hyphens

tshawkins Re:Amazon was being dumb (292 comments)

Yes and thier math is a little strange, Average paperback page is 400 words, which puts 90,000 word novel about 225 pages. They say that it had 100 hyphenated words, which is only one occurance every 2-3 pages, which does not sound excessive at all.

about a month ago
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Spanish Media Group Wants Gov't Help To Keep Google News In Spain

tshawkins Re:They need to take it a step further... (191 comments)

Google will still have people and assets in spain after the withdrawl of google news, which is after all only one relativly small part of its spanish operations.

about a month and a half ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

tshawkins Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

3, assumes there is no storage capability at the renewable end, new storage technologies are comming online every day, largely driven by the EV industry. If the solar system could store 24 hours worth of energy, then that problem goes away. True it will drive up costs and that may change the break even point, but storage costs are on the same downward trajectory as the renewable generation costs.

about a month and a half ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

tshawkins Re:huh? (187 comments)

People have tried to get me to eat balut, i cant bring myself to do it, its a rite of passage that the local guys here try to put foreigners through. Its almost the first thing they offer when you ask about philippine cuisine. They all think its very funny when you go strange colour as they describe it to you. I'd rather eat red salt egg or 1000 year egg than balut. Although i am partial to a pickeled egg, my wife has just learnt how to make them and proper pickeled onions, so they are back on the menu. All I need now is a decent supply of Cod out here that does not cost 4 gold bars a kilo, and its chippy night again, battered cod and chips, pickeled eggs, pickled onions, buckets of salt, malt vinegar and ketchup. And some doorstops of white bread and butter to make a chip butty. Good strong cup of hot milky sweet tea to go with it. Loverly........ Homesick british ex-pat in manila.

about 2 months ago
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Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

tshawkins Re:Things you need to fix if you want users (158 comments)

Lumber jacks, they use them for breaking logjams when floating trees downriver.

about 3 months ago
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Tao3D: a New Open-Source Programming Language For Real-Time 3D Animations

tshawkins Re:Video tutorials (158 comments)

Its "right off the bat" , which means immeatiate, straight away. http://www.thesaurus.com/brows... Its a term that comes from cricket that made its way into common language.

about 3 months ago
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

tshawkins Re:Free Windows? (353 comments)

Here in the philippines, you can buy alot of PC and laptop products without an OS, most come with freedos or a simple linux setup loaded just to allow testing of hardware Example. http://www.villman.com/Search....

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:No, it's not bricked. (572 comments)

I dont think the windows usb.sys will allow conndctions to devices with pid=0, thats why you can only fix them on a mac or linux box.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

Many os's including windows wont allow connections to pid0 at the low level, below the driver, setting pid to 0 effectivly bricks the device as far as windows is concered, thays why they can only be fixed on a mac or linux system that does not have that restriction.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re: Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

And to make matters worse, even if they roll back to a restore point and an older driver it still does not work. Consumer given no notification, no choice as to the disposition of thier device, something that does not belong to FTDI.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

In most cases consumers have never heard of FTDI, and would not understand what it did anyway. In thier eyes they did a windows update and thier device broke, and even if the use a rollback point, and unwind tje update its still broke. Microsoft is going to take the heat.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Removes Driver From Windows Update That Bricked Cloned Chips

tshawkins Re:Computer Missues Act 1990 (572 comments)

You do know that the routine inside thier drivers as assertained from the symbol tables in the driver code was called "BrickClonedDevices" I think that is a smoking gun, and shows intent. How much chance does 99% of the population have of recovering the functionality of a bricked device, even if pid 0 is rewritable. Its like telling a comsumer that a phone that has scrambled its eeprom is still perfectly ok, all they have to Do is buy a JTAG interface, hook it up, learn several years of embedded systems knowledge. But its not bricked is it. For all intentive purposes it is Bricked as far as a consumer is concerned who has never heard of FTDI.

about 3 months ago
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FTDI Reportedly Bricking Devices Using Competitors' Chips.

tshawkins Re:Is this legal? (700 comments)

For 99.99% of people in the world, who dont understand that a) thier device actualy has an ftdi chip in it, b) which os is safe, c) how to rewrite the pid. Then the device is effectivly "bricked" .

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Stop PulseAudio From Changing Sound Settings?

tshawkins Re: are the debian support forums down? (286 comments)

All varients except the android version, have deteriorated over the last year or so. I use skype a lot to call into conference calls, i have a Mac, Linux desktop and large android tablet, and one by one each version has stopped generating recognisble touch tones that can be used to drive the conferencing services (more than 1) . If the android version goes the same way, i will have to give up on skype.

about 3 months ago

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