I don't think it's my accent
Oddly enough, any time I ask Google to arrange a three-way with Siri and Cortana, she claims not to understand the question.
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Off my personal list as well. From what I can tell, the WiFi radios tend not to last past a year or so. True or not, the "refurbished" one I bought stopped working for WiFi soon after I bought it; I ended up buying an RT-N56U and setting it up as an access point to handle the WiFi.
Not sure how much I'm liking Asus right now, either. I recently bought a GT-AC5300 and paired it with an RT-AC68R via AiMesh. My duplex is small enough that AiMesh should be overkill, but I had the 68R, so why not? Turns out the 5300's WiFi continually disconnects, even from devices less than two meters away. OTOH the 68R is rock-solid, so I moved it to a more central location and we've been happily using it ever since.
So much for MU-MIMO being the be-all to end all. My high-end WiFi router doesn't even WORK.
...perhaps. He has a point, though. My property abuts a major street with a sidewalk. Do I and my daughter get placed in permanent isolation? For that matter, ours is not the only house. One suspected infected person per fortnight walking down the street can keep hundreds of people in permanent isolation. And that's just one street. You seem cavalier about the potential.
We had a 10base2 network at the time. One day one of the main IT guys was asking me if I knew something that would start flooding the whole network starting at about 12:15 every day and would end around 1:00 or so. I didn't make the connection, but one of my fellow Doomers caught on right away. "That sounds like us, playing Doom." Uh... oh, yeah. That.
Apparently the first iteration of Doom I used broadcast packets, so it was flooding the local network and pretty much shutting down our connection to our offsite offices, which ran at a considerably slower data rate.
Once we 'fessed up, Weldon simply told us to try not playing it. Problem went away. We got around it by stringing our own wires around the cubie farm and switching over during lunch; we'd avoid tanking the main network by the simple expedient of using our own.
iD software actually patched the problem away reasonably quickly, but nobody but a few of us peons were interested in getting Doom running, and we had a solution of sorts; so we used our ad-hoc solution for a few months before we got permission to test on the main network again. Weldon watched the network stats while we played and declared it good, so we were free to pursue our mayhem on the main network after that.
"Ford Prefect is Ford Escort (makes sense since we never saw the Prefect, here)"
Nor did we ever see it here in America, and hardly anybody I know got the joke. Including me. Until a friend who'd spent some time stationed overseas explained the joke. I've passed it along when I can.
... But we still seem to have gotten the English version instead of the American version. :)
I frequently used to put a laptop on a narrow stretch of counter between the stove and the 'fridge, turned towards me so I could watch movies while I was cooking, which left the front left corner sitting on a burner. One day I turned on the wrong burner on High...
Fortunately I was right there and smelled the burning plastic right away. The case was melted and scorched on the bottom of one corner, but there was no other damage. I gave the laptop away to a friend, still working, two years later. Of course, I had to explain where the damage came from, much to his amusement.
Not long after that incident I had a dream where I'd placed my tablet on the same burner, but not with the burner turned on. Instead, I absently placed a hot cast-iron pan on top of the tablet, damaging the case and the display. The dream was so vivid that when I woke up, I had to check the table to be sure it hadn't really happened.
I gave the tablet to my (estranged, now ex-) wife a few months later, but didn't have to explain away any funny-looking scorch marks. Alas, it fell to its death not long afterwards when a cat knocked it off a table.
That's how we know the Earth is spherical, BTW. If it were flat, by now cats would have knocked everything off the edge.
I get the feeling that the super-secret document is a finger-painting by President Trump. And that thought reminded me of poor General Knoxx (possibly my favorite Borderlands franchise NPC). I wonder if dealing with our beloved POTUS is not entirely unlike dealing with Admiral Mikey?
"I have received your sit-rep written with magic marker on the back of a cupcake. It reads, 'Cats are kool!' And you misspelled 'cool'."
The reason DAT never replaced cassettes, regardless of hype: cassettes were cheap, simple, convenient, reasonably reliable, and well established. DAT was higher quality. It took MP3 to replace cassettes -- a format that was cheaper, more convenient, and more portable.
Cassettes were Good Enough for most people.
4G is Good Enough for most people. 5G holds no draw for me.
And both apps are based on the same app: Signal!*
Another advantage to Signal: It's not owned by Facebook. You know, the company whose entire raison d'être is to sell as much info about you as it can?
*OK, yes, I know. They both actually use Signal's e2e encryption protocol, which isn't quite the same thing. I'm just being snarky.
"Realistically 2G should not be disabled for at least 20 years with at least a 10 year countdown."
Heh. I agree with you, but nobody will switch over unless they're forced to. Everybody will say "I have plenty of time" until the last minute. Then there'll be a panic during the last six months as people realize the end is nigh. One month before the end, the decision will be made to extend the deadline because nobody is ready. Everybody will relax and go back to their normal state of putting off the transition until the last minute...
And thus it always goes.
Type "spill proof coffee mug" or "travel mug" into your favorite search engine and stand well back.
Or you can just, you know, spill coffee and ruin hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of delicate aviation electronics and divert an expensive commercial airplane flight, throw away expensive fuel, piss off customers... because, you know, that would be easier than buying a $25 mug from Starbucks.
Some of the comments suggest that all the electronics should be liquid-proofed. Something that's easy to say, but could cost millions in R&D and easily add thousands to the cost of each device. Or, you know. $25 travel mugs.
(Lest you think I'm exaggerating... Feh. Never mind. Just assume I'm exaggerating.)
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