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(Computerworld)   FCC allows for faster, less congested Wi-Fi. Or as people who have AOL are wondering, "What's Wi-Fi?"   (computerworld.com) divider line 16
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2014-04-02 10:46:44 AM
What's AOL?
 
2014-04-02 10:56:54 AM

Bazzlex001: What's AOL?


With all those CDs, I always saw AOL as an ammo supplier above anything else.
 
2014-04-02 11:13:17 AM
ROFLMAO!

That's great subby. You made a joke with the internet and AOL. Pretty original. I'm sure the headline would have been more entertaining had it been used 15 years ago when AOL was relevant.
 
2014-04-02 11:19:22 AM

sethen320: ROFLMAO!

That's great subby. You made a joke with the internet and AOL. Pretty original. I'm sure the headline would have been more entertaining had it been used 15 years ago when AOL was relevant.


AOL was never relevant. It was only used by losers who needed their hands held to do anything. People who would always order out due to not knowing how to cook (SO TERRIFYING). How they could afford to do so can only be chalked up to bullsh*tting skills, as actual competence would lead to getting an ISP that DOESN'T spoon-feed content.
 
2014-04-02 11:25:27 AM
Too bad we're all paying through the nose for craptacular speeds from ISPs.
 
2014-04-02 11:32:09 AM

Saborlas: sethen320: ROFLMAO!

That's great subby. You made a joke with the internet and AOL. Pretty original. I'm sure the headline would have been more entertaining had it been used 15 years ago when AOL was relevant.

AOL was never relevant. It was only used by losers who needed their hands held to do anything. People who would always order out due to not knowing how to cook (SO TERRIFYING). How they could afford to do so can only be chalked up to bullsh*tting skills, as actual competence would lead to getting an ISP that DOESN'T spoon-feed content.


I meant relevant in the sense that you are referring to.  It has been so long since I have even heard anyone say "AOL" or seen an aol.com email address that the headline seems a bit dated.
 
2014-04-02 11:32:50 AM
Why wouldn't AOL subscribers have wifi? It is entirely possible to hook a wireless router to a dial-up modem.
 
2014-04-02 11:35:34 AM

sethen320: ROFLMAO!

That's great subby. You made a joke with the internet and AOL. Pretty original. I'm sure the headline would have been more entertaining had it been used 15 years ago when AOL was relevant.


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2014-04-02 12:15:40 PM
Trouble is, all that extra spectrum is in the 5 GHz band, with crap range. It's great (hey, no channel congestion!) if you're in the same room as the access point, or maybe in the next room, but not so great when you're farther away.
 
2014-04-02 12:37:26 PM

thornhill: Too bad we're all paying through the nose for craptacular speeds from ISPs.


In Australia we'd kill for your speeds. And as it was the new conservative government that shiat-canned a plan to roll out fibre optic cable around the country, we might just have to do that.
 
2014-04-02 12:39:58 PM

Fubegra: Trouble is, all that extra spectrum is in the 5 GHz band, with crap range. It's great (hey, no channel congestion!) if you're in the same room as the access point, or maybe in the next room, but not so great when you're farther away.


If I read the article correctly they're also allowing for increasing the power in the 5Ghz range.
 
2014-04-02 01:28:17 PM

CarrieWhite: thornhill: Too bad we're all paying through the nose for craptacular speeds from ISPs.

In Australia we'd kill for your speeds. And as it was the new conservative government that shiat-canned a plan to roll out fibre optic cable around the country, we might just have to do that.


Don't be too envious. We not only have among the slowest speeds in the West, but we pay the most.
 
2014-04-02 04:52:59 PM

thornhill: Too bad we're all paying through the nose for craptacular speeds from ISPs.


No we're not.
 
2014-04-02 10:22:08 PM

Fubegra: Trouble is, all that extra spectrum is in the 5 GHz band, with crap range. It's great (hey, no channel congestion!) if you're in the same room as the access point, or maybe in the next room, but not so great when you're farther away.


As the article says, rural WISPs use it in areas with little interference.  I do agree that the range through walls is bad.
 
2014-04-03 03:44:04 AM

thornhill: CarrieWhite: thornhill: Too bad we're all paying through the nose for craptacular speeds from ISPs.

In Australia we'd kill for your speeds. And as it was the new conservative government that shiat-canned a plan to roll out fibre optic cable around the country, we might just have to do that.

Don't be too envious. We not only have among the slowest speeds in the West, but we pay the most.


Be that as it may, at least you don't have data caps.
 
2014-04-03 09:46:56 AM

agent00pi: thornhill: CarrieWhite: thornhill: Too bad we're all paying through the nose for craptacular speeds from ISPs.

In Australia we'd kill for your speeds. And as it was the new conservative government that shiat-canned a plan to roll out fibre optic cable around the country, we might just have to do that.

Don't be too envious. We not only have among the slowest speeds in the West, but we pay the most.

Be that as it may, at least you don't have data caps.


We most definitely have data caps, and we no longer have net neutrality -- Netflix has already paid extortion money to Comcast.
 
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