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Leo says that the FCC has decided to completely ignore the comments of the public, which amounted to nearly 50 million, and apparently will toss out existing Net Neutrality rules. Most people just don't care that much about it. We have fought this back time and time again, but Leo says we're probably going to lose this round, and heaven only knows what will happen next.
We survived another Black Friday. Braving fist fights for deals on last year's models, Leo says that traffic was terrible for Black Friday, and there were plenty of deals to be had. Cyber Monday is coming, where people shop for special deals online. Leo wonders if after Net Neutrality rules are tossed next month if ISPs will charge a toll for visiting sites like Amazon next year.
Bill is going to be RVing full time and wants to be able to stream Netflix while on the road. Does he need a cell booster to get a better streaming signal? Leo says that LTE is in most areas and it's quite fast and consistent. Bill can pay extra for hotspotting and then stream to a Roku device.
Johnny was invited to a new event by Uber, launching their new Visa card. It's the only credit card you can actually apply for in the app itself. What makes the Uber Visa interesting is that it has no annual fee, and has up to 4% cash back on food, travel, and online purchases.
Doctor Bird is interested in virtual reality, but he thinks he'd get sick. Leo says it's pretty common and he'll end up disoriented. In fact, the Air Force found that about 11% of users suffer from VR sim sickness and shouldn't drive up to 24 hours after VR use.
Aaron has an iPhone 7 and when he has to search for a website, there's a CAPTCHA challenge, but when he types it in, it doesn't do anything at all. He says it never happens on Wi-Fi, just on cellular. Leo says that could indicate that his carrier is sending him the CAPTCHA and it could be broken on their end. Google has a tech note called Unusual Traffic from your Computer Network and it talks about this similar error. The CAPTCHA is there to be sure there isn't a robot running the search.
Howard just got an iPhone X and he had to restore his iPhone 4 data to it. Leo says the fastest way to do that is to plug it into iTunes, back it up, and then restore to his new phone. It should take about 5 to 10 minutes. But his problem is that his network is wired and he can't get updates because it's Wi-Fi only. Is that true? Leo says not really. He can connect to iTunes, download the updates, and install them.
JP just bought a new computer workstation, but Firefox no longer streams live via YouTube. Leo says that it could be that there isn't support for HTML 5 because there's no standard for streaming video. The browser gets to decide what codec to use and Firefox might not support that codec since it may be proprietary. Leo recommends trying Google Chrome.
The chatroom says that JP may have IGPU enabled in his BIOS. Disabling it should free it up. Here's a video on YouTube about it.
Herwin wants to extend his Wi-Fi access throughout his house. How can he do that? Leo says he can use a Wi-Fi extender, but it's half as fast as the router itself because it's talking to the router half the time. Powerline Networking could work. It can be slow depending on the wiring, but it's worth a try. Leo recommends TP-Link.
Dennis has a website and he wants it to be high in the search rankings. How does he do it? Leo says to avoid search engine optimization services that promise high results. Leo says it's snake oil. Google has a site called Google Webmasters, which will teach him how to organically get high rankings through good content that is constantly fresh. He should be wary of anyone who promises too much. If they attempt to game the system, he could get delisted by Google. So he should start with Google Webmasters.