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[–] e0steven 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

And razors

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[–] codyave 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

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[–] Wasq 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

One blade is the only way to go. All these multi-blade razors are gimmicks.

I either use a safety razor or a straight razor. Costs about 25 cents a blade, each blade laying about 3 to 5 shaves.

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[–] e0steven ago 

Actually I've thought about switching to a straight blade, real manly man stuff. Also don't want to slice myself open.

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[–] therascalking13 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

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[–] Frankyhangmyself 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The five blades are ridiculous, I'm sure my face is not cleaner with the three blades

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[–] AngryData 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Buy a double sided safety razor, spend cents per blade, lasts longer than multi-blades, doesn't get clogged, get an even closer shave. Don't get feather blades, they are nice but are TOO sharp. never thought a razor could be too sharp but they fucking did it, those bastards could slice your leg off and you wouldn't feel it.

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[–] Voati 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

http://i.imgur.com/Z3R0pGV.jpg Useless Black Box - Now in darker black!

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[–] munk07 [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The darker black shades are my favorite!

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[–] GirlCock 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

The Bigger, Blacker Box

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[–] Mr_Quagmire 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Hmm, that's a good price. May have to pick one up!

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[–] totally_not_a_robot 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

There might be a reason for that. The smaller they make it, the more people will stick it in random places where other things will interfere with it (like behind the TV). If you make it so that you essentially have to give it ``breathing room'' because of its size, it's more likely to get a good-spot with little interference from your other devices.

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[–] MatrixOp 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

might be something to that. I read somewhere that the super nintendo was designed so you wouldn't be able to set a drink down on top of it because americans liked to use everything as tables.

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[–] zondor 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

What a weird lie.

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[–] ltmyndonos 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Is your name Calvin and did your dad tell you this?

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[–] Vatras 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

That sounds like bullshit reasoning, Nintendo is a Japanese company, Japan is their #1 market (especially back in the 90s), there's no way they'd design something in a specific way just because of the weird habits of Americans.

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[–] uncle_bob 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Most likely it would still be placed in a horrid spot. The change would be that it's now longer a premium cost to get a radio with multiple antennas. Those types of radios have been available for years, but a double the cost. Todays it's not as bad. Having two antennas working together actually works more than twice as well as a single antenna, and it cost little more than just the antenna.

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[–] chrisassemble ago 

I suspect they may have similar reasons for making them stupid shapes: so you don't stack things on top of them.

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[–] I_DONT_SLEEP_AT_ALL ago 

And the additional 4 antennae are to make sure it can communicate with the mother-ship 1000 miles above the atmosphere.

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[–] Skwerley 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

If they make a consumer router that can communicate with my devices 10 feet away I'll be happy

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[–] therascalking13 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

That way they know where to drop the chemtrails!

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[–] Mr_Quagmire 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

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[–] IgnorantLizard 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

If that thing goes anywhere near the AllSpark, you are totally fucked dude...

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[–] gamesjunkie 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Sentence I never thought I'd say: That is one badass router/WAP.

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[–] pepepepepe 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Be sure to set up a firewall to keep Skynet out.

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[–] munk07 [S] 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

DA SHTZ is that?

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[–] SkepticalMartian 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

There are a lot of factors to this.

It's part performance. If you made it the size of a cellphone it would have shit coverage unless you had a regular sized antenna attached to it. The smaller the base, the harder it is to keep stable. Physical Ethernet and USB ports also require a certain amount of space to accommodate unless you want to do away with most of them and go all wireless.

It's part cooling. If you pop open the average router, it's mostly empty space inside. The smaller you make a device, the more heat tolerant it's going to need to be. Routers are usually on 24/7, sometimes for years at a time. They get warm. A lot of empty space between components allows heat to dissipate easier. Dissipating heat in a smaller device is not an insurmountable problem, but it does increase manufacturing cost.

It's part marketing - a larger, more visible device is more impressive to the average consumer that equates size as a measure of durability. Yes, those people exist.

It's part cost. When you miniaturize some things you increase the cost dramatically. The parts that go in to a router can be procured from many different providers and are often very cheap. The parts are usually low-end processors and memory since routers don't require much in the way of power. The less expensive it is to build the unit, the more profit you make.

It's part demand. There is no real market for smaller more compact routers. Making one smaller does not solve any real problems, but it has the potential to create them. It makes no sense to pour R&D money and time in to something if your customer base doesn't see any value in it. Most people don't care what their router looks like, and only ever think about it if it breaks.

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[–] DetectiveSplat 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Rf guy here.

I agree with everything you said but want to touch on the antenna part. WiFi using a type of transmission called MIMO which stands for multi-in multi-out.

Without getting too complicated ; two of the antennas are broadcasting essentially the same signal while the other two are receiving signals back. The two transmit antennas are spaced a specific distance from each other ( another reason for box size ) which allows for a proper amount of decorelation. When the phone/laptop/tablet receives these signals they we be just different enough that the the device will see it as two signals which effectively adds gain and increased throughput.

The two receive antennas act in a method called received diversity. They are also placed a specific. Distance apart. These effectively act as a pair of ears. The two received signals are summed together and a more complete picture of the actual signal broadcast from the phone/laptop/tablet can be put together.

And that is, another reason, why your boxes are getting larger.

D.splat out.

Tl:Dr. More antennas = more gooder Wifis.

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[–] Ellen_Kung_Pao 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Thanks for your addition to that. Interesting info for a netsec guy.

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[–] GirlCock ago 

Does this mean that newer Wifi routers can transmit and receive at the same time?

I remember hearing there used to be a limitation where only one device could transmit on a channel at a time.

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[–] CanIBeRobot 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The biggest reasons you mentioned are performance and cooling. New AC routers require much faster processors than their predecessors. My router has a duel core GHz processor. My old router had a wimpy 100Mhz. The difference in heat is considerable.

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[–] fudgepacker 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Maybe they need more room for NSA's extra chip /s

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[–] GirlCock ago 

I'm betting on the firmware. You can do that remotely without even parking a partyvan outside your house.

That's probably why my router is always blinking at night.

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[–] munk07 [S] 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

My new ASUS RT-AC87U router is a giant among other square plastic boxes..

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[–] JDogg1329 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

I never noticed that before but you're totally right. I wonder what the reason for that is.

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[–] munk07 [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Mostly power requirements for extended range and stronger signal. Along with that cooling becomes an issue so they increase even further the size for more surface area. That is my uneducated assumption.

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[–] InceptionBox 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Dual band I assume and the more bandwidth your pushing them, the hotter the CPU is, bigger heatsink/s, the bigger the box but that's just an assumption.

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[–] aneryx 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This is the sort of thing you want bigger. More surface area to dissipate heat means it can draw more power and produce a stronger signal. Multiple antennas ensure a consistent connection. Smaller routers are the cheaper routers.

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