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Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

Achromatic1978 Re:fragmented? (864 comments)

Absolutely sure. My wife's 3G runs like a /dog/ with iOS 4 on it. 4.1 is better than 4.0, which was painful, but is still far slower than iOS 3 ever was. She is unimpressed.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Jobs Lashes Out At Android

Achromatic1978 Re:They are for two different people (864 comments)

But are you okay with paying for MobileMe, which has had so many issues and failings that it's bordering on laughable to define it as "a good service"?

more than 3 years ago
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AOL Spends $1M On Solid State Memory SAN

Achromatic1978 Re:Really? (158 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised to see someone like Google saying something like "yawn, 50TB" and saying that they have PETABYTE versions already out there.

Yeah, because at $1MM for 50TB, a $20MM investment by a publicly owned company in such a thing would entirely fly under the radar...

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

Achromatic1978 Re:Why stop there? (477 comments)

Alternatively, you can presume that, since I am responding to another commenter, I am in fact responding to his claim, rather than hitting reply to the article, and bitching about the issue of not being comped cell phone usage, which is an entirely separate fucking issue.

Or you can choose not to.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

Achromatic1978 Re:Why stop there? (477 comments)

I've never seen a mobile phone with a built-in feature to count used minutes, other than a prepaid one.

Though not built-in, per se, I've not seen a phone in several years that won't respond with an informative system message when you type "#MIN#" on the keypad.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

Achromatic1978 Re:Why stop there? (477 comments)

I know - it's fucking horrible. Like AT&T for example, their interface to do this is a disaster. I have to go to "www.att.com/myWireless", off a button on the front page of AT&T's site, no less, then, get this, they ask for my cell number and a password. Once I enter that in, it's this onerous, convoluted situation where I am forced to let my eyes wander roughly four inches from the top of the page to this tiny graphic that occupies, hmmm, no more than a third of the page width, and has all this legalistic jargon like:

As of October 13, 2010, you have 3 days left in your billing cycle.

And then, under the graphic that purports to show the same data, it tries to bamboozle you with phrases like:

Anytime Minutes: 253 of 550 used.

and

Rollover Minutes: 0 of 2325 used.

This is the kind of shit we shouldn't stand for.

more than 3 years ago
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FCC Will Tackle Cell Phone 'Bill Shock'

Achromatic1978 Re:Or... (477 comments)

I recently added a global data plan (at a rate of about $1 per day over my regular data plan) for an overseas trip and was shocked to see a $130 data charge that didn't show up until a couple of weeks after the trip.

Maybe you should read more carefully. On all the carriers I've activated global roaming (T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon - I can't imagine Sprint being different), when activating, you are expressly advised that billing reconciliation with international providers may take several weeks and "charges may not be reflected until a later bill".

more than 3 years ago
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Lawyer Is Big Winner In Webcamgate Settlement

Achromatic1978 Re:Lawyers... (475 comments)

Perl is actually one of the few languages (perhaps even the only one, but I can't be sure) that try to make sense to someone who's not already well-versed in the field

Hmmm, yeah, I can see exactly what you mean ...

more than 3 years ago
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Lawyer Is Big Winner In Webcamgate Settlement

Achromatic1978 Re:Wow, just... wow (475 comments)

The parent sued and got a small part of the settlement as part of a suit or the parents didn't sue and got nothing. Unless you have a lawyer, you're not getting anywhere.

Yeah, I think that's part of people's problem. "You got nothin'. We'll do it for you - what with our monopoly on such things - but we're taking the vast majority of the win. Don't like it? Well, you're just shit outta luck, huh?"

On average, lawyers make between 50-100K

Ehhh, not really. In 2006, the middle 50% of lawyers made between $82,000 and $168,000.

The clients themselves can dispute the costs if they wish. Again, the lawyers have to detail their bills.

That's great. And if they say "Phone calls: $2/min in telephony charges, plus standard rate for attorney, plus $30/hr for dictation", the issue isn't in the itemization.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawyer Is Big Winner In Webcamgate Settlement

Achromatic1978 Re:Wow, just... wow (475 comments)

This would be a serious ethical breach opening the door to a legal malpractice suit, disciplinary action, and potentially disbarment for the attorney.

It would be a serious ethical breach. It's also a highly subjective area, and lawyers and bar associations are notoriously difficult to persuade to sanction a lawyer, possibly from fear that they, one day, might be subject to sanctions for such a claim.

Legal malpractice is no joke. About the same amount is paid out in legal malpractice each year as medical malpractice.

Great soundbite. Then you realize that while there are 700,000 physicians in the US (not all practicing), there are 1.7 million active lawyers.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawyer Is Big Winner In Webcamgate Settlement

Achromatic1978 Re:Wow, just... wow (475 comments)

LMAO. You're having a laugh if you think that filing and court fees don't come out of your end of the settlement/award. If the lawyers eat any of that, at all, it's a token sum.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawyer Is Big Winner In Webcamgate Settlement

Achromatic1978 Re:Wow, just... wow (475 comments)

Cases like this are risky endeavors for lawyers. Clients don't have many choices in this kind of case because they are very difficult if not impossible to win. The lawyer and the client, before the case was even filed, assigned value to the risk in a mutually agreed to contract.

Wronged person has no opportunity for recourse other than to utilize services of lawyer at essentially any rate lawyer chooses, because some recourse is better than none. Other than choosing no recourse for a wrong (how about that, a society where justice has a price you have to be able to pay), that sounds almost suspiciously close to "duress", what with a legal monopoly on being admitted to the bar (you cannot represent 'yourself' in a class action).

Now that the risk has been played out and the plaintiff has won, the outcome looks unfair. Before the case, only a crazy person would take the case, even with the huge payout potential. After the case, that crazy person that went all-or-nothing when no one else would is lambasted by a bunch of uninvolved bystanders for being greedy.

Alternatives: crazy person actually is not all that crazy at all, and had a reasonable belief and expectation that there was a significant likelihood of success, however much lawyers like to pull out the "risky endeavour, very difficult if not impossible to win" card.

Or crazy person is entirely crazy, in which case is of suspect judgment. If you jump from a plane without a parachute, you're crazy. You don't become less crazy because you survived, to use your attempt at an analogy.

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

Achromatic1978 Re:Old articles are awesome! (453 comments)

Yup... apparently they're even getting support for X58 motherboards and Hackintoshes this last couple of months...

Err, I was running a Hackintosh with an X58 board well over a year ago...

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

Achromatic1978 Re:It's not "the" guide (453 comments)

reestablished my open SSH sessions to my Linux box

Strange ... there I was thinking of that little KeyRegenerationInterval parameter - and just how an SSH connection would be re-established following a key mismatch. That is, of course, following the whole issue of the ClientAliveInterval, by default 5 minutes - no response received, connection dropped. Methinks your mind might be deceiving you ...

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

Achromatic1978 Re:It's not "the" guide (453 comments)

FWIW, the majority of PC laptops (with the exception of high-end and gaming laptops) have integrated Intel GFX hardware.

Hmm? As soon as you hit the heady heights of the ~$450 range, Dell laptops (for one) are offering ATI Mobility Radeon as their standard video card option...

more than 3 years ago
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The Hackintosh Guide

Achromatic1978 Re:Imagine if you had to Hack Windows to run on a (453 comments)

Then you don't know anything about Amiga OS.

Workbench ROMs, all of which were copyright owned by Commodore and normally only sold with a complete system

Speaking of not knowing anything about Amiga. There was a huge market for Kickstart (the firmware, Workbench was the software) 2.0 ROMs and most people didn't buy a new system to upgrade.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

Achromatic1978 Re:People are getting dumber and dumber (454 comments)

Store policy on pre-optimized units (be they laptops, game consoles, etc.) is that if the sales person cannot "sell" the service to the customer, and the last units are all pre-setup, the customer does not pay for a service that they do not want.

Store policy may well be that. Reality, however, is not. As I've experienced on two separate occasions. "Sorry, we cannot provide the service for free, and it has already been performed."

Often times a customer will gladly pay the 40 bucks for a laptop with no trial software, a full battery charge and all updates

"No trial software" - I saw this once. They'd deleted the icons from the desktop. Not even from the start menu. "A full battery charge" - with LiIon/LiPolymer batteries, the last four laptops I've taken from their boxes had 99%+ battery charge on first plug in. "All updates" - potentially valid, but it's not like manufacturers don't slipstream.

a simple call to the corporate number would fix that issue if it ever occurred to you

I'm not the Best Buy Sales Policeman. Instead I'll go home, and buy it online, and Best Buy will get none of that sale.

more than 3 years ago
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Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

Achromatic1978 Re:How is this different from ... (454 comments)

Why not just admit that you work for Best Buy? You've posted nine comments in this topic, all defending the practice from various angles. Hell, four of your posts make the same point about network connectivity, which whilst valid, is most definitely in the very small minority - "people who buy a state of the art console, buy games that are as old as the console's original release date (and hence have no firmware), and / or have dialup Internet, or less". Okay then...

more than 3 years ago
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Best Buy Unapologetic About Charging For PS3 Firmware Updates

Achromatic1978 Re:but best buy is pre doing and forcing you to bu (454 comments)

his is so far from the truth its not even funny. I'm a Geek Squad Agent and this is not the case at all. In fact if they are the only ones left and you dont want it, you get the service for FREE. You are NEVER EVER EVER required to pay for a service you dont want.

Utter BS. My wife bought a Netbook at BB. Surprise surprise, they were all "pre-optimized". None that hadn't been touched were in stock, surprise surprise - but they had six pre-optimized models below the desk.

I didn't want the pre-optimization (heh, what basically amounted to 'uninstall some Windows features, remove the System Restore image, and install a trial of Norton Antivirus').

They weren't willing to compromise, even at the cost of losing the sale. They lost the sale.

more than 3 years ago
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Astronaut Sues Dido For Album Cover

Achromatic1978 Re:Probably won't get the first claim at least (264 comments)

I think he'd be a borderline celebrity. Anyone who is doing a job that only a select handful of people on the planet will ever do, who are trotted out regularly for press conferences and PR, who appear before Congress, who have a TV channel dedicated to showing what they are doing can't really claim to be "a person of no public interest".

more than 3 years ago

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iPhone 3G knocked from top of sales heap

Achromatic1978 Achromatic1978 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Achromatic1978 writes "Whilst still selling strongly, the iPhone is no longer on the top of the smartphone sales results, according to this article on Ars Technica. For Q1 of 2009, RIM's Blackberry Curve managed to outsell the iPhone. Curious, though, is the claim that this was "in part due to steep discounting", "while AT&T and Apple managed to sell the iPhone without discounts", a strange claim to make when the 16GB iPhone will cost you $500 more without a contract than it will with."
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The next iPhone, what will it be like?

Achromatic1978 Achromatic1978 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Achromatic1978 writes "The NYT has a story on the next revision of the iPhone, and discusses what will become of the iPhone, now that the hype is starting to slow (Jobs goal for 2008 was ten million iPhones sold — as of the first quarter, only 1.7 million have left the shelves). The WWDC is the rumored release date for a next version, and Jobs has promised that this year will see a 3G iPhone released. But will that be enough to bolster sales?"
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Pretexting - It's not just for HP anymore!

Achromatic1978 Achromatic1978 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Achromatic1978 writes "Following on from HP's efforts at pretexting to investigate leaks, the Seattle P-I reports that a DA in Washington (state) has brought only the second instance of federal charges for "pretexting", impersonating a person to gain access to their personal and confidential information. The charges were brought against three private investigators, who contacted agencies including the IRS and SSA whilst working for clients including a collection agency and estranged spouses. The investigators face charges of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, and might lead one to wonder why charges weren't laid in the hugely publicized HP incident?"
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Achromatic1978 Achromatic1978 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Achromatic1978 writes "Australian Consumer's Association, "Choice", yesterday announced their 2006 "Shonky Awards". One of the "winners" was Apple's iPod, citing many issues with Apple's repair and warranty services following complaints re cracked screens, faulty batteries and sound reproduction. Apple was found to actually be breaking Australian trading law by not allowing retailers to handle complaints under warranty, and a previous study by the Herald Sun newspaper listed the iPod as Australia's most complained about consumer item."

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