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Google Hangouts Gets Google Voice Integration And Free VoIP Calls

Andrio Re:Deprecating the telephone system (162 comments)

Of course they realize it. They realized it years ago, when they got rid of unlimited data.

about two weeks ago
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Moto 360 Reviews Arrive

Andrio Re:Circular LCDs (87 comments)

Android Wear supports both round and rectangular screens. The reason for this is fashion, and fashion will always beat out pure function.

about two weeks ago
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CenturyLink: Comcast Is Trying To Prevent Competition In Its Territories

Andrio Re:Nationalize em. (110 comments)

We could carve them up like mabell, but that would just slow them down for 20 or so years while all the baby Comcasts recombine.

Just like the T1000 from Terminator 2.

about three weeks ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

Andrio Re:Easiest Definition of Net Neutrality (531 comments)

Netflix should use their film-producing resources to make a pro-Net Neutrality documentary, and display it the main banner of their homepage (like they do with their original content).

about three weeks ago
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Google Receives Takedown Request Every 8 Milliseconds

Andrio Re:This is the future Republicans want for all of (155 comments)

This mentality will destroy the country. Stop turning things into Republicans vs Democrats. Truth is they both serve the same corporate masters.

Under Obama, for example, a former Monsanto Exec became the head of the FDA. A former telecom lobbyist became the chairman of the FCC. I mean, what the fuck, right?

Basically, whether you vote Republican or Democrat, this kind of thing will go on. The two party system is just useful for distracting people, and getting them to vote in such a way where nothing will actually change.

about 1 month ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Andrio Re:2GB of RAM? (215 comments)

Should be "OK"

I ran a 2GB netbook with Windows 7, and it was okay. Certainly felt the lack of memory, but it was usable. Windows 8 is supposed to have a smaller footprint than Windows 7, so maybe it'll fair a bit better.

about 1 month ago
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New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices

Andrio Re:The obvious /. question... (215 comments)

Except that you can forget about using any and all dark colors. Windows 8 doesn't change the window text to a light color (or, as Windows 7 does, have a white frost effect behind the text). The end result is that if you use a dark window color, you won't be able to comfortably read the window title.

I still can't understand how they let this happen, or how they haven't fixed it yet.

about 1 month ago
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T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

Andrio It's a marketing thing (147 comments)

Most people with "unlimited" data will probably use anywhere between 3-10GB.

But there are people, on the same unlimited plan, that will use 100 or 200 or more GB a month. Now, since they bought "unlimited" data, this is fine. They're getting what they paid for. Some might argue that they are abusing the service, but that doesn't matter: they bought unlimited data, so they're using it.

The result is that people who might use less than 10GB of data a month by streaming lots of music and youtube video, are put into the same service tier as people who might basically run torrents on their phone, or even use it as their home broadband, racking up hundreds of GBs of data a month.

I think part of the problem is that right now the data tiers are silly. Plans basically offer triers that look like this:
500MB
2GB
3GB
UNLIMITED

There's this huge spike.

People who will stream slightly mare than average, and people who intend to use their data for massive broadband demands will have no choice but to go with the unlimited plan. How about some more reasonable tiers? Something like
1GB
5GB
20GB
UNLIMITED

I lost track of what my point was supposed to be so I'm going to stop typing now.

about a month ago
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WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak An International Emergency

Andrio Re:keep calm everyone.... (183 comments)

Ebola mutating to be airborne is a terrifying concept. Basically it'll be a real life Captain Trips.

about a month and a half ago
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Rosetta Achieves Orbit Around Comet

Andrio 67P (54 comments)

They should rename come 67P to Rosetta Stone.

about a month and a half ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

Andrio Re:Loony as a tune (316 comments)

I would say that they build speed for two reasons.

One is marketing. It looks better in marketing to advertise SPEED in big letters, and use words like FASTEST and MOST POWERFUL.

The other is overages. If they give you tons of speed but a tiny limit, you run over your amount fast, then they get co charge you 10 dollars per GB.

about a month and a half ago
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Fooling a Mercedes Into Autonomous Driving With a Soda Can

Andrio Re:Obvious (163 comments)

Adaptive cruise control + lane assist = poor man's self driving car :)

about a month and a half ago
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Nasty Business: How To Drain Competitors' Google AdWords Budgets

Andrio Re:Advertised on YouTube? (97 comments)

Advertised on YouTube? That's some Insanity Wolf shit right there.

about 2 months ago
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Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

Andrio Re:Could be a different route involved for the VPN (398 comments)

If only magical boxes existed that could intelligently and automatically find the fastest route for traffic.

But what would we call these magical routing boxes?

about 2 months ago
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Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Andrio Re:A rule of thumb.. (137 comments)

If someone mods you up, your post's karma will increase by 33%

about 2 months ago
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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Andrio Re:About time (38 comments)

Damn, my formatting broke. Sorry about that!

Hey Slashdot, how about a useful feature in Beta? Like a 5 minute window to edit your post!

about 2 months ago
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FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined For Lacking Transparency

Andrio Re:About time (38 comments)

In 2013... ...Verizon had 120.5 billion in revenue, 32 billion in operating income. ...Comcast had 64.7 billion in revenue, 16.6 billion in operating Income. ...AT&T had had 128.8 billion in revenue, 30.5 billion in operating income.

What does this tell me? That unless the fine is a percentage of their profit (which to my knowledge doesn't happen in the US), internet providers probably aren't too worried about it. In fact, if lack of transparency nets them more profit than they lose by paying the fine, it's only good business to continue breaking the rule.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Andrio Re:Creativity is certainly future-proof (509 comments)

I absolutely think doctors (general practice ones anyway) are in danger. Generally, they do two things: diagnose and prescribe. Imagine a city with automated booths, all linked up to some massive medical database. You type in your symptoms, the booth does a few things like take your blood pressure, check your eyes, and maybe take a blood sample, things like that.

With its massive medical database, it can probably diagnose you with a very high degree of accuracy and prescribe the appropriate medicine. If it can't accurately assess what you have or if it's something that requires a human doctor, it'll direct you that way.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

Andrio Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Electrician. No matter where technology goes, we're going to need electricity for it.

about 2 months ago

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