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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

EvilJoker Re:market dominance? (74 comments)

The Nexus line markets to a very specific demographic, which is often asked by muggles what gear they would recommend. If HTC designs a decent Nexus device, it can greatly increase sales of their non-Nexus devices.

about 2 months ago
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Google Partners With HTC For Latest Nexus Tablet

EvilJoker Re: Let the Android Market decide (74 comments)

And please tell me how Apple does not allow AT&T to bake in their crapware yet sold 22 million phones this past week. Yeah they flopped so bad by not allowing the carriers to add in crapware. Oh wait, they are one of the worlds most popular phones.

AT&T (Cingular then) originally did so as a competitive move against Verizon. Those terms came with an exclusive, which they were not willing to sacrifice. If you'll recall, VZW was given the offer first, and refused it, valuing their crapware (etc) more than the iPhone exclusive.

Regardless, Google has been attaching more strings to their apps. As I understand it, there MUST be an option to disable/hide all of that crapware. While a phone could be released as an AOSP phone, it would not have (and could not install from a legitimate source) things like GMail, YouTube, Google Maps, and the Play Store. Amazon's trying this, but not having much success.

about 2 months ago
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Study Finds Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance

EvilJoker Re:Insulin Response from actual Sugar, Honey, etc (294 comments)

I've seen that study before, and that same takeaway. However, it really compared results of fructose to glucose, not sucrose.

about 2 months ago
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California Tells Businesses: Stop Trying To Ban Consumer Reviews

EvilJoker Re:One Sure Way (275 comments)

What I've found is that you don't get what you pay for; rather, you pay for what you get.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

EvilJoker Re:Switching is too hard? (145 comments)

If you can find that section of law, then contact the FCC. They will help you get it resolved.

Granted, this only means eliminating the exclusivity contract - the other company would have to then decide to expand to cover you, which they may be reluctant to if everyone there has already signed up with the competition.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

EvilJoker Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

I would not trust the old ISP to forward anything. It should be a pull from a new account. Something that I've used before is to setup a Gmail account, which can pull from any standard POP3 account, and then have GMail forward as appropriate.

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

EvilJoker Re:I can name 2.6 million people (145 comments)

AOL's e-mail access is completely free. Most people either aren't aware of this, or think the paid plans offer something of value (they're pretty vague, so people think it's more than just an overpriced subscription to McAfee, etc)

about 3 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl-Alt-Del Screen

EvilJoker Re:Hexidecimal (169 comments)

So that consumers can more easily report the issue to the vendor?

about 3 months ago
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Says Switching ISPs Is Too Hard

EvilJoker Re:Seriously? (145 comments)

I'm on TWC. I opened a new account when I moved in March, and was not prompted in any way to create an e-mail address. My cable modem (owned by me, not rented) died a few weeks ago, and I could not activate the replacement until I created a useless @local.rr.com address.

People who aren't techies all used their ISP mail, until Hotmail, Yahoo, and especially GMail became known to the general user. The latter becoming extremely popular because of Android, which started becoming popular in late 2009/2010.

Even then, that was more about new users. People continue(d) to use their old accounts for a long time. Scott Adams, of Dilbert fame, was still using his AOL address as recently as 2008

about 3 months ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

EvilJoker Re:loopholes (137 comments)

It wouldn't have to upload constantly, just log the data for upload later.

That being said, GPS is major drain on batteries.

about 3 months ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

EvilJoker Re:As a bicyclist... (137 comments)

Perhaps you or your area is different from mine, but I often see cyclists being borderline suicidal, and the motorists being excessively generous.

Regardless, there is really no way currently to monitor how a driver reacts to a cyclist. At least, not in a way that encourages safety, such as hard braking when one jumps out in front of the car (yes, I see it regularly)

about 3 months ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

EvilJoker Re:I can't wait (137 comments)

Much like cake, the discount is a lie.

about 3 months ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

EvilJoker Re:where do i sign up? (137 comments)

I think you're confusing "criminal charge" with "felony", or the possibility of jail time.

All court cases are either criminal (brought by the gov't) or civil (brought by a private entity)

Minor offenses like littering are still criminal (usually a minor misdemeanor or similar)

about 3 months ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

EvilJoker Re:Interesting, if optional (137 comments)

But SCOTUS ruled that money is speech, so you have to outbid (either out-yell or out-spend) the other side. I'm not sure what the exchange rate is.

More seriously, how often do you see a report of "Big industry lobbyists push for X, general population pushes for Y. Congress goes with Y"? I realize it happens occasionally, but it's rare. Hell, most of the legitimate reporting on the Comcast/TW merger acknowledges that the general population is massive opposed, yet it will probably be approved regardless.

about 3 months ago
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New Usage-Based Insurance Software Can Track Drivers Using Smartphones

EvilJoker Re:1..2..3.. until massive security breaches (137 comments)

Establish in customer's minds that giving up data about their habits SAVES them money.

I've noticed that several grocery stores in my area are now doing frequent promotions like "Buy 5, get $5 off" with a motley collection of products. Undoubtedly sourced from the loyalty cards. Rarely worth a shit for me, since even getting to 5 isn't worthwhile.

about 3 months ago
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Net Neutrality Campaign To Show What the Web Would Be Like With a "Slow Lane"

EvilJoker Re:Boycott (91 comments)

The issue isn't the technology involved. Cable and DSL can each be great, awful, or somewhere in between. What matters is who's running it, and how.

While it's generally acknowledged that Comcast is awful, the DSL alternatives are also usually bad. AT&T, Verizon DSL, CenturyLink, etc aren't exactly known for their quality. You apparently have good service, which is the exception, not the norm.

about 3 months ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

EvilJoker Re:No, it wasn't. (463 comments)

A cyclist is not a pedestrian. They have the same rights (in most places) to the road as would a car, and are subject to most/all the same regulations. According to TFS, the cop drifted into the bike lane, striking the cyclist. At bare minimum, this was failure to maintain lane/unsafe lane change/etc

about 3 months ago
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Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

EvilJoker Re:lulz (848 comments)

Why does it fall on the West (presumably the US) to do something? Don't most people bitch when the US involves itself in the affairs of others?

Furthermore, doesn't Ukraine have its own alliances to prevent exactly this?

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

EvilJoker Re:maybe (355 comments)

While legally that may be correct, from a practical perspective it probably does not matter. AT&T (et all) seem to be above the law, and beyond the courts

about 3 months ago

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