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Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

Fuzi719 I use Uber and love it (341 comments)

Unlike nearly every other commenter in this thread, I've actually used Uber (and Lyft and standard taxis). I had actually stopped using taxis before Uber (or Lyft) came along here in Atlanta because they are simply horrible. Horrid service, horrid drivers, high fares. Just horrible experiences one after another. When Uber arrived here, it was like a breath of fresh air. I don't own a car, so I use public transit, Zipcar, and now Uber/Lyft for my needs. Uber is reliable, every driver I've had has been super nice and professional, the cars well-maintained, and the fares more than reasonable. And I don't have to worry with surly drivers demanding tips they don't deserve or jacking up the price or refusing to accept a credit card, etc. Uber vets the drivers far better than the taxi services here in Atlanta. I've also use Uber when I travel, even in Shanghai, China. To the standard taxi companies, I say, suck it! You had your chance, you blew it.

about a month ago

Nano-Pixels Hold Potential For Screens Far Denser Than Today's Best

Fuzi719 Re:What's the point? (129 comments)

Except even the iPhone 6 is rumored to have a 416 PPI. I was going to say what a fool you'd look like if and when this is proven true, but we're way past that already.

Which is still less than the 469 PPI of my year-old HTC One (M7). "Retina" is so cute. :-P

about 2 months ago

Behind the Great Firewall: What It's Really Like To Log On From China

Fuzi719 Re:You Can Help (90 comments)

Last year the GFW began blocking OpenVPN connections. Many VPN providers were blocked, their DNS entries erased from the standard DNS servers that the Chinese ISPs use. The way around that now is to hardcode a DNS server like OpenDNS or Google DNS and to use PPTP or L2TP VPN connections. I can attest that those still work, I was back in China over the Chinese New Year holidays. I was able to use VPN on my laptop connected to a Shanghai ISP as well as on my Android phone using China Mobile HSPA+ data.

about 3 months ago

Microsoft Demos Real-Time Translation Over Skype

Fuzi719 Powered by Bing? (169 comments)

If they're using the same translation engine as they do for Bing, it is already a failure. If you think Google translate is bad, Bing seems to purposely make the most absurd choices.

about 4 months ago

Man In Tesla Model S Fire Explains What Happened

Fuzi719 Re:They should upgrade the warning ... (526 comments)

Come to Atlanta, the land of the car fire. Traffic report: "Today's car fire is on I-20 Westbound at Gresham Rd...." They calm down a bit in winter, but late Spring thru Fall it is a daily occurrence.

about 10 months ago

Huawei Using NSA Scandal To Turn Tables On Accusations of Spying

Fuzi719 False accusations? (183 comments)

Perhaps the reason for all the congressional/government banning of Huawei equipment was really not because there was any proof of Chinese government spying, but because there was no way for the NSA to get THEIR backdoors into Huawei equipment. The NSA could not allow US government and telecommunications companies to begin using equipment they could not hack.

about a year ago

For Playstation 4 Owners, Bad News On USB, Bluetooth Headsets

Fuzi719 Here's an idea... (292 comments)

"ITworld's Peter Smith is shedding a tear for his $250 Turtle Beach PX5 headset." Sorry, but no sympathy for him. Instead of shedding a tear for your "beloved" device, why not DON'T BUY A PS4. But no, everyone will bitch and moan and gnash their teeth and rant online, but they'll still hand over their money to Sony, who doesn't give a rat's ass. Hey Peter Smith, it's YOUR fault, yours and those like you who keep giving these greedy idiots your money.

about a year ago

EU Committee Votes To Make All Smartphone Vendors Utilize a Standard Charger

Fuzi719 Re:Sure, it's good today (415 comments)

I currently have several devices that are nothing more than paper weights now as they are no longer chargeable due to broken micro USB ports.

Add me to the users that have never broken a microUSB port. My current 2+ year old phone gets plugged into the charger at least every day, previous phones were used even longer with no broken plugs. Several other devices I've used daily with plugging/unplugging their microUSB connections. Until reading of the few people in this thread complaining about broken plugs, I would have never assumed it to be much of a problem. I am an active participant on XDA forums where many Android smartphone owners discuss many issues with devices, including hardware. The only time I've ever encountered much discussion of broken ports, it is when someone accidentally did something really stupid with the device/plug.

about a year ago

Tim Cook May Not Know Why, But Samsung Is Winning in China

Fuzi719 It's the design. (327 comments)

When Apple first became available in China, the "status" drove sales. But, that market was quickly saturated. The Chinese market typically demands several things of a smartphone: microSD support and swappable batteries. Phones without those abilities are simply not as well received. Some manufacturers make special products just for the Chinese market, like HTC does with their One model. In the US and Europe, the HTC One is completely sealed, no access to battery, no microSD slot. But in China, the HTC One has at least the microSD because that market demands it. In China, they put a lot of video onto microSD to play on their devices, whether phone or tablet. The Apple system requires those videos to be converted on a host computer before they will play on the device. Android typically does not require any conversion, it plays many more formats than Apple. The microSD can be loaded up with movies and tv shows to watch on the commutes to/from work and school. Apple doesn't seem to understand the Chinese market. They had the initial status-driven people, but those don't offer continued sales/growth.

about a year ago

After a User Dies, Apple Warns Against Counterfeit Chargers

Fuzi719 Die! (457 comments)

That's one way to force the use of proprietary hardware. Such a benevolent company. Use Official Apple Product or DIE!

about a year ago

Researchers Now Pulling Out of DEF CON In Response To Anti-Fed Position

Fuzi719 now we know (204 comments)

So now we know who is kissing the Fed's ass.

about a year ago

No US College In Top 10 For ACM International Programming Contest 2013

Fuzi719 Re:a disgrace to humanity (199 comments)

Bah! If you're not coding in binary assembler, you're just coloring by numbers. /s

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Stay Ahead of Phone Tracking ?

Fuzi719 New plan (259 comments)

As part of the new KGB-Plus service available as an option on many plans, the wireless provider can have genetically modified carrier pigeons enhanced with bloodhound DNA find and alert you anywhere in a growing number of metro areas. The specially-trained pigeons will carry a coded message that only you will understand to tell you to turn on your phone and prepare for an incoming call or text message, or to seek a safe house/shelter should your identity and location be discovered by unknown forces.

about a year and a half ago

Connecticut Group Wants Your Violent Videogames — To Destroy Them

Fuzi719 Re:Here come the deniers (449 comments)

So what of all those children in other Western countries who watch the same movies and TV shows and play the same video games and have nearly the same access to weapons as do Americans, yet they don't go on violent rampages with the frequency of Americans?

about a year and a half ago

The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee

Fuzi719 Grammar? (241 comments)

I wonder if the grammar and sentence structure used in the blog post is indicative of that used during the application and interview process? It hurt my mind to read that hot mess.

about a year and a half ago

Oracle Proposes New Native JavaScript Engine for OpenJDK

Fuzi719 No trust in Oracle (80 comments)

I wouldn't trust Oracle further than I could smell them.

about 2 years ago

Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

Fuzi719 Re:Is the story correct? LG says no. (83 comments)

But it DOES have a signal amplifier for AWS 1700/2100 MHz, for the T-Mobile system. Which, as we now know, will also work for the LTE Band 4 systems (like in Canada and the upcoming T-Mobile LTE-Advanced networks). So, yes, it CAN be upgraded to 4G LTE through software.

about 2 years ago

Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

Fuzi719 Re:T-mobile (83 comments)

New unlimited data plans are completely unlimited, no throttling. Try to keep up with current info. :-)

about 2 years ago

Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

Fuzi719 Re:T-mobile (83 comments)

T-Mobile will be rolling out LTE-Advanced, which is a generation ahead of what AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint are offering. It supposedly has far better noise and signal tolerance for high-speed use. I think it was smart for T-Mobile to skip the LTE-lite and go straight into LTE-Advanced.

about 2 years ago

DuckDuckGo - Is Google Playing Fair?

Fuzi719 Duh! (178 comments)

Android is Google. Chrome is Google. If Google wants to make them easier for Google to use, well, DUH!!! DuckDuckGo is always free to develop their own OS and browser. Some whiny-ass MIT graduate just needs to grow the F up.

about 2 years ago


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