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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

IANAAC Re:Really? (161 comments)

The breed of crazy that will shoot you dead for walking home at night from a convenience store.

Or on a Bart platform.

about two weeks ago
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Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests

IANAAC Re:Do any of us know how much we really use? (48 comments)

I try to keep a decent handle on what I use, at least when it comes to a cellular hotspot I use.

One tool I use with a laptop (but it could easily be installed on a Linux or BSD-based router, is VNStat - humdi.net/vnstat/

It can monitor and report hourly, daily, monthly, etc and you can easily chose what interface to report (it monitors all active interfaces). There's also some graphics reporting capability, too, but I just use the command line output and awk-parse what I need.

about three weeks ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

IANAAC Re:News for Nerds? (764 comments)

But considering just how straight white male oriented the tech industry is

Have you actually been to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle or Vancouver? Very few industries or cities are more accepting of homosexuality. I bet the tech industry is very close to being "aligned with the general population."

I lived in SF for decades, most of my adult life, in fact.

I'm not talking about acceptance. I'm talking about actual leadership. It's quite rare that an open homosexual is a CEO of a successful multinational corporation. In fact, I don't know of another, certainly not in the tech world.

about a month ago
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Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

IANAAC Re:News for Nerds? (764 comments)

Gays are equal to straights and should have the same rights. I find it sad that announcements like this still make headlines. It shouldn't matter nor should anyone really care (unless they are looking to hook up).

True enough. But considering just how straight white male oriented the tech industry is, it's good to point out that occasionally we have other possibilities.

It truly won't be an issue when the tech industry is more aligned with the general population. We're not there yet.

about a month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

IANAAC Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

But is there a single show that you can watch over the Internet for the rest of the month after you get to your 10 GB cap?

I don't watch video over the internet in HD. A gig will provide me with about 4-4/12 hours of standard definition shows.

about a month ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

IANAAC Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

I would welcome alternatives to Cable in Rural areas.

I'm in an extremely rural area. Cable is not an option. It's either satellite or a huge antenna that's capable of getting signals from over 100 miles away.

While it's expensive, I rely on cellular internet for everything and wireless connect through a router. There's not a single show I can't watch (that I want to, anyway) over the internet. Plus, sine I don't have a remote, I'm sort of forced to actively choose what it is I want to watch, rather than mindlessly clicking from channel to channel.

I don't miss cable at all.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

IANAAC Re:StraighTalk (170 comments)

I am pretty sure speed is an issue

3G speeds are not bad. I use Straight Talk's 3G hockey puck hotspot (Umax U240C), which is 3G-only, and can do everything I need to on it, including stream Netflix.

Also, I usually get the 4Gig/40 dollar card, which is good for 60 days. It's about as good as it gets price-wise, for pre-paid at least.

about a month ago
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LAX To London Flight Delayed Over "Al-Quida" Wi-Fi Name

IANAAC Re:This was no AP. (339 comments)

Yes, there's leeway, but depending on which English-speaking country is talking about them, their respective government (and to a lesser extent, media) have settled on an established spelling. In the US, it's usually defined by a three-letter organization.

about a month ago
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Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

IANAAC Re:$3500 fine? (286 comments)

The sort of people who pay slave wages probably consider 6.8 hours of "free time" a day more than adequate for such self-catering needs as sustinance and rest.

Considering this was in Fremont, CA, figure an hour commute each way - even if the company were generous and provided transportation, so 4.8 hours "free" time.

about a month ago
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Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M

IANAAC Wonder if their time hasn't already passed... (167 comments)

I don't know that many people that have gotten an invite to join, but the ones that have don't really have anything positive to say about it.

I would imagine it's down to too few people being on it still. There was such initial hype for it, then nothing. How long do you suppose people will wait before just not bothering with it?

about a month ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

IANAAC Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

What do you use your bandwidth for? That's a lot of bandwidth for work related purposes. I can easily get by on 5-6 gig a month for all my work, and I'm transferring documents all day long, as well as logged into a central server that needs constant connection.

Is your work heavy on graphics and/or video?

about a month ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

IANAAC Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

Maybe you're not old enough to remember...

In the 80s/early 90s there was a string of postal workers freaking out and subsequently shooting office co-workers.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

IANAAC Re:Seriously? (533 comments)

Basic web browsing uses almost no data. A friend was able to browse through my lumia last night because her internet was down and 10 minutes of browsing and sending a couple emails didn't even show on the usage summary.

I disagree. Can't remember the article, but somewhere recenly there was an article talking about the average web page size these days being about 1.7M, with 1M of that being images.

Try using a metered service sometime like a prepaid hotspot with 3G or above. You can blow through 100M easily in half an hour just looking at news sites with no video, just images and text.

about 3 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

IANAAC Re:WTF Is "Dead"? (243 comments)

LG makes some decent touch feature phones - LG840G, LG305C, LG306G).

I have the 840G and still use it as a backup phone. All I really needed to do to make it feel really functional was install Opera Mini and GMaps on it, both of which are installable java apps. The battery lasts forever, too.

about 7 months ago
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Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

IANAAC Re:No. (211 comments)

Because I want the portability of a 10" device, and they stopped making 10" laptops a year ago.

An 11 inch device is no less portable than a 10 inch device. And they're making plenty of those in the form of Chromebooks, capable of running complete OSes (I know, I have one). Hell, the very first comment in your link even points that out.

about a year ago
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Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL

IANAAC Re:You poor baby (277 comments)

I get by on basically the same as the story submitter, and I work from home too. There is a speedier option for me - satellite internet, for about the same price.

I won't jump to satellite, though. Here's why: I stream a LOT of shows. I mean most of what I watch is done over the internet. I may occasionally have to wait for a buffer to fill, but other than that I have no problems. Satellite comes with bandwidth caps (unless I want to be up all night taking advantage of "free" off-hour bandwidth). With all the shows I watch, I clock in around 50G download, 3-4G upload every month, and that's at the lowest resolution I can get, if and when I have a choice to change it. No way a satellite provider would let me do this month after month, year after year.

about a year ago
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Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

IANAAC Re:look out below ! (332 comments)

splat !

Your comment pretty mirrors the (currently) 19 comments on the reg site.

I suppose a lot of people deal with tragedy through humor, but I sure wouldn't want to be a surviving family member and read some of the comments posted so far.

At least you did it anoncowardly.

1 year,8 days
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Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?

IANAAC I will sound like a complete Luddite... (243 comments)

But I've stopped using Android for my phone uses. I got really tired of all the background network access that was going on, which quickly eats up my prepaid minutes.

I went back to a decent feature phone (LG 840G). Cheap, capacitive touch screen (albeit low resolution), no contract, and has WiFi.

I find I use the phone completely differently in a rural area where I am now compared to living in a city when I was on contract. So all I really need is a decent maps app - GMaps touch (J2ME) works fine and a decent browser - Opera Mini, which is sluggish but serviceable.

Until Android can *reliably and consistently* restrict when, where and how network chatter happens, I don't imagine going back. At least not while living in the country,

1 year,10 days
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Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

IANAAC Re:2.3 million Android phones per day (390 comments)

Well, Nokia is basically just making just a handful of phones these days, the Lumias. In a market full of Androids and iPhones for years, they stand out a bit as being 'different'. And as far as the hardware is concerned, they're pretty high quality, with good battery life, and stand up to a beating. So they do have a niche.

They're also producing a few new Asha phones that are marketed and sold in developing countries. From what I understand, the OS is based on a souped up version of S40 (or maybe S60?). I think they're meant to compete with the Firefox OS phones coming out.

For low end phones, they look pretty decent.

1 year,24 days
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Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

IANAAC Re:Ardour (223 comments)

I think what he means is that it can't be Windows-only or Apple-only, but Linux-only is fine. I'm sure he doesn't mean "will work on any distro" by "cross-platform", he just wants it to work on his box.

Both the headline and the summary are just laziness.

Had the submitter taken 5 minutes and done a search, he would have found plenty of software available - and cross-platform at that - to do what he wants.

Or maybe it was just an excuse to link to his soundcloud page?

1 year,29 days

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