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Ask Slashdot: Mobile Data In Canada For a US Citizen?

NerdENerd I got refunded by AT&T (270 comments)

When I was living in the US I went to Vancouver for the weekend and ordered an international data plan from AT&T before I went. I only used a bit of Google maps on the iPhone to see what was around me. When I got my next bill from AT&T they had hundreds of dollars in charges for using the Rogers network. I was charged at 5 cents a kilobyte. People should be put in jail for fraud by charging 5 cents for a single kilobyte. After ringing and asking why the data plan was never applied to my account I was refunded the charges so I got if for free but I was ready to throw rocks through the window of the local AT&T store when I first got the bill.

more than 3 years ago
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The Longhorn Dream Reborn

NerdENerd Re:So what's better? (254 comments)

So why did this post get a zero rating? I am a .NET developer and agree 100%. Visual Studio 2010 is a fantastic development experience. I tried to do some iPhone development and hated XCode on the Mac. Objective C seems like going back in time. Why would I give up my managed environment and want to worry about de-constructors and managing resources. Anyone who criticises .NET development has probably never done any.

more than 3 years ago
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The Humble Indie Bundle

NerdENerd Just Paid $5 (290 comments)

I had the demo version of World of Goo from Steam and kind of enjoyed it but didn't think it was worth $20. I paid $5 for World of Goo and probably wont even download the others. The 99c iPhone games have really spoilt my expectations of what games are worth. In my Amiga days I would not have thought $20 for a game like world of Goo was a bargain but now I can get addictive games like Angry Birds and Doodle Jump for 99c while on the bus my perspective has changed.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

NerdENerd Re:Just charge fairly instead of having unlimited (738 comments)

Plus in Australia we do not pay to receive calls with any service provider. I was shocked when I first got to the USA and got an AT&T prepaid phone and my minutes were used when receiving calls.

more than 4 years ago
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Verizon CEO Says "We Will Hunt Heavy Users Down"

NerdENerd Just charge fairly instead of having unlimited pla (738 comments)

My service provider TPG in Australia has a great plan. $1 per month that gives you 150 mb for DSL subscribers and 50 mb for people who are not DSL subscribers with them. Phone calls are 10c per minute and excess data is 2.75c per meg. I usually spend about $20 per month on my iPhone. I did have to buy my iPhone out right but hey they sell iPhones unlocked in Australia and I liked paying full price for my phone rather than having to be locked into a draconian contracts. Other service provider give you a free iPhone but charge you at least $60 a month and lock you into an 18 month contract.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Working For the Gambling Industry a Black Mark?

NerdENerd They told me that about porn. (467 comments)

My first programming job was with a porn company. A lot of people told me that it was a career move that would get me stuck in the porn industry. After about six months I was sick of the job and started looking for a new job. When I got an interview with a bank for an Internet Banking role I told them exactly what I did for the last company minus what the content we were distributing was. Nobody ever asked me in the interview what sort of sites I was developing, just my technical experience. Once I had the job for a few months I told the people I worked with at the bank what my last roles was and they all kind of had a giggle at it.

more than 5 years ago
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How many countries have you visited?

NerdENerd Re:I'm in Europe so... (958 comments)

New Zealand is an island. Australia is the smallest continent, any landmass smaller than Australia is an island.

more than 5 years ago
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How many countries have you visited?

NerdENerd Re:I'm in Europe so... (958 comments)

I live in Australia so I am on the only continent where you can't drive to another country.

more than 5 years ago
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Major ISPs Seek To Lower Broadband Definition

NerdENerd Re:The status quo (426 comments)

Where do you get these numbers from? Here in Australia ISPs sell broadband plans from 256 kbps. Plenty of telephone companies market 3G as mobile broadband which gets about 700 kbps.

more than 5 years ago
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Angry Villagers Run Google Out of Town

NerdENerd So What Will the Burglar See? (1188 comments)

What is it that a burglar will see on street view that they cannot see for themselves driving down the road? I love Google street view. I am in the USA at the moment and taking a virtual drive around my home town in Australia the other day made me feel homesick.

more than 5 years ago
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EU Says MS Must Offer Other Browsers; Now What?

NerdENerd Who Cares? Really! (911 comments)

Who cares? If consumers know enough about alternative browsers to decide which one they want from a Windows Wizard then they are capable of downloading the browser of their choice. Confront most people with a choice of do you want IE, FF, Safari or Chrome and they are going to crap themselves if they have no idea of what that means. Choice is already available for whoever cares and choice is just plain confusing for my mum. IE will do her just fine.

more than 5 years ago
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On my spaceship, I'd like artificial gravity ....

NerdENerd Missing Option: Variable (534 comments)

I would normally have it set to Earth Standard of 1 G but crank it up for a workout and lower it for a bit of fun.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu Download Speeds Beat Windows XP's

NerdENerd I just went to Bandwidth.com (515 comments)

I just went to Bandwidth.com and used their bandwidth speed test. It game me no option to select a server just started a test. Results: 5683kbps down 1679kbps up So then I went to Speedtest.net which game me a choice of servers Going from Redmond here to the Seattle servers I got 77418kbps down 9069kbps up So Bandwidth.com is not really showing a true measurement of your bandwidth. I really doubt that unless there is something wrong with his machine that it would choke at 12mbit when his network can clearly achieve 22mbit.

more than 5 years ago
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Setting Up a Home Dev/Testing Environment?

NerdENerd Just Don't! (136 comments)

If you are a PM then stay out of the code! Seriously it does not help for PM's to start getting into the code. Focus your time on usability and business requirements but please don't go thinking you will help anyone by getting your hands dirty. Just the fact you are asking this question means you are not the sort of person who should be coding.

more than 6 years ago
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Are Neo-Retro Game Releases a Fad?

NerdENerd Retro games have been around for 10 year or more. (266 comments)

Console downloads are just the latest way for companies to make money from old titles. I have been an emulator junkie for years and playing the games I grew up with in the eighties has been a passion since I first discovered emulators in the late nineties. When I show the old games to friends my age who played those games with me in the arcades they have the same amount of nostalgia I do but when I show them to my nephew I get no interest. He just wants to go play a Halo death match and calls my games budget or pov (his slang for poverty). When I show them to friends my age who don't play games I get comments like, I remember Frogger, do you have Galaga? There are plenty of games that I have fallen in love with from playing emulators that I never played in their time so for me it is not all nostalgia, but it seems that kids who were first exposed to 3D games have no interest in the 80's classics. They will probably be playing Halo or Guitar Hero in 15 years as their retro games.

more than 6 years ago

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