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T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

Professor_UNIX Re:There needs to be a way to avoid the subsidy. (355 comments)

We have MVNO providers that offer a pretty low price for similar. Simple Mobile has a $40/month plan that is unlimited voice, unlimited text, and unlimited 3G data. For $60/month you get the same, except unlimited 4G data (it's HSPA+ on T-Mobile). Straight Talk offers unlimited voice, unlimited text, and unlimited 3G data for $45/month on T-Mobile or AT&T and you can bring your own phone.

So, why do I still have Verizon and am paying $156/month for two Android phones with "unlimited" data, 700 minutes shared on a family plan, and 500 text messages on each line? I have no idea. I think it's the fear of losing my "unlimited" data plan on Verizon that I've been grandfathered into even though neither my wife or I use more than 500MB of data a month. I could easily be saving $70-$80/month switching to a prepaid provider. I'm actually looking forward to the day when Verizon pulls the same throttling thing AT&T did on their grandfathered data customers because I won't even think twice about switching providers at that point to save money.

more than 2 years ago

Linux Kernel 3.1 RC 2 Released

Professor_UNIX Re:version inflation (209 comments)

Ha Ha Ha. Laugh it up Mr. Funnyman. The extra 5% boost I get out of these optimizations is going to blow your god damn socks off.

more than 3 years ago

Toyota Scion IQ Electric Car To Launch In 2012

Professor_UNIX Re:AC needs POWER (344 comments)

I don't think you're going to melt if you can't run the AC or listen to your pop tunes on the radio. LOL. Open the windows, enjoy the breeze.

more than 3 years ago

Hulu For Sale: Is There Good News For Users?

Professor_UNIX Re:Licensing Fees (473 comments)

Ah, the old "I was forced to pirate the content because they wouldn't offer it to me for free" argument. Nobody is forcing you to watch TV... turn it off and do something more productive with your time instead.

more than 3 years ago

Apple To Start Making TVs?

Professor_UNIX Re:But Microsoft can't bundle a browser?!?!?!?! (313 comments)

There are at least a dozen different browsers available for iOS. The only restriction is you need to use the Webkit library built into iOS for rendering, so technically Mozilla could come out with a Firefox mobile for iOS that uses webkit.

more than 3 years ago

Could Apple Kill Off Mac OS X?

Professor_UNIX Re:...and develop iOS on their iPads? (577 comments)

How about discontinuing the MacOS X systems and just create a Macbook laptop based on the ARM processor that boots right into Xcode? They could call it the iOS Premier Developer System and sell it at a premium... like $3000.

more than 3 years ago

Duplicate RSA Keys Enable Lockheed Martin Network Intrusion

Professor_UNIX Re:Does RSA store usernames and pins? (138 comments)

Exactly. Even if the seed files for the token were stolen, RSA still has no information about what seed file information was associated with what user! A company like Lockheed Martin could have tens of thousands of Securid tokens. The permutations for users to tokens to guessing PINs is still astronomical unless an insider was involved that had access to the securid database.

more than 3 years ago

LastPass Password Service Hacked

Professor_UNIX Re:KeePass (268 comments)

Use KeePassX instead. ( It is open source and doesn't require the lame-brain mono crap.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox On Linux Gets Faster Builds — To Be Fast As Windows

Professor_UNIX Re:To be present in firefox 6 (306 comments)

WTF happened to Firefox 5? I am running the newest build I can find and it is Firefox 4.0.1 on Ubuntu 11.04.

more than 3 years ago

Voyager Set To Enter Interstellar Space

Professor_UNIX Re:Let me say (362 comments)

I have a VCR I bought in 1992 hooked up to a TV I bought in 1990 and they both still work just fine. I don't see why a DVD player shouldn't be able to last 20 years.

more than 3 years ago

Asia Runs Out of IPv4 Addresses

Professor_UNIX Re:NAT to the rescue... NOT (321 comments)

And you think the ISPs care about your ability to run Bittorrent? I assure you the vast majority of them wish that protocol had never been invented. :-)

more than 3 years ago

British ISPs Embracing Two-Tier Internet

Professor_UNIX Re:Shouldn't governments impose balance? (305 comments)

Capitalism naturally weeds out situations that are unsatisfactory to the consumer. If you don't like your ISP with its two-tier Internet approach, use another. If there are no other options, assuming there is no government-imposed monopoly in place, then petition companies to start offering service in your area. If enough people get pissed off with poor service then other companies will jump at the chance to fill the void.

more than 3 years ago

Beware of Using Google Or OpenDNS For iTunes

Professor_UNIX Re:Opposite Experience with Adobe Download (348 comments)

Cox's Akamai node they host on their internal network is massively overloaded by all the Cox users that hit it. When I first changed to Cox last year I started noticing massive buffering when trying to access Akamai sites like Apple's movie trailer's site or even just updates for my iPhone. I was barely getting 512 Kbps downloading stuff. The minute I switched over to using Level 3's DNS servers my download times cut to a fraction of what it used to take and I was getting 20 Mbps.

I reported all this information along with detailed traceroutes and packet dumps and what was their response? "Reboot your computer. If that doesn't resolve the situation you may need to reset your cable modem." That was it. They totally ignored all the analysis and just told me the problem was on my end. I haven't used their DNS servers since.

more than 3 years ago

Will Amazon Put Advertisements In eBooks?

Professor_UNIX Re:Physical Books (226 comments)

The point is that eBooks take the vast majority of the cost of publishing out of the equation and yet they want those books to cost as much as, if not more, than a physical book made out of paper. Then on top of it they screw you by not letting you resell, loan, or just plain give the book away to someone else despite the fact that it is perfectly possible for a DRM scheme to be created that allows the transfer of electronic content while removing your access to read it.

more than 4 years ago

My Automobile Gets __ MPG

Professor_UNIX Re:Diesel (1141 comments)

Bullshit. I live in a rural area of Ohio and the air is clean, the skies are blue, and the visibility is as far as the horizon. Beijing on the other hand... well... there were plenty of examples of its air quality around the time of the Olympics when athletes were complaining they had difficulty breathing in the fucking air and pictures out hotel windows could barely see to the next block on some days. That was AFTER they shut down the factories for the duration of the Olympics!

more than 4 years ago

Are the New Kindles Tablets-In-Training?

Professor_UNIX Re:Cheaper ebooks! (134 comments)

This is an enormous pet peeve of mine. I've got Kindle on my iPad and my Droid phone but I can't bring myself to actually BUYING any eBooks. The entire concept seems absolutely ludicrous to me. I can go to Amazon or Borders and order a hard copy book that usually is cheaper than the ebook, and gives me total freedom to resell, loan it out, or toss it on my bookshelf for future generations of my family to pick up and read when the time comes. If the ebook was a fraction of the price of a print book or had technology that would allow me to loan and resell, or at the very least print a hardcopy of the book, I may reevaluate the technology. At the rate we're going though, I have little hope my grandchildren will even know what a library is, much less see one filled with current edition books because the concept of sharing and borrowing is being lost in this digital generation. Publishers are turning the concept of sharing into a dirty criminal thing when in fact we go out of our way to instill those values of sharing into our children from the time they are babies. It is insane.

more than 4 years ago

Jailbreaking iPhone Now Legal

Professor_UNIX Re:Warranty? (423 comments)

The point is there should be a bootloader in ROM that allows for a failsafe to restore the device to factory conditions or at least allow it a minimal capability to load such an image off another system. Nothing in erasable storage should ever be able to brick the phone. It's trivial for designers to avoid that unless they are doing it on purpose to punish hardware hackers.

more than 4 years ago

Apple To Issue a 'Fix' For iPhone 4 Reception Perception

Professor_UNIX Re:Applies to all iPhones (534 comments)

How exactly do YOU hold your phone? I just naturally picked up my Droid and held it up to my ear and I pick it up with my left hand with my thumb extended along the length of the left-hand side of the phone and two or three fingers wrapped around the back holding the right hand side of the phone. It certainly seems natural to me, and I'm right-handed. The way I naturally hold my phone causes the fat-pad of my hand to cross that imaginary antenna slot if I had an iPhone 4. I imagine the vast majority of people would hold their phones the same way if they're right-handed (in their left-hand since we use our dominate hand to dial and manipulate the UI).

more than 4 years ago

Porn Industry Ready To Drop Flash

Professor_UNIX Re:Apple (249 comments)

The iPad is a HORRIBLE porn viewing device. There's no easy way to set it down to view hands-free and if you're holding it... well... let's just say it's slippery enough as it is without any fluids involved.

more than 4 years ago

Porn Industry Ready To Drop Flash

Professor_UNIX Re:never gonna work (249 comments)

Oh for crying out loud, you guys need to have your sarcasm meters checked. He was obviously joking.

more than 4 years ago


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