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AT&T: Don't Want a Data Plan for That Smartphone? Too Bad.

choko Re:Mind boggling (798 comments)

Perhaps you should actually research US plans before you criticize. I use T-Mobile, and purchased an unlocked Note 2. They sent me a sim card for free. I pay them 50 a month for unlimited talk and text, with NO data plan (I use wifi). I could have gotten the phone on contract and paid less, or I could make make my existing plan cheaper by getting limited minutes or text. I could go prepay. I could choose a whole other company if I want. The only real difference between the US and European markets is that in the US, you can choose to let a cell phone company screw you over in exchange for a lower up front hardware price. Sounds pretty free to me.

about 2 years ago
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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

choko Re:Economics (240 comments)

Read some of the other comments in this post. There is plenty of evidence that the welfare system is broken.

about 2 years ago
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What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?

choko Board Games (339 comments)

I think the next wave of movies is based on board games. I know there is a Candyland and a Battleship in the works.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Account Suspensions Over ToS Drawing Fire

choko BETA (560 comments)

This, and other account lock-out issues, are good examples of why Google+ is still an invite only, BETA service. Everyone can calm down now.

more than 3 years ago
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8% of Android Apps Are Leaking Private Information

choko Re:Compared to... (159 comments)

There was a story just a few months ago about iOS apps doing the exact same thing. There was even a lawsuit filed at the beginning of 2011. I think people put way too much stock in the iOS approval process.

more than 3 years ago
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Senators Taking Sides In AT&T/T Mobile Merger

choko Re:Wireless = National, Wired = Local (124 comments)

The smaller carriers just buy their capacity from the larger carriers. Boost mobile doesn't actually have any towers, so they buy space from Sprint (I think). So it isn't really as competitive as it sounds.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Final Cut Pro X Apple's Biggest Mistake In Years?

choko Re:"Designers" are taking over. That's the problem (443 comments)

So were they prioritizing design and engineering when they released the iphone without several pieces of basic functionality like: folders, copy/paste, changing backgrounds, OTA updates, etc? Granted, they fixed it later, but it shows that Apple has come to prioritize design over functionality. Don't kid yourself.

more than 3 years ago
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Devs Worried Microsoft Will Dump .NET

choko Re:That would be a GOOD thing (440 comments)

It's not that they won't or can't learn anything new, it's that learning a new language takes time. That's time that could be spent coding and making money.

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

choko Re:gmail issues (619 comments)

That isn't a problem or a bug, gmail was designed that way. I use that particular feature for filtering mail. I just put the dot in a different place depending on who I am providing the email address to. You can then set up filters based on the incoming mail address. I think its pretty handy.

more than 3 years ago
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Mandatory Automotive Black Boxes May Be On the Way

choko video? (619 comments)

Will this box somehow record video data as well? Lots of accidents are caused by people running stop lights/signs. Better record the inside of the car too just to be sure the driver wasn't texting or anything. While they are at it, they should probably record audio data as well.
Seriously though, where does it end?

more than 3 years ago
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Corporate Mac Sales Surge 66%

choko Re:Corporate sales? (494 comments)

Ummm...
You are on /.
Most of us probably don't call support that often.
A lot of us ARE support.

more than 3 years ago
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Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate

choko Re:Because industry knows best (666 comments)

With the exception of software, everything you are citing came about due to consumer demand. Most people don't want a stick shift. Most laymen feel that if there fridge/washer/drier/etc. is connected to the internet, it will make their lives more efficient. It's not as if the industry doesn't spend millions on market research and sales pattern analysis. The industries, no matter which one, will sell consumers what they want (or at least what a consumer thinks they want). They determine this either through market research or through actual sales. The same doesn't always apply to software because "average people" don't really understand software all that well.
Even if something comes with a feature you don't like "standard", you are always welcome to use something else. You can buy a car with a manual transmission, you can buy appliances that aren't internet connected, and you don't have to use Adobe products to read PDFs.

more than 3 years ago
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Fable III Dev: Used Game Sales More Costly Than Piracy

choko Re:"License" (342 comments)

It's less about the people and more about Congress being owned by corporations. They would never do anything to upset their overlords, less they risk not getting enough "donations" to win the next election. This is the same reason the T-Mobile sale will go through. Even though it's not good for the consumer, AT&T has donated ALOT of money over the past few years. I'm sure someone will scratch their backs.

more than 3 years ago
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Lodsys Responds To In-App Purchasing Patent Controversy

choko Re:One question they did not answer (158 comments)

Companies patent the painfully obvious (and lots of prior art) all the time. Apple has a patent on multi-touch, so I don't really see much of a difference. I will agree that the system is broken. Patents like these should have never been allowed in the first place, but if you are going to allow large companies to get away with it, then everyone should get away with it.

more than 3 years ago
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Jesse Jackson, Jr. Pins US Job Losses On iPad

choko Re:Indeed (628 comments)

Re-usable doesn't always mean less waste. You need to compare how much material, energy, and effort is used in every step to make an apt comparison. Who is to say that washing a dirty cloth diaper is less wasteful than using a disposable diaper? I'm not saying one way or the other, but it's something to consider.

more than 3 years ago
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Arizona Governor Proposes Flab Tax

choko Re:Beware of junk science (978 comments)

The government doesn't have to regulate this. If there is a demand for non-smoking pubs, they will exist. That is the beauty of the free market. Before indoor smoking was banned in my state, there were many restaurants that were entirely non-smoking. It should be up to the establishment to decide if they want to allow smoking or not.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars

choko Marketing (716 comments)

I feel that Apple's real secret weapon is their marketing. Apple is very good at making their products appear cool, and perception means more than reality to your standard, non-techie user. A laymen friend of mine told me the other day that he wants an iPad. When I asked him why, his answer was: "because it's cool". I questioned him further. He said he could use it to watch movies at work. That was the best reason he could come up with. It would be easy to dismiss if I hadn't heard this "it's cool" reasoning over and over again. A lot of people want Apple, but most of them don't even know WHY they want it. Good marketing isn't easy to accomplish, but Apple has done a good job of finding the right formula. That, and on the rare occasions I watch prime-time TV (It's usually when I visit my parents; That damn thing is always on.) Almost every commercial break has an Apple commercial of some kind. A combination of repetition and slick looking commercials has convinced many people that Apple has the "coolest" products, and they can be cool too, if only they had one.

more than 3 years ago
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IPhone 4 Survives 1,000 Foot Fall From Plane

choko Re:only logic can tell... (222 comments)

No, not farms exactly, but there is a planet where brushes occur naturally. I think it's close to Squornshellous Zeta, the native planet of the mattress.

more than 3 years ago

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