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Google Fiber's Austin, Texas Rollout Confirmed

dustman81 Re:AT&T announces gigabit network in Austin (128 comments)

I live in an area that has a Time Warner Cable/AT&T duopoly. The fastest speed TWC offers is 50Mb for $100/month. AT&T offers 24Mb, if you're lucky (i.e. live next to one of their VRADs and have clean copper). AT&T saying they can offer 1Gb is laughable.

about a year and a half ago

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

dustman81 Re:Too bad. (798 comments)

I use Straight Talk, which is part of Tracfone, who is owned by America Movil (their owner Carlos Slim is the richest person in the world). I bought their AT&T SIM, popped it into my iPhone 4S, set up the data APN and I was using AT&T's network without dealing with AT&T's customer service, bills or contracts. I pay $45 a month, which gets me unlimited talk, text and data (some people say their data is capped at 2GB, but I haven't had a problem). It's cheaper if you buy it 3, 6 or 12 months at time. If you own your phone outright, prepaid is the way to go.

about a year and a half ago

Why Verizon Doesn't Want You To Buy an iPhone

dustman81 Not to mention the enormous subsidies (207 comments)

Not to mention the enormous subsidies that the carriers pay Apple to get the iPhone and that Apple gets a cut of the monthly subscription charge. It's a double-edged sword. Verizon gets more customers, but they pay through the nose if the customer chooses an iPhone. Also, Verizon had to bulk up their EVDO coverage, which cost millions if not billions, for the iPhone as they saw what happened to AT&T when the iPhone was released.

more than 2 years ago

Sprint CEO Defends Company's Decision To Bet It All On the iPhone

dustman81 Canceled Sprint (187 comments)

I recently canceled Sprint and paid the ETF to do so. That's after having Sprint for nearly 10 years. I got an iPhone 4S with Straight Talk ( MVNO that uses AT&T's network). Why? Because I wanted a data service that works. With Sprint, I was frequently on 1X. Even when I was on 3G, the speeds were crap. Sprint bit off more than they can chew with the iPhone. WiMax was a bust. Nextel customers are leaving in droves and their Network Vision plan may well be the final nail in the coffin.

more than 2 years ago

T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

dustman81 Re:Except what will really happen (355 comments)

Here in the states, both Virgin Mobile and Straight Talk have unlimited data included in their plans.

more than 2 years ago

T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

dustman81 Re:Except what will really happen (355 comments)

Buy a prepaid phone. The up front cost of the phone is more expensive, but the service plans are cheaper. Also, no contract. There are even decent Android phone available on prepaid providers, for example, the Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile or LG Optimus Q on Straight Talk.

more than 2 years ago

NC Governor Allows Anti-Community-Broadband Law

dustman81 Internet is a utility (356 comments)

I consider Internet access a utility like electricity or water service. If a community doesn't have broadband Internet access, they will be left behind. They will be unable to fully participate in society. If a private utility is unwilling or unable to provide a community with broadband Internet, the community should have to right to step up and do it themselves. If that scares the private utilities, good. It should. If a private utility wants to get and keep customers in an area where there is community broadband, then provide value for money and don't treat customers as cash machines. If you look at communities where there is competition for broadband Internet access, prices go down and speeds go up. Look at Verizon FiOS vs. Comcast or Time Warner vs. AT&T U-Verse. When a utility knows they have a monopoly, they have no incentive to upgrade infrastructure and will just sit back and milk the consumers, because they can. I can currently get 6Mb DSL for $40 or 10Mb Cable for $54.95. I chose DSL because it is less expensive. Some people don't have that choice or even an option for broadband. What are they supposed to do?

more than 3 years ago

How the Free Market Rocked the Grid

dustman81 Re:It worked so well in California... (551 comments)

The blame for California's energy "crisis" in 2000 lies with one company - Enron. There are recorded conversations between Enron and the power plants where Enron asks the power plants to shut down for "maintenance" to reduce supply, thus driving up the price. Enron traders were recorded laughing at California's misery and mocking them for having to pay high prices. Once price caps were instituted, the energy "crisis" ended. California's deregulation was a joke to Enron who made billions at the expense of California residents. Watch "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room".

more than 3 years ago

Long Island Town Enacts Tough Cell Tower Limits

dustman81 Is the local cable or phone company behind this? (310 comments)

Did the local cable or phone company propose this bill? "When you have no other choice in broadband or telephone service, you'll pay what we say."

more than 3 years ago

Bluetooth 4.0 Spec Adopted

dustman81 Re:Bluetooth / WiFi incompatibilities (59 comments)

I'm using a stereo Bluetooth headset while on my laptop using 802.11g. I'm hearing the music clear as a bell and my internet surfing is going unimpeded.

more than 4 years ago

HotelChatter's Annual Hotel Wi-Fi Report 2010

dustman81 Marriott charges for Internet (157 comments)

I recently stayed in a Marriott that charged $12.95 a day (noon-to-noon) for Internet and long distance calling. I took my Pre, fired up Mobile Hotspot and went 'FU' to the hotel. In these days of free ubiquitous Internet, it is offensive that any place charges for Internet access, whether it be wired or wireless.

more than 4 years ago

State Employee Skips Work On Friday For 17 Years

dustman81 Re:Sounds like (39 comments)

Hal was charged with embezzlement for allegedly bilking his company out of millions and placed under house arrest. Hal casually mentions to Malcolm that he has played hooky from work on Fridays for years. The evidence presented in court against him was that all the events occurred on Fridays. Once Malcolm realizes this, he has his father find all of his pictures and tickets of him playing hooky, which were time stamped on the Fridays that the embezzlement took place, thus showing that there was no way Hal could have been embezzling money. Of course, Lois was furious that he had been skipping work on Fridays and now since he had admitted to skipping work, had lost his job.

more than 4 years ago

Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina

dustman81 Ironic (849 comments)

I seem to remember from school that a historically significant event happened in South Carolina that started a war....oh, right. The Battle of Fort Sumter which started the American Civil War.

more than 4 years ago



ACLU objects to police scanning license plates

dustman81 dustman81 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

dustman81 (1134599) writes "The ACLU is objecting to the Springdale, Ohio police department using an automated license plate scanner on their patrol cars to locate stolen vehicles or those who's owners are wanted on felony warrants. The scanner can read 900 license plates an hour traveling at highway speeds. So far, the scanner has located 95 stolen cars and helped locate 111 wanted felons. The locations of the license plates scanned are tagged with GPS data so when the data is downloaded, it can cross-referenced on a map. If the plate is wanted, the times and locations of where it was scanned can be referenced. This system is also in use in British Columbia:"
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