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SMS Hack Could Make iPhones Vulnerable

joNDoty Re:Perhaps the more ridiculous thing (254 comments)

You can turn off SMS: contact AT&T and tell them to disable SMS for your phone number. This is exactly what I've done and I highly recommend it. I save $5/month in texting charges, and I can still send and receive texts for free. Here's how:

1. Sign up for Google Voice.
2. Tell people your new Google Voice "texting" number (and use it for voice if you want).
3. Buy Prowl at the App Store for $2.99
4. Push your Google Voice SMS messages to your iPhone via Prowl. You can do it with Fluid and a script on a Mac.
5. ???
6. PROFIT!!! (free texting)

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone Vulnerability Yields Root Access Via SMS

joNDoty Cancel Texting (186 comments)

I recently canceled texting completely on my iPhone 3GS. Texting fees are outrageous and I'm not putting up with them anymore. If you want to text me, send it to my email address. Your phone probably supports texting to an email address and you don't even realize it. You can also reply to free texts I send you and I get notified instantly.

Sure, I can't receive texts sent to my phone number, but that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make if I'm going to help my country kick this ridiculous habit of overpaying for tiny emails.

more than 5 years ago
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Tracking Thieves With 'Find my iPhone'

joNDoty Re:Single Best Story I have read on Slashdot (424 comments)

For some reason people think all thieves are badasses that will kick your ass if you mess with them. Thieves are scum. That doesn't make them tough.

more than 4 years ago
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Palm Pre "iTunes Hack" Detailed By DVD Jon

joNDoty Re:Apple cannot block and it's not illegal (338 comments)

This is impossible for Apple to block.

According to the article, "The root USB node (IOUSBDevice) still identifies the device as a Palm Pre...This means that Apple can very easily update iTunes to block the Pre."

They can try to see if any little details are missing, but in the end any probing they do can easily be met by Palm.

So what you're saying is that if Apple blocks it, Palm can counter? That much is true. It'd be the same cat-and-mouse game that we see in jailbreaking phones today or in circumventing DRM.

more than 5 years ago
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NoScript Adds Subscriptions To Adblock Plus

joNDoty Re:Solution (I hope) (408 comments)

Speaking of YesScript, I highly recommend it.

more than 5 years ago
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Why Japan Hates the iPhone

joNDoty Re:I agree (884 comments)

As long as it was merely free, the item had no value. But once it was trash, it was worth having.

I think that's because even if you claim you're offering something for free, there's still a feeling that they owe you. Whereas they owe a trash can nothing.

more than 5 years ago
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Darwinism Must Die So Evolution Can Live

joNDoty Re:neodarwinism (951 comments)

Most Christians are NOT fundamentalists. You lumping all God-loving people into a crazy fundamentalist camp is a worse straw-man argument than calling evolution "darwinism".

more than 5 years ago
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Oprah Sued For Infringing "Touch and Feel" Patent

joNDoty Re:HAHAHAHA (249 comments)

Speak for your own corner of Europe. The name Oprah Winfrey most definitely rings a bell in mine.

Oprah is obviously not as powerful as Angela Merkel...

Speaking for my own corner of the United States,
"Angela who ?" ;-)

more than 5 years ago
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Guitarist Hopes To Play Again With The Help of Bionic Hand

joNDoty Re:No need for a bionic arm... (72 comments)

FYI - the man's name is Mark Goffeney. (The YouTube video doesn't even cite this amazing man's name.)

Goffeney has more dexterity in his toes than I have in my fingers. Congratulations to him for daring to learn guitar with no arms!

about 6 years ago
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Acorns Disappear Across the Country

joNDoty Re:Let me guess... (474 comments)

I was wondering how you were going to work that into a car analogy.

about 6 years ago
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Senator Questions Rise In US Texting Prices

joNDoty Re:And we're suprised by this why? (592 comments)

Prices will go down when people stop using the service.

That's exactly what I just did last month with my new iPhone. I asked AT&T to completely cancel my texting service.

I can still be reached via email, and I can even text other people at no extra cost using various internet services, but I can no longer be reached via text.

I encourage you to do the same if you have unlimited internet on your phone. I understand that not everyone's phone can send and receive email very easily (or at all), but why not start making that push now?

When people ask me if I got their text I explain my stance on absurd texting charges (for both sending and receiving) and tell them I canceled my texting service. People have been surprisingly understanding and I haven't had any problems so far.

Of course, I'm substituting an expensive internet plan for a cheaper texting plan. But I feel that unlimited internet on a good cell phone is worth the price, whereas texting is not.

more than 6 years ago

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