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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

KitKat is the latest model, on the Moto G. 4.2.2 is recent enough that I considered it "late model" enough, which is on the Moto X.

I don't consider either version particularly usable.

The Republic Wireless Moto X is running 4.4.2 Kitkat as well. If you order now, you may receive the phone with Jellybean (4.2.2), but it will upgrade immediately after activation.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Unmetered != unlimited (243 comments)

I understood what was meant: "A subscriber on this carrier is entitled to 5 GB of fast data and unmetered slow data in each month."

But I think BitZtream might be playing word games as a way to remind you that nothing is truly "unlimited". No computer is Turing complete because memory is bounded; at best they're linear bounded automata. There is no way to physically transfer "unlimited" information to a computer, even with a 10 Gbps Ethernet drop. And cutting a subscriber's speed to, say, 64 kbps is a substantial limit on how much the subscriber can transfer during a month. Assume 10 payload bits per byte to account for TCP/IP overhead, then 64×86400×30÷10÷1000000 = 16.5 GB if the subscriber leaves the phone running 24/7 after the fast data expires.

I assume that people that have this issue have never had a smartphone, or home internet connection, or perhaps they're a bit special. The term 'unlimited' in the context of cell data and internet means 'unlimited usage' not 'a trillion quadrillion bits per second'. You can have unlimited dial-up internet at 52Kb/s or unlimited internet over fiber at 10Gb/s. The data rate is not a factor in the terminology.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

I like how they list "unlimited wifi" as a feature of all their plans. XD

Too bad they only seem to support two phones, and both are Moto and running late-model android versions. :P

They "only" offer two current generation, less than 6-month old, Motorola phones: the Moto G and Moto X, both highly rated. "Late-model android versions" means the current version, which is Kitkat (Android 4.4.2). Who's running a new version?

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

I'll do you one better. My dumbphone costs me $100 US a year for voice and messages (I turn text messages off, though -- the phone's too small to type on with my fat thumbs), and any money I don't spend on calls gets rolled over to the next year. The phone doesn't use data, and I don't need it to. Email and Internet's what my laptop is for. Why would I want to spend $35 each month when what I've got now is more than I need? Oh, and that $35 is just the starting point. After you add state and federal fees, it's more like $50 a month.

It's $25/month (voice/text/data on 3G and WiFi), and the taxes and fees are about $3, depending on the state and locality. If you're replacing a landline, they have a $5/month plan that's WiFi only. The advantage of course is that you can take it with you anywhere you have WiFi, and from the phone you can switch to the $10, $25 or $40 plan instantly on a daily prorated basis. So that's about the same annual cost after taxes and fees, but you get a smartphone and all the functionality that comes with that.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

What's so hard about 5GB at full bandwidth and whatever else at reduced bandwidth? A limit implies that they will cut you off; they don't. It's unlimited.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

"Data plans are no longer expensive"
Compared to voice they are. In *your very own example*, voice and text are unlimited while data is throttled.

It's throttled after 5GB/month. They don't stop the data flow once you hit 5GB, they slow it down; it's unlimited.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

I'm currently on Republic Wireless $10/month plan (unlimited voice and text/MMS, WiFi data only). I always have WiFi available; our cable company has even lined all the major highways with access points. All major retailers (and even some minor retailers) have free WiFi (via AT&T). The nice thing is that Republic Wireless lets you switch the plan from the phone with immediate activation twice a month. So if I need data, I can turn it on, and it's prorated on a daily basis.

So if you have four smartphones and reasonable access to WiFi (who doesn't), all four will cost $40/month.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

At least in my area, Sprint is great. They've also been doing a massive buildout over the last year, so you may want to check again. Republic Wireless also offers free roaming onto Verizon and local carriers. So you get coverage if you have WiFi, Sprint, or Verizon. Many people are even using the phones overseas - any place you have WiFi, you're connected. Unlike VoIP apps, you use the same incoming/outgoing number no matter how you're connected.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

Data plans are no longer expensive. I use a Moto X from Republic Wireless, no contract. Unlimited voice, text/MMS and data (5GB/mo, then throttled) is $35/mo for 3G and $40/mo for 4G. We've been with them two years, and they're not the only option around this price range. The only reason to pay more is because you want to, not because you need to.

Sorry, that should have said: Unlimited voice, unlimited text/MMS and data (5GB/mo, then throttled) is $25/mo for 3G and $40/mo for 4G.

about 4 months ago
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The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'

macemoneta Re:Not the phone (243 comments)

Data plans are no longer expensive. I use a Moto X from Republic Wireless, no contract. Unlimited voice, text/MMS and data (5GB/mo, then throttled) is $35/mo for 3G and $40/mo for 4G. We've been with them two years, and they're not the only option around this price range. The only reason to pay more is because you want to, not because you need to.

about 4 months ago
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Sons of Anarchy Creator On Google Copyright Anarchy

macemoneta Re:Doesn't pass the laugh test (381 comments)

Software / hardware development and design are creative processes as well. I guess that 'devaluing creative work' only applies to your own content. Google has figured out how to make money while giving the fruit of those creative processes away, something that the content industries have been fighting as long as they have existed.

about 5 months ago
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MIT Develops "Kinect of the Future"

macemoneta Re:Preventive tech? (76 comments)

Google "foil wallpaper". It's electrically conductive and once grounded you have a Faraday cage.

about a year ago
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UK MPs: Google Blocks Child Abuse Images, It Should Block Piracy Too

macemoneta Re:Child abuse is machine recognizable; piracy is (348 comments)

It is not an impossible task. It is a difficult one. But we're fundamentally simply talking about two data analysis tasks. One is visual data, the other is textual data... and some checksums. Someone who can reasonably take on the former ought to be able to take a serious stab at the latter. Google doesn't want to, because they fear they will be forced to; probably true.

What is the license for 123d56.iso? Are its content copyrighted? If it is copyrighted, does it's license permit this particular use case, in the source and destination regions involved? Google has 40,000 extraordinarily skilled people working on problems like this. If they say it's a problem they can't solve, I believe them.

about a year ago
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Middle-Click Paste? Not For Long

macemoneta Re:Awesome! (729 comments)

This is totally awesome. Gnome has been taunting me for years, continuously demolishing perfectly fine functionality I use daily, but at the same time just not taking it far enough for me to permanently switch. Not anymore though; this will definitely make me switch to some other desktop environment. Awesome. I'm happy for this loss:-)

Yup. After using GNOME since it came into existence, I finally switched to KDE. I can't for the life of understand why I wasted so much time on GNOME now. All the workarounds I had developed for lost functionality are no longer needed. My wife had never used anything other than GNOME, so I thought that would be a challenge. Nope; she liked it much better too, because she could configure the environment to her liking instead of learning how the GNOME developers required her to work.

about a year ago
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Linus Responds To RdRand Petition With Scorn

macemoneta A petition? (566 comments)

If you believe there's something broken in the kernel (or other open source project), you don't create a petition, you create and submit a patch. If you don't know enough or don't have the skills to create a patch, you're probably not qualified to criticize the implementation.

"Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." -- Isaac Asimov

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Fight Usage Caps?

macemoneta Re:everyone caps speed (353 comments)

My U.S. (NJ) provider, Optonline (Cablevision) does not cap or throttle, at least in my area.

about a year ago
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New Animated PNG Creation Tools Intend To Bring APNG Into Mainstream Use

macemoneta The problem is size limits (246 comments)

Most sites that use animated GIFs have restrictions on size and dimensions (typically 500x500 1MB). The quality of APNG within those restrictions won't be any better.

1 year,18 days
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Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates

macemoneta Calibre (467 comments)

While I haven't tried on any DRM'd ebooks, Calibre's converters have to options to play with all kinds of spacing and punctuation during conversion (smart punctuation, transliterate unicode to ascii). I've used them when converting text documents and saved web pages to epub, and they make very nice ebooks. I have a hard time believing that this kind of steganography would survive such a reformatting, but I guess we'll hear about it eventually if it does.

about a year ago
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4K Computer Monitors Are Coming (But Still Pricey)

macemoneta Re:Weak! (286 comments)

> $1400 gets a 50" TV with a 3840x2160 resolution.

That was my thought as well. Rather than getting a 2x2 1920x1080 monitor array, using the $1400 50" Seiki 4K TV as a monitor will give you the same real estate, seamlessly. You only need one Radeon 7970 (or better) to drive it, simplifying the configuration. $1800 for that configuration is not bad at all.

about a year ago

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Linux Development Up 34%; Windows Down 12%

macemoneta macemoneta writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macemoneta writes "According to the 2007 North American Development Survey, as summarized in this article, Linux development is up 34%, while Windows development is down 12%. From the article:

The survey featured developers at enterprises, VARs and system integrators, and covered both client and server application development. According to the survey, the decline in Windows targeting by developers started in 2005, and has increased year-over-year as Linux matured and gained in popularity as an enterprise level OS.
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Intel Introduced New Microcode for Core 2 Duo CPUs

macemoneta macemoneta writes  |  more than 7 years ago

macemoneta (154740) writes "Two months ago, Intel introduced microcode updates for all systems with an Intel® Core(TM) 2 Duo processor. According to an HP Tech Support Document,

While the implications of the issue are difficult to quantify, any of the following symptoms can occur:

* The system may stop responding to keyboard or mouse input.
* A system operating in a Microsoft Windows environment may generate a blue screen.
* A system operating in a Linux environment may generate a kernel panic.


This was the first I had heard of this; probably a good time to check for BIOS or microcode updates."

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