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AT&T Charges $750 For One Minute of International Data Roaming

renimar Re:50MB = 750$ (321 comments)

I just got back from Canada, and as soon as I landed at Toronto Pearson I got a text message: Welcome to Canada, roaming charges are $1/minute for calls and $15.36/MB for data (along with a link for 'International Data Plans' which run $30/120MB, $60/300MB or $120/800MB). Needless to say, I turned data roaming off.

about 6 months ago
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Book Review: Mobile HTML5

renimar Re:Timely... (37 comments)

It's nice to be able to design one app and compile it against many target platforms.

Didn't Java once promise 'write once, compile many', too? Look how that ended up.

Back to the 90s indeed.

about 8 months ago
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Federal Judge Rules Chicago's Ban On Licensed Gun Dealers Unconstitutional

renimar Re:Took them long enough... (934 comments)

And that definition's authority derives from Article I, Section 8, Clause 15 where Congress can "make rules for the government and regulation of the land and naval forces". The Founders didn't have to make that defintion; Congress gets to decide what the militia is, and can change it. That it was set to that definition in 10 USC 311 is not accidental, it was what Congress intended.

about a year ago
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Is It Time To Enforce a Gamers' Bill of Rights?

renimar Re:Better off enforcing an EA boycott (469 comments)

Amazon only pulled it temporarily. It's back now, with a note:

Important Note on "SimCity"

Some customers may experience delays when connecting to SimCity servers. EA is actively working to resolve these issues. Please visit https://help.ea.com/en/simcity/simcity for more information. For your trouble, every SimCity player who has logged in and activated their game will receive a free PC download game from the EA portfolio, provided by EA. This offer extends to all digital download and physical disc SimCity customers. On March 18, SimCity players who have activated their game will receive an email from EA telling them how to redeem their free game.

about a year and a half ago
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Over the Antarctic, the Smallest Ozone Hole In a Decade

renimar Assuming correlation is causation... (174 comments)

Clearly, the increased CO2 in the atmosphere is helping close the ozone hole! Suck it, Al Gore!

(That's how it works, right?)

about 2 years ago
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Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping

renimar Re:Wait, what? (865 comments)

The summary is misleading. Ebert is talking about why box office revenues are dropping in TFA, not the movie industry as a whole.

more than 2 years ago
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Greenpeace Says the Internet Emits Too Much CO2

renimar In other words.... (370 comments)

Greenpeace is complaining that the Internet:

a) Allows people to research far more information than the limited amount they prefer to give to people, thus letting people be swayed by other, more -- or less! -- rational environmental groups;

b) Emits more hot air than they do.

But seriously folks: this claim that the IT industry uses "dirty energy" can be leveled at any industry in the modern world. That is to say, an industry that uses electricity. They take any industry in the US (which they do in the article) and then say, 'It uses enough energy to power country (x)!' (In the article's case, the UK.) For example:

"The health industry doesn't do enough to reduce its reliance on 'dirty energy'. If you took the entire US's health industry and pharmaceutical firms' energy use, it could power Spain!'

'The media industry doesn't do enough to reduce it's reliance on 'dirty energy'. If you took the entire US's newspapers, magazines, and television news' energy use, it could power South Korea!'

'The government industry doesn't do enough to reduce its reliance on 'dirty energy'. If you took the energy use by all levels of government in the US, it could power Italy!'

Repeat ad nauseum.

The real question is, 'Why does the industry matter?' The energy used by ALL industries in the nation will aggregate to... guess what, the types of energy the country has! The solution is move the whole country to use cleaner energy, which would necessarily mean that all industries in that country would be 'cleaner' in their energy use.

This is Greenpeace using the Apple Strawman scheme all over again.

more than 3 years ago
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Legislator Wants Cancer Warnings For Cell Phones

renimar I wouldn't be so quick to follow SF (314 comments)

As a Bay Area resident who's seen Newsom's "management" of San Francisco, I don't know that I'd be so quick to follow Newsom's lead. Not to mention that he has a history of making big annoucements... and failing to follow through.

This isn't even a policy agenda that can be argued from a moral or social perspective -- it's based on erroneous beliefs with no scientific backing whatsoever. Not to mention that there are already agencies who test every damn cell phone when it comes out. Sounds to me like there's already legislation (albeit at the federal level) to handle this should cell phones prove to be brain cookers.

more than 4 years ago
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Apple Seeks Patent On Operating System Advertising

renimar Re:Troll protection (342 comments)

Apple could also use it as a tool to keep 3rd party software from advertising on their OS, too. So even if Apple didn't mean to use it themselves within OS X, they could use it to prevent others from doing so with other software on OS X.

It's the 'I'm taking it so nobody else can have it, either" principle.

more than 5 years ago
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Stargate Universe

renimar Re:Hulu? (829 comments)

A lot of shows will be free for the first episode on iTunes, a sort of 'loss-leader' to suck people into buying the whole season if they think it looks interesting. It's usually temporary (the first couple of weeks of the season) before it becomes a pay episode again.

more than 5 years ago
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UK Court Order Served Over Twitter, To Anonymous User Posing As Another

renimar Re:Sued? (205 comments)

Yet another reason not to use the thing.

I don't get it. Don't use twitter because you might be served injunctions? How about 'don't be an asshat' so you don't get served injunctions? There's nothing inherent about Twitter that makes one of its users more likely to get roped into legal entanglements. That's entirely the actions of the user.

more than 5 years ago
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Steve Ballmer Directing "House Party 7"

renimar Drawing from history... (359 comments)

I think a 'Windows party' more along the lines of the Boston Tea Party would be the slashdot thing.

more than 5 years ago
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Japanese Creating "Super Tuna"

renimar Chicken of the sea no more? (280 comments)

So if regular tuna is 'chicken of the sea', what would this super tuna be? 'Ostriches of the sea?'

(Or if you go with PETA's metaphor of 'kittens of the sea', I guess these would be... cougars? Leopards?)

more than 5 years ago
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"Burning Walls" May Stop Black Hole Formation

renimar Must have been a Star Trek watcher (100 comments)

The phrase that stuck out for me was, 'a phase transition into "subhadronic" matter'. While I certainly recognize the need for new vocabulary when a new model/theory/phenomenon is described or discovered, this particular phrase, "subhadronic matter", gives me Star Trek Voyager flashbacks.

"Captain, the Borg are pulling us in!"

"Lt. Torres, can you reroute the power to the deflection array dish, and invert the signal to send out a subhadronic matter stream? That should disrupt the tractor beam long enough for us to warp out!"

"Recreate the forces inside a collapsing star, of course! Why didn't I think of that?"

more than 5 years ago
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UK Police Want Plug-In Computer Crime Detectors

renimar Re:Hmm (382 comments)

Hey, borrowing something they've seen on American TV worked once:

One of the stranger impacts of the show occurred on January 31, 2006, when The West Wing was said to have played a hand in defeating Tony Blair's government in the British House of Commons, during the so called "West Wing Plot". The plan was allegedly hatched after a Conservative Member of Parliament watched the episode, "A Good Day", in which Democrats block a bill aimed at limiting stem cell research, by hiding in an office until the Republican Speaker calls the vote. (Source)

Maybe the cops thought, 'Hey, if it worked for the politicians, it must work for us, too!"

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone 3G Finally Available In US Contract-Free

renimar Re:Here in Canada (265 comments)

If you're using Pay-as-you-go on Rogers and are putting in $15/month, ask Rogers or Wireless Wave for their $100 refill. Unlike the smaller amounts, the $100 lasts for a full year, so you don't have to remember to keep putting in $15 every 30 days or so.

I moved to the US, but I kept my old phone and converted it to pay-as-you-go. I use my Canadian cell whenever I'm visiting, as the $100/yr I spend is less than the freakin' roaming charges AT&T applies.

more than 4 years ago

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Judge Orders Patent Troll to Pay $3.8 Million

renimar renimar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

renimar (173721) writes "A judge has awarded Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz $3.8 million dollars in attorneys fees after beating off a company belonging to a group of IP firms whose "primary source of income is from litigation settlements".

A patent trolling company, Orion IP, sued Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz with a patent infringement suit "over two Web site technology patents allowing online interaction". The then-named DaimlerChrysler paid $2.3 million to settle rather than fight. The following year, another patent trolling company, Taurus IP, sued Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz for the same patent infringement.

Orion IP and Taurus IP have the same owner.

Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz counter-sued for breach of warranty, and it went to a jury trial who agreed with the auto companies. The judge's order included an analysis of these patent trolling companies, noting that the vast majority of their expenses are for litigation, and that the vast majority of their income come from settlement agreements.

Said one of the partners of the firm representing Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz, "The patent troll model is quite common now. These are companies that don't create any products. ... Most of the time there is no counterclaim, so you either have to settle or take it to trial."

I'm sure Slashdot readers are shocked that such a business exists."

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