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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

todrules Re:Let's save Bennett some time (482 comments)

I think this is exactly it. AT&T and Verizon shareholders are used to the huge profits that they have been reaping on the backs of consumers, and they've been getting backlash on their dwindling profitability, in part due to lower revenue per user since they are making less off the phones, as well as less off the monthly recurring charges.

about 5 months ago
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Two Supermassive Black Holes About To Embrace

todrules Re: Did not read article yet, but... (171 comments)

FTA, it was more of a generalization on 2 black holes collapsing. It wasn't talking about anything specific in this case.

about 10 months ago
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Two Supermassive Black Holes About To Embrace

todrules Re: Old news (171 comments)

So you had to go and play the race card didn't ya?

about 10 months ago
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Why Is Broadband More Expensive In the US Than Elsewhere?

todrules Re:Telco oligopoly (569 comments)

It's not population density. It's urban sprawl. The US cities just keep expanding and expanding. The cable companies are constantly building out new infrastructure, and this costs a lot of money. The reason that the high density areas are still being charged a lot is because they're basically subsidizing these new neighborhoods.

about a year ago
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30% of Americans Get News From Facebook According To Pew Research Poll

todrules Re:Applies to all events? (194 comments)

I'm not sure that getting news on FB means getting it from your friends necessarily. I get my news from FB, but not from my friends on there. I get it by "Liking" different news pages. I did that mainly because this is the easiest way to setup a feed on Android. Instead of having to setup a dozen or more different RSS feeds (and find a good widget that I like, which I haven't yet). Now, all I have to do is connect with FB. I barely even see my friends commenting. FB, for me, is all about news. Some sites that I get my news from: CNN, Slashdot, Jalopnik, Wired, CNET, various sports, financial, music, and comedy pages, plus some other miscellaneous ones, and I think I get a decent amount of information on the main screen of my phone. Makes it pretty convenient.

about a year ago
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The Cybersecurity Industry Is Hiring, But Young People Aren't Interested

todrules Re:hire me (289 comments)

Good point. And with the overall, general hatred towards the government these days, people aren't looking to work there, including the military, since there is a war going on. General government work, and especially the military, have been places in the past where most people get their security clearances. Then, they can leverage those to get a job in the private sector. It doesn't look like that's happening like it used to.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: As a Programmer/Geek, Should I Learn Business?

todrules Re:short answer (167 comments)

If you're a real geek, the answer is always yes when it comes to learning new things. It doesn't matter what it is.

about a year ago
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China's State Press Calls For 'Building a De-Americanized World'

todrules Re:I'm Sorry, China (634 comments)

It isn't you, its me. I'm leaving you for India, as she is so much more able to fulfil my needs. I truly hope that you will find someone new. Let's be friends. - Uncle Sam.

You think you and I are in a monogamous relationship. Sorry to tell you that you're just one out of dozens, and its this egotistical, self-centered attitude that we're all really sick of. I may have needed you at first, but now I could really care less.

about a year ago
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Elevated Radiation Claimed At Tokyo 2020 Olympic Venues

todrules Re:Every now and then... (164 comments)

At least then, I might watch it.

about a year ago
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Elevated Radiation Claimed At Tokyo 2020 Olympic Venues

todrules Re:I look forward (164 comments)

At least the swimmers won't have to shave their body hair. It will just fall out naturally.

about a year ago
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Saudi Justice: 10 Years and 2,000 Lashes For Internet Video of Naked Dancing

todrules Re:Being a Saudi (537 comments)

But, then there's also this verse:

Leviticus 20:10 - And the man that committeth adultery with [another] man's wife, [even he] that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.

Quite a bit of murder involved.

about a year ago
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8 Users of Silk Road Arrested, 'Many More To Come'

todrules Re:Queue The Anarchist & Druggie Comments In.. (318 comments)

By making drugs legal, it solves a couple of things. First, it would stop the synthetic drugs that have been popping up everywhere. These are much more dangerous than the drugs that they try to imitate. Synthetic marijuana has killed people, but real marijuana doesn't. That's a byproduct of the War on Drugs. Second, it could be controlled and taxed, which would bring down the prices and negate the risk for organized crime. For example, when I was in high school, it was easier for me to buy pot than it was to buy alcohol. It wasn't worth it for the local drug dealer to sell me beer, but it was for pot.

about a year ago
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HP CEO Meg Whitman To Employees: No More Telecommuting For You

todrules Re:Runnin' on Empty... (477 comments)

She should have used this opportunity to say, "A lot of us are telecommuting nowadays, but our collaboration tools suck. Let's fix that." Instead, she resorted to the more archaic solution. And that is why they will fail. They need to look to the future, not the past.

about a year ago
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TSA Reminds You Not To Travel With Hand Grenades

todrules Re:wait...even the Holy ones? (378 comments)

Holy hand grenades are fine, since you have to count to three before they explode. Not one. Not two. But three.

1 year,18 days
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Administration Seeks To Make Unauthorized Streaming A Felony

todrules Re:Why not? (398 comments)

I'm not sure exactly why they chose only "streaming." Also, from the summary (which quotes the article), the way they have it written, it's all streaming of copyrighted works. Wouldn't it just be the unauthorized streams?

making the streaming of copyrighted works a felony. As it stands now, streaming a copyrighted work over the Internet is considered a violation of the public performance right.

So, does this mean that even the legal broadcasters are committing felonies? Or is this just poor writing? I would think it should read "making the streaming of unauthorized copyrighted works a felony." The sentence then takes on an entirely different meaning.

about a year ago
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Washington AG Slams T-Mobile Over Deceptive 'No-Contract' Ads

todrules Re:exactly the same as Blockbuster (371 comments)

Maybe you're on your first phone contract or have simply never owned a phone out of contract, but I can say for absolute fact that you do not get any special treatment for owning your phone outright. The cost of the plan is a fixed amount, subsidized or not. If you bring your own phone you are only aiding the carrier hedge their bets by paying the same monthly rate as a contracted user but posing zero repayment risk.

That's true with Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. But not T-Mobile. As soon as you pay for the phone, you're monthly bill goes down. Also, if you bring your own device, you get that dropped rate immediately.

about a year and a half ago
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HTC Does What Google Wouldn't: Sell an LTE Phone That Sidesteps AT&T

todrules Re:News at elleven (290 comments)

T-Mobile has a truly unlimited data plan, which is on their HSPA+ as well as LTE, if available. Granted, their LTE coverage pretty much sucks as of right now but should be much improved by the end of the year.

And, I agree about the downgrading the voice experience though. Not a very elegant solution. However, Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) should solve this, and most major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile) are planning to implement this either in 2013 or 2014.

about a year and a half ago
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Secret Chat Between Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt Published By WikiLeaks

todrules Re:Wouldn't have gotten caught if he'd used HOST f (212 comments)

Dude, you're not the only one who can post as AC!! They're not trying to impersonate you. That's just how the system works. Everybody can be AC.

about a year and a half ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

todrules Re:Pay Later: $199 down + $15/month (404 comments)

"Yaaaay, Math!" (Shameless Breaking Bad quote.) Seeing that this is Slashdot, I would have thought that the GP would have actually done the math himself instead of just blindly quoting some sensationalist blog site. Thans for taking the time to post that.

about a year and a half ago
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T-Mobile Ends Contracts and Subsidies

todrules Re:They get it (404 comments)

If you're main problem is just inside, you can switch to Wifi, including Wifi calling. You'd have great coverage at home (assuming here that you have a wireless router and broadband connection).

about a year and a half ago

Submissions

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Normal CIO antics or immoral/illegal?

todrules todrules writes  |  more than 4 years ago

todrules (882424) writes "I work for a large, publicly-traded company, and my CIO is friends with the CEO of a small/medium software development company. He seems to want to use this company for a lot of projects, even though they have never delivered a solid project. For example, they tried a chat project. That bombed. Didn't even make it past pilot stage. They tried a Flex app for our CSRs. Well, our real dev team had to go in and rewrite all the code, and when they were done, they were able to get rid of over half the code base. But, even that wasn't enough to save it. Less than a year later, we're redoing it from scratch. So, now, take 2 on the chat project. They way over promised and under delivered — blatant lies. We had to use 2 teams full time for 4 months to finally get the product even slightly usable and was able to deploy it (at times telling them what they were supposed to do and how to code). It's still one of the worst apps I've ever used. Next, they deliver another product, and it actually crashes an entire enterprise-class system on its first day! Hey, at least they got first at something. Now, they come in on even another project, and almost destroy this project by redoing the UI. (We were told by the CIO that we had to use them). Again, they deliver a crappy design and crappy code. It seems that our CIO is just intent on using this company, but it's costing my company millions of dollars, and, I think will be detrimental to the health of my company. Now, is this normal for a CIO to continue to use a company just because they have a friend in the other company, even though they can't deliver? Any suggestions on how to handle this? I really like my company and the people I work with, but I'm at my wit's end when it comes to this issue."

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Normal CIO antics or immoral/illegal?

todrules todrules writes  |  more than 4 years ago

I work for a large, publicly-traded company, and my CIO is friends with the CEO of a small/medium software development company. He seems to want to use this company for a lot of projects, even though they have never delivered a solid project. For example, they tried a chat project. That bombed. Didn't even make it past pilot stage. They tried a Flex app for our CSRs. Well, our real dev team had to go in and rewrite all the code, and when they were done, they were able to get rid of over half the code base. But, even that wasn't enough to save it. Less than a year later, we're redoing it from scratch. So, now, take 2 on the chat project. They way over promised and under delivered - blatant lies. We had to use 2 teams full time for 4 months to finally get the product even slightly usable and was able to deploy it (at times telling them what they were supposed to do and how to code). It's still one of the worst apps I've ever used. Next, they deliver another product, and it actually crashes an entire enterprise-class system on its first day! Hey, at least they got first at something. Now, they come in on even another project, and almost destroy this project by redoing the UI. (We were told by the CIO that we had to use them). Again, they deliver a crappy design and crappy code. It seems that our CIO is just intent on using this company, but it's costing my company millions of dollars, and, I think will be detrimental to the health of my company. Now, is this normal for a CIO to continue to use a company just because they have a friend in the other company, even though they can't deliver? Any suggestions on how to handle this? I really like my company and the people I work with, but I'm at my wit's end when it comes to this issue.

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