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

yossie Re:That's what you get (321 comments)

Agreed. Whenever I have had AT&T service, the level thereof was so bad and frustrating that, to me, their brand is TOXIC. I will not buy into anything with the name AT&T on it.

about 3 months ago

US Justice Blocks Implementation of ACA Contraceptive Mandate

yossie Apparently USA is religion first, then rational. (903 comments)

This whole argument is pathetic. A panel of experts, including Doctors, determined that contraceptive should be part of a rational medical insurance plan. How is possible for a religious order to override that, stating, basically - we believe this is not the case, so we would like to ignore the law and the experts in favor of our belief? Separation of church and state? This is pretty much the exact opposite of that. Apparently we, the USA, are indeed a religious, not rational, country. The forefathers are rolling in their graves..
Insurance isn't a statement of faith - it is a product with stated basic requirements - an employer either offers a package that lives up to these or it should not offer insurance at all (and pay for its employees to use the ACA!)
Disappointed but not particularly surprised..

about 8 months ago

Raspberry Pi Hits the 2 Million Mark

yossie How I use my RP (246 comments)

Most of the time, my RP, coupled with a 8-Relay board ($20 on ebay,) reports (via SMS) whenever any of my house doors are opened or closed, as well the garage door. Further, it has a web server with a small app that allows me to raise/lower the garage door.
A picture of the board I constructed can be seen at - the board has since been re-arranged a bit to give me better access to the HDMI port. The software is pretty minimal - a shell script to handle periodic polling of the various magnetic reed switches on the doors, it also keeps track of all changes in a mysql database. A php script to handle opening/closing the garage door (and animating the process in an image using data from the switches!)
Also, whenever I have a movie that can't be played back by my old but still working Apple TV 1 running XBMC, I use OpenElec XBMC on my RP - it's not the most responsive XBCM in the world, but it plays back high resolution MKV's whereas the ATV1 can't keep up.
All in all, it's an amazing board and I have other plans for it, grin. I likely will get another one or two at some point.

about 9 months ago

Why We'll Never Meet Aliens

yossie Check out the novel Existence by David Brin (629 comments)

A complex and fun novel with a main theme revolving around this exact question. Stop reading here to avoid spoilers..

Travel in body between star systems is not cost effective or appealing. BUT, what if you could upload your mind into a small holographic computer powered by ambient light and be shot across space towards a planet in another solar system. When there is less ambient light, processing speed and passage of time simply slows down - but the capsule continues on it's trajectory. When it gets near another star, more ambient light speeds up processing and time. Such a computer would be capsule shaped and not very large (a few feet long, less than a foot wide.) These capsules carry not one, but MANY sentient beings, from many races. What if you could create a whole lot of these capsules and send them in every direction. Many will never make it anywhere, or if they do, there may be little to nothing to see there, but a few will make it someplace interesting (specifically in the story, Earth.) In the book, these capsules have been arriving on Earth for many thousands of years, maybe many more, but humanity has never caught on to what they are till now (now being the near future.)

There is so much more to the book, of course, and most of it is interesting and fun. The main plot, though, is well handled and suggests a reasonable technological and science based solution to star travel.

about a year ago

Classic BBC Sci-fi Series Blake's 7 To Return On Syfy Channel

yossie But who will play Servalan? (213 comments)

One of the greatest SciFi villains of all time deserves a great actress (assuming no reboot sex change :) don't'cha think?

about a year and a half ago

Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

yossie Re:One could ask the same question about Cell serv (351 comments)

Our Cell industry IS largely unregulated - we think of the FCC as performing that function - but compared to most other Western countries, they aren't doing much. Same as ISPs (which, in fact, overlap the Cell industry quite a bit.)
Lobbying (and the results it produces) are a capitalist idea, and they result in bad or no regulation..

about 2 years ago

Why American Internet Service Is Slow and Expensive

yossie One could ask the same question about Cell service (351 comments)

And get the same answer. Both technologies are great examples of the FAILURE OF CAPITALISM in an unregulated and greed driven free market system.
I don't expect this will change till after the singularity..

about 2 years ago

Verizon-Branded iPhone 5 Ships Unlocked, Works With Other Networks

yossie Re:and yet.... (100 comments)

Sure they will. Call and ask for global-access or something like that. Assuming you've had the phone for more than 60 days, they will unlock it and you can use a SIM card in it to get GSM/3G access when outside the US - simple and easy. They do "claim" that you can't use the SIM card while in the US - that Verizon CDMA will take preference - this may be true - I didn't test it. I sounds like the iPnone5 doesn't have that (potential) limitation. I think the unlock is permanent, or mostly so, since when I upgraded my iPhone4S to IOS6, the first message to pop up on iTunes was 'congratulations, your phone is unlocked now.'

about 2 years ago

Spectrum Fragmentation Means Pricier Mobile Networking

yossie Ownership of Spectrum is simply wrong.. (80 comments)

Radio Spectrum starts out as public property - selling it, a limited resource, with unknown but extensive economic effects in the future, is a bad idea. I strongly believe we should nationalize radio spectrum and lease it out, for limited periods (a dozen years? two dozen, tops.) to companies to use as part of their product.. Given how fast technology moves, and how useful (in unknowable ways) Radio Spectrum will be in the future, we are selling away our birthright..

about 2 years ago

Fedora Aims To Simplify Linux Filesystem

yossie "union" filesystem can do this already, no? (803 comments)

Rather that move things around, how about use "union" filesystem to present an optional different view of things. Heck, you could use chroot and union fs to create a completely different singular view of the same file system to different users..

more than 2 years ago

Weaponizable Police UAV Now Operational In Texas

yossie Don't go there (Texas.) (416 comments)

Seriously? A weaponized UAV, for the police? Are they insane? Not my problem, for now, since I don't go to Texas .. Ever. It's a dangerous place where the population is drunk and armed and the cops practice more lawlessness than otherwise. Also it's a state that still murders people (Death "penalty".)
Nothing good can or will come of this, for a fact.

more than 2 years ago

Movie Studios Want Automated BitTorrent Warnings

yossie Does it include an envelope for the fine? (140 comments)

Man, this is starting to sound more and more like the local parking enforcement and red-light camera issued tickets! Guilty without need to present evidence and little to no contesting rights. Next thing you know, the studios will have enforcement troops.

more than 3 years ago

Company Claims Ownership of Digital Messaging

yossie Kootol's logo looks like Google's.. (325 comments)

Maybe it's just me, but I think Kootol's logo looks very similar to Gooogl's logo!

more than 2 years ago

Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

yossie I just canceled by Netflix account. (488 comments)

For a number of years, as a Netflix customer, I've been watching and thus receiving less and less DVDs a month. Two years ago I cut back to one-at-a-time. Streaming was free. Then the price went up for $2 (apparently, history being re-written, that hike was for the one-at-a-time dvd plan, the cost of the original one-at-a-time dvd plan being directed towards a streaming plan!) $10/mo still felt like a soft cost, I could absorb it, I did. Now it's going up to $16/mo. I like getting a dvd now and then, rarely, maybe 1-2 a month. I stream a movie about as often. I can live without both of those. I'll get my DVDs at the corner store or on demand and live without old movies. Netflix, a company I once thought of as great, is now just another company trying to get as much out of me as they can. Well, the pushed a bit too hard. They now get ZERO out of me and I hold grudges. Netflix: Don't expect me to return to you anytime soon EVEN if you improve your cost structure. It will cost you all the money you lose from me in the meanwhile AND the cost of re-acquiring me as a customer - buying my loyalty back, should you choose to, to get me back.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix screwing us?

yossie Cancel your Netflix subscription.. (2 comments)

The only reason I held onto mine for so long is that it didn't cost a lot, and I was "soft" on deciding to drop it. Now I am not longer soft, lol, I am steaming hard on it. BYE BYE Netflix, I loved you for a while - so long as you gave me pretty things for cheap, Now that you don't, I no longer love you.

more than 3 years ago

Cancer Cluster Possibly Found Among TSA Workers

yossie I'm so (NOT!) surprised.. (487 comments)

There is no safe level of radiation - there are simply levels that don't significantly increase risk. It may well be discovered that hanging out by XRay sources isn't as un-bad for your health as previously assumed (perhaps due to not actually testing..) I'm so glad my tax dollars paid for all this tech and will now pay all the large sums that will get awarded in the inevitable law suits.. Yay.

more than 3 years ago

Camera Lets You Shift Focus After Shooting

yossie Re:Operation (155 comments)

From what I recall of reading about this a year+ ago, the same tech would allow for mathematically changing focus, zoom, pan, tilt in real time on the signal from the camera or post-fact on a recording of the same signal. So, basically, a flat non-moving sensor can now emulate a PZT camera. I can imagine that with a spherical lens or one of those weird mirrors that lets a regular camera catch a 360 image, it should be possible to make a near holocam. Imagine a movie shot like this and glasses that allow you to focus on different depths at will (maybe by watching your eyes?) it would be a "real" 3d experience, none of that fuzzy background you get on stereo 3d movies.

more than 3 years ago

Unlocked iPhones in US For $649

yossie And, yet, AT&T won't unlock current locked iPh (334 comments)

So, knowing better than to waste my time, I called AT&T today and, as expected, "Apple still doesn't allow us to unlock iPhones." Anyone have a clue if this policy is ever going away?

more than 3 years ago

Canadian Music Industry Seeks Copy Tax On Memory Cards

yossie Re:Stop Feeding Them (265 comments)

I stopped consuming music years ago.
I am happy with the hundreds of hours of music I already own and generally find little new music I like. I get my new music fix from the radio, pandora, and the like. The only music I actually acquire are the free weekly downloads from itunes.
I stopped primarily due to DRM and crazy ass licensing. Less DRM now, but my new habits around this are established.
Our copyright/IP system is entirely broken and getting more so every day. Something has to break, I am sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what goes first - the last of our civil liberties, or the insane system we have built.

more than 3 years ago



Netflix screwing us?

yossie yossie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

yossie (93792) writes "Just got email from netflix telling me that they are splitting their streaming service from their DVD rental service. I currently have the simplest plan: one-dvd-at-a-time with streaming for $9.99. Their note informs me that if I do nothing, they will automatically keep me on both new plans at a cost of $15.98 ($7.99 for each of the two new plans.)"
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AT&T to Buy T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion

yossie yossie writes  |  more than 3 years ago

yossie (93792) writes "So, the choices for GSM network phones (work everywhere else in the world) have just dropped to ONE. If history tells us anything, prices will go up, service will get worse, choices will go down, and the iphone will never be sold unlocked in the USA. Yay for free markets."
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