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Facebook Blamed For Driving Up Cellphone Bills, But It's Not Alone

zizzybaloobah Be careful. Updates might re-enable autoplay (131 comments)

I participate in the beta for the Android app. We've had several updates that re-enabled that feature. smdh. It boggles my mind that not only did FB think this was an important feature missing from their application, but so important that it needed to be enabled by default. smdh again.

about two weeks ago

Crunching the Numbers On Shared Cellphone Contracts

zizzybaloobah it's missing important options for Verizon plans (91 comments)

The calculator assumes all phones on the plan will be smartphones. On Verizon, 'feature' phones are $19.99/month vs $30/month for smartphones. I have unlimited data, but if I buy a phone at the discounted price, I must switch to VZW's Share Everything plan. Under that plan, my monthly cost goes up $80-100/month, partly because of the expensive data plans, and partly because the feature phones on my plan jump from $9.99 - $19.99 a month. That's an extra $1900+ or more over the two year contract. If i keep my current plan, I could buy 2 or 3 phones off-contract and still save money, and still keep my unlimited data. In other words I can't afford to buy phones at the discounted, contact price. I have resolved that I will no longer be buying phones from Verizon. Ever.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Equipping a Company With Secure Android Phones?

zizzybaloobah Google "Mobile Device Management" (229 comments)

You can choose from any number of Mobile Device Management solutions, most of which consist of keeping the business stuff in its own encrypted area separate from the personal stuff. These solutions are especially in BYOD (bring your own device) situations which are increasingly the norm as users either want to carry a single device or prefer their device to whatever the organization provides (typically Blackberry). RIM's MDM solution, and others have the ability to manage iOS, Android, Blackberry OS and other mobile environments. You get features like remote wipe, jailbreak detection etc. At work, we are migrating away from Blackberry at work to iOS (at least at first) and will likely include Android devices, as well as BYOD. It will mean a significant savings in support costs in the long run. If I can remember the name of the MDM solution we selected, I will post it here. Also, even if you don't like (or don't choose) Good's MDM solution, their website has a lot of good background information and white papers.

more than 2 years ago

Samsung TVs Can Be Hacked Into Endless Restart Loop

zizzybaloobah Re:TV (187 comments)

Get them a Google TV box (it runs Android Honeycomb). You get the Chrome browser, apps, games, etc, along with a real keyboard (but the keyboard only includes a tiny touch screen area, I'm disappointed to say).

more than 2 years ago

RIAA Chief Whines That SOPA Opponents Were "Unfair"

zizzybaloobah There is some truth in this article (525 comments)

"the Protect Intellectual Property Act (or PIPA) was carefully devised, with nearly unanimous bipartisan support" YES! It was indeed carefully devised. It had all the bipartisan support that MPAA, RIAA, and entertainment money could buy, and the exclusion of opposition testimony from legislative hearings. So there you have it. A broken watch telling the correct time.

more than 2 years ago

White House Responds To SOPA, PIPA, and OPEN

zizzybaloobah Obama doing his usual thing (517 comments)

This is Obama playing both sides of the fence. I recently read an article that aptly articulated Obama's modus operandi for issues like this, where he needs to placate the opposition, esp. when it comes from those within his own party: Issue statement via WH staff or other outlets without actually saying anything himself. In this case, the 'White House statement' attempts to placate SOPA opponents, but without Obama himself actually saying anything himself that might be an offense toward the big money interests (i.e. Hollywood, the MPAA, etc., and their deep-pocketed lobbyists) he can't risk losing, especially in an election year.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Which Android Phone (and Carrier) For WiFi Proxy Support?

zizzybaloobah Google has been very speedy supporting this (125 comments)

Even though it is a HUGE requirement for anybody that wants to use Android on WiFi behind a proxy. It was a top-five issue for some time on the Android Issues forum (, with nary a word from Google. Lots of work-arounds are discussed in that thread, none of them worked for me using an original Droid, or the original Nexus phone. Finally Honeycomb 3.1 was released and finally added support (see - search for the word 'proxy'). Too bad if you didn't have a tablet. Hopefully this will be included in Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) which will be loaded on both tablets and smartphones.

Even with the Honeycomb support for WiFi Proxy, apps or may not be able to take advantage of the new proxy support, and might have to be updated (at least at that time, that was case). Common example: set a proxy on your XOOM and your could browse the internet, but the mail app, and other apps that relied on http connectivity, would not necessarily work without modification by the developer).

Motorola (and perhaps other manufacturers) have included proxy support in their phones. My Bionic has it, but I no longer need it, and haven't tested it. I'm not sure who else provides it. I think some of the other tablets, may be the Galaxy Tab include a way to set the proxy, but again, if the app doesn't know how to take advantage of it, it's gains you nothing, beyond web browsing.

Even the oldest of Blackberries I used supported proxy settings on WiFi. It boggles my mind that Google would allow such a glaring omission to last for such a long time, especially when it has a huge effect on Android's adoption in the enterprise.

more than 2 years ago

RIM Responds To an Employee's Open Letter

zizzybaloobah Android doesn't meet many enterprise requirenents (197 comments)

Android, while it may offer an improved UI, and more/better apps, it doesn't meet many needs of the enterprise:

  • Security and encryption
  • Enterprise device management
  • Intranet access

These are things that have always set Blackberry devices apart, and both iOS and Android are still playing catch-up. What would be nice is if RIM could make Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) deliver all the benefits to iOS and Android devices also. But even here, Good Mobile Messaging (GMM) has already become well-known for providing enterprise features across a wide-array of mobile devices.

more than 3 years ago

Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills

zizzybaloobah They had the secret to Android success (384 comments)

and have ignored it. The original Droid (which I bought the day it was available, and still use) put Moto on the Android map, and yet they have done everything they can to vary from the things that made this device a huge success: No Motoblur, no locked and/or encrypted bootloaders, and a mostly vanilla Android experience. One need only read most any Android forum to see how many people regret 'upgrading' from the Droid 1 to another Moto device. I know I was originally excited to hear about new Moto Android phones such as the DroidX and Droid Pro, then being supremely underwhelmed with the devices' performance. The hardware was either improved or virtually unchanged, leaving the main difference: Motoblur, and loads of bloatware. Jha should get his own Motoblur house in order before he starts critcizing other apps for degrading the Android experience.

more than 3 years ago

Google's Schmidt Says He 'Screwed Up' On Social Networking

zizzybaloobah Involved in BHO's re-election campaign? really?! (252 comments)

He says Google worries about dictators and governments using Google technology for the wrong reasons, then says he'll be heavily involved in Obama's re-election campaign. wtf?! Obama has not only continued many of the horrendous abuses initiated by Bush, but has gone extraordinarily further in creating an imperial Presidency. He has claimed the right to assassinate U.S. citizens without charges or trial, and he has continued to erode our Constitutional rights through signing of the Patriot Act, and also his 'secret interpretations' of it (which are not subject to the scrutiny of even the courts, much less 'we the people').

more than 3 years ago

Bug Forces Android Devices Off Princeton Campus Network

zizzybaloobah Does Princeton not requires use of proxy servers? (309 comments)

My understanding is most enterprise and educational policies requires the use of a proxy, which oddly enough, is a feature that has been ignored by Google. The lack of proxy settings for WiFi has been the #4 Android issue for over two years now, w/no official response from Google ( As you can see from almost 1500 responses, proxy support is a key prerequisite of using Android in the enterprise. It's been on other devices for years. and even in Gingerbread and Honeycomb, it's still not there. A select few manufacturers have modded into their phones, and even if you root Android to get proxy support, many apps still won't work. You'd think Google would be making this a priority instead of handing over all that market share to Apple.

more than 3 years ago

Level 3 Shaken Down By Comcast Over Video Streaming

zizzybaloobah Who cares if there's an imbalance (548 comments)

I pay Comcast to send and receive my internet traffic from wherever I choose to send and receive it from. End of argument.

more than 3 years ago

Next Step For US Body Scanners Could Be Trains, Metro Systems

zizzybaloobah Death by a thousand scans (890 comments)

Here is my daily commute (from Baltimore to a government building in DC): light rail to train station, train to DC, walk to government building. Reverse in the PM. If they start scanning public transportation, that means at least 2 scans a day for me, even more if they start doing light rail. But it won't stop there, because the next vulnerable perimeter needs to be protected, so they'll surely start using these scanners in buildings and public spaces. Now we're up to multiple scans per day. Considering I travel between two very busy train stations, first of all, my commuting time increases significantly to account for the extra screening (which doesn't happen now at all, so any screening of any kind will impose a burden). Secondly, these devices that are supposedly safe (but everything I read indicates that actual exposure can far exceed what is considered 'standard'). Even at 'safe' levels, how many scans per day til you cross into dangerous territory? Don't forget that these scans are ineffective for any number of reasons, as are the alternative gropings. All this expense, frustration, and exposure for very little (if any) benefit (beyond subjugating the masses of course). Clearly there are forces at work here attempting to accomplish something -- but it ain't the safety and welfare of Americans.

more than 3 years ago

US Students Struggle With Understanding of the 'Equal' Sign

zizzybaloobah I totally agree with you (1268 comments)

I have a degree in Mathematics Education, and daughter just starting her sophomore year in college. 12+ years of figuring out what they were trying to ask from kindergarten phonics workbooks to high school algebra and pre-calculus. I can't begin to describe how many times when I was asked to help w/homework only to be met with cries of 'we can't do it that way', 'if I do it that way, it won't count', 'that how my teacher said to do it'. wtf are they trying to do and who came up w/these cockamamie teaching methods?

more than 4 years ago

Swype Beta For Android Is Open, Temporarily

zizzybaloobah Re:I love Swype, but hate their marketing strategy (104 comments)

Oh yes, because their current strategy has been soooo successful keeping Swype out of the hands of unregistered users who have probably done more to promote Swype with their positive word-of-mouth than any marketing scheme could accomplish. (And if I happen to have, or want to purchase, a device that doesn't come with Swype - then I'm out of luck? the SlideIT and ShapeWriter folks are going to be loving that)

more than 4 years ago

Swype Beta For Android Is Open, Temporarily

zizzybaloobah I love Swype, but hate their marketing strategy (104 comments)

Swype's marketing plan is to *only* distribute Swype via phone manufacturers, *not* through channels like Android's Market. Reasons given included being a small company, limited ability to provide end-user support, yada yada yada. This is despite scores of users who willingly want to fling money their way, regardless of support options (or lack thereof). I know when my Swype beta expired, I was heartbroken. You just can't go back to tapping after Swyping. I tried SlideIT and Shapewriter. I really disliked SlideIT, and while Shapewriter was tolerable, it was still no Swype. I admit I may be biased having used Swype first. I was elated to see the day after my beta expired, that they opened up the official program to anyone who wanted to sign up. Perhaps the Swype folks are having at least a small change of heart regarding their marketing stratgey.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone 4's "Retina Display" Claims Challenged

zizzybaloobah Doesn't matter what the term actually means (476 comments)

The important part is how consumers interpret and respond to the idea of a 'retinal display'. No doubt it will conjure all kinds of wild assumptions and capabilities in the mind of the buyer, compelling them to buy it. Furthermore, no amount of logic/reasoning will be convince them that their assumptions were wrong: "how can I be wrong - just look at that display!"

more than 4 years ago

iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan

zizzybaloobah Droid has usability issues? (670 comments)

I tether my Moto Droid to my laptop (really handy when hotels wants to charge for Wi-Fi). I can listen to Slacker, Pandora, etc while using other apps. I can install any kind of Android app from any vendor regardless of whether Google approves of it or not. And once I update to Froyo, I'll be able to visit Flash websites that iPhone/iPad can't (despite Apple's claim of having the 'entire web in my hands'). If those are usability issues, then by all means, keep 'em coming.

more than 4 years ago

Obamacare Puts Calories On Menus - Will It Help?

zizzybaloobah It will help, but not in the way intended (1 comments)

People will go back to eating french fries because they have less fat and calories than a side salad. Example: At Wendy's, a side salad with thousand island dressing has double the calories and fat of a small order of fries. There is more to selecting nutritious food than examining fat and/or calorie counts, and it certainly doesn't fit next to the price on a menu board.

more than 4 years ago


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