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Re: If you're really opposed
Yesterday, 9:45 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

Who has ever said that they were 'opposed to government regulation of at&t'? No one, that's who. This is just a ridiculous and over the top strawman argument, on the same level with the people who argue that anybody who didn't vote for Obama is a racist.

Re: Hope this makes it to court
Yesterday, 12:40 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

As a guy who just had the IRS seize a bunch of money out of my bank account after a tax dispute, without even being given a chance at a trial or any kind of defense, I find the idea that the government is a kind of superhero who is going to rescue us quite preposterous. The only difference between government and the mafia is that government is legal.

Re: But you can't buy diet pills...
Yesterday, 10:05 AM
in the Article: Softcard Now Buys a Big Mac with Cheese forum

I don't get it.....I've never seen anyone use mobile payment, but some people are so committed to it that they won't go to a place that doesn't have it? Let's be clear: mobile payments are new, not only will it take time to 'catch on', but as with any new technology, there is probably going to be a 'format war', until the dust settles in favor of one universal standard, might as well just accept the fact ...

Re: MVNO's
Yesterday, 10:02 AM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

Precisely, no one is forced to sign with at&t or any other carrier, even in 'the sticks' there are MVNO alternatives which use the same phones, same network, require no commitment and cost less.. So people need to stop whining.

Re: Another Thing to Consider
Tuesday, 9:05 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

EXCELLENT POINT! The other question is 'who benefits from these lawsuits?' The answer to the second question is not the same as the answer to the first.

Re: Big Mac has cheese by default
Tuesday, 6:49 PM
in the Article: Softcard Now Buys a Big Mac with Cheese forum

Well, I suppose if you are willing to wait...they'd probably have to cool you a whole new burger from scratch.

This is exactly what they need to do
Tuesday, 6:48 PM
in the Article: Sprint Lights Up 17 More Spark Markets forum

Their plans are competitive enough, they need to focus on the network....every single dollar they have needs to be spent building and improving the network, introduce LTE to more markets, introduce coverage in more markets etc.

Re: Hope this makes it to court
Tuesday, 6:45 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

As an example of this, look at what happened to Blockbuster Video with their draconian 'late fee' policy, the moment Netflix came along with a much more reasonable policy, Blockbuster started to die out. There's a reason why the no contract option, whether on post-paid or pre-paid, is becoming more and more popular.

Re: Big Mac has cheese by default
Tuesday, 6:26 PM
in the Article: Softcard Now Buys a Big Mac with Cheese forum

Can you order a Big Mac with extra cheese? Will they do that?

Re: Hope this makes it to court
Tuesday, 6:20 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

That's a line I got from, of all people, former Beatle George Harrison. I saw an interview with him where for some reason the concept of a 'monopoly' came up, and he said 'the government is always telling us that they are protecting us from monopolies, so if, for example, they decide that Kodak is cleaning up on film, they step in and say 'hey, you've made enough money, you have to stop it now because you can't ...

Re: Hope this makes it to court
Tuesday, 6:12 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

And if the government chooses not to obey the Constitution, as it has been doing for more than a century? What's the recourse? You have any idea how many unconstitutional laws are currently on the books? How many unconstitutional acts the government commits every single day? Literally thousands. And there is nothing that anyone can do to stop it. I am far more worried about an out of control, rogue FCC than I am about ...

Re: Hope this makes it to court
Tuesday, 3:02 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

+1 I remember a couple years ago, a court ruled that the contracts that people sign with wireless carriers are actually legally binding, if they agree to a 2 year contract with a penalty for early termination, then you are obligated to fulfill the terms of that contract or else pay the fee. People totally flipped out 'what an abuse of power by the carriers!' but really....a legally binding contract that you signed voluntarily is legally binding, why is ...

Re: Big Mac has cheese by default
Tuesday, 2:57 PM
in the Article: Softcard Now Buys a Big Mac with Cheese forum

I know...weird headline... I assume he meant 'quarter pounder with cheese' :)

Re: Hope this makes it to court
Tuesday, 2:56 PM
in the Article: FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Practices forum

Who will protect us against the monopoly of government? I mean, if you don't like at&t's policies you can go to another carrier, but if you don't like the government, you can't just sign up with another government.

Re: Two Different Systems
Monday, 12:15 PM
in the Article: CVS, Rite Aid Shut Out Apple Pay forum

Last week, I could use my phone to pay at thousands of retail stores. Now I cannot, because a company decided to promote their proprietary, competing technology THAT IS NOT EVEN DEPLOYED YET. So....they are following the Apple strategy then....

Re: The only people that would use bing over google..are in the Garage.. :/
Monday, 9:57 AM
in the Article: Microsoft Opens the Garage Door, Releases Android Apps forum

Bing isn't that bad, people only stick with Google out of habit.

Okay I'll be the one to say it
Oct 24, 2014, 6:24 AM
in the Article: Apple Vindicated in Another Patent Troll Lawsuit forum

Since surprisingly no one else seems to want to do so.... But what about the numerous 'patent troll' lawsuits filed BY Apple?

Re: Why can't they use the Nokia name?
Oct 23, 2014, 10:10 AM
in the Article: Microsoft to Drop Nokia Brand from Smartphones forum

Nokia was struggling before they adopted Windows Phone, and in fact, they originally adopted Windows Phone because Symbian was dying. It is true that the partnership with Microsoft did not fix their problems, but it also did not cause their problems either. As far as it goes, while Windows Phone is not very popular with post paid customers, it is actually fairly popular with pre-paid customers. at&t has two very affordable, high quality Nokia Windows Phones available ...

Re: LAME
Oct 23, 2014, 10:00 AM
in the Article: Sprint Improves Its Least-Expensive Data Plan forum

Sprint's plans are good, even though a recent study by the Wall Street Journal determined that on average Sprint is the second most expensive carrier, after Verizon, nevertheless, the plans are good, the reason why people don't sign up with Sprint is coverage. The only way to right the ship is invest in the network, expand coverage to places where it doesn't exist and improve coverage in places where it does exist.

Re: Will Metro PCS sell the Galaxy Mega 2?
Oct 22, 2014, 10:05 AM
in the Article: AT&T to Sell Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 on Oct. 24 forum

Most of the time it is pretty safe to assume that if a carrier got the first generation of particular phone then they will get the second generation as well, unless, I suppose, the first generation was a big flop on that carrier.

Re: Realistically, what can't you do on LTE/LTE-A that 5G would be needed?
Oct 21, 2014, 8:13 PM
in the Article: FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region forum

If iPhones have good batteries than why does every iPhone user carry around a half a dozen different chargers everywhere they go? The iPhone is the only phone that has a special 'charging case' that users buy to make sure it is always charged.

Re: Easy passwords are part of the blame for that.
Oct 21, 2014, 3:38 PM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

We don;t actually know just how the iCloud security was breached, unless you are approaching the issue with an irrational pro-Apple bias we cannot make the blanket assumption that it was the fault of the users.

Re: interesting to see how fraud will be handled...
Oct 21, 2014, 12:49 PM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

I mean the requirement of biometric confirmation, which really is part of Apple Pay....99.9% or more of the reason why people don't want to use mobile payments is because of the lack of protection from fraud if their phone is lost or stolen. But if you can't use Apple Pay without providing the fingerprint scan, and you can't, then this significantly reduces that risk.

Re: Hope they finally get it this time!
Oct 21, 2014, 10:28 AM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

Remember: it just works! If it doesn't work, it's user error.

Re: interesting to see how fraud will be handled...
Oct 21, 2014, 10:25 AM
in the Article: Apple Releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay forum

You have to admit, that with those kinds of precautions, it does make the possibility of fraud much lower, frankly it does a lot to relieve some of my fears about mobile payments.

Re: beta version
Oct 21, 2014, 10:23 AM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Expands to More Android Handsets forum

The best thing about this app is that you can download the maps, and therefore don't need to rely on a steady data connection to use it, if you're going through a place, like mountains, with no data coverage, or you're just worried about using up all your data for the month on a long trip, a downloaded map can be a lifesaver.

Why can't they use the Nokia name?
Oct 21, 2014, 10:21 AM
in the Article: Microsoft to Drop Nokia Brand from Smartphones forum

People know Nokia, they recognize the brand name, probably very few people recognize the Lumia name....if you are looking for a Nokia phone, who is going to know that that weird thing calling itself 'Microsoft Lumia' is Nokia? :?

Re: Realistically, what can't you do on LTE/LTE-A that 5G would be needed?
Oct 21, 2014, 9:57 AM
in the Article: FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region forum

I think it actually is fair to blame it on Apple because before the iPhone manufacturers weren't in a race to create the thinnest possible device. The only reason there is an obsession with thinness is because Apple is obsessed with thinness. No one cared about how thin a phone was before the iPhone, and to this day it isn't at all clear to me why Apple is obsessed with it, except that apparently making the phone ...

Re: That's because you revised history
Oct 20, 2014, 11:06 PM
in the Article: Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for AT&T forum

You're getting grouchy, must be getting close to the time to change the candles on your Steve Jobs shrine, remember, the moment your candles go out, all your Apple products stop working.

It has nothing to do with the Patriot Act
Oct 18, 2014, 10:17 AM
in the Article: FBI Wants Congress to Force Phone Makers to Add Back Door forum

NSA regulations requiring 'back doors' be built in to encryption schemes to allow access date back to the 1940's with the foundation of the NSA. In fact, the NSA is itself the world's leading employer of mathematicians, and they are the world's leading researcher of encryption, and they have always required that when creates a new code that a 'back door' be included to allow access. I know from direct, personal experience that every code developed by the ...

Actually probably not
Oct 18, 2014, 10:13 AM
in the Article: FBI Wants Congress to Force Phone Makers to Add Back Door forum

I don't talk about this on this board often, but by education I am actually a mathematician, and the field that I specialize in Algebraic Geometry, which just so happens to be the very field where most of the decryption and encryption is being done, all of modern encryption is based on mathematical principles from Algebraic Geometry, and you may be surprised to learn this, but it actually isn't true that every code can be broken, there are actually ...

Re: lol
Oct 18, 2014, 9:56 AM
in the Article: FCC to Explore 5G In the 24GHz Region forum

I don't agree with that, if you wait until 4G is fully implemented to begin developing 5G it will already be too late. Innovation means always pushing the envelope, always moving forward, you don't wait. Granted, it's far off before we can begin talking about actually implementing 5G, but if you don't start working on it now it will take 5 times as long.

Re: I don't think iOS updates = revenue for Apple.
Oct 16, 2014, 10:52 PM
in the Article: Apple Says iOS 8.1 Is About Stomping Out Bugs forum

While you are certainly correct that being concerned about stockholders is a weird accusation to make against a corporation, nevertheless there is a growing perception that recently there has a noticeable lack of quality control at Apple, so that one might say 'quality is job 1.1'

Re: Google
Oct 16, 2014, 3:13 AM
in the Article: Google Shows Off Nexus 6 Smartphone, Nexus 9 Tablet forum

I think with the recent celebrity nude photos controversy, photos which were accessed by hacking iCloud, it is safe assume that nothing which goes to the cloud is completely secure. The bottom line is that it still true that it is dumb to put anything you aren't comfortable being public online, even a personal cloud is not safe.

Re: Now Just Where Have I Seen This Before?
Oct 14, 2014, 10:34 PM
in the Article: Iliad Bails on Attempt to Acquire T-Mobile forum

But the article says nothing about lliad paying them anything

Re: MY GRANDXMAX!!!!!
Oct 14, 2014, 10:33 PM
in the Article: Skype Debuts Qik Video Messaging App forum

What on Earth are you taking about?

Re: Coming from a company with more spectrum than all other 3 companies COMBINED
Oct 14, 2014, 1:23 PM
in the Article: Sprint, T-Mobile Want FCC to Eye AT&T's Spectrum Spree forum

Agreed, and that is an excellent illustration of why carriers are desperate to get rid of the albatross around their necks which is the standard 2 year contract.

Re: International roaming is a rip-off on most carriers
Oct 14, 2014, 10:00 AM
in the Article: AT&T Improves International Plans forum

T-Mobile can offer lower prices on international roaming only because they ARE an international carrier to begin with, and thus when overseas the phone is actually on a network owned by the same company, from T-Mobile to another Deutsche Telecom carrier overseas is not really 'roaming'.

Re: interesting
Oct 13, 2014, 10:34 PM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Now Available to Samsung Galaxy Phones forum

Maybe not exclusive, but it still gives Samsung an advantage over its competitors.....being 'the first Android OEM to get all the really cool apps' is an advantage.

Re: interesting
Oct 13, 2014, 10:05 AM
in the Article: Nokia HERE Maps Now Available to Samsung Galaxy Phones forum

Yes, that is exactly what I was saying, thank you.

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