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Comment: Re:Why is there a wi-fi crisis? (Score 5, Insightful) 186

by BStocknd (#42986959) Attached to: Carmakers Oppose Opening Up 5GHZ Spectrum Space For Unlicensed Wi-Fi
Just because your internet is limited to 16mbit doesn't mean there's no advantage to faster wireless. The best example would be transferring files or watching HD videos over wireless from a local share. Not to mention there could be plenty of applications outside of personal use in your home. Think of large WDS meshes for example.

Comment: Re:"High-tech phone service?" Maybe if it worked.. (Score 1) 324

by BStocknd (#30252758) Attached to: Google Attack On the Mobile Market Rumored
I've been using it to call Canada from the US for a few months and haven't ever had an issue. I probably call there about once a week, and talk for maybe an hour.

I've done it a few different ways too... Sometimes from my AT&T U-Verse Voice service, sometimes from my Sprint cell phone (by calling my Google Voice number, then entering the number I want to call.. basically using it like a calling card), and also from my Verizon Droid phone via the integrated Google Voice Dialing functionality. I haven't once had it where one party couldn't hear the other, or get a wrong number. I've barely had any incoming calls though, so I can't comment on that at all.

Comment: Re:eBook readers (Score 2, Informative) 149

by BStocknd (#29866715) Attached to: Amazon Expands Kindle To the PC
There's the Kindle DX, which sports native PDF support and a 9.7" screen, but I haven't tried it myself. There are also a number of 3rd party products, including iRex who makes some with larger screens, but they're pretty pricey. The Kindle DX might be worth a shot if you want to spend the $489 to try it out.. might want to double check the return policy first though.

Comment: Re:The OS would only matter if the device is open (Score 1) 542

by BStocknd (#29822333) Attached to: The Kindle Killer Arrives
If someone doesn't mind reading on a backlit-LCD, then there would be no reason to buy an e-book reader. They are basically a single-purpose device. But anyone that reads a good amount won't want to spend time reading a whole book on something like that. That's the point of the e-ink is that it's better on your eyes, and yes the battery life too, though that's just a side-effect of the way it works. These aren't meant to be multipurpose devices, they're meant to read books. If you're looking for a multipurpose device, go ahead and get a tablet/slate/phone, but I sure wouldn't want to read a book on any of those.

If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders. -- Hal Abelson