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Comment: Re:There needs to be a way to avoid the subsidy. (Score 1) 355

by Bluecobra (#39311827) Attached to: T-Mobile Exec Calls For End To Cell Phone Subsidies

T-Mobile does this:

http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/Packages/ValuePackages.aspx

For $50/month you can get 500 voice minutes, unlimited text, and 2GB of data.

In comparison to AT&T, they offer a subsidized plan for $90/month and that includes 450 voice minutes, unlimited text, and 3GB of data. Let's say with T-Mobile you get the above plan for $50/month and a phone for $550. At the end of 24 months you will have paid $1,750. If you got AT&T and paid $200 for a subsidized phone, you will have paid $2,360 at the end of 24 months. This is pretty much the primary reason why I am a T-Mobile customer.

Comment: Re:No, there's no need (Score 4, Informative) 671

by Bluecobra (#39240439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Using Company Laptop For Personal Use

Maybe, maybe not. There may be key-loggers installed which still grab your keystrokes.
Further, you can set up machines to prevent booting from anything other than the hard drive, then lock the bios.

How exactly will a software keylogger installed on the operating system on the local disk be able to grab keystrokes if you booted off a livecd? If you are talking about hardware keyloggers, that may make sense for a desktop computer in where the keylogger lies between the USB or PS/2 connection. I really doubt that a company would go through the trouble to install a keylogger in the proprietary ribbon cable between the laptop keyboard and the motherboard.

Comment: Re:Features? (Score 1) 112

by Bluecobra (#38070216) Attached to: Raspberry Pi PCB Layout Revealed

I agree, I wish there was a kit I could buy to build a functional computer that could run a modern Linux distro. I know that they make a kit called "Replica 1" that you can build an Apple I clone, but I wonder if there is something out there more advanced. I was thinking how awesome it would be to assemble something like a Raspberry Pi and put it into a case with a similar formfactor as a ZX Spectrum.

Comment: $1,000/year per CPU for non-Oracle hardware (Score 4, Interesting) 224

by Bluecobra (#38008304) Attached to: Solaris 11 Released

Ever since Oracle bought out Sun, they went overboard with the licensing costs for Solaris. Remember a few years back when Sun will let you run Solaris 10 for free? Well no more, if you have a non-Oracle two processor server it will cost you $2,000 per year. You don't own a license, you are basically renting the privilege to run Solaris on a server for one year. Also, you only get one flavor of support which they laughably call "premium". Their support is a joke now, and in my experience the good Sun engineers left a long time ago. For starters, you now get to talk to an overseas helpdesk which logs your call and for severity one issues, they give you a call back in an hour (if you're lucky). It used to be you will call an easy to remember number (1-800-USA-4SUN) and you will get a live transfer to a knowledgeable engineer to fix your problem. A few years ago I used to be a staunch supporter of Sun and Solaris but it seems like Oracle has done everything to drive me away from Sun's hardware and software. I am pretty sure I am not the only one either.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 298

by Bluecobra (#35909228) Attached to: AT&T Admits Network Can't Handle iPhone, iPad Traffic

Not to mention that they charge $45/month for just 4gb of data. I just priced out an iPhone 4 with 450 voice minutes, unlimited text, and 4gb of data and it came out to a whopping $104.99/month PLUS taxes. I pay T-Mobile $70/month for the same service. I'm not looking forward to being an AT&T customer once they acquire T-Mobile.

Comment: Re:Destroying the brand? (Score 1) 183

by Bluecobra (#35543268) Attached to: Oracle Could Reap $1 Million For Sun.com Domain

What brand? Oracle has already re-branded everything that has to do with Sun. Try installing the latest update of Solaris 10 and looking at /etc/release:

                                        Oracle Solaris 10 9/10 s10x_u9wos_14a X86
                                        Copyright (c) 2010, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
                                        Assembled 11 August 2010

Granted, they haven't renamed all of the acronyms (built-in packages are still SUNW*) but I wouldn't put it past them. Sun Microsystems is a completely dead brand and means nothing now. I kind of wish IBM would of bought them after all.

Comment: Re:UK gasoline (petrol) currently approx $6.60 (Score 1) 762

by Bluecobra (#33195676) Attached to: Just One Out of 16 Hybrids Pays Back In Gas Savings

Part of the reason why your petrol prices are so high is that your government charges 56.19 pence per litre in taxes. In the US, the taxes are far less and vary by state. In my state (Illinois), the taxes come out to about 0.10 pence per liter. If you buy 100 liters of fuel, you will be paying 56.19 GDP in just taxes while in Illinois it will only be 10 GDP. If we raised taxes to the same levels here, it would definitely force to buy more fuel efficient fuel cars today instead of waiting until the next fuel crisis (and subsequently whining about fuel prices).

Comment: Re:Article already out of date (Score 1) 347

by Bluecobra (#29935301) Attached to: Android 2.0 — Competition Against the iPhone and the Rest

What about rural villages where electricity is scarce? Wouldn't you rather have more talk/standby time then a color screen? What about poor people who can't afford a basic phone? The cheaper mobile phones become, it enables more people who never had a phone in their entire lives to get one. And by the way, Motorola isn't the only maker of cell phones. For example, Nokia has a whole line of low-cost phones including the super-cheap 1203, which has 636 hours of standby and 9 hours of talk time. http://europe.nokia.com/find-products/devices/nokia-1203

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