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Comment: NO NO NO (Score 1) 322

by Brad_McBad (#47521889) Attached to: Microsoft's CEO Says He Wants to Unify Windows
They've been trying this shit for YEARS and fucked it up EVERY TIME. A phone is not a tablet is not a laptop is not a desktop is not a games console. They have been throwing away good, functional UIs in favour of making an unusable compromise run on everything. If they're talking about a windows "kernel" then fine, I get it. But they won't be.

Comment: Blech... (Score 1) 218

by Brad_McBad (#47077963) Attached to: Amazon Escalates Its Battle Against Publishers
This is a shitty, monopolistic way to go about it, but amazon kind of have a point. eBooks, a product which has no per-unit cost often cost the same amount, or *slightly* less to purchase on Kindle. If there's no physical cost to produce, then it's a shitty move to try getting the customer to pay the same for what is frankly an inferior product.

Comment: Re:Lots of alternatives.. (Score 2) 483

by Brad_McBad (#47077199) Attached to: Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny
It's more the deal that if you're a large drugs company why would you make one of these drugs when it's going to be such small batches as it's not used therapeutically? Your drug companies are too big to bother, and probably don't want the negative press of making drugs exclusively used to kill people.

Comment: Why (Score 1) 237

by Brad_McBad (#46239529) Attached to: Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up
Why bother? Really? Just stop. Why are you changing anything when we have made it very clear that everyone. will. just. leave? It'll take a small group of we developers about a week to write a virtual clone of the current site and we'll all move there. The sysadmins will know the best way to scale it. The ad-revenue plan will fall on its arse as all the well paid professionals your advertisers are so desperate to court leave.

Comment: I ditched Ubuntu a long time ago (Score 2) 597

by Brad_McBad (#42216517) Attached to: RMS Speaks Out Against Ubuntu
I ditched Ubuntu about 18 months ago. I really, *really* hate the "Search for your stuff even if you know where it is" paradigm, and trying to use it just makes me infuriated. Moved back to Debian for servers and Debian back Mint for desktops a long time ago. Only problem with Mint is that by default you're stuck with whatever search / content provider affiliates they've decided you want.

Comment: Re:Small Carrier (Score 1) 288

by Brad_McBad (#41015325) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

Correction: Boost and Cricket both use the Sprint CDMA network.

If he's bringing his own phone from a different country he'll need a GSM/HSPDA network. Globally, LTE should be the single standard once 4G is on worldwide rollout, but it won't be there for years. Maximum interoperability requires GSM. I've spent way too long looking at mobile phone standards in the last couple of weeks.

Comment: Re:I'm in the same boat, and solved this problem (Score 1) 288

by Brad_McBad (#41015061) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?
You appear to be on an incredibly cheap deal... In the UK, my pay-monthly charges are ~£35 a month, including "unlimited" internet that throttles back to EDGE if you try going over 2GB The UK operators, it is noted, paid an insane amount of money for their UK 3G licences in 2001, which they are still trying to recoup. I'm also paying for a Galaxy SII that got nicked.

Comment: Re:I'm in the same boat, and solved this problem (Score 1) 288

by Brad_McBad (#41014387) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?
I had trouble getting the kit retail, so I got a colleague with a US card to order a couple of SIMs for me online. Yeah, it's got a silly fifteen digit activation code on the paper slip. $440? for the Galaxy Nexus GSM, though? It's $349 on Google's direct sale site... There are about ten of us from the UK on a US project, and we've all got onto this plan, and five of us have bought the Galaxy Nexus. Great combination.

Comment: I'm in the same boat, and solved this problem (Score 5, Informative) 288

by Brad_McBad (#41010247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

Go to the T-Mobile web-store and buy a SIM activation kit for $1. When you receive it, follow the activation instructions on the web and when it asks you to choose your plan, select "Monthly 4G $30"

* Unlimited internet*
* Unlimited Text
* 100 minutes talktime

It's basically a prepay deal where the available balance will drop by $30 a month, so you just need to top-up once a month, and make sure you have enough credit to cover any calls you make over the 100 minutes No ongoing contracts.

Deal is web-only.

*Unlimited internet means up to 5GB at HSPDA+ speeds.

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