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Comment: Forced into a deal with the devil (Score 1) 125

by Bugler412 (#49642311) Attached to: I've had my current ISP (disregarding mergers) for ...
I was a DSL customer of small local isp's for well over a decade, they're all gone. Even where I live which is very close to large well connected commercial areas. The only choices remaining were Comcast or Verizon FIOS. I made my deal with the devil for FIOS, Comcast is even worse. FIOS is technically good, but Verizon's business practices are not.

Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 4, Interesting) 434

by Bugler412 (#49625213) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer
I'm certain that I'll be leapt upon as a shill for saying it, but Windows phone is running on similar low end hardware as Android, it's definitely not a "low end hardware" issue. It's an overly customized and fragmented software image problem, brought about by all of the players involved, Google, phone OEMs and carriers, none of whom have any interest in maintaining the existing installed base beyond the basic phone operation. Even winphone has problems here at the OEM and carrier level in blocking updates, even with the limited customization of the OS image the MS allows. Only Apple gets special treatment here with respect to distributing updates, and that is because of near zero or extremely limited customization of the software image on the device by the carriers and a single phone hardware OEM with a very well defined hardware platform.

Comment: Re:The right place to air her rationalizations... (Score 1) 609

by Bugler412 (#49233597) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
email has been considered a legal document under court precedent since it first became a tool of business in the late 80's early 90's. Federal official record retention laws have been in place for much longer than 2009. As an attorney and law firm owner she would be very aware of this, and even if she wasn't, ignorance of the law is no excuse. Hillary is only the currently most visible example of this, many other politicians are similarly in violation, the former PA governor is one example that comes to mind for me (I live in PA) The legal challenge here is really not much different than the challenge of legal corporate information stored/manipulated on personal devices.

Comment: The right place to air her rationalizations... (Score 1) 609

by Bugler412 (#49233119) Attached to: Clinton Regrets, But Defends, Use of Family Email Server
The right place to air her rationalizations is in a court of law, not in the media. This is a clear criminal offense. The public rationalizations are a essentially an admission of guilt, guilt of a clear and direct violation of federal recordkeeping laws that are intended to protect the country and the people from political abuse. Prosecute her and the many other politicians that do this, that's where they should be explaining themselves, not in the media.

Comment: Re:how much it took (Score 2) 274

by Bugler412 (#49200295) Attached to: Laser Takes Out Truck Engine From a Mile Away
the Navy is interested in this because they would really like to get out of the carrying and storing lots of explosive ammunition on warships in hostile areas business. If all they need is bigger generators and this device to have essentially unlimited shots, and not carry ammunition, some reduced capability of the individual shots is likely acceptable.

Comment: Innovation? (Score 1) 550

The only innovation that Comcast/Verizon/AT$T et. al. have done is in exploring new frontiers of poor customer service, cartel like exclusionary practices against alternate providers, abusive/fraudulent billing practices and extortion to content providers. They are actually arguing to allow themselves to squash the innovation of other content providers, app authors, etc. The true innovators are completely in favor of net neutrality generally.

Comment: Re: IANAL, but my answer would be no (Score 3, Insightful) 340

then you get charged with destruction of evidence, or obstructing justice, or some other cobbled up charge, even if there was no "evidence" on the device in the first place, you can't prove that after it's wiped. Yeah, if you lawyer up you might be able to get out of the charges, but your life is already heavily disrupted at a minimum.

Comment: Intel based phone could change the game (Score 3, Interesting) 445

If they make an Atom based phone that is running a full or mostly full version of Windows (not the semi crippled ARM port) as is current rumor, a "Surface Phone" so to speak, then that changes the game a LOT, suddenly app support is a non-issue for a bunch of things, I'm not talking about running full desktop apps on a comparatively tiny screen, but things that are sorely lacking on ARM Winphone like third party VPN clients, corporate asset management agents, in house developed (generally crappy and poorly maintained) apps, etc. Add some sort of dock or remote display capability then you have a laptop replacement for many mobile users.

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