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Comment: T-Mobile $30 unlimited everything (Score 1) 273

by GrandCow (#46443615) Attached to: WSJ: Americans' Phone Bills Are Going Up

Back last year I used AT&T upping their rates to get out of my contract, 6 months into a 2 year contract. Had them unlock my phone and took it to T-Mobile. They have a web-only plan for $30/month that gives unlimited text/data and 100 minutes. $20 for their startup fee that included the sim card and activation, and another $20 to port the number to google voice and using that over data instead of minutes, I'm on unlimited everything for $30/month.

Cheap phone service is easy if you're willing to put a couple hours into making it happen.

Comment: Re:screw you Brite (Score 1) 459

by GrandCow (#45999599) Attached to: Stop Trying To 'Innovate' Keyboards, You're Just Making Them Worse

I believe the topic is laptop keyboards, no? So if you're stuck on a laptop with a weird layout, even adjusting back to a standard keyboard can be a problem.

Just moving between a standard keyboard and a microsoft curve (with only a slight curved layout) can be challenging

Since when do laptops not have USB ports?

Comment: Not really sure what I was expecting (Score 4, Insightful) 56

by GrandCow (#45170045) Attached to: Aeromobil Flying Car Prototype Gets Off the Ground For the First Time

I've been checking up on the company every couple years since the 90's, and every time they redesign it just gets closer to a small plane with retractable wings. I guess that's to be expected though, since we've had 100 years to come up with a good design. Every new design has also moved away from the space of being in a road vehicle and become more and more cramped like in a cockpit.

At what point does it stop being a compact car and just become a plane that can be stored in smaller places? It's not like he can just take off from the road, he still needs an airport. Doesn't that defeat the entire purpose of a flying car?

Comment: Re:Marketing Numbers (Score 2) 75

by GrandCow (#45077409) Attached to: AMD's New Radeons Revisit Old Silicon, Enable Dormant Features

Why didn't AMD's Marketing team name these 8000 series cards? Do they keep changing the naming scheme to be intentionally confusing?

Because there's a psychological barrier to naming a card 10,000 or higher, and as you approach that, the effect starts to show. It diminishes the numbers in your mind and makes it "pop" less. Because in certain peoples minds, going from a 7000 series to an 8000 series means more than going from a 10,000 series to an 11,000 series. The other option was to start using k, but then how do you differentiate different cards in the 10k series? 10k1? 10k2? Now you're in a different area where people don't want to pay $50 or $100 more to bump up a notch and "only" get 1 number higher.

Now most /. readers will laugh and say "that's stupid" but that's not the group of people they're renaming the cards for. It's your novices or the guys that have the disposable income but don't care about doing research, they fall victim to things like model numbers and more expensive = better than.

TL;DR: It's for the rich idiots.

Comment: Re:but all the old stuff is still good, right? (Score 2) 302

by GrandCow (#45075831) Attached to: New High Tech $100 Bills Start To Circulate Today

So why would I bother trying to counterfeit the newer more difficult bills instead of just doing the older easier ones since they remain legal tender?

Because change takes time and you need to start somewhere? They'll start phasing out the old $100's at the bank and replacing them with the new ones. The old ones will be destroyed. As people use them and more leave circulation it will be more and more suspicious for people to break out the older bills. Will there still be counterfeit bills popping up for years? Sure. But the point is that it will become more suspicious if someone tries to cash in a lot of them.

Comment: Re:Money for his defense (Score 2, Insightful) 294

by GrandCow (#45049527) Attached to: DOJ Hasn't Actually Found Silk Road Founder's Bitcoin Yet

So, what you're saying is that Walter White did it right in Breaking Bad when he hired Saul with a rather large retainer.

I'd have to actually turn on a TV to be able to answer that. I'm dimly aware there's some bald guy with a beard on some TV show called 'Breaking Bad' that everyone goes on about on Facebook, and that it has something to do with drugs. But beyond that, I couldn't tell you anything about the show.

You do realize that intentionally ignoring good entertainment doesn't make you some kind of hero, right? Refusing to watch live TV is just fine, lots of people don't like having commercials shoved down their throats. I'm one of those people myself, the only thing I watch live is football and Breaking Bad.

You're missing the second half of that equation though. There are many ways to watch the show without commercials and also whenever you wish, both legal and not legal. You just come off as an idiot putting up a resistance just to make sure they can tell people they are putting up a resistance. You are making your own show, the same way Fox News does it... purposely doing something that will elicit an emotional reaction from others. Shit it even worked on me because I'm responding to you.

It would be one thing if you didn't want to watch it based on violence or glorifying the person enabling the drug users, but you made it specifically about TV. That means you're arguing about commercials or being forced to watch at a certain time I guess.

Comment: Re:I hope there's an easy social integration disab (Score 1) 365

Perhaps edit the HOSTS file so that is sent to ? Set and forget solution.

This is a simple solution I've used before in places that just wanted a simple solution like friends houses that wanted to keep their kids off certain sites. Anyone smart enough to get around that can also figure out how to use a proxy server, so unless you want to spend a bunch of time really locking it down, it works for 99% of the time.

Comment: Re:Need some explanation here... (Score 2) 338

by GrandCow (#43653379) Attached to: BT Begins Customer Tests of Carrier Grade NAT

Over the last eight years and my previous three ISPs, my router has never once received anything other than a 192.168.x.x or a 10.x.x.x IP address from my local ISP. Not once have I received a live & legit IPv4 address. I have to pay a lot more for those. What's the difference between this and CGNAT?

You are thinking of your routers internal address, the one you use to access it from inside your home network to configure and troubleshoot. They are talking about the routers external address, the one the rest of the internet sees.

Comment: Re:White paper on EXACTLY what a bitcoin is, pleas (Score 5, Informative) 385

by GrandCow (#43320877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should Bitcoin Be Regulated?

I've looked, didn't find it. I just found some vague mumbo about cryptography with a ton of loaded buzzwords.

I want specifics.

1.) What is a bitcoin, EXACTLY?
2.) How divisible is a single bitcoin?
3.) All the specifics of any relevant protocols.

You looked at what? First result of a google for "bitcoin white paper" is, the white paper originally released by the creator of bitcoin.

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