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Comment: Re:$3500 fine? (Score 1) 276

by IANAAC (#48219659) Attached to: Tech Firm Fined For Paying Imported Workers $1.21 Per Hour

The sort of people who pay slave wages probably consider 6.8 hours of "free time" a day more than adequate for such self-catering needs as sustinance and rest.

Considering this was in Fremont, CA, figure an hour commute each way - even if the company were generous and provided transportation, so 4.8 hours "free" time.

Comment: Wonder if their time hasn't already passed... (Score 5, Interesting) 164

by IANAAC (#48212855) Attached to: Ello Formally Promises To Remain Ad-Free, Raises $5.5M
I don't know that many people that have gotten an invite to join, but the ones that have don't really have anything positive to say about it.

I would imagine it's down to too few people being on it still. There was such initial hype for it, then nothing. How long do you suppose people will wait before just not bothering with it?

Comment: Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (Score 1) 324

by IANAAC (#48204635) Attached to: Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic
What do you use your bandwidth for? That's a lot of bandwidth for work related purposes. I can easily get by on 5-6 gig a month for all my work, and I'm transferring documents all day long, as well as logged into a central server that needs constant connection.

Is your work heavy on graphics and/or video?

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 4, Informative) 533

by IANAAC (#47857699) Attached to: AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

Basic web browsing uses almost no data. A friend was able to browse through my lumia last night because her internet was down and 10 minutes of browsing and sending a couple emails didn't even show on the usage summary.

I disagree. Can't remember the article, but somewhere recenly there was an article talking about the average web page size these days being about 1.7M, with 1M of that being images.

Try using a metered service sometime like a prepaid hotspot with 3G or above. You can blow through 100M easily in half an hour just looking at news sites with no video, just images and text.

Comment: Re:WTF Is "Dead"? (Score 1) 243

by IANAAC (#46940891) Attached to: The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'
LG makes some decent touch feature phones - LG840G, LG305C, LG306G).

I have the 840G and still use it as a backup phone. All I really needed to do to make it feel really functional was install Opera Mini and GMaps on it, both of which are installable java apps. The battery lasts forever, too.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 211

by IANAAC (#45824723) Attached to: Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

Because I want the portability of a 10" device, and they stopped making 10" laptops a year ago.

An 11 inch device is no less portable than a 10 inch device. And they're making plenty of those in the form of Chromebooks, capable of running complete OSes (I know, I have one). Hell, the very first comment in your link even points that out.

Comment: Re:You poor baby (Score 1) 277

by IANAAC (#45719853) Attached to: Surviving the Internet On Low Speed DSL
I get by on basically the same as the story submitter, and I work from home too. There is a speedier option for me - satellite internet, for about the same price.

I won't jump to satellite, though. Here's why: I stream a LOT of shows. I mean most of what I watch is done over the internet. I may occasionally have to wait for a buffer to fill, but other than that I have no problems. Satellite comes with bandwidth caps (unless I want to be up all night taking advantage of "free" off-hour bandwidth). With all the shows I watch, I clock in around 50G download, 3-4G upload every month, and that's at the lowest resolution I can get, if and when I have a choice to change it. No way a satellite provider would let me do this month after month, year after year.

Comment: Re:look out below ! (Score 2, Insightful) 332

by IANAAC (#45451199) Attached to: Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

splat !

Your comment pretty mirrors the (currently) 19 comments on the reg site.

I suppose a lot of people deal with tragedy through humor, but I sure wouldn't want to be a surviving family member and read some of the comments posted so far.

At least you did it anoncowardly.

Comment: I will sound like a complete Luddite... (Score 1) 243

by IANAAC (#45440731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Makes You Uninstall Apps?
But I've stopped using Android for my phone uses. I got really tired of all the background network access that was going on, which quickly eats up my prepaid minutes.

I went back to a decent feature phone (LG 840G). Cheap, capacitive touch screen (albeit low resolution), no contract, and has WiFi.

I find I use the phone completely differently in a rural area where I am now compared to living in a city when I was on contract. So all I really need is a decent maps app - GMaps touch (J2ME) works fine and a decent browser - Opera Mini, which is sluggish but serviceable.

Until Android can *reliably and consistently* restrict when, where and how network chatter happens, I don't imagine going back. At least not while living in the country,

Comment: Re:2.3 million Android phones per day (Score 2) 390

by IANAAC (#45302107) Attached to: Smartphone Sales: Apple Squeezed, Blackberry Squashed, Android 81.3%

Well, Nokia is basically just making just a handful of phones these days, the Lumias. In a market full of Androids and iPhones for years, they stand out a bit as being 'different'. And as far as the hardware is concerned, they're pretty high quality, with good battery life, and stand up to a beating. So they do have a niche.

They're also producing a few new Asha phones that are marketed and sold in developing countries. From what I understand, the OS is based on a souped up version of S40 (or maybe S60?). I think they're meant to compete with the Firefox OS phones coming out.

For low end phones, they look pretty decent.

Comment: Re:Ardour (Score 3, Insightful) 223

by IANAAC (#45251751) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Cross-Platform (Linux-Only) Audio Software?

I think what he means is that it can't be Windows-only or Apple-only, but Linux-only is fine. I'm sure he doesn't mean "will work on any distro" by "cross-platform", he just wants it to work on his box.

Both the headline and the summary are just laziness.

Had the submitter taken 5 minutes and done a search, he would have found plenty of software available - and cross-platform at that - to do what he wants.

Or maybe it was just an excuse to link to his soundcloud page?

Comment: Re:old but old (Score 1) 91

by IANAAC (#45218923) Attached to: LG Launches Its Firefox OS Phone Fireweb for $200

480 x 320 display, are you kidding me? Looks like a phone launched 3 years ago.

Actually, this phone could work well for some prepaid markets in the US, too. Well, I should say it *could have* worked. I think it's too late now, but not by much - less than half a year.

I have an LG 840G that's roughly the same specs on tracfone for when I'm at my cabin. Tracfone seems to be the only thing that works consistently in the middle of the woods. Anyway, tracfone could have added that to its line of phones and I bet it would have sold like hotcakes. But as of last month, tracfone now offers a couple of low-end android phones for half the price (ZTE and Samsung) with better specs.

Comment: Re:Um, yeah, don't care. (Score 2) 223

by IANAAC (#45170759) Attached to: Are Cable Subscribers Subsidizing Internet-Only TV Viewers?

Sometime last century we were trained to believe that TV is essential. If the entire broadcast/cable TV system collapsed with nothing to take its place (which I think is unlikely) at very least, we'd find out that TV really isn't essential after all.

The TV system *is* being replaced, albeit slowly with something else: the internet. There was a time when all TV was used for was news and weather. Most people don't sit down in front of the TV for news these days (and no, opinion is not news). They get their news from the internet. People get entertainment from TV these days.

And, don't look now, but we've already been trained to believe the internet is a necessity in our lives.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal (Score 3, Interesting) 223

by IANAAC (#45170669) Attached to: Are Cable Subscribers Subsidizing Internet-Only TV Viewers?

So if you watch more than 1 hour of it every single night then it could work out cheaper to subscribe.

Does HBO even have an hour of watchable programming every night? Sure, there are certain nights of the week that there's a good program on, but I would only be watching maybe two shows that HBO produces, meaning 2 hours a week.

Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth. -- Nero Wolfe