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Comment: Re:Do any of us know how much we really use? (Score 1) 48

by IANAAC (#48279569) Attached to: Hungary's Plans For Internet Tax On Hold After Protests
I try to keep a decent handle on what I use, at least when it comes to a cellular hotspot I use.

One tool I use with a laptop (but it could easily be installed on a Linux or BSD-based router, is VNStat -

It can monitor and report hourly, daily, monthly, etc and you can easily chose what interface to report (it monitors all active interfaces). There's also some graphics reporting capability, too, but I just use the command line output and awk-parse what I need.

Comment: Re:News for Nerds? (Score 1) 764

by IANAAC (#48271891) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

But considering just how straight white male oriented the tech industry is

Have you actually been to Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Seattle or Vancouver? Very few industries or cities are more accepting of homosexuality. I bet the tech industry is very close to being "aligned with the general population."

I lived in SF for decades, most of my adult life, in fact.

I'm not talking about acceptance. I'm talking about actual leadership. It's quite rare that an open homosexual is a CEO of a successful multinational corporation. In fact, I don't know of another, certainly not in the tech world.

Comment: Re:News for Nerds? (Score 5, Insightful) 764

by IANAAC (#48271031) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"

Gays are equal to straights and should have the same rights. I find it sad that announcements like this still make headlines. It shouldn't matter nor should anyone really care (unless they are looking to hook up).

True enough. But considering just how straight white male oriented the tech industry is, it's good to point out that occasionally we have other possibilities.

It truly won't be an issue when the tech industry is more aligned with the general population. We're not there yet.

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 392

by IANAAC (#48270173) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

I would welcome alternatives to Cable in Rural areas.

I'm in an extremely rural area. Cable is not an option. It's either satellite or a huge antenna that's capable of getting signals from over 100 miles away.

While it's expensive, I rely on cellular internet for everything and wireless connect through a router. There's not a single show I can't watch (that I want to, anyway) over the internet. Plus, sine I don't have a remote, I'm sort of forced to actively choose what it is I want to watch, rather than mindlessly clicking from channel to channel.

I don't miss cable at all.

Comment: Re:StraighTalk (Score 1) 170

by IANAAC (#48254645) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

I am pretty sure speed is an issue

3G speeds are not bad. I use Straight Talk's 3G hockey puck hotspot (Umax U240C), which is 3G-only, and can do everything I need to on it, including stream Netflix.

Also, I usually get the 4Gig/40 dollar card, which is good for 60 days. It's about as good as it gets price-wise, for pre-paid at least.

Comment: Re:$3500 fine? (Score 1) 286

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) 167

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.

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