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Comment Re:I don't like this at all (Score 1) 159

The story I read earlier this morning quoted someone or other as saying that customers currently in a contract won't see a change until the contract is up. If they renew, it will be at the new price.

Ah. Well in that case, Verizon is doing nothing wrong. The main reason I suspected the other possibility is that, if memory serves, Verizon has told their unlimited peeps that they have to pay full price for their phones. Under that circumstance they would not care at all if anybody had walked away from their unlimited plan if they changed the price mid-stream.

I have a grandfathered unlimited plan with AT&T and I'm paying $30/mo for it. If they raised it to $50 I wouldn't personally be too upset, but there is a key difference here that I don't think applies to Verizon: They've upped their throttling cap from 5 gigs to 22 gigs. So I'd be paying $50 for 22 gigs a month (plus it'll keep going, albeit slower) which is far better than their tiered options.

On a side note, I do wish they'd quit screwing with us. What do you call someone that has a grandfathered unlimited plan from AT&T or Verizon? A loyal customer.

Comment Re:I don't like this at all (Score 1) 159

When did Verizon ever promise not to increase the cost of plans?

The question (that the fine article doesn't address...) is whether or not they're waiting until the next contract cycle to add this increase. If they are, then yes, you're at least partly right that this is a non-story.

If they're upping the price right now and saying : "Well yes that is breach of contract, would you like to walk away from your unlimited plan that you'll never get again now?" ... then... yes, they're being downright underhanded and even hostile to their customers.

All things get more expensive over time... It called inflation.

You are an idiot.

Two problems with calling him an idiot: First is that this isn't about inflation. $30 to $50 between 2010 and 2015 is not even close to the rate of inflation. Second, the 'idiot', in all likelihood, knows the history of Verizon (and AT&T for that matter) and their hostility towards unlimited customers. Now maybe I'm giving the poster you called an idiot more credit than he deserves, but AT&T's recently hundred-million-dollar-smackdown by the FCC recently was broadly reported. It turns out these carriers have been looking for ways to shed themselves of these unlimited customers.

You're showing symptoms of irritability, I prescribe Googlin.

Comment It's been available for a while (Score 3, Informative) 88

It's nice they've got an official box and all, but the service to send disks to Amazon has been there for a while (as a beta program).

Here is a blog post from 2009 explaining the service.

Of course, a nice official controlled and encrytped box is a far tidier way of doing things!

-- Pete.

Comment ad hominem (Score 1) 686

This seems like a dig at Sarah Sharp, implying that she hasn't contributed anything, and further implying that one's argument is wrong or unworthy if you haven't contributed work. This is basically ad hominem. Whether someone has contributed work is irrelevant to whether their argument is sound or not.

Comment Re:How it should be (Score 1) 686

Sadly I predict that many comments here won't get that. They will instead call him a pussy because he couldn't stand the heat, and acted like a girl by leaving. Let's see if I'm right.

If people sling misogynistic, sexist comments like that at him, then I'd say he was absolutely right.

Referring to women's genitals or their gender to insult a man is doubly sexist and inappropriate.

Comment Re:"... only if we're married or similarly situate (Score 1) 257

Frankly, don't see the point of having separate bank accounts, it is both your money, but if it makes your life easier, go ahead. :)

We actually have a bunch of accounts, each serving different purposes. It helps for budgeting when you know that the X amount in your personal account is available for whatever personal expenditure, the Y amount in your general account is for bills, rent, etc, and the Z in the savings account is there for other purposes. As I am a freelance contractor, I also have a business account, and I need to be able to explain each transaction there for taxes etc.

-- Pete.

Comment Re:"... only if we're married or similarly situate (Score 1) 257

You let your wife have the money, but not the passwords?

Seriously, if you don't trust her with everything, why the hell are you married to her?

She has about the same access to the money as she does to the passwords actually...they're both in a vault (aka "bank") that she has access to if she absolutely needs it. Day to day access she has her own money and computer accounts that she can use, and she doesn't use the same ones that I do. Just because I'm the one who usually accesses the "main" bank account and my passwords, that doesn't mean she's not trusted to do it, and she's certainly not blocked in any way from either.

I see this as different from "sharing" passwords, she doesn't know my passwords because she doesn't need to look (need is different from capability here). She trusts me to have my own accounts, and I trust her to have hers.

-- Pete.

Comment Re:What geeks hate the most is the lack of geekine (Score 0) 402

There was some genuine geekiness in the beginning but it is all gone now. Now its a show about stupid obnoxious people trying to seem smart... not at all as fun as it was in the beginning when it was about nice people with personality problems.

Heh, yeah. You liked Big Bag Theory back when it was underground.

People are always available for work in the past tense.