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Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 2, Informative) 437

by Macrat (#48728267) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

I live in Canada (near the border), I have P.O. Box on the U.S. side and I have a bank account in a U.S. bank. I had no trouble opening it, and I use it to pay for many purchases I make from the U.S. (I can often get much better travel deals through sites like Priceline when I use a credit card with a U.S. billing address.)

So, I don't know what difficulty you're alluding to.

Interesting statement considering that U.S. banks don't allow accounts to be set up with PO Box addresses.

Comment: Re:Duh. (Score 2) 94

by Macrat (#48650421) Attached to: Librarians: The Google Before Google

It doesn't need to be. It's still a history lesson. Not many young people would know that in the past you'd actually call a library to ask them questions. Heck, I'm 30 and I would have never considered calling them!

Of course only before the 70s did they actually answer the phone. Then came the tape players that just played a recording of the library hours.

Comment: Re:It's all about the Phone Number ID (Score 1) 136

by Macrat (#48355159) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

The option is given when you set up a device for iMessage. It explicitly asks how you want to be contacted. By number, by email(s)/AppleIDs, or all of the above

It does not. It only asks if you want to use OTHER ids that you have set up. Your phone number becoming an id isn't optional.

Comment: Re:It's all about the Phone Number ID (Score 1) 136

by Macrat (#48355149) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

You can, just go into the imessage settings. In fact you are specifically asked if you want to add your phone number to imessage when you set up your phone.

Incorrect.

Your phone number is used to create an ID immediately when you turn on iMessage. You have no choice in the matter.

Comment: It's all about the Phone Number ID (Score 1) 136

by Macrat (#48353787) Attached to: Apple Releases iMessage Deregistration Utility

The real issue is that you can't opt out of automatically having your phone number become and account/id in iMessage.

I want to use iMessage on my iPhone, but only with regular iCloud accounts, not with the phone number being used to create an account.

Unfortunately, the iOS team doesn't give the user that option.

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