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Comment: Not What You Asked: $19 buffet for smartphone (Score 1) 246

by Mana Mana (#42712367) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Pay-as-You-Go Plan For Text and Voice Only?

Not quite what you asked, but here's a great deal on a smartphone---sms, talk, Internet---plan. 19USD all-you-can-eat-no-nagging-powerusers plan from Republic.

AN Android smartphone with unlimited calls, unlimited texting, unlimited data and no contract, all for $19 a month? Really?

When I first saw this offer from Republic Wireless, I rubbed my eyes and looked for an asterisk leading to fine print that detailed a huge catch. But Republic, a division of a telecom company called Bandwidth.com, delivers exactly what it advertises. It can do so because the handset technology is a curious hybrid: it uses Wi-Fi when the customer is in a Wi-Fi area and Sprint Nextelâ(TM)s 3G network when it is not.

The concept brings together the best of two worlds: the low cost of voice calls carried over the Internet and the convenience of making calls to any phone number using a major carrierâ(TM)s cellular network when Wi-Fi isnâ(TM)t available.

You need their $250 Motorola DEFY XT dual wi-fi/talk purchase to partake. However, they say they're working on a luxe smartphone offering!

Comment: Re:I'm curious to see how many retailers actually (Score 1) 732

by Mana Mana (#42705285) Attached to: Credit Card Swipe Fees Begin Sunday In USA

> to which I'd respond, "OK, thanks anyway." and leave

*HAHAHA* You make a funny. You are so bright, in your own mind, right, YET, right now, do you leave the 99% of places where you shop---where---you---are subsidizing the CC users when you pay cash?! That is right, you are secretly forced to pay more than you deserve. (I root for this development. Let the CC users pay for the pleasure of plastic payment. BTW, this is not a new issue, I've been reading about these visa/mc shenanigans for years in the NY Times. Reportedly, debit-with-PINs is the way to play the cc-networks against themselves, as they require a token small transaction payment but no % addendum. But, people hate entering pins, so mc/visa win again.)

WTF ever do you mean, you ask! Presently, everyone is being charged the same price, whether you use credit or cash, which means, the cash users are paying for your CC fees! Or, what, do you think that vendors are altruistic! Forget that.

When was the last time you saw `pay cash, and get a discount?'

BTW, here in NYC, gasOline stations add a CC surcharge, ever since the Great Recession began! I dunno wtf the OP is talking about about that shit not going down in NY.

Comment: king fucker chicken (Score 1) 1719

by Mana Mana (#42323317) Attached to: Adam Lanza Destroyed His Computer Before Rampage

>>>
The DSM was not concocted as part of a plot to lock people up. Its goal is to help. It may not, and that's why there's a DSM-6 already in the works.
>>>

All the guy needed was vitamins! Ask batshit crazy Tom Cruise---O! where is Jack Reacher, umm Ethan Hunt, amm Maverick, emm, Sly Stallone formulaics, imm, superstar actress movement #237:

Taking the audience on a Jungian journey into the collective unconscious by using the shadow as a metaphor for the primal self that gets repressed by the modern persona and also by using an underground setting and labyrinth office design to represent both the depths of the psyche and the dungeon-like isolation of our increasingly mechanistic society which prevents people from finding satisfying work or meaningful connections with others.

Comment: Re:That's simple... (Score 1) 718

by Mana Mana (#41395945) Attached to: Why Aircraft Carriers Still Rule the Oceans

> when was the last time a carrier was used against an
> enemy which had battleships? since ww2

IOW: When was the last time a USN carrier battle group was used to _intimidate_ an adaversary nation and _affect_ geopolitical change?

Ask North Korea, Iran or China. Nations which have fits when the USN starts throwing naval warfare games with their frenemies. Carriers must be doing something to the cretin nations.

Comment: Re:Old story, or something new? (Score 0) 393

> leave this running for months (i do,

? Not to pick yo out, but, why do you? Every other post some d00d will say the same, but, you know what, why? I don't let anything running for long periods. Well, save two things that I always "hack" to clean up after it's "leaks;" my dog, my refrigerator O! and and my alarm clock. Dasit.

Everything else is just turned off, sometime, soon, not later, why? Leave. It. Running. This whole machismo scheisse reminds me of uptime---Who The Fuck Cares---real men upgrade---often---even OBSD needs it. It speaks for itself. But hey, keep spouting, at least one homey out there will see this and laugh in agreement.

Comment: Re:Air resistance. (Score 1) 1184

by Mana Mana (#41162439) Attached to: White House Finalizes 54.5 MPG Fuel Efficiency Standard

> . A civic hatchback with an 80hp 4banger. I

That must have been a an HF model---I always assumed it stood for H(igh) F(uel) (efficiency). But come'on, don't color the rose red, that hatchback was superly-skinny! tired (tyred), with an unadorned exhaust that looked like a bargain basement, supermarket white boxed, no-frills barren exhaust pipe; fugly.. IOW, basic extremis.

Ironically though, today, if you want a gasoline miserly Ford Escort, or even Chevrolet Sonic I think, these anorexia tricks cost you extra at purchase time. A well endowed, stoutly thirsty engine is more economical, cf. NY Times' Wheels Blog. To be hip is to pay---in Detroit. The old mind set is present.

Comment: Re:Not a problem (Score 1) 186

Belgium v. Google redux. *jijiji*

> So now the publishers want to get compensated for
> those excerpts

Google, go lobby Merkel's CDU, the Bundestag/rat for the right to charge German websites' indexing fees! Make the fees/indexing opt out, too. It's for their own good, your bottom line, that Myface competition is killing your margins. You need help, just like the German publishers do.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau

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