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Comment: Re:It really sucks when the first post is wrong (Score 1) 111

by Maxwell (#49535919) Attached to: Google Launches Project Fi Mobile Phone Service
Maybe you should learn how to use a computer before posting? You see that little downward arrow thingy on the google site? That's called a Drop Down List. When you click the arrow, a list of options is presented. There is also a default option. In googles case the Default option is "3G, $30". But if you click that little arrow, you can pick other options! Amazing! And if you read the terms of the deal you will find they charge $1/100M of data. Being able to read is a huge win in modern society, I suggest you look into it.

Can you read this:

If you use no data, your bill is $20 for that month, and that month only.

If your use 400M of data, your bill is $24 for that month, and that month only.

If you use 1G of data, your bill is $30 or less for that month, and that month only.

If you use 2G of data, your bill is $40 or less for that month, and that month only.

If you use 3G of data, your bill is $50 or less for that month, and that month only.

this pattern continues indefinitely.

Only if you used between 2.9 and 3.09G of data would your bill be $50, and that would only be for that month.

Comment: Re:Too expensive and hard to read (it's $20/mo+d) (Score 2) 111

by Maxwell (#49530651) Attached to: Google Launches Project Fi Mobile Phone Service
The plan is $20 month, plus $10 per gig of data. Not sure where or how you got $50 out of that. If you regularly used more than 3G/month three are better 'bulk' plans available. But if you have busy and low months and need to scale to 3G occasionally this works out. To quote: "Our plan starts with the Fi Basics for $20 per month. This includes: Unlimited domestic talk and text Unlimited international texts Low-cost international calls Wi-Fi tethering Coverage in 120+ countries Then it's $10 per GB for data. $10 for 1GB, $20 for 2GB, $30 for 3GB and so on. That's it. With no annual contract required." You COULD spend $50 if you use 3G of data every month. But you don't HAVE to spend $50. It's $20.

Comment: Want more than advertised? By the cheapest tier (Score 1) 142

by Maxwell (#49486137) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?
By the lower tier, the 5/0.5. After a year you'll be at 5/1. Two years - 10/1. Three years on I'm now at 15/1 on my "5Mbps lite" plan. It's all I ever needed for home use - I have ludicrous speed at work - so I'm happy with getting more than advertised. The cheapest plan they still offer is now the 10/1.

Comment: Re:you can buy android without google over there.. (Score 4, Insightful) 149

by Maxwell (#49086917) Attached to: Google Faces Anti-Trust Probe In Russia Over Android

"Why should Google be allowed to tie the search provider for the phone to the app store provider for the phone? That's the kind of thing Microsoft got shat on for."

Because Google is an independent business competing in a fiercely competitive market? And that gives them the right to bundle their product line anyway they want? Microsoft was a declared monopoly competing against no one in the desktop market - and actively attempting to prevent anyone from competing with them w.r.t to browser.

American analogy: why does McDonalds force me to use their french fries in a combo deal? They should be required to offer Burger King's fries, or cook the ones I bring form home for me! Where do I file my complaint?

Comment: Business problem != technology problem (Score 5, Insightful) 343

by Maxwell (#49073843) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?
Throwing more technology on the pile won't help without a lot of user education, and if you had that you would not need the technology anyway...

1) Create a rational naming convention and use that.


2) use Sharepoint's (base version is free beer) built in versioning system. That is what it is designed for and is one of the few things that SP does well.

Comment: No. Just don't use it. (Score 5, Informative) 330

by Maxwell (#49039495) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?
I realize it's a great /. tradition to completely ignore the original question and try to dance around it with alternatives, but just ignoring it is not an option.

For example don't user the remote control that came with it, because it has dedicated app buttons that will take 30seconds to fail to launch netflix for you, or worse, offer to walk your wife through wi-fi setup. So you need another remote too. And since they are special your universal remote won't work out of the box, so you'll need to to button to button remapping to get that to work.

You know what would be even better than turning wi-fi off? Not having it at all...kinda of like what the OP asks for.

To answer the OP's question you can buy commercial TV's (like hotel rooms or restaurants buy for their active menus) and they have no smart features. They are widely available at commerical type stores. Lg also makes them up to 65" (we have some installed here). Big, dumb panel. Here is their site:


Here's a 65" one from Staples:


Comment: Re:Don't forget (Score 2) 330

by Maxwell (#49039269) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Affordable Large HD/UHD/4K "Stupid" Screens?
Agreed. I'd love to ditch the tuner. what a pain in the ass having it switch inputs to the tuner automatically if you dare touch certain remote buttons. "Guide" is what kills me, as I usually adjust volume on TV the hit guide. Whoops, have to adjust volume then hit CABLE, then hit guide...but now to clear the guide I have to Exit, exit, input, input, input then cable, then guide again. I'd keep the speakers if I could, but would take no smart, no tuner, no speakers over smart+tuner+speakers.

Comment: Think of the Children! (Score 3, Funny) 227

by Maxwell (#48982703) Attached to: Canada, Japan Cave On Copyright Term Extension In TPP
The grandkids I don't have yet could be in their 70's by the time copyrights on my work expires. They could be kicked out of their old age home! You wouldn't kick a senior out to the street would you?! This is a necessary change to protect future generations, and I applaud USA for being so forward thinking!

Comment: Re:Archival grade BluRay (Score 1) 251

by Maxwell (#48916407) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Medium For Personal Archive?
"marty, your just not thinking 4th dimension-ally". We're not talking about day to day activities here, we are talking about periodic archiving. First CD drives use different laser than BD (red vs blue). So there is a cost to making BD drive read/write Cd drives. I could see CD write and even CD read being dropped from future BD drives. Actually - can the PS4 read a CD? I don't think it can. So CD's can go away while BD stays.

To your second point I don't want a device I use once every 3 months (or once a year!) stuck in my laptop, thanks. My laptop didn't come with a tape backup either. And I really don't need one in my desktop either - it just gets in the way. I would much rather have a small portable BD burner that I can use to back up all my machines and then put away when I am done with it. And that's what I have.

Enterprise Tape isn't going away, and BD will also be a round for another 10+ years at least. And if BD-XL is used for 4k video probably even longer...

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -- Publius Syrus