When I was living in the US I went to Vancouver for the weekend and ordered an international data plan from AT&T before I went. I only used a bit of Google maps on the iPhone to see what was around me. When I got my next bill from AT&T they had hundreds of dollars in charges for using the Rogers network. I was charged at 5 cents a kilobyte. People should be put in jail for fraud by charging 5 cents for a single kilobyte. After ringing and asking why the data plan was never applied to my account I was refunded the charges so I got if for free but I was ready to throw rocks through the window of the local AT&T store when I first got the bill.
So why did this post get a zero rating? I am a
.NET developer and agree 100%. Visual Studio 2010 is a fantastic development experience. I tried to do some iPhone development and hated XCode on the Mac. Objective C seems like going back in time. Why would I give up my managed environment and want to worry about de-constructors and managing resources. Anyone who criticises .NET development has probably never done any.
I had the demo version of World of Goo from Steam and kind of enjoyed it but didn't think it was worth $20. I paid $5 for World of Goo and probably wont even download the others. The 99c iPhone games have really spoilt my expectations of what games are worth. In my Amiga days I would not have thought $20 for a game like world of Goo was a bargain but now I can get addictive games like Angry Birds and Doodle Jump for 99c while on the bus my perspective has changed.
Plus in Australia we do not pay to receive calls with any service provider. I was shocked when I first got to the USA and got an AT&T prepaid phone and my minutes were used when receiving calls.
My service provider TPG in Australia has a great plan. $1 per month that gives you 150 mb for DSL subscribers and 50 mb for people who are not DSL subscribers with them. Phone calls are 10c per minute and excess data is 2.75c per meg. I usually spend about $20 per month on my iPhone. I did have to buy my iPhone out right but hey they sell iPhones unlocked in Australia and I liked paying full price for my phone rather than having to be locked into a draconian contracts. Other service provider give you a free iPhone but charge you at least $60 a month and lock you into an 18 month contract.
Scyth3 writes "A man is suing his neighbor for not turning off his cell phone or wireless router. He claims it affects his 'electromagnetic allergies,' and has resorted to being homeless. So, why doesn't he check into a hotel? Because hotels typically have wireless internet for free. I wonder if a tinfoil hat would help his cause?"
innocent_white_lamb writes "Starbucks brought out a line of cups with prehistoric Aztec images on them. Now the government of Mexico wants them to pay for the use of the images. Does the copyright on an image last hundreds of years?"
grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."
My first programming job was with a porn company. A lot of people told me that it was a career move that would get me stuck in the porn industry. After about six months I was sick of the job and started looking for a new job. When I got an interview with a bank for an Internet Banking role I told them exactly what I did for the last company minus what the content we were distributing was. Nobody ever asked me in the interview what sort of sites I was developing, just my technical experience. Once I had the job for a few months I told the people I worked with at the bank what my last roles was and they all kind of had a giggle at it.
New Zealand is an island. Australia is the smallest continent, any landmass smaller than Australia is an island.
I live in Australia so I am on the only continent where you can't drive to another country.
Where do you get these numbers from? Here in Australia ISPs sell broadband plans from 256 kbps. Plenty of telephone companies market 3G as mobile broadband which gets about 700 kbps.
What is it that a burglar will see on street view that they cannot see for themselves driving down the road? I love Google street view. I am in the USA at the moment and taking a virtual drive around my home town in Australia the other day made me feel homesick.
Who cares? If consumers know enough about alternative browsers to decide which one they want from a Windows Wizard then they are capable of downloading the browser of their choice. Confront most people with a choice of do you want IE, FF, Safari or Chrome and they are going to crap themselves if they have no idea of what that means. Choice is already available for whoever cares and choice is just plain confusing for my mum. IE will do her just fine.
I would normally have it set to Earth Standard of 1 G but crank it up for a workout and lower it for a bit of fun.