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Comment Re:you have to build out infrastructure for partne (Score 1) 181

Well, let's see...

Video must be streamed over T-Mobile’s network in a way that allows T-Mobile to identify the traffic as streaming video. This requires that video detection signatures be present. T-Mobile will work with content providers to ensure that our networks work together to properly detect streaming video (and will continue to work with content providers as new video detection signatures are needed in the event of future technology enhancement or changes). Use of technology protocols which makes detection of video streams difficult such as https will require additional T-Mobile assessment of the technical feasibility to qualify for inclusion in the offering. Use of technology protocols that are demonstrated to prevent video stream detection, such as User Datagram Protocol "UDP", on any platform will exclude video streams from that content provider

Translation: if you use encryption, we have to spend more time making sure we can identify which traffic is streaming video (which won't count towards a user's data limit) and any other form of traffic (which will), but if we can tell the difference, you can use it.

Comment Re:Not so different from XBox (Score 1) 578

I was about to say pretty much the same thing; set it to open to your Library page and disable the "Update News" popups, and you'll never have to deal with that crap.

Of course, as someone else pointed out, Steam is a store, so getting new games is pretty much half the point in using Steam in the first place; finding out about new games is an integral part of that.

Comment Re:One highly-publicized case is all it took (Score 4, Interesting) 489

It seems everyone pointed at the Comcast/Netflix deal as the lynchpin of why FCC's "net neutrality" needed to be passed. What were the actual results of that debacle? A private company paid a bunch of money to another private company and users got better video streaming performance.

That's an interesting re-intreptation.

On the other hand, I could just as easily say that one private company paid a bunch of money to another private company (after already having paid yet another company a bunch of money to send the same data), and users final got the service that they already paid a bunch of money to that second company to receive.

Because, you know, that's what actually happened.

Comment Re: Nosedive (Score 1) 598

iMessage CAN use SMS, but doesn't do so for fellow iMessage users, by default. Once a phone number gets registered as an iMessage user, it stays in there until it is manually deregistered.

As someone who has done customer care for a US cellular provider, I can tell you that while this is trivial for anyone technically inclined, for the average "I just want it to work" individual, it's mystifying enough that I've had frustrated callers declare that they're just going to switch back to their iPhone, even as I try to tell them how to fix the problem.

Comment Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (Score 2) 203

The bonus doesn't come from armor, it comes from a magical force effect, that just happens to have a bonus type of "armor".

To be a little clearer, the monk's AC bonus class feature states that they get the bonus so long as they aren't wearing armor, and even though it grants an "armor" bonus, you still aren't "wearing" armor.

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