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

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) 598 598

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) 203 203

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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Earthquake Warning Issued For Central Oklahoma 127 127

New submitter bobbied (2522392) writes "A rare warning has been issued by the US Geological survey today, warning of an increased risk of a damaging earthquake (magnitude 5.0 or greater) in central Oklahoma. There have been more earthquakes in Oklahoma (per mile) than California this year, prompting the USGS to issue their warning today (May 5, 2014).

This warning is the first such warning to be issued for a state east of the Rockies."

Comment Re:I can see their response already (Score 1) 97 97

Comcast charges $8/month for a cable modem rental, and I bought my DOCSIS 3.0 modem for $80, which puts the break even point at ten months, for me. Considering that they'd likely jack up the price before then, the break even point could well come before ten months.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 465 465

They're not. They're in charge with helping you regain control of your own property.

The point here, as has been pointed out here, is that Apple wants proof that the deceased woman in question is, in fact, the owner of that Apple ID. Yes, it's more than a little draconian, and they should have better means of making that connection other than a freaking court order, but the fact of the matter is that security and convenience are on a sliding scale, and while it may be just a tad too far towards security, they're still trying to look out for their customers.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.

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