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Comment: Grandfathered In (Score 1) 121 121

Yes, My plan with AT&T has be "grandfathered" in. I barely use their bare bones "less than 3G" where I live, I have wifi most everywhere I go so I don't impact their network much unless I am out of town. Still, if you became an AT&T customer at the right time and don't change your contract, you have unlimited 3G, 4G and previous access in an unlimited contract. AT&T has not earned my loyalty, but I will ride it out and see if they catch up or just remain a follower. They just sent me info on a GPS navigational app that costs ten dollars per month. ooh. Really?

Comment: You Have a computer in your pocket (Score 1) 304 304

The computer in your pocket deserves the same respect as any other. A simple password to access it will block the the same person that you invite into your house and use your bathroom with permission while you expect them to to not look in your medicine cabinet. Even worse, you can loose that phone. If you do not safeguard the location of your phone, consider having a second phone on occasion and use call forwarding, Do not save anything you do not wish to share on your person. Security in layers must be applied to smartphone usage behavior and if you don't know a little about that, consider asking a technical person that does. If a person has access to your smartphone and you have unprotected access to your email, it will take seconds for them to browse your email accounts that are not even associated with your phone. I am not paranoid, but you must consider that loss of your phone may grant access to any email or accounts that that you access regularly with your phone.

This is not news, but the limits related to abusing this ability have not been fully tested in the courts and I don't want to be the test case.

Comment: Re:Quoting Homer (Score 1) 586 586

I live in Wisconsin where 10% ethanol blends and and non-ethanol gasoline are both available. I try to make informed decisions and use some of each depending on the application and, frankly, the cost. I think the jury is out for using corn-based ethanol in fuel for engines. The energy used to produce it is far to high and I doubt it is locally blended to reduce the transportation costs, but I remain a bit open-minded. Technology and time can create new solutions, but if the unknowing force it upon us before it makes sense, it seems to be good dollars thrown at a dream. We can grow corn in the US. We know that. It should not need subsidies. It is food. People can eat it without high fructose corn sugar being the reason. The cellular waste is rarely waste, but perhaps not utilized as well as possible. It makes wonderful worm food and worms create great soil once they have eaten enough of it. The process of making ethanol seems like it is missing the point all too often.

Comment: Pure Research is Not Dead (Score 4, Insightful) 174 174

Brilliant work and pure science for the sake of science. It is not earth shattering news, but is exactly what science is meant to bring to the human experience. The life of the children involved is forever changed. Now some of them will go on to discover more things that are right under our nose and write about it intelligently. Few will care but, in the end, we all benefit.

PlayStation (Games)

Split Screen Co-op Is Dying 362 362

kube00 writes "Split-screen co-op and local multiplayer are becoming things of the past. What happened to cramming a bunch of gamers into a room with two TVs and doing a system link match in Halo? Where have the all-night GoldenEye matches gone? Like the arcades of gamers' youth, the local multiplayer and co-op bonding experience has been replaced with individual gamers and a network."

Comment: Re:A subset of PDF files? (Score 1) 179 179

Yes! I don't always want the slow rendering of a pdf. I want content. One format of convenience for the publisher should work for those of us that want the content. I avoid pdf files on a regular basis because a simple html file will work for many things. The overhead and long pause for a less-than-usable pdf is silly much of the time.

Biotech

Genetically Engineered Silkworms Spin Spider Silk 188 188

disco_tracy writes "Silkworms have been modified to produce spider silk, creating a fabric that could be used in everything from bulletproof clothing to artificial tendons." For some reason, this is far less revolting to me than the idea of spider silk being milked out of goats.

Comment: Devices should not be linked to carriers (Score 1) 420 420

When our choices are less important than their marketing plan, one has to wonder who thought of that idea. I love my iPhone and am happy with AT&T where I live and travel. That could change. I might move. I wonder what they were thinking.

If the code and the comments disagree, then both are probably wrong. -- Norm Schryer

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