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Comment: 7 out of 12 eggs (Score 1) 308

How would everyone feel if every carton of a dozen eggs at the grocery store only contained 7 eggs? And the grocery store manager said that the farmer was not paying the store, so it was OK to not provide all 12 eggs as written on the carton?

Now, I am the customer of my ISP. They advertize speed tiers, and I choose to pay for one of them. I am paying for that speed grade to access the internet at large. This is an INTERNET Service Provider, after all, not an INSERT_BRANDNAME_HERE Service Provider.

I expect to be provided the speed grade that I pay for, under contract, for anything within my ISP's boundaries. I understand that my destination may pay for a different speed at their end. But I do expect to receive what I pay for on my end.

Some cray situation where everyone at my ISP downloads something very large at the same time might have some impact, but this should be a statistical rarity, with my ISP building enough infrastructure to have a very high statistic of meeting its side of my contract with them. If they cannot, or do not plan to do this, then they should reconsider their advertizing and what speeds they offer.

To make i ta matter of policy to not deliver on their side of our contract is problematic. If they offer in their advertizement a 50Mbit/s speed tier, then they should do their utmost to deliver on that. To artificially degrade that is counter to their advertizement of 50Mbits/s speed that their customer signed up and contracted for. To do that for the reason of "because I said so", just isn't right. I paid for a dozen eggs, yet you feel no expectation to give me more than 7 in this example.

I just don't see how that can continue in the long run. Eventually, more and more people are going to notice some eggs missing, and start wondering why they are paying the price of a full dozen eggs to get that. Once the masses realize the problem, there's going to be a huge outcry and demand for things to be made right as they seek out an honest grocer. I truly wish the dishonest one would be held accountable, but surely they have planned for a fine someday and are making sure that this future business expense is already being passed on to their customers today, yesterday, and the day before that.

I think the Half Fast advertizements going on right now are somewhat ironic...

Comment: 7 out of 12 eggs (Score 1) 127

by amigabill (#48380849) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

How would everyone feel if every carton of a dozen eggs at the grocery store only contained 7 eggs? And the grocery store manager said that the farmer was not paying the store, so it was OK to not provide all 12 eggs as written on the carton?

Now, I am the customer of my ISP. They advertize speed tiers, and I choose to pay for one of them. I am paying for that speed grade to access the internet at large. This is an INTERNET Service Provider, after all, not an INSERT_BRANDNAME_HERE Service Provider.

I expect to be provided the speed grade that I pay for, under contract, for anything within my ISP's boundaries. I understand that my destination may pay for a different speed at their end. But I do expect to receive what I pay for on my end.

Some cray situation where everyone at my ISP downloads something very large at the same time might have some impact, but this should be a statistical rarity, with my ISP building enough infrastructure to have a very high statistic of meeting its side of my contract with them. If they cannot, or do not plan to do this, then they should reconsider their advertizing and what speeds they offer.

To make i ta matter of policy to not deliver on their side of our contract is problematic. If they offer in their advertizement a 50Mbit/s speed tier, then they should do their utmost to deliver on that. To artificially degrade that is counter to their advertizement of 50Mbits/s speed that their customer signed up and contracted for. To do that for the reason of "because I said so", just isn't right. I paid for a dozen eggs, yet you feel no expectation to give me more than 7 in this example.

I just don't see how that can continue in the long run. Eventually, more and more people are going to notice some eggs missing, and start wondering why they are paying the price of a full dozen eggs to get that. Once the masses realize the problem, there's going to be a huge outcry and demand for things to be made right as they seek out an honest grocer. I truly wish the dishonest one would be held accountable, but surely they have planned for a fine someday and are making sure that this future business expense is already being passed on to their customers today, yesterday, and the day before that.

I think the Half Fast advertizements going on right now are somewhat ironic...

Comment: Re:Amiga Floppies (Score 2) 171

by amigabill (#46834809) Attached to: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

Also, if they did much research, they might have found that one of the few remaining Amiga hardware peripheral producers has for some time sold floppy disk controllers that I understand are popular with Forensics people, as they can read a very wide variety of formats on a standard PC.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I...
http://wiki.icomp.de/wiki/Catw...

Comment: would be a great way to get hard keyboard (Score 1) 139

by amigabill (#46825631) Attached to: Google's Project Ara Could Bring PC-Like Hardware Ecosystem To Phones

I like the hard keyboard on my droid4. I'm really terrible with the onscreen touchboards. Really, really terrible. Which makes onscreen touchboards not good for work emails, posting in web forums, etc. The hard keyboard makes me able to type anything at all. As the market seems to be moving away from built-in keyboards, a optional, modular hard keyboard, would be great for those of us that need them, without forcing them onto the larger market public, or to be stuck with an otherwise tremendously mediocre smartphone just to get the only one with a keyboard on it.

I myself am a big fan of modular design. I've even long wished for a very modular laptop, such that I could pick my case, pick my motherboard, pick my GPU, etc. like people like me do when building desktops or towers. Some laptop equivalent of the ATX standard...

Comment: it's good for a work phone number (Score 1) 166

by amigabill (#46495557) Attached to: Goodbye, Google Voice

I'm home office. We just moved. I don't have to get a lot of customers to update my contact info, my phone number stays the same.

Sometimes I go into the corporate office. My work number rings my desk phone there too.

My work number rings my home office phone, my corporate office desk phone, and my cell phone. My cell phone is not a great only phone. Since the demise of flip-phones, people tend to have a hard time hearing me on "candybar" style smartphones that do not get long enough to reach both my ear and my voice.

In my case, it's convenient.

I've never used transcripting or anything else. To me, it's only a phone number. I have seen a few voicemail transcripts from GV. Tremendously terrible. Not worth seeing again, so that feature is disabled.

Comment: I thought this was the case a whlie ago (Score 1) 358

by amigabill (#46486639) Attached to: EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

For some reason I thought the current almost-everyone using microUSB cable was exactly such a requirement form Europe, but that they had for some reason let Apple out of it. And that's why new Samsungs use the microUSB instead of their previous custom connector on my old texting feature phone for example. I'm happy to see a real standard being done, at the same time as I'm surprised that this requirement is new news.

Comment: Legal ROMs for emulators (Score 2) 45

by amigabill (#46410237) Attached to: Website Simulates Amiga OS

You can buy licenses at

http://www.amigaforever.com/sy...

You can also buy legit ROM licenses for Android based emulators at

https://play.google.com/store/...

The open-source AmigaOS-alike named AROS includes their own ROM equivalents now as well. (Be careful! WinUAE has old ROM included, Aros Vision needs newer ones (included in directiry “boot” of the distribution))

http://www.natami-news.de/html...

Comment: Obviuos question - Who else is infected? (Score 1) 137

by amigabill (#45986333) Attached to: Target Credit Card Data Was Sent To a Server In Russia

OK, so there's a lot of talk about this situation at Target. At least that one is discovered and allegedly fixed. Do these pranksters only target one store chain? Was this the easiest one to get into, and they are happy with that for now? Or are other stores similarly compromised, but either have not gone public, or do not know it yet?

Comment: Re:Too bad it's a C++ library... (Score 1) 147

by amigabill (#45397917) Attached to: WxWidgets 3.0: First Major Release in Several Years

There's nothing wrong with C++. However, I do my programing in C (without the ++), and would love have something like this available that I could link to my C programs.

Excellent! There is some opportunity for you to create a C layer onto the C++ subsystem, then you yourself as well as others can benefit from that. :)

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