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Comment: Re:I did the same thing (Score 2) 105

by Adam Simons (#48186775) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: LTE Hotspot As Sole Cellular Connection?
I use GrooveIP on my Android phone, and call quality is pretty decent and no issues with DTMF. Even works fairly well on a high-latency satellite connection when I figured it would fail completely, although with a bit of a delay. As for the other DTMF issues, try setting the option for it to "inband" or something like that. That has worked for me in the past.

Comment: Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 1) 345

by Adam Simons (#48159123) Attached to: ChromeOS Will No Longer Support Ext2/3/4 On External Drives/SD Cards
All of that is true, but there should be a guaranteed minimum amount of data, regardless of the service type (DSL, cable, satellite, 3G/4G). I have a total of 12 GB a month data with my 10GB satellite plan and 2GB 4G plan on my phone. Granted, the satellite is free and unlimited during 12am to 5am, but that still prevents me from taking full advantage of many of the "cloud" services that are available. I would be willing to accept metered internet (because it's probably inevitable anyway) as long as the rates are reasonable such as your mentioned $0.15/GB, but I would expect to have a base amount of data (say 100 GB) allotted with the line charge before it charges me by the GB. I think most utility water is billed this way, so it wouldn't be a stretch to apply it to data (since apparently all politicians think the internet is a series of tubes anyway).

Comment: Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 2) 345

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't Ext 2/3/4 supported in the Linux kernel, not userspace? That would mean they don't have to really do anything to make it work other than mount/unmount since they use the vanilla Linux kernel as a base before their modifications to make it a ChromeOS kernel, and Ext support is pretty solid, and has been for years. NTFS in Linux and its derivatives is typically mounted in userspace using FUSE and ntfs-3g, which would be something they'd have to support and would make sense for them to remove.

Comment: Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 1) 345

Part if it might be hardware support. My no-name tablet runs Jelly Bean and OTG works with it. I've used CC swiper, KB, mouse, and USB storage (visible even via Storage UI) without issue on a powered hub. My KitKat phone has OTG support and worked (before rooting) with KB and mouse, but Storage UI did not show flash drives as present nor did they show up in the mount locations in Astro. After rooting, StorageUI still doesn't show the flash drives, but they can be mounted with the OTG Helper program and are visible to file managers like Astro which will allow me to copy to/from and play media from the drive. Seems too arbitrary of a feature to remove without a reason, and pushing users to Google Drive seems to be that reason. Therefore, it doesn't surprise me that Google is doing similar with ChromeOS considering it is advertised as a cloud device anyway.

Comment: Re:Is there no commandline? (Score 5, Insightful) 345

I think the article hits it head-on about pushing users toward cloud storage, specifically Google Drive. I just got a Droid Maxx with KitKat and was shocked to find they had removed the ability to mount USB drives via USB OTG. Had to root my phone and install USB OTG Helper to have that basic functionality again. Obviously, the support is still there in the kernel; just the userspace access was removed, and USB OTG Helper was able to mount my flash drives successfully, even NTFS. Did I mention the Droid Maxx (made by Motorola after Google's acquisition) lacks an SD card? The 32 GB model was discontinued, so this is the 16 GB version and a Verizon exclusive, so you KNOW it's full of unremovable bloatware further depleting its limited, unexpandable storage. They tried to justify this by including 50 GB of Google Drive space for 2 years, but cloud storage should not be a replacement for local storage, only a supplement. Also, what if I did jump in feet-first and use all that extra space? What happens to my data 2 years from now? It's essentially being held hostage by the free "trial". Thankfully I only use cloud storage as off-site backup for important documents; I also store them in encrypted containers to prevent them from being data mined. Also, cloud storage is a pain when you have metered internet. I love me some Google products, but their "don't be evil" philosophy has gone out the window long ago.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 281

Um, welcome to Slashdot? I hardly ever comment here because the comments are usually so far off-topic that there's no chance of the train ever getting back on track. At least talking about hard drives has some relevance to the article, even though there hasn't been an actual, rotating-platter hard drive in most portable electronics since the early iPods. I'm not bashing /. per se, but look at the comments on a random article and you'll see what I mean. Any time I go to a comments section and the first posts are "FIRST!!!!1" or some crap like that, I really don't expect to find intelligent conversation. However, this article seems to have attracted a few people who actually know how to use the internet, and so I applaud the bulk of you.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 281

I just always have to stress the backup part. Many of my customers will buy the cheapest, crappiest laptop WalMart has to offer, throw their entire photo albums and history on there, no back ANYTHING up, EVER, throw the laptop around like a throw pillow (often while it's on), and then come in crying that their computer won't boot and they lost their entire family photo albums. If I didn't see this weekly, I might have more pity on the poor suckers. That $229 laptop isn't such a great deal when you have to have the hard drive and operating system reinstalled a year later. One thing I have learned from these people is to never rely on a Seagate or Toshiba hard drive. Even factoring in customer abuse, I've seen FAR more of these two brands fail than any other.

Comment: Re:Hardware ages too (Score 1) 281

"...hard drive last more than a couple of years..." What, are you buying Seagates, running them in an oven, all while shaking them constantly and beating the crap out of them? I've got hard drives that are pushing their second decade with little to no signs of wear (two are Western Digital and one is a Hitachi). At work, though, I've seen hard drives fail within a year, but they're usually in the el cheapo Wal-mart HP Pavilions that people refuse to stop buying even though they are UTTER AND COMPLETE CRAP. You get what you pay for, people. If you want a drive to last, put a little more money in a Western Digital Caviar Black or get yourself a server-class drive. Even if it fails, the WD Black has a 5-year warranty with little to no questions asked. And really, you should be backing up your data anyway.

Comment: TRIM does wonders (Score 1) 281

My old FroYo phone was glacier slow until I downloaded a fsTrim utility. It requires root, but it made my old dinosaur run MUCH faster. It even noticeably sped up my current 4.1.1 phone which doesn't yet have TRIM support built in. I think it was called LagFix Free in the Play Store, but I could be mistaken. If you have a rooted Android phone that DOESN'T already support TRIM, give it a go; it did wonders for both of my phones.

Comment: Oh Hell No! (Score 1) 479

by Adam Simons (#46008799) Attached to: An Iowa ISP's Metered Pricing: What Will the Market Bear?
First of all: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o19CaOSuD8

I hope there is no way people will put up with this. Anyone using EBTC should drop them, and drop them now. If they get away with it there, how long before it becomes a precedent that other ISPs use to do the same?

AT&T/Verizon/Comcast/Cox/Suddenlink, et all CEO: (obligatorily rubbing nipples while saying this) "Hey, people in Iowa don't seem to mind. Let's roll it out nationwide."

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun

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