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The Internet

Submission + - Open Letter To AT&T->

mind21_98 writes: I mailed a letter to AT&T's CEO a few days ago outlining my dissatisfaction with their capping scheme. I want them to talk about their real motivations behind doing this and I want them to realize how bad and impractical of an idea the idea of bandwidth caps are. It would be good for this to get far more attention than it has so far so that we in the Internet community can take action to stop this and to make it harder for other ISPs to do this in the future.
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Comment Re:Being Urged To Opt-Out? (Score 4, Informative) 128

Robb Topolski is urging people to opt-out in the InfoWorld summary.

"If people reject the settlement, they are freed from the restrictions of this settlement and can sue independently or join any other action," Topolski said in an email. "If enough people reject the settlement, it sends a strong message that the class of people that this settlement was intended to represent are dissatisfied."

Data Storage

A Hybrid Approach For SSD Speed From Your 2TB HDD 194

Claave writes "bit-tech.net reports that SilverStone has announced a device that daisy-chains an SSD with a hard disk, with the aim of providing SSD speeds plus loads of storage space. The SilverStone HDDBoost is a hard disk caddy with an integrated storage controller, and is an easy upgrade for your PC. The device copies the 'front-end' of your hard disk to the SSD, and tells your OS to prefer the SSD when possible. SSD speeds for a 2TB storage device? Yep, sounds good to me!"

Comment Re:Too costly (Score 1) 322

How does a consumer not concede to the carrier's game? Sure, you can pay cash for a phone rather than purchasing a subsidized one, but you will still pay the same price for the service. The only difference is that you can take your ball and go home if you want. The next guy is going to charge the same price though. The only alternative is to not play their game at all.

Actually, it seems T-mobile is trying something new with their "Even More Plus" plans. I called them last week to see about changing up my plan, and the first thing the operator asked me was: "Which is more important to you? Do you want a free phone, or cheaper monthly payments?" I answered enthusiastically "cheaper monthly payments" since I've never been interested in getting a subsidized phone and then being under contract for 2 years to pay it off. These new plans are pretty cheap it seems, don't offer a free or subsidized phone, and don't put you under contract.

Comment Re:not a bargain (Score 2, Informative) 970

I always thought the high price wasn't from the inks themselves, but because there are somewhat sophisticated microfluidic devices in each ink cartridge. Do they actually claim it's the ink that's expensive?

Which are mostly in place to make it more difficult for people to offer 3rd party generic cartridges.

Comment Re:lol @ 'finally standing up' (Score 1) 453

To be honest, as an Xbox Live user, I have no problem with Microsoft's decision on this one. For me, people that are modding and hacking the games totally ruin the online experience and take the fun out of it for the rest of us, and I don't think it's at all unreasonable for Microsoft to assume that modded consoles are being used to cheat in this way. Furthermore, I'm actually glad to have a service that's pay to play because it provides that much more incentive for users not to cheat/harass or do other things that ruin the service for others.

Comment Would Google *have* to delist the sites? (Score 1) 773

It seems like anyone ought to be able to put up a web page that happens to link to any website. Google currently provides the courtesy of allowing people to de-list, but are they legally obligated to in some way? On my personal website am I not allowed to link to whatever website I want?

Los Angeles Goes Google Apps With Microsoft Cash 266

Dan Jones writes "The Los Angeles City Council has approved a US$7.25 million, five-year deal with Google in which the city will adopt Gmail and other Google Apps. Interestingly, just over $1.5 million for the project will come from the payout of a 2006 class action lawsuit between the City and Microsoft (Microsoft paid $70 million three years ago to settle the suit by six California counties and cities who alleged that Microsoft used its monopoly position to overcharge for software). The city will migrate from Novell GroupWise e-mail servers. For security, Google will provide a new separate data environment called 'GovCloud' to store both applications and data in a completely segregated environment that will only be used by public agencies. This GovCloud would be encrypted and 'physically and logically segregated' from Google's standard applications. Has cloud computing stepped up to prime time?"

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error. -- John Kenneth Galbraith