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Comment: Re:Is this like that old study of Linux malware? (Score 1) 193

by blargster (#46404331) Attached to: F-Secure: Android Accounted For 97% of All Mobile Malware In 2013

And even on android its a small problem... if you have a million iphones and a million androids, and of them 3 iphones have malware, and 97 androids have malware, that's still 97% of malware is on android -- but its still a very minor problem, that only affects people who do REALLY stupid things.

I think you missed the part of the original posting where the 3% of the non-Android malware referred to Symbian. There were no instances of malware on iOS.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 152

by blargster (#37425070) Attached to: Seven States Pile On To Block AT&T/T-Mobile Deal

T-Mobile would be worse off without a merger since they are treading water as it is. They have no ability to invest in LTE deployment.

DT is dropping them and there will likely be no T-Mobile.

If the DOJ blocks the AT&T merger with them, they sure as hell won't allow Sprint to buy them on the very same grounds regarding reducing competition, etc.

Comment: Re:More like greed made Verizon drop the unl plan (Score 1) 189

by blargster (#36625392) Attached to: AT&T: Meet the New US GSM Monopoly

I don't understand how anyone can draw the conclusion that the merger caused Verizon to drop the unlimited plan. If anything I would think it would encourage them to keep the unlimited plan to directly compete with the new merger.

Seems to me that it is more greed for money that caused the change.

I agree - I just don't see the connection.

Comment: Re:Amazon has been doing that for a while (Score 1) 229

by blargster (#35918484) Attached to: Wal-Mart Tests Online Grocery Delivery

I've been using Amazon Fresh for a couple of years now and it is a great service. I usually use the unattended pre-dawn delivery (shows up on my doorstep between 4 and 6AM). Saves me lugging groceries up a few flights of stairs.

The delivery charge is reasonable (approx $6 - $7, I think) but delivery is free if you order at least $200 a month.

The minimum order is $30.

I don't know if they intend to expand beyond of the Seattle area.

Comment: Re:$39 BILLION!? (Score 2) 367

by blargster (#35565700) Attached to: Why the AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Is Bad For Consumers

Why on earth do folks persist in the rumor that AT&T (and all other major carriers) are not spending many billions of dollars every quarter on cell towers and backhaul improvements? That notion is ludicrous.

I'm not sure that you can actually "buy" customer service improvements, though I doubt it would cost billions.

Comment: Re:Dropped call rate of 0.1%?! (Score 1) 187

by blargster (#34468582) Attached to: Consumer Reports Gives AT&T Lowest US Carrier Rank

Look AT&T, if you're going to lie you should at least make it a plausible lie. Nobody who uses AT&T (or has to call people on AT&T) is going to believe your ridiculously low 0.1%.

AT&T was misquoted. They never claimed that they had a dropped call rate of 0.1% - they said that "our dropped call rate is within 1/10 of a percent – the equivalent of just one call in a thousand – of the industry leader.”

The article that Slashdot linked to does not state what Slashdot says in their summary above - try to actually read your sources first Slashdot!

Sounds like excellent stats to me.

Personally, I've never had a single dropped call with AT&T.

Makes you wonder if most folks that take these surveys actually have had dropped calls with AT&T (or have even ever used AT&T!) or are merely repeating what they've heard from others.

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