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Comment Re:Bait and switch (Score 1) 622

There definition of unlimited is you can do with it as you please, as in there is no limit to what you can do. However, how much you can consume, well that's limited in the small print.

The reality is, unlimited became more mainstream with the ATT and Apple partnership when the first iphone came out.. They are probably kicking themselves for that.

Comment Re:Unlimited Data Required (Score 1) 622

You sort of answered your own statement.

The carriers see the writing on the wall. If they implement caps later once users are consuming the additional data, they would have to create a much higher cap as the avg will be significantly higher at that point in time. Instead, they implement lower caps now when the majority of the population don't come close, so that when the avg use does go up to consume 4k and 8k video, and whatever else the innovators come up with, now the avg user is exceeding the cap and they are forced to pay for the overages, or pay for a higher capped plan.

It is al about profits, this has never been about network management or congestion (although I will agree, on wireless, there may be congestion issues, but then don't try to cap or throttle unlimited accounts in an area when those who pay for the capped plans don't get throttled at the same time in those same areas... it's not like the additional profit will reduce the congestion)

Comment Forget the headphones. (Score 4, Informative) 169

Most organized sporting events (marathons and bike races at least) ban headphones.

So while great for training, they are worthless for the event. Some people rely on music for motivation, which is fine, but I would suggest you get used to it without.

And when training, keep only one ear bud in, I cannot tell you how many runners did not hear me yelling on your left to pass and then they get frightened and pissed when I do pass. sennheiser make decent sports earbuds.

And I suspect you got a lemon Garmin. I used to use the forerunner 300 I used before I got my edge 810. The 300 lasted me a good 8 hours. The 810 lasts me about 5 hours when I used live tracking (paired to phone provides realtime tracking for family or friends, good for long solo rides for safety).

Comment Re:If... (Score 1) 363

Maybe if the education system here took their heads out of their asses, it would not matter which text book was used for a particular subject. As long as the student learns the base material on how to resolve the questions asked of them during their exams, the book should be irrelevant.

They are not supposed to be teaching kids how to parrot a book to pass a test.

The problem is that the text book and testing industry have such an incestuous relationship, and their collective hands are so far up the asses of those educational leadership, that it is too lucrative not to force students to buy expensive books that are useless after a single year. Hey, we changed 2 words in this math book which has 200 year old source material, lets make every student purchase a new book instead of used.

It's total bullshit, it is not like the text book industry is coming up with original content, rather they are just reusing what has been around for 1000's of years (depending on the subject of course).

Comment Re:Yeah... (Score 4, Interesting) 450

My guess, based on my knowledge of regulatory requirements, is that the profile itself was actually deleted, however financial transactions all have a data retention requirement, 7 years or 5 years, I forget. So forcing men to pay to delete, results in the data about his profile being deleted, but that financial transaction tied to that process had to be kept.

Comment Re:Police state San Jose (Score 2) 258

Bad analogy, IP's are not owned by the person it is registered to at the time. It can also change over time depending on the providers DHCP setup, and ISPs keep terrible logs at times.

Your license plate, is registered to you, or at least to the owner, this is also why camera tickets are a fine, but no points, when it comes to these types of things, it is the owners responsibility to know who is in control of their vehicle, and will suffer the consequences should the person in control do something stupid. Your registration does not randomly rotate to another vehicle like an IP can to another user.

Drones.. well that's new territory, I'm sure we will come up with something, but some laws do still apply, yes the drone can take images of your property, but if the drone parks off in front of your window and records you inside, well thats peeping tom/stalker territory and there are laws that cover that.

What if I walked up and down the street in front of the Mayors house, wrote down every plate I saw for a week.. you bet your ass the cops would show up and possibly not arrest me, but definitely take me in for questioning

Comment Re:Google Maps (Score 1) 258

I'm not sure about San Jose.. but in DC (I learned this the hard way when I was ticketed for out of state plates while living there), even if your car is in your driveway, and there is a gate (obviously with a closed fence they would not be able to see it) around your property, the city can enforce all ordinances and laws while your vehicle is on your private property. The reason I kept out of state plates was I was living in DC temporarily (okay a year), but using public transport, and besides, it was registered to my mothers address, so it was still a valid address to get a hold of me if need be...

Comment Re:Police state San Jose (Score 5, Insightful) 258

It is invasive, because it allows the wholesale collection of information on people without any effort, and the create a massive database on every vehicle owners movements.

I'd be fine if they read the plates, checked whether or not it is stolen, and then dumps the data, never storing it, but we know this won't happen. They will keep the data for years. And my faith in any police force of government body has been shaken enough that I no longer trust them, and the data will ultimately be abused by someone, whether it's an officer checking up on their spouse, or a politician looking for dirt on their opponent.

No, if they want to use the garbage collection resources as a means to read plates, then have the garbage men write every plate down on paper, or manually type it into the computer. Because the city is right, on public streets there is no expectation of privacy. Back in the day, law enforcement had to do the legwork by hand, let that continue.

Comment Re:tip of the iceburg (Score 1) 157

The biggest problem I have run into (as a Security consultant for state local and federal agencies for the last 15 years), is that they won't spend the money on the "appropriate" personnel and equipment needed to secure anything. They do not see any return on investment, so budgets are shoestring. They only wake up when they themselves are compromised, no matter how many high profile ones appear in the news.

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!