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Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 257

Yep. I didn't even realize they'd bumped my tethering cap from 3GB to 5GB until I had to use a few hundred MB of tethered data this weekend and went to the My Account app to see how much I'd used. The cap was 2.5GB when I signed up (500MB baseline, 2GB extra as part of the "Unlimited (when you aren't tethering)" plan), then they bumped the baseline to 1GB (which increased my limit to 3GB), and now it's apparently 5GB.

For something "very hard", they seem to be doing just fine at it!

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 1) 257

Sorry, I think you misunderstood me. I should have been clearer. Replace the current "unlimited" (yes, note the scare quotes) plan with a 100GB one (advertised as "100GB", not as "Unlimited", and actually offering that). After you change "Unlimited" to 100GB, there no longer is an "unlimited" plan. Most people will never be directly affected by this change, and those who would be can either cancel (preferably with plenty of warning), cope with the reduction, or maybe do something like pay for data a la carte beyond that.

I think we're going for the same idea. I never suggested the deception that you seem to think I did, though.

Comment Re:Answer is easy (Score 1) 613

The silly thing is, depending on how "super" a yacht you need, you're off by a few orders of magnitude. My parents have been living aboard and cruising the world for the last 14 years. A 48' (14m) sailing catamaran isn't exactly a mega-yacht, but it's actually more boat than two people need - it was bought for a family of four plus visitors - but it's also possible to buy it and fit it out for about the cost of a house. In fact, they still own the house, and I think its value is higher than the boat despite being a fairly dated suburban location. Lots of people go cruising on less than a quarter million. You certainly can sink a few million into the boat if you want to - it'll get you a larger and more luxurious one, maybe with a few more perks and automation and definitely with more space - and you can then add a permanent staff if you'd like to (owning a boat on your own is a lot of work, and there's something to be said for hiring a cook, a mechanic, etc.) and now you're talking real money... but it's still only going to come out to probably 7 digits initially and then about 6 digits per year.

Not saying you couldn't spend more than that if you really want to, of course, but you hit seriously diminishing returns.


3 Category 4 Hurricanes Develop In the Pacific At Once For the First Time 197

Kristine Lofgren writes: For the first time in recorded history, three Category 4 hurricanes were seen in the Pacific Ocean at the same time. Climatologists have been warning that climate change may produce more extreme weather situations, and this may be a peek at the future to come. Eric Blake, a specialist with the National Hurricane Center summed it up with a tweet: "Historic central/eastern Pacific outbreak- 3 major hurricanes at once for the first time on record!"

Comment Re:Can anyone clear this up for me? (Score 1) 257

Technically the latter, but there's only so much bandwidth to go around and in a heavily-populated area there will be a lot of contention for it. Unlike cable, you can't just roll out another trunk line if one of them is getting saturated. Adding more towers may let the phones switch to lower power, reducing interference and allowing more devices to use the same frequencies at once within a city, but adding towers (like rolling out a new line) costs money. Cellular data, like most Internet service, is billed on the assumption that users want fast infrequent service, not constant max-bandwidth usage.

Comment Re:As if T-Mobile can really serve LTE ? (Score 1) 257

California is a big place. I get LTE in the all the major cities and most of the smaller ones along the I-5 corridor. You won't get it in the boonies, though; LTE is fast but not good for wide-area coverage. The bands T-Mobile uses for LTE also apparently don't have excellent building penetration, so you may drop to 3G inside some buildings. I get LTE at home and at work just fine, though.

Comment Re:So it's not unlimited, then... (Score 4, Interesting) 257

I wonder whether it's actually even being used for tethering at all. Technically, there's no reason you can't just run a torrent app on a phone. My phone has 96GB of storage in it (counting SD card) and can access more than 5TB via LAN when I'm at home; if I *wanted* to use it for torrenting I could (and I'd be tempted to, because My T-Mobile connection is faster than my wired one).

With that said, wireless bandwidth is a limited resource that needs to be shared across a lot of people. There's a lot of really excellent use cases for it, and massive torrenting is one of them. I'm 100% in agreement with you that they shouldn't call it "unlimited" if they're going to put limits on it (though they'll probably try to weasel that by saying "it's only unlimited for un-tethered data; i.e. that which will be used by the phone directly!" Having good reason to not actually make something unlimited doesn't excuse calling it what it isn't.

Making the "Umlimited" plan only actually 100GB (before you get throttled like everybody else who goes over their limit; TMoUS never actually kills your data connection) would be pretty reasonable, I think. Throw in an increase to the official tethering cap for such accounts (currently 5GB) so that people who want to use the connection with their PC can do it without relying on hokey apps that try to enable tethering in ways the phone OS and network provider can't tell... well, I'm actually in favor of that! Yes, it'll limit me to approximately 7x as much data as I've ever used in a month, but it'll also keep that network more useful.


Two US Marines Foil Terrorist Attack On Train In France 468

hcs_$reboot writes: A heavily armed gunman opened fire aboard a packed high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris late Friday afternoon, wounding several passengers before he was tackled and subdued by two Americans Marines. The assault was described as a terrorist attack. President Barack Obama has expressed his gratitude for the "courage and quick thinking" of the passengers on a high-speed train in France, including U.S. service members, who overpowered the gunman. Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, paid tribute to the Marines as he arrived at the scene, and said "Thanks to them we have averted a drama. The Americans were particularly courageous and showed extreme bravery in extremely difficult circumstances."

Extortionists Begin Targeting AshleyMadison Users, Demand Bitcoin 286

tsu doh nimh writes: It was bound to happen: Brian Krebs reports that extortionists have begun emailing people whose information is included in the leaked user database, threatening to find and contact the target's spouse and alert them if the recipient fails to cough up 1 Bitcoin. Krebs interviews one guy who got such a demand, a user who admits to having had an affair after meeting a woman on the site and who is now worried about the fallout, which he said could endanger his happily married life with his wife and kids. Perhaps inevitable: two Canadian law firms have filed a class action lawsuit against the company, seeking more than half a billion dollars in damages.

Comment Re:No love for Android? (Score 1) 83

Bumping AC's comment, because yeah, this is stupid. The whole article on email encryption for smartphones talks about exactly one app, available for the second-most-popular smartphone OS, and nothing else. It doesn't cover encryption support for other platforms, other apps, or other encryption methods. It talks about the need for platform support, without mentioning any platform support found on any smartphone platform.

There were smartphones before iOS, and there are still other smartphones. In fact, iPhones don't even have that a very dominant market share, no matter how much money they make for Apple. If you want to get the masses using email encryption, you can't focus only on a minority platform!

Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 319

I've known a number of drunks who've done just that (none, thankfully, in *my* living room), and the consequences (of the peeing in particular, not necessarily of the drunkenness altogether) have generally been light. Admittedly, they were all passed out or close to it when the call of nature came...

In any case, though, it's a very false equivalency. People pee where they are *by default*, not *by preference*. Even animals often won't befoul their own nests unless sick, injured, or very young. Pissing where you stand is something children do until they learn better, and the old or sick (or drunk) do when they have no choice, but that the healthy and reasonably-aged essentially never do. Having multiple romantic partners is something you are taught not to do your entire life, and then (in many cases) do anyway when the opportunity arises and the urge becomes unbearable. Very, very different

Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 319

That is indeed interesting. Pretty sure that's mostly an artifact of inheritance laws, though; in societies where men owned and inherited property (and women were little, if anything, more than that) it was a serious concern that a man's wife/wives have no other lovers, or some of his wealth would go to children not his. In modern society, while polyamorous marriage is not legal, anybody (regardless of gender) can split eir inheritance amongst multiple recipients and, if you particularly care to do so, you can determine genetic paternity relatively inexpensively and with excellent accuracy.

Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 319

The first point I'll grant you, though if given a choice I'd undo the death of an uncle who I saw but a few times a year (who died at 50) over undoing all the bad breakups of my life and the reasons for them. Maybe that's unusual of me, but the fact remains that from my viewpoint, it's really, not the same when somebody hurts you and dumps you vs. when somebody is taken from you, and the latter hurts for much longer.

For the rest, though, no. You're taking my sentences out of one context and then trying to claim they're in another. That's gotten you a few mod points, but it doesn't actually address the point I was making in those sentences at all. The point was, in case you somehow failed to read the first sentence of the paragraph you're quoting from, that " humans aren't really wired very well for monogamy". They get away from it when they can, either by being powerful, or with the consent of their partners, or without that consent. I am by no means attempting to claim that these are morally equal, any more than I'm claiming you should look up to the powerful and vicious (which are *not* the same thing, though viciousness, like non-monogamy, is a thing that power can let you get away with and this appeals to many more people than you seem to realize). I'm not justifying a behavior, I'm simply highlighting the fact that it happens, and if society doesn't want it to happen the bad way (cheating) they need to legitimize it happening the good way (socially acceptable ethical polyamory).

As for my "ridiculous strawman", that's actually one of the core advantages of polyamory. Monogamous relationships require a tremendous commitment, not only to give up all the other relationships and partners you might have had, but to be there for your partner for whatever ey expect a partner to provide. Polyamory frees you from both obligations, allowing you and your partner(s) to get everything that is desired from as many sources as it takes. Of course, in practice it doesn't work out perfectly, but a lot of polycules can get closer to that ideal than the typical monogamous relationship.

As for your last argument, I disagree. I'm not going to touch murder, except to point out you've hardly argued that it's not inevitably part of human society. Back on topic, though, cheating *is* inevitable, so long as society requires people to give up a relationship before starting a new one (and accept a huge stigma in the process), but sneaking around without your partner's knowledge is still frequently possible. Adjust the latter and you'll get less cheating, though you'll probably still get some because people are bad at weighing consequences, especially when their hormones are up. Adjust the former, and the rate of cheating will go *way* down, because the only reason to do it will be because you want to hurt your partner even though you don't want to leave them, and that's a really silly reason (especially if separations are made easy and relatively effortless).

Comment Re:Yeah, right. (Score 1) 319

For the record: my first personal experience with polyamory was when a girl I liked (but figured I had not chance with, because - among other things - she was married) told me she wanted to date *me* and wanted to know if I was OK with the fact that she had a husband. The relationship eventually ended, but I'm still friends with both her and her husband, and another of her ex lovers (from while she was married, with husband's consent), though I haven't met the new guy in her life yet.

My OKCupid profile says I'm in an open relationship and only interested in meeting people who are OK with that, and remarkably enough this has not made it any more difficult to find dates. Great thing about open relationships: they mean the dating pool doesn't shrink every time somebody starts a new relationship!

Comment Re:More social decay. (Score 1) 319

Legally-recognized poly relationships would indeed be legally complicated, and I expect that this is coming within the next century or so, but legally-unrecognized poly relationships will become (relatively) commonplace well before that. If gay marriage is just now crossing from the third to the fourth states of "first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win", polyamory is mostly still at the first stage.

Do you suffer painful elimination? -- Don Knuth, "Structured Programming with Gotos"