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Comment: Re:It would be fair... (Score 5, Insightful) 475

by colin_young (#42690937) Attached to: Unlocking New Mobile Phones Becomes Illegal In the US Tomorrow

Not just joining a new carrier. I'm an e.g. T-Mobile subscriber, and I'm traveling to e.g. Canada. I'd like to use a local account while I'm in Canada so I'm not paying the international roaming charges (0.59/minute voice, $10/MB data). So I'd like to temporarily swap SIMs. I still plan to honor my contract with T-Mobile.

As an example of charges, it would cost over $10 just to view the page (http://www.t-mobile.com/international/roamingoverview.aspx?tp=Inl_Tab_RoamWorldwide) that tells you how much you'll be charged, and that's just for that single page. It doesn't account for the navigation it took to get there.

There are perfectly legitimate reasons to unlock your cellphone. It is a matter that should be covered under contract law, not criminal law.

Comment: Re:Education / Communication (Score 3, Informative) 646

I don't disagree with your points, but what filtering software will do is decrease the risk of accidentally seeing something you don't want to have to explain to your children just right now. Not zero-risk, but lower. My 9-year old knows what sites she can visit, knows which ones she has to ask about, but doesn't type very well and sometimes screws up a URL, whether or not I'm sitting right beside her. Even my wife could do with some help with mistyped URLs sometimes...

Comment: Re:Fair Enough (Score 1) 173

by colin_young (#35137366) Attached to: Last.FM To Require Subscription For Mobiles and Home Devices
One thing to consider is that a track download or CD purchase is a one-time event, and then I can listen as much as I want (no matter how much the music industry might wish otherwise), while the streaming royalties represent an ongoing revenue stream for the artists. That said, comparing to Last.fm: low royalty CD = 400 plays high royalty CD = 1333 plays Amazon = 120 plays Self-pressed = 10,667 play Keep in mind those are per user.

Any program which runs right is obsolete.