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Comment: Re:Early adopters (Score 1) 154

Who's "they"? Google? I'm going to have to call BS here. Please provide a reference. If your email is ever looked at by a human, it would never have any identifying information and the only reason a human would look at it is to assure the ads are relevant or results from an algorithm return are useful and of high quality. These uses are expressly disclosed in the TOS you agreed to when you opted to use their services.

  The times Google has screwed up (street view issues and WIFI mapping) they've admitted the error and provided their corrective actions transparently.

Comment: Depending on the plan... (Score 1) 175

by fred911 (#48013785) Attached to: When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

A perfect example of why connectivity should be controlled by the PUC (and considered a public utility). I don't want providers shoving locked, altered OS's with applications they deem necessary or recommended. I don't want to be told what type of device I can use to access bandwidth running RFC spec communication protocols. I don't want your DNS servers shoved down my throat, providing compensated landing pages in lieu of the address I requested. I don't want them believing they have a right to profit off of any data I care to view.

  Venturing even further, you can take your POTS system
separation from my bandwidth and the double income you have been earning for the past 15 years and put it where the sun doesn't shine.

I feel better now..

Comment: Re:What is it good for? (Score 1) 36

by fred911 (#47737595) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

Those communication lines weren't twisted pair to twisted pair. Termination, possibly. Guaranteed, those lines weren't passed over analogue copper. your response while valid, is equal to the FCC license requiring the ability to copy morse code without the requirement to have any knowledge of how analogue to digital conversion is accomplished, nor oscillated.

  The fact that IP based communication failed during the aforementioned emergency was only due to the carriers terminations services. It's a given the long haul was packetized.

Comment: Re:What is it good for? (Score 1) 36

by fred911 (#47737501) Attached to: Google Announces a New Processor For Project Ara

"I don't think this is going to be a popular platform with the carriers"

  Isn't it time for the POTS (and it's younger brother cellular) system to die? Stateside termination is more fragmented than Android. One of the largest stateside carries uses termination that's not compatible with the rest of the world, designed to control income and users, not to provide quality services to it's clients. Available termination devices are designed to increase income for providers, not to provide the cutting edge of technology.

  Project ARA is a big threat to the proprietary hold communication carriers have on the stateside voice communication market.

  Whereas Joe Sixpac doesn't know it, anyone with little
technical ability can have a dialup number without any service plan from ANY carrier.

  The separation between "data plans" and "phone plans" is ridiculous, but every carrier likes to make differentiations between the receiving device and the price they charge.

  At the very least, project ARA is being supported by a company that clearly discloses it's participation in the services it provides, provides clear notifications to it's users when it changes those terms, and is a strong enough player to take on the legislated inequities the current players in the communication market are benefiting from.

Comment: Picking nits.. (Score 2) 341

by fred911 (#47675129) Attached to: Berlin Bans Car Service Uber

First off TFA is about as weak on details as it is in verb conjugation. And we just clip and paste without editing?

  What is proper insurance cover(age)? Are the limits too low, or not commercially based? Or not vetted properly?

  Quite honestly, I've never "Ubered" a substandard ride. I've had a few tardy ones I canceled, sans expense. Nothing compared to ANY taxi service. When I "Uber" a ride I get immaculately clean vehicles, professionally dressed drivers who own high end vehicles. Compared to a possible slacker, who's leased a 200k mile sled with vinyl seats and a plexiglas separator, talking on his bluetooth earpiece and bitching when I want to settle with a card and not cash.

  It would sure be nice to read an article with USEFUL UTILITY (not to mention an edited summary).

 

Comment: A valid warrant (Score 1) 749

by fred911 (#47452581) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

It will be interesting to see how the world sees creditability of a US issued "valid" warrant. There was a time when a stateside judicial order meant something. Probably before the time that habeas corpus had no exceptions, probably before the time that temporary exclusions to the bill of rights were waived.

  Kinda kills credibility, doesn't it?

 

Comment: If you legislate tax law (Score 0, Troll) 199

by fred911 (#46850955) Attached to: Google May Be $1 Billion Behind In Tax Payments To France

And a company follows the letter of that law, and due to the
way the law was written, a company creates wealth for their shareholders against the INTENT of your law, they did not break the law! Write the law as you intent to enforce. Don't cry foul when you fail to write proper law, or fail to amend your law.

  And I'm sorry for this (not really).

  Fuck the French anyway..

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