So I went to school at Illinois, and still live in C/U. We've all known for years just how bad Suburban Express is, but unfortunately there's enough people that don't know, and enough new people each year, that keep them in business. While it's weird that this made Slashdot, it's nice to see them get the publicity that they deserve.
Infinite bucks per GB? SMS messages don't use bandwidth or data. They get carried in what is otherwise wasted padding in heartbeat packets. That's why they have a limited character length.
Yes, but that doesn't stop AT&T from charging me 20 cents per message. Considering each message only has 120 characters, it would cost me ridiculous amounts of money to send a GB-worth of data via SMS.
Bah, commenting to reverse an accidental down mod. Thanks for sharing your experience.
"As someone who's lived in China. they have ZERO respect for IP laws."
Since this entire case is about China respecting IP laws, your assertion is PROVEN wrong.
No, there's a difference between using IP laws when it's to your advantage, and actually "respecting" them.
Android has zero VPN capabilities... it seems like that could easily be fixed, if it were really that important.
Really? My gingerbread phone has a VPN section in the network settings page. I can connect to my work VPN easily. Is this not a default thing built into all Android phones?
I really tried to like World of Tanks, but I got really frustrated by one aspect of it. (And I admit, this probably has more to do with me not knowing what I'm doing than it being bad)
First, remember that I'm in an early level tank (level 1 or 2). I'd go find a good position on the map, behind a building, waiting for a good shot. An enemy tank would come around the corner, not immediately seeing me. I'd shoot it (at point blank range). And do no damage. And again, no damage. And again, no damage. He'd eventually notice me, turn, and shoot me a few times killing me.
I've been told that's because their tank is too high level for me to kill? Or that if I had a better tank, it wouldn't be a problem? I dunno, that really turned me off of the game. (and again, it's probably somehow that I didn't know what I was doing. But it just took the fun out of it for me)
They do investigate consumer complaints, which is why one of the major companies running the "Rachel from Cardholder Services" scam got caught.
What I don't understand is how, after she was supposedly caught (twice!), I still keep getting calls from that scam.
Better yet, agree to the sale.
Then once they get you one the phone with the person who takes your credit card info, hang up. This will result in a cost to the call center and the agent who called you will get reprimanded for the failed conversion.
I tried this. Unfortunately, the fact that I actually wanted to talk to somebody got me bumped to some sort of "possible target" list, where I get called probably 5 times as frequently now. Before starting your strategy, I got called maybe once every few weeks. It bumped up to once or twice a day after I actually talked to somebody. *sigh*
No matter what ATT says, they almost never provide the unlock codes for phones once the contract has expired. Go ahead, and try, see what happens.
Ok, I'll bite. I just did this the past week. I have 2 AT&T smartphones. One is under contract, one isn't. I called asking them to unlock both of them, and they gave me unlock codes without hesitation. So no, in my anecdotal experience, this isn't the case. In my experience, AT&T is happy to unlock your phone if you just ask politely, EVEN IF IT IS STILL UNDER CONTRACT.
That said, older-than-dirt tournament play styles can easily combat any investment advantage. Put simply, you have one player build two decks, and the other player choose which deck to play.
While that's true, part (maybe even most) of the "game" of Magic is deck construction. Not just the investment of buying the cards, but actually choosing what combinations of cards to build a deck with. Playing with a deck that you didn't build completely takes any fun out of the game.
As in Magic the Gathering? The card game with 12,000+ individual cards? In my honest opinion, it's the greatest game ever made.
In my opinion, any game where a higher budget gives players more strategic options, is immediately disqualified from being the "greatest game ever made." I might be able to play the game with a $10 investment in a starter pack, but I will lose 100% of the time against players with a bigger budget, no matter what my skill level is.
That's great in terms of profit for the game producer, but pretty weak in terms of actual gameplay.
(That's not to say I don't think Magic is a decent game. It is. But the collectible nature weakens the game in terms of pure gameplay.)
Do people really print? I haven't owned a printer in 10 years, and I used to write firmware for them.
Oh man, I wish I still didn't print as much I do.
Things I've printed in the last couple of weeks:
- notes for an non-work organization meeting (which included old people that don't all have laptops)
- coloring sheets for my kids (sure, coloring books are cheaper. But the instant gratification of picking a picture then printing it is really fun for my 4 year-olds)
- printable iron-on transfers for cheesy christmas t-shirts
- a visa application for traveling, that could only be submitted on paper, and had to be typed
- restaurant coupons (some of the restaurants still want a physical piece of paper)
- instructions/bits for a new years party game
So yeah, unfortunately, I still print. Which always makes me angry, because all printers priced for home use suck.
(and Hi, BTW)
. When I'm using Linux, I'm using Thunderbird, but I can't access my school's email server because Thunderbird can't do Exchange.
I've been using Davmail to solve this issue -- basically a background process that connects to exchange, and translates to common protocols such as calDav, Imap, ldap, etc (so that you can then use Thunderbird/etc). It's not perfect, but it's pretty close.