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Comment I have a ZTE 9810 (Score 3, Interesting) 128

So, being on a budget, and buying phones for the whole family (wife + 2 teenage kids), a couple of years ago I got us all new phones. The wife and kids needed the closest thing to a status symbol we could afford, so they got Samsung S3's; I don't care and saved like $100 getting the ZTE 9810. My screen is bigger, the battery lasts longer, and everything works fine on it. The only difference was memory (8GB vs 16), which is a problem because I hardly have anything installed and run out of memory really easily (external card helps, but doesn't fix the problem). But on the whole I like my phone just as much as they like their's because I don't care about brand names.

The S3's all have charging problems, too. The mini USB connectors just have a problem making a good connection.

I had to replace one recently - despite plans to get everyone new phones this Christmas, so I opted for one of the cheapest I could get. My wife, the biggest complainer in the bunch, got a $50 phone as a temporary replacement, and isn't complaining.

Comment Idiots. (Score 5, Insightful) 293

"While many of these movies are popular, they are also widely available on cable and other subscription platforms at the same time as they are on Netflix and subject to the same drawn out licensing periods."

The reason we can be cord cutters is because we get netflix, so you're suggesting I go back to doing both? %#!# you. #@# you very much.

Comment Re:Fat Cats in the Countryside (Score 1) 199

Why? Why is it "even greater?" You really think getting people living in the middle of nowhere is one of the best places the government can spend our money? I don't.

Do you really want there to only be one lifestyle available in the country? Don't you want there to be infrastructure available in remote regions of the nation so that you can enjoy it if you should have to go there?

Actually, no, not really - people like me go out to the country to get away from it, not continue to be burdened by it. But the question is why is it a greater priority than other things? It's probably a great priority to you.

Unless it's a serious land yacht with cookie-cutter tires, you'd be getting absolutely robbed if all the road maintenance came from fuel taxes.

It's not - and that's part of the point (I'm not just being "greedy"). If you want to change the idea (especially with the advent of electric vehicles), it should be a factor of vehicle weight times miles. Of course, that doesn't count payload or how many miles a trailer might have been pulled - that's why I kept it as gas tax, because (before electrics) it was the easiest means to cover the cost. If you want to get down to the nitty gritty, you get overbearing government rules, a whole novel about how the tax structure works just for vehicles.

Comment Re:Fat Cats in the Countryside (Score 1) 199

Your tiny little view of the world from the pinprick through your blinders is pathetic and shortsighted. We had a program to extend POTS to rural customers because of the benefits to society. The benefits of extending the internet are even greater, but because you can't see any farther than the end of your nose, you're more concerned about your paltry share of this bit of cash than about far more egregious uses of your taxes... like bombing brown people for profit.

Why? Why is it "even greater?" You really think getting people living in the middle of nowhere is one of the best places the government can spend our money? I don't.

Now, if you want to complain that this money is probably just going right down a toilet, or that nobody should receive subsidies for installing some slow-ass third-world internet connections, I'm right there with you. But having lived in both the city and country, I don't see why you would even be worried about whether we spend some money to bring modern communications to all citizens, unless you're in favor of it.

Because despite the views of the slashdot demographic, not having high speed internet is not the end of the world.

We in the country have to subsidize your roads in the city, since we drive more miles and pay more gas taxes, but the damage is really done by heavy trucks. Why don't you complain about that? Insist that you city dwellers pay your fair share of road taxes? Naturally, you're only concerned when you think you might be overpaying, not when you're underpaying. You don't care about fairness, you only care about yourself.

Not true - I think transportation infrastructure should be paid for ONLY through gasoline taxes, which means those big trucks doing the most damage are paying the most for the use of the roads. Electic and hybrids have changed that dynamic, so I'm really not sure how to include them, but I've been saying the same about gasoline taxes for 30 years. And make no mistake - I probably drive a lot more than you (I'm at 200k with my 10 year old car, the average is supposedly around 12k/year, not 20k). Again, your CHOICE to live in the country is YOUR choice.

Comment Re:This is why (Score 1) 199

Neither am I. I have a problem with Ungrounded Lightning's post, but that's not it. For most of my life I've been paying into SS and Medicare - I do not have a choice. For years I've offered that that government can keep what they've already taken from me if I can opt out, but now later in life they've already taken too much. I didn't ask them to do it, they just did it, and gave me no choice - so despite the fact I think SS is a travesty, having been forced to pay into it, it's not hypocritical to want my money back.

My problem with the post is this:

If I could get decent internet (at a decent price) I could work from the ranch, sell off the California townhouse, and live for a year on less than it costs to live in CA for a month.

Like everybody else, you need to pick and choose where you live. Frankly, with what I make, I could live in a decent house in the Caribbean. But they internet service sucks. I would never, in a million years, ask for the government to take money from other people to pay for higher speed internet to, say, the U.S. Virgin Islands, just because I want to live there.

Comment Re: Centurylink Service (Score 1) 199

Not "promote commerce," there is no such clause in the U.S. constitution. Period. They regulate commerce with foreign nations and regulate interstate commerce (to the extent that they can't impose things like tariffs or duty taxes, or prevent the migration of people from state to state). A broader reading allows the federal government to create entities like the FCC so that broadcasters in one state cannot use the same airwaves as nearby broadcasters in other states and, also, regulate things like TV signal formats, create a common currency, and do things like specify railway gauges and standards for roads (especially if they cross a state border).

So, actually most legislation like this is unconstitutional unless you're a ninny who thinks "promote the general welfare" means taking from one group of people so that another group of people can have broadband. You can argue about whether or not it's good or bad that people get subsidized broadband, but just because something can be considered "good" doesn't make it constitutional.

Comment Re:Fat Cats in the Countryside (Score 1) 199

You usually don't move into the countryside to get away from it all, then want it back. Well, most do, but they just moved back.

That's what bothers me... you move out to the country, you can get a really nice, big house and large piece of property for a lot less than you'd pay in or near a city. If you want broadband, use some of the money you saved moving out to the middle of nowhere to get it.

It reminds me of a local private airport... people move into the area because real estate is cheap (for obvious reasons), then they band together to demand the airport shut down because there's too much noise.

We declare the names of all variables and functions. Yet the Tao has no type specifier.