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+ - best prepaid phone 1

Submitted by issicus
issicus writes: There are only a few prepaid services and their phones are not real good, from what I have seen. What is the best prepaid service and phone.

+ - Iran plans to unplug the Internet, launch its own "clean" alternative->

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issicus writes: Iran topped a recent list of repressive regimes that most aggressively restrict Internet freedom. The list, published by Reporters Without Borders, is a part of the 2012 edition of the organization’s Enemies of the Internet report. One of the details addressed in that report is the Iranian government’s bizarre plan to create its own “clean” Internet. The proposed system, an insular nation-wide intranet that is reportedly isolated from the regular Internet, would be heavily regulated by the government. -Ryan Paul
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Phone line to DSL modem

Submitted by issicus
issicus writes: I expect not many people have a problem with the line to their DSL modem. I have an old house with old wiring and recently it randomly stopped working. The problem, a phone jack. The question, is running a high quality (shielded?) phone wire directly to the modem going to do anything?

+ - What Are You Up To?

Submitted by issicus
issicus writes: DSL, 4G, 3G and cable internet. ISPs often only give an 'up to xMbps". What is a consumer to do when they do not even know what they are paying for?
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+ - ISP Increase Bandwidth Without Notifying Users

Submitted by issicus
issicus writes: I recently visited my ISP's web site and discovered that they had increased the bandwidth of their basic package, which I have. I proceeded to call tech support and after about 10 minutes my bandwidth went from 700kbps too 2.5mbps. Is it common practice for ISP's to change their data rates with out informing users, you may want to check yours.

+ - Ask Slashdot: Consumer Firewalls

Submitted by issicus
issicus writes: I have always had a software (win7 and 3rd party) firewall in addition to a router firewall. Will these consumer firewalls actually protect me from from a serious attack? And if so which are are the most affective. From my rudimentary knowledge of how tcp/ip works it seems more likely that a connection would become subverted, rendering any firewall useless.

+ - past future tech

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issicus writes: "What happen to all those future technologies? Are they still in development? When will we have IR solar in a spray can, a transmission that switches gears by changing the speed of one gear, or a gmo that fixes concrete? I want to see some progress, preferably in the form of a bar. We hear about these new inventions but not when they fail."

How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."