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Comment Bullshit (Score 1) 51

I bought stuff over the web earlier than that in 1994. Probably as much as a year earlier. And more than a year if you count non-web transactions.

the first retail transaction on the Internet using a readily available version of powerful data encryption software designed to guarantee privacy.

The /. summary leaves out that significant caveat.

Comment Re:unique id (Score 3, Insightful) 214

Your mother's maiden name isn't an identity check. It's like "What's your first pet's name". Nobody has the name of your first pet in a big database used to verify your identity. It's just a passphrase that can be anything. In fact, you should use something other than your mother's actual maiden name. Anyone can do a bit of research and find out your mother's maiden name. But they can't do research to find out the fake name you used so they won't be able to use that information to take over an established account.

Comment Years and years ago... (Score 5, Interesting) 214 company's accountant told me that someone in Los Angeles had used my SSN and the IRS was trying to garnish my wages. She told them that I was certainly not Mr. Aguilar and that I was not responsible for Mr. Aguilar's debt to the IRS. Seems like a simple thing but she was not supposed to tell me about the incident. Because if the proles ever found out how often this happens, they'd lose faith in the integrity of The System. I, as the taxpayer and rightful SSN holder was never contacted by the IRS to either collect money or warn me that there was someone out there using my SSN, possibly ruining my credit.

Comment This isn't new. (Score 0) 94

I know. I've seen me do it. I got my 24/7 internet with a routeable /29 subnet thru an internet cooperative back in the early/mid 90s. Sure, it was dialup but that's what was available at the time. We built it because everything available through dialup was metered at around 50 hours per month except for a couple ISPs that would kick you off after X hours then bitch at you if you had an autodialer that reconnected. With 20 connections, it really didn't cost a whole lot more than a regular account. After a few years, we co-located our equipment at a new ISP (instead of a residence) and were able to do ISDN. Then cable and DSL rolled out simultaneously and we shut down pretty much overnight. It was neat while it lasted but the world finally caught up.

Now I can post this from tens of thousands of feet over the ocean.

Comment Re:What are you people doing with your lives? (Score 1) 153

Your opinion is terrible. Maybe I'm on vacation and I hooked up my cell phone to the hotel's TV with an MHL cable and streamed movies from Amazon Prime in the evenings. Last time I checked, an HD stream from Amazon can run around 2 gigs per hour. You could exceed 23 gigs in a week just watching a movie a day. On a TV, not the phone's display. Did I just blow your mind??? I'm glad the world isn't limited by your imagination.

Comment Re:Lad balancing? (Score 1) 153

Sprint said the policy operates in real time and only applies if a cell site is constrained. Performance for an affected customer returns to normal as soon as the local traffic returns to normal.

That's what companies say but it's never what they do. Back in the 90s, DirecPC (Now HughesNet) implemented The FAP. Fair (it wasn't) Access (it impeded access) Policy (no customer-facing employees knew about it so it wasn't much of a policy). After the class action was started, they claimed it was only used when a transponder was saturated. So I declared on the usenet group that I was going to leave a download going all night and if someone from DPC happened to send me a copy of the log, I'd show that I was being throttled consistently while transponder use declined. So I started my data transfer, went to bed, then got up early to stop it before daytime rates kicked in. Soon after, a log was forwarded to me showing that night's traffic. There was my stream chugging along at a steady rate while utilization steadily dropped off until I was almost the only traffic on the transponder when I stopped the download.

But that kind of information is almost never available to the consumer. I never found out who was leaking information but somebody on the inside was not happy with what was happening and they were feeding us just about everything we asked for.

They tell you that these throttling policies only kick in when traffic is heavy on a particular transponder/cell/node and the restrictions are lifted as soon as traffic drops off but it's a lie. A lie they know you can't prove without a contact on the inside feeding you information that will get them fired if they're caught.

Comment Verizon wouldn't know the truth if it bit them... (Score 1) 176 the ass.

They claim that less than 1% of their customers still have unlimited data. As if nobody remembers this time last year when they were talking about throttling grandfathered LTE service. Let me see if I can find the info from then...There it is. In August of 2014, they claimed that 20% of their customers still had unlimited data and 95% of those customers use less than 5 gigs of data.

So I'm supposed to believe that they've managed to cull 95% of their grandfathered customers in the last year? Or were they lying a year ago when they claimed that 20% of their customers still had a data plan that hadn't been offered since, if memory serves, 2009. I signed up just before they stopped offering it then bought my next phone in 2011 just before they stopped renewing contracts and subsidizing phones.

And, if they did manage to cut 95% of their unlimited customers in just a year by doing nothing but waiting, why would they bother taking additional action? If the holdouts are down to less than 1%, do they think $20 is going to be what pushes them over the edge?

How am I supposed to take them seriously?

Space is to place as eternity is to time. -- Joseph Joubert