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Comment: Misleading Article (Score 1) 75

by kelemvor4 (#47523831) Attached to: Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff
It does sound kind of lame if you read the article. Fortunately for me, I'm a customer who read the offer and took it. You don't just get membership in yet another rewards program. Your internet service gets upgraded to symmetrical at no additional charge if you sign up.

I went from 150/65 to 150/150 instantly. It tests on speedtest.net as 152/164. I'd say that's a pretty solid "payment" for joining. Better than I have ever seen from any other rewards program.

Comment: Re:So It's Come to This (Score 1) 75

by kelemvor4 (#47522049) Attached to: Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

Except it isn't Google's business plan. Google sells advertising targeting to ad companies. Verizon is selling your data to data mining companies. Google would never sell your data because it's their core business to be the keepers of that data so they can sell targeted ads. Not that Google is altruistic, just that they are themselves the data miners so they are not going to share.

Google offers free services to compensate. Services people tend to find pretty valuable such as Android, Gmail and Search.

Verizon is going to offer "discounts for shopping, travel and dining" read: coupons (ie more advertising). Verizon is going to "anonymize" your data and sell it to anyone and everyone willing to pay.

I see the exchange of value in one business plan, and not the other.

Verizon is offering more than just the points. Your asymmetrical FIOS connection gets upgraded to symmetrical based on your download speed if you sign up. My 150/65 got upgraded to 150/150 and speedtest.net shows it is actually hitting 152/164 consistently. I'll take it, especially considering they could probably have sold the data with no compensation.

Comment: Re:Moore's Law (Score 1) 143

by kelemvor4 (#47301149) Attached to: Researchers Unveil Experimental 36-Core Chip

That's a fun post! 36-core is immense! As an aside: It's been a while since we've seen any decent rise in processor Ghz. I remember IBM talking about functioning reasonably cool 10 Ghz processors (ref needed) in the early 2000s, but no one has them in the shops yet! I'm sure this was discussed in Moore's Law lectures prior to Y2K, but mention it these days and everyone scowls! So some people can (and they run cool) and some people can't, what normally happens in computing when the faster items are released?

It's a step down from the 48 core CPU Intel created in 2009. http://www.intel.com/pressroom...

+ - Microsoft outed for attempting to hire shills-> 1

Submitted by kelemvor4
kelemvor4 (1980226) writes "On sites like Slashdot that large corporations such as Microsoft pay shills to post on their behalf. Here we have someone who Microsoft would have liked as a shill outing them for the practice. A Twitter employee named Paul Stamatiou outed the scheme in a tweet. Michael Arrington of TechCrunch fame also outed them for the same activity. However he went so far as to post a screenshot with the proof."
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Comment: Re:Linux soon? (Score 2) 202

by kelemvor4 (#47164571) Attached to: Netflix Ditches Silverlight For HTML5 On Macs

Can someone explain this? Netflix runs on Linux under Wine, so why the need for hardware/driver support?

IME it runs poorly under Wine. I have had good results with an XP Pro x32 VM running under Linux x64, though. Not even too much added overhead, it seems. However, XP Pro x32 under XP Pro x32 seems to fail due to DRM. Hooray Linux!

As does pretty much everything under wine. Wine is great for a stopgap, that's about it.

Comment: Uhhh what? (Score 1) 482

by kelemvor4 (#46892757) Attached to: Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?
What the heck is this guy thinking? AFAIK, every cell phone company will sell you a phone and service separately with no contract. You simply pay full price for the device you want, and buy the service. Or you can buy the device from a third party and as long as it's compatible with the network, buy the service. It's not rocket science, it's not hidden, it's not even particularly unusual.

That would be the reason that when you browse a carriers online store you see the price of the phone and the discounted price with a contract at the same time.

Some people just want attention, I guess.

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