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Comment: Re:Ok then I won't be upgrading to an S6. (Score -1) 148

by michrech (#49055501) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6

At least with MS you get a company that understands the need for an update infrastructure.

At least until MS decides to EOL a product, like they did with XP. Granted, the length of time MS provides support for a product is *far* longer than Google provides for Android, but *both* companies are quite up front about said time period.

Comment: Re: Preloaded Crapware? (Score 1) 148

by michrech (#49055459) Attached to: Report: Samsung Replacing Its Apps With Microsoft's For Galaxy S6

I actually quite like Hangouts. I can dial from it (using my GV number). I can send texts or Hangouts messages to my contacts (both, in the case I have a contact in my list, and have their GMail address), which is awesome because I'm sometimes in a cell-dead-zone, but have WiFi available, and in that case can still send MMS's. Any SMS / Hangouts messages I send are all in one spot, and if I want to toggle between SMS / Hangouts, there's a little button in the lower-left corner of the input box for just that purpose.

Really, I don't understand the hate Hangouts keeps receiving...

Comment: Re:Interesting (Score 1) 196

by michrech (#48746193) Attached to: Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

The solution for TWC is to buy Internet through a reseller. When they increased my Internet cost from ~$45/month to ~$70/month because I dropped the TV service, I switched to Earthlink and paid ~$42/month. No change in service, same equipment, no cutover, etc. Just a bill from a different source. This was a few years back, but I just spoke to a co-worker who's doing the same thing now, so it should still be an option.

You are probably in a different Verizon region because costs are significantly lower in Manhattan for the services you're describing - even without the 2 year contract they try to push on people.

That option isn't available everywhere. For example, in my neck of the woods, they can offer me 56k dialup @ $21.95 a month(!!!), or $12.50 monthly if I pay a full year in advance, or "up to 5.0Mbps" satellite at $60 a month (or higher, depending on the plan)...

Comment: Re:Only Fox (Faux) News was pulled? (Score 2) 275

by michrech (#48647587) Attached to: Dish Pulls Fox News, Fox Business Network As Talks Break Down

There exists some people who need to know what Bill O'Rielly is talking about each night. Those people can't tolerate Dish's occasional dropping of networks. DirecTV gets most of its deals done without disruption, but therefore has to increase prices more often.

Those people can watch The Daily Show...

Comment: Re:Wrong town (Score 1) 65

by michrech (#48616101) Attached to: A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

I live in a small college town. The college I work for has two 1GB lines going to it (I'm not sure what the other couple colleges have). The town itself is served by AT&T (I can get a whopping 3Mbit at my house!), CableONE (which is what I use - 50/3), and a fixed wireless provider.

It'd be awesome if someone would come in and offer a Google Fiber-like service (and by 'like', I mean 1GB for roughly $70 a month)...

Neutrinos have bad breadth.