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Comment Re:It's a function of GTP and billing. (Score 1) 248 248

Also the bills are time stamped at the start of the call. So if data calls are billed the same way that is why people shutting their phone off at night aren't getting the middle of the night charge. That's when the phone reestablishes it's data connection if it is turned on.


How the Internet Didn't Fail As Predicted 259 259

Lord Byron Eee PC writes "Newsweek is carrying a navel-gazing piece on how wrong they were when in 1995 they published a story about how the Internet would fail. The original article states, 'Nicholas Negroponte, director of the MIT Media Lab, predicts that we'll soon buy books and newspapers straight over the Intenet. Uh, sure.' The article continues to say that online shopping will never happen, that airline tickets won't be purchased over the web, and that newspapers have nothing to fear. It's an interesting look back at a time when the Internet was still a novelty and not yet a necessity."

Comment Re:Who wants to update?? (Score 1) 1012 1012

You own the physical DVD. You can use it as a frisbee or a coaster or maybe even put it in a computer. But you only have a license for use of the code. Courts have repeatedly enforced this. Best you can get is your money back for the package if you don't agree to the terms.

Comment Re:Problems with the US Temperature Record (Score 1) 1057 1057

Comparing two locations in Hawaii for temperature doesn't give you much. Those two locations are in different climate zones. It can pour rain for a week on one part of Oahu without a drop falling on another. In Hawaii weather is extremely dependent on location. Your assumption that they actually have the same temperature is just plain wrong.

Comment Re:Phone Economics? (Score 4, Insightful) 174 174

Your behavior just hi-lights the fact that you don't understand the economics. A portion of that monthly service payment to the carrier either goes to pay off the cost of the phone subsidy or directly to the carriers profit line. At the very least get one of the free phones with it to keep as a back-up. If you don't want it then donate it to charity. But I'm sure the AT&T stockholders appreciate your contribution to their dividend checks.

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