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Comment Re:Who the heck (Score 1) 52

Who the heck signs up for $45 a line when five devices is only $65? ... "Xfinity Mobile features an unlimited data, talk, and text plan starting at $65 a month for up to five lines ($45 per line for customers with Comcast's top X1 TV packages), or $12 per GB a month a la carte."

The sentence in the summary (and TFA) was badly constructed. The cost is $65 per line unless you are a X1 customer - then it's $45 per line.

Comcast's pricing never ceases to amaze me. I'm a Comcast cable customer, and for a long time I routinely got these advertisements trying to get me to buy this thing called "Triple Play" where you add an IP voice line to your cable TV and internet. The price for the IP voice line was something like $70-80 after you got out of the "discount" period... and even the "discount" price was something like $40!

Incredible!

Comment Re:# Where Have All the Insects Gone? (Score 3, Insightful) 227

Where have all the insects gone,
long time passing?
Where have all the insects gone,
long time ago...
Where have all the insects gone,
Cellphones killed them every one.
When will they ever learn? Oh when will they ever learn...

Where have all the cellphones gone,
long time passing?
Where have all the cellphones gone,
long time ago...
Where have all the cellphones gone,
They've gone to young girls every one.
When will they ever learn? Oh when will they ever learn...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment Because Smart TVs worked so well (Score 1) 80

The fundamental problem with "smart televisions" is that people tend to keep their televisions for many years, but companies are not interested in supporting their already-sold software for anywhere near as long.

We bought an LG smart television about six years ago. The only software updates we've seen over the past three or four years have been to remove apps which are no longer supported.

In the end this was probably a good thing, though, since it motivated me to disable the network connection.

Comment Dev deserves nerdly kudos - however (Score 5, Interesting) 94

I'm not sure if there's a practical point to this. Perl is going to be at least as widely supported as Java, so it's not a question of availability. And the dev makes no claims regarding speed... actually the dev makes no claims whatsoever, other than "here it is" and "most perl scripts won't work". If speed were actually the goal, I don't think Java byte code would be the target.

From the standpoint of being a cool nerd project, though - most definitely. This does seem like a throwback to the "news for nerds" catch phrase.

Comment Back to the Future (Score 4, Interesting) 112

Back 10-15 years ago, Microsoft had a reputation for getting their products into businesses seen as having Microsoft-resistant tech folks by completely bypassing those tech folks... wining and dining VPs or even the CEO, who then mandated that the company was going to implement Exchange (or whatever). This just seems like a variant of that older playbook.

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