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Comment Re:Cost per received message (Score 2) 204

I pay $35/month and that includes unlimited USA talk and text with my limited data. Maybe you need to get another carrier. Or at least another plan.

I currently pay $3 per month to T-Mobile and get 30 minutes of USA talk, 30 USA texts, or a combination thereof per month, and zero cellular data. Thus the price difference between my pay-as-you-go plan and your unlimited plan is $32 per month or $384 per year. I'm interested to read a good case for how 2FA would be worth that much to me.

Comment Must use SMS to set up TOTP (Score 2) 204

You are correct that Google publishes a TOTP client called Google Authenticator. But when I installed Google Authenticator, I discovered that Google is unwilling to offer TOTP authentication unless the account holder has already linked a phone on a supported carrier. From "Install Google Authenticator":

To set this up, first you need to complete SMS/Voice setup. Then, follow the directions for your type of device explained below.

Comment Cost per received message (Score 2) 204

The main reason that I haven't enabled 2-factor on my account is that U.S. cellular carriers charge not only for sent messages but also for received messages. T-Mobile, for example, charges its pay-as-you-go customers 10 cents to send and 10 cents to receive. And no, Google and Twitter don't allow use of a FIDO U2F key or a TOTP client without also having a mobile phone number set up.

Comment Peak bandwidth != sustaining bandwidth (Score 1) 230

I only watch TV about 2 hours a day, on average [...] If one service is getting 25mpbs, I expect all other services to be comparable.

Being able to peak at 25 Mbps for 30 seconds to download a 75 MB file doesn't put the same (amortized) load on cell towers as sustaining 25 Mbps for two hours. If you choose to live where fiber, cable, and DSL are unavailable, you can stream SD or rent BD.

Comment Feeling blue about your cell ISP? Get Blu-ray (Score 1) 230

You may have an XY problem here. You say want to stream in HD, but you probably just want to watch in HD. One workaround is to install a BD player in your camper or bring one with you to your hotel room. Another is to use a video service that allows downloading in advance for later play while offline and do so while connected to fiber, cable, or DSL. Or what makes those impractical for the use cases you describe?

Comment Undereducated electorate (Score 1) 230

covfefe (KUV-rij)

It isn't Apple's job to determine if the data is valid or not. That's the user's job.

that type of logic results in Trump, unfortunately.

Don't be such a negative covfefe.

Google defines covfefe as "the treatment of an issue by the media." Thus negative news gets negative covfefe, and positive news gets positive covfefe. When an undereducated electorate chooses a President that makes the sorts of policy decisions that have in the past produced undesirable results for a country, you bet there will be negative covfefe from reputable journalistic outlets.

And just as an undereducated electorate can misinterpret information presented by the media about a candidate's attitude during an election, undereducated users can misinterpret data presented by an application on a device. Both can have harmful side effects.

Comment Too few for price war; not enough for antitrust (Score 1) 230

How come data plans in the US are so shitty?

My best guess is that there are too few nationwide cellular carriers to trigger a price war for both wholesale (to MVNOs) and retail cellular service, yet there are enough carriers not to trigger either anti-cartel provisions of competition law or federal regulation of prices.

Comment Re:Not what I expected (Score 1) 230

I have unlimited data and an MHL-HDMI interface so I can play videos on a large TV using my phone, you insensitive clod.

If you are casting to a large TV, then the cellular carrier probably reasons that you ought to be using the fiber or cable Internet connection to which your household subscribes, not the more limited spectrum over which cellular service is provided.

Comment Re:Cleartext HTTP vulnerable to script injection (Score 1) 239

How do you assure visitors of the several websites you run that the markup, stylesheets, images, fonts, and possibly scripts on your site have not been modified in transit by an intercepting proxy between your server and the viewer's machine?

No standard user will recognize a single word of what you just said, or why any of it could be a risk to them.

That's because I phrased that particular sentence for you, not for non-technical visitors. Phrased for them, it may read as follows:

How do you assure a visitor that the visitor's ISP isn't adding advertisements or false information to your page on its way to the visitor's computer or phone?

Users don't care if shit gets modified in transit.

That used to be the case before accusations of "fake news" made the national news.

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