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Comment Re:This makes me dream... (Score 1) 570

A *lot* less.

My plan is $83.97 usd/mo with all fees and taxes.

It includes 3000 daytime minutes, unlimited Internet on handset, unlimited hotspot access, and unlimited SMS. It does not include long distance and unlimited nights and weekends airtime as I don't need them (I get 3000 minutes for the price of a 1000-minute "national" plan).

Nowadays, $99/mo is effectively unlimited everything, but fees and taxes add up to more.

I do use thousands of minutes, hence this plan is appropriate for me. Without Internet/SMS it would be $30 less. If I were to use every minute in my plan, it would effectively cost me $0.016/minute.

  At-A-Glance :
Get More 3000 plan $49.99
Unlimited Domestic Text and/or Instant Messaging $9.99
T-Mobile Total Internet Add-on $19.99
Total Due Monthly*
        $79.97

If I used less airtime, I'd use an even less expensive plan. Carriers have relatively unadvertised "regional" plans that, in my case, cover calls within California and Nevada.

In my experience, most people to whom I talk are on a wrong plan and are paying more than they could be. It can be complicated to accurately estimate the use. I routinely review my customers' bills and reconfigure their plans to save money.

In fact, I could probably drop the TXT portion of my plan and save some money, but I like to have a set not-to-exceed budget item referring to my cell phone bill.

Comment Re:I would not mind renting the box ... (Score 1) 200

How about not outputting Dolby 5.1 through the HDMI?

Those silly Motorola DVRs...

I can't begin to count how many hours people waste trying to get that to work before they have to call someone like me and I tell them "Oh, you'd expect them to send proper audio signal, but they don't. We need to send audio through Toslink and reconfigure your receiver to take that as the preferred audio signal".

Comment Re:It's really Psion's trademark (Score 1) 234

And then there's the universally valid business model of being a trademark holder and licensing the use of mark... for...

???
P R O F I T!

Psion is doing everything right in defending their trademark and shouldn't be called a troll. I call these things subnotebooks. Sony calls them PictureBook (tm) by the way. I haven't even heard the term Netbook until a month or so ago.

Comment Why Macbooks and who really cares? (Score 1) 1117

It's one way for geeks to get cozier with girls...

1. Burn a livecd with Firefox and OpenOffice
2. Laugh at administration attempts at censorship
3. Offer to do it for her...
4. ...over dinner

Any attempts to censor hardware that is capable of booting alternatives will fail. You are on Slashdot, so I expect you to know this.

That being said, Macbooks are expensive. The end goal is probably a computer capable of being an Internet gateway and of running an office suite. This can be done for much less. LTSP could be used to provide students with a consistent desktop for school work.

Comment Re:funding (Score 1) 388

Air travel costs by 2030 will be a distant memory of today due to rising costs of jet fuel.

It will cost a lot to build our high speed rail, but it is essential to our state. Previously sparsely populated communities will be within commute range of Silicon Valley.

I can't wait for this project to start getting built.

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Submission + - Citibank Credit Card Recall

An anonymous reader writes: My wife and I each have Citibank credit cards and today we got a notice (plus new cards with new numbers) that "Citi Cards has learned that your account number as indicated on the attached card carrier may have been compromised/stolen from an outside party and could be at risk for unauthorized use." Hmmm... Comforting. Is this connected to any known breach, possible covered already on /.? We called them and they would not give any information due to ongoing law enforcement investigations. Sorry, no link for this that I could find.
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"Very Severe Hole" In Vista UAC Design 813

Cuts and bruises writes "Hacker Joanna Rutkowska has flagged a "very severe hole" in the design of Windows Vista's User Account Controls (UAC) feature. The issue is that Vista automatically assumes that all setup programs (application installers) should be run with administrator privileges — and gives the user no option to let them run without elevated privileges. This means that a freeware Tetris installer would be allowed to load kernel drivers. Microsoft's Mark Russinovich acknowledges the risk factor but says it was a 'design choice' to balance security with ease of use."

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