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Comment Re:Umm... (Score 1) 319

No, see... it makes sense: they lose money on folks who don't leave, so they've added the extra termination fees and reduced customer service as a ploy to drive customers away and drive up profits!

But my guess is that this is just the first step; at some point, you'll pay them up-front to avoid signing a contract in the first place...

Comment And you can write whatever you want... (Score 1, Insightful) 319

IIt's a free market, and they can charge anything they like.

It's not a free market, and folks getting upset over the dissemination of phone and plan prices aren't making it any freer.

Another commenter already pointed out that other network providers offer better better deals... The hard part is getting this information to consumers in a form that's clear and easy to understand, when the providers themselves seem dedicated to obfuscation.

Comment Re:Makes me wonder... (Score 1) 246

Of course, if all you want is to get answers without participating in enriching the knowledge base, then you must pay for the points that you aren't earning.

All I want to do is see what the link I received from Google or a co-worker is about. Yet one tries to mislead me, and the other plain doesn't work.

I'm more than willing to "give back" to sites and communities that don't play stupid games and waste my time. And CodeProject, Stack Overflow, and countless other newsgroups, forums, and Q&A sites manage to pull this off without trying to trick or guilt-trip their users...

The day EE no longer shows up in search results will be a day to rejoice.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 540

The advertising?

Don't get me wrong, OpenDNS is a nice enough service... But opting out of the advertising is a PitA.

Also, Google's nameserver addresses are easier to remember. Can you remember the number 8? Good, you can now use Google's DNS anywhere.

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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment Re:Desperation? (Score 1) 117

There are thousands of application and software, but I can't name one that uses Javascript/HTML

Really? Really? You can't name one app that uses JavaScript and HTML... wow. Gotta say, I'm impressed - using any website via telnet is rough, but composing /. POST requests is a whole new level of dedication!

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Submission + - Anti-Protest Iran Website Posts "Most Wanted&# (gerdab.ir)

An anonymous reader writes: This Pro-Ahmadinejad website is being used to track and crack down on pro-liberty protesters. Its interesting to see how they gather and distribute their information, much the same way the FBI posts their Most Wanted posters all over the post office. Another curious observation is that despite the people's internet connections being slowed down and completely interrupted, this website's bandwidth seems plenty capable of providing image and text downloads, but is it enough for Slashdot? We take the neutrality of our internet in the USA for granted, and even if it is imperfect neutrality, it is far better than what Iran is showing the world.

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