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Comment We're gonna see more of this (Score 1) 104

It's probably all just empty posturing; but these companies know the recent revelations regarding the US government's reckless behavior has the potential to single-handedly kill their nascent cloud businesses.

And, perversely, that may be our only hope. Congress will cow-tow to big businesses a lot more readily than it will listen to the citizens they purport to represent. If it's a danger to profits, they may slam on the brakes.

Comment Funny thing (Score 2) 251

I was recently running a poll, and I found out that at least 20% of our department faculty own a Surface tablet of one sort or another - and that was before this move was announced. 20% of our faculty, and that's assuming none of the non-responders own a Surface.

I was seriously shocked. Android and iOS tablets are apparently less popular than Surface among our EE faculty. We've got some pretty close ties to Microsoft, but that is still surprising.

Comment Re:bad time to be testing this (Score 1) 131


I tend to think of speed tests as largely pointless. When I'm connecting to some site or server, there are too many other culprits that can (and do) affect the transmission of data back and forth between my device and the remote one. It's not generally the network I'm on, unless I'm on EDGE.

Comment Re:T-mobile the one that doesn't cost a damn fortu (Score 1) 131

Yeah, I was going to post the same thing, more or less. We've got four lines - we're paying $110 for that because I added 2GB/month to one of them.

AND if you happen to go over your bandwidth quota, you just get dropped to EDGE - it's slow, but you still have data access.

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