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Comment Seriously? (Score 1) 870

Have you read /. before? Most of the people on here ARE your students who would use the WiFi to cheat on the exam. Not that they couldn't ace the exam on most days, but they typically stay up too late the night before reading /. and don't get the requisite amount of sleep!

Comment Re:Legal implications.... (Score 2, Informative) 381

Unfortunately the law also allows for a private contract between a company and an individual. Although there is no criminal implications to jailbreaking your phone, there may be implications from the TOS contract that you entered into when activating the phone through AT&T/Apple. Personally, I believe that a law should be passed that states you have the right to do whatever you see fit with something that you have purchased. Though I wholly support AT&T's right to restrict your access to their network or Apple's right to restrict your access to their App Store if you have modified your device from their specifications, I think it is ludicrous to think that they have a right to DESTROY something that you bought and paid for without compensation for it. Imagine if Ford had the right to disable your car just because you didn't use OEM spark plugs in it. What if Sony could disable my television because I plugged a Sharp DVD player into it? Someone needs to come in and lay a smack down on Apple and teach them that they are not the rulers of the world, but suppliers of a commodity. THIS is why I own an Android phone and REFUSE to purchase an Apple product. I used to support Apple and felt they got a bad rap on things, but since they've had some success with the iP* devices, they have become a monster that the free market needs to come in and slay. I NEVER thought I'd say this, but I miss the dominance of Microsoft! They are a behemoth and not very innovative, but I can't think of an instance where they have shown the anti-consumer mentality that Apple has over the last decade. WAKE UP PEOPLE!

Comment Gee Thanks! (Score 1) 164

So, because I am an early adopter of Google Voice (take that you furners!), I have to pay $10 if I want to port my cell number that I've had for the last decade over to them. Then I have to go back and retrain all of the people that I have managed to convince to use my new number to go back to using my old number! WTF! Why is it the people who jump in early on something are always the ones who get the shaft later on?

Wait a minute... If I can officially port my number over, does that mean that Google is officially a telco?

Comment Re:The writer is clueless about end users (Score 1) 244

The author was an idiot. He says "...who are we to say that no novice has a legitimate need for root access, ever?".

If a novice has a legitimate need for root access, he won't know what the f*** he is doing and turn his phone into a brick, then whine to the carrier/manufacturer that it is all their fault. IT administrators don't usually lock users out of admin rights just to be a d***, they do it to protect the computer from the loose nuts at the keyboard! The cell phone manufacturers are doing the same thing. I love FLOSS, but not forcing a user to jump through a few hoops to gain root access to a consumer electronics system isn't being open with the consumer, it's committing financial suicide for your company.

Comment Re:IPhone. Blah Blah Blah (Score 1) 423

It's the Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field! The serious lack of Video Recording and Ringtones has been why I've avoided it and marveled at the people who hailed it as the greatest invention ever. I will admit that the interface was a serious advancement in UI development for small devices, and for that it should be commended, but as a phone, the original one really sucked!

Comment You're forgetting SBS (Score 1) 225

Of course the numbers are inflated by MS! A Sharepoint license comes automatically with SBS and Enterprise versions of 2003 and 2008. I have plenty of customers who are running SBS, and very few of them are actually utilizing the Sharepoint license that they have, nor are they utilizing the Exchange license that comes with it either. In MS's defense, Sharepoint is actually really cool for what it does, but it has a fairly limited target market.

Comment Fun to watch (Score 1) 293

This could just be a perfect storm. Vista has been a new version of ME, such that Microsoft is scrambling to get Windows 7 out into the wild and restore faith to the consumer, yet at the same time the economy is tanking, so no one can afford to upgrade, yet everyone wants all the cool tools. Looks like Microsoft's only hope is to ease up on piracy prosecutions until the economy gets better, otherwise, people may move to Linux just to get the cool features and not break the bank. Ha!! I can't wait to watch this one unfold over the next 6 months or so.

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