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Comment Re:What's another $90... (Score 1) 315

The Palm Pre DOES have a user-replaceable battery. I had three batteries for mine that I was constantly swapping out because they only last about 10 hours if you actually use the damn phone. I'm very happy with my new iPhone 4S, even if it does have battery issues and even though I can't swap out the battery, it still lasts twice as long as my old Pre did.

Comment Re:Speed (Score 1) 190

You're only getting 60% of what you've been promised, and you're calling that "pretty good?" I'd call that pretty terrible. I'm in the US on Comcast (so there's two things working against me) and I regularly get 90% to 125% of my advertised line speed.

Comment Re:Correction (Score 1) 369

The fact that you think Limewire represents less than 50% of all file sharing should be telling as to just how out of touch you are.

Idiots use Limewire. 95% of the internet is idiots. Damn near 100% of the computers I've had to clean up for spyware, viruses, etc. had Limewire installed (I'm not saying Limewire caused this, I'm just saying that the type of people who tend to get viruses are the type of people who tend to use Limewire). Pre-teens, teenagers, and even their dumb parents all use Limewire because it's free, it's easy, and everyone's heard of it. Seriously, ask around at the local high school, I promise you that the vast majority of kids who download music are doing it through Limewire.

Only the smart people use torrents or usenet, and let's face it, there aren't a lot of smart people out there. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to hear that Limewire accounts for an even bigger chunk than 50%.

Comment Re:And once again... (Score 1) 538

Option 3: make the providers start obeying truth-in-advertising laws and actually fucking invest in network capacity again rather than pushing dishonest "up to X speed" plans where the users never see even a third of it.

I always see people claiming that the "up to X speed" claims are a big lie, but I've yet to see this in practice. Over the last decade, I've used high speed internet service (some DSL, some cable, some wireless) from WideOpenWest, Comcast, AT&T, Sprint, Clearwire, and Cox. With every single one, I was regularly and reliably able to get 100% of my advertised speeds from both speed tests and large file downloads. Even during peak times, I would rarely see it drop below 80% or so. The wireless providers would obviously fluctuate more than the wired, but even so, never a drop below 50%, and rarely even that low.

Comment Re:If you want CD-quality audio, buy CDs (Score 1) 550

Pressed CDs, which you refer to as "the real thing," are very cheap and high schoolers CAN afford them for their bands. You can get 1000 real, pressed CDs, jewel cases, and full color inserts for about $1200 (well, that was about three years ago, don't know what the current prices are). That's not terribly expensive, and small independent bands are doing it all the time. Taking the high school example, if you're in a band with four other people, you each need to get together just $240 for a run of discs. Not difficult at all.

Comment What people fail to mention... (Score 1) 75

Apparently only 7 apps can actually "multitask" properly. So, for 99.9% of Android applications, even if you have one open on each screen, only the screen you're actively using will function. For instance, if there's a Netflix app (not sure if there is, I don't have an Android phone, this is just an example) you wouldn't be able to be watching a movie on the top screen while playing Angry Birds on the bottom screen. As soon as you launch Angry Birds, Netflix would freeze until you go back to it... at which point Angry Birds would freeze. That really sucks.

Comment Re:Movies too (Score 1) 408

I do, but I think that's part of the problem. I hear the dialogue out of the center channel only in most cases, whereas music comes out of all (or at least, more of) the speakers. Content producers should probably be lowering the volume of the music to make up for this, I would think.

Comment Re:My smart phone is great at everything except... (Score 1) 519

Somebody didn't pay attention in telephone etiquette class. It is the responsibility of the party who placed the initial call to return the call in the event of connection interruption. This is how it was with landline phones dating back to the 40s. This way, you never have the problem of both people calling at the same time and getting busy signals (well, voicemail these days). I guess it isn't your fault. Very few parents are passing ANY kind of etiquette, much less technological etiquette, to their children anymore. I was lucky that my parents taught me this when I was young and first started using telephones back in the 80s.

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