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Comment Re:Carrier Lock Not That Big An Issue (Score 1) 207

I dunno what time frame you're talking about but for me pre-paid has been $40-50/mo for unlimited stuff (similar to your quote) but a comparable plan with contract was 90/mo. So even with a free iPhone or comparable device I still saved quite a bit by switching to pre-paid.

The part about the contract plan that really bites is that the rate doesn't go down once your contract is fulfilled and your subsidized phone is theoretically paid up. Unless you take some form of action, you will continue to pay that same $90/mo. I wonder how many months, on the average, customers continue to pay this high rate before getting a new subsidized phone or switching carriers.

Comment Re:Carrier Lock Not That Big An Issue (Score 1) 207

I agree with you that most people won't care. However, if that were my iPhone 5, I would have sued Sprint immediately had they refused to unlock it.

No, just port your number to a different provider with a new subsidy and sell off the practically new iPhone for a profit. If they try to come after you for ETF just tell them to suck it. They breached the terms of the contract, making it null and void.

Comment Re:Carrier Lock Not That Big An Issue (Score 1) 207

It has very little to do with iPhones being locked. How many people want to use a 3 year old iPhone when you're at least 2 models behind and a 3rd is about to be released?

I just sold my old iPhone 4 for more than I paid for it after using it all throughout the subsidy, so I guess at least one person wanted it.

Comment Re:Field Stripping (Score 1) 814

To illustrate how quickly firearms can be stripped, I just timed myself as I field stripped my AK47. Including magazine removal and clearing the rifle, it took 19 seconds. I guess I'm rusty, this is *not* considered quick for an AK.

True, but AKs just sort of fall apart by themselves, don't they?

I kid.

Comment Re:no crystal ball required (Score 1) 144

. I mean, it cant get any worse than what we have now - 99.999% plain text email traffic, now can it.

Sure it can. If this is compromised or backdoored, it gives users a false sense of security. At least right now they know their email is wide open. If they chose to not care, then so be it.

Comment Re:Whats the laser used in laser wars (Score 3, Interesting) 303

It's one of the big errors that scifi movies have with lasers in space combat (the other error being that laser pulses move slow enough to be seen). even with insanely powerful lasers, they'd be practically invisible in space because there's nothing for them to reflect off. Unless, of course, you want to pretend that all laser space battles take place in dust or gas clouds...

Thus the use of sandcasters in the Traveller RPG. Basically dump bags of sand into space around your ship to absorb/reflect any laser weapons.

Comment Re:Unimpressed (Score 1) 95

And if Mallory captures their computing devices, you don't want him to be able to forge messages using their private keys that make it look like they said something they didn't.

Then I guess you don't want to be using OTR then, because this is one of its features.

From the OTR site:

The messages you send do not have digital signatures that are checkable by a third party. Anyone can forge messages after a conversation to make them look like they came from you.

This is actually what gives you deniability. After the chat is completed, anyone can forge additional content. This means that no particular piece of content can be proven to be a part of the original conversation.

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