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Comment Credit card chargeback. (Score 1) 29

Go to your card provider (Visa/MC/Discover/Amex) and tell them to remove the charge because the service was not rendered and/or the charge was improper.

They will.

Once AT&T starts getting a lot of chargebacks, they will do something about it.

I had this sort of thing happen do me years back in NYC with Verizon. I called to cancel, was given a confirmation # and everything, and was still billed again the next month. When called again, furious, the manager I was escalated to said that they could not offer a refund because they did not have that policy. I said I don't care about policy, give me a refund, and he said there was literally no way for him to do that in the system and suggested (of course) that I accept the service for a month, since I'd already paid for it, and then if I didn't want it next month, I could call and cancel [n.b. AGAIN] then.

I hung up on him, dialed Visa, and had them charge it back. Of course THAT got Verizon's attention and a day or two later I was called by retention or some similar department to offer me a discount if I would stay on, along with a lot of apology garbage.

I told them I'd rather eat a bug.

Comment Re:Why can't there be an open phone? (Score 1) 459

this right here is why a lot of iphone users that switch to Android switch right back. Google allows shitware to be baked in by carriers and phone makers (HTC SENSE is an abomination)

Until google tells carriers and phone makers that they can not use the words android or google in any way or have access to the app market if they do not make the phone as a PURE phone with all their add on crap as removeable, conversion rate from ios to android will stay low.

Comment Re:I have to take this guy with a grain of salt (Score 2) 459

5years? My Macbook pro from 2011 still beats the hell out of most laptops made today. and it's benchmark numbers are only slightly lower than $900 laptops sold today as new. My workhorse Toughbook that I use for the garage CNC machine is from 2005 and it will not need to be replaced until it DIES.

Maybe if intel started making processors that gave us real speed gains over processors from 2 generations ago? My desktop i7- 4th gen is benchmarking better than the latest and greatest from Intel's 6th gen. Why would I buy new and lose performance?

Comment Passing? Dying?Maybe for the Unwashed.... (Score 2) 459

Sorry but Intel will forever make desktop, workstation, and server processors, and you wil lbe able to buy cased, power supplies, motherboards, etc...

Calling the death of the PC is one of the single most stupid trends in "journalism" I have seen in the past 5 years. I have heard these wannabe bloggers calling the death for a half a decade and it is still not even close to true.

Comment Re:One can hope (Score 4, Insightful) 118

You are twisting the meaning to fit a particular straw man you want to knock down. I obviously wasn't talking about Berkley vs. Bell Labs UNIX as being interchangeable cogs and was talking about the philosophy governing the interaction of the various sub and support systems within a modern Linux deployment.

Comment Re:One can hope (Score 4, Insightful) 118

What was a better way, the UNIX way, was having multiple interchangeable options for any particular cog in the machine. No reliance on a sole supplier. In Debian even HURD or BSD could be swapped out for the Linux kernel in a semi-official, if experimental, way.

Avoiding a mono-culture has huge industry implications for surviving horrific infrastructure bugs, engaging competition and A/B tests, and filling niches with the best tool for the day's particular job. If systemd was truly optional in official Debian there would be no crisis, no endless talking past each other hate filled forum threads. Instead there was an unfortunate slim-vote by a Debian technical committee and major community damage to the project with a large number of DDs and contributors losing passion for the greater project. Which is the real horror and tragedy of the thing.

Comment Re: Envy is one of the seven deadly sins (Score 1) 392

There's already high speed operated by Thalys from Brussels to Paris, so maybe already enough capacity? Or perhaps it's the same problem faced by DB when it comes to running trains from Cologne to London: too many different national rail standards and requirements. It seems to me that the EU hasn't done too good a job of extending the single market to rail (yet), although this becomes prohibitively expensive where there are differences in things like loading gauge.

Comment Re:do what now (Score 4, Informative) 127

It's not for recording.
It's for giving us Voice communication to MARS and back. If you have the ability to transmit voice over long distances using lower bandwidth, you can add in luxuries like checksums and redundant data so that when you send it a very long distance it arrive at the extreme distance away where your 10,000 watt transmission is weaker than a dollar store walkie talkie.

Ham radio is where most of the breakthroughs in communication happen. I can see this mode used to allow voice communication with mars astronauts. We already have PSK31 allowing a ham with 2.5 watts of power to transmit text messages around the globe easily.

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