FB messenger app on my brand new Nexus 5x destroyed my battery life during the day. Uninstalled it and I easily go all day. I rarely used the messenger app, but it still killed the battery. I simply do without the IM aspects until I'm at home.
I deal with sales tax in Texas for my work. What above lists is there. In addition, what districts an address is in shifts. What is in the county one month could be annexed into the city and have a tax rate change. What do you base location on? Zip code doesn't work since multiple jurisdictions/categories fall in the same zip. You can't go by city mailing address as even stuff in the county has a city listed. It is a pain to deal with and I'm only dealing with stuff in a 300 mile area (Waco to San New Braunfels) along the I-35 corridor. Stuff outside my immediate area of Austin is hugely time consuming. At least the tax rates don't seem to change more than annually.
I've enjoyed Google+ overall. I get a lot less noise in my feeds than on FB. FB is where I keep up with extended family. G+ is where I go to find interesting things. I've got several communities I've joined that are pretty active and lots of good stuff gets posted.
We use the Venue at work for our field construction people (since they have 3G sim cards). They are complete crap. At my local division we had a 22% fail rate during the initial rollout. Of the replacements we received two of those had to go back as well. The cases that are supposed to protect these can't be used along with the stand alone keyboard. Dell also had to send a full set of replacement keyboards since half the ones we received were broken out of the box. The driver for the 3G stuff was equally problematic. We finally got everything up and working after several weeks of back and forth. Operationally they are ok; not great, but ok.
We have a system running Win98 at the office. It is not on the network. The only thing it does is controls the door system. To get the updated software supported by a more current OS would cost $5k. It just isn't worth the headache right now. I did talk them into running on a current machine and we just use a virtual Win98 environment to do the software bits. Overall it is still pointless since the machine isn't on any network. Eventually we'll upgrade the whole door lock system but until then that virtual Win98 environment will get the job done.
As long as dial-up, expensive satellite with limited data transfers, and shit DSL connections count as "competition" they won't have basis for "abuse of market power" in any investigation. Comcast specifically called out Google Fiber as proof of competition. What percentage of people in Kansas City could actually hook up to Google Fiber if they wanted to? I'm in Austin area and have no prayer of seeing Google Fiber in the next 5-7 years. So is Google Fiber really "competition" to Comcast?
The simple answer is to allow traffic shaping but be source neutral. If you throttle streaming video services then you throttle ALL streaming video services (including your own). I have no issues with VOIP traffic having a higher priority over torrent traffic or web browsing. I have issues when Netflix gets throttled but the ISP's on demand stuff is not or some video site pays the ISP for faster than another video streaming site. It is of no benefit to the consumer and creates additional barriers to entry to the market and other competition-limiting factors.