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Comment Re:Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 1) 59

Mozilla's actual inclusion report is confusing. First it says "58% of people in the world can't afford an Internet connection." Then it contrasts the same number "57.8% of the world’s population cannot afford broadband Internet service" with "39.5% of the world’s population cannot afford Internet on their phone or mobile device". My best guess, based on the wording of the Affordability Report that Mozilla's inclusion report cites, is that "broadband" means "either wired service at home or cellular service", not service in a library, restaurant, or Internet café.

Comment Re:A problem without a good solution. (Score 2) 178

Unless you're Red Hat and can sell support contracts, or unless you're Google and you can use it to prop up your ad platform and app store, where's the money in developing free software? Case in point: What's the "free and open source" counterpart to, say, Animal Crossing or Smash Bros.?

Comment Re:64bit (Score 1) 121

Why does it take so long for basics like web servers and databases to get there?

Because the PHP language on 32-bit architectures doesn't support 64-bit integers. All you get are 32-bit actual integers and the 52-bit type you get by (ab)using a double-precision floating point value as an integer.

Comment Re:Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 1) 59

I use 50 GB per month on a 2 GB data plan

I don't see your 2 GB/mo plan. I see a 3 GB/mo plan for $40 per month (source).

because data caps are a total joke

The loophole described in the article you cite uses an HTTP proxy in a subpath of /speedtest. First, you need to pay for a VPS and bandwidth to run this proxy. Second, once T-Mobile plugs this loophole, I don't see how to use 50 GB per month because after the monthly data usage allowance expires, throughput decreases to 0.128 Mbps, and 0.128 Mbps used continuously for a month is only 41.4 GB. That's not even enough to download a purchased game whose disc version fills both layers of a BD-ROM.

I find it hard to believe people really don't have an internet connection on their mobile device.

T-Mobile pay-as-you-go users don't have an Internet connection except by A. buying a data pass for $10 that expires after 1 GB or 1 week, whichever comes first, or B. using a WLAN connected to the Internet through a separate carrier, such as home Internet or a library or restaurant hotspot.

Comment Re:Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 1) 59

From the summary:

39.5% cannot afford an internet connection on their mobile device

You wrote:

at least try to argue that everybody has internet access on a mobile device.

For one thing, 39.5% do not. In my personal case, adding a data plan would increase my T-Mobile bill from $3 per month to $50 per month. Both home Internet and cellular Internet are luxuries, of which I can afford one as of January 2017, and my usage pattern (60 GB per month) currently favors home Internet over cellular Internet.

Comment Re:Mozilla should stop wasting money (Score 2) 59

Get the goddamn multiprocess support working.

Firefox 50 supports multiprocess for users with no extensions or select extensions, and Firefox 51 (currently in beta and in use on my PC) will add support for multiprocess with more extensions. To see if you're already using multiprocess, go to about:support and search the page for "Multiprocess". If it shows up as disabled, go to about:config and set browser.tabs.remote.autostart to true. If it shows up as blocked by add-ons, install Firefox Beta. If you were asking why it's not already enabled for more users, I'm guessing that Mozilla is making changes slowly and carefully in order not to break things and thereby leave people without a working web browser.

Fix the excessive memory usage. Reduce the CPU usage.

To fix these, go to about:config and set privacy.trackingprotection.enabled to true. It's turned off by default because it breaks some websites. These are mostly ad-supported sites that don't know how to fall back to advertisements that do not track the viewer from one site to another, such as WIRED, the INQUIRER, and The Atlantic.

Comment Is home Internet a necessity? (Score 3, Insightful) 59

From the summary: "The report shows that 57.8% of the world's population cannot afford broadband internet"

In the 2010s, Internet access has become a necessity to find and keep a job. But how is Internet access at home a necessity? I've found a bunch of people on Slashdot and elsewhere who claim that home Internet is a luxury, as opposed to (say) Internet access at the local public library or in a restaurant.

Comment Auction 73 (Score 1) 91

how does this work with the carriers. are they free to keep your phone off the air once they start doing OS checks ?

That depends on the terms under which each carrier leases spectrum from each national radio communications regulator. Some require carriers to serve subscribers who carry any device that has been certified to follow the relevant protocol and has not been stolen, such as licenses resulting from U.S. auction 73.

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