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Comment Set up a dummy account (Score 1) 348

If push came to shove I'd set up dummy Facebook and Twitter accounts and let CBP see them. No good way to tell which of the several hundred Laura Hallidays on Facebook is me. Post some pictures of cats, a few likes, done.

I already engage in some self-censorship. There are a few CDs (mainly Russian and Israeli acts) I leave at home when I cross the border.


Comment Feedback (Score 5, Funny) 226

Agreed. My take on the set:

1. In 1985 it would have been cool.
2. So you're hosting the Olympics?
3. Mozilla is a media player?
4. Bland but tolerable
5. Mozilla is a CAD program?
6. In 1995 it still wouldn't have been cool.
7. Wait, that's a Monument Valley map.

I'd suggest a simple but stylized M, with understated modern aesthetics and not the pop art of #6. People aren't looking for whimsy in an app they'll use for banking.

Comment Re:Sharing keys? So many questions (Score 3, Informative) 68

People sometimes get free or discounted keys and want to sell or trade them for games they actually want.

No one said there were millions of *unredeemed* keys stolen, just millions of keys. It's likely 99% of people who got keys through DLH used them immediately and the codes are meaningless now.

Comment Re:Read the fine print... (Score 1) 195


Some T-Mobile data features have a 'threshold' on the amount of data you can use at full speed during a billing cycle. After you pass the threshold, you still have unlimited access to data, but the speed of data is reduced...If you have a plan that was available after March 24, 2013, data speed is reduced to (at most) 128 kbps when data usage exceeds the Data Speed Reduction Threshold for data features, Mobile Internet, and data-only plans.

T-Mobile’s “optimization” consists entirely of throttling the video stream’s throughput down to 1.5Mbps.

The network limits the bandwidth available to detectable videos to a level currently at 1.5 Mbps and as a result, many video services will deliver videos at lower resolutions that will look good on mobile devices (DVD-quality, typically 480p or better) and that use less data.

I'm assuming all T-Mobile One video will be restricted to 480p because that's what it says on the fact sheet:

T-Mobile ONE includes unlimited video at standard definition—typically DVD quality (480p)—from any service.

And the fact sheet also says exactly what the $25 gets you:

Customers can get higher-definition video, up to 4k, for $25/month per line.

The logical conclusion is that the base T-Mobile One plan will throttle all video to 480p (in other words, 1.5Mbps), you can remove said throttle by paying an extra $25 per month, though your data will likely still be deprioritized when you hit the 26GB soft cap.

Comment Re:Read the fine print... (Score 1) 195

T-Mobile defines 2G speed as 'up to 128kbps'. Not far from dialup, except in the dialup days pages were a lot smaller. At those speeds, the average web page today (weighing in at ~2.21MBytes) would require at least 2 minutes and 21 seconds to load. Basically useless.

Binge On throttled *all* video traffic, not just those from their zero-rated partners like Youtube and Netflix. You could opt out for free, but then all video (including partners) counted against your data plan. On the new 'unlimited' plan, they still throttle all video, and you can still opt out, but now it costs $25/mo per line to do so.

Of course you can always try a VPN to work around the video throttling, and a rooted phone with an unofficial tethering app to work around the tethering limits, and hope T-Mobile doesn't catch on.

In any case, pushing customers onto higher end plans than they need plus charging big additional fees for what used to be included is a pretty unfriendly move on T-Mobile's part.

Comment Read the fine print... (Score 1) 195

Their unlimited plan used to include 14GB of tethering data, now on T-Mobile One you have to pay an extra $15 for every 5GB.
The new plan also throttles video to "480p", you have to pay an extra $25/mo for them not to.

Basically, to match today's current unlimited plan, you'll soon have to pay $50/mo more for your first line, $45/mo more for a second line, and $25/mo more for a third and fourth line.

What a deal!

Comment Facebook is for old people (Score 1) 534

I accept that advertising is what supports platforms like Facebook (indeed, just about everything on the internet), but please remember the user in all of this. My computer is mine. My browser is mine. Monopolizing it while you play an irrelevant auto-play video is just not cool.

Facebook is relatively tame in this respect. I've seen worse.


Comment Re:What's the big problem? (Score 1) 675

I remember a few years ago seeing that my Amex was about to expire, and wondering when my new card was going to arrive.

Then I got a phone call from American Express. Had my new card arrived? No. Did I live alone? Yes. Did I know any men with Russian accents? Uh, no...

Yup: somebody had stolen my card and had gone on a shopping spree with it, triggering security alerts. My bill that month was about 50 pages, interesting charges (all local, curiously), then pages of Credit for Fraudulent Charge. I asked what my liability in the matter was and they said zero: unlike most other credit cards, American Express cards may only be used by the cardholder ("non-transferrable"), and if the merchants hadn't verified the identity of somebody who was really unlikely to be named "Laura", that was their problem, not mine.


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