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Comment Pay as You Go T-Mobile SIMs have Preloaded Service (Score 1) 337

"All phones or SIM cards purchased from 1-800-TMOBILE or online at come activated with a Pay As You Go plan with 30 minutes of talk or 30 texts (or any combination of the two that adds up to 30)." Apparently there's some limited data capability as well.


T-Mobile SIMS have been a popular means of porting land lines to Google Voice service. GV only ports cell phone numbers. Cheap T-mobile SIMs come with enough service to port the land line to T-Mobile which is subsequently ported to GV.

Comment What Savings? (Score 0) 149

"pay-TV providers will be required to provide apps – free of charge– that consumers can download to the device of their choosing"

Sounds like he's proposing to replace Cable TV with IPTV. The $9.95 set top box rental gets replaced with $59.95 monthly Internet service in addition to the Video Services subscription. I also have to buy a Smart TV or a Smart Box that is capable of running "The Application".

Sorry, but I don't see the savings. The digital video services delivered over IP will cost the same as digital video services delivered over QAM. Now I have to pay for broadband internet to get HDTV streaming cable content.

Comment Windows 10 numbers are overstated (Score 1) 272

Like many others, I went through the motions of obtaining a free Windows 10 upgrade license by installing a Windows 7 factory recovery DVD to a clean hard drive and then upgrading to Windows 10. After the process was complete, I reinstalled the original Windows 7 running hard drive back into the PC. I repeated this process for 2 additional machines. I just wanted the free license in case I ever wanted to use Windows 10.

I kept a copy of Windows 10 running on one test machine to play with and see if I liked it. After 6 months of use, I haven't found any compelling reason to migrate to Windows 10, but I have the free licenses in case I change my mind. I figure that by the time support stops for Windows 7, something better than Windows 10 will be available.

Comment Cable Franchises are Non-Exclusive!. (Score 1) 110

Under FCC Rules and Regulations, Cable companies are required to be franchised by the communities that they serve. The franchise is non-exclusive. Multiple franchises are allowed to be issued to multiple cable providers.

There are no regulations requiring data service providers to be franchised, although some arrangement would be needed to access "rights of way" and use of existing utility poles. You'll notice that you are only billed a franchise fee for video services and not for data services by the cable company. The cable companies are free to do almost anything they want regarding data services because they are not regulated as far as the local community is concerned. Exceptions would include "fair use" provisions established by congress and the FCC.

Submission + - Install Asterisk to Defeat Telemarketer's Harassment Calls

An anonymous reader writes: The relentless telemarketer's calls really upset me. The Do Not Call blocking does not work. Government does not seem to have better way to help us either. They just keep calling and calling, multiple times a day, sometimes waking me up at night. The recent really annoying one comes from "Free 3-in-1 Wireless Security System", using various Caller IDs, including (715) 304-0676, (682) 205-2766, (570) 867-8743, (904) 245-1611, (612) 314-9242, etc, calling me day and nights. My cell phone, with earlier version of Android and can't be upgraded, does not support number blocking functionality. And that's company's phone, for on-call production support, must be turned on 24 hours a day.

As a counter measure, I install Asterisk in my home Raspberry Pi, and set up a SIP trunking with a SIP service provider. That uses my money but it's not too much and I don't care to spend that. Using shell script, I randomly setup an outgoing caller ID for each call, and schedule a cron job to run every few minutes to automatically call one of any of my received telemarketing numbers. Once the call is pickup, wait 10 seconds and hang up. That is, I am using robot calls to defeat robot or human calls.

Please thank me if you receive fewer spam calls lately. And if you can do something similar as above, that will be even better. Together, we will defeat the harassment calls!

Submission + - FBI Spills Water on Unlocked Phone Rendeiing it Worthless (

Junior Samples writes: Unlocked iPhone Worthless After F.B.I. Spills Glass of Water on It.

After repeatedly attempting to reboot the phone with no success, the F.B.I. consulted several Apple support forums for tips on fixing a waterlogged iPhone. “I wish I could report that any of them worked,” the spokesman said.

Submission + - How to Make a Bitcoin Address With a TI-89 Calculator (

sarahnaomi writes: The power of Bitcoin is giving your dusty old TI-89 calculator a second chance of being useful.

Matt Whitlock, who helped make one of the world’s first Bitcoin ATMs, is at it again. In a video posted on to Vimeo, he showed how using the calculator once only used for high school geometry and a 12-sided die makes a secure address for your Bitcoin account.

The video self-explanatory. Load up your calculator with the code, roll it 72 times and enter the number rolled into it. After that, the calculator pumps out a private key and address.

Comment Better Value (Score 1) 391

I paid $79 for a Motorola Luge Android 4.4 pay as you go smart phone at Best Buy specifically to use as a low cost media player with no phone service. I have it connected via Blue Tooth to my GM Bose "MyLink" Audio System. The audio playback is superb! It sounds as good or better than the other resident audio sources that come with the vehicle (XM, CD, HD Radio). Media Information is displayed via BT to the "MyLink" Console. Limited navigation and media selection can also be performed via BT.

Seriously, I was amazed with the performance of the $79 Luge being used as a vehicle audio source. I really doubt that Sony's $1200 product would sound or perform any better.

Submission + - First 3D Printed Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Paraplegic Woman Walk Again (

concertina226 writes: A keen skier who was left paralysed from the waist down after an accident can now walk again, thanks to the world's first 3D printed hybrid robotic exoskeleton suit.

Three-dimensional printer makers 3D systems have been working with robotic exoskeleton maker Ekso Bionics to make a custom suit for test pilot Amanda Boxtel, who was paralysed in a fall on the slopes of Aspen, Colorado in 1992.

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