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Comment Re:AFK != IRL (Score 1) 151

I was thinking that a good physical-world parallel would be deliberately spraying peanut oil in aerosol or mist form in the vicinity of somebody allergic to peanuts. It's a form of physical attack that would not harm a typical person, but would be deadly to the target (and any bystanders who happened to share the allergy).

Or perhaps wearing or releasing a scent known to trigger a certain person's asthma attacks.

Comment Re: not loyalty (Score 2) 191

Samsung Galaxy owner here. Upgraded from an S4 to... A Nexus 5X.

I happen to like iPhones. I don't like Apple's walled garden.

Not all of us are so committed. But I think people tend to stick with what they know.

And frankly, any reasonable person will accept that companies make mistakes. One bad product doesn't make all their products bad, and Samsung has more of a track record than a single exploding phone. Just like the iPhone 4 antenna problem didn't prevent the iPhone 5 from being popular. The reasons I went with the Nexus have nothing to do with the exploding Note 7. Next time I change phones I'll look at numerous options, and who knows? Maybe a Samsung phone will fit my needs. Or an iPhone.

Comment Re: Nature of smaller businesses... (Score 1) 54

Well, my mom's already dead, so a misdiagnosis wouldn't worry me much anyway.

As for me, it's not the politeness of the receptionist (they haven't got one), but the responsiveness of their service. Their CEO was going to show up at my house on Saturday to try to resolve a modem configuration problem on a new install that we couldn't figure out over the phone. Luckily I stumbled over the incorrect setting and saved him a trip. But that's the level of service they provide.

Their people are polite and helpful and, moreover, respect my own tech abilities enough to work with me and not treat me like an ignorant drone.

This would be Omsoft in Davis, CA in case anybody is curious.

Comment Sprint's fault! in my case. (Score 1) 105

Sprint hasn't updated my Galaxy S4 since 5.0.1.

Freedompop has updated since Kitkat but they're complete incompetents; their upgrades fail every time.

I've been playing with Cyanogenmod and AOSP on my Freedompop phone, and when I'm happy with a version of Marshmallow, I'll probably go ahead and do it to my stock Sprint phone as well. Since Sprint can't seem to pull their heads out. Not to mention all the crap they install; at least this way I won't have 20 apps that I never use taking up resources with no way to remove them.

Comment He's lying (Score 4, Interesting) 98

They're not blocking people who use VPN to bypass geo-blockades. They're blocking VPN users, full stop. Without regard to why they're using VPN.

I was rather irritated to find that I could no longer use my VPN to access US content from the US using a US VPN IP address. Guys, I'm right here in Sacramento, and dammit, I'm using VPN for security, not to bypass your pathetic little attempts to screw your customers.

As a result I ended up finding other ways to bypass their restrictions. Which is something I would never have done if they hadn't blocked me in the first place! Morons.

Comment Re:Uhhh (Score 1) 198

And even "piracy" as originally applied to copyright violations is a deliberately provocative term. I'm pretty sure illicitly copying content doesn't involve capturing ships at sea, raping, pillaging, or killing large numbers of people.

Usually. I suppose everybody needs a hobby.

Comment Re:Doesn't anybody double check? (Score 1) 225

The house we ended up buying in Wyndmoor, PA was on a street like that. Took us half an hour to find it the first time because not only were there two discontinuities, but at one point the street turned and intersected with the main street. I spotted the correct street name while driving around and quite naturally turned onto it... and got completely sidetracked. At least these days a decent GPS will make that less likely to happen.

On a different but related note, the neighborhood I grew up in had the house numbers run up one side and down the other. For years I that was normal... but it drove visitors to the street absolutely insane. I think most of them didn't see the pattern and thought the house numbers were random or something.

What made it even worse was when they extended the street and re-started the house numbers from the next hundred, but I'm not sure what numbering scheme they used. So the house numbers went from 105 on the right side incrementally to about 114, then jumped into the 200s. But start from the left side and it counted from something like 124 backwards to 115, then jumped to the 200s and... I'm not sure how they counted. Second new house on the left was 227.

Eventually they renumbered the entire street odd/even starting at 3 on the right side... my old address was 109 and is now 7. 227 is now 22. Took years for Google Maps to catch up.

Comment Re:a blow (Score 1) 101

"The only people I know still using standalone GPS are over 65 years old. So if by "different client base" you mean, people who bought GPS in their forties and are now retired, then I suppose yes.

I think I know one other person, but it's a hand-held device for geocaching, so not exactly a turn-by-turn navigation system."

And now you know of two. I'm under 60, did not buy the GPS in my forties, and am not retired. Oh, and mine is a turn-by-turn navigation system.

I'll grant you that I bought it a few years ago when smartphones were newer, and I was trying to save money by ridding myself of the data plan. Also I liked the fact that it doesn't depend on having a live connection, which detail has been discussed elsewhere. (Though I'll add that not depending on a live connection also means not using up bits on my data plan. That data plan keeps cropping up.) Losing the data plan didn't work out, but I don't regret the purchase. When I need to navigate, I pull out the Garmin rather than my phone.

I'll also grant you that I'm in my late 50s. So maybe to you I'm just an old guy who never learned how to use one o' dem fancy newfangled "com-pooter" doohickeys.

But I think your statistics are suspect. If ground-based* GPS navigation units are as passe as you seem to think, then why are companies like Garmin and Tomtom and Magellan still in business selling them? And I see at least three more brands I never heard of on Amazon.

Still, could be you're right. Could be just us clueless old farts.

*As opposed to, say, aviation GPS.

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