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Comment Re:Download movies (Score 1) 56

Lets think critcally about this statement a bit. 160 seats, and each one wants to download a movie. A screen is 480p, so we need to have bandwidth for 160 devices to download a 480p movies at any given time. Not all 160 seats are watching movie. And you think it will lag and buffer?

Comment Re:strange mentality of buyers (Score 1) 292

I think you are missing the anecdotal story's point. Even your post proves it. People love the operating system and will suffer hardware aneurysms just to get to that coveted OS. iPhone SE for you or the latest model iPhone 8 (in OP's story) to fix the problems but give you the OS. You suffer through a lack of features on your air to continue using OSX. OP and others don't want to switch to the Samsung or HTC lineup because HTC/Android is not as unified as iOS. You don't want to switch to Mint or Windows because they are not as polished as OS X.

I have even dumped my favorite KDE based distro because it just lacks the refinement that every closed-source desktop has provided.

Comment Re:Like it would have mattered (Score 3, Interesting) 176

you underestimate the free or low cost tenant agreements mobile providers are given by the universities. on my little podunk state-funded school, we had 8 base stations per building to ensure sufficient coverage. they would provide additional mobile base stations for larger activities such as graduation. you know the one commonality all these devices shared? a fiber connection back to a switch in a room they controlled and an rj45 that came out which we gladly provided free bandwidth on our (then) internet2 backhaul. 2 hops and they were directly on the federal and education funded backbone (of the time).

this was over 10 years ago. i'm pretty sure they (the mobile carriers) can handle the large^H^H^H^H^H relatively small gathering of people using data.


Comment Bait and switch? (Score 1, Interesting) 50

How are we ignoring the blatent false advertising. They had to have made fiscal projections which show its a money loser over the long term. This was entirely a marketing campaign for Amazon to hook more users onto its service and they should be. I'm so mad that I want to spend my money somewhere else, but it would appear amazon has a monopoly in this online retail market.


Comment Re:He's absolutely right (Score 1) 222

its okay because only you and a handful of others are doing that today. what happens tomorrow when everyone and their grandma are trying to stream netflix over mobile?

I'm not saying the marketing is disingenuous, i'm saying you need to be aware of a reality that unlimited data will not fly and throttling and other traffic shaping may become normal as we start tapping on the limits of wireless bandwidth. with that said, in less congested areas like suburbs, unlimited is likely already a reality since the cost of coverage and devices per square mile are much lower than your typical downtown urban environment.


Comment these new companies trying to get around old laws (Score -1) 261

these old laws were in place for a reason. having a new hip company come back at the expense of old slow legislation doesn't fix the problem that skipping the dealer allows the manufacturer to set the price. and they would never fix the price with a defacto monopoly, right? that epipen company is a perfect example of raising prices for reasons of costs. i'm sure tesla would never do such a thing.


Comment Re:Phones shouldn't be able to auto dial a number (Score 1) 44

I think we are forgetting how Malware and the nastier viruses work. Malware can and will override the OS's function which requires user input and instead returns a jump to its own code, which may do things like paint a fake image on the screen or otherwise make the user think nothing out of the ordinary is happening. Meanwhile your phone is initiating a call or text to E911.

Welcome to 1980's phreaking all over again.


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