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Comment Re:Ignoring the point (Score 3, Insightful) 137

Likewise. I have a 12 Mbit business Uverse connection through AT&T. It has plenty of drawbacks - in particular the modem takes about 10 minutes to reboot/resync if the power blips, which happens several times a week where I live, and they can't decide whether or not I have problems with the physical line. One time they'll say, "oh yeah, we need to get that line replaced", and then the next it's "the line test looks fine to me". However, it's $65/month, I have 5 static IPs, IPv6 (finally) works well, and I can run whatever the hell I want on my connection. Every year or so, I get a quote from Comcast to compare. This year, it was $75/month for comparable service, plus another $30/month for 5 statics, plus $7.50/month for the modem rental (they won't allow customers to use their own gear with static IPs), and a $300 installation charge plus a 1 year commitment. I specifically told Comcast to contact me via email as I wouldn't be available on the phone during the day. Over a period of two weeks, three different sales reps called a total of 5 times while I was at work, and each time I responded via email and reminded them that they should contact me via that means. I never got a response, and eventually they just stopped calling. If that's how conscientious they are when trying to get my business, I shudder to think what the customer service would be like once they have my money.

AT&T sucks in a lot of ways, but they're cheaper, they're responsive, and if I have issues I can usually get in touch with someone that actually knows something instead of having to walk through a useless 45-minute script with some phone jockey. I'd like to avail myself of better/faster service, but Comcast seems to do everything they can to keep me from switching.

Comment is lack of development a problem? (Score 1) 505

Why is lack of development necessarily a problem? Lots of very useful programs have seen little development recently because they already do well what they are supposed to do. In the case of user interfaces, it is far from clear to me that development represents progress. Personally, as someone who makes heavy use of the command-line and has zero interest in copying MS Windows, I was quite happy with the window managers of a decade ago and currently have to spend time setting up a new machine to configure Gnome Classic the way I like it. Developments like Unity are just an impediment. I recognize that other users, and in particular, other types of users, have different preferences, but I see no reason to impose the type of interface that one class of user likes on everyone else.

Comment Re:In Germany, lights work that way (Score 1) 203

I have no idea why the "yellow before green" or the countdown timers are not more common, or why neither is used in America.

Because you never should let the enemy know what you're about to do! Seriously though, a lot of the crosswalk signs in the U.S. do have a countdown timer, and if you can see them you can have at least some idea when the traffic lights are about to change.

Comment Re:What it will really mean (Score 1) 393

You think so? Apple has to license anything thats Lightning capable. Do you really think Apple will allow someone to sell a cheaper adapter then their own?

Unless Apple gets the entire U.S. Customs Service on board with it, there's not much they're going to be able to do, practically. Licensing has not been a particularly big concern for Chinese counterfeiters, nor has the Customs Service.

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