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Comment Apple is going to reap what they have sown (Score 0) 283

Full Disclosure: I'm a bit of an Android enthusiast though I'm not sure if I rise to the level of fanboy as I don't own any android themed toys, stickers or clothing :)

Regardless of the merits of this case (or any of the other cases) one can only hope that these lawsuits call attention to the huge flaws in our patent system and how they stifle innovation. Of course realistic me knows that lobbyists will prevent any real reform from happening but anything that slows the tide of stupid patents being issued would be a good thing.

Comment Re:4G does not yet exist (Score 1) 105

Dunno, I've tried speed tests at various places in 4 different regions, Los Angeles County (where I live), San Diego, San Francisco Bay area and Las Vegas area and not gotten more than ~5.2MBPS even with 5 bars of HSPA+.

On the LTE phone it's rare I can pull an LTE signal and where it's stuck on HSPA+ it's quite a bit slower than the T-Mobile HSPA+ (usually 2-3 MBPS)

Comment Re:4G does not yet exist (Score 4, Informative) 105

Faster theoretically maybe but not in reality, I've got a "4G" HSPA+ T-Mobile phone (which is the fastest of all the fake "4G" networks) and an AT&T LTE phone and where I can get an LTE signal it destroys the HSPA+ network. The fastest I've ever seen on the HSPA+ network was 5MB, the slowest LTE I;ve seen was 10MB.

In any case IMO the blame does indeed fall with the ITU, they set the "4G" barrier artificially high so that LTE let alone WiMax wouldn't get there, which invited the carriers to say fuck it and start slapping the "4G" label on their existing 3G networks. If the ITU had just said that LTE and WiMax were 4G we wouldn't have this problem.

Comment Re:Hopefully Google does the right thing (Score 1) 221

Sounds good (and hillarious) but I think it would be harder to pull off than one would think, even for Google.

How would Google identify which tickets were scalped? I guess they could make the tickets non-transferrable but that would affect people who bought tickets with the intention of going but later found out they couldn't and would give their tickets to someone else (or sell them at cost).

Comment is it the content or the SWAG? (Score 4, Insightful) 221

I've always wondered with I/O how much people want to go because of whatever new technology is being introduced or discussed there or because the expectation being set that all attendees will get a full featured Android device (phone or tablet or STB).

The developer of the dominant alternative recovery for MANY android devices wasn't able to get a ticket this year (though he may well get one via back-channels) due to the mobs of people who snatched up the tickets like it was a Queen concert complete with zombie Freddie Mercury.

Also as TFS pointed out I suspect there are a fair number of people who got tickets with the intention of reselling them at a profit.

Comment Re:Que the "Can you hear me now" jokes (Score 1) 300

I have 2 phones plugged in that work fine with no power, including the one on my night stand, I also have another one in a drawer I can use if needed.

The batteries at the CO will last longer than my UPS
The generator at the CO will last longer than my generator
The power company will put a higher priority on restoring power to the CO than they will to my house or my ISP for that matter.

As I mentioned previously, the ability to have a more reliable access to 911 is not the only reason we have a land line. We use it for our local calls which don't cost us anything extra.

It's simply ridiculous to claim that a land line is no more reliable than VoIP, in the last 2 major earthquakes we have seen (94 and 71) power was out for more than a day but the land line never stopped working, after the initial flood of calls following the quakes the phones worked fine for contacting & communicating with friends & family.

If I switched to a VoIP provider I could save a few bucks but I've introduced several more potential points of failure into the scenario, even if I have a spare DSL modem and router (which I do) they won't run more than a few hours on a consumer-grade UPS, I suppose I could buy a $1000 higher end UPS to run me for longer but that's going to create it's own problems and increase my power costs.

Comment Re:Que the "Can you hear me now" jokes (Score 1) 300

Far from the only reason, but the reliability of a land line is nothing to discount. We use our land line primarily for local calls, it provides better call quality and allows us to cost effectively place phones in every room of the house where we might be.

If we ditched our land line we would need to upgrade our cell plan to one with more minutes so much if not all of the savings of cutting the land line is going to disappear.

Comment Re:Que the "Can you hear me now" jokes (Score 5, Insightful) 300

You might or I might be fine, but I was talking specifically about elderly people without a lot of stamina, especially problematic for a widow who's never had to worry about how to deal with the cold in her entire lifetime.

In general, many people have become soft thanks to modern life.

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