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Comment Not unlimited, 7 GB (Score 2) 346

This is not about people innocently using a lot of data on an unlimited plan. This is a plan that offers unlimited phone data (and, so far, they really do mean unlimited) and 7 GB of high-speed tethered data. (After that, it's automatically throttled.) People in question are very aware of that 7 GB cap because they are installing special apps to circumvent its enforcement. The apps make tethered data look like phone data. That's not innocent and not OK.

Comment Driverless trains (Score 1) 84

...are already quite common. That's nothing new. Fully automated subway trains have been deployed all over the world. I recently rode one in Barcelona (the new L9/L10) and it was quite nice. That should be (relatively) uncontroversial. Busses navigate extremely complex environments. Subway trains navigate remarkably simple, controlled environments.

Comment It's not the URL in the GET, it's URLs in the HTML (Score 2, Insightful) 379

I hope this is obvious to most people here, but reading some comments, I'm not sure, so...

The issue is that a typical Facebook page has 150 links on it. If you can shorten *each* of those URLs in the HTML by 100 characters, that's almost 15KB you knocked off the size of that one page. Not huge, but add that up over a visit, and for each visit, and it really does add up.

I've been paying very close attention to URL length on all of my sites for years, for just this reason.

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