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Comment Until the money runs out... (Score 2) 51

Caveat.. I do not know how DDG is funded. That said, serving that much traffic COSTS. The data they could collect has value. It is likely only a matter of time until one of the following:

1. Company folds due to lack of funds
2. Company sells or reorganizes to collect funds and starts divulging user data to do so.
3. Governments come in and either silently snoop or shut them down.M

Yeah, I am a cynic and have little faith in humanity. Sorry.

Comment Yes and no (Score 1) 185

With my Nexus 6, I have not needed to. However, for those rocking carrier/manufacturer abandoned devices it is the only way to test out newer versions of android. I used to do this a lot. I may still with my girlfriends LG G3 that is stuck on Lollipop. It is also an easy route to custom kernels that allow overclocking etc. Plus some just have some neat features.

The downside though is on less popular devices and even many popular ones you run into glitches like front camera not working, wifi disconnects, driver issues, etc. Still a great way to breath new life into an older but still useful device.

Comment Verizon.. who the *&$^ are you.. (Score -1, Redundant) 139

Verizon.. who the *&$^ are you.. to redirect EMERGENCY calls. I do not care if the holdout users shove the phone in their ass and over charge it hoping for an explosion. You block or redirect a legitimate emergency call you should go to jail. The management who thought this up and approved it should go to jail.

Comment This is by design (Score 3, Insightful) 88

This of course runs afoul of many countries consumer protection laws. And, any corporation this size has enough funds and legal staff to know this. It also has the ability to set up proper policies before launching a service. Even when rushing to be third to market.

However, AT&T also knows that any punishment is likely to be a slap on the wrist and an order to comply in the future and is deemed an acceptable expense, and possibly lesser than the expense to set it up right, and respect customers.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 180

I don't have enough room on my phone to hold that much music. I could use a cloud alternative, but then that would require me to buy a shit ton of albums, and then clog up harddrive space with ripped CD's. Streaming doesn't really use up that much data, so it's really not a problem for me. My biggest issue is ads on YouTube while I'm on mobile. They should switch to some static image or something if you're on mobile.

If you pay the $10 per month for google play, you get bonus youtube features, including no ads, and plays with screen off (stopping the video stream as far as I can tell)

To answer the GP's Why question... I have a 64GB phone. It is full with apps, photos and some music. With streaming (google play in my case), I can get any song I want, and even have it recommend new music. I have found several new bands this way.

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