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Submission + - It is Jan time for Virgin Mobile To Start Throttli (itproportal.com)

wesborgmandvm writes: "Virgin Mobile cuts smart phone users to 1/2 the data they give Broadband2Go users.

March 23rd, the company is going to cut off smartphone customers once they consume more than 2.5 GB data within a billing cycle, meaning once a user exceeds the 2.5 GB data cap, his/her Internet speed will throttled down to 256Kbps for the rest of the billing period. http://www.gottabemobile.com/2012/01/19/virgin-mobile-to-start-throttling-data-in-march/

About this time last year Virgin Mobile announced plans to start throttling the Broadband2Go to 5GB in a month.

Comment 4 part series on antibiotics in livestock (Score 5, Informative) 172

As a veterinarian this is finality a topic on Slashdot I am qualified to talk about. However, rather than get into the details I am going to punt this one :)

Here is a four-part series on the struggle over the use of antibiotics in the livestock industry, the threat of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and the veterinary profession’s role in safeguarding animal and public health.


Comment Re:iDevice walled garden = no creativity (Score 1) 627

The C-64 could suck you into programming real easy. Because with a few one liners you could change the screen color, make some noises, etc etc. It peeled back the curtain a little, and let you see how the thing you just bought worked, and how you could make it do neat things, and it didn't take a lot of effort to get there.

How in the hell could I even start my daughter down this path today?


Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

Submission + - Verizon Remotely Infiltrating User Phones (gizmocrunch.com)

wesborgmandvm writes: "Verizon has violated its license agreement to operate over a valuable chunk of public airwaves known as the C-Block. According to Free Press and Public Knowledge, Verizon has asked Google to block third-party applications on Android phones that allow “tethering,” or using a smartphone to connect to the Internet on another device such as a laptop.




Don't RTFA / take action totally uninformed: http://act2.freepress.net/sign/verizon_blocking/?akid=2602.8866068.JnE-kM&rd=1&t=2"

Comment Re:Craigslist (Score 1) 203

I want to be able to carry on working in the UK as well as in the US. I don't need to use the phone, so I am looking for an unlocked phone that can be used on pay-as-you-go data plans on both sides of the Atlantic.

What is the best as-you-go data plans on the US side? anything better than link: http://www.virginmobileusa.com/cell-phone-plans/beyond-talk-plans.jsp

Comment Re:or desalinate? (Score 1) 290

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-incredible-ghost-fleet-off-the-coast-of-singapore-2009-9 You forgot to take into account how many ships are currently underutilized and how much it costs to build a new desalination plant. Might make economic sense in the short term to ship and then build when the ships can make more shipping other stuff.

Comment Re:I need saturday mail pickup (Score 1) 504

1st Netflix makes an agreement with Warner Studio's to delay the rental release of New Titles http://arstechnica.com/media/news/2010/03/blockbuster-gets-deal-that-netflix-redbox-couldnt.ars now they want to save a few bucks and blame the USPS.

If the USPS has to cut a day of the week why not mid week (wed or thursday)?

Comment Re:No its not... (Score 1) 468

You think the publisher is going to charge significantly less for the material if it's delivered online?

The traditional publishers may not want to play ball but they are not the only game in town. I bet some of the newcomers may like to offer online textbooks at pennies on the dollar one source may be: http://www.k12.com/courses/textbooks-products/

Once the traditional publishers realize they are losing market share they will change their model or go out of business.

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