280 posts • joined 31 Dec 2007
Re: Untrustworthy automatic billing
Here in U.S., the cell phone company continues to bill you and ruins your credit rating while you write letters to the Public Service Commission. They in turn forward your letters back to the cell phone company who turns the matter over for collection. You are forbidden from taking them to court, by law, and your only option is to enter arbitration in front of an arbitrator who is hired by the cell phone company you are fighting with.
Resistance is futile.
If we harvest the ice we could bring it back to earth to reduce global warming.
The same people who bought Google Glasses
Dont' get excited
Suits against large corporations often result in end users getting $5 bucks off their next bill, 1 free DVD rental, or something else equally lame.
Who wants a thin phone?
I'm waiting for the model which is 4x thicker and has a 3-day battery life.
iPhone owners are smarter, better looking, better educated, and have more fun than Android users.
Survey sponsored by Apple Inc.
How is her current state of employment relevant to the story?
Learn to replace the glass
Glass has a certain feel under my touch which plastic fails to provide. If that means I risk having to replace it, then it's a "quality of life" issue which I am ready to accept.
First, you need to find someone dumb enough to buy a Ford.
One thing tho...
I see absolutely nothing wrong with it... except one thing. During the promotional video, the company was name dropping Disney as using the same manufacturer. Bad idea. Nobody messes with the mouse. It will get ugly. You will loose.
I've seen this same design sold elsewhere for far less.
Take out a personal ad instead. It's cheaper and more rewarding in the long run.
Google Glasses is one of the worst inventions ever conceived. It provides no useful images, scrapes away our last best hope for privacy from security cameras, traffic cameras, cell phone cameras, street view cameras, ATM cameras, nanny cameras, and dash cameras. Now let's all just record everything we see all the time. Why?
The Xbox One will feature, by default, an always-on, works-in-the-dark, microphone and camera that’s constantly connected to the internet and 300,000 servers. I wouldn't want in my home and it should be banned in any country.
On the one hand, I was planning to do this myself. How many times have I looked up at someone tailgating to see the top of his head as he was distracted with typing text messages at 60mph. No matter how good of a driver you think you are, you're not that good.
In front of me, I saw a distracted driver slam right into the guard rail from the left lane. There were parts flying off his truck. He must have received a phone call.
But on the other hand, people need to work this out for themselves. If we continue to make laws which govern every aspect of our lives we will never mature as a society.
The ability to develop software and the aptitude to sell software belong to two different skill sets.
Thankfully, no music was downloaded.
Want to make it better?
Want to make gmail better? Add folders. Threads suck.
There is no purpose to detect the temperature and humidity in my front pocket. It will be warm and average humidity.
Guaranteed to crack the first time you drop it while no case can fit it. Design inspiration brought to us by the chicken egg.
Not exactly original
The technique is called the "sacrificial lamb" where hackers are allowed to break into a machine with fake data, leaving the real server untouched.
I wonder if they're in danger of running out of numbers?
With the first four digits identifying the bank, and a few digits for a checksum, considering there are retired numbers, are the banks in danger of running out of unique credit card numbers any time soon?
Typical U.S. Government mind puck. Send out a few drones to spy on people and locals use them for target practice. But, put a big, happy smiley face on it to deliver your new Kindle and suddenly drones are your friend. You wouldn't shoot at the U.P.S. driver, would you? Well, most wouldn't.
They don't take PayPal. Oh well. Creepy? meh. Come on. It's the Internet. We've seen things faaaar more creepier than this.
My suggestion is to allow cell phone use only in first class.
Nothing good will come of it
Beware of legislation which begins with the premise, "Save the children."
The universe is just simulation. Stop taking it so seriously.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Behold, the death clock. Simply jam your finger in the hole, and this readout tells you how long you have to live.
Leela: Does it really work?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Well, it's occasionally off by a few seconds, what with free will and all.
Fry: Sounds like fun. How long do I have to live?
[sticks his finger in the hole; the professor looks and whistles]
Bender: Ooh! Dibs on his CD player!
Lonely is the person who is the only one with the correct time.
The glass entrance is only meant to distract from the HSBC sign in the background, dubbed the world's most incompetent bank.
Wake me up after the long lines die down, after the bugs have been fixed, and after we get to the point where a website says, "In stock. Ready to ship."
Meanwhile, I'll be doing something more constructive with my day.
It's just a phone
Here are features we would like to see: make a phone call. It's a phone. I certainly don't need all these bells and whistles nor look forward to more battery-draining features in every annual update of the same thing. Back in "the day" we were happy to upgrade our phones once every 3-4 years. In exchange, we received smaller phones, better battery life, perhaps a 2-line LCD display rather than 1.
What more can you cram into this thing? Samsung had the right idea - if you can't make it better, make it bigger and easier to read. Offer a model with a real keyboard. Install a microSD card for expandable memory, rather than paying hundreds of dollars for pennies worth of memory. Release the death grip over the OS to install apps from third parties.
But, they give us a fingerprint reader. Yippee.
here's a clue
tip: when hiring for someone who oversees your entire computer network, hire a full-time employee rather than a contractor.
Rather than using a contractor, give your sysadmin's a permanent job.
Oh, they're Wall Street traders? They'll probably be charged a small fine and released back into the wild.
It links through Microsoft's cloud servers, which means they all have expiration dates, lease agreements, and a price tag. Do not want.
On the flip side, there are a few spammers I would like to go after who hide on Cloud Flare's IP cloaking servers.
Pics or it didn't happen.
Apple makes an average of 68% profit on iPhone 5. To offer a "low cost" version, all they need to do is not charge so much.
Hang on a tick
It was Yahoo! who told me they were slurping ALL of my emails so they could serve me targeted advertising.
Re: Why do people install these things?
Shopping toolbars are notorious for snooping and often buggy.
All nonsense numbers, since Windows 8 is mandatory, not optional with a new PC. And, since Windows 7 is so expensive, few will re-format their machines and downgrade them, like I did. None of these sales figures and app development mean anything when we all have a gun to our heads.
I'm sure the FTC will address patent trolling the same way they currently handle their Do Not Solicit telemarketing regulations i.e. not very well.
Quality of life
yup, Microsoft Windows has enriched my life.
(I fix problems with Microsoft Windows for a living)
I don't know why this is such a surprise to anyone. After 9/11 attacks, Bush introduced the Patriot act which allowed telco's and isp's to snoop our communications. Under that law, consumer notification that any type of surveillance was taking place was illegal. I wrote my representative and told Hillary Clinton that I was not crazy about this. The response was this was for our own good.
Now this is news? It's not news. People are just starting to wake up that we gave up our right to privacy to feel good. This is the dilemma of a free society - snoop and be safe, respect privacy and bad guys go undetected.
It has nothing to do with Obama. This is all old news.
Step 1) Remove critical infrastructure industrial control systems from the Internet.
Step 2) see step 1.
Re: gets my goat
I can see your frustration, as you are ignorant of the law, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. If you search Wikipedia for 'heller decision' you will educate yourself to the decision which the Supreme Court came to in 2008 which re-asserted that individuals have a right to bear arms, unrelated to the militia. English can be a rough language - oh, I forgot that you probably have difficulties with English as well.
They ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.
This is not a privilege. This is a right. It is part of the Constitution of the United States which makes it a free country. There are plenty of other countries out there which do not have such rights. If that better suits you, feel free to live elsewhere.
There comes a point where consumers need to tell the company, No thanks, keep your fancy toys. Until we all have the ability to do this we will continue to be enslaved by them.
No, phones in the air do not "confuse" the networks. Do you know how I know? I'm not an expert. I wrote and asked them.
Apologies for injecting some facts into the debate.
do not want
name something dumb we used to do, as kids, before they invented the INTERNET.
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