* Posts by Wade Burchette

825 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007


Samsung Galaxy's flagship leaks ... don't matter much. Here's why

Wade Burchette

Re: No jack, Jack.

I've determined that to get a proper phone now you are going to have to make a sacrifice. You will have to decide which things you are not willing to live without and which things you can live without. Three things that I cannot live without are an SD card slot, a headphone jack, and a notch-less phone (Seriously, I cannot believe how many phone manufacturers are copying Apple dumb idea. Just because Apple does something does not make it the future.)

I will grumble about a fixed battery, but I can tolerate it. I will grumble about replacing the very useful menu button with the less useful app switch button, but I will tolerate it. I will grumble about Google tracking on the phone, but I can put Bloka on it to stop it. I will grumble about the bloat, but I can put Package Disabler on the stop it. These are my sacrifices, things I can tolerate. The things above are things that are mandatory.

Apple puts bullet through 'Do Not Track', FaceTime snooping bug and iOS vulnerabilities

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Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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Just imagine

Just imagine if Intel had succeed with Itanium. What would our desktop/laptop CPU be? Consider how little the Intel Core processor improved before Ryzen was released and then how fast they have improved since then. If Itanium was our future, a future with no competition, then the computer we have today would very much be inferior and more expensive.

We need competition. In my dream future, AMD overtakes Intel in marketshare which forces Intel to work harder to make a better product. Then Intel re-takes the marketshare lead, which forces AMD to work harder to make a better product. And the cycle repeats to infinity. In my dream future, AMD overtakes NVidia in marketshare, which forces NVidia to work harder to make a better product. Then NVidia re-takes the marketshare lead from AMD, which forces AMD to work harder to make a better product. And that cycle also repeats to infinity.

You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

Wade Burchette

Re: Again I have to ask...

Look at this patent filed by Google and tell me you are not worried. Read this Reg article about how much information Amazon keeps and tell you are not worried.

If you are so unconcerned about a for-profit company having a device that is always listening for something in your presence, then why not let me put one in your house too? Or the police? They are publicly traded businesses, as such shareholders are going to demand more profits. And that means they will start harvesting your private conversations sooner, not later. Do you want Amazon knowing how many children you have? Do you want Google knowing when you at work? A simple algorithm can easily determine those things from your private conversations.

Ouch, Apple! Plenty of iPhones stuck in tech channel. How many? That's a 'wild card'

Wade Burchette

Re: Apple boredom

"What other usable\useful doddad can be added to a phone?"

I, for one, like to make sure phones have this feature where you can connect a set of headphones into. This adapter can be small and unobtrusive, say 3.5mm. Another feature I would love for phones to have is a battery that anybody can remove. This way I can carry around an extra battery or two for occasions where I know I will not be able to charge for long periods of time.

Intel boss: Expect chip shortages into mid-2019, stumbling server processor sales this year

Wade Burchette

Re: Expect chip shortages into mid-2019...

The bigger the die, the great the chance of defects. AMD's strategy of many smaller dies has put pressure on Intel. They are now in a core count race, and losing. A 28 core 3.0 GHz monolithic die will have better performance than an AMD 28 core 3.0 GHz chiplet. But the AMD chiplet means they can sell a processor for significantly less and still make a handsome profit because of yields. Intel's monolithic chip will have ultra low yields; AMD's will have very high yields. Intel will have to go chiplet at some time.

A picture tells a 1,000 words. Pixels pwn up to 5 million nerds: Crims use steganography to stash bad code in ads

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Simple solution

There is a simple solution, one guaranteed to stop malvertising today and now. It is a solution that was once an internet standard; thus, if it was successful once, it can be successful again. The simple, bulletproof solution is disallow all javascript in every advertisements, no exception. But I already know it will not happen. My privacy and security is less important to the Corporation than their wallets.

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)

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Stage fright or Stage light? Depends how far you dare to open your MacBook Pro's lid

Wade Burchette

Re: Rinse and repeat

I think it is hubris. Apple laptops have a history of being garbage. Apple knows that if it breaks in a short time, most people who paid too much for the Apple product will gladly pay too much again for another poorly designed Apple product. I think it is hubris, because Apple knows that no matter how sorry the engineering, it won't matter to their hardcore base.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

Wade Burchette

Firefox + NoScript is the way to go. On some website, I will find over 15 scripts from different websites. Loading such websites without NoScript on a Ryzen 7 and 100 MBPS connection can take quite a long time even with Firefox or Chrome; but with NoScript enabled ... it is Quicky McQuick.

Let me give you just one example. These are the scripts on one website that are not from that website: ajax.googleapis.com, amazon-adsystem.com, blueconic.net, chartbeat.com, cloudfare.com, demdex.net, doubleclick.net, gigya.com, google-analytics.com, g-static.com, h-cdn.com, imasdk.googleapis.com, includemodal.com, isocrates.com, outbrain.com, titantv.com, and unequalbrake.com. (That last one is especially bad. It claims to detect DMCA violations, but what it really does it detect ad-blockers. I've seen a lot of those domains show up lately, ones of two unrelated words whose landing page says it is a DMCA check when in reality it is not. I block those at the router.)

More to the point, why does any website need that many outside scripts? If my Ryzen is bogged down by websites, then I know much weaker computers are even more. Firefox + NoScript is almost a necessity to have a fast page load.

Most munificent Apple killed itself with kindness. Oh. Really?

Wade Burchette

Re: Battery

If I had my way, I would require every device with a battery -- whether it is a phone or laptop or tablet or whatever -- to include instructions on how the user can change the battery. This would, of course, require a battery that is easy to change. (I'm looking at you, Samsung.) I would also make it illegal to block third party batteries that otherwise fit for purpose.

Wade Burchette

Apple also makes phones that are more durable than rivals

Um ... that statement is wrong.


A billion-dollar question: What was really behind Qualcomm's surprise ten-digit gift to Apple?

Wade Burchette

Re: I do wonder...

And let us not forget when Intel was paying Dell not to sell AMD chips. This video lays out quite well Intel's long history of anti-competitive actions.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim

Wade Burchette

Re: So where is the new market ?

"* Portable music players, subsumed by smart 'phones"

Speak for yourself. I would love to have the iPod return. My current iPod is kept in my car so that when I start it up, my playlist picks up where it left off. The iPhone may be able to do what the iPod does, but it is not an iPod replacement. And never will be. The iPod had one purpose, which makes it ideal for leaving it connected to your car's stereo. With an iPhone, you have to reconnect it; with an iPod you can leave it connected.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

Wade Burchette

Apple is trying a different trick

Instead of innovating or lowering prices, Apple seems to be try to sell privacy with the slogan "what happens on your iPhones, stays on your iPhone". Link: https://phys.org/news/2019-01-privacy-tech.html. I do not think that will work. Unfortunately, very few people care about privacy. They pay Amazon and Google to have a device to listen to them all the time and keep a record of what was said to it. They tell the willingly tell Facebook every mundane thing they do in life. When I talk to people about how much slurp Google and Microsoft do now, there is never any outrage.

Or maybe Apple is trying to sell security. But I don't know such a slogan can work considering how many famous people have had their iCloud hacked.

To me it seems that people care about privacy only when you tell them about it but never care enough about it to do anything to reclaim it. This slogan will not help switch many people to an iPhone. First, people like me that do care about privacy are either already using an iPhone or have taken steps to block tracking in Android. For me, I installed Blokada and use Firefox with NoScript. Second, for people not like me they don't really care about privacy just as long as they can avoid walking 5 feet to adjust a thermostat. They will happily surrender their privacy for a minor convenience.

This is a sign of desperation if you ask me. A literal sign at CES showing their desperation.

Grab a bucket and spade: Sandbox open for Insiders again with fresh Windows 10 build

Wade Burchette

Still doesn't solve the problem of removing Cortana completely from Windows.

GDPR: Four letters that put fear into firms' hearts in 2018

Wade Burchette

I think you should embiggen your vocabulary because it is perfectly cromulent to describe GPDR as an acronym.

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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I do not care that it is the fastest. I do not care if it is the safest. If I cannot understand how to use it, then nothing else matters. The UI in Edge is illogical and confusing. To me, this is like a car dealer telling you how safe the vehicle is while you are trying to figure out how to drive the car. I would be more than happy to use Edge if, and only if, the user interface was logical and easy to understand. But it is not. And given how Windows 8 then 10 was designed and how Office was designed, I seriously doubt Microsoft will create a browser that has a proper UI.

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!

Wade Burchette

Re: diving headlong into the Registry

I first use O&O ShutUp 10 to turn off a lot of tracking (you must restart and do it twice after every 6 month update). Then, using a .reg file I made, I add these entries beyond what ShutUp 10 does. The last two turn on numlock by default, so you can remove those if your keyboard does not have it. This registry includes activity history. It turns off driver updates, promoted apps, and fast boot. It too must be done after every 6 month update. Just create a new .reg file and copy the text below to it.


Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00















[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Power]






[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Keyboard]


[HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Keyboard]


Microsoft says it's time to get serious about facial recognition rules: 'Laws and regulations are indispensable'

Wade Burchette

Not a positive use

"And Smith points to other positive uses like ... obviating the need for passwords."

Using facial recognition to obsolete passwords is a very very bad thing. I have helped people with their iPhone X and to unlock it, I once just held up to his face. The phone was in my hand and I was able to unlock it. Imagine this scenario: The police arrest you and they want to get into your phone. They don't need a warrant because all they have to do is hold up to your face. Now they are in and can do whatever they want.

And there can be other similar situations. Pretend that the rubber masks of Mission Impossible become reality, then a person, agency, criminal, whomever can generate your face and unlock your phone, computer, etc at leisure. The point is, using your face to replace passwords is never ever a good thing. It may be a convenience, but that does not make it a good idea.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

Wade Burchette

Lipstick on a pig

Going to the Chromium engine will not solve the fundamental flaws in Edge, specifically (1) an illogical and confusing UI; (2) a reboot required for updates; (3) add-ons require the app store. I reject Edge, not because of its engine, but because I find it difficult to use. In fact, I do not care about the rendering engine, at all. And I do not want to care.

What is more, the browser and the OS should be completely separate. This way I can uninstall it if I wish (and I only will so long as the UI continues to be stupid) and updates can happen without using Windows Update or requiring a restart.

Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

Wade Burchette

Re: I did use Edge...

I tried it too. But the UI was so confusing and illogical that I quickly gave up. I don't care if it can solve world peace, if the UI is illogical than nothing else matters. That is why Edge is unloved. Adopting Chromium will not fix that fatal flaw.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

Wade Burchette

The reboot I want ...

... is Star Wars episodes 1-3, and 7-8. And I want a clean slate. Take the original scripts and ideas of all 5 and throw them in a box and then burn the box and just for good measure hurl the ashes into the sun. However, if this is not feasible, at least nuke and burn episodes 1 and 8. Episode 8 was so bad that I decided to never see Solo nor episode 9.

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

Wade Burchette

Expanding 3G? Please. Here in the US of A, I can take you to several places where there is not 1G service. And every carrier has large areas without 1G service. Why are we bothering with 5G when the providers still haven't gotten 1G right?

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Bendy iPad

That bendy iPad reminded me of this video about Apple's sorry product engineering.

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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I wonder who owns the Washington Post ... hmm?

Wade Burchette

Re: I wish they'd do that for SMALL businesses...

This is not a liberal or conservative thing. The US has the best government money can buy, and both political parties are bought and paid for by corporate donors. If the democrat politicians complaining about this (and they are right to complain) get a huge political donation from Amazon, they would change their attitude immediately, guaranteed.

Microsoft lobs Windows 10, Server Oct 2018 update at world (minus file-nuking 'feature') after actually doing some testing

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro: If you can stomach the nagware and price, it may be Droid of the Year

Wade Burchette

The notch

It is awful, just awful.

Also, no separate headphone jack, then no thank you.

Zip it! 3 more reasons to be glad you didn't jump on Windows 10 1809

Wade Burchette

Re: As one who has been microshafted

The new Garmin GPS can be updated by WiFi. But it still takes about an hour to do so.

Facebook, Google sued for 'secretly' slurping people's whereabouts – while Feds lap it up

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Re: Good

Google Maps at one time would not work properly if you turned off the 'high accuracy' location and just used GPS satellites only. This was about 3 years ago. I had my phone on a windshield mount and every few miles it would say "searching for signal" even though it had a clear view to the sky. I still believe Google was sabotaging the app so that you would turn on high precision tracking. Even now, it still bugs me about turning on location services.

Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ

Wade Burchette

I think my next phone will be a Motorola

I want to encourage companies to make their phones repairable. And the best way to encourage them is to buy products which you can repair and shun those you cannot.

Pull request accepted: You want to buy GitHub, Microsoft? Go for it – EU

Wade Burchette

Re: New name?


Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

Wade Burchette

Re: Same trick, new pony

AMD has already shown that they will help with with a semi-custom chip. Look at the consoles, the PS4, XBox, and the new Chinese one are all semi-custom AMD parts and Sony, at least, is working with AMD for the PS5. AMD is even helping Intel with a semi-custom CPU by putting an AMD GPU on an Intel CPU. What Apple may end up doing is going ARM and licensing x86 from AMD in a semi-custom package.

Regardless, this will be one of those rumors I will believe when I see. I personally think more than likely there will be a Macbook/iPad hybrid, like a Chromebook.

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

Wade Burchette

Re: I guess I got lucky

Also true with the AMD Ryzen. The Ryzen 1xxx will install on Windows 7 with a hack; any Ryzen 2xxx will not. The ACPI found on Ryzen 2xxx is incompatible with Windows 7. This, of course, means you cannot use the Windows 7 disc to repair your Windows. I prefer the Windows 7 disc because you can have multiple command prompt windows open.

GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

Wade Burchette

Re: Google is headed for a Republican beatdown

The US has the best government money can buy. A large campaign contribution can make Congress look the other way. Or at least just have an inquiry whose real purpose is to look like they are doing something when they are doing nothing. This applies to both parties. Both of them answer to their corporate overlords first. Elections ain't cheap after all.

Pixel 3, 3XL, Slate tab launch: Google emits swanky iPad botherer while tarting up mobes

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The notch

It is awful, just awful.

Robot Operating System gets the Microsoft treatment

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I, Microsoft

"Honey, where is the credit card? I want to purchase an app for our robot so that it can fix Mexican food tonight. That app we purchased so it can make pizza was great!"

Meanwhile, Sonny walks up to a member of the family and says "I noticed you like Mexican food. Would you like me to find flights to Mexico? Delta is currently running a special on flights to Mexico City, 10% off today only."

"No thank you, Sonny. I just want fajitas tonight."

"I noticed that it has been 4000 miles since your last oil change. Would you like me to schedule an appointment to get your oil changed? Jiffy Lube is currently running a special on oil changes, free upgrade to synthetic oil, today only."

"No thank you, Sonny. I change my own oil."

"Would you like me to purchase oil for vehicle? Advance Auto is running a special on their motor oil. Free STP oil filter with the purchase of 5 quarts of Pennzoil synthetic motor oil, today only."

"No thank you, Sonny."

"I noticed your wife is a nurse and next week is her birthday. Would you like me to order her some nurse's scrubs? JC Penny is running a sale on nurse's scrubs, 15% off today only."

"No thank you, Sonny."

"I noticed that your blood pressure has been a little high lately. Perhaps you should call Dr. Smith and schedule an appointment. And ask Dr. Smith about Expesniveall, a new blood pressure medication by Pfizer. With Expesniveall you can take control of your life again. Side effects include poverty, stress over bills, death, violent diarrhea, and sodium deficiency. These are not all the possible side effects. Tell your doctor about all the medication you take. You'll be glad with Expesniveall because you will finally have your blood pressure under control. Call Dr. Smith today and ask about Expesniveall."

"No, Sonny. My blood pressure is high because every thought out of your mouth is a flippin' targeted ad!"

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'

Wade Burchette

Microsoft does not listen

I remember testing Windows 10. The most requested feature was the return of Aero; didn't happen. I requested the return of a full backup program (and had hundreds of "me too's" for that); didn't happen. I do not remember everything from then, but I do remember this: some of the most requested items in the Win10 beta were ignored. I concluded when it was all said and done that Microsoft was like a spoiled brat. They weren't looking for feedback, they were looking for affirmation. Requests that satisfied their idiotic vision were listened too, but the majority requests that did not jive with that were ignored.

The same is clearly true with Skype. Microsoft is still a petulant child. They claim to want your feedback, but they do not. What they want is for you to stroke their ego. Would you expect any less really? It is the same old story: big company buys smaller company, big company gets rid of people who made smaller company, people stop using smaller company's product, big company wonders why. I stopped using Skype a very long time ago because it just wasn't that good anymore. All Microsoft has to do to make it good is listen and I mean really listen -- something they have shown an inability to do since SatNad took over.

Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

Wade Burchette

Re: Maximum Hubris

"Manufacturers thought this because for decades they were a dead-end niche. Technology, particularly battery technology, wasn't there."

Battery technology still isn't there. Electric cars will not take off until I can travel 300+ miles in a 5 minute recharge. As it is with internal combustion engines, I pull into a gas station and, assuming it is not busy, 5 minutes later I am leaving, including the time it takes to pay. Until the battery technology allows for a 5 minute recharge, then electric cars are still a dead-end.

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

Wade Burchette

Re: Other OS are available

Um ... Lineage OS is based on Android.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Re: Commitment

Office 2019 "please don't buy this $150/£150 copy once and not give us any more money for 10+ years" version.

Microsoft 'kills' passwords, throws up threat manager, APIs Graph Security

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"All the new laptops being rolled out here have fingerprint login (to the domain) enabled. Most users quite like that. These are the same users who are used to unlocking their phones with a fingerprint, a PIN etc. so it's not a stretch for them to adopt this to log onto their work network."

Fingerprint login is a very very bad idea. For some reason, none of my fingers work with a fingerprint reader. And I've used them all - the one you swipe on a laptop, the ones your keep your finger over on a laptop and phone, the ones you mash down with - and none of them work with all 10 of my fingers. I can't be the only one.

But assuming my fingers did work, how hard is it to copy my fingerprint considering of all the things I touch every day? For a professional or a government, it is not very secure.

Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

Wade Burchette


Whenever the topic of radiation comes up, I like to refer to this chart:


It helps puts things into perspective and shows that radiation at low levels is not bad for you. But some people think that all radiation is immediately bad for you. This does not mean we cannot take steps to mitigate extra radiation on a trip to Mars. The chart is just meant to put things in perspective.

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers

Wade Burchette

Re: Testing


"I don't see why Microsoft wouldn't be able to do the same."

Um ... have you been on the moon the past 3 years? Have you seen all the articles about how a Windows 10 update breaks something? If Microsoft does not properly test their updates to Windows 10, what makes you think they will do a better job here? But you are right, there is no reason Microsoft wouldn't be able to do the same. And that is the problem: they are able but not willing.

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

Wade Burchette

Paying customer v. Pirate

If you are paying customer:

(a) If you have bought a disc, you insert the disc. Then wait for a studio logo promo to finish. Which then goes to a movie trailer that you have to press a button to bypass. If you are lucky, there isn't another movie trailer or two. But only if you are lucky. Then you get to a menu which takes at least 15 seconds before you can do anything. Finally after selecting to play the movie, you get an unskippable anti-piracy warning. Followed by an unskippable screen as to why this movie was rated the way it was. Followed by an unskippable legal disclaimer about the opinions of the commentary not being the opinions of the studio. And then finally the movie starts.

(b) If you bought a digital copy, you have to sign in to an account. Which then verifies that you can use and download the movie you bought, while making sure you didn't download too many times. At least it lets you stream, provided that the movie studio still has a contract with Apple, Amazon, etc. Which is not guaranteed, so your money may go bye-bye at the whim of a movie studio. And every time you stream or play a downloaded copy, the video has to check in to make sure you are authorized to play that video. An authorization that can be revoke by Apple, Amazon, etc or the movie studio as it suits then.

But if you are a pirate:

(a) You insert your disc, USB drive, or similar, push play and enjoy.

(b) You load the Plex app on your smart TV, Roku, TiVo, etc, find your video file, and enjoy.

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

Wade Burchette

No seperate headphone jack?

Then no thank you.

Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

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Dear Microsoft

If your product was superior, people would be knocking down your doors to use it. If Edge and Windows 10 was really good, you wouldn't have to resort to dirty tricks to get people to use it. The simple fact that you must resort to underhanded tactics means your product is garbage, it does not mean we are ignorant.

Dear Microsoft, if you are reading this and listening -- and based on much you listened to feedback in Windows 10 beta I know you are not -- I will tell you what is wrong with Edge. First, the UI is confusing and stupid. The simple fact is it could solve world peace but if the UI is so terrible that it is difficult to use, like the UI in Edge is, then nothing else matters. Second, I shouldn't have to use the Microsoft store to install add-ons. (I, of course, know why that is true. The purpose of Windows 10 is to make money off me after day 1 and you thus want me to get used to using the Windows store so I will buy stuff through it.) Third, updates should never ever without exception require a restart. The browser and the OS should be separate.

I will be happy to use Edge without being pushed if, and only if, you make a product worth using. As it is now, you made a product worth running away from.

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

Wade Burchette

Re: Multiple layers

I use uBlock and NoScript. For any tracking cookie that breaks through those defenses, I go to my router and make that domain point to Despite being blocked at the router, somehow I still get a doubleclick.net cookie. I have yet to figure out that out.

Nokia scores a $3.5bn deal to inflict 5G on T-Mobile customers

Wade Burchette

Re: Stop 5G

It is even worse here in the US of A. There are spots where I cannot get 1G coverage. And I'm not talking about mountainous terrain. There are places I travel that are flat, rural areas where I have no coverage at all. My mobile phone company has an app where you can report dead spots. I use that app to report such dead spots, and I even told them through it that I much rather have full telephone coverage everywhere than LTE data somewhere.


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