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Postby soul.assassin » Tue Jul 28, 2015 3:38 am

I wish this should happen in my country, because the goddamn telecoms are raking in the dough but not fixing the system.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/17/att-just-got-hit-with-a-100-million-fine-after-slowing-down-its-unlimited-data/?postshare=731438009798927

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Postby drinian » Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:34 am

View Original Postsoul.assassin wrote:https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2015/06/17/att-just-got-hit-with-a-100-million-fine-after-slowing-down-its-unlimited-data/?postshare=731438009798927

All they had to do was inform customers when the throttling would start, like T-Mobile does, and they could've avoided the fine. I always thought it was pretty fair that T-Mobile says "if you pay us $50 a month, you'll get 1 GB of 4G and then reduced speeds. If you want more, pay us $60 or $70 a month for a larger cap." Much better than losing your access entirely after hitting the cap, transparent, and realistic considering that mobile bandwidth is a limited resource.

Why AT&T/Verizon/Comcast/etc. find it so hard to do something so simple is beyond me.

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Postby Shamsiel-kun » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:02 pm

^ Excuse me, but if the maximum usage is 4Gb, people want to make use of that 4Gb. Not 1Gb. Not 1 Gb of 4 Gb and then slower speeds. 4Gb. Not 1Gb.

Of course, the main problem is that US infrastructure sucks balls in most places that are not Silicon Valley and the companies that could do something about it prefer to sit on their money and give incompetent idiots salaries they don't deserve.

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Postby drinian » Tue Jul 28, 2015 2:34 pm

View Original PostShamsiel-kun wrote:^ Excuse me, but if the maximum usage is 4Gb, people want to make use of that 4Gb. Not 1Gb. Not 1 Gb of 4 Gb and then slower speeds. 4Gb. Not 1Gb.

I think you're misunderstanding what I'm saying, or maybe I'm understanding what AT&T was fined for. Again, T-Mobile is very transparent about when you're going to be throttled, and this fine seems to be due to a lack of similar transparency on AT&T's part. I think you might be confusing speed caps with total monthly usage caps.

Of course, the main problem is that US infrastructure sucks balls in most places that are not Silicon Valley

For all of the very real problems in US infra -- and Silicon Valley is not very good, actually -- there are also very real constraints on mobile bandwidth that can't be solved simply by spending more money. I'm constantly amazed things work as well as they do.

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Postby soul.assassin » Tue Jul 28, 2015 10:21 pm

More than 15 years ago, anyone building websites had to cut down the sizes of their images so that their pages could load faster on dialup. Now in this age and time and because we got so much bandwidth, some website devs seem to have no compunction about optimizing content that it's no surprise that some of their sites download slowly, and this also translates to unnecessarily large amounts of consumed bandwidth.

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Postby Rosenakahara » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:50 pm

What is even the point anymore.

No really Xbone is now literally just a less powerful PC, why even make a console at this point, its over the console wars are done it will be dead soon and all that will be left is PC master race
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Postby Ornette » Wed Jul 29, 2015 4:54 pm

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Postby MAGI_01 » Wed Jul 29, 2015 10:10 pm

View Original PostRosenakahara wrote:What is even the point anymore.

No really Xbone is now literally just a less powerful PC, why even make a console at this point, its over the console wars are done it will be dead soon and all that will be left is PC master race


I see it as another gimmick to try to bring over more buyers to the XB1, since it's pretty obvious the system is not selling like the PS4. MS shot themselves in the foot with the always on DRM deal (Even though they backed out) and the Kinect requirement, which basically they lied about.

I'll happily stick with PC and PS4.
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Postby pwhodges » Thu Jul 30, 2015 5:13 pm

You want non-political news? Have something which (to me at least) is really boring:

[url]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-33715671[/url]

I didn't watch their show even once when it was on a channel I could see; this new show I won't be able to see and so will be saved the trouble of ignoring.

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Or if you want the fun side of politics (though a pretty boring example), have criticism of Cameron for using the word "swarm" to describe "a lot of migrants".

[url]http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-33716501[/url]

Note in the report that Farage says he wouldn't use such language, but is then quoted as using the same word!
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Postby NemZ » Thu Jul 30, 2015 6:16 pm

Reminder that this is supposed to be news of the weird and amusing, not the place to poke fun at and label agendas you don't agree with.
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Postby Dataprime » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:14 pm


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Postby Ornette » Thu Jul 30, 2015 10:17 pm

Wonder why the article didn't bother mentioning one of the biggest motivations for fast supercomputers is to crack encryption, since they're mentioning the arms race against China.

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Postby soul.assassin » Thu Jul 30, 2015 11:38 pm



I recall reading Digital Fortress several times.

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Postby Mr. Tines » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:53 am

http://nypost.com/2015/07/09/women-less-likely-than-men-to-travel-back-in-time-and-kill-hitler/
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Postby NemZ » Fri Jul 31, 2015 12:49 pm

So this is Journalism now, is it? Sigh.
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Postby BobBQ » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:03 pm

No, it's the New York Post.

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Postby pwhodges » Fri Jul 31, 2015 1:45 pm

View Original PostNemZ wrote:So this is Journalism now, is it? Sigh.

If it was journalism, it probably wouldn't be welcome in this thread!
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Postby Mr. Tines » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:21 pm

I already get this from Google -- I book a hotel, and the morning I'm about to set off, my tablet gives me the best cycling route there.

Friday mornings, I just get traffic conditions on the way to the usual lunchtime pub.
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Postby Nuclear Lunchbox » Fri Jul 31, 2015 2:37 pm


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