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Joe M.

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Inside Apple's 'black lab' wireless testing facilities (update: video) (Engadget)

Jul 18th 2010 9:03AM The Idea that Apple does the most technologically advanced RF testing in the world is laughable and patently ridiculous. They've been in the radio business for what, oh 5 years? Please. Oh yeah, and the "Stargate"? Way to be original....


How would you change Sony's PlayStation 3 Slim? (Engadget)

Nov 1st 2009 9:30AM Firefox Browser
New GUI/maybe allow 3rd party skins for the Media Player
Better Online experience
USB Ports powered even when PS3 is powered off.

Win a bag of CES swag! (Engadget)

Jan 19th 2009 7:34PM Suck me, Beautiful!

Comcast shuts down Winer (Download Squad)

Apr 21st 2008 9:58PM I have to disagree with the comments about Comcast not having to disclose their bandwidth caps.

If you offer service that is advertised as unlimited, I don't think that you should be able to arbitrarily punish people for exceeding those limits. Sure, Tell them to stop exceeding the limits or else. But without a number not to exceed how does the customer know how much he/she can download without causing a problem? Further how does one evaluate and compare alternative ISPs whom all advertise "unlimited" data? Legally, if Comcast is under no obligation to provide any sustained data rate, i.e; 450GB/month or 1GB/month, what exactly are any of us paying for?

BlackBerry Curve 8330 launching on Verizon in May (Engadget)

Mar 31st 2008 11:47AM I may be wrong, but VZ Navigator is not GPS. VZ Nav relies on Cell Towers for Trilateration. GPS is a truly GLOBAL POSITION SYSTEM . To use GPS is to use a receiver which calculates it's location based on it's distance from 4 or more GPS Satellites. GPS works anywhere on the Planet. VZ NAV uses the same principles as GPS but uses Cell Towers. The GPS system is free for consumers to use (save for the cost of a receiver). VZ Nav is not.

It burns me the eff up when people refer to any and all position/locating services as GPS.

Verizon to offer unlimited voice, data, and messaging packages (Engadget)

Feb 17th 2008 8:52PM Are they Gonna unlock the GPS on my Blackberry or what?

Telecom immunity for domestic spying dies on House floor (Engadget)

Feb 16th 2008 12:46AM @Cellinen

The fourth Amendment says that people have the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures, and to be secure in there persons and homes. The Judicial Branch through it's findings over the years has found that phone conversations are private. That's why the cops have to get warrants to wiretap mafiosos, drug dealers, et cetera. That's why in most states it's illegal to record phone conversations without advising the person on the other end of the phone that you are doing so. "This call may be recorded for training and quality assurance purposes" FISA was written originally in response to Government abuse of surveillance technology. FISA authorized electronic surveillance in 2 circumstances and in both circumstances, the subject of the electronic surveillance had to be an agent of a Foreign Power.

Additionally, why do telecoms need immunity if they didn't break the law? If the Government is making lawful requests, the telecoms can't refuse, legally. Immunity for the telecoms protects the executive branch. If lawsuits move forward, the Telecoms, to be able to defend themselves, will have to reveal publicly details of their involvement with the Federal Government.

Also, the Constitution was written in a far scarier time than now. What, 3000 people died in the 9-11 attacks. In the revolutionary war, 100000 people died trying to free themselves from an abusive monarchy.

Chimpy and his cronies regularly say that the democrats "Provide aid and comfort to the enemy", and since "you are with us or against us", Doesn't that mean that Chimpy thinks I'm with the terrorists, since I'm making comments on internet forums that oppose the way he governs? And since the threat to us is so dire that the Government shouldn't have to obey it's own laws, why is it a stretch to think that they might decide that what I'm saying is seditous and treasonous, and as such forbidden. And since they can monitor everything that is written, they could be reading this right now, and demanding that Weblogsinc provide them my ip address, so they can come silence me. Is it really that much of a stretch? Really? First, for all their BS and all the "We need this tool to fight the terrorists", where or when have you heard or seen any regard for safeguarding our freedoms, our civil liberities? "Trust us, we wouldn't do that"? Just like we wouldn't torture people? You can pull the old "they have more important things to do than to monitor a bunch of computer geeks", but it has happened before, in the era of Joe McCarthy, and the Government put this law, FISA, in place to protect against future scenarios where it would occur.

Really? you aren't doing anything wrong so you have nothing to worry about? You don't think your privacy is that important? You think that in the next 10 years health insurance companies won't be data mining to find out what medical risks you are subject to, and by extension what risk you are to their profit? You don't think that your bad habits, smoking, TV, Video games, Bacon, whatever won't be considered when they decide what you're premiums are? You don't think that some high school prank or juvenile indiscretion will be used to judge whether you are Ivy league material? You don't think that your minor experimentation with Marijuana 13 years ago will stop you from becoming a teacher, or lawyer, or doctor? You don't think your opinions on current and political issues will be used to judge, characterize, classify or otherwise group you in some way?

If you aren't worried about your privacy being invaded, I invite you to disclose your name, address, place of birth, date of birth, SSN, height, weight, eye color, hair color, any aliases, parent's names, spouse's name, childrens names, your occupation, your salary, any mental problems, any financial problems, medical problems(ED?), marital problems, what TV shows you watch, all the names of your ex girlfriends, anything you've even done illegal, what schools you went to, what schools your children go to, did you ever cheat in school, did you ever cheat on a girlfriend, who you've used as babysitters, where you shop, what kind of food you eat, people you hate, people you love, who are your friends, who's on your IM list, who's names are in your phonebook, what kind of car you drive, your license plate number, whether you pick your nose, whether you are pro-choice or pro-life, what your stance is on immigration, what your stance on the war in Iraq is, whether you believe waterboarding to be torture, what else, anything that somebody might have an interest in knowing?

iPhone report: most owners left Treos, Sidekicks behind (Engadget)

Oct 15th 2007 11:45PM I went from a Cingular Treo 650 to a Verizon BB 8830 and I couldn't be happier. This silly report doesn't imply causality and frankly proves that the iPhone's revolutionary features aren't what has sold it. The people that buy Treos and Sidekicks and Blackberrys and iPhones are generally more tech savy and as consumers are seeking out the next gen stuff. Mavens and first adopters are always looking to get the newest. I wanted a new Treo, and wanted to get away from Cingular and back to Verizon. The Treo 700's are a year old and there aren't any CDMA Treo 750's and Palm's new Centro is a step back as far as I'm concerned, so I went with the Blackberry. I certain that the "Oooh and Ahhh" of the iPhone didn't catch the attention of that many Treo owners who weren't already looking for something new.

I personally am a Hater. I believe the iPhone to be all hype. I think it is GSM shit. I think that Apple is destroying the iPod name and line. You update iTunes and all of the sudden there is an iPhone Connection utility or something of the like running in the background of you're machine? The iTunes install is all of the sudden 35MB?

Eff the iPhone.

Discontented iPhone owner sues AT&T, Apple and Steve Jobs (Engadget)

Sep 29th 2007 4:34PM The fact that this woman bought an iPhone says to me that she's an idiot. While I think the suit is rediculous, I think that this sort of thing highlights the unfortunate truth that, regardless of the merits of such a suit, the pursuit of justice costs money and the costs of pursuing justice are enough to dissuade most from doing so. And that some people are going to bring frivolous lawsuits, regardless of the cost to do so.

New Treo 500 pics surface showing off color schemes, back and side views (Engadget)

Sep 11th 2007 7:03PM A Couple of Months Ago, the rumors said 2 new smartphones. Palm the other day said this isn't the Announcement isn't the Centro. Treo 500, Centro, Gandalf, whatever it's called. I hope this isn't it. I hope that they announce a CDMA Treo 800 w/ UMTS/HSPDA, WiFi, onboard Storage, More RAM, maybe WM OS...
Come on Palm...This thing looks like it's more for kiddies than for the Treo User.