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by Revcb 07:34PM Thursday Aug 30 2012

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Mr Matt

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Samsung, carriers to modify infringing devices, report says

Another round of consumer screwing. By the time Samsung and the carriers get through screwing with your handset you will not have the same product that you originally purchased. Remember when TiVO and Replay TV removed the automatic commercial skip feature. Some customers bought theirs just because of the commercial skip feature.

Imagine driving your car into the dealer for service and when you pick it up you discover the dealer removed those expensive wheels and tires you purchased from them and find that they replaced them with some crap because another auto maker had patented the design of the wheels and tires and sued the manufacture of your car in a patent dispute.

Our useless government should pass a law making it illegal to change the form fit or function of any product that you have legally purchased because of a patent dispute. Only allow adding features, not taking them away, or changing how they function.

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Re: Samsung, carriers to modify infringing devices, report says

said by Mr Matt:

Another round of consumer screwing. By the time Samsung and the carriers get through screwing with your handset you will not have the same product that you originally purchased. Remember when TiVO and Replay TV removed the automatic commercial skip feature. Some customers bought theirs just because of the commercial skip feature.

Imagine driving your car into the dealer for service and when you pick it up you discover the dealer removed those expensive wheels and tires you purchased from them and find that they replaced them with some crap because another auto maker had patented the design of the wheels and tires and sued the manufacture of your car in a patent dispute.

Our useless government should pass a law making it illegal to change the form fit or function of any product that you have legally purchased because of a patent dispute. Only allow adding features, not taking them away, or changing how they function.

I don't think so. One word : cyanogenmod
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skeechan
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Aren't these infringing elements like the bounceback scrolling elements in the Sammy Touchwiz overlay that few want on their handsets anyway? I don't think these infringing elements are part of Android itself which is why only Samsung was sued for this stuff.
Rekrul

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Feds Probe Mobile App Privacy Safeguards

"Feds Probe Mobile App Privacy Safeguards"

Yeah, that's a good one. Maybe they should start by telling the NSA to stop its warranteless spying program. Then they should tell law enforcement that they need to get a warrant to collect GPS information.

No, they're only interested in protecting the public from advertisers while the real privacy abuses go unchecked!

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Taxing broadband151;an idea whose time has not come

Government is collecting near record amounts of GDP. It doesn't matter what the purpose it, it doesn't need more of OUR money.

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Android-Crazy China Passes U.S. As Smartphone Leader

Duh, their middle class is as large as the entire US population. They are going to be ever growing consumers of everything from smartphones to energy.

Suit Up

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Comcast Said Near U.S. Approval to Encrypt Basic-Cable Signa

RCN, based in Herndon, Virginia, said in a filing it was seeing rising levels of theft as cable systems replace analog service with digital signals that are easier to steal.
I have no problem with cablecos shutting off the analog signal, but you don't have to lie like that to get it done. Sheesh. Any FCC person that believes that line should have no place being on the FCC.

Encrypting the basic tier would let Comcast start and stop service remotely, which customers prefer to scheduling an appointment with a technician, Philadelphia-based Comcast said in a filing at the FCC.
That (plus freeing up the space for more HD channels) sounds like good enough of a reason to me. You don't need to spew B.S. about digital signals making cable theft easier to convince people.
talz13

join:2006-03-15
Avon, OH

Re: Comcast Said Near U.S. Approval to Encrypt Basic-Cable Signa

Why do they have to encrypt it? If it's encrypted, that means you need to rent something from comcast. If you rent something from comcast, you still have to return it if you stop your service. So, at minimum, you need to drive the box or cablecard back to the comcast office. Judging from the locations and experience I've had dealing with TWC's offices, I'd rather take a vacation day and schedule an appointment.

Suit Up

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Los Angeles, CA

Re: Comcast Said Near U.S. Approval to Encrypt Basic-Cable Signa

I'm a TWC user, so I can't speak for Comcast. But I've always had a good experience going to the local office. Maybe I'm lucky that mine is only about 15 minutes away, and other people have to drive much further so it's not as convenient. But when I got a CableCard tuner, it took me about 45 minutes round trip to go to the local office, add the CableCard to my account and take home the CableCard and a tuning adapter. Then 10 minutes on the phone (they have a direct number to call for activating the card and there was hardly any wait time - although Comcast's web activation seems like an even better idea) and I had a functioning CableCard tuner. So it took less than an hour out of my day, rather than a full day. Much preferable, IMHO. And they'll also ship the devices to you, so if you don't want to drive you can just order it and go on with your life until it arrives. I don't know if you can mail it back to them though.