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[#] Mon Sep 16 2019 13:09:02 EDT from zooer

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I dislike swiping, I never thought it was a good idea, I always seem to false swipe and lose an item.  I think I am scrolling up and the screen thinks I am moving left to right.

My mother used a Nook for years before she had a smart phone, she is always deleting or archiving different things, telling her children "I don't know what happened to...."

 



[#] Sun Sep 29 2019 15:29:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Hmm. If you have a new-ish phone with a USB-C port, and you plug it into one of those new universal laptop docks ... does it do anything? How close are we to the point where your phone can be your desktop when you're at the desk?

[#] Mon Oct 07 2019 09:48:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Fucking hell. Uber is now delivering alerts to my phone to keep me informed of "special offers".

I don't want to turn off alerts on the app because they're useful when I'm actually waiting for a ride.

Even worse, the text of the promotional alerts say that they are an "update to your service". This is douchebaggery of the highest degree.

[#] Mon Feb 03 2020 07:31:10 EST from zooer

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Google and apple maps use your cell phone location information to monitor traffic in real time.  Some guy walked around empty streets with a wagon full of cell phones, Google maps thinking traffic was moving slowly re-routed traffic around him.

https://www.dailydot.com/debug/performance-artist-traffic-jam-google-maps/

 



[#] Tue Feb 04 2020 10:14:23 EST from darknetuser

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2020-02-03 07:31 from zooer
Google and apple maps use your cell phone location information to
monitor traffic in real time.  Some guy walked around empty streets

with a wagon full of cell phones, Google maps thinking traffic was
moving slowly re-routed traffic around him.


Oh yeah, I had read of that one.

It is pretentious of Google to think they can get accurate metrics of traffic by counting the number of Android phones on the road, but on the other hand, every Jane and Doe has one, so trustung those metrics is not far-fetched, sadly.

[#] Mon Mar 16 2020 18:26:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Here in the US we have an iPhones-to-Androids ratio that is higher than most of the world, but there is still a very high density of Android devices on the roads.

It's been said that our lives are so dependent on our mobile devices today, that we are essentially the equivalent of cyborgs.  The integration between our biological and electronic components is very loose at this point but it is there.



[#] Mon Mar 23 2020 10:34:47 EDT from triLcat

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It's called the Internet of things and it's awesome and wonderful and terrifying

and right now, countries where people are less concerned with freedom and more concerned with health are using it to track the movement of the virus.... it's kind of crazy.

 



[#] Sat Jun 13 2020 17:11:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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IoT is the primary use case for 5G, but you wouldn't know it ... between the techno-losers who think it'll make their phone run faster, and the tinfoil-hatters who think it's a new government mind control device ... it's wack, G.

Anyone who has read even a little about the 5G technology knows that it's about lower power and higher density, enabling the use of high numbers of cheap IoT devices to connect to a cell. To a consumer with a smartphone it will make little difference.

[#] Sun Jun 14 2020 10:28:00 EDT from LoanShark

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and right now, countries where people are less concerned with freedom
and more concerned with health are using it to track the movement of
the virus.... it's kind of crazy.

You and I have spoken about this before, so I think what you include the US in "countries more concerned with freedom."

So, although we are not tracking infected individuals via their cell phones, or electronic ankle bracelets or anything like that, we *are* using aggregate, anonymized cel data to estimate mobility & social distancing parameters that feed into Covid epidemiological models such as IHME's.

China is lying about their case numbers, so if they weren't it would probably be apparent that their draconian approach to the problem has not been all it's cracked up to be.

They're just full of dear-leader-worship, also known as full of shit. Remind you of any other country?

[#] Mon Jun 22 2020 21:45:37 EDT from zooer

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Re: my CPAP machine

Wed Aug 14 2019 09:38:09 AM EDT from zooer

 there is a information screen with "Provider: AT&T" "Type 4G"  

It currently states "Provider: T-Mobile". No, I didn't change a sim card.



[#] Tue Jun 30 2020 12:21:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I'm pretty sure that's possible, it just isn't commonly done. If you dig into the settings of your phone you can usuallly see a screen to select a network, but your SIM isn't registered to other networks. I also remember hearing about ad hoc networks like the one they build at Burning Man (are they still around?) where they just broadcsst a text message to all unregistered devices within range and you can join that network until you go home and get back on your regular one.

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