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Wow, google is harsh on Biden today.

The NY Post endorses Dump... yeah the Mordorock tabloid. It's like one of four papers nationwide. :rolleyes:
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PLUS I just found out that Google again did a big system update over data on Matlock's phone, jacking up our charges again this month. I've set it to only do system updates over wifi, but they just ignore that.

Fucking dirtbag leeches.
I want in on this.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use? • The Register

Especially since we added my sister to our plan, and it's been happening with her phone too now. Google's unauthorized data dumps bump us up into a more expensive plan literally every month. They fucking owe us money.
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Old 11-15-2020, 12:39 PM
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Wait, 260MB a month is a lot? I've dropped my regular package from 6GB to 2GB a month because I'm not using much, in these unprecedented times.
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They get massively hosed on mobile costs over there JoeP. Whenever I speak to my parents about it, I cannot believe the prices they are paying. Like $40 a month for what I get here for 8. Data in particular seems to be insanely expensive, at least in Canada. I assume because they have to have so much more infrastructure to provide decent coverage than we do here in the teeny-weeny UK. So I can see why people would have minimal or even no data on their plan. My sister has no data and just looks for free wifi whenever she's out and about*.



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It's a lot more than it should be since we're almost always on wifi now, and all the phones are set to disallow updates over data. And in our case, it usually comes out to about an extra 2-3GB per month.

We have a flexible plan where we're billed for what we use rather than having set caps, so the charges are different every month, and every month, we pay for Google to do something that we've explicitly told them not to.

And I'm mostly pissed about the fact that they're doing this without permission in the first place. But the costs are concrete monetary damages, so they're easy to quantify.
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They get massively hosed on mobile costs over there JoeP.
I can neither confirm nor deny whether I am well aware of that and whether I take every opportunity to rub it in.

And it's not like our deals are the best. In Finland you don't even have MB/GB allowances, you have speed allowances, which is much more logical because on the internet backbone, the pipes are constrained by bits per second (lots of bits per second) not total GB per month.
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Also y'all's distances are mighty big there in the US of A and ol' Canadia. Nowhere here is very remote.
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As JoeP said, unlimited data is the norm here. Lots of people work remotely via hotspotting though their mobile phones.
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Unlimited data is pretty much the norm here, too. We've never used much data, though, so we don't need or want it. Our plan works out much better for us. (Even better when Google isn't fucking with it.)
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We have a flexible plan where we're billed for what we use rather than having set caps, so the charges are different every month,

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Unlimited data is pretty much the norm here, too. We've never used much data, though, so we don't need or want it. Our plan works out much better for us.
Wot? These statements appear inconsistent at first sight ... but I suppose you're saying unlimited data at huge cost is the norm there for most people, but you've got a flexible plan at a more reasonable cost except for what Google hits you with.

Gotta say, still feeling a bit smug.
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Gotta say, still feeling a bit smug.
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I don't understand what you're confused about.

Yes, cell service costs more here overall than in most places, but almost everyone else I know has an unlimited data plan. We don't because we prefer what we have, partly because it's cheaper, even with the unauthorized data transfers from Google. It adds up when they do it every month, though.

The reason the charges are important is that excess data charges are quantifiable and easy to demonstrate. The core problem is that Google is sidestepping their own settings to allow unauthorized use of data that's not approved by or for the benefit of users.
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Gotta say, still feeling a bit smug.
See you Jan 1 when you don't have electricity or running water.
Hey, I didn't say I was feeling smug about anything other than mobile data prices as of right now.

Besides, you won't see me - no electricity for internet stuff, and even apart from covid, border control will be in complete chaos and no one will be able to get in. Or out.
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You should be rowing a bathtub down the Thames as we speak. Im sure a Norwegian would take pity and hitch you a ride.

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Sarah Cooper: ‘Trump has bigger fish to fry than me’ | Culture | The Guardian

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Lockdown videos of Sarah Cooper lip-syncing Donald Trump made her a Twitter sensation. Now the comedian is working with the likes of Helen Mirren and Whoopi Goldberg.
This thrad because:

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Ironically enough, she ditched all that follow-your-dreams stuff, so she could follow her actual dream, which was to become a comedian who made fun of workplaces that said such things.
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Hope you're having your quota of fun ES.
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Freaking "What's This Song?" quit working on me cell phone tonight. Then the world came to an end. The End.

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Google workers reject company's account of AI researcher's exit as anger grows | Technology | The Guardian

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Summary: Google research into systemic bias is censored. Researchers who object are "resignated".

Analysis, Ensign?
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They get massively hosed on mobile costs over there JoeP. Whenever I speak to my parents about it, I cannot believe the prices they are paying. Like $40 a month for what I get here for 8. Data in particular seems to be insanely expensive, at least in Canada. I assume because they have to have so much more infrastructure to provide decent coverage than we do here in the teeny-weeny UK.
IIRC its from a well-meaning but horribly-implemented technical law that mandated a certain minimum value for service. At the time, it helped stop people getting ripped off. Twenty years of technological improvement later, anything better 2001's state-of-the-art is now premium.

There's also monopolies involved. Saskatchewan fared better than some places because they had a big university network which wasn't so easily cut up and parceled out.
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Google may be evil, but this is fun! https://artsandculture.google.com/ex...RY1eYc&cp=e30.

Mouse around and click things to try all the features.

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