Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Oct 2012 23:06 UTC
Internet & Networking "With the fate of our beloved internet economy allegedly at stake, perhaps it's a good time to examine what Do Not Track is. How did the standard came to be, what does it do, and how does it stand to change online advertising? Is it as innocuous as privacy advocates make it sound, or does it stand to jeopardize the free, ad-supported internet we've all come to rely on?" Do Not Track is inherently flawed because it gives people a false sense of security. Other than perhaps well-known and accountable sites, nobody's going to abide by it anyway. We don't need nonsense like DNT - we need to educate people about that 'private browsing' button. Everybody's already using it for porn anyway; shouldn't be hard to let people know what other things it can be used for.
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RE[2]: Do not call?!?
by Alfman on Sat 13th Oct 2012 08:38 UTC in reply to "RE: Do not call?!?"
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"That's as absurd as having to pay for the letters people send you."

This always surprises people in europe, but yeah that's the way it is in the US especially with mobile phones.

If you have a PAYG plan, you pay for incoming calls outright. If you have minutes on your plan, then those are total minutes which will deduct incoming calls before applying overage charges. I think our overage charge is around $0.40/minute, which I presume is rounded up. Different plans have different times when the minutes can apply.

On a related note, I don't have/don't want a texting plan, but I still get some occasional spam texts & some from friends. I make a point of never reading them because I'd rather they call. Anyway those get billed at $0.20 a piece.

You get used to it.

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