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wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Fall ball

I saw a still photo somewhere, but didn't know there is video; please do send the link.

I found the offending page, a menu of mobile internet packets available as add-ons to mobile accounts with MEO, the largest landline operator in Portugal.

The same menu appears in the list of unlimited mobile plans.

So customers can choose from S, M, L and XL plans which offer unlimited voice calls to MEO numbers and a variety of data amounts:

   S €14 for  1 GB

M €22 for 1.5 GB

L €32 for 3.5 GB

XL €60 for 30.5 GB

That's a wide range of rates, from €14/GB for low-volume users to €2/GB for power users.

The add-on options provide an additional 10 GB for a few selected services in that packet for an extra €5, the same discounted rate that the power users get.

As far as I can tell there are no restrictions on how you use the data in the base plan. A cost-sensitive customer who wants to use Facebook a lot but can't afford the power-user option can get the small plan and add 10 GB for Facebook at the power-user rate. If the user also wants to use WhatsApp a lot, they can add another 10 GB for WhatsApp at the power-user rate. If they also want to use YouTube a lot, they can add another 10 GB for YouTube at the power-user rate.

And they can mix and match these options however they like. If they want all the options, they can add all five add-ons for €25.

Everyone likes choice, right?

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Fall ball

Thanks, lil, glad you enjoyed it!

That image appears in a Quartz article which quotes the FCC chairman expressing concern that net neutrality rules hinder expansion of service to low-income, urban and rural areas.

The proposal to scrap the rules "has sparked a backlash by critics who say it will result in a rich and poor internet." It seems to me that the critics want to keep the rich internet that they are willing to pay for and don't care about less-expensive options that might be attractive to cost-sensitive customers.

Vodafone in Portugal offers a rich menu of choices at various price points.

Within the six offerings there are further options to pay more and get more. For example, under the Up Total plan you can pay

  €12 for 0.2 GB

€14 for 1 GB

€17.50 for 3 GB

€21 for 3 GB plus an additional 20 GB for selected "apps", the popular time sinks

A customer paying €17.50 can use three gigabytes for whatever they want. Paying an extra 3.5 euros makes an additional 20 GB available for the popular apps.

The fine print explains that usage beyond the limit will be billed at the base rate.

    Os clientes são informados por notificação Push da app My Vodafone ou SMS sempre que forem atingidos 80% dos dados de internet incluídos e quando esgotar o pacote de dados de internet. Depois de esgotarem os 20 GB de acesso às apps indicadas, aplica-se o tarifário base de internet do cliente ou a tarifa de internet extra.

    Customers are informed by Push notification of the My Vodafone app or SMS whenever 80% of the internet data included is reached and when the internet data packet is exhausted. Once you have exhausted the 20 GB of access to the apps listed, the client's internet base rate or the extra internet rate apply.

It looks like a great deal for anyone who uses those apps a lot, but customers who want a minimal connection can get it cheaper.

I can't find a source for the screen shot posted on Twitter, so I can't check the details.

But I fail to comprehend why anyone believes that rules restricting what choices providers can offer will improve competition, prices, or variety, especially for cost-sensitive customers who might prefer not to pay for the bandwidth necessary for file sharing and video streaming.

Hubski's position appears to be mainly concerned with anal rape.

    Will I do another? I don't know.... I'm already signed up for three half marathons next year.

"I don't know" the day after is pretty nearly a sure thing.

Those chews are awful. I grabbed some of those jelly bean things at a race and could barely get one down. I suspect that people handing out licorice are experienced runners trolling newbies.

Sounds like the cold worked out to your advantage. Great job!

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 1, 2017

    "I am laying down good intentions, which I believe durable as flint. Certainly, my associates and pursuits shall be other than they have been."

    "And better?"

    "And better - so much better as pure ore is than foul dross. You seem to doubt me; I don't doubt myself: I know what my aim is, what my motives are; and at this moment I pass a law, unalterable as that of the Medes and Persians, that both are right."

    "They cannot be, sir, if they require a new statute to legalise them."

    "They are, Miss Eyre, though they absolutely require a new statute: unheard-of combinations of circumstances demand unheard-of rules."

    "That sounds a dangerous maxim, sir; because one can see at once that it is liable to abuse."

    "Sententious sage! so it is: but I swear by my household gods not to abuse it."

    "You are human and fallible."

    "I am: so are you - what then?"

    "The human and fallible should not arrogate a power with which the divine and perfect alone can be safely intrusted."

    "What power?"

    "That of saying of any strange, unsanctioned line of action, - 'Let it be right.'"

    "'Let it be right' - the very words: you have pronounced them."

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: CANADA BANS SOYLENT

O, veni!

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 20, 2017

    Corrigan claimed to have noticed his "error" after flying for about 26 hours. This is not entirely consistent with his claim that after 10 hours, he felt his feet go cold; the cockpit floor was awash with gasoline leaking from the unrepaired tank. He used a screwdriver to punch a hole through the cockpit floor so that the fuel would drain away on the side opposite the hot exhaust pipe, reducing the risk of a midair explosion. Had he been truly unaware he was over ocean, it seems likely he would have descended at this point; instead, he claimed to have increased the engine speed by almost 20% in the hope of decreasing his flight time.

The graph of splits was interesting; I am impressed that even 12-14% of finishers have a negative split.

I like the idea of splitting the marathon into two parts of equal effort: a 20-miler and "the assertive strain" of a 10K.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: September 20, 2017

That was rough seeing them do a U-turn. Lucky break for the local guy, though.

The Chicago Marathon winner was the first U.S.-born winner since 1982.

Another wrong turn:

    During the New York City Marathon race in November, he recovered from a wrong turn seven-tenths of a mile before the finish that put him 40 yards behind his countryman Benjamín Paredes. He ran a 5:15 final mile, including the detour, to beat Paredes by two seconds with a time of 2:11:21.[6] The incident earned him the nickname "Wrong-Way Silva".

That would sure get some love at Cars & Coffee.

My favorite features were the luggage rack, the giant gear shift, and the guy's workshop.

wasoxygen  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: October 18, 2017

I think I'll bring a hydration pack this time. It looks like it will be warm enough that I will want to carry fluid, but I don't want to be encumbered by a hand-held bottle or belt. I can almost ignore a pack half-full of water, and I'll use pockets for nutrition and grab sports drinks at the aid stations. Have to remember to bring electrolyte tablets and some ibuprofen too.

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