Diane Lane

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About Diane Lane

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  1. Ah yes, I have some of these issues on my device. I particularly hate the sites that aren't set up for mobile viewing, and the huge pop ups that take up the whole screen and I sometimes can't even find the X to close them. Thankfully, I have the back button that escapes me from those situations. Reading this reminded me of my Windows phone I had back around 2008. Only a few of the sites I'd try to visit would actually work, and with the others, I'd have to scroll all around the huge page just to try to see something. It was extremely frustrating. Thankfully, many developments have been made since that time, and no doubt these issues will be resolved in time. Of course higher end devices will usually provide a better user experience, but not everyone can afford top of the line technology, and using a device shouldn't provide this many struggles. Hopefully eventually even the lower end tablets will overcome these issues.
  2. We don't have background checks per se here, but of course the companies do run a credit check, which is tantamount to the same thing. I don't like the idea of punishing people who have no choice but to use prepaid services due to financial difficulties, but I guess it is one way to catch those who are up to no good. It's great that you've gotten on more secure financial footing, congratulations!
  3. I've never felt the need to jailbreak my devices. I'm not a techy person, and as long as the device can do what I need and want it to do as is, there's no need to mess with it. Also, I'm on a very limited budget, and don't see the need to take chances with losing a device I can't afford to replace, especially seeing as the warranty would be voided by rooting the device.
  4. Yes, that's why I ultimately purchased an Android tablet instead of a Windows tablet. I used to have a Windows phone. I loved the phone, but what I could do with it was severely limited between the lack of apps and quality of the connection available where I live now. It worked great when I lived in the city, but not at all here. I used an o.k. app for Twitter, but would end up using my iPod to do most of my marketing, instead of the phone, because there just weren't enough apps available.
  5. I agree that some jobs are being eliminated, but this has happened in the past, with the Industrial Revolution, and will no doubt keep happening, as new technology and products are developed. The people who lose out are those who've lost their jobs, because they often have to go through job retraining programs, and many times, their new jobs don't pay as well as their former ones did. Many of the past jobs such as autoworkers, steelworkers, etc., at least here in the U.S. were labor union positions that paid very well, especially compared to the education required for hiring. Families were decimated during those changes, and still haven't recovered. During that period, one worker could support a family, and these days, it often takes two, and even then, they still will sometimes need assistance. I hope someday we get to the point where technology will help people work smarter, not harder, and those who want to work will be able to find suitable work that will enable them to achieve (and maintain) a decent standard of living.
  6. That was my thought, punishing those using prepaid internet, because it might be the internet of choice for those who are up to something suspicious, since they wouldn't want it to be connected to their regular service. Congratulations on being able to drop it, i'm glad the situation has been rectified. I don't think people should be punished in that way unless they are actually doing something wrong, but at least your issue is solved.
  7. Competition is good, it's what drives development. I think it's good to have both Apple and Android, because each makes the other stronger, and that is better for the customers. Blackberry seems to be trying to make a comeback, and Windows is also improving, so hopefully in the future there will be even more of a selection to choose from. I agree though that Apple fans are resolute, and I think some of the Android customers could migrate to Windows in the future, especially those who are dissatisfied, or looking to explore new avenues. From what I've seen, Blackberry customers also seem to be pretty brand loyal, so they could retain the market share, as well as increasing it if their products are good enough to entice new customers to switch brands.
  8. I think you're right there, @pwarbi, particularly in the countries where the main tourist attractions are resort areas set apart from where most of the citizens live. Mexico outside of the tourist areas is very different, as well. So many people go to the resorts, love it, and talk about moving there, but have no real understanding of what it's like to actually live there on a daily basis, nor of the dangers that are inherent in those types of areas. I was just watching a show about 3 young girls murdered in Japan. The families thought they would be safe, because it was Japan, but it's important not to be naive when visiting or considering moving to a foreign place.
  9. I did try the rice cure years ago, and it didn't work, but I think that phone was beyond help. I swear by the rubber cases, they do a great job of keeping water and other liquids out, especially if the phone or other device isn't in the liquid for long. The few times (other than the total loss when I tried the rice bag) I've dropped mine in water, I've simply removed it quickly, dried it off, and was good to go.
  10. Eight months ago, Uber disclosed that there had been a data breach. What is more shocking to me is that they are looking for someone who uses Comcast. There's no clear evidence at this point that the address ties back to any Lyft employees, but an investigation is ongoing, and "In July, the federal magistrate judge in San Francisco approved Uber's request for a subpoena granting the company access to the Comcast subscriber's identity, source of payment and other subscription details. The subpoena also requires Comcast to disclose information connecting the subscriber to certain other IP addresses and to the GitHub web pages". Unnamed sources claim that the cyber address ties back to the chief of technology at Lyft. Uber is a much larger company, and perhaps Lyft is looking for a piece of that pie through the back door. Only time, and whatever evidence is gathered through the subpoena, will tell. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/08/us-uber-tech-lyft-hacking-exclusive-idUSKCN0S20D420151008?utm_source=Facebook
  11. I'm getting this same message, but from a different app. I think @Alexandoy is correct about the source of my error message. My issue is with the Sell on Etsy app, it keeps hanging up when I try to open it. I end up shutting down, and when I restart the device, it usually works. Incidentally, I did try this method to clear out my cache and data, but apparently the tablets are somewhat different than the cell phones.
  12. This affects not only customers, but also potential customers, and the stolen information includes social security numbers, dates of birth, addresses, and other personal information. "T-Mobile customers who applied between Sept. 1, 2013 and Sept. 16, 2015 may have had their information stolen." If you're in that group, or just want to know more, click the link. There's another link within the story that gives optional credit monitoring for those affected. The information was stolen from Experian, which is the company T-Mobile uses to conduct credit worthiness checks on potential customers.
  13. She's probably right, it most likely will never work again, but how sweet is this dolphin, rescuing a drowning iPhone? By the way, I have flipped an iPod Touch into a tub full of water, but it had a rubber case on it, and it did work fine afterwards. Of course, it wasn't immersed in the water for a long time, but still, sometimes anything is possible. Have you ever had an experience like this? Did your device work afterwards? http://www.ryot.org/video-flipper-who-this-dolphin-rescued-a-womans-phone-that-fell-to-the-bottom-of-the-ocean/943858?utm_source=dodo
  14. I agree with @SundayDrivah, this smacks of a hot or not clone. I'm surprised they are limiting it to 21 and over, but their lawyers probably forced that issue. I have no doubt this would be popular with adolescents and young adults, as well as possibly some tweens, but I would hope most people above those age groups would have better things to do than objectify people and cause potential conflicts.
  15. One thing I really like about this product is this feature: (from the PetaPixel article) "Another helpful feature in the camera system is called Point-To-The-Stars, which uses live preview and up-to-date star charts to help photographers pinpoint the exact celestial objects they’re trying to capture." This feature could really help people not only take better pictures of the night sky, but also learn about astronomy in the process. It also could be used for photographing other objects, so, assuming the quality of those other photographs was good enough, there'd be no need for carrying around two different cameras.