Archive for the ‘Complaints’ Category

VZW Optimization

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

*EDIT* On 2/3/2011 news stories were published that confirmed this was just for new contract customers. So existing Verizon customers like myself will be grandfathered into exemption from this plan unless we sign a new plan. Interestingly enough this was also effective the day existing Verizon customer can purchase the iPhone.

So I received a message from Verizon today informing me of the new “optimization” of their data traffic starting tomorrow 2/3/2011. Part of this will be done by using new compression technology; the other part will be done by reducing data speed for the top 5% of data users periodically. The link provided for more info gives an error. From what I can tell this is going to affect 1 of every 20 data users, Verizon’s statement is that this will affect a few of the users to keep the network stable and quick for the rest. The document states that Verizon has 94 million users; this will affect 4.7 million of those users which Verizon considers a few. I can only assume this is the first we are seeing of the net neutrality ruling passed by the FCC last year.

Part of what strikes me odd is there is no info available as to what the average data use is and what the approximate amount is to put you in the top 5%. I have not seen anything official but several posts in forums saying 2 GB is the threshold. Regardless I know I will be in the top 5% as my data use has been steady 10+ GB per month for a while. The problems I see with this is many apps access the internet for various reasons that are not necessarily to benefit the user, i.e. check for updates, submit scores, display ads ect… many of these features can not be turned off easily by the user.  As I know I am in the top 5% of users I again do not know how this will affect me. Most of my data usage is due to downloading podcasts. I do not stream these so if it takes longer to download I will just listen to another one that has already been downloaded; currently I have around 1 GB of podcasts I can listen to before I have exhausted my library. I am astonished that news outlets have not been reporting on this as there has been so much hoopla in the past regarding net neutrality. Below I have attached the Verizon info announcing this.

Important Information about Verizon Wireless Data Plans and Features

As part of our continuing efforts to provide the best experience to our more than 94 million customers, Verizon Wireless is introducing two new network management practices.

We are implementing optimization and transcoding technologies in our network to transmit data files in a more efficient manner to allow available network capacity to benefit the greatest number of users. These techniques include caching less data, using less capacity, and sizing the video more appropriately for the device. The optimization process is agnostic to the content itself and to the website that provides it. While we invest much effort to avoid changing text, image, and video files in the compression process and while any change to the file is likely to be indiscernible, the optimization process may minimally impact the appearance of the file as displayed on your device. For a further, more detailed explanation of these techniques, please visit

If you subscribe to a Data Plan or Feature on February 3, 2011 or after, the following applies:

Verizon Wireless strives to provide customers the best experience when using our network, a shared resource among tens of millions of customers. To help achieve this, if you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5% of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand. Our proactive management of the Verizon Wireless network is designed to ensure that the remaining 95% of data customers aren’t negatively affected by the inordinate data consumption of just a few users.


Spam bots vs ads

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

For the past week now I have been combating spam bots on this site. 100 or more comments of useless form generated junk comments advertising nothing related to my original post. What I don’t understand is why don’t the people who create the spam bot programs also put a few lines of codes in there that click the ads? I do not expect to make money from this site and getting set up with google adsense was more or less a why not decision. I have received more than 2000 comments on this site and not a single ad click. I am not asking readers of the site, yes all 3 of you, to click the ads. I only expect someone to click an ad if it is something they would do regardless. However if someone is going to create a program that will require me to moderate pages and pages of useless comments why don’t they also help me out by spending an extra couple seconds to put a few lines of code to have the bot click an ad or two?

WTF news??!

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

For eight hours a day I sit at my desk and to my right is a flat screen television. All day this tv is tuned to CNN, and all day I get to watch the failure of modern media, specifically news outlets, to deliver what they set out to do. I do admit that they can provide stories that are quality and newsworthy…however most the “news” I see is an epic fail.

About three years ago I first learned of this issue while watching Fox News and the two anchors were discussing the affects a child can suffer due to spanking. Now this topic is proper news, but the anchors found a way to degrade the topic to a discussion about were they spanked as a child and one had the gall to proclaim now he pays extra for the “punishment”. How does the anchor’s kinky pleasures constitute news? I have yet to figure out the answer.

More recently I have paid attention to the “headlines” CNN is broadcasting daily. I fail to see how Obama busting his lip in a game of basketball over thanksgiving is news. On a simmilar note I do not understand how viral videos and youtube’s top ten for 2010 qualify as news. From what I can tell today’s news stations are more concerned with winning the minds of your average TMZ viewer than delivering true news stories.

I can only believe this is due to the corporations being afraid of being sued or fined. Look at the drama associated with what is going down with Wikileak. They are providing raw content and now the public face of the site is going to be charged for delivering said content. This makes no sense to me, had one of the established news sources released top secret documents would they be charged with a crime or questioned as they were doing something wrong? I know that in years past they would have been praised for doing great journalism, in the present I don’t know as they would shy away from this information.

What is to be said when I receive more quality news from short segments on comedy podcasts than I can get all day long searching the websites of our big three news providers? Maybe it is time the news outlets take a cue from pro wrestling and admit they are trying to bring entertainment nothing more.

As for the people who want real news we are left to evolve and stray away from the news providers and search different avenues. I find better written news items trolling around above top secret, aside the conspiracy items there is a giant group of people dedicated to following the topic at hand and sources must be cited as well. While many times the arthor has a bias to the left or right they rarely attempt to mask this unlike the big three. I do give CNN credit for trying with the IReport system but it still seems that any IReport I see is something that alas is not news at least on the national level.

For now I assume I will still lose faith in the news providers and keep searching for that one outlet which is unafraid to deliver true content off the wire. Meanwhile I will keep laughing at the content fed to the American people under the guise of news.