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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by random axe on September 19, 2018, 05:56:08 PM »
Yeah.  I might try setting it to Radio Off, but being able to make emergency calls isn't a terrible thing.  And since I only have the one wifi network that I use, I never take that phone anywhere, so monitoring its location isn't a big security leak.

I don't know if anyone's spying on the wifi traffic through it.  But if they are, I probably can't stop them.  Too advanced for me.



Virgin Mobile is now insisting they can only provide tech support in real time and by calling me on the phone that's having the problem.  It's phenomenally stupid.  It must be a dodge to severely cut down on how much tech support they have to provide.

Also, I'm not surprised they farm it out to some other company, but the tech support people have no access to my VM account, so they don't know what kind of phone I have or even what my phone number is.

:eyeroll:
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Science & Technology / Re: Geek News You Don't Need
« Last post by mo on September 19, 2018, 04:42:59 PM »
If you've bought anything from NewEgg in the past month, time for a new credit card.

I would expect a company like them to be at least average on security. This hack reinforces my paranoia of what is possible. In this case, I kind of hope they were lax on security. I'd hate to think lots of companies are susceptible. I need to order a part from Sears.com, a dying company who I would not expect to have stellar security. *procrastination syndrome sets in*
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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by mo on September 19, 2018, 03:07:42 PM »
Ah. I hadn't heard that. Good to know.
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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by stormneedle on September 19, 2018, 01:49:38 PM »
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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by mo on September 19, 2018, 09:01:59 AM »
If it can still call 911 without an account, then it must be searching for cell towers, and exchanging location/communications to them. I have no idea who receives that info. Just the owner of that tower, or is there some network that all the big players have access to?

I wonder if it will get the 'presidential' emergency broadcast.
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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by mo on September 18, 2018, 04:42:44 PM »
That's kind of spooky. It makes me realize reinforces how little I understand about cellphones. I know you can browse on wifi without using data on your cell account, so it kind of makes sense, but I don't really get it. Maybe the updating runs on a similar level to 911?

:shrug: :shrug:
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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by random axe on September 18, 2018, 04:29:12 PM »
Speaking of my old phone:

After I got the new one, I kept the old one to use as a WiFi pocket computer, partly because it fucks with Google and partly because it means when my new phone needs charging and the charger isn't in a convenient location . . . well, you know.  I gots a second phone.

But after I activated New Phone, there began some new weird activity on Old Phone.  It started trying to update Android and Google settings in new ways -- over the cell network.  Which seemed odd, but I don't know WTF is up between Google and Sprint.

Unfortunately, it started to work but then began hanging the phone after a Google Play Services update, so I nixed that experiment by pulling the SIM out.  WiFi apparently doesn't care if there's a SIM.  The phone just warns me when I start it that I can only make emergency calls.

That phone is no longer associated with an Virgin Mobile account, per se, since I switched the account to my new phone and delisted the old one.  But I don't know WTF.  Now the old phone works perfectly for WiFi internet shit, which is how well it worked when it was still activated.

What's going on over at Virgin Mobile, obviously I have no idea whatsoever.
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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by random axe on September 18, 2018, 04:25:17 PM »
I do, but for the first few days it intermittently had the exact same issues as my old phone.  Which rather suggests that it wasn't the phone that was the problem.

Also, they don't get off the hook for diagnosing the problem just because I got a new phone.  That would be stupid.

ALSO, now that I think about it, this means that the contact number they have for me has been working for the last week, and they claim they tried to contact me a few days ago, so . . . not only is it a stupid excuse, but it's a lie.  :eyeroll:

OH, HONESTLY.
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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by mo on September 18, 2018, 04:13:45 PM »
Wait. You don't have service on the new phone you got?
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Science & Technology / Re: Endless Complaining
« Last post by mo on September 18, 2018, 04:11:26 PM »
They tried calling me.  But my phone doesn't work!

Honestly, that's more funny than infuriating.

After you've been crying for a long time, things seem funnier. Probably a defense mechanism.

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