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2013-09-24 08:51:26 AM
If I had friends who engaged in one-upsmanship over what type of phone I used, I would have to seriously reevaluate my life.
 
2013-09-24 09:12:34 AM

Sybarite: If I had friends who engaged in one-upsmanship over what type of phone I used, I would have to seriously reevaluate my life.


Pfft.  Spoken like a Blackberry user.  Loooser.
 
2013-09-24 09:12:40 AM

Sybarite: If I had friends who engaged in one-upsmanship over what type of phone I used, I would have to seriously reevaluate my life.


Beat me to it
 
2013-09-24 09:21:47 AM
So you can lock me out of my phone, but first you need my Google Play password? This changes everything. What an amazing prank that my friends will never be able to play on me.
 
2013-09-24 09:22:07 AM

Sybarite: If I had friends who engaged in one-upsmanship over what type of phone I used, I would have to seriously reevaluate my life.


www.reactiongifs.com

Done in one.
 
2013-09-24 09:29:11 AM

Sybarite: If I had friends who engaged in one-upsmanship over what type of phone I used, I would have to seriously reevaluate my life.


I was going to say, my friends and I don't really discuss our cellphones. Maybe if we run out of more interesting topics of conversation, perhaps.
 
2013-09-24 09:31:07 AM

Sybarite: If I had friends who engaged in one-upsmanship over what type of phone I used, I would have to seriously reevaluate my life.


As if guys need legitimate reasons to one-up each other or talk shiat. It's what guys do. I used to work with a guy who would try to one-up me with his lunch. My friends and and I will give each other buckets of grief over the most minute crap imaginable.
 
2013-09-24 09:31:27 AM
Wait, so if you leave yourself logged into something on your computer, somebody who sits down at it can play pranks on you?

THIS. CHANGES. EVERYTHING.

morans
 
2013-09-24 09:40:20 AM

SmackLT: My friends and and I will give each other buckets of grief over the most minute crap imaginable.


I was going to make a comment about how I don't tend to do this one-upmanship garbage, but then I realized that I'm a better person than you and your friends.
 
2013-09-24 10:17:49 AM

t3knomanser: I was going to make a comment about how I don't tend to do this one-upmanship garbage, but then I realized that I'm a better person than you and your friends.


None of it is legitimately mean and nobody takes it seriously. It's just how we interact, and I've known some of them since grade school. We can be rough with each other, but everybody dishes and everybody gets it back in kind. It's sort of a mark of friendship--you don't catch heat unless you're inside the group. And I'd take a bullet for any of them.

You probably are a better person than me, but certainly not because of this.
 
2013-09-24 10:21:18 AM
Doesn't Apple have a similar service?  So if my now more smug apple friend leaves his or her iTunes or whatever account up, can't I play this same prank on them?
 
2013-09-24 10:21:19 AM
I avoid one upsmanship entirely by using a phone that runs SimtOS.  You've probably never heard of it.
 
2013-09-24 10:29:30 AM
Ha! I don't have any friends!
 
2013-09-24 10:30:49 AM

SmackLT: t3knomanser: I was going to make a comment about how I don't tend to do this one-upmanship garbage, but then I realized that I'm a better person than you and your friends.

None of it is legitimately mean and nobody takes it seriously. It's just how we interact, and I've known some of them since grade school. We can be rough with each other, but everybody dishes and everybody gets it back in kind. It's sort of a mark of friendship--you don't catch heat unless you're inside the group. And I'd take a bullet for any of them.

You probably are a better person than me, but certainly not because of this.


These guys approve.
i.imgur.com
 
2013-09-24 10:32:53 AM

SmackLT: t3knomanser: I was going to make a comment about how I don't tend to do this one-upmanship garbage, but then I realized that I'm a better person than you and your friends.

None of it is legitimately mean and nobody takes it seriously. It's just how we interact, and I've known some of them since grade school. We can be rough with each other, but everybody dishes and everybody gets it back in kind. It's sort of a mark of friendship--you don't catch heat unless you're inside the group. And I'd take a bullet for any of them.

You probably are a better person than me, but certainly not because of this.


WHOOSH
 
2013-09-24 10:36:45 AM

t3knomanser: SmackLT: My friends and and I will give each other buckets of grief over the most minute crap imaginable.

I was going to make a comment about how I don't tend to do this one-upmanship garbage, but then I realized that I'm a better person than you and your friends.


I did not see that one coming. Went right over his head, too.
 
2013-09-24 10:41:37 AM
The lock and remote wipe actions only work after they have been enabled in the "Google Settings" app (Android Device Manager > Allow Remote Lock), and one has to be logged into the Google Play account associated with the device before it's possible to activate these features.

So this has to be enabled, AND you must know the person's account name and password?  It is easier to grab their phone and throw it on the ground really hard.
 
2013-09-24 10:46:03 AM

mediablitz: WHOOSH


Oh damn.
 
2013-09-24 10:46:09 AM
...if you leave a PC or such a machine lying around while logged into the Play store...

People can do things?

No farking kidding. What a dumb article.
 
2013-09-24 10:48:39 AM
Ah, the advantage of being a Windows Phone user. No one cares enough to hack it.
 
2013-09-24 10:51:38 AM

Joe Peanut: The lock and remote wipe actions only work after they have been enabled in the "Google Settings" app (Android Device Manager > Allow Remote Lock), and one has to be logged into the Google Play account associated with the device before it's possible to activate these features.

So this has to be enabled, AND you must know the person's account name and password?   It is easier to grab their phone and throw it on the ground really hard.


And...this prank works with ALL smartphone operating systems! Let the hilarity begin!
 
2013-09-24 10:58:19 AM

Eirik: Ah, the advantage of being a the Windows Phone user. No one cares enough to hack it.

 
2013-09-24 11:03:04 AM
All my Android-using friends are quitting smoking cold turkey.  What's next?


i253.photobucket.com


HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM?
 
2013-09-24 11:29:25 AM
Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.
 
2013-09-24 11:31:35 AM

INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.


if you're getting older version, then go with Galaxy.
 
2013-09-24 11:34:56 AM
Ever since I worked in the defense industry it's been my habit to set a password on my screen saver and hit windows-L when I walk away from my computer.  Walking away from an unlocked PC feels like leaving home with all the doors and windows open.
 
2013-09-24 11:35:54 AM

INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.


Honestly go to the store. Play with the phones. Whichever you find more comfortable in your hand and intuitive - go with that one. For me it was the Galaxy. For my sister it was the iPhone. Generally one OS will make more sense to you off the bat. I personally find iOS frustrating. For most people it is intuitive.
 
2013-09-24 11:37:00 AM

Fish in a Barrel: Ever since I worked in the defense industry it's been my habit to set a password on my screen saver and hit windows-L when I walk away from my computer.  Walking away from an unlocked PC feels like leaving home with all the doors and windows open.


Yeah also this. On my personal PC, it locks when I close the lid.
 
2013-09-24 11:39:00 AM

INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.


If I were you, I'd buy a phone outright (check Craigslist; people often sell lightly-used phones soon after a newer, shinier flagship model comes out) and use a pre-paid service like TracFone or Aio Wireless rather than signing another two-year contract.  The up-front cost is a little higher, but you'll save hundreds over a two-year period.
 
2013-09-24 11:47:04 AM

darwinpolice: INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.

If I were you, I'd buy a phone outright (check Craigslist; people often sell lightly-used phones soon after a newer, shinier flagship model comes out) and use a pre-paid service like TracFone or Aio Wireless rather than signing another two-year contract.  The up-front cost is a little higher, but you'll save hundreds over a two-year period.


You don't have to sign a new contract if you buy your phone elsewhere. I haven't been under contract with Verizon for a few years now.
 
2013-09-24 11:48:12 AM
Clicked, saw the headline started with "Fandroid"

/closed tab
 
2013-09-24 11:52:17 AM

INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.


Depends on what you want.

I'd go with HTC One. Many upgrade plans include that for as low a price as Galaxy S III or iPhone 4S, and some include it "free." It has the very highest density screen on the market (full HD in ~4¾″ 468ppi vs. 326 for Apple's best "Retina" display), and built-in decent-sized stereo speakers on the front (if you ever want to let someone else hear some music or video on your phone while you do as well, that comes in really handy. Even the Galaxy S4 has only a tiny ~¼″² mono speaker on the back).
 
2013-09-24 11:56:33 AM

jaylectricity: darwinpolice: INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.

If I were you, I'd buy a phone outright (check Craigslist; people often sell lightly-used phones soon after a newer, shinier flagship model comes out) and use a pre-paid service like TracFone or Aio Wireless rather than signing another two-year contract.  The up-front cost is a little higher, but you'll save hundreds over a two-year period.

You don't have to sign a new contract if you buy your phone elsewhere. I haven't been under contract with Verizon for a few years now.


But you're still paying the full on-contract price for service. Carriers don't charge you less for service if you bring your own phone. Pre-paid carriers are like $20/line cheaper for similar service.
 
2013-09-24 11:57:49 AM

COMALite J: INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.

Depends on what you want.

I'd go with HTC One. Many upgrade plans include that for as low a price as Galaxy S III or iPhone 4S, and some include it "free." It has the very highest density screen on the market (full HD in ~4¾″ 468ppi vs. 326 for Apple's best "Retina" display), and built-in decent-sized stereo speakers on the front (if you ever want to let someone else hear some music or video on your phone while you do as well, that comes in really handy. Even the Galaxy S4 has only a tiny ~¼″² mono speaker on the back).


Yeah I have a G4 and can attest to the crappy speakers.
 
2013-09-24 11:58:15 AM
In other news, iPhone fanboys act like 8 year olds.
 
2013-09-24 12:02:43 PM

darwinpolice: jaylectricity: darwinpolice: INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.

If I were you, I'd buy a phone outright (check Craigslist; people often sell lightly-used phones soon after a newer, shinier flagship model comes out) and use a pre-paid service like TracFone or Aio Wireless rather than signing another two-year contract.  The up-front cost is a little higher, but you'll save hundreds over a two-year period.

You don't have to sign a new contract if you buy your phone elsewhere. I haven't been under contract with Verizon for a few years now.

But you're still paying the full on-contract price for service. Carriers don't charge you less for service if you bring your own phone. Pre-paid carriers are like $20/line cheaper for similar service.


I pay $55 for two phones.
 
2013-09-24 12:19:39 PM

Sybarite: If I had friends who engaged in one-upsmanship over what type of phone I used, I would have to seriously reevaluate my life.


'You have a SNES/Genesis? You farking loser! Genesis/SNES is better you ass!'

People will use anything to feel superior over others. Just human nature.
 
2013-09-24 12:23:33 PM
Its a phone, seriously who cares? As long as you are happy with your phone, whatever. I really couldn't care less about whether I have more material wealth than someone else, and anyone who does is destined to be always unhappy anyway.
 
2013-09-24 12:33:56 PM

EbolaNYC: In other news, iPhone fanboys act like 8 year olds.


This coming from a person who uses the word, "fanboys"
 
2013-09-24 12:34:35 PM

darwinpolice: INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.

If I were you, I'd buy a phone outright (check Craigslist; people often sell lightly-used phones soon after a newer, shinier flagship model comes out)


But not before they've jizzed in them.
 
2013-09-24 12:34:57 PM
Would this work to circumvent the default encryption password policy on an S4?  I wouldn't mind having a long, alphanumeric password to decrypt when the device turns on, but Samsung forces the same password & policy to unlocking.  This keeps me from using full-device-encryption, because it's frankly friggin nutty to have an 8 character alphanumeric unlock pin.

I know that if you use an S4 with EAS, it will use whatever policy Exchange tells it to use, so I'm wondering if the same thing might not apply with the Google remote-pin-reset thing?
 
2013-09-24 12:38:10 PM

INeedAName: Serious question as the wife and I are eligible for upgrades and she is still using a flip phone. Galaxy or iPhone?

Realize we will probably be getting older version of either.


It all depends on how you feel about iTunes.

If you already use it for your music/movie libraries then iPhone is probably your best option.

If you recognize it for the horrific, unintuitive bloatware that it is and refuse to install in on your computer then Android is probably a better choice.
 
2013-09-24 12:55:44 PM
www.independent.co.uk
 
2013-09-24 01:22:08 PM
People are acting like these are rival religious factions, they are cell phones.

They have us acting like the Jets and the Sharks
 
2013-09-24 01:24:05 PM

Farking Canuck: If you recognize it for the horrific, unintuitive bloatware that it is and refuse to install in on your computer then Android is probably a better choice.


Yeah, because if there's one thing that Android is known for, it's being free of horrific, unintuitive bloatware.

/Blockbuster app? Can't remove it.
 
2013-09-24 01:24:42 PM

maliklockett: People are acting like these are rival religious factions, they are cell phones.

They have us acting like the Jets and the Sharks


I bet you're a hoot around car guys.
 
2013-09-24 01:41:31 PM

cameroncrazy1984: Farking Canuck: If you recognize it for the horrific, unintuitive bloatware that it is and refuse to install in on your computer then Android is probably a better choice.

Yeah, because if there's one thing that Android is known for, it's being free of horrific, unintuitive bloatware.

/Blockbuster app? Can't remove it.


Mine didn't come with a Blockbuster app. You can also remove anything you want with a rooting process that lasts about 7 minutes. But, iTunes seems pretty mandatory for the iPhone.
 
2013-09-24 01:44:37 PM

SmackLT: Sybarite: If I had friends who engaged in one-upsmanship over what type of phone I used, I would have to seriously reevaluate my life.

As if guys need legitimate reasons to one-up each other or talk shiat. It's what guys do. I used to work with a guy who would try to one-up me with his lunch. My friends and and I will give each other buckets of grief over the most minute crap imaginable.


Exactly. If you don't have friends like this, you don't have friends.
 
2013-09-24 02:06:05 PM

MagSeven: cameroncrazy1984: Farking Canuck: If you recognize it for the horrific, unintuitive bloatware that it is and refuse to install in on your computer then Android is probably a better choice.

Yeah, because if there's one thing that Android is known for, it's being free of horrific, unintuitive bloatware.

/Blockbuster app? Can't remove it.

Mine didn't come with a Blockbuster app. You can also remove anything you want with a rooting process that lasts about 7 minutes. But, iTunes seems pretty mandatory for the iPhone.


Anything? Yeah, not anything. My last android phone was rooted and the best it could do was freeze some apps and de-bloat some others. The fact that you have to do that to begin with is ridiculous.

And I like iTunes; I can sync my iPhone when it's connected to my home wifi.
 
2013-09-24 02:08:29 PM
I talk about phones with my other techie friends but I never try to tell someone what they should buy or what they want to buy is crap (unless it's a free phone with a two year contract in most cases), especially if it's just because of the OS/Hardware maker.  As silly as it sounds phone fanboys have gone the way of game console fanboys.  I will never understand why people worship a particular operating system or hardware maker, it's ridiculous.
 
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