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(GigaOM)   AT&T will stop spying on everything their paying customers do, but only if you pay them an extra $800 a year   (gigaom.com) divider line 28
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2014-05-14 02:41:11 PM
Yeah, I went ahead and paid for it.  $30 a month was too steep for moral high ground.  I'm going to switch to Google once they're active though.  They're already spying on you anyhow.
 
2014-05-14 03:36:33 PM
How about I pay them nothing a year, and then I don't have to worry about it?
 
2014-05-14 03:37:59 PM
AT&T wants to know how many drunk texts you send in a weekend
 
2014-05-14 03:59:47 PM
And if you believe they're not keeping records and letting the government peruse your data then you deserve to be fleeced out of that money.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2014-05-14 05:09:46 PM
DNSSEC and https should stop the automated tracking. They can still reverse resolve endpoint IP address 127.0.0.1 and discover it's a server full of porn, but the tools might not be doing that automatically.

(Seriously, I bet you'll find a lot of porn on 127.0.0.1.)
 
2014-05-14 05:14:37 PM
It's time to admit that deregulating the industry was a mistake and go back to regulating AT&T and the like as public utilities.
 
2014-05-14 05:16:02 PM

Diogenes: And if you believe they're not keeping records and letting the government peruse your data then you deserve to be fleeced out of that money.


'bout the only post necessary in this thread.
 
2014-05-14 05:16:43 PM

serial_crusher: Yeah, I went ahead and paid for it.  $30 a month was too steep for moral high ground.  I'm going to switch to Google once they're active though.  They're already spying on you anyhow.


Yeah, I held out on Google Fiber for awhile, but eventually came around because honestly I use Google so much anyway it's not like they'd get anything new from me. Well, I guess TV watching trends, but TWC was probably monitoring that and selling it off anyway.

Google Fiber is awesome, by the way.
 
2014-05-14 05:34:40 PM
VPN services can be had for less than $8 a month.
 
2014-05-14 05:38:14 PM

mcreadyblue: VPN services can be had for less than $8 a month.


You're in Sweden/Canada/Canada/Leichenstein too?
 
2014-05-14 05:38:56 PM

Smeggy Smurf: mcreadyblue: VPN services can be had for less than $8 a month.

You're in Sweden/Canada/Canada/Leichenstein too?


Hmm... I must like Canada.  I meant London
 
2014-05-14 05:40:34 PM
At&T can suck m\y cock. that is all.
 
2014-05-14 06:04:07 PM
I use Comcast instead of AT&T, but I'm not sure it's any better. It's something like choosing between a punch in the dick and a punch in the nose.
 
2014-05-14 06:12:03 PM
Obvious tag at the payday loan store?
 
2014-05-14 06:13:11 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Smeggy Smurf: mcreadyblue: VPN services can be had for less than $8 a month.

You're in Sweden/Canada/Canada/Leichenstein too?

Hmm... I must like Canada.  I meant London


London, I like watching BBC. :-)
 
2014-05-14 06:53:36 PM
If you're not already using a VPN for everything (especially mobile data) you are gonna get raped in the next 5 yrs...

/ packet snooping and throttling - it's your future if you don't tunnel
 
2014-05-14 07:01:27 PM
Hm, one would think turning off all that surveillance would be a cost savings.
 
2014-05-14 08:01:16 PM

BullBearMS: It's time to admit that deregulating the industry was a mistake and go back to regulating AT&T and the like as public utilities.


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-05-14 09:18:10 PM

ZAZ: (Seriously, I bet you'll find a lot of porn on 127.0.0.1.)


I keep mine on 127.0.0.2. Security through obscurity and all.
 
2014-05-14 10:00:43 PM

mcreadyblue: Smeggy Smurf: Smeggy Smurf: mcreadyblue: VPN services can be had for less than $8 a month.

You're in Sweden/Canada/Canada/Leichenstein too?

Hmm... I must like Canada.  I meant London

London, I like watching BBC. :-)


BBC iPlayer is awesome!

Downloading shows for offline viewing?  Only a Socialist country like the UK would ever allow that.
 
2014-05-14 11:54:55 PM
VPN? On 3mps DSL, the best I can get here? How?
 
2014-05-15 03:29:08 AM

kittyhas1000legs: I use Comcast instead of AT&T, but I'm not sure it's any better. It's something like choosing between a punch in the dick and a punch in the nose.


According to their CEO, they're going to roll out usage based pricing country wide in a few months. I'm sure that will go over well.
 
2014-05-15 03:39:35 AM

decloaked lurker: kittyhas1000legs: I use Comcast instead of AT&T, but I'm not sure it's any better. It's something like choosing between a punch in the dick and a punch in the nose.

According to their CEO, they're going to roll out usage based pricing country wide in a few months. I'm sure that will go over well.


I was about to come here and say that. Thankfully AT&T is to slow in knowing how to really count bandwidth as good as Comcast.
The Comcast statements http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/Comcast-Confirms-Usage-Caps-Going- N ationwide-After-Trials-128963
 
2014-05-15 05:51:38 AM
Thankfully, deregulation is working brilliantly... prices are sky high, competition is at an all time low, and the US has crappier T-com than dozens of other western countries. We truly are on our way to becoming the Somalia of the West.
 
2014-05-15 06:13:14 AM

mcreadyblue: VPN services can be had for less than $8 a month.


I have a VPN I'm already paying for through my usenet provider (VyperVPN, GigaNews).  I gave that a shot when I first signed up for AT&T, but the bandwidth tapped out at about 20mbps. 
Show me the $8 VPN that will handle the full 300 I'm paying for, and I'll use it.
 
2014-05-15 06:32:19 AM
Telecom companies should not be allowed to operate at a profit.

There. i just freed up billions of dollars for telecom infrastructure investment.
 
2014-05-15 07:24:27 AM
Yeah go ahead and pay for that. There's not a chance in hell they're going to spy on you anyway.
 
2014-05-15 07:54:30 AM

The One True TheDavid: VPN? On 3mps DSL, the best I can get here? How?


You can connect at 3 if your lucky. Before I left Att dsl I was getting constant 1.2 download speeds.
 
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