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james_bond

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    james_bond reacted to Kilrah in Why do (Android) smartphone brands offer security updates for 3 years only ?   
    The point of the massive tax is to push manufacturers to build phones in India, so it's unlikely to happen unless Apple opens a factory there.
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    james_bond reacted to Commodus in Why do (Android) smartphone brands offer security updates for 3 years only ?   
    Yeah, that's the caveat. They're not cheap to start with (the iPhone SE is as good as it gets), and India's politics have led to higher prices than you'd pay in, say, North America or Europe. If Apple could convince India to help lower prices, that'd be a good start.
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    james_bond reacted to Commodus in Why do (Android) smartphone brands offer security updates for 3 years only ?   
    Welcome to Android.
     
    The situation is much better than it once was (Samsung provides up to four years of regular security updates for phones made in 2021 onward), but the truth is that Google, chip manufacturers and Android phone developers have both technical hurdles (the sheer variety of hardware and custom software) and, sometimes, a vested interest in cutting support short. And there's still a bad habit of "punishing" budget Android phone buyers with shorter or less frequent security update cycles.
     
    If you want the best security update policy on the market, you have to get an iPhone. That's not hyperbole. Apple typically provides five or six years of OS updates after a model's first release (the iPhone 6s from 2015 can run the latest version of iOS), and you'll likely still get important security updates for a little while after that. Importantly, you don't have to wait for updates or watch your OEM skip them... if a security update is available, it's available immediately for all compatible iOS devices.
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    james_bond reacted to huilun02 in Why do (Android) smartphone brands offer security updates for 3 years only ?   
    Because capitalism takes advantage of idiots who need their placebo safety
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    james_bond reacted to NZgamer in Why do (Android) smartphone brands offer security updates for 3 years only ?   
    If you think updates are important, that's fine but most phones are perfectly fine without regular security patches as long as the user knows how to stay safe on the internet. I don't think I've ever heard of a large scale hack of Android users. Since you say that security is important to you, I assume you know how to do that so I don't really think you have anything to worry about. If you buy a new phone with 3 years of security updates soon, I would think that Google would be deploying security patches via Google Play by the time your 3 years of security updates runs out.
     
    Oh, I just found out that Google has already basically rolled this out to all Android 10 and above installations. Here's some more info straight from Google.
    So those 3 years will be for your critical OS updates meanwhile critical security updates are already being sent out to Android 10 and above phones. I'd just recommend you buy a phone that comes preshipped with Android 10. I also recommend a Nokia phone because they have a focus on security.
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    james_bond reacted to NZgamer in Why do (Android) smartphone brands offer security updates for 3 years only ?   
    Qualcomm chips, which are in a lot of Android phones only allow manufacturers to update up to 3 times. I assume this is because they want people to keep buying new phones with Qualcomm chips.
    No, because they are not forcing you to throw the phone away. Google is working on a new framework which will allow security updates to be deployed via Google Play, which is an improvement. As long as you keep Play Protect on and make sure you only download trusted apps and visit secure websites, you'll be fine. I used to use older devices and I had no issues with security even though the phones were outdated.
     
    And as @mahyar said, you can always flash a new ROM onto your device if staying up-to-date when your manufacturer stops updating your phone is important to you, but as I said Google is working on that new framework which is good.
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    james_bond reacted to mahyar in Why do (Android) smartphone brands offer security updates for 3 years only ?   
    that is untrue 
    my y5 2017 only received 1 year of update and i'm still using it till now
    you can use your phone it just won't be updated and imo that's not huge a problem
    and 3 years is the official update time there is always unofficial updates like lineage os   
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    james_bond reacted to Mark Kaine in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    in Europe my yt videos default to 1440p (if available)
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    james_bond reacted to GamerBoyManuel16 in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    Btw in Europe Netflix and some others reduced the video quality to prevent our infrastructure from being overloaded
    also youtube always played the 720p versions by default and you had to manually select 1080p again and again ..


    Was it just here or world wide? 
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    james_bond reacted to vetali in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    March-April 2020 I noticed some minor issues with increase in latency and jitter. Speeds were fine. Its been perfect since. Guess thats one good thing about living where a bunch of old people live.
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    james_bond reacted to Nayr438 in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    It's probably Network Congestion. Towards the end of our service with our Cable Company we were fluctuating between about 60mbps to 300mbps on a 600mbps plan. Still perfectly usable however. A lot of these ISP Network's just are not designed to handle so much traffic at once.
    We have however switched to fiber since then and stay pretty consistent with our 1gig plan.
     
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    james_bond reacted to NineEyeRon in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    I downgraded my plan to save money as my new customer discount ran out (had a 3 year deal).
     
    Went down from 200 to 150, my ping went up from 8-16 🥺 when playing Rocket League.
     
    I have not noticed the difference really, my work computer is bar far the biggest bottleneck for speed, second only to the servers of the service I am using.
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    james_bond reacted to rice guru in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    Mine is fine. Thankfully infrastructure where I live was upgraded a year or 2 before the pandemic to I still get pretty consistent 1 gig down nearly 1 gig up. 
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    james_bond reacted to Vishera in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    Well,The infrastructure in my country is one of the best in the world,COVID didn't change the experience,there is lots of bandwidth.
    And i am connected directly to the ISP with an individual optic fiber line - which means that i don't share bandwidth with anyone.
    I have 1000 up/1000 down.
    Also my ISP is top notch,which is something i cannot say about most ISPs.
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    james_bond reacted to LOST TALE in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    It hasn't. There's a fatcat mcCEO sitting on 100x bandwith trying to move all strata of customers into higher paying tiers by limiting the package. City's McMeisWow Politician probably making uneconomical for anyone to pass competing internet lines. that's my theory for any place in Canada.
     
    Best marketing schemes I've ever seen. Decades' work. Brilliant what Videotron has been doing.
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    james_bond reacted to linkboy in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    I live in rural South Dakota (don't recommend it) and my only option for internet is our local DSL company who charges out the ass ($65 for 25mbps is their cheapest option, their other plans are 50mbps for $85 and 100mbps for $105) and T-Mobile's Home Internet over their cellular network.
     
    I signed up for T-Mobile's internet last year when it became available to us and I average around 50mbps and I'm paying $50 a month. I'm still using the LTE gateway as the 5G gateway is still having some issues.
     
    For our uses, that's more then sufficient.
     
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    james_bond reacted to BScottRockr in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    Mine has actually gone down a bit after they came and "fixed" the cable tv. I was at 117 down 16 up now I'm at 93 down 8.5 up but the cable tv works perfect now. LOL

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    james_bond reacted to wasab in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    I only see internet speed go up, but so does the price....
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    james_bond reacted to GamerBoyManuel16 in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    For me it got better, but not because of covid, my parents changed our ISP, it's same same Technology (VDSL) but before we had internet thru a cheaper reseller
    which was really bad, like packetloss in the evening and instead of the advertised 50 Down, 10 Up it was more like 20 down 2-3 ip (the line was okay, it was the ISP)
    Now it's 250 Down, 40 Up which is really 270 Down and 43 Up but my Dad throttled me to 200/39 😅 so it's fine ^^

    So in short it really seems to depends on the ISP + the Region as i have friends using the same ISP in just different cities and it varies so much 😕




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    james_bond reacted to Inelastic in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    Where I used to live in Texas, we had a co-op Internet provider and was getting more than what we paid for. We paid for 50down/50up (Mbps) and were getting about 100 down/100up consistently. It never really got slower than that, even during the worst of the shutdown there; there just wasn't enough people around for that.
     
    Where I live now, Pittsburgh, I pay for 400down/10up(Mbps) through a bundled deal with my apartment (Xfinity). For the most part it's fine, but there are times when it does dip down to like 30down/10up. But, I typically get faster than what I pay for. Currently it's at 482down/12up.
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    james_bond reacted to RorzNZ in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    Works fine in NZ. Always have had terrible internet. Getting Starlink soon though ! 
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    james_bond reacted to Benji in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    We pay for 100 Mbit/s VDSL Vectoring and have been getting the full 100 Mbit/s since the connection has been upgraded to the 100 Mbit/s ~5 years ago. The only thing that I noticed was two evenings this where YouTube was dog-slow, but other than that, no, there isn't the slightest difference.
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    james_bond reacted to ToboRobot in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    If your local ISP node has more customers who are working or playing from home more, then yeah congestion will occur until the network provider solves the bottle necks.
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    james_bond reacted to Donut417 in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    Our service is slower, but we still get what we pay for. From my understanding we have a lot of old people who live around me, so I would say not a lot of people are working from home on my node. So while there has been increased usage, its not that bad. Plus we have started opening back up and people are getting back to work, <removed by staff>. 
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    james_bond reacted to TetraSky in My Internet speed has deteriorated pretty badly after Covid .....What's your situation ?   
    Things are the same on my side in Canada. Actually, it's slightly faster.
    I should be getting 30Mbps. I'm getting 33Mbps.

     
    I guess having proper regulations that are actively enforced helps a lot to prevent ISPs and other services provider from screwing their customers over. They also know they'd be sued if they just dropped the speed and claimed random excuses for it like the increased demand puts too much of a strain of the network or whatever other BS they're known to crap out of their PR mouthholes.
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