May 23rd, 2011

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iPhone and data use

A rather intriguing study by Consumers Union is, I think, being misunderstood.
http://news.consumerreports.org/electronics/2010/02/iphone-data-usage-smart-phones-smartphones-blackberry-mb-network-att-carrier-istress.html

If you look at the graph, you see that iPhone users generally use more bandwidth. But the usage patter is interesting. When you get to the highest user category, usage by iPhone and "other" smartphone users is equally. Where iPhone users consume more bandwidth is in the range of 50 MB to 500-1000 MB.

In fact, iPhone users follow the most expected use curve, with a bulge in the middle and a slope along the ends. The "all other" category has a huge bulge in the 0-50 category and then a sharp drop.

This suggests to me that iPhone impacts behavior. Users are much more likely top use it, whereas users of other smart phones are much more likely to favor a few, relatively low bandwidth features.
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The "Beneficiary" of Criminal Liability

So the argument is being made that because Google "benefits" from the placement of advertisements from distributors of counterfeit drugs, Google should be liable.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/is-google-profiting-from-illegal-ads/2011/05/18/AFXsQD7G_story.html

I observe that many drug dealers use the telephone system. I think telephone operators should be liable for all revenues that come from people planing illegal activities. The only solution is to have the phone companies monitor all telephone conversations and have them forcibly disconnect anyone having a suspicious conversation.