The 7 deadly mobile device sins users often commit

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  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    March 6, 2013 9:18 a.m.

    @ Brave Sir Robin

    You need to look at iTunes a bit more before you say "you can't" . Some items have DRM protection, some are DRM free. Even those with protection can be copied and burned to a CD/DVD in assorted formats (though there is a limit as to how many times) -- and the license can be transferred to a different machine --- all without "illegal file conversion".

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    March 6, 2013 8:56 a.m.

    @The Rock

    Simple solution: Don't buy your music from iTunes. Use a service that sells music/video in mp3 and mp4 format. Those are universal, open-source formats that you can legally change into any other format you want just by downloading free conversion software.

    But in most cases you won't even need to convert media files - every device I know of (including Apple devices) will play mp3's and mp4's. I own no music that isn't mp3 format and I directly upload it to my iPod with no conversion required.

    iTunes users need to realize that, while iTunes is convenient, if you ever want to play your media on a non-Apple device or burn it to a CD/DVD, you're either going to have to do an illegal file conversion or buy it again. That's why nobody should ever use iTunes.

  • OlderGreg USA, CA
    March 5, 2013 11:44 p.m.

    Screening is a "sin" (sloth)? Are you kidding?

    I suppose McCann Global Telecom also thinks I should open all the doors in my home to anyone who wants to wander in whenever for whatever purpose.

    And interrupt the task at hand to give full attention to anything/anyone who presents themselves to me at any time.

    And give my $$ and other resources away to any taker with absolutely no evaluation of need/ priority.

    I'm going to google, bing or whatever these guys to make sure that I'm not contributing to their business.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    March 5, 2013 6:00 p.m.

    I agree that downloading things that are illegal or under copyright is wrong. I hold a few copyrights myself and expect to get paid for my intellectual property.

    I have one question: How many times am is supposed to pay for media? We bought 45's, then LP's, cassette tapes, 8 track, CD's and MP3's all with the same content. The same goes for movies (Beta Max, VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, etc.)

    The entertainment industry needs to come up with a fair and honest way for people to convert their purchases from one format to another. It is wrong to charge for the same thing multiple times.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    March 5, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    How about the sin of killing other people because you text/call while driving?

    My daughter has gotten into the habit of counting everyone who does this. In general she counts 2-4 TIMES more women drivers who do this nasty habit than men... and this is during rushhour traffic when the gender of drivers is fairly evenly stacked.

    SO um... HANG UP and drive please...

  • Bifftacular Spanish Fork, Ut
    March 5, 2013 1:45 p.m.

    I just like the word "sloth". Glad the writer was able to work it in.

  • Mukkake Salt Lake City, UT
    March 5, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    [3. GREED: Downloading content illegally
    Twenty-nine percent of people admit to doing this (49 percent in China).]

    Ah, I like to think of it as if your neighbor's apple tree has a couple branches hanging over your yard. Might as well pick it while it's still ripe.

    March 5, 2013 12:40 p.m.

    EXCUSE me??? Since when is it considered "sloth" to screen calls? There is no way on earth I am going to take a call from somebody that calls at the wrong time (at work, for example, or if I'm driving) or I don't recognize the number. That's not sloth, just common sense. (I don't use texting at all, hate the thing, so that's not relevant, but I'd feel no guilt to not responding to one of those, either). Of course, it was necessary for the article to find SOMEthing to call sloth, but to criticize this as a fault is ludicrous.