re: "All that said, there are a ton of legitimate reasons to use a VPN or storage locker."
Most VPNs are in use by businesses and are critical to their operations. They're necessary to extend office networks : between different locations : to remote and mobile users : to customers and vendors who buy/sell/utilize data services.
In the US, VPNs are required by the Federal government for any number of services including Medicaid/Medicare billing and fulfilling government contracts. I'd bet Australia's government does something similar.
However, the copyright industry is more than willing to cause irreparable harm by crippling communications across industries everywhere. And for Big Copyright's purchased legislators, billions in productivity loss seems to be an acceptable price to protect millions in copyright revenue.
Nova, will run on top of two networks T-Mobile and Sprint. It may be possible to bond the two carriers together to get much faster speeds.
I don't think so. Bonding would need both ends of both connections to terminate at the same places - 2 ends at the device, the other 2 ends at the same tower. You'd also need bonding support at each end.
Using 2 networks, I could see a performance difference if 2 apps were each saturating a connection. But even pulling that off would require the device to have some sophisticated traffic management.
"After Jeanette Rubio dropped the Senator off at a political summit, she drove too closely to a four-door Porsche Panamera which, coincidentally, belonged to a supporter of the potential 2016 presidential candidate.
She ended up sideswiping the luxury car, which has a base price of $78,000."
"Yet we still can't seem to cure partisan nitwit disease"
I run into partisan/ideology nitwit disease All. The. Stinking. Time.
Are you an ideological or partisan nitwit? Take the test and find out!
Answer the 2 following questions: 1) On some issues, Conservative Republicans are more likely to be on the right side than Liberal Democrats. 2) On some issues, Liberal Democrats are more likely to be on the right side than Conservative Republicans.
If you are unable to answer yes to both of those questions or if doing so causes severe discomfort, there's a high likelihood you are infected. Seek help immediately.
Until help arrives, employ these temporary safety measures: 1) Stop viewing cable news. 2) Immediately discard any information originating from or transiting networks owned by News Corp, GE, Westinghouse, Disney, TimeWarner or Clear Channel. 3) Cultivate a deep understanding that the two major political parties are equally good/bad for America and their primary benefactor will always be themselves. It may help to study their obvious similarities to duopolistic corporations. 4) Practice voting incumbents out of office. 5) Courageously face any animosity you feel for people you don't agree with and learn to let it go. 6) Never vote for a candidate without knowing the specific policies they'll enact while in office. 7a) Never vote for a candidate because you despise their opponent. 7b) If you consistently feel anger toward a representative you didn't vote for, your free will is likely compromised. Seek professional help. 8) Go outside and play. Enjoy the company of people with different values.
The proceeding help is brought to you by someone who cares.
Imagine sitting in a full public Library computer room next to a frequent visitor who rarely bathes or who bathes in cologne. Patrons are having difficulty tuning out his odor. Maybe you wish the library had a rule against overly aromatic visitors.
Look there's nothing wrong if you're hygienic and have a specific set of cleaning rituals. What you can't do, however, is insist that public institutions follow your personal views just because.
Our guy may be offensive smelling to a germaphobe but not to a construction worker. Whose definition of acceptable odor do you use? And why? And what do you tell the person who isn't getting their way? Too bad, but some fragrance-free, regular bather agrees with us?
We have to be more grown up than that.
summary: The cleverly concealed point of my post is that public porners and filter queens are both examples of nitwits who lack empathy and consideration for the folks around them.
We tend to keep quiet about inappropriate behavior until it becomes safely outrageous. Maybe if we interacted with nitwits earlier, the folks running things would have fewer impossible situations to deal with.
Years ago, I registered domains with Namecheap based on recommendations from DSLR members. My experience couldn't have been better.
Awesomeness #1 is their Nameservers update immediately. It's usually seconds between me updating A records and DNS servers all over getting the update. Which leads me to . . .
Awesomeness #2 Namecheap has been accepting Dynamic Name updates from my pfSense boxes for years. That completely untethers me from any of the usual Dyn providers (that can be kind of clunky to use).
The only not-great experience tied to Namecheap wasn't even their fault but they fixed the problem anyway. Shortly after I had made a purchase at Namecheap, the purchase guarantee provider used by my bank canceled the credit cards I used because Namecheap was an "Internet company", therefore must have been a target for fraudulent purchases - ala NewEgg.
I sent Namecheap a headsup about the boneheads my bank used. Next month, Namecheap followed up that after 30 days of dialog w/ my bank, etc. - they got policy changed to make sure I wouldn't be inconvenienced again.
I can't name another company I use for anything that would go that far out of their way on my behalf.
Why people still use a craphole like GoDaddy when in-every-way-superior Namecheap is available just baffles me.