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Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 60

by DaMattster (#48394115) Attached to: AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

AT&T *claims* to have stopped using internal tracking codes.

Whether or not you believe one of the top 3 most evil corporations on the planet is up to you.

I wouldn't believe anything any of the large telecom companies say with the possible exception of T-Mobile. And even with T-Mobile, I'm likely to have a healthy dose of skepticism.

Comment: A suggestion (Score 1) 405

by DaMattster (#48380719) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?
You might be able to make the argument that Comcast is in breach of their service agreement with you. Firstly, and as painful as it will probably be, try to resolve the issue with their technical support. If you get sent into an endless loop without any kind of resolution, you might get out of your contract by simply making the argument that Comcast is failing to provide services as advertised.

Comment: Thoughts (Score 1) 438

by DaMattster (#48352857) Attached to: The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat
Simply because something is endemic and pervasive in a society, does not make it a right. Cheating is dishonest, pure and simple - there is no good way to rationalize it. Cheating in an exam means that you either did not take the time or care enough to understand the material. If I were an employer, I would be wary of hiring someone so unscrupulous.

Comment: Normally (Score 1) 704

by DaMattster (#48351851) Attached to: President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband As a Utility
I'm not for more regulation but Big Telecom is out to screw us all. I thought market forces might correct the action but because it is an oligarchy with no real competition, Obama has my support 110% on this one. It should be regulated and net neutrality should be enforced! If Obama can break the telecom thumb screws on the American people, he's achieved a lot. Especially when big telecom calls 50Mbps up and down fast. I've got hot news, Japan and the UK have 1GB fbre to the home for less than what TWC, Comcast, Charter, et al.

Comment: Truth in reporting (Score 1) 271

by DaMattster (#48339833) Attached to: Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland
The media conveniently leaves certain things out of its reports. The use of these tracking devices are disclosed in the terms and conditions that people sign without reading. Honestly, this a good use of technology to give people who have fallen on hard times, access to a car. Should we pass a law simply because people will sign a document without reading it?

Comment: Dead Set Against It (Score 1) 613

by DaMattster (#48289979) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?
I think daylight savings time should be abolished. It's an anachronism from the days when America was mostly an agrarian society. Now we justify it so that kids have more light for when they wait for the school bus. We justify it in the name of safety. I loved not having to deal with daylight savings time when living in Arizona.

Comment: Courage (Score 4, Insightful) 764

by DaMattster (#48271675) Attached to: Tim Cook: "I'm Proud To Be Gay"
i have to give Tim Cook a lot of credit for the courage it took for him to publicly admit to being gay in a culture still not completely willing to accept gays. Especially since he is at the helm of a very high profile company and it provides an interesting counterpoint to Chick-Fil-A's CEO's anti-gay sentiments.

Comment: Puzzling (Score 2, Insightful) 162

by DaMattster (#48254965) Attached to: OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules
As an avid OpenBSD user and fan, this puzzle me because it would seem like a giant step backwards. Yes, loadable kernel modules do weaken the security some but it makes adding hardware drivers difficult. I really like OpenBSD as the OS does so many things very well but the team members are far from fallible. The community isn't as supportive and tends to be very exclusive, responding with RTFM sometimes a little too often. I can understand RTFM, but I cannot understand being told to read when I've read it already and I'm still unclear.

"If that makes any sense to you, you have a big problem." -- C. Durance, Computer Science 234