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Comment: FiOS (Score 1) 311

This is precisely why I go with the lesser of the evils, Verizon FiOS. I wouldn't give Comcast my money if they were the last ISP in the United States. I would simply just go with mobile broadband and stop streaming altogether if I had no alternative to Comcast. Really, all telecom companies are crooks but Comcast takes it to entirely new lows.

Comment: LOL! (Score 2) 240

by DaMattster (#47757837) Attached to: TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers
I had one of these fookers once and decided to have a little bit of fun. I played myself off as an absolutely dumb user with very, very short term memory and kept asking the representative to repeat himself. I strung them along for 30 minutes before finally revealing that I was using Linux. I got yelled at and then they slammed the phone down. I hate these pond scum predators.

Comment: From the summary (Score 1) 192

by DaMattster (#47755733) Attached to: $75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen
It is quite possible that all three points that the submitter raises are valid. I'm very likely to believe that the design was intentional. After all, in the software world, the consumer has become the beta tester and if the consumer has software problems, he or she needs to buy expensive "support packages." In effect, the marketing departments figured out how to force the consumer to be a beta tester and make money from the consumer's problems.

Comment: Re: What's so American (Score 4, Insightful) 489

Nothing about what the Koch brothers do is ethical. They whip up a fear storm to get people who are less intelligent or less willing to think for themselves to side with them. It's amazing how many people will parrot back what they hear and vote against their interests.

Comment: Occam's Razor (Score 2) 82

by DaMattster (#47688173) Attached to: EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters
Only apply the simplest amount of technology to remain efficient. This is a case where too much technology is the enemy. Go back to CB, Amateur, and walkie talkie radio for communication. Use a camera that can record to an SD card and periodically switch out the card and find a safe place to "dead drop" it. This way, the police can glean very little, if anything at all.

Comment: Re: No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (Score 1) 331

by DaMattster (#47688119) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?
What happens if you receive an email with malware attached that activates simply when it downloads off of the server to your mail reader application without you actually opening it? I've seen this happen before. How do you know for certain that you DON'T have a virus? It is possible for legitimate websites like CNN or The Weather Channel to develop an infection and pass it to tend user.

Comment: Re: End state and private capitalism. (Score 3, Interesting) 331

by DaMattster (#47688105) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?
In an ideal world we would be a bunch of smurfs helping each other out when needed. However, this would simply be utopian. This lifestyle might work for small communities of 5-25 people where everyone is dependent upon each other for friendship, socialization, and survival.

Why did the Roman Empire collapse? What is the Latin for office automation?

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