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Comment: Re:just call it what it is (Score 1) 316

by Damarkus13 (#47611987) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"
Long-term? I don't think so. But, no one really likes Verizon anyhow and they are currently dealing with a competitor who is aggressively trying to poach their customers. Add to that their claim that 20% of their customers are still on unlimited plans and it does become understandable why they might opt for the path their taking.

Comment: Re:just call it what it is (Score 2) 316

by Damarkus13 (#47611747) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"
They haven't offered unlimited plans for years now. This is about customers who are still on unlimited plans and haven't yet "upgraded" to a paid usage plan. These people are not in any sort of long term contract. Verizon could simply tell them, "Your unlimited plan is gone, pick a currently offered plan," but they don't want to deal with the PR nightmare that would spawn.

Comment: Re:cretinous because (Score 1) 316

by Damarkus13 (#47611719) Attached to: Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"
The thing is, you're on a month to month contract. The honest thing for Verizon to do is simply cancel those contracts, admit that they are not willing to invest enough in infrastructure to accommodate unlimited plans, and take the temporary PR hit.

Instead they have chosen the path of a thousand papercuts. Every so often them try to screw those still on unlimited plans, and every time it causes some sort of PR headache.

Comment: Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (Score 2) 138

They won't be "deleting" anything. They simply won't be indexing it. The ruling makes absolutely no demand that the content actually be removed from the internet.

It's also worth noting that these requests are not coming from the content owners, they are coming from people that the content is "about"

Comment: Re: frosty piss (Score 3, Insightful) 664

by Damarkus13 (#46915461) Attached to: Death Wish Meets GPS: iPhone Theft Victims Confronting Perps
Are most phones taken by force? I know at least a dozen people who have had phones stolen, but not one was taken forcefully.

Not to mention, they will need a warrant force entry and seize the phone. Combined with the fact that they will probably only be able charge the perp with possession stolen property, it the whole exercise a rather expensive proposition.

Comment: Re: Boys' Clubs (Score 1) 519

by Damarkus13 (#46423895) Attached to: Massachusetts Court Says 'Upskirt' Photos Are Legal
Ethically, nothing.

Legally, photographing a woman in a state of partial or complete undress is explicitly illegal. Photographing a fully clothed woman from an angle that exposes her undergarments (or lack there of) is not.

Expect to see this law amended very shortly, as most residents that state probably already thought upskirtting was illegal.

Comment: Re: "probably" much higher? (Score 2) 196

by Damarkus13 (#46147685) Attached to: EU Commission: Corruption Across EU Costs €120 Billion
I'm not saying corruption is good, I'm just saying fraud != corruption. Medicare fraud, where bills are issued and paid for services that did not take place, is not the same as corruption. The article cited even mentioned that basically all bills are paid, and that they try to find the fraud after the fact. So, no preferential treatment, no deliberate intervention by officials, not corruption. Not good, but not corruption.

Also of note, the $130 billion is not the amount of corruption, it is the cost to the economy in loss of growth.

Comment: Re: Editorial bias... (Score 1) 249

by Damarkus13 (#46105425) Attached to: Google Planning To Remove CSS Regions From Blink
Yes, 70% of browsers supported regions, but that leave 30% that don't. If you're designing a website that ~1/3 of users can not view properly, I think we can assume you're doing something wrong.

This brings us to an issue that the article doesn't seem to address, just how widely used are regions? Is the average Chrome user even going to notice the loss of support?

Comment: Re: cadaveric yes, live no (Score 1) 518

by Damarkus13 (#46006223) Attached to: Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs
"You can die because you ran out of money, or donate an organ," is most definitely coercion.

This also allows the family to object post-mortem. Without the next-of-kin signing off the harvest doesn't happen. There simply isn't time to wait for a court order enforcing the deceased's wishes

Reality must take precedence over public relations, for Mother Nature cannot be fooled. -- R.P. Feynman