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Comment Re:Use A Whitelist (Score 3, Insightful) 108

I'm an adult, and I rarely answer any number I don't recognize immediately. If it's important, they'll leave a voicemail and I'll call them right back at the number they provide.

But since 99.99% of the calls I receive from un-recognized numbers are horseshit robo-calls, no, I agree with commenter above: Why on earth would someone answer the phone any more?

Comment Re:All Robocalls should be illegal (Score 5, Insightful) 108

But they didn't "contact them from an offshore number". They contacted them from a number in Ohio. It says so right there on their Caller ID.

That's the trick, right? If the call-center is off-shore, the Caller ID can say whatever they want it to say, because they're not bound by the CNID spoofing rules.

Comment Re:Who Says It's A Sprint-Owned Domain? (Score 1) 123

That's not what I said. But you've constructed a wonderful strawman for yourself to knock down.

I said, let's recap:

- The domain servers they're using are not their normal domain servers and look nothing like them
- The domain registrar used for the MDM is not their normal registrar (and corporations don't generally have a bunch of parallel accounts for such things, they centralize)
- The service isn't hosted in their copious capacity but in a pair of anonymous AWS instances

As has been noted elsewhere in this thread, the tech support people in question are low-paid script-monkeys and probably don't even fully understand what the person is talking about.

Comment Re:The MDM server is in Austria! (Score 1) 123

even worse. It's just a bunch of AWS servers....

$ host is an alias for has address has address

Bets on if the account info for that AWS account is fake?

Comment Who Says It's A Sprint-Owned Domain? (Score 4, Interesting) 123

I'm going to go ahead and throw up a red flag. I don't think this is a Sprint owned domain. I think it's meant to LOOK like one, but I don't think it IS one.

$ dig +short ns
$ dig +short ns

The places Sprint hosts their "well-known" domains looks remarkably like it's a legitimate place. "", however?

$ dig +short ns

I'm going to propose a theory that the WHOIS data shows Sprint so that - if someone gets caught and folks go looking for someone to vilify, Sprint is the unwitting victim. But - in reality - it's sitting in some domain-registration that nobody official at Sprint has ever heard of, and someone's been building a network of phones that they control via MDM.

Comment Re:Isn't the current mouse protection rule ... (Score 1) 207

In the Michelin Man though, the trademarked character is "original".

For Mickey Mouse, the trademarked character is a derivative work (of the copyrighted work, yes a work they own, but still, it was created first and foremost as a character, not as a branding mark).

I think that'll make a difference.

Comment Re:Isn't the current mouse protection rule ... (Score 1) 207

Ultimately, I think Disney is 'right' in their defense because I don't think trademarked characters, without the original copyright to back them up, will actually survive.

It's not something that's been really tested (although actually this case might, because if Buck Rogers is ruled to be in the public domain, there are Buck Rogers related character trademarks in play, theoretically), but my gut tells me that courts will throw those out.

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