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Comment: Re:I have worked at a few ISPs (Score 1) 246

by Jawnn (#47713947) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

This is totally normal for ISPs. up-selling, attempts to retain customers at any cost. At comcast it was pressed on our call center tech support guys fairly hard but moreso on customer service reps in the billing/accounts department. at AT&T there was literally a whole department called "the save team" who got financial incentives to retain customers. if you called to cancel, you would be put on the line with the save team. they could get credit for a save if they could transfer a customer back to technical support "oh, our tech guys can fix that problem for you and your service will be fine, plus i gave you a month credit" (or something to that affect). and then the tech staff would get this transferred call about how their printer didnt work. completely unrelated, and after being bounced around and on hold, then being told "uhhh. we cant help you with that", they got right pissed and demanded to cancel again. the save team rep, already got a notch on their saved belt but the customer still quit. it was a corrupt system right to the core :)

Horseshit! The way to keep me as a customer is to deliver good value for my money. Presumably, that means at least delivering what we agreed upon when I signed up. If I call because you're not delivering that, fucking fix it and then give me my month's credit. I will go away happy. But do not, under any circumstances, try hardball tactics to get me to give you still more money for things that I'm now certain you can't/won't deliver. You will only solidify my opinion that you are a bad bet and that I should buy my service from one of your competitors. Hey! Stop laughing. There might be one...

Comment: Re:Access restrictions (Score 1) 86

by Jawnn (#47712653) Attached to: Heartbleed To Blame For Community Health Systems Breach

How does getting onto the VPN equate to accessing the secret stuff? Isn't there another layer of security?

That is a good point. OK, they gained a presence on a sensitive network. How is it that they were able to bang around and breach critical systems on that network with no one noticing? No IDS/IPS that would have detected something like that? Or were the systems so poorly secured that breaching them didn't make enough noise for an IDS to notice?

Comment: Re:Horseshit (Score 1) 145

by Jawnn (#47662113) Attached to: The Quiet Before the Next IT Revolution
Yeah? But, but... All those EU countries and their policies are socialist. How could it be possible that socialist policies lead to anything that is better, faster, and more readily available? The free market ensures that where there's a demand, those things are always available to anyone who wants to buy them. Right. RIGHT?

Comment: Re:I don't get it. (Score 1) 541

by Jawnn (#47649091) Attached to: Geneticists Decry Book On Race and Evolution
A pretty accurate summary, my friend, but I believe the real issue is more subtle still. It is fair (as in not-at-all-racist) to say that, as a group, this or that race will display this or that trait with greater frequency and/or degree than some other group. Where such statements are supported by the science, this is simply a statement of fact, objective and incontrovertible. It most definitely is racist to say that this or that individual is or has (insert trait here) because he is a member of this or that race.

It is absolutely racist to argue that this or that trait gives this or that group an "unfair" in advantage in this or that pursuit.

Comment: Re:Let's see if I get this right... (Score -1, Troll) 133

by Jawnn (#47620843) Attached to: City of London Police Take Down Proxy Service Over Piracy Concerns

The police, who wants to fight piracy which is claimed to be happening by the corporations, go bust servers with neither warrants nor court orders. What exactly are making these claims legit enough to skip due process? Or is due process some sort of privilege that we shouldn't expect them in the first place?

Due process? Who do you think you are? Some citizen with some kind of rights? You are our customers, and you will take what we give you, and like it.

Warmest Regards,

Your Corporate Overlords

Comment: Re: Well at least they saved the children! (Score 1) 790

by Jawnn (#47599343) Attached to: Google Spots Explicit Images of a Child In Man's Email, Tips Off Police
So, by your reasoning, if I private entity does it on the government's behalf, sifting through your private stuff is OK. Have I got that right? And you think that's a good idea? What with the government's recent history of "incentivizing" the cooperation of such companies, and all?
Christ on a crutch...

Comment: Re:Get used to this... (Score 1) 250

These sort of things are legal now. Corporations are people, and people have free speech, and spending money is speech.

More fundamental than that, this is an example of the free market at work. The natural monopolies are "free" to do anything they fucking want to make sure that their monopoly is protected. So shut up all you whining communists. This is a great day for American capitalism. U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

Comment: Re:let me correct that for you. (Score 1) 619

by Jawnn (#47506755) Attached to: Experiment Shows People Exposed To East German Socialism Cheat More
Oh dear. So many startling assertions. Where to start? This is probably an exercise in futility, but...

East Germany and the Soviet Union really bought into the idea of Socialism: the state owned everything. Private property was outlawed. You could go to jail for making a profit.

The East Germans were so committed to the idea that the state owned everything that they believed they had a right to build an enormous wall to keep the governments property (people) from escaping to the West.

[citation needed]

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