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Comment: Re:Is there an counter to this? (Score 5, Informative) 235

by timholman (#47709765) Attached to: Comcast Training Materials Leaked

For example, if you want to disconnect.
Comcast: Thanks for calling in... long nonsense fill speech later... How can I help you?
You: I would like to disconnect my service effective immediately, if you waste my time and/or do anything other than disconnect me immediately, I will request a supervisor, I will accept nothing less than a supervisor, I will not allow you to put me on hold, and I will make this call miserable for the both of us until my service has been satisfactorily disconnected.
*at this point 90% of agents will just do it and take the hit on their stats to not deal with you, but if they wont, read on*
Comcast: I'm sorry to hear that sir, but I will have to transfer you to our disconnect department...
You: *cut them off* Please get your supervisor, do not put me on hold. Thank you.
Comcast: But my supervisor can't...
You:You're wasting both of our time, call your supervisor over, I'd like to speak to them immediately. Inform them that if THEY can't disconnect my service, I'll be asking for their manager as well. This will continue until my service is disconnected, I will not be put on hold.

This is way too much effort, unless you happen to enjoy yanking some chains over the phone.

Here's how you quit Comcast:

(1) Disconnect every piece of Comcast equipment in your home.
(2) Load it in a box, and put the box in your car.
(3) Drive to the nearest Comcast customer center.
(4) Dump the box on the counter and tell the rep: "I wish to terminate my service immediately."

No one will argue with you. You have completely bypassed Comcast's customer retention process by doing this. Pay the amount due on your bill, get a receipt with a complete list of the equipment you've turned in, then go home.

Comment: Re:A limit is a limit (Score 0) 461

by beelsebob (#47706065) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

As I've been saying throughout this thread... Google have looked up limit - in the California drivers handbook. In the state in which they're driving, the law is explicit that you should keep up with other traffic, as it is more dangerous to have lots of cars doing different speeds than to exceed the speed limit a bit.

Comment: Re:(EDIT) Symptom of Greater Issue (Score 1) 461

by beelsebob (#47706019) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Solution A is being considered because it's the law in California. The driver's handbook is explicit that you should keep up with traffic around you, rather than opt for a lower speed that is dramatically different from the cars around you. I'm sure in other states/countries, where this is not the law, this will not be the case.

Comment: Re:Who pays the ticket? (Score 3, Informative) 461

by beelsebob (#47705965) Attached to: Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

Actually no. The reason Google's cars do this is because they (for now) drive in California. The driver's handbook in California explicitly states that you should at all times keep up with traffic, even if it means exceeding the speed limit a little bit, so that all cars are driving at roughly the same speed. You won't get a speeding ticket, because you are following the law. Presumably, in other areas, the car will be reprogrammed with knowledge of that area's driving rules, and will or won't do this as appropriate.

Comment: Re:Self Serving Story? (Score 3, Insightful) 267

by beelsebob (#47692073) Attached to: Are Altcoins Undermining Bitcoin's Credibility?

He does have a point though, and I don't understand why people haven't seen it before.

If you create a currency that is backed by nothing but knowing a very large number, then you can back a infinitely large number of currencies by an infinitely large number of different large numbers (or even the same large numbers). That means that there are inherently infinitely many alt coins out there, and these things are inherently worthless.

It's not really that alt coins destroy bitcoin's credibility, it's that bitcoin itself has no credibility in the first place, and neither do these alt coins.

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long