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Comment: Re:What about range on this smaller car? (Score 1) 245

by LordKronos (#47385343) Attached to: Tesla Aims For $30,000 Price, 2017 Launch For Model E

OK, so even at 5% per year, in the 5 years between the model S and the model E (assuming it comes out in 2017), that's almost a 28% cumulative improvement.

I'm not sure how much more weight a steel vehicle typically is vs an aluminum one. I know the 2014 F-150 weight roughly 5000 lbs, and on the 2015 F-150 the use of aluminum is supposed to knock off about 700 lbs compared to the 2014. So in that case, that's less than a 20% increase in weight by using steel rather than aluminum. On top of that, with all the talk of this new aluminum F-150, it's started a bunch of talk about ways to produce steel panels that are lighter, making them weight competitive with aluminum but at significantly reduced price.

Comment: Re:Disappointing (Score 1) 110

by LordKronos (#47373655) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

Nope sorry, you aren't comprehending again. You said "no refunds are possible", but yet I got a refund, so it is at least POSSIBLE (and again, I make no claims about other peolpe's experiences, just my own).

And yes, I am a PREPAID customer, not their new month-to-month program. I've been a PREPAID customer since about 2005 (give or take a year), which is long before their current plans existed. I pay $100 (slightly less online, actually) to get 1000 minutes that are good for 1 year. That is their PREPAID program. So YES I understand PERFECTLY.

Comment: Re:Disappointing (Score 1) 110

by LordKronos (#47368435) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

According to the allegations, pre-paid customers aren't notified at all, the money just disappears from the account and no refunds are possible.

From my other post (to which you already replied and tried to put words into my mouth), I received a refund on my account. I didn't mention it there, but that was a prepaid account. So it clearly is POSSIBLE to get a refund, and they gave me no hassle over the matter.

Comment: Re:T-Mobile's Reponse (Score 2) 110

by LordKronos (#47367915) Attached to: FTC Says T-Mobile Made Hundreds of Millions From Bogus SMS Charges

So your experience is that of the 1 time t-mobile helped a company rip you off, they refunded the charges, therefore the percent of customers who didn't get a refund must be different than accused by the government.

I really can't see how that would follow. Your experience validates half the accusation, and they're not accused of never refunding anybody, only of not refunding a bunch of specific people... who really didn't get refunds.

You need to work on your reading comprehension. Did I say any of the stuff you seem to be suggesting I did? No, I only said "my experience with these bogus charges supports t-mobiles claims". That's just me providing my data point. Others in this discussion will do the same. When we have a bunch of them, we can read them all and draw our own conclusions as to whether we believe the accusations are accurate or not.

Comment: Re:T-Mobile's Reponse (Score 4, Informative) 110

I have to say, my experience with these bogus charges supports t-mobiles claims. About 3-4 years back, my wife somehow got signed up for some bogus service that was charging $10 per month. I didn't notice it until the 3rd bill. I called up t-mobile and they refunded the entire amount with no hassle. Furthermore, since my wife never uses any of those subscription services at all, they even offered to put a block on her account so she couldn't be re-subscribed.

That was years ago, and we haven't had any more problems. I had even forgotten all about it, but a few weeks ago I found out that block is still in place. We tried to sign up for a free text message subscription with Target so that we could get a $5 coupon they were offering. Tmobile automatically rejected our signup attempt, indicating that the service is blocked.

That said, I do have to nitpick one thing in t-mobile's statement:

In fact T-Mobile...launched a proactive program to provide full refunds for any customer that feels that they were charged for something they did not want

That sounds more reactive than proactive.

Comment: Re:Cash and checks (Score 1) 117

by LordKronos (#47211473) Attached to: Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

I think the problem with your argument is that you are in a different country (Austrailia) than most of us (US). The laws and processes there appear to be quite different. Here:

1) There is minimal difficulty in disputing charges. Most banks have the process pretty streamlined, so on the rare occasion it happens, it's relatively simple to deal with and causes you no disruption (at least with credit cards...debit cards can be a little more dicey with the potential for bounced payments and stuff, which is why I never used debit and don't suggest it for most people)
2) There is minimal risk in using credit. By law you are only liable for $50, but in practice, I've never seen or heard of a bank which holds you liable for even a penny.
3) There is little to no discount for using cash. Previously, merchants were prohibited from charging extra (either by an extra fee or by raising the price) for credit. They could instead offer a cash discount (ie: lower the price BELOW what was advertised) but very few did. Mostly just gas stations, who would charge up to 10 cents a gallon extra for credit (still worth it to pay credit though, since you can get 5% cash back on gas, thus saving 15-20 cents per gallon). Now the laws have changed to prohibit that restriction, but still pretty much nobody has started charging extra for credit. Merchants want to encourage credit because they believe people spend more with credit, thus they'd loose money by encouraging cash payments. Also, cash is not free. There are also costs with counting it and transporting it. You have to hire an armored truck to take it to the bank, there are more issues with employee theft, and the(probably small) risk of counterfeit money
4) Rewards are a benefit to those that use them. Yes in theory it would possibly be cheaper for everyone to use cash (assuming cost of card processing is more than the cost of cash handling). However, that's not going to happen. Even if I switch to cash, there's no way everyone else is going to do the same. Its sort of like the prisoners dilemma on a massive scale...even if a large number of people agreed to cooperate, there's still enough people to screw it up for everyone else. So all I am doing by not taking advantage of rewards is leaving money on the table. I'm still paying the cost of card processing (since it's built into the regular pricing, not a separate fee) but not getting the benefit of the cash back.

In summary, however things may be over in Australia, over here in the US the current system (ie: the way things are currently setup, not the ideal system that would theoretically materialize if everyone agreed to start using cash ) is setup such that credit cards have huge benefits with pretty much no downsides. The only real downside is for people who can't control their spending and thus would get themselves into trouble using credit cards.

Comment: Re:So what's the problem here? (Score 5, Insightful) 398

by LordKronos (#47178525) Attached to: The Ethics Cloud Over Ballmer's $2 Billion B-Ball Buy

Exactly. I don't get all of the talk about how this is a reward. He could have sold the team at any time of his choosing. The price he got isn't because of his racist remarks. It's because there are so few teams available, they don't often come up for sale, and as teams go, the Clippers is actually a pretty highly ranked team. If anything, forcing him to sell actually is a punishment, even at $2 billion. He bought the team for $12.5m 33 years ago. Now it's worth $2b. That works out to an average annual return of almost 17%. It's virtually impossible to find an investment that gives those sort of returns over the long term. When you actually do have one, you'd want to hold onto it as long as possible (unless you have reason to believe its value is about to tank). Forcing him to sell such a fast growing asset is indeed punishment.

Comment: Re:Government fails again (Score 2) 267

by LordKronos (#47178331) Attached to: Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

And by the way: the EPA was instrumental in getting Primatene Mist banned last year because it used CFCs as a propellant. There is, as yet, no adequate substitute on the market. There is something called "Asthmanefrin" which is a sorry substitute, and which uses an expensive electric atomizer that is rather prone to clogging when it is needed most.

Because Primatene Mist was the ONLY effective, portable, affordable over-the-counter medicine that could stop asthma in its tracks, the government has probably killed more asthmatics now than it has saved. It damned near killed ME. So pardon me if I don't buy your glowing recommendation here.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

Despite its accessibility, many doctors say the medication wasn't a good option for patients.

Although the CFC ban is what eventually drove Primatene Mist from the market, Pulmonologist have argued for years that it was at the very least, not the best medication for asthma control, and at worst, dangerous. The active ingredient in Primatene Mist is Epinephrine (also known as adrenaline, adrenalin), which can cause a dangerous increase in heart rate.

"Primatene Mist does not treat asthma -- it treats symptoms that can come from asthma," said Dr. Kyle Hogarth, an assistant professor of medicine and the medical director of the pulmonary rehabilitation program at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

The danger in treating only symptoms, he said, is that repeated asthma attacks can permanently damage the lungs. Poorly controlled asthma can progress to a point where, "in their 40s and 50s, [patients] have the lungs of someone who is 80 or 90 who has smoked."

For that reason, the goal of asthma care isn't to react just to attacks -- it's to prevent attacks in the first place. That's generally done with daily medications, such as inhaled corticosteroids, which keep the airways from becoming inflamed. Ideally, Hogarth said, rescue inhalers shouldn't be used more than twice a week, at most.

Comment: Re:TC developer used hidden message!!! (Score 1) 475

by LordKronos (#47161731) Attached to: The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

Wow, again. I can't believe you didn't think this through. Generate a new key to sign each release? You've just totally missed the point of what a signing key is supposed to be for. You might as well just use an MD5 checksum, because that's all the per-release key is good for. What you've proposed is the equivalent of saying "I'm worried someone might forge my signature, so instead I'm going to sign my name differently every time, and then nobody can ever forge it". By changing it every time, nobody can authenticate that a signature was really YOUR signature. When the NSA comes along and says "oh hey, we're the Truecrypt guys, honest, and here's our latest release with our brand new signature", you have no way to know it's really the NSA.

Comment: If only this existed before Snowden (Score 5, Insightful) 129

by LordKronos (#47154005) Attached to: Whistleblowers Enter the Post-Snowden Era

Yes, if only this existed before Snowden, then people would have felt compelled to blow the whistle and the problem would have been taken care of before the whole Snowden incedent. Right?

Oh yeah, that's right. There were already people trying to blow the whistle on this stuff. PBS had a pretty good couple of episodes a few weeks back called United States of Secrets. They covered the whole background of these NSA programs. And they covered the story of someone who tried to blow the whistle on one of the programs. Want to know what happened from it? Let me just repost what I posted in another forum a few days ago:

As I recall from the frontline documentary, one of the guys involved in one of the illegal programs did go to someone in congress (someone on the intelligence oversight committee). When that representative tried to pursue the matter, she was met with mostly silence, mixed with a few "requests" to stop looking into the matter. The investigations she did manage to get started went nowhere. For the report that was generated, the NSA managed to get it classified, and nearly the entire thing was withheld. When someone eventually did leak details to the press, the representative (now retired) had her house raided by the FBI (multiple times), dragged before congress, and was under investigation for years.

Also, if I'm not getting my people mixed up, I believe the person that did go to her was also a suspect in the above mentioned leak. His home was also raided (along with 4 other guys who retired because they didn't want to be associated with the illegal program). The FBI took his computer and then said that he was screwed (something like a 30+ year sentence) because they found classified documents on his computer. He spent his entire retirement fund on his legal defense, then when he ran out of money had to take a public defender. When the specific "classified" documents that he supposedly had on his computer were revealed, his lawyer was eventually able to find those documents online. They were previously unclassified, and were changed to classified after the fact in order to manufacture the evidence against him. After this came to light, the Feds just quietly dropped their case against him.

That's what happens when you try to do things the "right" way.

So do you think that sort of thing is going to encourage people to come forward? And do you think the few that do are likely to have any actual results?

Comment: Re:TC developer used hidden message!!! (Score 1) 475

by LordKronos (#47144403) Attached to: The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained

So let's say this is what happened. What would stop them from revoking the old keys and generating new ones?

So the NSA compelled you to hand over your old keys. Now you've generated new one. Gee, if only the NSA had some way to compel you to hand over those new signing keys, too.

I seriously can't believe you didn't think that one through

Comment: Re:Is this an ad ? (Score 1) 304

by LordKronos (#47085601) Attached to: Is LG's New Ultra Widescreen Display Better Than "Normal" 4K?

I don't believe that - unless you have a screen the size of a small movie theatre your eye cannot distinguish between 4k and 1080p resolution pixels.

A few weeks ago I want to Costco. I wasn't yet aware that they even carried 4K TVs. I wasn't even paying particular attention to the TV section. As I was walking by, I just glanced over at one of the 4K TVs without knowing what it is, and I was like "Holy crap, thats amazing! What is it?". My wife looked over and had the same reaction. I looked at the tag and realized it was a 4K. I've never had a reaction quite like that to any TV I've ever seen. I believe it was a 55" model (they caried 2 sizes, and it was the smaller of the two), and I was probably about 10 feet away.

Comment: Has potential recursion implications (Score 1) 373

by LordKronos (#47047133) Attached to: The 69 Words GM Employees Can Never Say

Follow the first link in the article. It includes a slide of words/phrases you should use instead. So, instead of "problem", you should say "issue", "condition", or "matter". Instead of "defect" you should say "does not perform to design". OK, I suppose those make sense.

And what about the word "safety"? Well, it says that instead, you should use the phrase "has potential safety implications".

Comment: Re:brief summary (Score 1) 309

by LordKronos (#46976459) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Computer Science Freshman, Too Soon To Job Hunt?

In theory, yes your super secure system should not leak any info. On the other hand, it's nice when you also make this stuff user friendly.

because some systems allow any username, some require email addresses instead, some require username but have some sort of odd limitation on it (must be 10 chars, or must have a number, or 2 numbers, etc), it's actually quite useful to know if I've even got the right username before attempting all of the passwords it might be (which again may be various, because you've imposed stupid limitations on what the password can or cannot be).

Furthermore, if you are going to lock me out of the account, please let me know how many attempts I have. This is especially important on systems which do a permanent lockout (rather than a 20 minute lockout or whatever), which requires a phone call to unlock (a few banks are guilty of this). If I've got 5 tries and can't remember it after 4 tries, then I'll just give in and use the password reset option rather than lock myself out and have to waste time on the phone with customer service.

And then in light of the above two points, if you've got a captcha and you don't tell me what the problem is with my login attempts, I'm going to have to kill you. Captchas these days are so convoluted, it's actually pretty routine to get them wrong. So when my login attempt fails, I'm going to assume over and over that it's the captcha that I'm just not reading correctly (is that distorted Y character an uppercase or lowercase?). When I try that 10 times, only to later discover that the problem was that I couldn't use one of my usual login names because your website required me to use 2 numbers in my login name, blood will be spilled.

Also, in reply to your previous post:

You sound like the kind of person we may be looking to hire soon. I've hired a few people with your level of experience.

> I can put together a secure login-driven Web site using PHP and MySQL.

Error. One of the companies I own is based on a single product, a SECURE login system.

Error, on your part. You just proceeded to tell us about the vulnerabilities in your login system, therefore you too are in error when you say your product is a secure login system. :-)

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