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Comment quickest solution... (Score 1) 479 479

Lie. Call the 1st level support and tell them it won't power up. Tell them you've tried 3 different plugs and connected it straight into the wall, otherwise they'll have you do it. Then they are out of options and the only thing they can do is send you another one. If someone comes to install the new one and sees the old one powers up, shrug your shoulders and say the spouse put the call in.

Comment Re:Just wondering (Score 1) 227 227

But you can't easily detect that a device is receiving a signal, only that it is sending one. Plus, even if you could detect it, there are thousands of phones, cabs, and other vehicles constantly moving at a high speed that receive GPS all the time How can you differentiate them from an evil drone? Plus, someone could program a phone to drive the drone, which would look like ... wait.... a phone.

Comment Re:The rich and powerful (Score 1) 692 692

Not to be mean, but most people aren't that bright, imaginative, creative, insightful, or motivated. I suspect most would churn away at the same jobs for decades or centuries. Money would have to change also. We couldn't have everyone retiring at 65 and lounging around 800 years waiting for an accident to take them out. That would drive the cost of living way up because there would be more competition for resources.

Comment Re:The title game (Score 2, Insightful) 124 124

"123k is a low salary"

According to (, 123k puts you down in the 97% range. If it weren't for H1B peeps, maybe you'd be making 150k. While 27k is a lot, someone who makes more than 97% of the nation can't complain too much.

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