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Comment: Re:This is not a patent troll case (Score 1) 126

by NotQuiteReal (#46580347) Attached to: Adam Carolla Joins Fight Against Podcast Patent Troll
I am confused - I thought the patent was on the "automatic" (RSS?)-ness of things, and/or a "device" that automatically gets the show.

If I just go to the website and download mp3s by hand, that seems non-infringing...

If I uses iTunes, then, as you say, it is already covered?

Comment: You'd be surprised how low the 50% bracket reaches (Score 4, Informative) 300

If you make $50K a year, you are in the 25% Federal bracket,and if you are in California another 9.3%, then don't forget social security and medicare - 7.65%, and if you go thru the trouble of being self employed, you get to pay that twice, or 15.3%... OK you're right. It is ONLY 49.6% tax, for a self employed person in California. But, with what you have left you still have sales tax, gas tax, taxes on phone bills, cable bills, car tax (annual vehicle license fee), real-estate taxes... you get the idea.

Comment: Here is part of a Bitcoin (Score 5, Funny) 182

by NotQuiteReal (#46429003) Attached to: Satoshi Nakamoto Found? Not So Fast
I found it on the beach the other day - who ever owns it can have it back.

CJZMlW8T4VdyDRTaX21dxQM4LgzD cswi7BCjxvRA0aJXqJloleQkm569Kih76etLWtGROna/fOzuBoS Po1W9aEvExga TQxWpayFSmbdrjDN+l4pMGVicmet9dSbW65Hy6zlOvv51Ws WMVwyD+11/VNW/SAivUM8PJ8jNLLC4qF1AIr n7yGrMp6KizqnbK3eiOJC91Qwy6O7k1Rta2vcxPpXXKx bxy67X5POhF6V1wOLWX/Akq2huto/WgZMx5W8c6VhDXNOgmiGknghKccHPtGHzEVyuc oscXRLPVePkq LaQQmlVRe JF42SluJrUaFH1CdAHNxiIzW2wC7bJLTP0165C WjIy/j2e8NEYbFlMjw8FWJYRXOL8KmBUukIl0Ng2M69hh X5dFvWqM5R1oOfiYtT7hIrp8 hZvdPRbnmG3U6 nW24B/5hyejm8as8WMfoICfX+k72tBfECBD 6mZ7rfk1xR99E6Eh3KM xolAo0EDcegNnrDR5K72JMQIEzvmkY

Comment: nobody watches the Kardashians (Score 1) 255

While I have heard of the show, I have never seen it, nor do I know anyone who has.
The viewership for "keeping up with the kardashians" (2.5M) means 99.964% of people have NOT seen it.

Actually, as far as I can tell, nobody watches anything.
Even a "wildly popular" event like the Oscars (44M viewers) was NOT seen buy 99.4% of the world.

Comment: Re:Shredsort (Score 2) 195

by NotQuiteReal (#46378391) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?
Is dumpster diving ID theft really that much of a threat from old receipts, which generally have no "interesting" information? Seems to me all the juicy ID data has gone digital...

I just compromise - when I have a large amount of old paperwork I need to dispose of, rather than waste time overheating my shredder, I just toss piles into a sink of hot water, stir a bit, crumple, tear, knead, then put in a trash bag, preferably on "fish night", after dinner.

Since I work from home, I can wait until just before the trash pickup before putting out my bin... good enough for the risk.

Comment: Yes - the Pile sort... (Score 4, Funny) 195

by NotQuiteReal (#46378227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?
Assuming the bottom of the pile is the oldest....

1) decide how tall you would like the pile.
2) move that much of the pile to a temp location.
3) remove the remaining pile to the garbage/recycle/shred bin, as appropriate
4) move the temp pile back to the production pile area.

You never said you were looking for anything... sorting piles of kipple seems to be a rather dull hobby.

Comment: US traveler in Europe (Score 2, Interesting) 280

by NotQuiteReal (#46323273) Attached to: Who's On WhatsApp, and Why?
My family got WhatsApp while traveling in Europe, with no data plan on our US phones. Since most hotels have free WiFi, it was the low cost way for my wife and I to communicate with our kids when we split up for a week to different countries.

Back home, it is still being used, as it is handier to group people than SMS/MMS... I was thinking of paying for it when my free year was up this summer, but now that FB bought it, I will drop it. I am not a FB user.

Comment: Yes - pub on campus... UC school (Score 1) 118

by NotQuiteReal (#46282491) Attached to: Fake Pub Studies Drinking Habits
I remember going to the pub on a University of California school...

They even served a combo called the "Irishman's lunch" - a Quart of beer and Potato Skins. I am sure that is no longer "PC", and I am not even sure if the UC system has gone "dry" or not, but, back in the day it was the best thing, even above "toastada Tuesday".

Comment: Re:I'm somewhat disturbed... (Score 1) 264

Having credit cards, and even using them does not mean living on credit or being in debt.

My "main" credit card gives me 2% back on everything I purchase. Every time there is $50 or more it is deposited directly into my account. No fuss, no muss. 2% off everything it purchases.

I pay my bill every month. Zero cost to me, 2% back vs paying cash (writing a check, whatever).

I charge my cable, telephone, newspaper (yes), cell phone, and a few other "no fee for credit card auto-pay" bills with this card. I get several hundred dollars a year back, so why not? It is not like "they" don't already have my phone records if they want them....

Besides, there are some things that are hard to do without a "credit" card.

For every bloke who makes his mark, there's half a dozen waiting to rub it out. -- Andy Capp