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Comment: Re:Assuming.... (Score 1) 540

Any number of scenarios could present themselves, dense housing with open space for development; or the soon to be vacant neighbors property, if they didn’t want the studios larger their reaction to ‘tract’ housing is going to be enough to make them reconsider where they should live. He might not be playing chess, but I don’t believe it is checkers either.

Comment: Wish I had... (Score 1) 368

by Roskolnikov (#47656143) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

My last customer service 'interaction' with Comcast involved a rate offered for services when unbundled (not part of one of their phone/internet/cable 'deals')
Navigating their promotion site I found I could get my current package for 15 dollars less per month, I wasn't allowed to select it because I already had it; Calling them I asked for assistance, they insisted it was a bundle price and I couldn't, I explained how I got the idea, they followed the link and agreed; service rep assured me they could fix this but it would take logging a ticket and that they would call me back in a week or less.

A week later, no call back, I call and reference my previous call, they check and tell me it has been fixed; strange, they didn't call, so I asked when they would adjust my billing; what followed is how I believe Comcast treats all of its customers... what was 'fixed' was the website, they logged the back line ticket to the web developers to fix the clearly broken (to them) offer; to confirm I was satisfied the CSR asked me to follow the link and confirm that I was no longer offered the better rate.

I really wish I had recorded both conversations, brilliant and classic ZFG.

Comment: Re:Wow ... (Score 1) 419

by Roskolnikov (#47558839) Attached to: A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Well, maybe, but maybe the fault lies with the criminal, they printed credit cards that looked and felt real enough to fool a store clerk who handles them every day, what are the odds that clerk called the bank with the phone number on the back of the card? I have worked in retail, the check/credit card fraud was amazingly simple back then and still they got away with it, the rule of more secure less convenient does come into play but Apple understands this, each sales person is also a 'register' and the the clearing service they use needs to be explicit in dealing with all rejections, sometimes saying no is really a good thing.

Comment: Re:High risk (Score 4, Insightful) 390

by Roskolnikov (#44385375) Attached to: Hackers Reveal Nasty New Car Attacks

unless you add a wireless dongle (they come in Bluetooth and wifi but they still require physical access and close proximity).
every person that has done a 'reflash' on their car to get more performance has done similar things, I can with the right parameters make my cars motor throw a connecting rod through the block, I don't consider this hacking, I consider it sky is falling stupidity... if they had done this through on-star, now that, I would consider hacking and truly the danger that should be exposed by this article.

Comment: ZFS - incremental/snapshot? (Score 4, Informative) 227

two pools, internalPool, externalPool

use ZFS send and receive to migrate your data from internal to external, you and do whole fs or incremental if you keep a couple of snaps local on your internal disk, this can get excessive if you have a lot of delta or you want a long time.


of course you will need a system that can use ZFS, there are more options for that than time machine, its block level and its fast, and it doesn't depend on just one device, you can have multiple devices (I like to keep some of my data at work, why? my backup solution is in the same house that would burn, if it burned...)

The fancy is indeed no other than a mode of memory emancipated from the order of space and time. -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge