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Comment: Re:youmail (Score 1) 232

by Festering Leper (#48668033) Attached to: The Slow Death of Voice Mail

> I also didn't know that you could have a phone without caller ID

Unless you use a VOIP line or a burner (pay-as-you-go) cell phone caller ID is always an extra for both landlines and cellphones. For cellphones it's often bundled with voicemail or some other feature so you'll usually end up getting it ... but, yes, it's very possible to get a smartphone with no caller ID or voicemail.

Comment: And we are so lucky... (Score 2) 83

by sootman (#48651661) Attached to: How a Massachusetts Man Invented the Global Ice Market

... that he did this back then. Imagine if the industry were founded recently. They'd sue anyone who tried to make a refrigerator or air conditioner to protect their outdated business. And they'd win, because they'd pay off -- excuse me, "support the campaigns of" -- all the right politicians.

Comment: Re:And this is why there's traffic... (Score 1) 596

by sootman (#48606931) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

It's UC-fucking-LA. It's not in the middle of a freeway, and I doubt she lives on a freeway either.

Looks pretty walkable to me. It may be a windy route, but in that case, bikes can ride anywhere cars can, except for highways, and even though it's near a mountain, I don't see anywhere that's 100% cut off from the outside world except for freeways. Zoom in anywhere and there are little roads there.

Hell, if I lived there and were faced with that option, I'd ride my bike on the freeway every day until I got a ticket for doing so.

Comment: STUPID (Score 2) 110

by sootman (#48506225) Attached to: Microsoft's Age-Old Image Library 'Clip Art' Is No More

For all the reasons outline here, unless MS is going to embed their own metadata into every image I use that promises the image is safe, and that if it isn't, MS will foot the bill. Even so, that won't help me if I print something and lose the original digital version with the metadata. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

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