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Comment: Re:Yay for government!!! (Score 3, Informative) 132

by Lumpy (#46777987) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Yes they did, I was told it was on an active account, specifically a gophone account. I had to fight to get them to deal with this. After talking to that rep I was transferred to a "manager" which had an even thicker accent.

It was the 3rd person I had to talk to after being transferred all over the place. You might follow the rules, but a LOT of your fellow reps do not. Regularly I get told different information by two different reps, it seems that either you guys do not get trained consistently or the offshore people are utterly useless.

My most recent AT&T fail. I wanted to change plans and get a new phone as I was eligible for a new one. well the CSR changed my plan and then told me I had to pay full retail for the phone because changing the plan removed my eligibility. He refused to fix it and it was only customer retention that fixed it after I said, "well then Cancel all my accounts if you can not do that"

suddenly something that was impossible was possible.

Comment: Re:I will be a millionaire. (Score 1) 447

by DigiShaman (#46776695) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

If interest rates go up, the price of homes could drop if not just level off. That's because people purchase a home based on what they can afford each month. Combine that with new laws now in place from the previous housing crash. Effectively, the banks are now making a profit rather then the home owner.

However all that said, Texas home prices aren't going anywhere but UP. Houston, Katy, Austin..etc. Exxon is the 2nd largest US company behind Google and is moving its HQ to the Woodlands which will employ 10,000 employees at the campus. Our governor has been poaching businesses from other states. People from said states are driving in droves to Texas. It's nuts! The traffic is getting worse and worse each year. Regardless, now the Chinese are investing in Texas real-estate which can only lead to a nasty bubble.

Comment: Define homeless.... (Score 2) 312

by Lumpy (#46775515) Attached to: GoPro Project Claims Technology Is Making People Lose Empathy For Homeless

The hustling scammers, the druggies and drunks, the mentially ill, or the real homeless that are down on their luck and actually trying?

Because the first two I ignore completely. The mentially Ill I feel really bad for, and the onesthatare really down on their luck are not on the street corners hustling for money. Those people are helped by my donations to homeless shelters and to women and children shelters.

The fake hustler that is claiming they are a veteran standing there with a sign? Or the one guy I see push his wheel chair up to the corner then get in it with his hand out? they can stuff it.

Comment: Re:Yay for government!!! (Score 4, Interesting) 132

by Lumpy (#46775329) Attached to: Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

It is a royal pain in the ass to get a IMEI blacklisted. I had to fight AT&T even though I sent them the police report and the phone was in their records as my property.
"But it's currently activated" Yes, by the thief, blacklist it.
"but that is one of our gophone customers", Yes the thief blacklist it.
"but but....." Do I need to get a lawyer involved?
"One moment please...."

99% will not force them to blacklist the phone but just let it go. To hell with who they sold the phone to, I was not going to stop until the phone was forever disabled from being a phone.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928