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Comment: Re:I feel better now... (Score 1) 257

by SeaFox (#49339245) Attached to: RadioShack Puts Customer Data Up For Sale In Bankruptcy Auction

Best Buy once asked me for my phone number. They claimed if I didn't give to them my payment may not go through (was using my credit card iirc).
I just told them that I'd never had that issue before. I think I eventually had to give them a (obviously fake) number to move on -- like one even the cashier could tell was invalid.

Comment: Re:Flashback to 2011 (Score 1) 160

by SeaFox (#49331179) Attached to: Energy Company Trials Computer Servers To Heat Homes

http://tech.slashdot.org/story...

Seriously guys, when Microsoft 1.) had the idea years ago, 2.) has the investment capital to give this a viable shot, and 3.) with Azure, has an immediately viable and marketable need for a set of servers that can be dynamically powered up and down...and THEY haven't gotten it to be a viable idea...I sincerely doubt that a startup in the Netherlands will have greater success.

It's worth noting the Netherlands is going to have better broadband service to network those far-flung servers with.

Comment: Re:Underlying problem (Score 1) 130

by SeaFox (#49307061) Attached to: ISPs Worry About FCC's 'Future Conduct' Policing

And here is the underlying problem with a good chunk of FCC regulation.

Basically, you can do anything you want until they decide it is against an arbitrary regulation. Then they can not only stop you from doing it, but fine you for having done it.

Think of the "decency" statues for broadcast TV. Sometimes you can swear (playing Saving Private Ryan) sometimes you can't (some random award show) Sometimes you can show nudity (NYPD Blue) sometimes you can't (Superbowl?) The FCC will let you know you violated the unspecified rules via a fine

It's worth noting NYPD Blue was a drama show that aired late at night (usually before the 11 o'clock news iirc), and carried a TV-MA rating (so could be blocked with the V-Chip system). The Super Bowl is a yearly sports extravaganza that starts in the afternoon and expects to attract viewers of a variety of ages. Rating a major live sporting event, ahead of it's own broadcast, taking into account potential swearing by players or "wardrobe malfunctions" isn't really practical. They can only offer it for air and hope it goes well.

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