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Comment: Re:No, They Haven't Called Me (Score 1) 245

In fact I received a call from an unknown number (that Google later showed as belonging to a local hospital) and the caller did not leave any message. A few days later someone called again and did leave voicemail telling me that a very good, old, friend was in the hospital and had left my phone number as a contact. He died several hours later.

While responding to the initial call would almost certainly have made no difference to my friend's survival, I wish that I had been alerted sooner. Just a "this is Dr. X calling about Mr. Y" would have been fine (and in fact was the content of the voicemail left in the second call).

Comment: Re:Keep them busy. (Score 1) 245

When I got called, after they had me do some cool shit on my never-before-used Windows VM, the payoff was that they wanted me to purchase their tech support and software via credit card through one of at least a few online payment processors; we burned through three or four of them with my "bad" credit card numbers; finally they caught on to my scam.

So I don't think it's that they are looking for Command and Control nodes but just plain old fast cash. The prices for their tech support varied from around $300 down to around $200 or so after I balked at paying so much to fix my computer instead of just throwing it away and buying another.

Comment: Re:Adblock (Score 1) 285

by Swave An deBwoner (#48569515) Attached to: AdNauseam Browser Extension Quietly Clicks On Blocked Ads

It would be the same thing only if the postal service derived its revenue from junk mail.

They don't, so it's not the same thing at all.

Ha ha. Joke's on you. The USPS makes its living delivering junk mail.

Comment: Re:Ha (Score 1) 341

by Swave An deBwoner (#48535783) Attached to: New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

Comment: Re:good (Score 2) 341

by Swave An deBwoner (#48527995) Attached to: New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

For one thing, Chimps can't offer any definition of "person" at all, let alone explain why they would be included in it.

I wouldn't be so sure about that:

However you might not be able to understand what the chimpanzee was trying to say to you. That could be an inadequacy on your part.

Comment: Driving at 85 instead of 70 "would save an hour"? (Score 1) 525

by Swave An deBwoner (#48502167) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Does Scott Sales provide the route he took between the "Brakken oil patch" and Bozeman? Because Billings, MT to Bozeman, MT is only 142 miles apart according to Google Maps, which lists the travel time as 2 hr 11 min.

He'd have to drive 637 miles before he'd "save an hour" going 85 instead of 70.

Comment: Re:Missing conversion in the summary (Score 1) 422

by Swave An deBwoner (#48187335) Attached to: Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

Not quite. You're converting "ounces" as a measure of weight. The "20 ounces" referring to soda is a measure of liquid volume.

Roughly, 1 gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds. There are 64 fluid ounces in 1 gallon and 454 g in 1 lb.

(8.34 lb * 454 g/lb) * (20 oz / 64 oz/gal) = 1174 g.

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