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Comment: Re:The battle of extremes. (Score 1) 175

by Technician (#48597349) Attached to: Hollywood's Secret War With Google

I agree that confusing the embryo, child, baby, etc is common on both sides of the argument. The only difference between the names is age after conception or age before or after birth.

Your post shows the same bias or spin. Both camps use names for this early life. Both sides do agree that it is ALIVE and is a life. But is it a person yet? That is the crux of the debate.

Comment: Re:Answering machines? (Score 1) 67

The worst debt collection practice I was hammered with, called, didn't state for who they were,, did not leave any options to complete the call from them, but only gave a call back number for Jeromy to call Bob. I'm not Jeremy, so I let it run for a couple of months to see if it would quit. It didn't. Collectors continued to call even after my new number was not so new at 8 years.

I pity anyone who does not speak English as they wouldn't understand the message, there was no option to respond to the call, such as press any key, and it would continue until you did call in. They only quit after I called and didn't ask for Bob, but asked for their legal department. I think I shook them up a bit. Anyway the calls quit from them.

I asked for the legal department. I then told them they can not legally disclose any debt info to third parties. Then told them of the issue with the robocall. I gave them the number they robocalled and the times. They feigned ignorance and stated it must have been forwarded to my number from another number. I then asked for the number they were using to call Jeremy and gave time stamps. They then claimed they could not release Jeremy's contact info to 3rd parties. LOL.. Nice snow job. Anyway the calls quit with threat of $50 for each additional call per the telemarketing and fair collection practices laws.

A Google search of the number revealed the law firm in Chicago IL, their address, office phone numbers, staff names, etc. Nobody there is named Bob or Robert.

Jeromy Taylor, Please update your contact info with your creditors. I'm tired of taking your calls.

Comment: Re:Thanks for crashing my web server! (Score 3, Informative) 147

by Technician (#48440275) Attached to: Linux On a Motorola 68000 Solder-less Breadboard

I'm surprised he got it to run that fast. AM radio in the US broadcasts from about .5 to 1.5 Mhz. Without a ground plane and shielding, there is a lot of coupling between wires. I bet he can't listen to any distant AM radio stations in the same room with that running.

Good job getting a breadboard computer to clock over 1MHZ.

Comment: Re:"Getting whiter" (Score 1) 496

by Technician (#48428077) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

What the liberals want is;
30% Chinese
30% Japanese
30% Korean
30% Hispanic
30% Black
30% Vietnamese
What ever us keft over % Male
50% Female
50% Gay
30% Mexican
30% Guatamalan
and 30% Native American.

All cry inequality when less than 50%

Liberals have some other shortcommings in STEM besides math.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Stats. (Score 1) 496

by Technician (#48427831) Attached to: As Amazon Grows In Seattle, Pay Equity For Women Declines

I had a job offer in Seattle that I turned down due to the cost of relocation, traffic, housing, etc. If I had taken the job, my spouse would have moved too and looked for work. She would not have looked for an engineering job, so yes, there would be pay inequality, but she would not need to deal with 2nd housing, etc. I suepect some of the pay inequality is spouses of engineers working at Microsoft or Boeing working the two income family positions to make the mortguage instead of full time homemaker. These positions are rarely the same income bracket as the primary breadwinner who can have >40 hours work and are not the primary family member taking the kids to soccer practice.

Comment: Re:Based on my experiences with Microsoft Lync... (Score 2) 55

by Technician (#48392437) Attached to: New Trial Brings Skype to (Some) Browsers

If MS drops support for all the Polycom Lync devices including conference speakerphones and desk phones, Bluetooth Lync headsets, etc, Corporate will be a hard sell.

Best of Lync and Skype should not obsolete all the business telcom hardware products in use by corporate users. That would be dropping the most useful parts.

I don't wear headphones all the time. I don't have disruptive speakers, and I can still hear my phone ring, and answer it, even while the PC is in a locked screensaver, in hibernation, or even rebooting.. Not all my job is screen time.

Do you ever reboot? Lock the screen and step out? Read a paper list, drawing, manual, or report?

Missing calls while not watching the screen or have another app on top is unacceptable.

Comment: Re:Based on my experiences with Microsoft Lync... (Score 3, Informative) 55

by Technician (#48392127) Attached to: New Trial Brings Skype to (Some) Browsers

Lync can be used with communications headsets. UN-checking the option to use the sound device only for communications permits using the headset for Lync as well as for all other PC sound playback.

The best option in my opinion is to use a desk phone for Lync calls. Polycom makes some nice ones as well as Snom. Alternate firmware can change the SIP phone into an OCS VOIP phone able to integrate with your Lync account. Search for Snom OCS firmware for more info.
Desk phone, speaker phone, or headset is your choice.

Comment: Re:Thank Comcast! (Score 1, Informative) 405

by Technician (#48381639) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

The main reason peers block Comcast by deafult is the number of vunerable XP machines that get hijacked to send spam. Dropping mail from home users has almost no false positives. Mail if permitted by peers would increase the number of botnet attempts to send bulk spam. The fact the mail is blocked makes compromised Comcast user's machines much less valuable.

Even home configured business accounts on static IP addresses do not have a super good IT department to prevent compromised machines becoming part of a spam botnet, which is a good reason to not accept mail from home IP blocks.

Comment: Re:Google taking Apple's playbook (Score 1) 219

by Technician (#48376881) Attached to: Microsoft Losing the School Markets To iPads and Chromebooks

The point is after the education market, business is mostly non Apple. The exceptions are media production and related fields. Mobile media (tablets) should belong to Apple, but Android at lower price points has higher unit sales.

Google Chrome is poised to do to MS PC's what Android did to Apple Tablets and phones.

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