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Comment: Re:Snowden... (Score 4, Informative) 142

by ZipK (#49687093) Attached to: House Votes To End Spy Agencies' Bulk Collection of Phone Data

I believe (from a quick Google search) that to be pardoned for a crime you first have to be convicted of that crime.

Nope. See U.S. Proclamation 4311, for example:

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GERALD R. FORD, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974.

Comment: Why not use Comcast's excess customer calls? (Score 4, Insightful) 150

by ZipK (#49686265) Attached to: World's Rudest Robot Set To Simulate the Fury of Call Center Customers
Since Comcast can't seem to service their customer service lines in a timely, intelligent or helpful manner, and nearly all of the callers end up angry, why not just use the excess calls for training? It's not like these callers will be any more frustrated by operators who know nothing about Comcast than they are by actual Comcast customer service agents.

Comment: Re:Correction (Score 1) 182

All they need to do is price their offering at $50 or so for a year or two to kill off the municipal service...

You're probably right, but I'd keep paying $100/month to the local utility for the privilege of not dealing with Comcast. I would rather crumple fifty dollar bills and throw them in the gutter than have to deal with Comcast's worst-ever customer service.

Comment: Re:in my opinion this guy is like Jenny McCarthy (Score 1) 320

by ZipK (#49498587) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal

How DARE he question Monsanto or even suggest that food from their genetic engineering be labeled.

So if I were to say that 2+2=4 and the moon is made of green cheese, you'd side with me on both issues because you agree with one? Whether or not you give him a pass on GMO labeling, there's plenty of quackery left on the table.

Comment: How many watches were preordered? (Score 1) 290

by ZipK (#49463339) Attached to: Report: Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

Apple Watch Preorders Almost 1 Million On First Day In the US

957,000 people preordered the Watch on Friday

On average, each buyer ordered 1.3 watches

So did they actually sell 957,000 x 1.3 = 1, 244,100 watches? Because "more than 1 Million watches" would have been a better headline.

Comment: High Density Punch Cards (Score 2) 229

by ZipK (#49453491) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future
Why isn't anyone reporting on IBM's advances in punch card microscopy? By reducing the size of the punch hole and using modern encoding systems, they've greatly increased the amount of data that can fit on a standard Hollerith card. Those who can't wire the plugboard of an IBM 407 are going to be left behind.

It's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one. -- Phil White