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Comment: If support calls you an A.., you probably are one (Score 4, Interesting) 169

by Opportunist (#48947857) Attached to: Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

Anyone who explodes here in rage probably never worked in support. You get your share of assholes. Actually, you get more than your share of assholes. Because you are in the mind of some people the source and reason of everything that ever befouled them. If you treat the customer support badly, don't expect good service. Your 5 bucks a month are not paying his paycheck, your call is not his reason to exist and you are essentially of no particular interest to said customer service rep. He's there to HELP you. With a problem that may or may not be caused by you, but one that absolutely certainly was not caused by him or her.

I can only guess what happened here. My guess is that Comcast suits forced support to be nice to even the most obnoxious waste of oxygen calling, and this is their only outlet. If you ask me, a very, very tame reaction. I've seen people actually resort to physical violence.

Comment: Re:Not always a good thing. (Score 4, Insightful) 275

by complete loony (#48937223) Attached to: Microsoft To Invest In Rogue Android Startup Cyanogen

Cyanogen mod don't have access to the source code for all of the drivers required to run the hardware. So they have to copy the binaries from the manufacturer.

If the manufacturer doesn't support new versions of android, with newer linux kernels, there's not much they can do.

Comment: Re:So to cicumvent the screen locker... (Score 1) 374

by complete loony (#48935905) Attached to: Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure
I also had a script that would tweak the beep pitch and duration and play the close encounters theme. With the option of using a different xserver for each beep. Combined with a script that would use finger to display a map of the terminals people were connected from, and terminals that were xhost+ when noone was logged in ....

Comment: Re:that's the problem. 3/16th" hole = opened (Score 1) 367

by hey! (#48935183) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

The issue as I'm sure you know isn't "opened", but rather "opened within a certain length of time." Obviously given unlimited time you can get into anything, and you probably can get into an ATM a lot faster than a decent safe. But once you have the explosion routine down pat, you can probably be away with the ATM money in *seconds*. In terms of practicality and low risk, that's hard to beat.

Comment: Re:And why is this? (Score 1) 423

This reminds me of an old tale.

Sun and Wind were arguing who was more powerful. Both argued at length and neither would accept the other one's arguments, so they decided for a competition. They saw a man walking across the land and Wind suggested that whoever gets the coat off him should be considered the most powerful one.

Sun agreed and Wind prepared for the worst. He started to blow and the winds picked up, he put more and more power behind it and soon a veritable hurricane was ripping at the poor man in his quest to pry that coat off him. But the more Wind blew, the tighter the man grabbed his coat and didn't want to let go, growing only more determined at staying warm and sheltered within his only protection from the elements that threw him about.

Soon Wind sat down, exhausted and wheezing. He laughed at Sun who was still sitting there, knowing that she could never succeed where he could not with all his might.

Sun did what Sun did best. She shone. She brightened up the day and warmth filled the air, her beams heating up the ground the man walked on and giving him warmth as well. She just sat there, waiting, providing the warmth every being needs.

And the man eventually decided it's too hot to wear a coat and took it off.

I leave the interpretation to the reader. It's not hard, but maybe we should still explain it to the DOJ, I doubt they'll get it.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder