Hour after hour, she read nonsensical phrases and sentences so that the "ubergeeks" -- as she affectionately calls them; they leave her awestruck -- could work their magic by pulling out vowels, consonants, syllables and diphthongs, and playing with her pitch and speed.
if there are many of them, then you should be able to give a few examples.
I live near one of the entrances to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We have several facilities in the park (stables, nature centers, bookstores) which are run by private groups and nonprofits with permission from the NPS. When the shutdown took effect, all of them were required to close up shop and leave the park. What's even better, we have areas which are typically seldom if ever patrolled (such as backcountry and wilderness areas) which are being monitored with as many federal law enforcement personnel as possible in order to keep out visitors. At one particular park entrance, which normally patrolled by a single park ranger, TWO rangers with vehicles were stationed just to turn people away at the boundary.
Source: I know many people who work (er... worked) in the park, I have worked within the park myself, and I do volunteer work there. Interestingly, during the shutdown volunteers are *specifically* prohibited from performing any work that a paid employee would normally do.
There are several pointers to this guy operating out of the basement of his mom's house and being a pure troll with no merit whatsoever to his claims:
Also, the numerous spelling, grammatical, and punctuation errors peppered throughout the emails are pretty hard to miss.
Now, if I choose to continuously spout off with a series of flamebait or off topic posts, I deserve the karma hit that will inevitably result.
But there's simply no comparison between a poorly stocked drawer at Radio Shack...
You mean to tell me that there's a Radio Shack somewhere that still has individual parts in drawers?
I can compile and install my own apps without going through the store. You just have to have a developer account (which is not very expensive).
I've heard that argument phrased as "if you can afford several hundred dollars for an iPhone, you can afford $99 a year for a developer account." It's not just about the money, it's about me objecting to a company that acts as a gatekeeper to a device that I own, and that expects me to pay a yearly toll to access some of the functionality of that device... access that could be revoked for any number of reasons with no recourse.
...ignore the calls but wait for them to send something in the mail (it will probably happen really soon once they start calling).
This. If a collector has what they feel is a legitimate claim, they'll be willing to work through the proper channels. If they're afraid to put anything in writing or accept certified mail at a physical address, that should be a huge red flag.
We've had the misfortune of dealing with the lowest of the low: debt collectors who go after estate settlements. They know that if they put in a claim with the court, they may only be awarded a small fraction of the money they're owed (especially if the deceased had quite a bit of debt and very few assets), so they hassle the executor (usually a surviving relative who is still in mourning) with an offer along the lines of "just send us a check for N% and we'll call it even, or we'll go after you later for the full amount". Of course, they know that what they'll actually get from the court will be much less than their settlement offer, but they make it sound like they're cutting you a deal.
Our response was always the same: submit your claim properly and the judge will consider it alongside the rest. Some did so, some didn't bother. Some were obviously scammers with no legitimate claim. Others even continued to contact us after the estate was closed rather then file with the court, but since the judge had certified that we had done everything correctly (posted public notice, etc), the debt collectors had missed the boat and no longer had any right to pursue the debt. Eventually they all left us alone.
You might have as well used an hourglass so the user could spend their time shaking it trying to get the sand to fall faster.
I tried that once; it didn't work but I must have accidentally made the hourglass flip over, and I had to wait even longer!