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Comment Re:I should do this (Score 1) 215

get more information about the bill collector. If its not a direct creditor, but a actual collection attorney or agency, fax them or mail them a Cease & Desist letter telling them to never call you again in accordance with the FDCPA [15 USC 1692c] article 805

(b) COMMUNICATION WITH THIRD PARTIES. Except as provided in section 804, without the prior consent of the consumer given directly to the debt collector, or the express permission of a court of competent jurisdiction, or as reasonably necessary to effectuate a postjudgment judicial remedy, a debt collector may not communicate, in connection with the collection of any debt, with any person other than a consumer, his attorney, a consumer reporting agency if otherwise permitted by law, the creditor, the attorney of the creditor, or the attorney of the debt collector.

(c) CEASING COMMUNICATION. If a consumer notifies a debt collector in writing that the consumer refuses to pay a debt or that the consumer wishes the debt collector to cease further communication with the consumer, the debt collector shall not communicate further with the consumer with respect to such debt, except --

(1) to advise the consumer that the debt collector's further efforts are being terminated;

(2) to notify the consumer that the debt collector or creditor may invoke specified remedies which are ordinarily invoked by such debt collector or creditor; or

(3) where applicable, to notify the consumer that the debt collector or creditor intends to invoke a specified remedy.

If such notice from the consumer is made by mail, notification shall be complete upon receipt.
(d) For the purpose of this section, the term "consumer" includes the consumer's spouse, parent (if the consumer is a minor), guardian, executor, or administrator.

if they continue to call you can file suit in your local federal court against them for $1000 fine per time they violate it. Either they violated 805(c) and call you after a C&D or they refute that you are defined as a 'consumer' iaw 805(d) in which case they, under oath, admit to knowingly 805(b) and continue to contact you as a third party. Either way its $1000 per violation opting for 813(2) under civil liability.

Comment Re:'OWES' is the operative word. (Score 1) 215

and this is why losing appeals should come with a consideration of steeper penalties. Perhaps a court ordered suspension of services for 5 days would do the trick. "TWC, you are ordered to close your doors for no less than 5 days. You are to provide no phone service and no Cable video or internet services." I would deliberately pick a 5 day period that fell on either NCAA playoffs, World Series, Superbowl or something equally high profile. Imagine how pissed off you would be as an innocent consumer if you knew that because your provider was such a fucking asshole they literally got an injunction which impacted nearly everyone you know. Their revenues would go down, people would call in and wait for hours demanding credit on their bills, some people would leave their contracts and get internet or phone service from another provider that might be less at risk of having such injunctions slapped against them.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 215

thats only because a collection agency is regulated by the FDCPA which explicitly lists requirements and punitive action in the amount of $1000 per violation for non compliance. Sending someone a letter, fax, email that says "do not call me" is defined as a cease and desists. They must then ONLY use US Postal mail for delivery. Verbally saying you cannot take calls at work and this is your work number also counts as a C&D for the work number only. Most collection agencies spend massive time training people about the requirements of the FDCPA because they can lose their asses very fast. They are often small businesses of fewer than 20 employees and they had to register a bonded cash deposit with their secretary of state. If you win in court you get that money straight away and they have to re-bond to retain their business license. TWC could give a shit. Not only are they a billion dollar corporation, but they have half the senators and congressmen in their back pockets. Its hard for the NSA to spy on you all the time if the phone companies are not helping you spy on their customers. This is also why all the anti-competitive behavior against smaller ISPs has been ignored and downright OKd (see verizon removing copper from customer property so competitors cannot even provision services). This is partly why they have this culture of this sort of behavior. There is no telling what sort of murder they are capable of getting away with when the Obummer spying programs depend so heavily on their cooperation.

Comment Re:I get a call EVERY DAY from cardmember services (Score 1) 215

see my previous post of things I do...
http://yro.slashdot.org/commen...

I think if enough of us press 1 and tie up their call center, and on top of that spit out the most vile offensive things we can concoct, then we may eventually get all the employees to quit. 1 or 2 crazy assholes like me per day isnt so bad. If 5000 people a day opt to press 1 and spit out massively offensive verbal abuses, that will be something like death-by-a-thousand-cuts.

Comment Re:Invade Bangladesh! (Score 1) 215

Ironically I got another 'Rachael from Card Services' call earlier while posting to this very thread! That particular scam sells your CC info to a group in Palestine. Probably buying more iranian missiles. I always press 1 and say the most offensive things I can that I think will rattle them...

everything from "hold on, let me put down your grandfather; err i mean this hamburger" .. to
"The prophet Muhammad is a fucking pussy. Fuck him and fuck your credit card scam. I'm drawing a cartoon of him right this very minute.. its funny because in this cartoon he's sucking off a camel and chocking on it at the same time!"

they usually hang up as quickly as possible. its not like I actually did draw him, my drawing skills are so poor that they are more offensive than my creative insults; but they dont know that.

Comment Re:Miserable? (Score 1) 215

the argument can also be made that by paying someone a living wage, your selection process of who you hire goes up and you get less morons looking for a paycheck while doing almost nothing. So albeit a moron dont-giva-shit employee caused the problem, the corporation is still liable because it was their personal greed that led to the environment of shit wages to begin with. Much like Edison Electric laying off their entire IT staff and hiring H1B Visa replacements hoping to save $40k per employee. The guys at the top make a 8 - 9 figure salary and they have problems paying someone else even a 5 figure one. I have no sympathy for them. Sympathy falls between Shit and Syphilis in the dictionary.

Comment Re:Perfect is the enemy of good (Score 1) 78

or knowing you really did get a good price on plenum cable and not some cheap pvc knockoff. Agree 100% with your assessment that despite many limitations, it will have an abundance of cheap, useful applications. Considering some of the 3rd world uses smart phones are playing in the medical field, this could only enhance the usefulness of doctors without borders.

Comment what do you have against a paleo lifestyle? (Score 1, Informative) 496

you make it sound like its hard to maintain. Not to belittle a 30lb loss in 9mos, but after 9mos of my lifestyle change (including a shift to paleo nutrition) I had lost ALL of my excess body fat. That turned out to be about 100lb from my heaviest. But, had I been heavier, I have no doubt I still would have shed every bit of excess weight, whatever that number has been. I often encourage people to take up the paleo diet because its fairly simple to maintain (avoid grains, starchy foods, legumes, and the oils derived from them for the most part) and, due to the nature of protein having a high satiation effect, effectively also reduces your consumption of food in general. If someone wants to burn fat they first have to train their body to actually USE fat. That's never going to happen if you continue to eat a lot of carbs. Carbs are the low hanging fruit of fuel for your body. As long as there is plenty of that sort of fuel laying around your body is going to use it and never use fat. In an absence of glycogen, your body will begin converting a 9cal fat gram into a 7cal ketone; which, once converted, cannot be re-absorbed as fat. You either use it or piss it away. So before you've made any other lifestyle change, you're already getting a 25% bonus to your BMR out of basic inefficiencies.

  Compound this by training your muscles to burn more fat for fuel instead of carbs and you accelerate the weight loss significantly. White, fast-twitch, muscle fibers burn glucose and cannot oxidize during use, resulting in tired sore muscles after a short stent of activity. Whereas red muscle fibers of both fast and slow twitch burn fat directly and can self-oxidize during use. The calves of an Olympic sprinter are majority white muscle fibers, whereas a Olympic marathon runner re quite the opposite where 80% of the muscles in their calves are red fibers. This can be achieved by structuring your workouts to focus more on endurance and increasing workout times than trying to first increase resistance. Enough resistance to keep your HR within the cardio/peak ranges, but once there, focus on endurance building.

Comment Re:How do you answer this? (Score 1) 169

patents are actually helpful in this situation. A patent has with it, exact information as to exactly how something works. Unless the MPAA bastards manage to keep patents alive longer than their current expiration dates, there wouldn't be a concern over patent rights in 100yrs.

Comment Laserdisc? (Score 1) 169

Its my understanding that Laserdisc, the once fringe format that was usurped by DVD, differed in that, instead of a codec that recorded deviations from the previous frame, stored each and every video frame on the disc. I would think this might make for the best method to retrieve the information. To be sure, you could include the entire patent library for the laserdisc technology to ensure accurate reproduction in 100yrs time.

Comment Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 631

they were never laws, they were 'opinions' as to what meets the requirements. Just like 1998 was simply an opinion, at the time. Just like the FCC regulating VoIP, only in the last 6yrs. But never fear, once the FCC explains to the Tax-and-Spend-like-the-worlds-gonna-end members of congress how much tax revenue can be had by this new 'opinion'. It will become law just as easily. As a small business ISP who has been screwed over and over again by the major carriers, I see less down side to this than up. I literally was on a conference call with the ILEC (windstream) over slow speeds of a new customer I was turning up. Windstream had 3 or 4 execs along with engineers on the call, all claiming they did not have any idea why its slow. At one point the engineer thought he had muted myself and my client and stated, to one of their executives, that , per standing order, ALL 3rd party traffic was to run across a separate DS3 (45Mbps shared among all the other ISPs) instead of their GIGABIT fiber connections. So they got caught red handed admitting to deliberately screwing over the other ISPs, whom have no access to last-mile physical layers to the customers.

Up in verizon country they undermined the actual 1996 Telecom act that said they had to allow competing LECs access to their physical layer. They sued the FCC to ammend that it didnt apply to 'newer technologies'. So along comes FIOS service. Not only do they not allow competing carriers to order services on it, but once they install it they rip out every last inch of legacy copper to the facility, ensuring that the customer can NEVER switch to a competing LEC regardless of how badly verizon treats them.

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