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Comment Re:He already has ... (Score 1) 83

Count me in the Joel camp. I wanted to like MST3K after Joel left, but I thought it wasn't as funny. Mike just didn't have a delivery I thought was as good. I lost interest and hadn't watched for some time when it was cancelled.

But this does bring up a question. If Joel was so unhappy and had to leave to "pursue other opportunities," why has he spent the rest of his life trying to do the same thing he walked away from? Twenty years later and he's trying to resurrect the project he abandoned.

Comment Re: Using your advertised space != Abuse (Score 1) 330

Of course you can. Businesses change their terms of service all the time. You're not entitled to endlessly exploit any business that has set unprofitable terms, so needs to change policies.

That is not in question. The question is should companies that knowingly advertise a product or service be obligated to pay a penalty for changing said product or service after the customer has paid for it. As I recall, Office 365 was a subscription up for up to four years. I am fine with Microsoft's terms of service allowing changes as long as they offer a full refund of any unused portion of the subscription. Offering to allow the customer to disagree with the changes and only giving them the option of cancelling the service, forfeiting any payment, is pure bullshit.

Comment Re:Don't answer your phone (Score 1) 216

Yes they DO leave voicemails, while still following FCC/CRTC guidelines. Its called careful wording.

Source: Someone who runs a national Collection Agency Automated Dialer

Some careful wording... They leave a message telling you who the call is for and telling you to hang up if it is not for you. They wait a few seconds and begin their spiel about owing them money. I figure it's just a matter of time until someone takes them to court for violating the rules.

Comment Re:You still get bothered (Score 2) 216

Get a VOIP service that supports NoMoRobo. I pay $169 for two years unlimited service. I turned on NoMoRobo and it blocks telemarketers, debt collectors, surveys and political calls. I LOVE it! The phone rings about half a ring and then when callerID hits, they pick up and announce that my line is protected by NoMoRobo and they cannot reach my number. I don't even bother to move unless my phone starts to ring a second time.

It is a rare occasion when I get a nuisance call these days,

Comment Re:GOOD! (Score 1) 216

Pay your bills, no one calls.


I had a debt collector calling my house and hanging up for six months before they made robocalling illegal and I didn't even know who was calling or why. After I finally got my first call by a real human it was obvious they were looking for someone I did not know with the same last name as me. It took another three months to get them to stop calling despite them obviously calling numbers at random. I had to escalate to a supervisor and threaten filing a lawsuit and reporting them to the State Attorney General's office to finally get them to stop.

Up until recently I had them calling my home, my cell, and my son's Tracfone looking for my ex-wife who I divorced nearly nine years ago.

They called all hours, day and night. Those people are the lowest form of scum.

Comment Re:Wow. Talk about misreading, and missing the poi (Score 3, Informative) 110

Yeah, and guess what?

Smith v Maryland (1979) says that phone call records, as "business records" provided to a third party, do not have an expectation of privacy, and are not covered by the Fourth Amendment. And the only data within that haystack that we care about are the foreign intelligence needles. I know that's difficult to comprehend, but it's the law of the land, unless and until SCOTUS reverses that ruling. And they very well may.

Until that happens, "We're pretty aggressive within the law. As a professional, Iâ(TM)m troubled if I'm not using the full authority allowed by law." -- General Michael Hayden

And when the full authority of the law is insufficient to do whatever they want, they will search until they find a creative lawyer to offer a legal opinion to redefine what the law really means and justify whatever they want to do. http://www.newyorker.com/magaz...

You might also want to update your sources, Mr. apologist. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the law overseeing data collection could not be interpreted to have permitted the NSA to collect a "staggering" amount of phone records, contrary to claims by the Bush and Obama administrations. Lucky for them, Congress amended the law, moving the goalposts in mid game.


Hopefully, you will find this as easy to comprehend as the Smith v Maryland case. And before you start wiping the brown off your nose and begin frothing at the mouth with another justification, I know it hasn't made it to the Supreme Court yet. Hopefully, you noticed Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act law yesterday. That should give you a clue that you are on the wrong side of this issue.

Comment Re:Wow. Talk about misreading, and missing the poi (Score 1) 110

If you're an American (or frankly, any innocent person) anywhere in the world who isn't an active member of a foreign terrorist organization or an agent of a foreign power, the Intelligence Community DOES NOT CARE ABOUT and actually DOES NOT WANT your data.

The last I heard there was a pen register standing order in effect for ALL cell phone metadata for all the major US carriers. It was only recently renewed in September. Unless there was an active exception for "Dave Schroeder, NSA apologist" I would say your argument falls apart. If they "DOES NOT WANT" my data, maybe they shouldn't be asking for it. Or retroactively changing laws to make what was illegal when it was secret, to be legal now that everyone knows.

Comment Re:Cultural? (Score 1) 479

The hardware fix may well be a urea injector, like previous models used. That wouldn't have any material effect on performance or fuel economy. If the cost of adding it is paid by VW, there's no reason not to.

When the fix is mostly hardware modification, it's hard to blame the problem solely on software engineers!

Is VW also going to eat the cost of purchasing all the DEF to refill those reservoirs over the life of those vehicles? If the "fix" is to install an exhaust injector, I see a financial incentive to pass on that repair.

Comment Re:Meredith was totally within his rights (Score 1) 1197

Meredith was totally within his rights - his private property was being invaded. Fuck the owners of the drone - they are idiots, and the true criminals in this case. If someone flies a drone over my property, it's toast. And I'll fight any legal nonsense that ensues right on up to the Supreme Court (for what that's worth). This has to be gotten under control, now. People have NO RIGHT to fly their drones over private property. They could be recording video, they could even be toting firearms. Shoot first, ask questions later.

And frothing-at-the-mouth authoritarians like you are the reason we have cops killing people left and right for nonsense reasons and people are shooting each other for perceived slights. This past week in Cincinnati, a College cop put a slug in a guys brain because he didn't have front license plates. In Florida, some nutcase blew away a guy in front of his family because he was driving aggressively and followed him. People are too quick to anger and dispense vigilante justice without thinking about the consequences.

Comment Re:Foreign interests? (Score 1) 423

And you miss the bigger picture. Making it illegal for an honest citizen to print a 3D gun will not stop the criminals from doing it.

That is the biggest problem with gun control -- criminals do not obey laws.

You cannot see the forest for the trees.

This is ALL ABOUT buying time by making sharing research more difficult so they can improve detection technology. They know criminals will print them and they are not afraid of the single shot Liberator. They want to be ready to detect a highly reliable, multi-shot, semi or fully automatic, 3D printed firearm. They want to threaten those who would share their insights and improvements to slow development.

Comment Re:Foreign interests? (Score 1) 423

Not better. More available.

Here in the UK, it's pretty hard to get an illegal gun. You need connections - a contact in organized crime who can put you in touch with the right people. That means your common street gang member doesn't have a gun - they have to make do with knives. If 3D printed guns became more practical, every gangsta-wannabe would have one.

It's a US law/regulation. Guns are already easily available here. It's not a problem to get one. Availability is not the issue. And they are not afraid of a unreliable, single shot, kludge like the liberator and its ilk.

The Feds are scared that some bright boy genius will take existing plans and improve things with newer and improved 3D printing technology to make a highly reliable and effective, undetectable weapon. They don't give two shits if some UK hoodlum can suddenly print a Liberator and have an illegal handgun in London. They are worried about someone bringing something that works well and can't be detected on a plane or on a Federal property.

All power corrupts, but we need electricity.