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Comment: Re:Traditional crimes (Score 4, Informative) 140

by gatfirls (#47883207) Attached to: Accused Ottawa Cyberbully Facing 181 Charges Apologizes

Free expression includes this?

Anonymously emailing false comments that a woman was having marital problems
Suggesting another woman had an abortion instead of a miscarriage
Creating a fake Facebook profile of a man whom he said was abused as a child
Falsely suggesting a man had committed crimes and that information was sent to relatives outside the country
Anonymously mailing false comments that a man supported the Nazi party and was a pedophile
Making false claims that a woman had produced pornography and engaged in bizarre sexual acts
Creating a false online profile suggesting a woman worked as an exotic dancer

Comment: Fully autonomous, no but.... (Score 1) 506

by gatfirls (#47761033) Attached to: California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

I can see the early days there being "enhanced cruise control" type thing that people can be licensed for that can be used on freeways only in the near future. I would basically be cruise control that can brake and accelerate and then maybe steering capabilities included, etc.

I don't think it would be possible to have some mix of fully autonomous cars with regular ones on the road at any time.

Comment: Great! (Score 1) 151

by gatfirls (#47602233) Attached to: Planes Can Be Hacked Via Inflight Wi-fi, Says Researcher

No I will have to hear endlessly about this completely misleading article from people who know nothing about avionics.

That you article writer and slashdot submitter for adding to technology hysteria.

This article is basically saying someone can hack your washing machine from your cable modem without any supporting evidence that is true.

Comment: Re:Not surprised. (Score 1) 570

by gatfirls (#47562239) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

I had a like problem with AT&T long ago. I had proof of payment and spent months trying to resolve it but they were basically like "f you pay me". It went to collections and basically the same run around. Years later I was buying a house and ended up paying the friggin thing because I had a short window and really no recourse other than taking them to court.

Comment: Not surprised. (Score 3, Insightful) 570

by gatfirls (#47561743) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Once you have something go into collections it is always there until you pay it. (medical bills/school debt probably drives a lot of this)

You're only 30-90 days lat for a short period.

"Many consumers were burned for relatively small amounts -- about 10 percent of the debts were smaller than $125, Ratcliffe says"

This kind of thing probably drives the numbers way up too. That late fee from blockbuster, etc.

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