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Comment Re:This is why you call your bank before tourism (Score 3, Interesting) 292

Ditto for me on Chase. They've caught real fraud quickly and got me a replacement card within a week. They've also made it very easy to authorize transactions that trigger their system (large purchases somewhere you've never shopped at will do it). You get a text message on your cell phone that you reply to then ask the shop to try again.

Comment meanwhile (Score 3, Insightful) 370

The rest of us keep being treated routinely like criminals without the media getting interested, because we aren't the mayor of Stockton.

Why should this guy get special treatment (by the TSA or by the press) just because he's a minor elected politico?

Comment Re:Honest question (Score 2, Informative) 90

Ill give an honest response from my point of view. NOTE: I am a Unix/Linux admin and only use windows on the work desktop.

Exchange does provide better integration between things like lync, office, calendar, etc. When talking to a homogeneous environment of windows desktops. I have not seen anything that suggests it is easier to administer, or that it is more stable. I also know that you require more exchange servers than Unix MTA servers for a given load. In that I mean, if you are handling 50,000 users and over 1,000,000 emails in a 24 hour period, you are looking at multiple exchange servers. Where as I have done the above in a single Unix MTA.

So IMHO, when working with a homogeneous office environment of windows desktops. Sure go with exchange. When you have a heterogeneous environment you will have some issues. I would also not suggest that you put an exchange server on the Internet without a bunch of protection. In most cases the MTA in the DMZ is a sendmail or postfix server that is secured and relays through the DMZ to the exchange server.

Comment Re:It's the pedestrians (Score 2) 278

Based on your claim, the fastest you could ever drive in San Francisco is about 5 mph, because the pedestrians are simply that stupid. They will step into fast moving traffic no where near a crosswalk and scream obscenities at you when you have to slam on your brakes and swerve around them, narrowly avoiding turning them into a stain.

If you drive just one time in San Francisco, you'd also accept the insanity or stupidity of the average San Francisco pedestrian.

Comment Re:Everyone Is Guilty, Only Enemies Will Be Indict (Score 3, Insightful) 108

If you are a leftist, beating the shit out of private companies is well and good. Remember: corporations are evil! Prosecuting them is only a good thing. Are you a corporate shill?

I am neither a leftist nor a corporate shill. I believe in beating the shit out of private companies that deserve to have the "shit beat out" of them. You need only look at the lengthy history of consumer protection in the United States to find instances where this was and is necessary. Take, for example, Debt Collection Practices. Please, please, please "beat the shit out" of unscrupulous collection agencies. Please "beat the shit" out of the companies that call my grandmother to deliver unsolicited advertisements about a "warranty extension" on her car. There are plenty of private companies that should have this done to them. The issue I take with China's implementation is 1) that it will never target a state owned business and 2) the guidelines are by no means clearly laid out and can be ambiguously interpreted. Who will interpret them? When will they interpret them? Why just in time and by the same state body that made them. Please tell me, how can I prove that my product's advertising does not "Cause detriment to national dignity"?

Comment Do Not Conflate This With Individual Free Speech (Score 2) 108

Communists don't believe in free speech?


It's not that binary. The United States has its own truth in advertising laws that, in my personal opinion, are beneficial at both the federal and state level. Slashdot readers are free to go the Libertarian route and claim the free market would alleviate these issues on its own or perhaps point out how downright pedantic it can be at times. But the truth of the matter is that, as a consumer, we only have so many hours in a day to decide which of the thousands of products we consume in a year we should spend our money on. So it does come down to federal guidelines for what is "Grade A" or "Organic" or "Green" when there is a label espousing these properties and there are consumers paying a premium for this notion. Without those guidelines those words will mean absolutely nothing and there will be no way to tell where your product was made, how much cadmium it has in it or whether it is the end result of spewing carbon into the atmosphere. Without similar laws, you wouldn't be able to trust the nutritional information at the grocery store. Is it free speech to claim that my potato chips cure cancer and lead to weight loss no matter how many of them you eat? People will know that I'm lying? Cigarettes used to sooth sore throats. Trans fats used to taste awesome.

Speech used by an individual to express ideas is free speech. Advertisements -- especially advertisements representing a very large organization -- are not. Corporations should not have the same rights individuals have and I feel that free speech is one of those clear cut distinctions. There is a long history of consumer protection everywhere in the world -- learn about your own country's struggles with it. It's not a simple issue and advertisement should not be regarded as free speech.

Comment Everyone Is Guilty, Only Enemies Will Be Indicted (Score 5, Insightful) 108

Here is the full text of the newly amended law. Here is the WIPO listing the deltas with the older 1994 version of the law (click expand notes). It appears that this is the first change in this law since 1994. Also the WIPO provides a PDF of their English version which seems to be slightly different. I also found a definition of the extent of what is regulated advertising by the PRC. Here's the WIPO's full list of defined restrictions:

1) Overt or covert use of national flag, anthem or emblem of People’s Republic of China or military flag, anthem or emblem;
2) Overt or covert use of the name or image of national public institute or staff of national public institute;
3) Use of words such as “national-level”, “the most” and “the best”, among others;
4) Causing detriment to national dignity or interests, or disclosing national secrets;
5) Interfering with social stability, or causing detriment to social and public interests;
6) Harming personal or property safety, or disclosing privacy;
7) Interfering with social public order, or going against good social norm;
8) Containing obscene, pornographic, gambling, superstitious, terrifying, or violent content;
9) Containing discrimination based on nationality, race, religion, or gender;
10) Affecting protection of environment, natural resources or cultural heritage;
11) Other situations prohibited by laws and regulations.

Merely sounds like another tool for the Party to deal with companies that are not state owned. Most companies will be found guilty of some section of this but they won't be prosecuted until they run afoul of the Party. In China (and increasingly in the US) everyone is guilty of something but only those that the state wants to be prosecuted will be prosecuted.

So looking at the story, we have a new law enacted a month ago and whose head is on the chopping block today? Xiaomi? Well from wikipedia:

Xiaomi Inc. is a privately owned Chinese electronics company headquartered in Beijing, China, that is the world's 4th[4] largest smartphone maker. Xiaomi designs, develops, and sells smartphones, mobile apps, and related consumer electronics.[5]

Aaaaaand there's your problem. Wake me up when a state owned company is prosecuted under these new laws. Xiaomi's true crime was probably doing better than Huawei.

Comment Re:Won't stop the moral hysteria (Score 1) 174

Read the above again, I am saying the land owner, business owner, home owner, car owner, etc. has the right. Not you and not me, We can only decide if we want to go there, or do business with them.

You are the one who seems to think you have the right to tell other people what to do with their property.

Freedom is a box. This is my box and I control it, that is your box and you control it. What I do in my box is my business and what you do in yours is your business. You can not tell me what to do in my box and I can not tell you what to do in yours.

BTW, there is no freedom from smells. Get out of NY City and onto a farm and you lean that very quickly.

Comment Solution (Score 3, Interesting) 47

"products like new and sustainable building materials; low-emission transportation fuels; and alternative chemical products that can be used to make everything from clothing and running shoes, to safer, stronger automobiles and breakthrough medicines."

Hemp sequesters more CO2 than almost all other plants at 22 tons per Hectare.

From it you can make

Building Materials
Diesel fuel
Cooking oil
The list goes on!

From some select strains of the plant you can make lots of different medicines.

Now that I have provided the answer to your question, I request that you donate the award to the repeal of these stupid drug laws.

Comment Re:How about... (Score 1) 392

How about a repeal of emissions standards and adoption of higher fuel efficiency standards instead? You know, prevent global warming instead of prevent smog?

Back when I drove a '72 Bug I installed a Bosch 009 distributor. It was way more efficient than the standard one, providing an improvement in gas mileage (so less pollution) and a slight boost in horse power. The state of California considered it performance equipment and, therefore, illegal. So every time I had to go in for a smog check I would swap back in the original distributor.

Comment Re:Won't stop the moral hysteria (Score 1) 174

What I am saying is that you dont have the right to tell others how to live there life or how to run there business just because you want to go there.

As such, what you think are public spaces are not, they are private spaces that are used by the public and the private owners have the right to do as they see fit with their space. Just as a business has the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason they see fit.

"We don't care. We don't have to. We're the Phone Company."