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Comment: I know who designed the robot (Score 1) 99 99

The same engineers that designed my Toyota. They thought it would be a good idea to have to replace rear signal lights by remove a panel inside the car and reaching in about 18 inches to TRY to turn the bulb socket in order to remove it. Obviously, the were hoping to sell robots like this to people who needed to replace their turn signals. At least I am not bitter about it.

Comment: Why do the laws need to be so different? (Score 2) 44 44

Is it different if I yell 'Fire' in a crowded movie or if I tweet it? Fifty years ago if the government wanted to monitor communications or get customer records from a company what did they do? If someone hacks my computer and locks up my files for ransom, why is that different from breaking into my home and stealing my file folders? I know there are scale factors: customer records for hundreds vs tens of thousands (or more), breaking into one house at a time vs hacking a million systems with one email, etc. but why does all of this have to be re-invented? It seems like we (government) make it more complicated than it needs to be. Just wondering. (Please do not tell that it is all just different just because it is on a computer. I have been in the business for 30 years, build my own computers, read 2600, etc. so I have some exposure to the field.)

Comment: Re:Cardholder services (Score 1) 247 247

I normally hang up on these but one day I was in a 'playful' mood, so I acted very interested and very stupid: "You can lower my interest rate that much! Wow! That would be great!" He told me that he "was not some scammer trying to sell me vacation to Floriday" and he just needed my CC number. I kept the guy on the phone for almost 15 minutes while I 'looked for my credit card'. I kept asking silly questions until I finally said, "So, I think I might actually be interested in that Florida vacation". At that point he realized I was just drawing the call out. His response was "All I can say to you is eat s&*t and die. You are a real f&*k and go to hell". I felt bad for being mean (for about 2 seconds) then played the recording I made for my wife who that it was really funny.

Comment: Offer ala carte and they win (Score 1) 85 85

If someone would offer a "you pick 50 channels for $50" service, they would win. Break it up into 5 levels and pick 10 from each. I hate paying for 300 channels when I only want / watch 20% of them. I know, there are all sorts of license, premium fees, etc. But if someone can figure a way around it...

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov