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Comment: Re:Ditch the DSLR (Score 1) 108

by jo7hs2 (#48497905) Attached to: Who Needs NASA? Exoplanet Detected Using a DSLR
The manner in which you speak of "zoom" and added in cell phones cameras suggests to me you know nothing about serious photography. All of what you have said is true for consumer snapshots. For serious photography, it is nonsense spewed by someone who knows just enough to be dangerous and not enough to be useful in terms of giving advice to consumers.

Comment: Re: Who ends up paying for this? (Score 1) 85

by jo7hs2 (#48449305) Attached to: Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion
I don't disagree that we're getting ripped off...I've already stated I don't think I'm getting a great deal. My point is the America-bashing commentary was uncalled for and rude. Also, your own plan tends to refute the argument we're all getting ripped off. And in my case, since I have only managed to use my full 1GB allotment twice (both time on vacation, whoop-tee-do-day a $15 overage) and I live in a spot where coverage aside from Verizon and AT&T is crappy (I have one of those free 200mb deals on my iPad with T-Mobile that barely can connect outdoors), I haven't had much incentive to change carriers. Frankly, I'm tired of hearing about it. We get that many if not most developed countries have cheaper service. Doesn't mean we're a nation of idiots.

Comment: Very difficult. (Score 3, Insightful) 834

by jo7hs2 (#48360395) Attached to: How To End Online Harassment
I was a severely bullied youth. So severely that I have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result, as some of the events were life-threatening. In once instance, I was an early victim of what would now be termed cyber-bullying. It also was illegal under Maryland's two-party consent for voice recordings law, but was none of it was ever prosecuted. Anyway... I was recorded against my consent in day-to-day conversation. The content was then edited to make me sound either like I was intellectually disabled or a homosexual, depending on their mood. Nothing wrong with being either of those things, I'm neither, and obviously this was being done to harm. The audio files were posted on Geocities/Xoom/or one of the other free internet hosting providers at that time in RealPlayer format. This was around 1998-1999, for perspective. Due to Maryland's two-party consent laws, my 14-15yo self was able to get the audio taken down, repeatedly, by the hosting provider. Unfortunately, it took several violations before the provider finally convinced the students in question that their account would be deleted if they stopped. Each time, of course, their account was suspended until they complied. This made them very unhappy, leading to much worse taunting, and even shockingly well-targeted and convincing arguments that I should kill myself. Eventually, the audio was taken down permanently because they got tired of it. The point of my story being, this is not an easy thing to fight. Online harassment is difficult to fight even when you know the names of the offenders and they've clearly broken a law...that is nothing new.

Comment: Re:Why should I care? (Score 1) 122

by jo7hs2 (#48338381) Attached to: New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay
Ditto. My number has been compromised about once a year for the past four or five years, too. It is why I keep a second credit card I use only minimally (for subscriptions like Netflix) for emergencies, and why I never expose my bank card number to anybody but the bank. The only benefit is that I get a nice new card...otherwise just really annoying few days without my card every year. In every instance, it wasn't a swiper or a stolen card, it was a data leak at a mid-sized or larger retail outlet.

"There is no statute of limitations on stupidity." -- Randomly produced by a computer program called Markov3.