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Comment: Re: Who ends up paying for this? (Score 1) 72

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) 827

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.

Comment: Re: Kinda funny (Score 1) 392

by jo7hs2 (#46375757) Attached to: Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon
I would say maybe 5-10 of my classmates (out of 160ish graduating) in law school were pre-law majors. They were the exception, rather than the rule. Most were just normal humanities majors (very high number of history majors like me), plus a strong subject of STEM folks.'re right.

Comment: Re: Have you driven a ford lately? (Score 3, Informative) 314

by jo7hs2 (#46332843) Attached to: Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles
They're not THAT good. The valve body in my Ford Fusion's transmission (6F35 6-speed auto) wore out the pressure regulator valve, but Ford's initial solution was to update the software, so by the time they caught it the clutch pads (yes, automatics have clutches) had started to wear. At 10k miles the transmission required a rebuild including all new clutch pads, a new set of gears on the output side to the differential, and a new valve body. That said, it is a very clever transmission and the car otherwise completely satisfies me. But not *quite* as reliable as my rock-solid 2002 Taurus. But then, the Taurus wasn't using a new transmission design. The 6F35 was only three years old in 2012, and Ford usually takes a few years to get a new transmission worked out.

With all the fancy scientists in the world, why can't they just once build a nuclear balm?