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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. TL:DR...you'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.

Comment: Re:Not a good sign (Score 1) 255

Oh God, what have you done! You just inadvertently gave Dunkin Donuts their next disgusting product idea. As if donut shop tater tots and donut sandwiches were not disgusting enough. They make pretty good donuts (for a chain joint) and need to stick to that, but folks just gotta keep giving them bad ideas,

Comment: Re:Dead end (Score 1) 191

by jo7hs2 (#46260953) Attached to: Elon Musk Says Larger Batteries Might Be On the Way
Which is true, the ones that an average person can afford (Leaf, for example) without stretching their finances have much more limited range. Suitable for someone living in a major metropolitan area who never needs to drive further than to an airport at the periphery, but not really for your average suburbanite. Hell, I live in a medium-sized city, and because different neighborhoods have different things I want, it isn't uncommon for me to rack up the range of a Leaf over the course of a day's errands without even thinking twice about it. For the price, the bang just isn't there yet. When it is, I'm in, because all environmental issues aside, electricity is just cheaper.

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