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Comment: Re:Militia, then vs now (Score 2) 1613

by ageoffri (#46770265) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment
Please go read the Federal Papers. It isn't supporters of the 2nd Amendment who are deliberately misinterpreting the right of the People to own firearms. The 2nd Amendment was a last line of defense against a tyrannical domestic government. This proposed change guts the original intent of the 2nd Amendment. When talking about the People in context to the US Government and laws, any definition other than citizens of the United States is flat out wrong.

Comment: Re:Ukraine's borders were changed by use of force (Score 3, Informative) 304

by ageoffri (#46756377) Attached to: Is Crimea In Russia? Internet Companies Have Different Answers
The American Civil War was not a war over slavery. It was a war over Federal vs. State control. Slavery was an emotional issue used to by both sides as part of the their argument on control, but ultimately it was a secondary issue. If it was about slavery why did Lincoln "free" slaves in only the secessionist States?

Comment: Re:I think it's reasonable, if it was accurate (Score 1) 276

by lamber45 (#46427515) Attached to: Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?
There is value. If the creator wrote it on his free time after working 30 years in a probably thankless job he couldn't tell his family about, there's hope for me to do something similar, or at least I should advise my sons to get a good education and a stable job. On the other hand, if he was a 15-year-old kid who flunked most classes in school and spent the majority of his nights playing video games, I'd better get my sons each a latest-model gaming rig, because that ship has sailed for me.

Comment: Re:Umm.. just as Europe moves beyond chip and pin. (Score 1) 731

by ageoffri (#46217855) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards
The thing is the signature on the back of the card isn't for verification by a merchant. The stated purpose of the signature block is that you agree to the terms that come with the credit card. By the rules of Visa and MasterCard a merchant should not accept a card that is blank or has something like see ID.

Of course almost no merchant follows this part of their agreement.

Comment: Haven't had this issue with GMail, but with other (Score 2) 388

by lamber45 (#45928191) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Misdirected Email?

My GMail (and Yahoo! as well) username is (first name)(middle name)(last name), all fairly common [in fact at my current employer there are multiple matches of (first name)(last name), and my father has the same (first name)(last name) as well], and I have not had this problem with either service. Perhaps using initials instead of full names is part of it; or your last-name may have different demographic connotations.

I did, however, recently have that problem with a Comcast account. When the tech visited our home for installation, he created an account (first name)(last name) . I didn't actually give it out anywhere, yet within a few months it was filled with a hundred or so messages for someone in another state. I did try responding to one item that seemed moderately important, and whoever got the response [the help-desk of some organization] didn't seem to grasp that I had no connection with the intended recipient. Since I hadn't advertised it anywhere, it was easy to change the username, to (my first initial)(wife's first initial)(my last initial)(wife's last initial)(string of digits) While this address appears to have been reused, apparently Comcast no longer allows address reuse; I tried using a previous ID that I had used a long time ago, and it was not available.

Since you ask for advice, I recommend two courses of action:

  • 1. As long as you still have access to that address, when you receive anything that is clearly misdirected and potentially of high value, deal with it politely. Don't use a "form response", instead personalize the response to the content of the message. CC the intended recipient on the response, if you are able to divine who it is. Once you've dealt with the matter, delete the whole thread. For newsletters, try following an "unsubscribe" action, if that's not available mark as spam.
  • 2. Consider an exit strategy from your current e-mail address, no matter how much is attached to it. See the Google help posting "Change your username". For the new address, try a long nickname or full first name instead of first initial; or maybe add a string of numbers, a city your contacts will recognize, or a title. Give your important contacts plenty of advance notice, post the new address with the reasons you're switching [perhaps with a list of the confusing other identities as well] on your "old" Google+ profile. After a reasonable time (say six months or a year), delete your old account. Make sure you change your address at all the "various sites" you've registered at before doing so, in case you need to use a password reset function.

Wikipedia's Lamest Edit Wars 219

Posted by samzenpus
from the from-the-depths-of-my-mother's-basement-I-stab-at-thee dept.
Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Who says Wikipedians don't have a sense of humor? While perusing Wikipedia I recently came across an article documenting the lamest examples of wikipedia edit wars over the most trivial things. As one wikipedian says: 'Some discussions are born lame; some achieve lameness; some have lameness thrust upon them.' A few of the most amusing examples include: Was Chopin Polish, French, Polish–French, or French–Polish? Can you emigrate from a country of which you are not a citizen? Can you receive citizenship if you already have it? The possibilities for intensive study are endless. Next up, Are U2 an 'Irish band' or simply a band that happen to be from Ireland, since two of their members were born in the UK? A heated discussion took place for over two-and-a-half weeks that resulted in at least one editor getting blocked and many more getting warnings. Next, should members of the Beatles be listed in the 'traditional' order or in alphabetical order? Another edit war which flares up continuously in The Beatles involves whether to identify the band as 'The Beatles' with a capital T or 'the Beatles' with a lower case t. The issue became so contentious it merited an article in the Wall Street Journal. One such installment of this saga was brought before the arbitration committee (by an administrator, no less) where it was quickly declared 'silly.' Next, Is J. K. Rowling's name pronounced like 'rolling' or to rhyme with 'howling'? Rowling is on record claiming she pronounces her name like 'rolling'. An irate editor argues that this is a 'British' pronunciation and the 'American" pronunciation of her name should also be noted. 'This is slightly ridiculous as she is English, and therefore of course will pronounce it in an English manner. Perhaps it rhymes with "Trolling"?' Finally did Jimmy Wales found Wikipedia or co-found it? 'Not surprisingly, those who actually were around at the time and know the answer stayed far away from this one. The casualty list has yet to be compiled, but no doubt editor egos will be among the worst hit.'"

Comment: Re:Credit Reporting Agencies (Score 3) 519

by ageoffri (#45439555) Attached to: Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review
Apparently you didn't read the article. So I'll quote the part that matters.

"The Fair Credit Reporting Act, which governs credit reporting, says that only a state's attorney general can sue a creditor for furnishing inaccurate information. But if the creditor doesn't fix the inaccuracy permanently and in a reasonable time, you can sue, even though the Fair Credit Reporting Act doesn't explicitly give you that option."

The reason that people can sue is on the grounds of the CRA not fixing inaccurate information. The article makes it very clear that the public uses those grounds to sue, not the grounds of providing inaccurate information. So yes you can sue and it happens all the time, people win quite often against the CRA's when they do their homework. Especially effective in a few states like Texas and California where you can also use State level laws in addition to the federal.

Comment: Re:Credit Reporting Agencies (Score 4, Informative) 519

by ageoffri (#45438643) Attached to: Woman Facing $3,500 Fine For Posting Online Review
Pretty much everything you stated is wrong. You can sue all three of the consumer credit reporting agencies in small claims court assuming you followed the processes outlined in the federal laws for consumer protection.

Check out and the and you will find multiple success stories of people suing one or more of the CRA's.

I can also say that from personal experience that merely making the threat to the CRA that you will be suing them in small claims court with proper citations will cause the CRA to fix their errors.

Comment: Re:Secret Emails and they fire a tweeter? (Score 1, Informative) 208

by ageoffri (#45211933) Attached to: White House Official Tracked Down and Fired Over Insulting Tweets
There are a lot of States are At-Will. In this case you can quit for any reason and the company can fire you for any reason*. So yes the company can and should fire you for tweeting nasty things about the company.

The only real issue here is that Obama promised the most transparent administration in history. Instead we have leak after leak showing that it is the most opaque administration. Not to mention corrupt and surprisingly the one area the Administrator isn't incompetent in, is the prosecution of killing terrorist.

Comment: Re:Can't replicate (Score 2) 135

by ageoffri (#44903741) Attached to: iOS 7 Lock Screen Bug Leaves Certain Apps Vulnerable For Access
I was able to access contacts indirectly. Go into the gallery and share a picture and use messaging. At this point hit the + sign in the upper right. You are then in Contacts. You can view names and phone numbers. I wasn't able to figure out a way to edit contacts or get more details.

Comment: Re:Why cap internet usage? (Score 1) 290

by ageoffri (#44697551) Attached to: My ISP...
Also a matter of how it is done. Xcel Energy offers remote air conditioner shut-offs which gets people a small discount for the ability of Xcel to turn off their AC during high demands for short periods of time. If internet companies could phrase it right and discount right, some people might just take them up on the cap.

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