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Comment: Re:How about (Score 1) 208

by barc0001 (#47904605) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

"why not take that time to toss in some viagra information for you to listen to"

Now you're just being silly.

"if you don't care about them, then let these scammers have their fun, what do you care?"

Oh, it's FUN! Scamming vulnerable people out of money is FUN! Scaring the shit out of some grandmother and then scamming her out of most of her food budget for the month is FUN!!! Can I have your grandma's number? It's all in fun...

Comment: Re:Or, Apple could be fearful of comoditization (Score 1) 402

Not in my experience. The 300-500 segment of the market is split around 50/50 in my peer group and extended family between iPads and Android 7"-10" tablets. I've even seen the fanboyism catch on such to the extent that my entire immediate family only buys Samsung tablets and phones. And I with my 2013 Nexus 7 are an outcast heathen....

Comment: Re:football can cause brain damage (Score 1) 402

"And a Surface is nothing more than a crappy overpriced under performing laptop that wants to be a tablet."

Lies. The top end Surface tablets are actually excellent tablets and nearly top marks in the 'being a laptop' department as well. I used to think like you do about them until one of the guys at the office took the plunge and bought one and I got to use it. It's very good and if I didn't have to use a corporate-imaged (and locked down) laptop for my portable device I'd buy one in a heartbeat. In fact I'm trying to think of a way to justify the company buying me one even though it's not on the "approved devices" list.

Comment: Re:How about (Score 2) 208

by barc0001 (#47891171) Attached to: Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

That's not really correct. That only works if everyone in the world calls their mother, father, aunt, grandma, etc, which is obviously never going to happen. So again, all you've done is moved the scammer on quickly to his next target. Think of it this way: if it takes this guy an hour to scam someone, he spends an average of 30 minutes finding each new mark that leads to a cash scamming, and he works 8 hours per day, on average he will scan 5 to 6 people per day. If you waste an hour of his time, you've saved someone else from getting scammed that day.

Comment: Re:Pet Peeve (Score 1) 147

by barc0001 (#47853817) Attached to: Restoring Salmon To Their Original Habitat -- With a Cannon

"people in the region do pay for it"

I think you mean the first generation of people during/after construction. I live a 10 minute walk away from a water system capped by 2 70+ year old dams and have never once had them have an adverse effect on my life. In fact, looking at the electricity rates for our friends to the south in the US, it seems the American national average cost of electricity is 12.97 cents/kwh. Because of these dams and others like them in my province, I pay about half of that. And the recreation areas they create are a pretty nice side bonus.

Still looking to see what ongoing "costs" to the residents of the area there are, haven't found any.

Comment: Re:Do not ever (Score 1) 116

by barc0001 (#47820339) Attached to: MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

> breaking time-share agreements is a viable business model!

There's also a secondary market for purchasing other peoples' bad timeshare investments at a loss. So if you are for some crazy reason interested in the idea of a timeshare, DO NOT buy from the company outright. Shop the reseller market to see what kind of a deal you can get.

Comment: Re:Screw the Streisand Effect (Score 2) 116

by barc0001 (#47820299) Attached to: MetaFilter Founder Says Vacation Firm Forged Court Docs To Scotch Review

No, I don't think you understand how this goes. A corporation normally breaks the law and shows up in court will pin it on procedure or some scapegoat and mainly get off with a fine and that's that. This on the other hand is not breaking a law and ending up in court, it's pretending to issue documents on behalf of said court. That is a challenge to their authority that the courts will not let stand. Even the scummiest of RIAA lawyer is not stupid enough to do something like this because they know that their life would turn into a shitticane if they were caught. It seems there's enough traction on this that the baleful eye of that court will turn to Sundance Vacations shortly, and whoever is an officer of that company on paper is about to be very very sorry.

Comment: One step forward, 3 steps back? (Score 2) 42

by barc0001 (#47509057) Attached to: NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

This product is baffling. The original nVidia SHIELD's competitive advantage was the built in controller. Now they give you a tablet and a wireless controller. Just like ANY other tablet out there already. With all of the same problems. How do I play on that tablet when I'm on the train or bus with the controller? Balance the tablet on my lap? I tried that with my Nexus 7, it doesn't work worth a crap. I don't play GTA 3 on my N7, not because it can't handle the game, but because using a separate controller with the tablet is a logistical nightmare. SHIELD v1 solved that problem, and now v2 re-introduced it. I don't get it.

Comment: Re:Who Needs an Article to Tell Me This? (Score 1) 140

"he ISP's can't prevent them from doing this and ISP's customers can choose another ISP that doesn't do it"

Until a) they ALL do it to level the playing field and ensure that all ISPs get to bleed the major content providers equally, or b) Comcast finishes buying every last major ISP like they seem to be planning based on their past and pending acquisitions.

Comment: Re:Illegal to profit from your crimes. (Score 1) 83

by barc0001 (#47470787) Attached to: Manuel Noriega Sues Activision Over Call of Duty

>The courts have basically said you need to pay someone to show them in movies

I don't recall hearing anything about George W Bush getting a paycheck from Oliver Stone's 2008 movie W:

Or for that matter, him being shown in Fahrenheit 9/11.

Nor do I recall the Mercury astronauts getting any compensation for their being portrayed in The Right Stuff, or Apollo 13's astronauts for the movie of the same name. Or Patton for Patton, etc. etc.

Comment: Re:Your taxes at work (Score 1) 501

"It works in Israel because there is a fraction of the linear border distance to fence and patrol and maintain. Israel has less than 760 kilometers of fence,"

So what you're saying is a country with a population of 10 million people can look after a 760 KM fence properly, but a country with 35x that population can't find the manpower to guard and maintain a fence 4x longer? Interesting....

Comment: Re:Irony (Score 1) 308

by barc0001 (#47301205) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

"The fix is to research and vote with your conscience. Which is why I haven't voted (D) or (R) in years"

The fix you propose would be valid if you could get the majority of the voting populace to do so. Since they won't, all you're doing is throwing your already insignificant vote into a probably-hopeless candidate and devaluing it more. Two party systems make this practically impossible to overcome.

Most people will listen to your unreasonable demands, if you'll consider their unacceptable offer.