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Comment: Re:Proprietary Issues (Score 1) 208

by rwuest (#28508077) Attached to: Hackable In-Car GPS Unit?

I see where the FCC rules tell the manufacturers to afix that label. But I don't see where the modification of a radio set is actually illegal. It is certainly vague with respect to an individual making modifications. I read 15.121 through a couple of times; it is a strange requirement about that label. Clearly, manufacturing a radio to receive cellular signals is illegal. And it's clear that if you modify one, you can't sell it: section 2(d). Only in section 2(b) is there a hint that having such a radio might be illegal: "Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, scanning receivers shall reject any signals..."

Comment: Re:He has shown forty years of bias (Score 1) 1057

by rwuest (#28505711) Attached to: EPA Quashed Report Skeptical of Global Warming

The so-called facts were worked them out with false data and an agenda to "prove" the causation. The models don't work when given real data. Show me one, that given real data from the 50's, 60's 70's and 80's can predict what happened in the 90's and 2000's. There isn't one without fudging the inputs. The old principal of garbage in, garbage out applies here in spades. To make any kind of serious decision based on what has been done so far is just plain idiotic. Real science was never properly done and as many have said on here already, the debates don't happen anymore (which isn't really a truth - there are some who care enough not to just shut up and go away) because those that have tried to do it were shouted down and publicly ostracised for their views. Fuding was cut because they were coming up with the "wrong" answer. I'm not even saying one way or the other about AGW, but I've come to the conclusion that anyone who truly believes it's all settled and done is a complete mental moron.

About the EPA, what we can draw from this is knowledge that they are NOT a science based organization. They are political and will concur with whoever is funding them. In all of this discussion, follow the money. Why is anyone surprised that this is all driven by greed. Greed just decimated the entire US economy - greedy people don't care about truth.

Comment: Re:Coupons? (Score 1) 479

by rwuest (#26553755) Attached to: Most Hackable Coupon-Eligible DTV Converter?

I am neither poor or disadvantaged and I don't have cable or satellite TV. I have in the past, but I find we don't really miss them; even glad to be rid of it in some ways. I ended up without cable when Comcast screwed up moving me a few years ago. I found I get all the digital channels in my area with a rabbit ears antenna. The picture and sound are superb. Do I see myself ever going back to forking out $700+ a year for TV? Not likely. The money I saved on cable more than paid for replacing all my old analog sets with nice new DTVs (we have 3 in the house).

Comment: I loved the 9/80 work schedule (Score 1) 1055

by rwuest (#26443985) Attached to: How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?

I had a job with this kind of schedule. Loved it. Working an extra hour a day is no big deal. I didn't really notice it in my off-work personal life. If you're salaried, you probably already do that quite often, anyways. My boss always respected it (even if he didn't like it). We were an R&D engineering group, so if no one came in to work (thus potentially creating a crisis), there wasn't any reason anyone ever got pulled in on their off Fridays.

In the winter, every other Friday was Ski-Friday and in the summer, every other Friday was camp-Friday. Beat the crowds both ways.

I did work with one guy who didn't like being around his family and wanted to go back to the 10/80 schedule.


+ - Best Buy redefines "best"

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Uknowwhoibe writes " scam-site-to-trick-customers/ So Best Buy was apparently caught red-handed screwing over its customers. George Gombossy of the Hartford Courant gets the major-league kudos for exposing this. (And Gnomic gets a hat tip from me for pointing it out!) See, Best Buy had a secret intranet it used to trick customers. Note that the word is intranet — that is, an internal Web site. According to Gombossy, if a customer went to a sales person and commented that he thought such-and-such an item was cheaper online, the sales guy would pull up a Web site that looked like the real Best Buy Web site, but was in fact an internal site where the prices were higher. ...even when one informs a salesperson of the Internet price, customers have been shown the intranet site, which looks identical to the Internet site, but does not always show the lowest price. Thus the sales guy could say something like, "Actually, sir, it's more expensive on the Web." You had to be the kind of person who would either A) print out the Web page and bring it in to the store, or B) check the price online when you got home. Based on what his office has learned, [Connecticut State Attorney General Richard] Blumenthal said, it appears the consumer has the burden of informing Best Buy sales people of the cheaper price listed on its Internet site, which he said "is troubling." Further, Best Buy had denied that such a site existed. What I want to know is, has Best Buy also created spoofs of its competitors' sites? That way, a sales guy could say, "Let's see what Circuit City has it for" and pull up a higher — but fake — price. That would make the customer think Best Buy had better prices, and the store could avoid matching a competitor's price. Hmm."

+ - Stopping WGA Installation sends data to Microsoft

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rev writes "The new WGA Notification installation that can be installed using Windows Update sends data to Microsoft if the user decides to cancel the installation. A cookie is set that could be used to identify the host and information such as version of Windows and WGA as well as language of the operating system are transmitted. Part of the data is encrypted. (read more)"

+ - Windows 2.0 era talk by Bill Gates with 640k

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Back in 1989, Bill Gates came to talk to the students of the University of Waterloo on the early days of Microsoft, and the future of computing. It's an interesting blast to the past, as he touches on topics such as the VGA graphics, OS/2 and software piracy, as well as the now infamous 640K of memory. Lost for nearly two decades, the tape of the talk recently surfaced and is now available in a number of audio formats from the University of Waterloo Computer Science Club."

+ - France bans blogs from reporting violence

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Picass0 writes "According to Yahoo News the French Constitutional Council has approved a law that would criminalize filming or broadcasting acts of violence by anyone other than a journalist. "The council chose an unfortunate anniversary to publish its decision approving the law... ...exactly 16 years after Los Angeles police officers beating Rodney King were filmed by amateur videographer George Holliday on the night of March 3, 1991." The French government has also proposed a certification system for Web sites, blog hosters, etc..."

+ - Wikipedia Admins Censor Criticism

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Wikingo writes "Wikipedia has been accused before of censoring articles that some of its admins are biased against, or that are critical of the censorship practice itself. A couple of recent incidents have only strengthened this impression. Is the select group of Wikipedia admins slowly shifting towards the Chinese Great Firewall model, where a lot of information is allowed to pass through, but nothing that doesnt toe the offical party line on certain controversial topics or is critical towards its censorship practices?"

+ - FAA May Ditch Vista For Linux

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In what could be the start of a government wave away from Microsoft, last week's news that the U.S. Department of Transportation is putting a halt on upgrades to Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Internet Explorer 7 is followed today by word that the Federal Aviation Administration may ditch Vista and Office in favor of Google's new online business applications running on Linux-based hardware. FAA chief information officer David Bowen told InformationWeek he's taking a close look at the Premier Edition of Google Apps as he mulls replacements for the agency's Windows XP-based desktop computers. Bowen cited several reasons why he finds Google Apps attractive. "From a security and management standpoint that would have some advantages," he said. Do you think that Vista's cost could finally put a crimp in what's been an automatic upgrade cycle to Microsoft and spur Linux adoption? Is this the start of some kind of anti-Vista groundswell?"

+ - FCC Boosts Indie Music with 'Payola Probe'

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eldavojohn writes "The FCC has fined four of the largest radio station corporations for $12.5 million under FCC laws & rules against "pay for play" air time of record label's bands. There have been many 'payola' scandals in which labels have lavished & gifted the big four broadcasters through independent record promoters — who have often blatantly delivered payments to radio stations for airplay. In addition to the fine, "a separate voluntary side deal between the station groups and the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) would set aside 8,400 half-hour blocks of time for independent music." One thing is for sure, you can expect the market to be a lot fairer to smaller bands now that the FCC is cracking down on what is text book bribery and destroying the role a free unbiased market could play in music."

+ - France Bans People from Recording Violence

Submitted by DrEnter
DrEnter (600510) writes "According to this PC World story found on Yahoo!, the French government has made it illegal for anyone except a professional journalist to film or broadcast an act of violence. Civil liberties groups warn that the law could lead to the imprisonment of eyewitnesses who record acts of police violence, or the operators of web sites that publish them. The government is also discussing a method of government "certification" of web sites, blog hosters, mobile phone operators, and ISPs if they adhere to certain rules."

+ - What's Bugging eBay?

Submitted by Alex Dunlop
Alex Dunlop (1066630) writes "Ebay have been troubled by a series of security scares of late. First, a hacker called Vladuz creates havoc on Ebay's system. Some of his antics have included posing as an Ebay employee on their messageboards. Now it would seem a malicious trojan has been detected in Ebay Motors. Some are accusing Ebay of covering the story up and misleading their customers and the press.,1540,2100931,00.asp"

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