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Comment: If I was running a school system ... (Score 1) 233

by stinerman (#48493577) Attached to: Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

And you'd be ran out of town.

In many places in small town america, high school sports (especially football and basketball) are a big entertainment draw. In my hometown of 6,000, it was not unusual to see over 1,000 people at a football game.

I hate to say it, but most people are more interested in winning the state championship than in leading the state in graduation rates.

Comment: Re:TWC are (surprise, surprise) crooks and thieves (Score 1) 223

by stinerman (#48383067) Attached to: Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

Declare all exclusivity/franchise agreements null and void

Exclusive franchise agreements haven't been allowed since 1992.

The Communications Act requires that no new cable operator may provide service without a franchise and establishes several policies relating to franchising requirements and franchise fees. The Communications Act authorizes local franchising authorities to grant one or more franchises within their jurisdiction. However, a local franchising authority may not grant an exclusive franchise, and may not unreasonably withhold its consent for new service.

Its a natural monopoly. The infrastructure needs to be separate from the services.

I'm lucky. I live in an area where I have about 4 choices for TV/Internet/etc. That's still not enough.

Comment: Re:A minority view? (Score 1) 649

by stinerman (#47267543) Attached to: Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools

AFAICT, it looks like you can't use God scientific evidence of anything. This makes sense because the existence of a creator cannot be empirically determined (can you think of a repeatable experiment that would prove or disprove that there is a creator?). That is unless the creator revealed himself to us, at which point, the study of the creator would be a science.

Comment: Re:Never store sensitive data you don't need. (Score 2) 142

I've worked with payment processing here in the States. You can store the number and the expiration date but not the CVV2. Of course, no CVV2 means higher processing fees, which means customers will ask for ways of storing the CVV2. We tell them that makes them non-compliant and they don't really care. They just want lower processing fees and pay lip service to compliance.

Comment: Re:Who is doing this? (Score 1) 704

by stinerman (#46398797) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

You will still pay those taxes, even if they are in Bitcoin, because the US courts will force you to, or they will throw you in jail for tax evasion..

This is about the only false part of your post. Taxes must be paid in legal tender, which Bitcoins are not. One must first convert them to dollars and then onward to the tax man.

Comment: Re:Who is doing this? (Score 1) 704

by stinerman (#46396981) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

I would put it past them. This is incredibly small potatoes for them. I know a lot of the bitcoin apologists think they're doing something incredibly revolutionary. They aren't. Basic economics says this is bound to failure because there is a fixed amount of coins to be mined. That's a very bad feature of a currency (works great for an investment, though one will always need to find the next fool)

Maybe organized crime is involved or maybe a couple of 8th graders. I really don't know, nor do I care. I'm just basking in the shadenfreude at this point.

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