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Comment: Engineers? Hah! (Score 1) 665

by theonlyaether (#28784665) Attached to: Undercover Cameras Catch PC Repair Scams, Privacy Violations
I don't know about the area that they investigated, but most PC repair techs (NOT engineers, if there is such a thing) are lucky to get paid $10-$12/hr in many areas, at least in the US. Given that the market is flooded by that people like that kid who did a website for his uncle and thinks that he's a PC master given that he's the one who figured out how to download mp3s without his parents finding out... If PC repair shops actually paid for real engineers, rather than techs - I'd be surprised to see this kind of thing, but given the fast food attitude in the PC repair world, it's really not surprising.

Comment: Re:Censor child porn, please (Score 1) 609

by theonlyaether (#23405484) Attached to: 85% of Chinese Citizens Like Internet Censorship
Well, I can tell you that I would only like to be censored from child porn only because I have this overwhelming fear that should I happen to perchance upon it somehow, I don't want the FBI breaking down my door - other than that I know it exists and don't seek it out, which should be good enough. So far as children having access to scientific materials, I had such access and was raised to be smart enough to understand consequences to actions. I don't know how you've raised your children, and yes perhaps even if you did everything right they still might run out into traffic or swallow bleach or something, but really what can you do about that in grand scheme of things? Sure, once I was involved in the explosive destruction of an old TV set in a remote location with some homemade bombs that someone made from some bullets he managed to get his hands on (no scientific knowledge necessary!) but we still understood proper handling and nobody got hurt. It's the lack of knowledge that hurts people, not the presence of it!
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FCC To investigate Comcast Bittorrent Meddling 196

Posted by kdawson
from the just-the-bits-please dept.
An anonymous reader writes "FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said Tuesday that the commission will investigate complaints that Comcast actively interferes with Internet traffic as its subscribers try to share files online. A coalition of consumer groups and legal scholars asked the agency in November to stop Comcast from discriminating against certain types of data and to fine Comcast $195,000 for every affected subscriber. While known for months in tech circles, the issue wasn't given broad attention until an Associated Press report last year, in which reporters tested and verified the data blocking."

It's a naive, domestic operating system without any breeding, but I think you'll be amused by its presumption.

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