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Comment: Re:You can block all slamming in T-mobile (Score 1) 49

by tompaulco (#48641341) Attached to: T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

T-mobile says here it is possible for the customers to block ALL third party service provider billing.

I'm not sure about T-mobile, but Verizon has various flags which cause this to get turned back on, such as getting a new phone, signing a new contract, changing your rate plan, etc.

Comment: Re:And where is my money?? (Score 1) 49

by tompaulco (#48641323) Attached to: T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

I dealt with this several years ago. I found the charges on my bill and called to have them removed. It showed up the next month too. After speaking, at length, with the T-mobile rep it made sense. T-mobile allowed you to purchase apps through your account. But these companies would get your number and just start charging you. Apparently many people don't look at their bills and don't notice changes for a couple dollars. Particularly if the company name is worded to look like part of your bill. I asked them to disable being able to bill my account directly and the problem was solved.

I went through this several times with Verizon. I disabled all billing through my account, but apparently every time you get a new phone, change your rate plan, or a mouse farts, the option gets switched back on.
In many cases, such as my stepson's, they are aiming these services at kids, because they know they have trained well this generation of kids to not read the fine print. By texting "funny" to some number they can get a corny joke sent to their phone once a day and they don't even realize that it is costing $10 a week because they didn't read the fine print. Nevermind that kids are not able to enter legal contracts and are under no obligation to pay.
Basically, if the phones are offering these billing services, they need to be regulated under the same rules as a credit card, in addition to the regulations of the phone services. Basically, they are currently acting as a credit card without having to follow the same regulations. Since they are not acting as a mere facilitator, as a credit card company would, they feel no obligation to side with the consumer on a complaint. If a CC company sides with a consumer and reverses the charge, they make MORE money. If the phone company reverses the charge, they lose not just their 20-40% cut of the scam, but the entire amount, unless they have agreements with the scam companies that allow reversing the charges to them.

Comment: Re:Facebook ads (Score 1) 69

by tompaulco (#48578949) Attached to: How Your In-Store Shopping Affects the Ads You See On Facebook
I haven't seen any ads on Facebook. Either they are so unobstrusive that I just don't see them (and are therefore useless) or I am just very good at ignoring them (and they are therefore useless).
I wonder what will happen when people find out that advertising is just a big scam and for every dollar you invest, you get far less than a dollar back. Goodbye Google, Facebook, MySpace, Slashdot, etc.

Comment: Do they have spare batteries? (Score 4, Interesting) 184

by tompaulco (#48578919) Attached to: Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?
My old laptop had a dead battery. It only worked when plugged in. That doesn't mean I didn't still travel with it. It was still useful to me at my destination. Company policy won't let me check it in luggage.
Also, I work for a company that deals with healthcare and there is Protected Healthcare Information on my laptop. Do I need to carry HIPAA releases with me so that I can have them sign before looking at my laptop? Also, corporate policy forbids me to allow anyone else to operate my laptop, as does probably 90% of other companies in America.

Comment: Re:My personal favorite of the past few years... (Score 1) 244

by tompaulco (#48572631) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

Rihanna's "We found Dove in a soapless place".

This one always sounded like "we fell in love in a hopeless place" to me. It is supposed to be "we found love", but that is what happens when you give the word "found" two syllables.
Then there is Lady Gaga's Bad Romance. About 50% of the song's lyrics are unintelligible. "Want you bad romance" sounds something like "wajagunro mance."

Comment: Re:Like in the Family Guy theme? (Score 2) 244

by tompaulco (#48572573) Attached to: Excuse Me While I Kiss This Guy: The Science of Misheard Song Lyrics

I think this was intentional in Family guy. The Censors it is Laugh and Cry. To the listeners it is F'ing Cry

I can see how someone might hear Fing Cry, but I always heard Laugh and Cry. I mean, Laugh and Cry is much more common a phrase than F'ing Cry. and why F'ing Cry doesn't fit in context at all. "Lucky there's a man who positively can do all the things that make us F'ing Cry"? Why are we lucky there's a guy that can make us cry? Laugh and cry, yes. Just cry? No.

Comment: Re:Contracts Not Really Enforceable (Score 1) 398

by tompaulco (#48547965) Attached to: Displaced IT Workers Being Silenced
What's a severance package? Is that the package containing your COBRA information and the NDAs an other crap they want you to sign right before they kick you out the door?
At my company, severance is only for the C level people. The rest of the company only gets paid through the current day and gets compensated for half of their earned PTO time. Which I have to imagine is highly illegal right there. If you have earned it, they must give it to you.

Comment: Re:rename it (Score 1) 180

by tompaulco (#48547487) Attached to: Uber Banned In Delhi After Taxi Driver Accused of Rape

Uber. It means super in German. That's misleading. It should be called Rides with Strangers Without Background Checks.

It doesn't. Uber means "I am stupid fucker who tries to impress by using fake German but I'm too stupid to add an umlaut where it belongs". Well, the correct spelling is Ãoeber, but it's anyone guess what slashdot will make of it.

Kind of like the guys who get Chinese tattoos and it turns out actually translates to "Small Lo Mein with Egg Roll"?

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