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Comment: Re:Subsidize the USPS (Score 1) 713

by wshs (#38263400) Attached to: USPS Ending Overnight First-Class Letter Service
I do a lot of shipping between east coast US and asia-pacific. Packages coming from Japan arrive faster and for far cheaper than the same delivered by USPS domestically via first class standard. Fedex and UPS also have the courtesy to knock before affixing the "sorry we missed you" sticker and vanishing into the night. If they didn't have massive pensions, stopped stealing packages, honored insurance claims, and stopped forcing people to travel to the post office to pick up packages that were supposed to be delivered, USPS wouldn't be sinking like the Titanic. The problem with the postal service isn't the finances. The problem with the postal service is that it's filled with postal employees.

Comment: Re:Obama's no longer using his Blackberry? (Score 1) 79

by wshs (#37904222) Attached to: First Android Device Certified For DoD Personnel
I'd question the government taking information assurance seriously. Manning obtained hundreds of thousands of classified docs undetected, and was only caught when he bragged to an outsider who ratted him out. If anything, information assurance in the government is pretty much nonexistent.

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

Posted by samzenpus
from the security-theater dept.
3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.

Comment: Re:The bad PR that Verizon would get? (Score 2, Informative) 481

by wshs (#34228584) Attached to: Wikipedia Could Block 67 Million Verizon Customers
It's more about getting VZ customers to complain to VZ customer service. However, just like their wireless IRC ban, they'll place the blame everywhere but where it belongs, with VZ's network littering the internet with abuse. Not that long ago, they were the world's largest source of spam (a title now held by a PA company called BurstNet). To this day, they still provide bulletproof hosting to botnets, script kiddies, and spammers.

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