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Submission + - Retired New York police, firefighters indicted in vast 9/11 fraud scheme (csmonitor.com) 1

Taco Cowboy writes: 106 ex-firemen / ex-cops were rounded up and arrested Tuesday morning as part of a massive investigation into disability fraud in the New York City area, authorities said Tuesday.

Among them, a motorcycle daredevil, a black-belt karate teacher and deep sea fisherman.

What makes their indictments so special is that, while they claim disability compensation due to the distresses they had received in the 9/11 incident, many of them posted pictures of themselves on Facebook ( http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/glenn-lieberman.jpg http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/louis-hurtado.jpg http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/michael-scialabba.jpg http://thenypost.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/richard-cosentino.jpg ) doing things that they claim they couldn't do due to their so-called disability.

Comment Re:Clever? (Score 1) 229

Please enlighten me, because I don't understand the arguments against this.

Today Netflix pays some ISP to make their content available, and today I pay my ISP to be able to download content. The service being offered would allow Netflix to pay my ISP my side of that transaction where their content is concerned. From the information available, this is not rent-seeking or removing my ability to choose what I want to download with my available bandwidth, nor is it degrading the Netflix offerings because if Netflix doesn't use that service then everything is status quo. This doesn't seem like blackmailing content providers into paying premiums for normal service levels.

So if there is some compelling reason why Netflix should not have the option to pay my ISP for my bandwidth if they choose, please explain to me how this is different and worse than Netflix's current practice of providing OpenConnect to my ISP to lower my ISP's costs (which theoretically lowers my bandwidth costs)? Is it not the same thing in principle - giving money/resources to the ISP to increase the value of the service?

Comment Re:Jailbreakingg (Score 1) 210

In other words, some people give, some people take. It's part of life. If you feel superior because you are one and not the other, then you are missing out on how life really works.

I would say they are morally superior for contributing to the system rather than leeching off it. The system would work fine if everyone contributed. It wouldn't work at all if everybody leeched.

Comment Re:One company that makes derivatives (Score 1) 366

Disney sued because the packaging of GoodTimes' products was so similar to their own and released at the exact same times as their own products as to create consumer confusion. Now perhaps the article you linked is biased but it does not make a great argument against Disney. While I'm sure what they did was technically allowed, it is certainly in poor taste and misleading as they were arguably purposely riding the coattails of Disney's marketing to sell their own product. Also the lawsuit resulted in no fines, but GoodTimes had to put their brand on the packaging which seems entirely reasonable to me. Granted while the judgement was reasonable, perhaps they were suing for millions (the article doesn't indicate).

Comment Re:"because it originated from the wireless networ (Score 5, Funny) 547

Except he didn't actually send the bomb threat! He only confessed to that lesser crime because what he was REALLY doing was seeding a pirated release of Gravity, and he knew if the police continued their investigation they might find out and he'd end up in jail for 10 years and have to pay $3 million in fines.

Comment Re:Ten Commandments are "overtly Christian"? (Score 1) 1251

The monument is overtly Christian - note the book illustrated top-left

You might want to link to an image of the actual monument. The image in the article you linked is not a picture of the monument being discussed, it is just a picture of some wooden billboard with the 10 commandments written on it and a statue of Jesus standing next to it. The actual monument is stone and does not bear an image of the bible - it actually appears to have images of the tablets.

Comment Re:I don't think these stats are going to last. (Score 1) 331

Anyone that knows how to use ebooks and has a decent reader is going to probably prefer them.

Not true for both myself and my wife. We both love books, and we liked the idea of an e-reader for its portability. We picked an an e-reader which worked pretty well, I believe it was a Kobo model - built-in wifi, etc. We both liked the interface, the online store, etc. But after we read a book on it neither of us wanted to use it anymore. There were several reasons (most of which have been stated numerous times in this thread).

We were in our late 20's at the time, and we are both programmers by trade, gamers by hobby. I do not believe we are an exception.

Comment Re:Should be legal, with caveat (Score 1) 961

Exactly this. My 60 year-old father was in hospital after being resuscitated from a heart attack. Several days after the attack he had little to no brain activity (breathing only), but due to the swelling in his brain he was kept on morphine. We chose to refuse palliative care and let him go. He lay in drug-induced coma, slowly dying for two days before he finally died from another heart-attack. That was two days and another heart-attack that everyone involved, including him, did not need to live through.

Comment Re: Passwords are property of the employer (Score 1) 599

But computer fraud and abuse? Please... What a joke.

The article seems to center on the password thing, but from the court statement quoted it is implied that he engineered the single-authority situation as well as booby-trapped the system:

"...he knowingly prevented the city from being able to use its own computer system for a period of time, deliberately configured that system so that no one else could access it, set it up so that anyone other than him attempting to enter it would erase the data stored in it, and made the network more vulnerable to external attack by the filing of an unauthorized copyright application".

Maybe one could argue that the erasure of data was a security precaution, but the whole story reeks of a disgruntled employee with god complex.

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