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Comment Oh the irony (Score 4, Insightful) 39

Facebook, a program that people run on a server that they don't control, has users that share photos/video, that they themselves didn't take, of an event that they didn't partake in (didn't even happen on the planet that they live on), to other users that they don't know. And from this real fake event, the news of which spreads to other websites, and here we are discussing it as 'the funny that facebook did'.

No, my friends, facebook didn't do this alone, it took a lot of today's common ridiculousness in order to get this ball moving. If this 'need for something to share' doesn't alert anyone to the degraded state of human interaction, then nothing will.

Yes, I'm saying that people should go out in space, and not just sit on facebook.

Comment Re:Obvious takeaway here? (Score 1) 41

It's not about getting data that's meaningful, it's just about getting data, and then going from there, making assumptions, generalizations, all that. It only takes one "terrorist plot undermined using geofeedia software" to get the entire country behind that software. Hell, the Iraq war was started based on the fact that they had nuclear weapons.

Comment Re:Big news (Score 1) 228

I seriously doubt this will happen, unless the costs for this type of DNA analysis comes way down. Currently the cost for this type of analysis is around $2,500. I can't imagine any employer willing to spend $25,000 just to interview 10 people.

Of course, knowing humanity at it's current state, it probably will catch on in such a way that it becomes normal for everyone to have their own DNA tests done prior to applying for a job, and simply bringing in the paperwork to the interview. And of course, people will find a way for fraudulently do this, and humanity will be presented with yet another useless expense.

Comment Auto (vacation) Reply? (Score 3, Interesting) 205

First of all, this is totally a sh*thead thing to do. Email services are worked on ALL THE TIME, while up and running. There should never be a reason that forwarding, or any other aspect of email, should have to be disabled while it's worked on.

As a work-around, you could probably setup an automated "vacation reply" of some kind, set it for as long of a time as possible, and just put an informative note that includes your new email address. Of course this wouldn't solve the issues where you're being sent email from some automated service that does meaningful things like, bill you for that thing that you forgot you're billed for every month, but it's something.

Comment Not entirely true (Score 5, Informative) 314

From tfa:

Technicians can fix the copper line “if the customer does not qualify” for wireless service. In those cases, the tech must document the reason the customer didn’t qualify for VoiceLink.

“It is a requirement that migration to VoiceLink be your first option when the customer qualifies and the trouble is in Verizon's network,” the memo says.

So it looks like if a tech is called to a site where all they have is voice over copper, and they're having issues with said VOC, then the techs are to simply test to see if the wireless service will work there, and if so, switch them to it. If not, then fix the copper line.

I'm not defending Verizon, but the headline here is misleading.

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