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Comment Unlocked iPhones on prepaid about to go dead (Score 2) 748

I know several people using 3G and 3GS iPhones on T-Mobile. While the coverage is abysmal, the prepaid plans offer unlimited service for reasonable prices. One of them tried to put an unlocked iPhone on AT&T prepaid, and they detected it and said either convert to postpaid or get shut off. As soon as AT&T gets in control itll happen again.

Comment Re:California law "protects" consumers... (Score 1) 461

You realize that consumer privacy protections and gun control are not mutually exclusive, right?

I realize gun rights can coexist with consumer privacy, but in today's polarized political environment the two rarely coexist in any given state. In an ideal world you'd get both, but we don't live in that world. I choose to live in a place where the human right to defense of self and family is respected and address the privacy issue by not patronizing businesses that don't respect my privacy. YMMV :)

Comment California law "protects" consumers... (Score -1, Troll) 461

Nice to know that the law is there to protect you in case a retailer commits the horrible crime of asking you for your zip code. Now, if an armed robber shows up to kill you for the paper and plastic in your wallet or to rape you at knifepoint, the law was also there prohibiting you from carrying the best tools for self defense. Officers will be by in 5-10 minutes to help load your dead meat in the wagon or check for a DNA sample that will take 3-4 months to process.

I'd much rather give a 5-digit code that the retailer can use to narrow my location down to a large geographic area than give up my sidearm. I'll stick with living in an inland state.

Comment Re:case (Score 1) 146

The founding fathers as slave holders argument is a variant of Reductio ad Hitlerum.

It's the absurd idea that anything Hitler did is automatically bad, for example the Nazis created Volkswagen, so therefore VW is evil.

In the case of the founding fathers, the fact that they were slave owners is supposed to mean that everything they did was bad and should be changed. Often it's used to justify the illegal behavior of current politicians because the old rules they are breaking were written by slave holders. The next time you encounter this argument, apply the same standard to Bill Clinton and watch them take an ideological 180 degree turn. Sometimes they switch from slave ownership to using the behavior of George Bush (senior or junior, take your pick) as justification. Inform them at that point that you are not a Republican and then the real olympic backpedaling begins.

Comment Strategic Attack On Banks? (Score 4, Interesting) 253

There was also a recent story about a blogger who had his Citi account closed because he was controversial. Could this be a new trend? Could there be a back story here? I mean law firms of the big players might threaten to sue the bank of an enemy to make life difficult. Let's call this BLAPP, Banking Lawsuit Against Public Participation.

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