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Comment Re:California (Score 1) 428

I've got cedar shingles and am paying a lot of attention to this.

The roof is ~30 years old with an expected lifespan of 50 years depending on how often/effectively we treat it. The treatment is not cheap (due to health and safety, not the chemicals) and a replacement roof is really expensive. I've toyed with the idea of getting solar but rejected it because it's ugly and we have lots of branches land on the roof. Elon's new roof fixes the ugly problem, so only needs to handle branches and be roughly the same price.

I'd prefer not to be first though, I'm hoping to hear some more unbiased stores of how people get on with the roof.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

... and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath...

I am raising the amount of cards because seeing them all would, in my opinion, immediately reach the bar for probable cause.

Cop with a card reader sees a gift card
Cop does _not_ have probable cause and cannot use the presence of a gift card to get a warrant.

Cop with a card reader sees 143 gift cards
Cop now has probable cause and I would expect to have no difficulty obtaining a warrant.

If there were a bunch of legitimate reasons for having 143 gift cards lying around then their existence would not automatically create probable cause. That's why the number is important.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

Right. I used to work for a company that managed travel cards.

I can think of a bunch of reasons for wanting 143 cards, but they all relate to breaking the law. For example:
* You steal some credit card numbers and use them to rechard the cards. By the time the credit cards are invalidated it is too late, the money is safely on the card.
* You steal/bully the cards knowing that you can spend the money before they're blacklisted
* You have a friend that works at a dodgy retailer and recharge the cards knowing the retailer is going to have to foot the bill.

The cards contain quite a wealth of information (though most of it requires a signed key to query). For example you can find out the ID of the chip that signed the recharge request.

Personally I'd treat it roughly as suspicious as someone with 143 envelopes of money in their car. There might be a legitimate reason, but it's hellova suspicious.

Comment Re:200 Million Yahoo "Users" (Score 1) 169

Lately, Yahoo has been nagging me to not use anything but their official apps and web interface to access my email. I guess this news is why.

Screw that. I pay $20/yr for SMS/IMAP access to my email there. That means I get to use Thunderbird and iOS Mail, and they get to keep their servers secure.

I use Yahoo mail regularly, mostly for job search and other official biz. I joined years ago and was able to get [firstname].[lastname] for each member of my family when they started allowing the dot to be used left of the 'at.'

(For personal email and website registrations I use my earthlink address.)

Comment Re:How much to do this legally? (Score 1) 35

I was thinking the same thing and just did a bit of reading (

It looks like the only thing politicians did to kill it was ban phone sex. It was mainly killed by greedy, incompetent carriers.

Comment Re:How much to do this legally? (Score 3, Informative) 35

US Premium numbers are no longer available. UK numbers are easily available - register at

Note that you would be breaching the ToS for your premium number - they require you to notify all 'customers' that they're calling a premium rate number. So while it's easy to set up, I think you'd be cut off pretty quickly too.

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