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Comment Re:Reaching the limits of the unlimited (Score -1) 422

Your math is fine, but your logic is rancid and awful, though quite typical for Slashdot anarcho-nerds. The fact that you felt the need to express the figure in kB instead of kb, while also trying to make a rather fanciful comparison to "modems"â"which of course could not pull anywhere near the same amount of dataâ"and the even sillier fact that you contemplate literal 24/7 throughput for a *mobile* device whose usage by an ordinary device-addicted person would arguably max out at *8* hours a day of non-stop usage, should have been a sign that you were trying to understate the quantity by orders of magnitude. Back on Planet Earth, 100GB/month is a lot to be pulling over a FIBER connection to a desktop PC, and, by way if example, reflects far more HD Netflix bingeing than any sane and gainfully employed person could muster in a single month. Pushing further into the realm of thinking like an adult, it's simply not "false advertising" to presuppose ordinary human norms of product use or resource consumption when describing a product or service offering to the public. The advertisement is quite reasonably geared to the public in general, not to some pushy jerk playing semantic games. To repeat, 100 GB a month is a massive shitpile of data that is utterly unreasonable to expect from a flat-rate subscription that is priced for normal adult humans with jobs. You *should* feel like a freeloading dick if you even come close to that on a regular basisâ"but Verizon isn't even kicking out people who simply happen to break that number on occasion. As the article makes clear, they're talking about people who use "far in excess" of that amount, on an ongoing basis. The price tag for a plan that is actually keyed to the data throughput in question, $450, should give you an idea of the relative costs to the network infrastructure of letting a single person pull that many bits. TL;DR, after promptly shutting your whiney face hole, go to any restaurant advertising "all you can eat" and try to eat 100 pounds of lobster. Or chicken breasts. Or, hell, even *potatoes*. And then come back here to make another post about how The Man keeps beating you down, and you're going to file a lawsuit for unfair commercial practices, and so on and so forth.

Submission + - Artist Considers Lawsuit Against Google for "Losing" 14 Years of His Work (

Legal.Troll writes: The Guardian ( and the New York Daily News ( report that Dennis Cooper, an American artist based in France, has "lost" 14 years' worth of his work, apparently consisting of text and GIF graphics, after his blog was removed and made inaccessible without warning, possibly due to alleged obscenity. The Guardian further reports that Cooper "is resigned to the fact that he may have to sue in order to regain his work." There may be issues of censorship and artistic freedom involved, but to me the more interesting question is, does somebody who publishes an online body of work for well over a decade on a free hosting service, without making a single backup on a CD-ROM, iOmega Zip disk, or punch card stack—or at least within his own free Gdrive space—deserve anything more than widespread ridicule?

Submission + - Due process is under assault in America (

An anonymous reader writes: Due process isn’t the sexiest part of the Constitution. It doesn’t get all the attention like the First or Second Amendments. But it is so incredibly important to the foundation of our country that it’s painful to see the hits it’s been taking these past few years.

The latest attempt has been incredibly direct, with Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., declaring that “due process is what’s killing us right now.” Manchin’s comments came in response to the Orlando terrorist attack that killed 49 people and injured 53 more. Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Manchin said that due process was keeping legislators from banning those on the Terrorist Watch List from purchasing guns.

“The problem we have, and really the firewall we have right now, is due process,” Manchin said Thursday. “It’s all due process.”

Darn that pesky due process and its constitutional protections!

Manchin is just the latest pol to advocate trampling on Americans’ constitutional rights. On Wednesday, a number of pols told my colleague Joel Gehrke that the presumption of innocence was unnecessary when government seeks to deprive someone of a constitutional right.

Comment Re:Comodo is amateur security (Score -1) 33

My paranoid instinct whispered to me that their real business model involved casing targets for cybercrime gangs and perhaps even selling backdoor access. Probably far-fetched nonsense but there are plenty of antivirus vendors that don't send up this many creepy red flags and thus I steer clear (and am paranoid).

Comment "forced them to watch it" ? suuuuuure..... (Score -1) 255

Since the BBFC is in control of the determination as to whether the required watching was actually performed by anybody, I'm gonna guess that (1) at best, somebody put it in the machine and pressed play, checked the check box on the form and moved on to other things, or (2) at worst they just checked the box on the form and moved on to other things.

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