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Comment Re:Asinine. (Score 1) 438

That was also my biggest disappointment with the concealed carry permit process in Oregon. It required you to pass a background test and a simple written test on the law, but there was no requirement to have any proficiency whatsoever with firearms. In fact, I'm fairly certain that someone that has never actually held a gun in their hand would have no problem getting a concealed carry permit in most states. I would prefer that people have access to the same tools that law enforcement has access to, provided they receive training comparable to what law enforcement receives first. This amateur access is bullshit and likely does more harm than good.

Comment Re:Completely Bogus (Score 1) 438

Yes and no. We should try to control the tools that provide leverage to make lone nuts capable of doing more damage. But ultimately, once the tool is created, it's released from Pandora's box and can never be completely locked back in again. Information not only want to be free, digital information is easily almost infinitely reproducible which makes it effectively impossible to destroy.

Comment Fix the real problem (Score 1) 438

The real problem is that people are allowed to distribute 90% receivers without serial numbers in the first place, not that somebody made a cheap CNC machine to turn them into finished receivers. Fix the real problem, control the receivers just like finished rifles! What we currently have is a loophole that allows any decent machinist to create untracked weapons. Althought personally, I thought the whole thing was a honeypot designed to get the contact info for crackpots and terrorists in the first place; if it wasn't I might have ordered one.

Comment Re:Keep Control (Score 1) 341

Also want to read your cell phone bill every month. More than one company has tried a simple fraud wherein they send you a text message, and if you actually receive the text message, they consider that consent to start billing you $9.99 per month for their "service" of sending you a text message. My wife was on auto-payment and never opened her T-Mobile bills, so it wasn't until I "snooped" on her bills months later and asked her what this extra fee was for that she had any idea she was being scammed. Apparently, her bill going up by $10 per month didn't raise any red flags either, apparently she never looked at her checking account statements either. Why do the cell companies allow _anyone_ who knows your phone number to start billing your account without consent? I don't know... why do banks allow _anyone_ who knows your account number (the one printed on every check you write) to electronically transfer funds out of your account as if you had signed a check? Obviously, they are making a percentage on these transactions, and if somebody commits fraud, it's YOUR job to straighten it out! (By the way, my credit union would only refund the $30 fraudulently transferred out of my account if I permantely closed the account.., which also messes up all the bill auto-paying out of that account.)

Comment Re:Refunds? (Score 1) 341

I bounced an electronic payment, so my mortgage company arbitrarily demanded that I pay all mortgage payments BY CHECK for a year... which also cost me certified mail charges every month. I told them to show me where I had agreed to this (they had purchased the loan from the original lender) but they never did. Basically, their opinion was "you do whatever we tell you to do, or we start foreclosure". I'd never use them again, but I have no control over who my loan gets sold to on the secondary mortgage market, do I/

Comment Re:Blatant (Score 1) 341

Yeah, "American"... as in nobody in any other country in the world ever tries to cheat or game the systems that are in place for personal benefit! First rules of business: whatever behavior you reward, you create more of. If it requires cheating to get rewarded, people will cheat. Heck, even school teachers will cheat on tests if given enough incentive: https://www.washingtonpost.com...

Comment Not the first company to have this problem (Score 1) 341

Oracle had a similar problem in the '90s; offered sales and marketing people huge bonuses for meeting their numbers, so they simple booked orders that customers hadn't actually approved and billed customers for time that wasn't actualy worked. My manager, Ken Ross, at Oracle Marketing pulled down a $40,000 quarterly bonus by billing customers for contractor time that wasn't actually spent working on their projects. Of course, later they had to back out all those fradulent sales and re-release all their earnings reports... not sure on whether everybody got to keep their bonuses or if anyone got fired, I was long gone myself by then.

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