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Comment Re: What typically happens (Score 1) 209

Remember, Sheldon spent two-and-a-half hours on hold with Hewlett-Packard customer service just to complain about their customer service.

LOL, I just got pissed at Wired (CondeNast). Even though I'm paying their ad-blocker tax (too much of a pain to turn off Javascript when I go to their site, and and I'm sure as shit not going to whitelist them), I've been prompted to give them my CC info again, eg set up another account. I go to their support web page, notice that they have a star and "Required" next to email address. "Okay, that makes sense because that's my UID for them." I enter that, write up my complaint, and hit submit...and their form then complains about all of the personal info that I haven't entered like address and phone...all of the info that they don't need, and wasn't required. So then I was doubly pissed and started to add onto original complain about how they need to learn where and how to use "Required" and then I said fuck it and turned off Javascript.

Comment Re: What typically happens (Score 2) 209

There's a viable business to be had for computer guys here.

People will pay you money just so they don't have to talk to "Michael" with the very strong accent, and go through that tech support nightmare.
You act as an agent - and aside from giving the personal touch, you might be able to look at the customer's exact problem in person and then go on to speak the same tech language to the offshore guy.

The problem with that is then you're stuck talking to the offshore guy (I broke a desk phone handset slamming it so hard in frustration once.).

Comment Re:It's not a bug (Score 1) 59

it's a back-door, and back-doors do not build and insert themselves into structures. When NSA delivers the court orders to Intel, they abide, deny, and otherwise don't speak a word of it. This is how it works with U.S. technology these days.

On the other hand, the less people that know about "it" the better. That way no one talks about locked doors in San Francisco phone intererchanges and the such....

Submission + - How China Took Control Of Bitcoin

Rick Zeman writes: According to the New York Times, "In its early conception, Bitcoin was to exist beyond the control of any single government or country. It would be based everywhere and nowhere."

Yet despite the talk of a borderless currency, a handful of Chinese companies have effectively assumed majority control of the Bitcoin network. They have done so through canny investments and vast farms of computer servers dispersed around the country and that "...there are fears that China’s government could decide, at some point, to pressure miners in the country to use their influence to alter the rules of the Bitcoin network. The government’s intervention in 2013 suggests that Bitcoin is not too small to escape notice."

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