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Comment Re:So in other Words, (Score 2) 98

Moreover, most MUAs can be set to ignore the X-Priority, X-MSMail-Priority, etc. headers altogether. Everyone's email looks the same to me, so a few times a year I get to take an angry call from someone asking why I haven't replied to their urgent priority message yet. Sorry, but "Subject: data export for October" isn't as urgent as you think it is, and the guy who sent "Subject: Utility work at Chicago datacenter tomorrow" with a normal priority header is actually going to get attention first. Outlook's return receipt feature is another barrel of fun, my client is set not to honor them, which occasionally sends people into a frenzy.

Speaking of things that have been done well for decades, the @mentions thing doesn't sound like any great shakes either. "Making it easy to identify emails that need your attention, as well as flag actions for others" sounds a lot like CC'ing people to me.

Comment Re:Dear god no (Score 1) 328

The theater makes next to nothing from the ticket.

I get it, but it isn't my problem, I still had to pay $12 to walk in the door. The theater owners need to unionize or otherwise get better at negotiating. If every theater in America threatened to close down during opening weekend of the next big blockbuster, I imagine Hollywood might be very willing to reconsider how the money is distributed.

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 600

I notice there are no references in that definition of autopilot. I wonder who wrote it.

If you're intimating that someone from Tesla put the definition into Wikipedia, I think that's a stretch. Much of it was drafted in this revision by a user who primarily edits aviation-related articles. He added a citation, which has since been removed (making way for yet another "Citation needed" Cessna/Wikipedia joke).

Comment Re:scvhost.exe full CPU oddity (Score 1) 370

See this page and follow the instructions there if you haven't tried them yet. If you have the most recent Windows Update client, which you probably already do, there are a handful of KBs to install manually that will get Windows Update running normally again. Install KB3168965 first, this one alone will do the trick on some machines.

Comment Re:You've got to appreciate the irony... (Score 1) 80

It wasn't an email, it was a draft of what could have become an email.

I'd say a draft is an email that just hasn't been sent yet. If I handwrite a letter to someone on paper, but I haven't placed it in the mailbox, would you argue that what I wrote isn't actually a letter because it's still sitting on my desk?

As such, it was just a file.

Every sent and received email is also "just a file," at least that's how they're stored on my systems.

Comment Re: What I want to know is (Score 1) 64

I've never installed LinkedIn so I wasn't affected by this, but yes, the Android permission model is what made this possible. Being that it's all-or-nothing, you can't say "OK, I want to install LinkedIn but not allow it to access my contacts." Unless you root your phone, you either allow an app every permission it wants, or you can't install it. My understanding is that the most recent version of Android is supposed to mitigate this a bit, but it's anyone's guess as to if/when carriers will actually push that version out to devices on their networks. It sure hasn't shown up on my phone.

Comment Re:100-mile zone (Score 2) 318

And? The government must follow the constitution regardless of how far away from the border they are.
Even if you are at the North Pole the government isn't allowed to violate the constitution.

Yes, and thank heavens they're so diligent about adhering to the rules. The NSA doesn't conduct warrantless wiretapping on a massive scale; the FBI doesn't use stingrays or plant malware on peoples' computers; police and corrections officers don't execute people without due process. Such a very effective piece of paper that Constitution has turned out to be.

Comment Re: What I want to know is (Score 1) 64

For a good while, if you installed the LinkedIn app on your phone, it would harvest your contacts' email addresses and send them spam for LinkedIn on your behalf. "I want you to join my professional network" or some such garbage. The permissions requested by the app were typical of social networking apps (they all "require" access to your contacts) and there was no indication to the user that LinkedIn would be sending out emails. They stopped this practice after being sued, but the behavior turned a lot of people away and permanently associated the LinkedIn brand with spam and shady activity.

Comment Re:I'm sure they will fully comply (Score 4, Informative) 120

I can confirm this.

About 10 years ago when I switched phone carriers (didn't port my number, not sure if that was even a thing yet), I got assigned a phone number that had previously belonged to someone who may have had debt. I was getting calls morning noon and night from a collection agency named Luebke Baker, looking for the guy who had the number before me. No amount of "you've got the wrong fucking number" made any difference, they kept on calling, always spoofing different numbers from different area codes, sometimes a dozen calls a day.

I got fed up and went through the FCC complaint process. I don't know how it works now, but at the time, they had a web form that required an intense level of detail and took a long time to fill out. I submitted it. About a month later, I got an envelope in the mail from the FCC. It contained a printed copy of my complaint form, about 15 sheets of paper worth, with a letter saying they found no violation of anything and I was welcome to submit another complaint if I wanted.

Thanks and no thanks, I had Sprint change my phone number. Luebke Baker eventually got fined by the FTC instead of the FCC, I guess I should have sent my complaint there instead.

Comment Re:Contact Google? (Score 1) 465

it's illegal to operate an online pharmacy with a .ca domain

So you reported illegal activity to Google, and they took action. That's great, they have a duty to respond to such claims. But that experience has no bearing on the scenario where someone whose blog was deleted might ask to have it restored. Try asking Google for something that doesn't involve criminal activity or the threat of lawyers. Position yourself as an end user with some trouble with a Google service, contact them and come tell us how that works out. Try reporting spam that originates from Gmail, not just the From: header, but received by your own MTA from e.g., and the same sender continues on unabated after multiple reports. This is hardly a new problem.

Yes, if you're a paying customer of Google or if you're reporting something that might involve some legal exposure to Google, you might get a response. Otherwise in my experience you're out of luck.

"Experimental artwork" can be a euphemism for anything. Even images of violence against women will get your blog nuked.

I would expect images of violence against women to get a blog nuked from any free service, Google or not. Someone who wants to publish such imagery would surely need to pay for their own server. I'm not sure where that plays into Google's reputation for customer service.

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