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Submission + - Comapny disables software of buyer who posted "bad" review

Brymouse writes: Ham Radio Deluxe, a $99 radio control and logging program popular in the amateur radio community, disabled the software of a user after he posted a potentially bad review (was 3/5 stars, now 1/5). Further this user was directed to install the update which disabled the application by HRD's own support.

The original thread was then deleted from "news" site as HRD is a major advertiser and complained about copyright violations from the user posting a PDF of his support ticket. Reddit picked it up here and more research was done showing a pattern of blacklisting bad reviews.

This was picked up by Jason Scott, of the internet archive, on twitter and Ham Radio Deluxe threatened him with libel for posting it.

As of yesterday HRD says an offical statement will be "coming soon". The Strieisand Effect continues with undeleting the threads and HRD still trying to claim copyright on their customers support ticket.

Comment Re:Ewww... (Score 1) 242

Even bottled water has "minerals added for flavor", something that's on every brand of "drinking water". The only bottled water you won't find with added minerals is "distilled water" or "deionized water" that is used for clothing steamers and car batteries (the old-school lead-acid type), or anywhere else you don't want the minerals.

Comment Time to BYOM! (Score 1) 474

The way around this is to buy your own modem that doesn't have all of Comcast's cruft. The major chain electronics stores all have DOCSIS 3.x modems for sale, so you save the cost of leasing the equipment (which you can recoup in less than a year), and you can control who has access to your bandwidth.

Comment Re:It isn't the soda. It's the survey. (Score 1) 287

All I'm going to do is point out the disproportionate amount of violence and crime that occurs in majority Black neighborhoods, the disproportionate amount of violence that occurs in majority Black countries, and the lower average IQ found in Africa compared to other continents. There is no racism in facts.

Comment It isn't the soda. It's the survey. (Score 5, Interesting) 287

The problem with the survey can be found in the results section of the Abstract. They oversampled males by +4, and 51% of the families were Black. This isn't a soda/soft drink issue; it's a parenting/cultural issue, which is mentioned, but essentially glossed over when you start delving into the "study". The families were already "in the system", as they were part of an ongoing study, which tells me that there were already parenting and cultural issues that go deeper than the family's diet.

Comment Herp-a-derp (Score 1) 86

The fscking NSA is snooping on damned near every American both onshore and offshore, as well as millions of people overseas, snarfing up dozens of terabytes of data on a DAILY basis; yet has no fscking clue as to the legislation that is going to directly affect them and their budget? This is another reason why we need to eliminate as many agencies of the Federal Government as possible, and get back to Article I, Section 8 permitted functions.

Comment Igor, bring me a Frankenburger (Score 1) 221

Okay, you've grown meat in a test tube, but who's going to eat it? The whole point of real meat is the flavor that's imparted to it through its feed and husbandry. There's a reason why some people raise and slaughter their own cattle, or grind their own meat, or buy the frozen patties from the warehouse club store. This whole thing is like a Concept Car: Sure, it can be done; sure, it's as expensive as hell; sure, it can be eaten; but who in their right mind is going to eat it? I have a feeling this is going to be Post's "Blinky Moment", where the 3-eyed fish is cooked and served, but whether it's edible or not is a whole different story.

Comment The 9th Circus fails again (Score 1) 207

Keller should quit whining and be glad for the free publicity. The 9th got this decision wrong, since this falls somewhere between Fair Use and no personally identifiable information. Of course, I agree with some of the posters that EA should totally nerf that character so that nobody will want to play him.

Comment Re:Praise Legacy Data (Score 1) 336

When I was in between insurance plans (and jobs) I paid cash for a doctor's appointment, and got a 25% discount, plus they changed what was done to a cheaper "procedure", so I paid even less. If the Federal Government got out of the business of providing healthcare, the overall quality would go up, and the cost would go down.

Comment Re:But dos and older windows 9X apps / os may not (Score 1) 212

I've been running Toughbooks for a while, simply because I have older network equipment that needs a real RS-232 serial connection to talk to it, and I have a plethora of two-way radio equipment that requires programming using a serial port and interface box. The Radio Programming Software won't recognize serial ports above COM4, and most USB-to-Serial converters have issues with sending the signals down the line. I also have Amateur Radio equipment and software that requires a real serial port for sending and receiving data and keying the radio. USB converters can't provide the correct signaling functions.

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