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Comment Amazon, oh ya I used them once. (Score 1) 110

I purchased something years ago, living in Washington state as does Amazon; I was told I was being taxed as there's a chance they will be taxed. Now if they aren't taxed well they would keep the extra monies. has been my shopping area for years now and right after my Amazon purchase.

Comment Their Moto brand ain't that hot. (Score 1) 203

I had the Moto 3 for a few days finding it's battery was hard wired in. Sometimes you just need to pull the battery to fix an error. And it was very bare application wise, good thing not so much stuff you'll never use, bad thing as a simple bar code scanner is handy to have, and only the ones supplied by the manufacture (paid version) work well or at all.

5 Mpix selfi (second) camera, a bit over kill on that one, but I've always liked Motorola's products. The Xoom tablet was very nice and at 10.5" the perfect size.

My Moto3 wouldn't call out from my location and one can see the cell tower from here (not that it's the one used), and had to return it. Just before exchanging it I tried it one last time and it worked; but I didn't live in that city.

Motorola's ToS was very specific in that any info it collected would stay with them and not shared, I LOL'd, Motorola being owned by Google.

Comment Autoruns - Windows Sysinternals (Score 1) 217

It won't stop malware from being installed but it will sure show you where it's at (root-kits iffy).

If you use a Mail reader like Forte Agent: Options unhide Microsoft entries, and save resources by disabling all of MS's email sub systems (and there are many).

It will also show any files missing (mostly Codec's),

But well worth running (as admin) often.

I haven't run an AV in ages, I put a lot of trust in my HOSTS file, and autoruns just to keep check.

Comment Re:Not totally true (Score 2) 109

Thank you. Bing sounds smarter than "tricking" Google by switching to a private browser coming from the exact same IP address.

I once had a new ISP, new IP address (my first 1pv6), and a new install of Win7.

Trying to access my router I had two ipv6 addresses so a 50/50/ chance, I blew it and ended up on Google with one entry, all of my /. post.

I was tracked by my MAC address (best guess).

I prefer Google, I dislike Bing being forced to use it on Win10 which I switch to duckduckgo.

and a massive HOSTS file.

Comment I could live without the headphone jack (Score 1) 385

I've never cared for ear buds, this last week I came across Skullcandy HESH 2 blue-tooth headphones. They are so sweet, the stereo separation is excellent, loud enough for me, acts as a headset for making phone calls, as well as tell the phone what to do.

I was told I couldn't be heard over the T.V., it was so low I could barely make it out, and they don't have a microphone.

It will connect to two devices, I fully expect it to connect to my son's PS4 and act as a headset with microphone for games (connects to my PS3 yet the receiver takes precedence).

They cost $80, but the store would meet or beat competitors prices, Walmart was selling them for $39 :).

The down side is they are rather large (much like older receiver headphones) but people ignore them, and the fact they are blue-tooth they won't pull in a FM station (need the ear bud wire as an antenna).

I've never really listened to music, now I'm changing music out on my SD card every few days.

My phone is an unlocked Alcatel onetouch POP 3, While 5.1.1 android they have tweaked the ROM to where a it's much better version.
The two work perfectly together, and the range apart was rather surprising.

kheldan (above) mentioned sound problems, MX Player (phone) will speed up it it finds it needs to to keep the music even. One problem alone is every now and again if I shake my head fast (on purpose) the music can get confused where it's place is in line (at least the way it seems).

Submission + - The Big Driver of Mass Incarceration That Nobody Talks About ( 1

schwit1 writes: If you follow media coverage of America’s mass incarceration problem, you are likely to hear a lot about unscrupulous police officers, mandatory minimums, and drug laws. But you are unlikely to hear these two words that have probably played a larger role in producing the excesses of the American criminal justice system than anything else: plea coercion.

The number of criminal cases that actually go to trial in America is steadily dwindling. That’s because prosecutors have so much leverage during plea bargaining that most defendants take an offer—in particular, defendants who are held on bail, and who might need to wait in jail for months or even years before standing trial and facing an uncertain outcome.

We reported last week on a study from Columbia showing that all things being equal, defendants in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia who were made to pay bail are much more likely to plead guilty. Since then, a separate study from researchers at Harvard, Princeton and Stanford has come out that reaches a similar conclusion. . . .

Of course, bail remains a vital tool for judges, and some defendants are too dangerous to be let out before their trial, period. But there are ways we might be able to reform the pre-trial detention system so as to reduce the number of defendants who simply resign themselves to a guilty plea out of desperation since they can’t come up with the money to buy their temporary freedom. For example, the average amount of money bail assessed should be reduced (it has risen exponentially over the last several decades) and courts should experiment with ankle bracelets and home visits to monitor defendants rather than holding them in a jail cell before they have been convicted of a crime.

The focus on policing and minimum sentences and drug laws in the public discourse is all well and good. But if they are serious about making our justice system more fair and less arbitrary, criminal justice reformers should devote more of their efforts to reforming what happens in the period after arrest and before sentencing. That’s an area where big progress can be made with relatively straightforward, and politically palatable reforms.

Submission + - SPAM: TEPCO's 'ice wall' failing at Fukushima nuclear plant 1

mdsolar writes: Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s “frozen wall of earth” has failed to prevent groundwater from entering the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and the utility needs a new plan to address the problem, experts said.
An expert panel with the Nuclear Regulation Authority received a report from TEPCO on the current state of the project on Aug. 18. The experts said the ice wall project, almost in its fifth month, has shown little or no success.
“The plan to block groundwater with a frozen wall of earth is failing,” said panel member Yoshinori Kitsutaka, a professor of engineering at Tokyo Metropolitan University. “They need to come up with another solution, even if they keep going forward with the plan.”

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Comment Re:No different than recording a call (Score 1) 99

This sort of software should be no different from recorded phone calls. As long as the user is notified in a significant, reasonable way, this type of software should be allowed (i.e. just like most large business networks notify when you log in.) If the user is not notified that they are being recorded or monitored, it should be illegal under wiretap laws.

Washington state US here. As long as one person is aware of the recording it's ok, you being the one, it's legal.

Comment Well so much for the Moto phone series (Score 1) 99

and how would this affect Google? I feel I owe Google for the software they have made freely available.

The Motorola moto phones have their own tracking software meant to be of use/assistance to the user, it's ToS claims nobody but them will have access to any obtained data - (I'm afraid I laughed at that one), seeing as Google owns the company.

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