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Comment Re:some stats (Score 1) 414

hough, California has a higher-than-usual Hispanic population, so maybe nationally the % of Hispanic AP Exam takers is less than 7.

"Higher-than-usual" is putting it mildly; as of 2012 38% of the california population is hispanic, as compared to 17% of the U.S. population. (Source here), which seems to agree with other sources I found with a quick Google.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 3, Informative) 465

I am now blocked by tens of hundreds of people I don't know, for reasons _they don't fucking know!_ but apparently I'm in Wheatons "toxic" list.

Why are you so fascinated with talking to the type of people that would blindly choose to use Wil Wheaton's censorship list?

What if we have something in common and I would have stumbled across them to discuss something? We clearly have an interest in Star Trek. What if I make a product they'd like that they miss out on (and I miss their sale) because I'm blocked by them
If you're coming to Slashdot to get sympathy for your right to advertise your product to people that don't want to hear it (for whatever reason), you've probably come to the wrong place.

Comment Re:they need to work the other end (Score 1) 120

I wouldn't. Most residential phones are moving to VOIP; if you have Internet it dramatically cuts your phone bill.

You don't have to. But it would be nice to have the choice.

The "Callers'" number can be blocked, and some unreputable robocallers do that. But, then I block all calls that don't identify themselves via Caller ID.

Which is close to pointless, since most robocallers just use a fake caller ID number anyway.

Comment Re:I'm sure they will fully comply (Score 1) 120

Just curious, How many times did you report the calls to the FCC?

Doing so is essentially pointless. The FCC is well aware of the extent of the whole "cardholder services" scam, so you're not giving them any information that they don't already have. Since they fake their caller ID anyway, it's not like you're able to provide any more information about who is actually originating the call.

I still submit complaints when the calls provide real identifying information that I can report, but most of the robocalls aren't that sort.

Comment Re:they need to work the other end (Score 1) 120

It seems unfair to completely block legitimate VOIP calls to cell phones, but there has to be some way to block the scammers without putting undue burdens on legitimate companies.

All you need is for the information that it's a VOIP call to be carried along with the call, and then let the user decide whether they want to drop such calls or not.

I sure would.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1) 639

Would you apply the same standard to IBM for their mainframes?

Yes. Why wouldn't I? If you buy a doohickey and want to maintain it yourself rather than pay the manufacturer for service, you should be entitled to do so, regardless of what loss-leader pricing that you got the doohickey for. Whether the doohickey is a tractor or a mainframe doesn't matter.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 4, Insightful) 639

What I suspect is REALLY going on here is that John Deere and other manufacturers have adopted a model of selling their equipment to farmers either at a loss or at cost, with the understanding that they'll make their profit in implicit servicing contracts. And the farmers, now that they have the equipment in hand on the cheap, have decided to "alter the deal" (to quote the great Darth Vader) to save a buck.

Well then, John Deere should get a lesson on what happens when you have a stupid business model. If they want to make a profit on equipment sales, they'd better price their equipment such that they can turn a profit.

Whether or not the farmers are cheap bastards -- given human nature, they probably are -- is really irrelevant.

Comment Re:Limits of slander? None (Score 2, Insightful) 801

Maybe you should consider that to people outside your little bubble, your particular brand of insulting comments about those who disagree with you may not be particularly insightful.

Calling everyone who moderates you down a "sock puppet" account is neither a rational nor intelligent comment.

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