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Comment Re: Is it still spyware? (Score 1) 176

In their case, it seems it happened because they don't care enough for security. Most of us don't, at least until something bad happens, but the odds are reduced and the consequences are often alleviated because someone else did care and implemented security measures that we depend on, possibly without even noticing. It appears that Mint doesn't have enough resources (if any) devoted to security, at least not like Ubuntu, Apple, Google and even MS do.

So yes, it could happen to anyone, but from what I read it looks like they had it coming.

Comment Re:File a Complaint (Score 1) 172

Something similar happens to me in Argentina. There is a telemarketing agency in another province that offers DirectTV, ADT, and ISP services from Movistar. If you call DirectTV, ADT and Movistar they will tell you that they are not calling me, that they don't have anything to do with the calls and that they can't do anything to stop the calls. That is not completely true: it is obvious that the same telemarketing agency is calling me to offer DirectTV, ADT and Movistar services, so it is true that they are not calling me., but they do have some kind of relationship, otherwise the agency would call me. I report them to the National Do Not Call registry, but nothing happens, so the best option is to waste their time.

Comment $100K in cabling that went unused (Score 1) 377

I was tasked with a fiber cabling project for a new upstream connection at a small ISP. I documented the requirements, placed a purchase order, interviewed contractors, recommended one of them and went ahead with the project. My boss was downsized during this process, and when I informed my new boss that the cabling was completed and that his signature was required in some document in order for the contractor to be paid, he said something along the lines of "did nobody tell you that the upstream connection will not use that kind of fiber?" I wanted to die at that moment, but the fact was that it wasn't my fault - it was a consequence of the massive layoffs, the resulting chaos, and the deficient flow of information.

Comment Re:Once a government has your money, no give backs (Score 1) 117

Here in Argentina, if you forget to make a payment, or if AFIP (our tax office) believes you under-withheld more than just a tiny bit, they might FREEZE ALL YOUR ASSETS countrywide without any warning, including your personal *and* business accounts, credit cards, etc. That is their way of letting you know that you forgot to make a payment - they treat you like you were a first-class criminal. Be grateful you live in a country where the government shows a little respect for its citizens.

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