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Comment This isn't new (Score 1) 102

For a while lots of telemarketing scams were located in Texas. Multiple people around the U.S. had tried to sue them for fraud, but the Attorney General of the victim's state would say they had no jurisdiction, and the Texas AG would say that his mandate was to defend citizens of Texas.

So as long as you made the call from Texas into another state, no one would take the case.

Note that yes, there were clearly interstate commerce laws being broken, but no one would prosecute.

Comment Re:It's scary to know the gov't is so dumb (Score 1) 67

This is piercing the corporate veil. If the precedent stands, look for lawsuits targeting corporate officers individually for the actions of the corporation.

Note that I don't think that's necessarily a bad idea, but probably not what they intend with this.

Comment Re:Parachute, please (Score 1) 85

Ever heard of containerization []?

Standardized cars will go over with the market about as well as standardized housing has.

I didn't say standardized cars, I said standardized transportation. Do you hold out for a specific model of Uber? Or taxi? Or bus?

If I want a car, I want a particular car. If I want to get from point A to point B I mostly care what it costs and how long it will take.

Transportation is to driving as shipping is to luxury cruise.

Comment Re:Parachute, please (Score 1) 85

2) Requires everyone standardize their cars to a particular drone. Not going to happen.

3) Requires everyone standardize their cars to a particular chassis, and more to the point bans monocoque. Not going to happen.

4) Requires everyone to use other peoples' chassis. Regardless of their condition. Without even knowing what condition they're going to be in.

Ever heard of containerization? Kind of swept through the shipping industry and completely changed truck, train and ship industries. No reason it couldn't happen to transportation.

Comment Re:Fire (Score 1) 203

They probably weren't physically trapped, but without being able to re-enter they couldn't leave if they wanted to keep their belongings.

First off, if that were true, then all the reporting is erroneous, since that's "locked out" of rooms, NOT "locked in."

According to the update, yup, that.

Comment Re:Fire (Score 1) 203

I can understand people being locked out of their rooms. But if they're being locked in they're in massive violation of fire safety laws.

They probably weren't physically trapped, but without being able to re-enter they couldn't leave if they wanted to keep their belongings.

As for manual keys as backup for staff entry, most hotel theft - just like most retail theft - is perpetrated by staff. The electronic doors keep track of which employees are in which rooms so they can investigate complaints of theft.

Comment How's that workin for ya? (Score 1) 71

These specific issues are related to modifications Samsung made to to the Android telephony framework and are found in a Samsung-specific application for handling carrier messages.

Good thing they didn't use the stock Android functionality. Almost makes me agree with the conspiracy guys saying this was the government mandated backdoor.

Comment Re:I'll believe it when I see it (Score 1) 119

All we can do is read Don Quixote and laugh at how apt it is so many centuries later. People hate change and cling to a golden age that never happened - by charging at windmills!

If I ran a wind power company, it would be named Quixote Enterprises. And taking a page from the Mafia, the CEO's official title would be Don.

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