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Comment Dubious (Score 1) 120

Yet another secret out-of-court settlement. And somewhere (not the Times article) I read that both parties agreed to vacate the previous ruling. So NOTHING is official.

And a reminder, the court ruled that Warner Music did not have valid copyright. That's not the same as ruling that "Happy et al" is public domain. American courts never do something so useful. Instead they leave the situation open to future litigation.

Comment Re:Card to Card payments (Score 1) 260

The disinformation regarding Check21 has been a pet peeve of mine. Unfortunately, it's a futile fight and I don't have a list of myths at the ready.

Check21 drags paper checks into the digital era by declaring that a digital image of a check has the same legal standing as the original paper check. But this is NOT what happens to consumer's checks. Those are converted to ACH debits, sent through a completely different network goberned by different regulations. And these conversions predate Check21 by a couple years.

The only ways the two are similar are: 1) someone takes your money and 2) your check disappears

Comment Need national DNC * code (Score 1) 167

Get a robocall--press *13 (for example ) to automatically report the previous incoming call as a do-not-call violator. Reports will dwarf web-based reporting even though awareness will be minimal.

Then have the NSA use their AT&T "listening rooms" to track down Rachel.

There's already a * code for reporting harassment. It costs money and requires separately filing a police report.

Comment Re:Right: You're a RINO (Score 1) 275

Thing is, the modern Republicans demand strict conformity to an arbitrary standard of political correctness. If you miss out in any dimension, you're a "Republican In Name Only" and they'd rather expel you from their gated paradise.

Yeah, that would be the "One Drop Rule". Something no doubt familiar and comfortable to Republicans.

The Left has their own extreme PC stupidity. My favorite is the documented Undocumented Immigrant.

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