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Comment UL Listing (Score 1) 253

A 115 comments and no one has yet mentioned that the device plugged into the AC outlet and it did not have a UL listing.

The problem here is that UL listings (or equivalent) are voluntary and there is no legal requirement for a product to carry one. But there is a common sense requirement. Where were the parents when it came to looking at the product for safety approvals? It was free to ship it back to Amazon if they didn't like what they saw.

And I really believe this "It alleges the family was sold a counterfeit product from China instead of a brand with a Samsung lithium ion battery they believed they were buying from Amazon" So they were sophisticated enough to have researched that Samsung Lion batteries were better, but they were not sophisticated enough to notice the lack of a UL listing.

And who was being counterfeited?

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

On the Do Not Call list. I have reported them about ten times. I stopped after someone told me that it was pointless to report them any more since Cardholder Services is the number one robocaller on the FTC robocall list and they are well aware of who they are.

Put Cardholder Services in Google and you get 17M hits on people complaining about them.

Comment Re:I'm sure they will fully comply (Score 5, Informative) 120

Nomorobo actually works pretty well and it is already free on land lines. It has totally stopped Cardholder Services from call me. That spammer was driving me crazy having called me over 300 times. After about a hundred calls I started answering some of them and telling the operators what a disgusting company they work working for. Or I'd hit '1' and set the phone next to my radio. I heard that other people give them made up credit card info just to make them waste time. Even after paying a $1M FCC fine Cardholder Services is still calling my land line.

Of now they have started calling my cell phone four or five times a week. And there is no free blocking.

Apparently Nomorobo works by using the billing information in the call to block the call. The billing information can't be spoofed like the caller ID can be. End phones can't access the billing info so the call have to be blocked inside the network.

Comment Re:can someone give the TL;DR (Score 5, Insightful) 205

Here's how you abuse zero rating. Make up an ISP plan with 1KB/mth data cap. Then charge $1000/kb overage (like a typical Verizon plan). Then go around and charge Facebook/Google/etc fat fees to deliver their data to the consumer for 'free' outside of exorbitant data plan cap. Now you have achieved total net discrimination on a plan that is net neutral. it is discriminatory because this absurd fee arrangement was created to manipulate you into only using the sites that have paid for zero rating and to abandon the rest of the Internet. Of course the ISP arranges things so that Facebook/Google/etc are yielding them more profit than when you were paying for data access. Facebook/Google/etc go along with this because it increases their profitability by driving more traffic to them.

You then say "this is cool, I get free Internet". But you aren't getting free Internet, you are only getting Facebook/Google/etc who pay paid for zero rating. You are unable to access any other web site unless you pay $1000/kb for the data. And of course you won't do that.

Comment Re:"Eat the Billionaires" (Score 2) 644

2015 interest paid on federal debt: $402,435,356,075.49
Average interest rate paid is 2.331% for 2015

It is very scary to consider what is going to happen to that number when rates go back to a normal level - maybe 3% above current depressed rates. Three or four years from now that interest number could exceed $1T.

Comment Re:Uh, just pay extra (Score 1) 644

Here is the full blurb from Google.. Ask it: what do the 1% pay in taxes

When looking at just federal income taxes, they pay 68 percent of the burden. The top 1 percent pays 24 percent of all federal taxes compared to 35 percent of all federal income taxes. The data for total federal taxes come from the Congressional Budget Office. The data for federal income taxes come from the IRS.Apr 15, 2015

Comment Re:Uh, just pay extra (Score 4, Insightful) 644

These same people, who get most of the spending pay nothing. The need is not for the worth to donate. The need is to force the scrounging rich to pay up.

You are very misguided....

From Google: The top 10 percent pays 53.3 percent of all federal taxes. When looking at just federal income taxes, they pay 68 percent of the burden. The top 1 percent pays 24 percent of all federal taxes compared to 35 percent of all federal income taxes.

Comment Just look at China (Score 5, Interesting) 133

China is the top country for poor people moving into the middle class. A lot of that movement is from millions of people setting up mom and pop shops. Cell phones are very important to the functioning of this segment of the market and cell phone are a window into the Internet. So I'd say they have it backwards. They are focusing on the small number of tech lottery winners and ignoring the major improvement cell phones has had on ordinary people's lives.

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