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Comment Wire Fraud? (Score 4, Insightful) 379

Wire Fraud:

Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both. If the violation affects a financial institution, such person shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned not more than 30 years, or both.

A customer is asking for one web page, mediacom is substituting another for monetary gain. How is this not wire fraud?

Comment Re:Daily cup? (Score 2, Informative) 274

try this next time you make coffee.

- make sure the equipment is clean; Just rinsing it out isn't enough, everything needs to be washed.
- grind the beans yourself, or buy fresh grounds. Coffee grounds go stale in just a few days.
- use lots of coffee. 2 tablespoons per cup.
- use good tasting water. If you don't like the taste of the water before it becomes coffee, you probably won't like it post brewing.

Comment Re:How so "stolen"? (Score 1) 502

Isn't it more like....

Bob: "Hi, I'm Bob! I work for the Owner. I'd like to hire you to take care of the Owner's house. Here are the keys. These keys are VERY important. Besides the owner, you are the only one allowed to have the keys. This is Helen. She works for you, but isn't allowed to have the keys"

Housesitter: "Cool! sounds like a great job!"

Years later...

Helen: "Give me the keys"

Housesitter: "Do you even work here any more? You haven't shown up for work in months. And why are you going through all the Owners closets?"

Helen: "Help! Police!"

Housesitter: "WTF?"

Police: "You're under arrest! Give Helen the keys."

Housesitter: "I can't. Bob told me that I can only give the keys to the Owner"

Bob: "Give the keys to Helen"

Housesitter: "I can't. You told me that I can only give the keys to the Owner."

The Owner: "Give me the keys"

Housesitter: "Ok, here you go! Can I leave now?"

Police: "Back to jail, Criminal!"

Comment Re:Competitive in the gaming industry?!?! (Score 2, Interesting) 192

In order for information to be considered exempt from release under the FOIA it must fit into one of the following categories AND there must be a legitimate Government purpose served by withholding it:

  1. Information which is currently and properly classified.
  2. Information that pertains solely to the internal rules and practices of the agency. (This exemption has two profiles, "high" and "low." The "high" profile permits withholding of a document that, if released, would allow circumvention of an agency rule, policy, or statute, thereby impeding the agency in the conduct of its mission. The "low" profile permits withholding if there is no public interest in the document, and it would be an administrative burden to process the request.)
  3. Information specifically exempted by a statute establishing particular criteria for withholding. The language of the statute must clearly state that the information will not be disclosed.
  4. Information such as trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a company on a privileged or confidential basis that, if released, would result in competitive harm to the company, impair the government's ability to obtain like information in the future, or protect the government's interest in compliance with program effectiveness.
  5. Inter-agency memoranda that are deliberative in nature; this exemption is appropriate for internal documents that are part of the decision making process and contain subjective evaluations, opinions and recommendations.
  6. Information the release of which could reasonably be expected to constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of individuals.
  7. Records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes that (a) could reasonably be expected to interfere with law enforcement proceedings; (b) would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or impartial adjudication; (c) could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of the personal privacy of others, (d) disclose the identity of a confidential source, (e) disclose investigative techniques and procedures, or (f) could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual.
  8. Certain records of agencies responsible for supervision of financial institutions.
  9. Geological and geophysical information concerning wells.

(Excerpted from:

Comment Re:I believe in free market capitalism (Score 1) 403

Actually, a free market offers no protection in this case. Right now, manufacturers use the DMCA to protect their diagnostic gear, but without its protections they could use any scheme they wanted.

Imagine instead each diagnostic code encrypted via a one time pad that is unique to each car that rolls off the line. Only members of the companies authorized repair network would be able to access it.

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