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Comment Citisucks (Score 1) 253

I love Citibank's ATM's ... you now have to "dip" your card (swipe), wait for the machine to tell you to just insert and leave the card (chip'd), wait some more, THEN enter your PIN number.

My other problem (with ALL banks) is that I DO NOT WANT A CREDIT CARD (or debit) tied to my primary checking account. The account where I, you know, pay my bills. Who's bright idea was it to do this -- allow someone to easily empty my account leaving me with bounced payments while cleaning up the mess?

I want a ATM [only] card. Can't get that anymore. So I take debit/credit cards and lock them away and NEVER EVER use them other than as a ATM card and ONLY at their locations. I never pull cash out any old place. Silly IMHO.

Give me a credit card that requires a PIN entered. Problem solved (if programmed correctly -- assume the card reader / phone or internet connection have been tampered with).

Comment Re:Sounds Familiar. (Score 1) 156

FTFA:

Professor Michael Delp, one of the researchers, said: "We know very little about the effects of deep space radiation on human health, particularly on the cardiovascular system."

We do however know a lot about the effects of terrestrial radiation on human heath...

Given the recent UN reports on cell phone "radiation", deep space is probably a 1:1 tradeoff at this point...

Comment Re:Summary is Wrong: It's Not Applicable to Mars. (Score 1) 156

Trip to the Moon is four days and measurably increases the risk of heart disease. What would a six month trip to Mars do?

Nothing? You'd need to bring a hell of a lot of water with you to Mars, so you'd just put it all around the outside of the crew capsule, and it;d be suffucient shield for everything but something like a flare that'd send you to the "storm shelter" anyway.

Comment Of course not... (Score 1) 169

"...no evidence that political robocalls prevent emergency communications..."

Of course not... everyone who could complain died in the fires that weren't put out, or before the could successfully call for an ambulance to save them from their heart attack, or because their phone rang while they were hiding under the bed as the killer searched their room while they were waiting to press "send" on their 911 call...

Comment Summary is Wrong: It's Not Applicable to Mars. (Score -1, Redundant) 156

Summary is Wrong: It's Not Applicable to Mars.

Their sample group only includes people who went to deep space, and then came back to Earth.

It excludes people who went to deep space and stayed there, and people who went to deep space and landed on Mars, rather than coming back to Earth.

For completeness sake, we'd also need: Earth -> deep space -> Mars -> deep space, and: Earth -> deep space -> Mars -> deep space -> Earth.

The rest of you monkeys can be the control group.

Comment Re:So fire the school principals! (Score 1) 57

They should've asked the question: why is my school billed at a higher rate, than I'm paying at home

You're making an apples to zebras comparison: Residential telephone services are significantly cheaper than business services--such a disparity is by design. The phone company charges more to businesses because they're using the lines to make a profit and the phone company knows that business customers can't live without phone lines.

Without access to another comparably sized organizations business telephone billing records, this would be very tough for the school to even check, if not impossible.

The way to work around this is that there are companies whose entire reason for existence is to analyze telephone bills for businesses, governments, and other organizations. They have access to telephone bills from various customers, and probably would have noticed pretty quickly if such a scheme were in progress.

Comment Next request... (Score 1) 254

Next request...

DA: "We have the decryption keys; but that's not enough."
Person: "Why not?"
DA: "It's an asymmetric cypher."
Person: "So? You can decrypt it, and read what's there; what more do you want?"
DA: "We also need the encryption keys."
Person: "Why?"
DA: "With the decryption keys, we can only find what's there; we can't find what's not there... yet."

Comment Re:How were crimes solved before cell phones? (Score 1) 254

The council couldn't take them even when they were taking plastic in.

There's your problem: If you have "the council", then you live in the UK, where they lack both Euros and technology. The rest of us have no problems recycling plastic. We could teach you how, all it requires is some electricity... er... does the UK have electricity?

Yes, Google assures me that 31% of their electrical grid is powered by coal, and another 31% is powered by gas. The UK has electricity. They are in theory capable of recycling plastic.

But if you insist on having reusable shopping bags, I have some made from recycled material I would be willing to sell you.

Er... the recycled material is the kevlar racing sails from America's cup boats. Those fuckers aren't going to decompose for a good 5,000-10,000 years, unless you have lasers, or are willing to use extensive chemical processes. General Urko will probably make his battle armor out of them, after the apes take over the planet.

I make a point of mentioning that fact, any time someone says "Hey, cool bag! Where did you get it?". I especially like talking about it in front of the city officials who voted to ban plastic bags, as if I don't recognize them a couple people back in line. They get to just put up with me showing the idiocy of their policies to the interested person.

But that's better than plastic bags, which degrade quickly to useful materials when exposed to U.V., right?

Comment Re:This is NOT a matter of trademark violation (Score 2) 245

Not necessarily. Take a look at the relevant portion of the Lantham Act. It would have to fit one of the provisions therein. It might make a false suggestion of affiliation, but it's arguable.

15 U.S.C. 1125 - False designations of origin, false descriptions, and dilution forbidden

(a) Civil action

(1) Any person who, on or in connection with any goods or services, or any container for goods, uses in commerce any word, term, name, symbol, or device, or any combination thereof, or any false designation of origin, false or misleading description of fact, or false or misleading representation of fact, which

(A) is likely to cause confusion, or to cause mistake, or to deceive as to the affiliation, connection, or association of such person with another person, or as to the origin, sponsorship, or approval of his or her goods, services, or commercial activities by another person, or

(B) in commercial advertising or promotion, misrepresents the nature, characteristics, qualities, or geographic origin of his or her or another person's goods, services, or commercial activities,

shall be liable in a civil action by any person who believes that he or she is or is likely to be damaged by such act.

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