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Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 299

FICO Score 8 (scores range from 300-850) is not the only credit scoring system out there. VantageScore, for instance, goes to 990, and Fair-Issac itself provides a number of different scoring products for different uses (auto loans vs. credit cards, for instance). FICO Bankcard Score 8 ranges from 250-900, and it's a real FICO score.

Comment Re:Not a nice way to die (Score 1) 429

Bullshit. I've had many a mousetrap go off when I was nearby, that left the mouse screaming for several minutes before it died. Yes, my squeamishness exceeds my compassion, and I failed to finish them off more promptly by other means. Not my proudest self-realization.

Likewise, I've often had to finish what the trap started, usually by breaking their necks. Not fun, but I can't leave the little beggars suffering like that. My experience is that about a quarter are clean instant kills, half get their neck broken and die within a few seconds, and the remaining 25% require intervention. The worst one was when the mouse tripped it, and it took his snout off.

Comment Re:Robocallers need to die (Score 1) 44

I'd guess over 2/3 of people don't even answer the phone unless the number is already in their contact list. They just let it go to voicemail.

Hell, most of the time I don't even answer my work phone. Almost every call that comes in is from the same telemarketing firm trying to sell me something.

Comment Re:Properly designed (Score 1) 308

and the data circuits are passed through optical transmitters which essentially eliminate the power issue.

Optoisolators aren't going to help a lot if the voltage is high enough to arc over/around them, and with a sustained (longer than a few milliseconds) overvoltage of a few thousand volts, it's likely that they'd get burned out even if nothing else was damaged, effectively destroying the port. You can actively insulate the circuit to keep it from arcing, but circuitry that will effectively protect against this kind of attack is going to be hard to fit into a laptop case.

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