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Comment Re: Closet Full of Hardware (Score 1) 65

That's a good point, but it depends on the ISP.

With mine (TWC) they charge extra to enable the wifi on your cable modem/router without a certain level of service. Additionally, they will enable a hotspot using their modem allowing other people to use it (but separate from your network, they claim).

I loathe these shenanigans, and prefer to control my equipment. Hence two more pieces of junk to join my USR Courier modem, Psion 3, and other junk in my "Island of Misfit Toys".

Comment Re:Good for them (Score 2) 201

Apple is going to eventually end up selling paper bags. And Microsoft is going to do the printing.

Now Samsung will quickly design and release SamsungBag(TM), releasing it month or so before Apple releases their reinvented iBag...

Comment Re:Stick a fork in.... (Score 1) 610

Unless you are in one of the battleground states, you do not have much of a voice. See how the electoral college works. If she's up 10-15% in the polls in your state on election day, your voice will be a tad louder voting for a candidate of your choice, rather than the "lesser of two evils".

For example: if you happen to live in California, you won't be blocking anybody. HRC is going to win unless we finally have that megaquake and all the costal cities fall into the ocean.

Comment Here's my HP Story... (Score 1) 386

I purchased several years back an HP-m475dw. Basically a Color Laserjet 400 Pro with a scanner bed on the top.

I never had one problem with it aside from one jam on the paper feeder for the scanner.

I do need to occasionally get drivers from the HP site as well as firmware updates to fix the occasional bugs - like the one I discovered where the printer would freeze up scanning a 16+ page document to a PDF file. Well, HP decided that such support should not be available anymore to this class of machine without a service contract. That's right, no more updates unless you fork over money - sorta.

If I log in with my account and access the support page for the printer, I'm reminded that it is out of warranty and I need to purchase a service contract to continue and download files.

*but*

If I log out and search for the printer and drivers on Google, it takes me to the very same page where the latest firmware and drivers are freely downloadable to me as an anonymous user.

Comment Re:I'm so mad, I almost want to vote for (Score 1) 618

Hillary has so much money she doesn't need to get paid any more.

You are telling me rich people don't want to get richer? Seriously?

I can understand that when a rich person gets rich enough, making money gets boring and they have other people manage it for them. Once that happens, they usually look to start amassing power and the ability to control others.

Comment Re:Completely wrong.... (Score 5, Informative) 618

It isn't exactly working that way.

No US workers are being laid off to hire H1B's. UCSF just cut their IT costs by going to an outside contractor and laying off a portion of their workforce - this is perfectly legal. And just so happens to be the way the system is rigged to get around laws protecting US workers. The contractor is able to supply IT workers at a lower cost per head than the existing employees because they use H1Bs that work for considerably less salary. UCSF benefits from less employee overhead, and the contracting firm gets paid the H1B's salary plus a bit more for profit.

By inserting the contractor between the company and the H1B workers, companies are immune from H1B restrictions.

Just about every H1B story that hits the news (SCE, Disney, etc.) use this method.

Comment Re:Who Cares? (Score 5, Insightful) 308

This was for a twitter Q&A session?

I also am no big fan of the POTUS, but if Twitter was filtering out trolls and other related crap to cut down on the noise, then so be it. I consider it more like moderation rather than censorship.

As long as the filtering was only for "abusive and hateful" messages, I have no problem with it at all. If they were cutting out legitimate but potentially embarrassing questions based on a political agenda, then I do have a problem.

The best way to handle this is to up-front disclose that submissions to the Q&A will be moderated and abusive/hateful messages will be deleted.

Comment Re:Quick HowTo (Score 1) 55

It's missing a bunch of info such as what's legal data for each field, and the missing documents fill you in on a few of those. Even so, they are also incomplete.

But yes, that's a good start.

It took me quite a long time to figure out the codes for some fields, like TSAPre and Secondary Screening. The first because I had one, the second only from someone who posted in their blog about being mishandled by the TSA and helpfully posted a picture of the boarding pass with the barcode.

Comment Quick HowTo (Score 5, Informative) 55

Nothing that's a big secret about this.

Download the IATA Resolution 792, you'll see in section 2.5 the data structure of the bar code for a boarding pass. Then generate the necessary barcode from the resulting ASCII string.

You'll probably need to check the Internet archive, because these resolutions were freely downloadable until a couple of years ago and then they were put behind a paywall... Free to $1500-$4500? Really?

You can use this to generate airline boarding passes too, but all the mobile passes I have seen have a digital signature appended to the end of it. The paper ones they hand out at the airport lack a digital signature.

Oh, and United Clubs actually look up your flight info, FYI.

Comment Re:any proxy sales soar (Score 1) 271

It's simple.

The MPAA and RIAA consider a pirated copy a "lost sale". This is how they come up with those incredible numbers of dollars lost due to piracy.

So, downloading a film not only cost the distributors money (putting arguments over whether the downloader would have otherwise paid for it aside) - but also the government, which lost out on what would have been a taxable sale. So if you live in Pennsylvania, downloading a copy of "Batman vs. Superman" is not only is a lost sale, but you are evading paying any taxes due on the now-lost purchase. In other words: even though you downloaded it for "free", it does have a dollar value attached to it. So, to the government, you owe taxes on that download.

Consider the IRS and Al Capone and Aldrich Ames as a precedent, where criminally obtained income is still considered taxable income.

This is quite dangerous, because it gets government directly involved in copyright enforcement to protect their tax revenues. Now we are looking at criminal charges instead of civil ones, forfeiture of money and property, liens, etc.

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