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  • Jun 15th, 2017 @ 11:00am

    UMDNJ already had email

    I worked at UMDNJ (technically CMDNJ at the time), both in Newark and Piscataway in 1978 as a software engineer. We already had email at the time, plain old Arpanet email provided through Rutgers University (which we shared a campus with, because we were originally Rutgers Medical School, then CMDNJ up until 1981).

    I'm not sure what this new email program was, but I never heard of it and never used it. I had my rutgers[.edu] address, which if I recall was only one '!' away from decvax.

  • May 1st, 2017 @ 9:27am

    Re: This does and will keep happening,..

    Back in 2001, Spring started charging "Property Tax Recovery Fee" on all their phone bills.... so this has been going on for a while.

  • Nov 23rd, 2010 @ 11:09am


    What's "film"? I'm imagining an awesome loophole exists here. Keep a spare can of 35mm film in your pocket to hand over?

  • Aug 30th, 2010 @ 8:47am

    Comcast policy (as Andrew Duane)

    According to Comcast's Privacy page:

    "We make every reasonable effort to protect subscriber privacy as described in this notice. Nevertheless, we may be required by law to disclose personally identifiable information or individually identifiable CPNI about a subscriber. These disclosures may be made with or without the subscriber’s consent, and with or without notice, in compliance with the terms of valid legal process such as a subpoena, court order, or search warrant.

    For subscribers to our high-speed Internet and phone services, the Cable Act requires Comcast to disclose personally identifiable information and individually identifiable CPNI to a private third party in response to a court order, and we are required to notify the subscriber of the court order. The Cable Act requires us to disclose personally identifiable information and individually identifiable CPNI about subscribers to high-speed Internet and phone services to a government entity in response to a subpoena, court order, or search warrant, for example. We are usually prohibited from notifying the subscriber of any disclosure of personally identifiable information to a government entity by the terms of the subpoena, court order, or search warrant."

  • Oct 30th, 2009 @ 8:36am

    Violating their own terms of service

    The letter points to the terms of service (TOS) for using the network at the school. However, they are violating their own TOS at least twice:

    "You will not allow access to your account, including revealing user names, passwords, and other identifiers, to any unauthorized person." - I'd say the MPAA investigator is an unauthorized person

    "Privacy Notice:
    Brooklyn Law School takes privacy seriously. In general, we will not disclose or sell your data to third parties, except as required by law or judicial action, or as explicitly given permission by you. Brooklyn Law School is a not-for-profit educational institution; therefore, the disclosure of most of your data is governed by Federal Law."

    There is no law or judicial action here, so they are prevented by federal law from disclosing the information to the MPAA.

  • Oct 23rd, 2009 @ 6:35am

    A new "test"?

    "the site is most certainly not an obvious parody. It's designed to look real"

    Does that mean we have to change to a "moron in a hurry with no sense of humor" test?

  • Oct 21st, 2009 @ 1:26pm

    Has anyone looked at the "fees"?

    I actually surfed PRS's website (wow, talk about doublespeak!), and found what the fees are for a small shop to have a radio playing.

    It can easily add up to $1000-2000 per year for even a moderate sized shop. Just so they can have a radio playing a little music.

    And their FAQ on "Are you using commercial music" starts off with: "Despite what you might think, it is likely that you ARE using commercial music."

    It's just amazing how completely blindered these people are.

  • Oct 20th, 2009 @ 6:39am

    Some companies embrace these sites

    Our company has a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and a few other sites, and actively encourages employees to participate. So not everyone just thinks of them as time wasters.

  • Aug 5th, 2009 @ 8:52am

    There are sanctions

    Look up "rule 11 sanctions".... I don't know why these aren't applied more often, especially to cases like this.

  • Jan 7th, 2008 @ 11:27am

    Re: VLANs, perhaps?

    And these switches are routinely broken, too. If there are two separate networks, there is no need whatsoever for there to *be* a switch connecting them, that's the point. Two separate sets of wires for two separate networks. Actually, more like 4 sets of wires; the avionics network is probably already triple-redundant anyway.