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  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 3:08pm

    Re: Upgrades

    Thank you for mentioning this.

    Look, I understand that every version of the OS adds security features and what not, but if my phone is running fine for me, why do I need to upgrade? And why does Apple need to nag me every single day?
    Where's the "stop nagging me" button?!

  • Apr 29th, 2016 @ 2:56pm

    Frank For The Rald

    As a side note, but did anyone else read their URL,, as Frank For The Rald? I know "Rald" isn't a word, but still.

  • Apr 26th, 2016 @ 10:23am

    Why not sponsor the game?

    I still don't understand why companies are so quick to sue over issues like this. Why doesn't the race track offer to sponsor the betting game and include a statement that says "If you liked betting on this historical game, come see the real thing. In fact, here's a $10 coupon for your first bet."

  • Apr 26th, 2016 @ 10:14am

    A double-edged sword

    This is a double-edged sword: on the one hand, 30% less ad content sounds good, but on the other hand, the show now has to fill that time. Does this mean an extra sketch on SNL? How will this affect the writers and staff? Will they have to put in more work to come up with extra sketches?
    Or will the time be filled by lengthening the opening or closing credits?

  • Apr 21st, 2016 @ 9:27am

    Re: So what does this mean for women named Isis?

    Sorry, but the name "Isis" is no longer allowed, just like the name "Al" won't be allowed any more because it could be short for "al-Queda".

    But, yes, everyone needs to keep up pressure on the government and Venmo. Common sense should tell people that terrorists:
    1) Probably aren't buying each other beers using an app since (like many people are saying), this leaves an electronic trail linking the Payment From person to the Payment To person.
    2) Aren't using an app with geo-location that can give away their location when they send the payment.
    3) Aren't going to sign a comment field saying it's a payment for anything related to terrorism.

    But, congrats, the government found the world's dumbest terrorist... who happens to be a regular citizen with a poor sense of humor!

  • Apr 19th, 2016 @ 12:34pm

    No, no, no

    the bill would direct the IRS to develop a free, online preparation and filing service that would allow everyone to file directly with the government,
    After the mess that was, why would anyone trust the government with creating a website again, especially one that calculates taxes and payments? What's the saying, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me"?

  • Apr 13th, 2016 @ 8:31am


    This is a good point. Is there any kind of statute of limitations for filing a case like this? Or is there no limit and it's basically a case of someone filing because they finally came across the other site while doing a Google search?

  • Apr 13th, 2016 @ 8:16am

    Re: Maybe we need an education campaign...

    This is exactly right.

    Where were all these complainers when the Yellow Pages allowed people to find other "illegal" suppliers and providers? Why didn't they cry that the Yellow Pages should remove anyone they don't like?

  • Apr 8th, 2016 @ 10:27am

    Re: Re: Re: The Price Is Right-ish.

    Let's get into more math...
    If the TSA wants a random number generator that's statistically more accurate than a regular computer's random number generator, then what is the probability this system will catch a terrorist, based on all the past evidence of catching any terrorist at the TSA line? If the number of terrorists to be caught is statistically 0, then there's no need for a random number generator with a higher level of precision.

    Or Occam's razor:
    What are the chances that a terrorist will take the time to determine that the TSA is using RNG-1 Alpha 3 and that the randomization pattern is 0-1-1-1-0-0 and he's able to slip into the wrong line? Compare that to a terrorist who just says "f this- I'm in the wrong line so I'll blow up the airport"?

    In other words, this is another $47,000 spent to make it look like the TSA is "doing something".

  • Apr 8th, 2016 @ 9:50am

    And so what?

    While this kind of labeling is a good idea in theory, what does it accomplish other than make people mad?
    Like we've said over and over and over again, most ISP's have a monopoly in their area. If a customer doesn't agree with the information on these labels, what's the choice? They might be able to complaint to the FCC, but then what? Large companies like Verizon and Comcast will pay a penalty fee to the FCC, call it a "cost of doing business", and nothing will really change.

  • Apr 6th, 2016 @ 9:38am

    Well, obviously removing the index removes the content

    Why are we surprised that British politicians think Google is the Internet? After all, this is the country that created the "right to be forgotten" by getting Google to remove a link. So what if the original story is still on the original website and so what if every other search engine can find it- if it's not listed on Google, then it must be gone from the Internet.

    What makes people think this way? Why do they not realize that Google is like the card catalog in the library and removing the card from the catalog doesn't mean the content is removed from the library shelves.

  • Apr 6th, 2016 @ 9:03am


    I never understood the purpose of pop-under ads. I can understand pop-up ads since they block the browser window to get the user's attention, but pop-under windows are (by design) under the current window. So how exactly does this help advertisers if people aren't seeing the ads?

    Does anyone know if there were any studies that looked at the display rate of pop-under windows versus the number of clicks? Or do advertisers only care about their "unique impressions" and "number of eyeballs" rather than actually getting people to buy the product?

  • Apr 6th, 2016 @ 8:43am

    Re: Maybe...

    Not necessarily- people could be arrested for something minor, such as being drunk in public. The police will arrest them, hold them overnight until they sober up, and release them the next morning. The DA probably won't file charges unless it's worth prosecuting over.

  • Apr 6th, 2016 @ 8:37am

    Money comes first

    Unfortunately, we seem to live in a country where money comes first.
    It's no longer a case of "how can we make a profit in this business" but "how can we make an even larger profit, preferably without delivering a product or service". There's no reason to have data caps like there's no reason to charge a $5 ATM fee to access your own money or a $35 fee to carry luggage on an airplane or charge $50 to choose a seat on an airplane.

    And I think it may only be a matter of time until other industries figure out ways to charge for things that were previously free.

  • Apr 4th, 2016 @ 10:17am

    Re: Shoot first, ask questions only if it makes it to court

    I agree.
    Wasn't there a story a while back about how HBO hired an automated takedown company that filed takedown notices against its own HBOGo service? Well, sorry, you got a takedown notice so you have to take it down and keep it down.

  • Apr 4th, 2016 @ 10:09am


    My kid's got a track and field event later this month. What are the chances that the 100m dash get raided?
    It depends if the winner is paid via check with a note saying "For the 100m dash".
    The banks will read this as funding 100 meters worth of Daesh supplies, which is worse than the dog-walker!

  • Mar 29th, 2016 @ 12:10pm

    Re: build a wall

    I hope you don't mind if I re-word this into Trump-speak:

    "What we need here is a big, beautiful, multi-billion dollar firewall. Firewalls are big and beautiful, you know? I've met some and they're beautiful, those firewalls.
    Hey, look at all the pretty people on this panel. Can we introduce each other? I don't think I've met some of you guys. You know, my wife is pretty, but not as pretty as Cruz's wife because she's not pretty, you know? And you want to elect someone with a pretty wife, you know? Not someone who's not pretty."

  • Mar 29th, 2016 @ 12:00pm

    What about telemarketers

    All this talk about how terrorists might use burner phones overlooks the obvious: telemarketers that use burner phones. You know, the ones that call you at 9:00pm even though you're on the Do Not Call List to tell you you're eligible for a credit card fee reduction. Sure, you can report their current number to the Do Not Call list again, but nothing's going to happen if they simply toss the phone after a few hours of use.

  • Mar 29th, 2016 @ 11:52am

    Re: What about the City of Moutainview's share of the blame?

    I was just about to say this.
    While we're quick to blame Comcast for this issue, what about the city? Did it drag it's feet? Did it not allow Comcast to get the proper permitting?
    However, if this was true, it would put Comcast in a no-win situation:
    1) If they didn't say anything, the customer would think Comcast wasn't communicating.
    2) If they told the customer that the city was dragging its heels, they'd be accused of shifting the blame.

    But that's still no reason to try to bill the customer over $60,000... and then only backpedal when tech sites apply pressure. What about all the other companies who are in a similar situation but who didn't contact the media?

  • Mar 28th, 2016 @ 9:46am

    Re: Yo France, STFUaD

    I was just about to say this.
    If Google stopped all its services in France, who would lose more: Google or the French people? Imagine if the entire country was locked out of GMail or search because Google wouldn't put up with the regulations from the government?
    And remember, French people are known for rioting over causes.

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