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  • Oct 12th, 2018 @ 11:03am

    Stupid people

    The whole robocall system would fall apart if we simply bred a smarter class of people. These things continue and grow simply because they make money.

    There seems a limitless pool of people who simply have no working brain, no ability to even try to discern if something is legitimate or not so that even the most obvious scams fool people repeatedly.

    And until the person picking up the phone become bright enough to ignore this stuff and the spammers starve from lack of response, nothing will improve much.

    But then, if enough people started showing critical thinking skills, the churches and casinos would go out of business too.

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 10:48am

    Contracts

    It is my understanding the fire department in question had what appeared to be a very low end/low capacity contract for cell services that included a "may be throttled after X' limit which they hit.

    Since I should imagine the throttling is automated, I fail to see how Verizon (in this instance) can be faulted since this was what the FD had agreed and paid for.

    There appeared to be a higher tier of service they could have signed up for at any time and any rational person could foresee an emergency department is going to need copious amounts of data in an emergency.

    I also note they had neither backup plan nor a second contract in place with a different carrier. One of the simplest rules of disaster planning is to avoid having a single point of failure that will hamper or cripple your operation.

    I am not a friend of cellular companies (and I have no connection of any sort with Verizon or any carrier of any sort) but it seems to me that if you want more service, you pay for more service from the get go.

    If you think you might need a two ton pickup truck, buy a two ton pickup truck. Don't buy a one ton and then complain that in an emergency it won't haul two tons.

    This could have been completely prevented by proper prior planning.

  • Oct 6th, 2018 @ 10:51am

    Money

    For anyone left on the planet who doesn't think pro sports *and* college sports isn't about money, money and more money this should disabuse them.

    The notion these are "Athletic clubs" has been silly nonsense for years.

  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 10:57am

    Re: Re:Humor & "god"

    "Sharia does not outlaw having a sense of humor, no matter how much you believe/imply otherwise."

    People who take religious-based law seriously, those who genuinely think some "god" ordained such and so are not noted for their lighthearted whimsical approach to life, the universe and everything.

    If you can laugh and be happy while believing someone should be stoned to death for dressing immodestly or loving the wrong gender of person or no longer buying into your religious fantasies, there is more wrong with you (any you) than can be readily cured.

    Very few Mullahs start off their sermons with a "Joke of the day" before outlining the benefits of (other people, *never* them) blowing themselves up for god.

  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 10:46am

    God, are you there? Thi is a Summons To Appear

    "insulting God and the Virgin Mary in messages posted on Facebook."

    Unless this alleged "god" and/or woman appear in person to file complaints and provide satisfactory evidence as to their identity, I fail to see how these lawyers have any claim. This is on a par with PETA claiming to represent that monkey in the selfie trials.

    Every time religion "A" claims to be the one true faith, all other religions would now have a legal claim under laws like that. Someone ought to try pursuing that to force this to its logically absurd conclusion.

  • Oct 5th, 2018 @ 10:40am

    Congress

    "Can We Make Congress Less Dumb..."

    No. Not without use of experimental surgery and a massive lightning conductor.

  • Oct 4th, 2018 @ 10:45am

    Corruption

    "That's clearly a very short-sighted move."

    Nope. Most of those bozos know exactly what they are doing. Keeping their people in ignorant servitude is exactly what they want and keeping the masses away from the Internet is high on that agenda since people can all too easily find out that their particular little slice of heaven (according to their masters) isn't all it is claimed to be.

    A corrupt government fears an educated populace and even more a populace that can communicate widely with each other and the outside world.

    And there seem to be few governments more openly corrupt than those to be found in sub-Saharan Africa these days taken as a whole.
    https://www.transparency.org

  • Sep 29th, 2018 @ 11:00am

    Corporate Zombies

    "They're not going to get anything that's going to ruin their day.."
    I see three possibilities:
    1: He was lying from the start but needed to look good in the press.
    2. He is not really in charge and has no idea what is going on and no control over it.
    3. He meant what he said but his attorneys don't give a **** because someone willing ti pay huge licensing fees is considering doing something similar.

    I vote for #2 as it seems to me, more and more, giant corporations do not really have anyone in charge and those who think they are in charge have no means or interest in finding out if their instructions are being carried out and no means to intervene when they are not. Or are simply told by some senior executive flunky that it has been taken care of and their isolation is such they have no means of noting reality.

    Most heads of major corporations/government agencies are so protected by layers of assistants. special assistants and executive assistant to the special assistant that getting through to them is a major (and expensive) effort if you yourself do not operate on those levels.

  • Sep 23rd, 2018 @ 1:12pm

    Drivers

    Or maybe people driving cars should be held to the same moral standards one uses when dealing with firearms since cars kill far more people than guns ever do outside of wars. If you won't follow the laws while using one, maybe you should not be allowed to use one.

    Additional tips: Obey the laws, stop acting like you are the only driver on the road and stop treating other cars and pedestrians as nuisances to your imperial whims and impediments to your inherent right to never have to slow down or stop or signal your intentions.

    Treat "No Parking" signs as though they mean it and don't use bus stops, handicapped parking and strangers' driveways as handy "I'll just be a few minutes and *I* am more important than you anyway" as places reserved for your use as a convenience.

  • Sep 20th, 2018 @ 10:48am

    Orwell

    it's a major part of "double think". The government can point to ever in cre4asing prosperity and no one can safely contradict them.

    This worked for the Soviet Empire for the best part of a century. It eventually falls down of course but those in power cannot think pas their own greed and lust for control.

    When no one has the guts to tell the "Big Man" the real truth, you get bunker scenarios at the end when the Great Leader is moving armies and divisions around on map boards, armies and divisions that no longer exist and ordering air forces into action that have long been shot out of the sky or commanding distributions of food from warehouses long since emptied if they were ever even built.

    North Korea survives on this logic.

  • Sep 19th, 2018 @ 11:30am

    Violence

    So, out of curiosity and because since she is a "child" no one shows her picture; Was there any obvious indications he was 11? Was there a large blinking sign over her showing her age or was she wearing a hoodie and hiding her face as she attempted to flee with stuff so that it might just be the tiniest bit difficult to ascertain things like age??

    And also out of mere curiosity, does she have a criminal record already? Just curious as that doesn't affect the specific situation.

    It's easy to deride actions after the fact when you may know things the person on the spot did not know.

    Not enough solid information to justify the instant "Crucify the cop!" reaction or "The she must be guilty, she is black' Idiocy either.

  • Sep 7th, 2018 @ 11:12am

    Satire

    Shouldn't be long before Trump hires him as a consultant since despots of any stripe loathe satire and parody into the depths of their non-existent souls.

    Nothing riles a dictator faster than being laughed at and no religion can withstand the bright light of comedy as few religious practices make sense or even look rational when looked at with laughter in mind.

    The whips and executiomner's sword won't be far behind. The world seems willingly headed back into a dark age of hate and fear and "faith" as an equal to facts and "God wills it" as an excuse for any social or government-backed evil.

  • Sep 7th, 2018 @ 11:04am

    Old Versions

    And Windows 95 machines are probably still out there, running just fine too.

    Stuff improves, things change, companies want to do things they can't do if their software must support ageing system software.

    The real problem is phone makers who make the affirmative decision to stop upgrading most phones' software after two years of production. Even if the older phones are still perfectly capable of running updated software.

  • Aug 11th, 2018 @ 1:51pm

    Hysteria

    And if TSA does decide to end this program, there will be hysterical outcries from various media outlets, Congress critters, flight attendants' unions, airline pilots associations, fearful sheeplike people and such as to how we are "weakening security" and allowing terrorists unfettered opportunities to continue their reign of terror in the skies.

    This happens any time TSA even hints it might relax or eliminate or even change some stupid and useless bit of "security", even ones they admit do nothing and produce no results.

    To listen to such, you'd think it was raining aircraft and skyscrapers on a daily basis.

  • Jul 28th, 2018 @ 12:39pm

    False Identification

    Rather than a boon for freedom, this will end with the software being modified so sample pictures can be added and tagged to prevent them from coming up as possible suspects.

    Congress will gleefully carve an exemption for itself, and maybe judges, "senior" government officials and certain other "elite" just as they have done for TSA and other measures by passing a law requiring such processes be built in to any scanning systems.

  • Jan 21st, 2017 @ 11:36am

    Fan film?

    Somewhere, there is a line between a fan film and "Hey, let's make a film using someone's characters and situations and decades of goodwill and publicity and maybe make a boatload of money for the people investing in it".

    It's not like there are thousands of good SF books you could license and adapt or, maybe, come up with your own idea.

    Absent it being Star Trek, this company would not be being heard of unless they came up with something really good that people liked all by themselves.

    There is a vast difference between "Hey, Johnny has a barn, let's put on a show based on a famous Broadway musical for people. It'll be fun!" and "Hey, let's raise millions of dollars and make a professional movie based on a famous SF movie and TV franchise. It'll make money!"

    "It directly kills off plans to produce what appeared to be really good content."

    All they had to do was supply an original concept of their own.

    Suppose they wanted to design a really great car but instead of making their own brand, used recognizable design elements of and stuck Ford labels on them and sold them?

    If you don't like the laws and how they work, change them. Don't just ignore them and pretend they don't exist.

  • Jul 9th, 2016 @ 11:23am

    (untitled comment)

    This is bad on so many levels of bad that it needs new bad words to describe it.

    Imagine the next level: Making a convicted person's case vanish. Instant "unperson" in the Orwellian sense.

    "Secrecy begets tyranny" has never been more true.

    If a few cases have been "vanished" how many more are there that simply have left the building?

    To me, this is as appalling as though we became a theocracy overnight or decided the Soviet system was a great idea and adapted it.

    If this is in one place, how many more jurisdictions and at what levels is is occurring?

    This scares me about as much as anything our apparently dying Republic has ever done.

  • Jul 27th, 2013 @ 11:40am

    Droning On

    The claim a drone was used in "support" of a kidnapping rescue is weasel-speak for "We had one, we used one but it didn't add anything significant to the real effort."

    I used to write reports like that when I was int he government.

  • Jul 12th, 2013 @ 2:45pm

    Re: Tax fraud

    Be glad it happens that way. IRS works on a "trust" basis and only checks things *after* you submit. There are countries in the world where you and *all* your records, bank statements and checkbook get to trot down to Government Central and spend a lovely day with a tax official doing your taxes. it combines all the joys of visiting any government office with the added thrill of an on the spot audit each and every year. And you will be there as long as it takes to make the official satisfied.

    Not only do major errors like this frequently get caught, the woman will likely face serious criminal prosecution and having all her accounts frozen while that goes on and intense scrutiny of every tax record she has filed since leaving the womb and every return she files well into the foreseeable future.