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  • Jul 16th, 2020 @ 12:22pm

    Amber Gilles

    The ADA doesn't prevent you from requiring masks inside, you just have to provide "reasonable accommodation". Curbside service, delivery and takeout would all be reasonable as far as I can tell.

  • Sep 7th, 2011 @ 6:11pm

    Security Silly!

    I don't mean internet security, I mean personal security; for it's users.

    If you've used the site more than once, you've most likely noticed that they have a very visible notice that informs people to "only do business with people you can meet in person" which prevents the majority of the scam attempts on it's users. The majority of scams on craigslist are because someone believed that someone else was selling something they actually had no intention of providing to the buyer. If you can meet in person and exchange the goods for the payment, this is almost never an issue.

    If craigslist allowed more people to easily search for things outside of their local area, this scam would become far more frequent, and unfortunately, craigslist (not the scammers) would get the blame.

    I'm surprised after all of your examples of craigslist being blamed for things that are not it's fault (prostitutes using it's services, etc) that you would not realize this simple fact.
  • Mar 24th, 2011 @ 1:47pm


    I haven't been able to find out from any articles I've seen. If you pay for the access to NYT, do you still get served the same number of ads?
  • Mar 12th, 2011 @ 10:37am


    I'm not a doctor or a pharmacist, but surely there are alternatives/generic similars to this product?
  • Sep 28th, 2010 @ 2:12pm

    baseball cap in a bank

    I can understand a bank wanting that kind of security, but I was surprised recently when the teller, who was behind bulletproof glass, asked me to turn my hat around backwards...It threw me for a few seconds as I thought it was some sort of weird fashion request, lol.
  • Sep 21st, 2010 @ 5:13pm

    Eddie & Sam's Pizza in Tampa

    Eddie & Sam's Pizza in downtown Tampa FL claim to use water from New York to make all of their dough for their pizza. They claim that when they first started down here, something just wasn't right about the taste/texture, and they now have water shipped down here to be used in their doughs.

    I heard that a prominent dent in the tile was caused when water stored upstairs leaked through and caused the ceiling to fail.

    Don't know if it's really true, but it's a good story, and they DO have great pizza!
  • Sep 13th, 2010 @ 7:38pm


    Okay, I'm passed the point of talking.

    Where do I put my money to help the real cause?

    Do I donate it to the EFF, or split it between them and other causes?

    Plenty of people donate to feed the homeless, etc, but I'm ready to donate to help the law/constitution/rights you speak about here all of the time.

    Where is the best place to send/spend my money to promote this type of open thinking?
  • Aug 12th, 2010 @ 9:21am

    Not using the data?

    I just got an Ipod touch, and turned it on at a restaurant to see if I could find an open wifi network to access my email. The only wifi hotspot available was protected by security, so I couldn't connect. A few minutes later, the person I was eating with asked about something nearby, so I fired up a map application which asked to use my location information. Since I didn't have a wifi connection, I didn't think much about it.

    Sure enough, it placed me on the map within 150 feet of my actual location...Is it possible the google maps software recognized the locked down wifi as a location point?
  • May 13th, 2010 @ 4:51pm

    Re: Anonymous Coward

    "host that has a child porn site running on liability...."

    Why should they be held liable? Do you honestly think that all web hosts know the content of what their customers are posting online? Technically they have ACCESS to that information, but expecting them to monitor everyone's website or postings is a bit too much to ask, isn't it?
  • Mar 24th, 2010 @ 3:56pm


  • Feb 1st, 2010 @ 6:43am

    Baen Publishing

    Baen publishing mainly does science fiction novels, and have offered free e-books for quite some time now. Frequently, the books offered are the first (or first few) in an ongoing series, so if you want to continue the story, you can either pick up the latest copy at the bookstore, purchase it from them directly, or wait until the next copy comes out and (hopefully) the one you were waiting on becomes available for free.

    Because of their free ebooks on their website, I have now purchased over 20 physical books written by authors who Baen publishes, and I never even knew most of these authors existed before finding out about their free e-books.

    Also, the gutenberg project is awesome for free e-books, but only covers uncopyrighted works, or those books whose copyright holders have agreed to allow them to be provided for free. The gutenberg project helped me fall in love with Sherlock Holmes, and I've now purchased several copies of physical books written by Arthur Conan Doyle....
  • Jan 25th, 2010 @ 7:52am

    RE: Chronno


    The key part here is that they have to be notified by a copyright holder that you are infringing on their copyright. Essentially, Verizon isn't watching what you are doing, but apparently has decided that being notified by a third party 3 times is enough evidence to conclude you should not be using their services.
  • Jan 25th, 2010 @ 7:50am


    I'm not sure about them kicking people off for being accused of file sharing, but they are definitely starting to forward the warning letters from the RIAA/MPAA.

    I received my first email from Verizon stating that a copyright holder had notified them that someone at the IP address that I was assigned at a certain date and time was sharing a copyrighted file via bittorrent.

    The letter claims that Verizon has not provided my information to the copyright holder, and will not do so, unless they receive a legal subpoena from the copyright holder, and they nicely add that "this may be from an unauthorized user or uninformed child, however you are legally responsible as the account owner".

    It says "infringement level: 1" on it. Anyone know what the levels are, and if this is stated by the copyright holder or provided by Verizon?

    Strangely, the letter does not indicate who the claimed copyright holder is, so there's no way for me to contact them directly for more information.

    FYI: I was using Utorrent, and I believe I had encryption enabled, and was also using peerguardian2 (although I have had troubles recently getting it to update from the default locations)

    Mike, please let me know if you'd like a copy of the email I received or further information about it.

    Also, has anyone ever looked into the legality of whether or not using bittorrent to share a copyrighted file actually constitutes sharing the whole file, seeing as how everybody is only providing very small pieces of it individually?
  • Jan 14th, 2010 @ 1:44pm

    Fool me once....

    Fool me once, shame on you.
    Fool me twice, shame on me.

    This is the way I feel about Real networks. I used their software in the very beginning, and it worked fine. Then I upgraded to a newer version, had all sorts of adware surreptitiously installed, and I stopped using it.

    A while later, they said they had stopped this practice, and I believed them....but still ended up with unwanted spyware/adaware.

    Now, I wouldn't install their software if you paid me....
  • Jan 14th, 2010 @ 12:46pm

    Downloading = not illegal

    Umm, unless US laws were changed without my noticing, it's the "uploader" who is committing the crime of copyright infringement, not the one downloading.

    So, did this change without my notice? I'm asking because I'm very careful to only download materials, and not upload them to anyone else.

    If I understand correctly, this is why the RIAA/MPAA have only gone after those "sharing" the files, and not those that have simply downloaded copyrighted content.
  • Dec 11th, 2009 @ 7:53am


    They act like people are going to buy the hardcover book, and then re-buy it when it comes out in e-book format..?

    I guess some idiots will buy both, but I think the real money would be made if they offered a digital copy (fine, let it have DRM) with every hardcover book purchase.

    They're already making a killing on printed materials, and the e-book copy's "manufacturing" cost should be negligible alongside the hardcover costs....

    People who want the digital copy can give away the hardcover to a friend/family member, and then they're getting free advertising!
  • Nov 17th, 2009 @ 1:51pm

    Re: Louis Zukofsky

    I believe you meant to write "Louis Zukofsky's son IS a jackass" unless you think he's not one currently.
  • Oct 30th, 2009 @ 8:29am

    Re: Re: Wait a second...


    I'm assuming you are talking about digital music channels provided by your cable/satellite/etc company.

    In that case, why not hook up an audio output to your stereo, and you won't have to wear out your TVs display?

    My cable box has several outputs on the back, or you could always just split the audio cables.
  • Oct 6th, 2009 @ 10:20am

    Re: HA!

    I agree with Buzz Saw. Almost every image seen in the public view has been edited/manipulated in some way.

    What problem will this law solve when EVERY picture is labelled as being edited/modified? As I understand it, there won't be any detail listing what was modified (what a nightmare that would be!) which makes this a bit pointless.....
  • Aug 27th, 2009 @ 7:27am


    I clicked on the link labelled "appear in the movie itself" which leads to and was redirected to some gobbledygook site (gkhgkjd or something) and received a "you're infected with spyware" pop-up that tried to run a "virus scan" and then got trojan horse warnings from my antivirus.

    Can someone check this out and see what the deal is???

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