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  • May 25th, 2018 @ 6:03pm

    Re: Meh...

    I've also used the butt dial description for this incident.

    Most articles repeating the story loved to jump on the surveillance bandwagon. What was worse was characterizing the voice recordings going to a "random person" or "a stranger" when it was sent to one of the person's contacts. I guess it sounded like a better story to ignore that it was sent to a person known to the family, and one who's contact info had been uploaded by them when the voice messaging feature was enabled.

    My guess is that volume on the offending Echo was turned down and probably the request tone turned off. If Amazon wanted to avoid similar embarrassment in the future they could override the current settings and make sure for voice messaging that the volume is a minimum level and higher than ambient noise, and that request tone is always used.

  • Apr 15th, 2018 @ 5:38pm

    Re: QuitDefendingDeplorables

    If retroactive enforcement of laws is in fashion, I'm waiting for the prosecution of the companies who produced the yellow pages for decades which included ads for escort services.

  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 6:32pm

    Re: Wardriving for guns to steal

    My thought exactly. In addition to being a "open the locked gun safe" app, it becomes a "where's the hidden gun safe" app.

    BT devices are by their nature promiscuous to make them easy to use. Putting them on locks and other security devices invites unauthorized access and should be included with only extreme caution. That said, I still think if I had a wireless lock in my house I'd go for a bluetooth one with no cloud component at all rather than have my front door exposed to the world.

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 8:25am

    Re: compliance

    I think this is referred to in the original article. Part of the "problem" is less revenue from bounced-check fines. So less people writing bad checks meant less money for the DA. In anything besides a gov't job this would mean less work for the DAs which would reduce their costs. If reduced fines did not mean reduced workload then those check fines were a cash cow and not reasonable fees that represented the work involved. So what happens when your cash cow is killed? You get another one.

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 8:20am

    Re: Incorrect ticket: collect $184

    It could be really simple, though I don't like the idea of putting more pigs at the trough. If you get a ticket in error, sending in the proof should get you $184, the same "fee" someone without insurance would have paid. But going through the process takes time and knowledge, even though we'd now be talking about a difference of $368 (from minus $184 to plus $184). This then creates an opportunity for a company that only exists to handle these cases for you. If you get the incorrect notice you snap a photo of it and your insurance card and they'll do the process in the naturally over-complicated method the OK DAs require. They get $100 of the mistake fee, you get the rest. If that happened, anyone would be happy to get an improper notice in the mail as it meant "free" money.

  • Sep 14th, 2017 @ 7:11pm

    If you already drink Dark & Stormys..

    There probably is a segment of the population who would not make a link to Gosling's when seeing the name of the beer, but there are those that will.

    I do enjoy a Dark & Stormy, and while I've tried it with other rums, it really is best with Gosling's. So it's understandable when I read the article I saw the name of the beer I immediately pictured it as a potentially a beer from Bermuda, where Gosling's is from.

    Wouldn't this be exactly why you would object to this kind of similar naming of your trademark? People who have no knowledge of your original product would of course not associate it when seeing the similarly named product.

    I can go into a bar and order a "Dark & Stormy" ( when said out loud the differences between &, and, 'n, are lost ) and expect to get a rum and ginger beer cocktail. If I was handed a beer I would be confused and disappointed.