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  • Feb 25th, 2017 @ 7:51am

    Reset

    It's good to reset your password periodically in any case. Had no trouble, myself... beyond having to log into my yahoo email account for the first time in about a year and a half. :D

  • Feb 18th, 2017 @ 8:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: enforcement ?

    No, I clearly said that making something MORE illegal is stupid. We already have laws covering it (which they just happen to be ignoring), so it's wasting everybody's time to make more laws on the same thing (which they'll ignore as well). It's like proposed laws to make killing cops against the law - it's stupid since killing anyone (not withstanding things like self-defense) is already illegal.

  • Feb 17th, 2017 @ 1:51pm

    Makes you wonder

    What's a congress-critter from INDIANA doing making IMMIGRATION bills? I'd understand someone from New York, or California, or Texas, or a few other border states, but Indiana??

  • Feb 17th, 2017 @ 7:36am

    Re: Re: enforcement ?

    It doesn't change his point, which is a good one. Government officials already don't follow clear laws with no or very limited punishment. What are more laws (to ignore) going to accomplish? This is true (nearly) everywhere, including, but not limited to, the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Russia, China, etc, etc...

  • Feb 16th, 2017 @ 8:17am

    Serving a need

    Municipal broadband isn't the devil, it's a genuine, grassroots, local reaction to market failure; one that can be avoided by ISPs doing one thing: actually delivering the kinds of services, prices and features locals have spent fifteen years clamoring for.

    Municipal broadband is developing for the exact same reason CATV did - to serve a need for the community that's not being met. Remember, CATV originally stood for Community Antenna TV.

  • Feb 15th, 2017 @ 9:02am

    Down with CCTV!

    Damn those deaf people and their Closed Captions! TVs should only cater to the hearing!
    /s

  • Feb 13th, 2017 @ 7:22pm

    Re: Re: Gotta love those checks and balances

    Yeah, just did a quick check of NJ law and any veto can be overridden by a simple 2/3 vote in both houses. If it was unanimous, it should be easy to override.

  • Feb 13th, 2017 @ 7:48am

    Re:

    Oh, that money's LONG gone. I imagine the town will simply dis-incorporate rather than pay the money back. "Sorry, but that money was owed by the OLD town. This is an entirely NEW town. See? We changed the name and everything."

  • Feb 11th, 2017 @ 1:01pm

    Re: Re: It's Worse Than That

    I figured it would be popular for college students. They got a game machine, a Blu-ray player, and an actual computer all in one at a super-low price. I indeed installed linux on mine, but I couldn't apply for the settlement if I wanted. Let's look at the requirements...

    "Here are some of the hoops that were required for both groups to get the refund: proof of purchase,"

    Right off the bat - no go. Who in the WORLD would STILL have a receipt after all these years?? An anal-retentive pack-rat with OCD?

    "a console serial number,"

    About the only hoop I can jump through. :)

    "and the Playstation Network Sign-in ID used with the Fat PS3 between November 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010."

    I never bothered to join the PS Network. I paid a premium for damn-slow DSL at the time, and the of downloading ANYTHING for the PS3 across it was laughable. I used my computer to get the 2009 version of Xubuntu to run on it, along with a few apps.

    "Class A members were also required to prove use of the Other OS functionality"

    And how does ANYONE do THIS???? I've still got the linux discs I used with my PS3, but how do I PROVE I actually used it?

    "and a statement under the penalty of perjury that the Linux operating system was installed and used."

    I suppose this is a hoop I could jump through, but I wouldn't without that proof from the previous step. Without PROOF I used it, this hoop means they'd have a fairly easy time convicting me of perjury, never-mind not getting the settlement.

    "Consumer Class B members had to provide a statement under the penalty of perjury that they knew about the Other OS functionality and relied upon the Other OS functionality in making the decision to purchase a Fat PS3, "and intended at the time of your purchase to use the Other OS functionality.""

    I could jump through this hoop, but without the receipt, there's no reason to.

    "There were also other hurdles, including forcing gamers to obtain a "temporary ID" from the settlement administrator that Sony would use to check against its own records to verify purchase of a Fat PS3."

    Record of what? They have my name from where? I paid cash in a WalMart for my PS3, and never even sent in the registration card.

    My case is probably the same as 99% of PS3 owners. This case was always about making some lawyers rich, not getting us justice for taking away a feature we used.

  • Feb 10th, 2017 @ 2:23pm

    Re:

    It's the same for studies on police lie detection. The longer they've been on the force, the worse they do, paradoxically because of their experience. They "just know" when they're being lied to, so they ignore everything to the contrary. The rookies are more likely to pickup on actual falsehoods.

  • Feb 8th, 2017 @ 5:08pm

    Accident... yeah, right

    More likely - "accidentally" released by a dev who got passed up for a raise/bonus while all the bosses got big fat raises/bonuses.

  • Feb 8th, 2017 @ 1:16pm

    Trying to make it more a pain in hopes you don't bother

    There's one fax machine in my town (of 40,000), and that's at the Safeway. It costs $5 to use, plus $3 per page sent, with no guarantees it will be received, or the quality any good. If you don't like it, drive 180 miles to find the next fax machine, or buy one yourself.

  • Feb 8th, 2017 @ 9:32am

    Makes him look even worse.

    Rather than freaking out and demanding an entire article (not about him) be taken down, why not leave things in context where people can judge the unreliability of the claims on their own merit (or lack thereof).

    Most people realize that folks (usually) only freak out over comments are when they true. So freaking out only makes him look guilty and trying to "cover up the truth". The old saying "The lady (guy) doth protest too much, methinks" comes to mind.

  • Feb 3rd, 2017 @ 5:29pm

    Wrong reason to sue USD

    She should be suing to get her tuition and fees back because they CLEARLY didn't teach her a thing!

  • Jan 31st, 2017 @ 11:03am

    Easy fix

    Fixing cyber security is easy! Just institute a policy whereby anyone writing their username and password on a post-it and sticking it to the monitor or a bulletin board, or writing their username and password on a chalkboard or whiteboard will be summarily fired (preferably out a cannon). Passwords will also no longer be up to the user - they will be issued by IT every month.

    There = 99.9999% of all cyber security issues are now dealt with. :D

  • Jan 27th, 2017 @ 6:28pm

    Re: Marketplace Designation

    How about "stuff"? :D

  • Jan 27th, 2017 @ 8:58am

    As usual

    It's that one bad apple making things tough on all the good copyright trolls. ;)

  • Jan 25th, 2017 @ 7:01pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    There are observations that are CONSISTENT with the theory. That doesn't mean it's been proven, just that it hasn't been disproven. For the record, I don't believe the universe or the Earth are 4000 years old or whatever nonsense the religious crazies claim, I just have this thing about mainstream science proclaiming all their theories as if they were laws when all they really have are consistent observations and not proof. They make good models, and will do until a better model is found. The problem is that they actually believe their models are the truth when they are only models.

  • Jan 24th, 2017 @ 6:26pm

    Re: Re: CDs?

    Your punch cards had a sequence number? How ADVANCED they were! Ours had no such thing - if you got them out of order, you were sh_t out of luck. Funniest and saddest thing I ever saw was a grad student wheeling in a load of punch cards for his project (had to have been at least 10,000 cards) only for the cart to overturn spilling cards EVERYWHERE. The poor guy cried for almost an hour while picking up cards. I kept mine in bundles of 100 held together with rubber bands and a note telling me which group was which.

    In fact, our card punch machines very often didn't have an inked ribbon, so you had to read the cards from the punches. I got really good at that. Of course, I was in heaven when I finally got an English computer account. Yes, English students had a better account than the engineering students. You got to use the VAX instead of the AS9000, which meant actual terminals for programming instead of punch cards, and you got six hours of time as opposed to one. Weird, but I guess there were fewer English students using accounts, so they had more resources to split fewer ways.

  • Jan 24th, 2017 @ 6:09pm

    Re:

    Mostly good, but one point - the Big Bang Theory IS just a theory.

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