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  • Nov 7th, 2018 @ 10:21am

    Re: There is a special place in hell...

    I agree with the idea of picking it up, hitting 1 to be connected to a person, and then putting the phone down.
    Calling 4.4 billion numbers probably costs scammers next to nothing, but having a person answer the phone costs them money, especially if there's no one on the other end.
    And remember that if everyone wastes the scammers time, even by saying nothing, it will quickly add up: 1 person wastes 1 minute of their time; 10 people waste 10 minutes, but 100 million waste 100 million minutes or 1,666,666 hours. Even if the scammer companies pay $5 an hour, that's about $8,333,335 in wasted time!! No scammer company can afford this loss!

  • Nov 2nd, 2018 @ 1:03pm

    Doesn't this guy have work to do?

    Let's back up a minute and look at the root cause. Why in the world is *anyone* looking at 9,000 pages on the internet, whether that's porn or a news site?
    If this guy is at an office, doesn't he have work to do? Obviously, he doesn't, so why doesn't he have any work? And is he missing any project deadlines? What is his manager doing to make sure he actually gets his work done?
    Does the agency need to fire the manager and his manager for not keeping a better eye on their employees?

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 11:30am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I don't know and I'm not a lawyer, but isn't slander verbally saying something that isn't true and libel is saying it in writing? So technically, all of the comments should be considered libelous... assuming they weren't opinion and protected speech.

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 11:09am

    Party loyalty comes first

    When I started to read the quote from the city manager as: "It’s political season, and a citizen here placed a yard sign..." I thought he was going to talk about her right to free speech *especially* during an election year.
    But, nope, this is America in 2018, where party politics rule and rights are trampled to protect the party.

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 10:55am

    States should make their own rules

    Why don't these 35 AG's follow California's decision on net neutrality: if the federal government won't do anything, then do it themselves. Tell the phone carriers that they have to include these new policies or they can't do business in the state. Start fining the companies for every 100 or 1,000 spoofed calls they allow over their network. After all, like other people have said, if the phone companies know where to send the bill, then then know where the call originates from.

  • Oct 11th, 2018 @ 10:52am

    Re: Have fun with them

    This is actually a good idea since it wastes their time and costs them money every time hit a "sucker" like you.
    If everyone else played with scammers like this, their scams would start to become unaffordable, and there would be no reason to do it any more. After all, I'm sure it's like any other call center and they have to hit certain metrics like scam victim per calls or credit cards per calls or whatever. They don't want to spend 15 minutes per call with someone who wastes their time.

  • Oct 4th, 2018 @ 10:24am


    I was just about to say something similar.
    If you hired a marketing company for your business and they sent out 5 million flyers, is this a "victory"? Or would you ask what the results where: how many people responded to the flyers, how many people used the coupon, and so on.
    Though I guess there's a reason AIM reports how many takedown notices were went out rather than how much content was taken down. Like Tim said, the AIM members would be shocked to hear that out of 5 million takedown notices, only 10 items were taken down... or was it even that high? :)

  • Oct 4th, 2018 @ 10:13am

    Re: 3 things

    How will the government handle sensitive data is a good question.
    Wasn't there a case recently where someone from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory or Lockheed cross a border and had his devices seized because he had brown skin? Yet the device was owned by the company, had company secrets, and was encrypted. Yet he got into trouble (maybe even arrested) because he refused to unencrypt data on his *company-issued* computer.
    So then how how "border security" collide with national security when dealing with employees of government contractors?

  • Oct 2nd, 2018 @ 10:23am

    Give them what they want

    From now on, every user in France must submit a notarized document saying they give Twitter the license to publish a tweet that they themselves make.
    And by the way, since this is a French court ruling, it only affects citizens of France. The rest of the world doesn't have to do this.
    And French citizens are upset that they have to do this? Then complain to the judges and law-makers that create rulings like this.

  • Oct 1st, 2018 @ 10:32am

    Apple will have the most watched show in the history of mankind

    Here's the thing with Apple: no matter what show they debut, it will be the most watched show, ever, in the history of mankind. Not because it's ground-breaking or excellent quality, but because Apple will automatically download it to every user's device.

    Then Apple will make the claim that 500 million people downloaded their show; sure, no one had a choice, but it was still a download. Then even if only half the people watch it, that's still 250 million people. How does that compare to the Super Bowl or the moon landing?
    Yet this would be the viewership for a bland comedy or drama that would be too generic for the regular networks.

    And before you laugh at this idea, it's exactly what Apple did with the U2 album a few years ago: they automatically added it to everyone's devices and then claimed it was the most downloaded album ever.

  • Sep 28th, 2018 @ 11:30am


    Actually, "The Next Generation Interactive Technical Manual" CD-ROM has been out for over 20 years and is still available for sale at Amazon. So, technically, the fan version would be competing with this version. Though I don't know if CBS owns the manual or gets a cut of the sales.

    However, there's something (insert expletive here) about how a lawyer sends out a cease and desist order and then promptly goes on vacation so the defending party can't negotiate.

  • Sep 28th, 2018 @ 11:05am

    Fragmentation makes all services less valuable

    The problem, as always, is greed.
    Studios seem Neflix raking in the money so they want to create their own streaming service to make the same money. Yet Netflix is so popular *because* it has the content from the studios. Splitting content over different services makes Netflix *and* their own streaming service worth less. Okay, sure, maybe the studios don't want to compete with Netflix, but isn't it still a good way to get content in front of people?

    And it's not like Netflix is telling people where to get the content after the studios take it away.
    Want to watch Star Trek? Sorry, it's no longer available on Netflix. It's on CBS AllAccess, but you have to go through the process of signing up, then going through the catalog, then playing it back, etc.
    Want to watch Toy Story? Sorry, it's no longer available on Netflix. Then where is it? Nowhere, because Disney is holding it for their own streaming service due out in a few years.
    CSI or CSI: New York? Nope, moved to CBS All Access also.
    But Netflix has a large selection of Korean romance movies and Bollywood movies.

  • Sep 13th, 2018 @ 11:05am

    Pass the responsibility to the patent office

    I read these stories all the time here and I wonder when someone will go after the root cause: how do patents like this get issued in the first place? Why doesn't the patent office bear any responsibility for allowing patents that shouldn't be granted? Why does it take companies going back and forth (with usually millions in legal fees) to invalid a bad patent? Why not just not approve a bad patent in the first place?
    Yes, I know- patent officers are over worked and are under pressure to get things out the door, but maybe they need to slow down and consider the further effects of what they're doing.

  • Sep 13th, 2018 @ 10:31am

    Why do people vote against their interests

    "I know that many authors, musicians, journalists and other content creators cheered this on, incorrectly thinking that was a blow to Google and would magically benefit them."

    I'd like to see a separate article that digs into why so many people vote against their interests:
    - Trump would make a better president than Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, and other Republican state governors.
    - Brexit would usher in a new age of British independence from the EU.
    - Let's create a sales tax for every state, county, and town so every government gets their fair share without telling businesses how to collect the money or how to send payments to every tax agency.
    - "If Google or Facebook is making money then I'm not, so I want to stop Google and Facebook but I don't care about Bing or any other site."

  • Sep 13th, 2018 @ 10:21am

    Content should still be made available to existing customers

    I can see Apple's point of view that they may not be legally allowed to sell something when the copyright holder tells them not to. But why in the world do they have to delete the media that people have already paid for? Just make the items inactive on the storefront but allow existing customers to keep downloading and watching.

    However, maybe we should follow Apple's lead and complain to the copyright holders. Which movies were deleted from everyone's accounts and which studio should we boycott over this? At the very least, people should stop buying content from the studio because of this issue.

  • Sep 13th, 2018 @ 10:15am

    Re: Harry Potter isn't just films.

    "Does anyone know if WB own the rights to both or the name "Harry Potter" in any context outside of the films? "
    An interesting question, but irrelevant simply because it would cost too much money and too much time for a festival (or anyone else) to argue against WB's attorneys.

    Just look at the recent decision of San Diego Comic Con versus Salt Lake City Comic Con: no "magic festival" is going to risk defending themselves against WB when there's even a sliver of a chance they would have to pay millions in attorneys fees.

  • Sep 11th, 2018 @ 10:23am


    In that case, it's good that the officer was there to pass judgment and offer a summary execution. Just think about how much time and money has been saved by not arresting the guy and giving him an actual trial where he's presented with evidence and has a chance to defend himself in front of a judge.
    Because obviously it's better to shoot the guy than hope he might learn his lesson after getting arrested and going on trial. (That's sarcasm by the way.)

  • Sep 11th, 2018 @ 10:07am

    Occam's Razor

    All thing being equal, which is more likely: that a 3 year-old has a cardiovascular disorder and this lady actually needs a prosthetic limb to let her live her life or both of these people are dangerous terrorists looking to smuggle bombs onto a plane.

    If you immediately jumped to the conclusion that both of them are terrorists in disguise trying to sneak past security, then you too should join the TSA!

  • Sep 10th, 2018 @ 10:14am

    Give them what they want

    I say if the movie studios want their IMDB page taken down, then do it.
    Then IMDB and Google should put up a page saying "Information about 'Star Wars IX' is not available due to a takedown notice by Disney."
    Then see how long it takes for the cast and crew (and hundreds of people who worked on the movie) to get rightly upset that their listing on IMDB has suddenly been taken down as if it were a pirating site, simply because the studio's for-hire takedown service couldn't/ wouldn't get it right.
    Sure, the cast and crew might get angry with Google for taking the page down, but the takedown was a legal notice from Disney, so everyone should complain to them.
    And if the cast and crew of multi-million dollar movies start complaining that the studios are taking down legitimate sites, then maybe we'll see some changes to the takedown system.

  • Sep 7th, 2018 @ 11:00am

    Re: Wishes

    The main problem with politics in this country is that people get so dug-into their own position that they don't listen to each other. It goes something like this:
    Person 1: Trump's policy against immigrants is bad. (As reported by a few news sites and backed by Trump's character.)
    Person 2: I think Trump's policy is good (Okay, that's someone's opinion.)
    Person 1: But according to these sites, here are the bad things that will happen. (Again, using statistics and proof.)
    Person 2: I'll believe whatever I want and you have no right to censor my postings. You think Trump is bad now, just wait until my friends and I vote-in even worse people!

    And, yes, I've seen a number of sites talking about a "left-wing backlash" as far-right people try to "get back" at left-wing people for attacking them.
    So once again, people let emotion tell them how to vote: they're rather "get back" at someone else than vote for candidates that would be best for them or the country.

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