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  • Jul 29th, 2013 @ 9:20pm

    Re: Enforcing Cursing Ban

    Nigel asked
    "How the fuck do they plan on enforcing this :)"

    By administering a case of Lead Poisoning (via Hypersonically delivering copper covered lead pellets) to those who curse on the internet.

  • Jul 22nd, 2013 @ 5:50pm

    Re: I'll spew something stupid anyway...

    At the end of one of the alternate endings of the movie Clue, someone reveals themself as an FBI agent and says that the FBI will clean up the mess and will prevent it from becoming public. When this claim is questioned, he states "Why do you think the FBI is run by a man named Hover?".

  • Feb 5th, 2013 @ 8:00pm

    Re: Smartphone Contract

    This is because Verizon is CDMA not GSM. To use a phone on a CDMA network you have to register the phone's serial number with them (which is where they get you). With a GSM phone you just swap in your SIM and use the new phone (unless it is a smart phone and AT&T which can trigger a Data Plan - The point of this thread).

  • Feb 5th, 2013 @ 6:26pm

    Re: Standard Practice

    "Unfortunately it's also "standard practice" that there is no other carrier he can take his iPhone to, really, since we have no competition in the wireless market."

    Since he is using the iPhone as a Dumb Phone (ie: No Data) he has another company to go to - T-Mobile. They will be happy to give him a SIM for use on their network (the Phone Support is compatible) and I think will not require a Data Plan.

  • Oct 24th, 2012 @ 2:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Hey, pirates: produce your own content THEN innovate on delivery.

    "Now, one of the issues of Aereo is that users with an address in the area can view the material outside of that area. There isn't a real ruling on this yet. This could get interesting, otherwise people will just be buying PO box addresses in the zone to get free TV."

    Hasn't the use of Sling to do remote viewing been ruled valid? If so, then there is IMO no difference with remote viewing via Aereo. In either case, the feed is coming from a location that is not the same as where the viewing is occurring.

  • Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 7:07pm

    Re: NYPD?

    OC posted "I'm not that familiar with the power structure of NY but I can't see how Porth Authority has any influence over the NYPD. And I don't see what the cops are getting out of this ticketing (assuming the fine goes to PA), other than possibly some fun. So the order to ticket these riders should come from someone in control of both organizations, no?"

    Crossing the GWB from NJ to NY takes you through a Toll Booth while crossing the GWB from NY to NJ is free (you got charged for both crossings when you did the NJ->NY crossing). Thus since the pickups are being done on the NJ side, I fail to see how the NYPD is issuing the tickets.

    I also question how the cops know if the riders are nor coworkers of the driver who are being picked up there. BTW: If I remember correctly there are Ride Share parking lots in the area (or nearby on the NJ Turnpike Rest Stops) where you can park your car to connect with a car pool driver.

  • Jun 20th, 2012 @ 7:29pm

    Re: Re: Anonymous Library Usage

    "if someone really wanted to hack and do harm they can got to a public library use there pc under a phony name and do as they please"

    Not in my Library System. To log onto their public computers, I need to supply my Library Card Number and I am then granted 120 minutes (or until 15 minutes until closing - which ever is less) of access. Since I have to prove my identity to get the card I am not anonymous (unless I supply someone-else's number which might qualify as a phony name).

  • Jun 19th, 2012 @ 8:07pm

    Re: IPv6 Address Ownership

    With IPv6 you own a IPv6/64 network. The low 64 bits identify the device and can be changed on a connection by connection basis (although the default is the MAC address of the device's interface). Thus all you can track is the network not the user (ie: It is like trying to identify a user who is on a NAT protected LAN - All you see is the WAN facing address not the LAN address).

  • Apr 5th, 2012 @ 9:39pm

    Re: It works both ways...

    Peterman's lawyer pulled a con job on the jury (or the opposing lawyer was asleep at the switch and did not think). Using the viewing habits of the Hotel Residents (as opposed to using the PPV numbers on the local Cable System) is not a valid measure since that population is going to be primarily non-locals just visiting the area (or are the locals checking into the hotel just to watch/get-access-to porn?).

  • Apr 5th, 2012 @ 9:29pm

    Re: Re: Re: Various

    The problem is how you define porn. The Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition is considered as porn in some countries due to the women not being totally covered as well just having their face uncovered instead of covered by a veil so that only their eyes show.

  • Feb 3rd, 2012 @ 9:40pm

    Re: Paying For Ads

    JayTee posted "Companies paid good money for those adds... these people are stealing !!!!"

    It is not the companies who paid the network whose produce is in theory being "stolen". It is the network's fee for delivering the eyeballs. If I am a company who wants my ad to be aired, I am charged based on the network airing for x number of households. By streaming the game and the embedded ads, you are, in theory, adding to the number of households/eyeballs which means that the companies should be happy since they are not being charged for all the viewers.

    Note that I am not taking a view on if such streaming is right but only pointing out who is in theory being "harmed" which is the network NOT the sponsor.

  • Nov 10th, 2011 @ 9:13pm

    Re: Round Wheels

    The comment about using round wheels since only they will work reminds me of a science fiction story that I read years ago. The basic premise was that a space ship crashed on a primitive planet and the crew needed to transport something via a wagon but they could not use wheels on the wagon since the circle was sacred to the natives. They got around the restriction by using wheels that were shaped like rounded triangles. This shape has a constant diameter and thus will roll just like a circular wheel but since it was not a circle was not in violation of the native's religious views.

    The bottom like is that this shape (which is the same as that of the Wankel Engine Rotor) can work just as well as the standard round wheel.

  • Sep 26th, 2011 @ 9:46pm

    Re: Cell Phone Searching in an Emergency

    Anonymous Coward on Sep 26th, 2011 @ 8:51am posted "Part of my reasoning is that if something happens like I have a heart attack or get hit by a car, the cellphone has enough information about me that any authorities who respond to the scene would be able to look at it and know who I am within a couple of minutes. If I'm unable to properly communicate and obviously in urgent need of medical care, it would be most unfortunate if the authorities were bound by a law that says they are not allowed to touch my cellphone without getting a search warrant."

    AC is confusing two separate types of searches. He states that he is not carrying any ID except for that on the Phone. Lets say that he DOES have ID. Does he want the police to refrain from looking in his pockets or fanny pack for an ID? There is no difference between looking in your pockets for ID and looking on your Cell Phone Address Book for an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number (or other entries with likely nicknames like Mom or Dad) in this type of situation. This is a case where the Police SHOULD be able to look there and in your pockets.

    The law is for cases where there is no need to do an unauthorized search or fishing expedtion unrelated to why they are interacting with you (ie: To issue you a Ticket for a traffic offense or at a DWI/etc. check point).

  • Sep 26th, 2011 @ 9:45pm

    Re: Cell Phone Searching in an Emergency

    Anonymous Coward on Sep 26th, 2011 @ 8:51am posted "Part of my reasoning is that if something happens like I have a heart attack or get hit by a car, the cellphone has enough information about me that any authorities who respond to the scene would be able to look at it and know who I am within a couple of minutes. If I'm unable to properly communicate and obviously in urgent need of medical care, it would be most unfortunate if the authorities were bound by a law that says they are not allowed to touch my cellphone without getting a search warrant."

    AC is confusing two separate types of searches. He states that he is not carrying any ID except for that on the Phone. Lets say that he DOES have ID. Does he want the police to refrain from looking in his pockets or fanny pack for an ID? There is no difference between looking in your pockets for ID and looking on your Cell Phone Address Book for an ICE (In Case of Emergency) number (or other entries with likely nicknames like Mom or Dad) in this type of situation. This is a case where the Police SHOULD be able to look there and in your pockets.

    The law is for cases where there is no need to do an unauthorized search or fishing expedtion unrelated to why they are interacting with you (ie: To issue you a Ticket for a traffic offense or at a DWI/etc. check point).

  • Dec 29th, 2010 @ 9:52pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    The standard practice for fan subs is (or at least once was) for the subs to get pulled as soon as the studio gets off its ass and licenses the show for distribution outside of Japan. The subers, rightfully in my opinion, see their role as filling a need that the Studios are not servicing and acting as free publicity for the studio. They also supply a market for the original Japanese Versions that the supposed US Licensee refuses to supply. Disney for example has the US rights to the each Sentai (AKA Power Ranger in the US) Series which is made into a sliced and diced version of the Japanese Action Footage with a rewritten story line and US (now Australian) actors doing the non-costumed filler scenes. To see the actual show, you must go to a Hong Kong FanSubber (or the Region 2 DVDs from Japan which do not come with English Subtitles). Disney has only shown parts of one original episode which was shown as part of an PR episode called "Lost In Translation" (a name which is ironic since they did not even translate the dialog accurately but turned it into a "Whats Up Tiger Lilly" type spoof).

    Since most of the studios do not market to the US, IMO, they can show no loss of income from their non-existent sales and thus the Subbers are doing them a service since many of the shows that are now available here in the US are due to the distribution of the subs which created a market for when they finally released here in the US.

    I fail to see how I can deprive a studio of income when they refuse to sell an item to me. Ripping a commercial DVD (rented for example from Netflix or Blockbuster) is a different issue.

  • Nov 24th, 2009 @ 9:12pm

    Independent Invention and the Telephone

    If this rule were in place at the time, the controversy between Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray for the invention of the telephone would not have occurred. Both would have been granted the patent since they used different methods. You just have the hope that the leaking of Gray's submission to Bell's Lawyers (and their modifying of the Bell Submission to include Gray's Method) would not occur in a similar situation of independent invention.

  • Nov 24th, 2009 @ 8:46pm

    TVGUIDE.COM Embeds

    TVGUIDE.COM does this for lots of shows. Is HULU going after them?

  • May 29th, 2009 @ 11:16am

    Re: Re: ...

    If you paid for the game with a credit card, you can dispute the charge by saying that the product was defective (as it is) and the vendor refused you a refund.