The best customer service I've found for a malfunctioning Comcast DVR is to unplug it, wait a short time and plug it back in. Of course, one loses the guide information for awhile until it is repopulated. This tells you something about the quality of telephone customer service.
There may be some ambiguity about whether your back yard is a Public Place. Item 18 states that noise that may come from a private place is subject to this bylaw. Furthermore, the bylaw discusses application to private places that the public normally has access to. I think this probably applies retail establishments like restaurants or bars but might include the backyard of a house if the owner allows folks to pass through to get to some site back of the house like a park or hiking trail.
Everything might include church services in which more than three people attended, a company picnic, a backyard barbeque of mom, dad and their two children, a retail establishment with three or more customers including a cafe, restaurant or bar, a classical music concert in the park with fireworks on Canada Day. Why would anyone want to live in such a place?
My problem is that I'm a Comcast subscriber and The Weather Channel is owned by NBC Universal owned by Comcast so I have not many options from viewing weather information on TV. I haven't looked at it for years because of all their nonsense programs. Their Local on the 8s tended to be about places other than where I live. Worthless. Classic Wunderground is great on the Internet.
The more we hear from Apple about how secure one's privacy is with their devices and how much they want to continue to insist they will do nothing in the future to compromise privacy the more I wonder how many back doors they have in their equipment. Take a look at the recent planting of code in hard drive firmware as drives were allegedly intercepted during shipment as an example that Apple might not be able to do anything about the security of privacy. Apple buys hard drives by the millions and probably doesn't know if they have been intercepted during shipment or even after they've been installed in a computer.
I read an article in the Atlantic many years ago about the legality of conspiracy charges in the USA. It turns out, IIRC, that almost anyone can be convicted of conspiracy - kind of a last resort of prosecutors when they can't find evidence that someone was actually involved in a crime. It turns out that the co-conspirators don't even have to know each other or ever met.
Most, if not all, the comments here are about the law and Google. What about Internet subscribers? These folks will be missing an important resource used for getting the news which they might not get any other way. Would subscribers get around the law and access their missing news by accessing a foreign, Spanish language news aggregator by using a VPN? I don't know the answer. Besides, I don't think Spain can tax foreign aggregators of Spanish news.
In most of Comcast's service area it is basically a monopoly as far as high speed internet is concerned. For pay TV service there are the two satellite companies and maybe a telephone company, but for high speed internet service it's the only game in town. So why should they spend money on customer service? It's better to recover some or all of that cost by making it a sales organization by turning CSRs into sales reps through their compensation structure.
I'm concerned about where these chips might be used and then disabled. Could they be used in:
- Equipment at police departments and fire departments for emergency response purposes?
- 911 systems?
- Building alarm systems?
- Medical devices in hospitals' emergency rooms, operating rooms, intensive care rooms where failure could cause death?
and the list goes on.
I'm not sure widows operates some of these devices and would be connected to the Internet for update. Both producers of the fake devices, if they could be discovered, and the company writing the stupid dll should be in deep trouble if serious problems resulted form their actions.
Our city of ~450,000 people put one of these on a main thoroughfare just next to downtown; just this one in the whole city. They shortened the yellow in the 25 MPH zone from something like four seconds to two seconds and rear end collisions at that intersection skyrocketed. Also, they had to put two full time cops on the duty of looking at all the pictures this setup took and writing the tickets to be mailed. The increase in ticketing, both for red light camera and accidents, put a big strain on the police and the city court where the tickets were to be adjudicated. Finally, people learned to avoid this camera by driving one block east of this four-lane road to a much more residential two lane drive. The final result: after less than a year the system was removed and no more talk of red light cameras has been heard since.
It's my understanding that TrueCrypt code is not open source because of it's license restrictions. The code is available and others can use to code to fork the application but it a forked app cannot be used for commercial users.