If I remember correctly, for Comcast the hotspot address is different from that of the household's address. Furthermore, the user must sign in to the hotspot using their Comcast account so if Comcast is keeping records they can know who used the hotspot, when and for how long.
Wasn't Sony's rootkit an attempt to DRM music CDs? The UAL DRM may or may not be worse than Sony's DRM, but I'd stay clear of it. If one wants to watch movies on a plane flight bring your own DVDs or store them unencrypted on your computer's/tablet's memory as suggested above.
One part of the revenue/cost equation is the response cable companies may take or are already taking. Cable companies are also the providers of Internet services through which cable cutters get their streaming content and with the potential for price increases for data consumption through subscription fees, data caps and overage charges, the cost of getting streaming can increase. Add the cost of a few streaming packages to actual Internet costs, and for many who want content through the Internet, they could find it nearly as expensive as a cable subscription, particularly for a household of multiple, simultaneous viewers. The streaming packages may also not be all that ala carte. How many of those channels in a streaming package are of no interest to individual subscribers? Yes, you got rid of ESPN, the religious channels or others you're not interested in from cable TV packages, but you're likely still paying for stuff you don't care about. And the cable companies need to satisfy their stockholders by keeping or increasing profits.
Many excellent reviews, some not so good. Average ~4 out of 5. Confusion about whether a wall wart included, though those who bought them for $39 somewhere didn't get that, others did for $59. Uses an unusual charging cable - 3.5 mm on one end, USB on the other. Can use a USB port to charge or your own wall wart with a USB port. I couldn't find out if the Li Ion battery is replaceable.
I understand that the guy may have been concerned about the IRS getting into the act because a large funds transfer would be involved. On the other hand, making use of tech, and even low tech, methods for moving money would avoid the situation discussed in the original post. A low tech method would be for the guy to send a check via Fedex overnight. People deposit large checks when they sell a house or car. A single, large transfer might not bring the IRS into the situation. They get interested if there are a lot of them. If there's no large amount of cash in a vehicle the cops couldn't have taken the cash. Even if the cash gets to the girlfriend, how will she use it? Likely she'll deposit it in a bank account. Paying the rent, mortgage, credit card debt, etc., in cash may be impossible or raise the interest of the IRS. There was the recent report of a small business man depositing multiple, less than $10k deposits to his bank account and running into trouble.
I know the discussion here involves the interaction with the cops and the court, but all this could have been avoided.
I still don't understand why folks carry large amounts of cash in cross country trips. There are bad guys out there besides the police who will get the money perhaps with fatal consequences for the money's owner. Getting stolen money back from criminals would be pretty tough.
With Internet banking it is easy to move money from one account linked to another account, taking typically three business days. Some Internet banks have a maximum withdrawal amount per day, but if one plans ahead, that shouldn't be a problem.
How is that guy that was appointed to improve/fix customer service at Comcast? He's been in office for several months and things haven't changed. I'm getting the idea that his appointment was just some kind of PR stunt that's not working.
Some posters here suggest not getting an ISP email address. With Comcast you need an email address to sign in to your account which has some features you may need. In places with Internet broadband caps you can look at your current monthly data use as well as find out some other useful information. One other useful feature is the ability to stream HBO Go, Turner Classic Movies, and other networks if they are part of your cable TV package. You don't have to use it for email if you don't want to and use gmail, yahoo mail or other services. That option is very useful if you might move resulting in an ISP change.
After discovery, but by never "testing" the discovery by breaking in, Starbucks would have been notified of the problem and given them 45 days to fix it or the fault would have been mad public. If Starbucks security certificate were removed, they would have been in a lot of trouble. Not sure if CERT is the appropriate authority.
What is in each of the channel pack? My guess is the Base service and the Channel Packs only have channels with advertising. If you want something without ads like the Encore channels or the various ...plex (Retroplex, Movieplex) ad free channels, they'll not be $10 per pack. Do these prices include HD versions of the channels or is that an extra charge? Our household almost never watch ad supported channels. I haven't gone to Verizon's website to check things out. Lots of questions remain unanswered here.
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.