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Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?

AK Marc Re:What's changed? (129 comments)

Online voting is better than paper, when online comes with crypto. There is no attack type possible with online voting that's impossible with paper. The difference is in the details and maybe the ease. But when anonymous voting is abolished, there is no room for "fraud", just intimidation, and intimidation is low in the US.

It'd be hard to make an online system any worse than our current paper system.

5 hours ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

AK Marc Re:Lessons for today's world (161 comments)

You have the right to retain your property, but not the right to acquire it. There's a difference.

6 hours ago
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

AK Marc Re:Lessons for today's world (161 comments)

You have a right to *your* posessions, but not a fundamental right to own any possessions. Once you have them, they are yours, but that's different than saying you have the right to the.

Just because I have the right to procrate, doesn't mean I will have children provided to me (by the government or private enterprise), should I demand them. Property is the same. You don't have a right to "have" property, but once you have it, it is yours.

yesterday
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

AK Marc Re:Lessons for today's world (161 comments)

Doing what you want and telling others they can't do what they want because you claim the land under them, or the clothes on their back doesn't sound like "liberty" either.

yesterday
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Was America's Top Rocketeer a Communist Spy? The FBI Thought So

AK Marc Re:Lessons for today's world (161 comments)

You are aware that the implementation of communism is a breach of fundamental human rights?

Any one party system is a breach of fundamental rights.

I don't remember "property" in the "Life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness" quote. Are you arguing that you have the right to property?

yesterday
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Why TiVo's Founders Crashed and Burned With Qplay

AK Marc Re:separate hardware device (49 comments)

I'd be interested in an app that played movies in 10x speed without sound in multiple windows (watch 4-9 10x kittens) and tag the "interesting" ones to add to your "watch later" list. Then watch later. Scan videos at 90x real speed (9 time 10x). That's what you need when there are so many cute kittens that need watching.

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

AK Marc Re:Lies and statistics... (565 comments)

I still have bad debt for medical. The billing agent refused to work with the insurance company. I'm "required" to pay everyone, then submit to the insurance company for reimbursement. But I'll take the bad debt on my record if the billing agent is being a dick. It drops off the record after 7 years (give or take a decade).

I've also heard of, particularly gym memberships, being sent to collections because the company had constructed a labyrinth of obstacles to cancelling membership (e.g. Gold's Gym). So people would simply stop paying, and ultimately be sent to collections for non-payment of a service they didn't use.

I have one of those too. I had a properly canceled Bally's membership. I even had paperwork to that effect. 5 years after I canceled, I discarded the paperwork (when moving house). And shortly thereafter, it showed up on my record as a "new" debt, not 5 years into the 7 year cap. I fought that one all the way. And even though I know I was right, I lost. I couldn't prove a cancellation 5+ years ago, but they didn't have to prove a contract or debt. They get to say "he owes" and it goes on the record, with no verification at all. Even when challenged.

I also had a bad debt from a utility who billed me months after I canceled and paid in full. I could prove "paid in full" on that one, but it didn't matter either. And they got their money, as I had to wipe it from my record to get a mortgage.

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

AK Marc Re:Past due not reported by companies (565 comments)

They said it was an innocent mistake, the timing of the billing cycle, and refunded me. But they overdrafted my and it cost me hundreds.

Then you are an idiot. For one, your words are wrong. There is no CC "overdraft" it's over the limit, or just over limit fee. For another, if you are with a company that charges you "hundreds" for overdraft, then you are an idiot. And lastly, if someone else's mistake did actually cause you hundreds in damage, a friendly call to your CC company usually gets all their charges reversed (not so much if you had other things hitting your account that failed to go through, causing more overdrafts).

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

AK Marc Re:Past due not reported by companies (565 comments)

So you signed up for e-billing, which if it's like my local utility, sends you an email every month with an electronic copy of the bill basically saying "Hey, you have $xxx due, log in and pay it by this date". And then...what? Just ignored it or figured you were getting free power?

In the rest of the world, "pay online" is different from "ebill". Ebill is to get the bill online, and have automatic payments taken from your bank account. Usually with the bill going out 10+ days before the payment to give you warning and time to cancel/edit if you wish.

Only in the US is a "ebill" an emailed PDF with no implied payment. It be quite weird for a foreigner to see the same name on something and have it work completely different

yesterday
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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

AK Marc Re:The American Dream (565 comments)

Yeah. I have debt "in collections". I showed up in person at the water company. Turned off my water. And paid the bill in full. Then moved.

A few months later, I found that I had a claim against me on my credit report. A bit of work, and it turns out, that they added fees after I closed the account, to a closed account. Then had trouble finding me, as I canceled because I moved. And they didn't send me anything while the mail forwarding was active.

So I'm in the 35% with collections against me.

And the reason 35% are "in collections" and only 5% "late" is because you are only "late" for up to 6 months, but "in collections" for a legal maximum of 7 years, but that ends up being "forever" unless you challenge them.

yesterday
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

AK Marc Re:Radicalization (846 comments)

So what's the difference between some militia complex in the USA and Gaza? Oh yeah, all the anti-Zionists that wish Israel destroyed will recognize anything that works against Israel.

yesterday
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Amazon's eBook Math

AK Marc Re:Disengenous (302 comments)

Then Libraries should partner with Amazon. Like the book. Try it in the library. Order it, and your UAV will drop it off at your house before you get home (or upload it to your Kindle). There's already lots of "free" places to browse books. The library. I don't see the problem.

2 days ago
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Student Uses Oculus Rift and Kinect To Create Body Swap Illusion

AK Marc Re:Fatsos (88 comments)

Calorie in Calorie out.

That's not how it works. Celery has calories (in the sense that burning it will generate heat), but has negative digestive calories (in the sense that pulling the nutrients from it and pushing the waste out will burn more calories than gained by the process).

Some people have low absorption. They eat anything they want, and don't get fat. Others are much more efficient. The efficient can eat according to any diet you pick that is sustainable for an inefficient person, and still gain weight.

You don't make fat from nothing, but some people can get fat on 1/2 the calories of someone else. Blaming the person with the efficient metabolism for eating "only" 75% of the other person (despite having a nearly identical hunger response), makes you a gigantic asshole.

2 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

AK Marc Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

So you don't consider a car named "Faster Than The Mustang" to be a product claim of any kind? If GM launched that (and didn't run into any trademark issues), you wouldn't consider it a problem if the car was slower than the Mustang?

Now, the claim would need to be related to the product. Like it's fraud to sell "fruit cocktail" in the USA that doesn't have the right percentage of cherry. And that's dependent on the product name, and is in the USA. And it wouldn't be fraud to sell the Toyota Wish, as no reasonable person would think that buying a crappy minivan would grant you a wish.

I mentioned outside the US, because "common sense" as expressed outside the US says fraud is illegal. I know fraud in a product name is illegal in the US for some meats, fruits, and fruit cocktail. But I don't know about other areas. You assert no, but you did so absolutely, and I know for a fact you are wrong, at least with some products, so I don't trust your opinion.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... Reality proves you wrong. Your move.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

AK Marc Re:Radicalization (846 comments)

They've been offered freedom, with the condition that they stop trying to kill Israelis. They refused.Their movement is restricted because Egypt closed their borders as well. So why is nobody complaining about Egypt?

Israel has carte blanche to shoot wherever it wants and claim it was targetting Hamas

Yes. When they shoot back, they will always hit civilians. Nut Hamas refuses to stop giving them reasons to shoot back.

They had freedom of movement. It was ended when Hamas used that freedom to attack. They had freedom of trade, until Hamas used that freedom to trade in arms to attack with. All the problems in the area were caused by Hamas. Israel sits at the negotiation table trying to find a better way, but Hamas refuses to show up. And yet, it's all Israel's fault.

2 days ago
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Verizon Now Throttling Top 'Unlimited' Subscribers On 4G LTE

AK Marc Re:1 or 1 million (271 comments)

Most countries outside the US (with any consumer protection laws), product names are advertising claims. I consider a product name that is advertised, to be an advertisement.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

AK Marc Re:Radicalization (846 comments)

If they stopped building settlements; stopped dissecting the West Bank for the settler's safety and actually acted like they were interested in a two state solution, that'd be pretty good.

Israel has tried. They were rebuked.

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

AK Marc Re: Radicalization (846 comments)

But is it wrong to shoot back? What if he always travels in the middle of a paid crowd that knows he's up to no good?

2 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

AK Marc Re:Radicalization (846 comments)

It isn't that old. It "started" with the numerous invasions by numerous people over time. The reason is because it was a crossroads to Africa, Asia, and Europe. Yes, aside from the Suez canal, it's possible to walk from Africa to Asia/Europe. They are one land mass, and one of the most convenient places to pass between them is the middle east.

The Crusades were because of economic envy, not religion. The area was so "important" that England held it for a while, which is how it was able to be "gifted" to the WWII refugees. And it's been war ever since with the neighbors trying to finish what Hitler started.

Between the crusades and the creation of Israel, England has more to do with starting this than many who lived there.

3 days ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

AK Marc Re:Radicalization (846 comments)

I don't bother to follow that mess. There's nothing I can do about it, so it's pointless to try. But, in response to your accusations, I looked and found nothing that supported the story.

Your quote confirms that Hamas used the school as a human shield, deliberately firing from there, which those near knew. But rather than evacuate, they stayed at the launch site for an attack on Israel. Why? Oh, Hamas refused them passage to safety. Hamas kidnapped them for human shields. And Israel is in the wrong for hitting Hamas back, because Hamas had kidnapped human shields still on site.

Yes, all Israel's fault.

3 days ago

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Bullied student punished for recording incident

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about 3 months ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Whether it's the fact that it's a "disabled" student with ADHD, or the wiretapping was done with an iPad, stupid overreacting authorities, or bullies, this has Meme written all over it.

A 15 year old student was feeling bullied. He reported it, but nothing was done. He was being bullied in class time. So he recorded it on his school-provided iPad, provided because he has ADHD. When he took an incident to the school authorities, he was ordered to delete the file, the police were called, and he was arrested (and convicted) though one source indicates the charges were dropped and another indicates he was convicted, but overturned on appeal. . The charge was disorderly conduct, but he was also formally accused of (but not charged with) wiretapping violations."
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Loan Google Glass and Google will brick them remotely

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Now, as those lucky enough to be given Explorer status will begin to receive their Explorer Glass devices, some may be surprised to find that, in a possibly un-Google-like manner, the company has written, Do not “resell, loan, or transfer” language in the user agreement.

So what will the penalty be if you fork over the $1,500 and then decide to pass your brand new device on to someone else? The company says they can remotely turn your device into a fancy-looking forehead ornament."

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Software developer Bob outsources own job and whiles away shifts on cat videos

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes ""All told, it looked like he earned several hundred thousand dollars a year, and only had to pay the Chinese consulting firm about fifty grand annually".
When a routine security check by a US-based company showed someone was repeatedly logging on to their computer system from China, it naturally sent alarm bells ringing. Hackers were suspected and telecoms experts were called in.
It was only after a thorough investigation that it was revealed that the culprit was not a hacker, but "Bob" (not his real name), an "inoffensive and quiet" family man and the company's top-performing programmer, who could be seen toiling at his desk day after day and staring diligently at his monitor."

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Slashdot Poll

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Where do you live
1) USA
2) non-USA North America
3) South America
4) Europe
5) Africa
6) Asia
7) Australia/South Pacific
8) Other (Sealand, moon, Antarctica)"
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Last Chance to Save Buckyballs/Zen Magnets

AK Marc AK Marc writes  |  about a year and a half ago

AK Marc (707885) writes "Comments close today on the magnet ban. The CPSC doesn't have to follow submission preferences, but it helps them stand up to the "you killed my kid" mothers who fed their children magnets until dead to say "the democracy chose to allow you to protect your own child". And yes, my attention was drawn to this by Zen Magnets who sent me an email about this issue, indicating that the last day for comments is today (well, will be by the time most of you read this)."
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