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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

Clever7Devil Re:We're sorry he so faithfully followed instructi (401 comments)

Many areas with NO second choice for broadband

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Many people with no second choice for employer

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Unhappy customers on the phone with unhappy employees who REALLY need this gig, and could be replaced before close of business

about a month and a half ago
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Google Asks Court Not To Enjoin ReDigi

Clever7Devil Re:Either one or the other (185 comments)

Of course, us REAL geeks already know the truth: The cake is a lie.

more than 2 years ago
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Mexican Gov't Shuts Down Zetas' Secret Cell Network

Clever7Devil Re:Imagine Ingenuity (300 comments)

Um... where do you live that it's harder for kids to get illegal substances than legal ones?

Here (admittedly California) it is much easier to buy pot from one of the dealers at any school than it is to get an adult to buy you liquor.

more than 2 years ago
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Company Unveils Personalized Anime Robot Girl

Clever7Devil Re:Not everyone wants a maiddroid (240 comments)

What good is an anime-girl sexbot if there's no option for robotic tentacles?

more than 2 years ago
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A Fifth of Telecommuters Work Less Than An Hour Per Day

Clever7Devil Re:in other news (323 comments)

I wonder at the margin of error on THAT question...

more than 2 years ago
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Wired Releases Full Manning/Lamo Chat Logs

Clever7Devil Re:Bye bye Wired (307 comments)

I'm resisting the urge to be snarky... I understand that this has toasted their ability to speak to tech-saavy people off-the-record, but I don't expect them to lose any advertising over it. As far as credibility, since when have we required that from our news media? I always just pick the outlet that best fits my confirmation bias.

The phone "hacks" were on lovable, empathetic characters: Hugh Grant, the royals, soldiers, little girls. Bradley Manning, on the other hand, has been suffering a character assassination from day one. You lose advertising by going against public opinion, not necessarily from just being bastards.

more than 3 years ago
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Google+ Already At 10 Million Users

Clever7Devil If the generosity is still flowing... (1223 comments)

Longtime Facebook holdout here, interested to see the "privacy focused" social hub for myself.

cdevilrun at gmail.com if someone would be so kind.

A slashdot group might actually be fun. I remember a time when the BBS I frequented used to have real life get-togethers.... in the sunlight even! (Electric Cafe based out of Santa Cruz)

more than 3 years ago
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Lack of Technology Puts Star Wars Series On Hold

Clever7Devil Re:He's forgotten what made Star Wars good (309 comments)

I suspect it's the money that ruined him. The first three movies are a basic hero's journey cobbled together by dreamers into something amazing. The latter three appear to be masturbatory fx-fests with little to no value as stories. Darth Vader is a dynamic character despite showing a single expression for all but 2 minutes of the film. Anakin Skywalker... not so much.

With his initial dream fulfilled, seems he lost whatever drove him to create the initial masterpieces.

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Music Greece Falls To Hackers

Clever7Devil Re:people are stealing user info (303 comments)

Don't ask me how he got your pants. That's another story and it's early. ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Sony Music Greece Falls To Hackers

Clever7Devil Re:people are stealing user info (303 comments)

I don't think there are many here who believe the hackers are doing the morally correct thing. Certainly far less evil than rape though. Furthermore, I find it hard to believe that Sony is being attacked due to its attractiveness as a target.

It's a little bit more like a man calling a bunch of prisoners' mothers whores and then walking around outside the penitentiary backwards with your pants down. Sure, there's a wall between you and them, how long and how many do you think it will hold?

more than 3 years ago
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No U.S. Government Shutdown This Week

Clever7Devil Re:Well then that IS representative (385 comments)

I was under the impression that the constitution outlined a system of checks and balances... specifically to counter the very human influences of greed, laziness, self-aggrandizement, corruption, and forced servitude. I wonder what it would be like to live in a country that treated it as law...

more than 3 years ago
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US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

Clever7Devil Re:Endgame (1306 comments)

So... let me make sure I've got this right: Your solution after that rant is to give those, whose goal is to fuck us all, more resources? If we can't trust them to keep us from a police state, how in the world are we to trust them to allocate funds honestly?

more than 3 years ago
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AT&T To Acquire T-Mobile From Deutsche Telekom

Clever7Devil Re:Deal still subject to regulatory approval (748 comments)

Worse! I'm a current T-Mobile customer who ditched AT&T when I bought my N900. Think they'll just disconnect me? ;-)

more than 3 years ago
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Cutting Prices Is the Only Way To Stop Piracy

Clever7Devil Re:How cheap? (620 comments)

You made the point I came in here to find. Let me reiterate: If piracy != lost sales, what is the problem exactly? Now we all know the media cartels will threaten politicians with lower revenues (be it taxes lost or contributions) due to piracy regardless. But from a business point of view, why lower prices to convert pirates if the current model is more profitable? The end game is always to raise prices and lower piracy. Whatever it takes.

more than 3 years ago
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Is Software Driving a Falling Demand For Brains?

Clever7Devil Re:Highly educated, yes, but were they using it? (622 comments)

The problem with your nurse/doctor analogy is also one of the big problems with health care. Though nurses are perfectly capable of handling myriad medical issues, due to insurance and regulatory issues, they are often not allowed to. If we didn't need that one doctor to rubber-stamp the work 5 nurses were doing, we could have him doing the things only a doctor can. In theory, this would lower costs across the board, as nurses are cheaper.

more than 3 years ago

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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Clever7Devil writes "Guess who? Jack Thompson again!
The man just doesn't stop. He was on Fox News spouting his vitriol before the identity of the shooter was even known!

Kotaku has done some great coverage, reporting not only on the actual interview, but dissecting it to point out the misleading and downright untrue "facts" that Jack cites."
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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Clever7Devil writes "An article from Information Week here covers an interesting speech given by Microsoft Business Group President Jeff Raikes:

From the article:

"If they're going to pirate somebody, we want it to be us rather than somebody else," Raikes said. ...
"We understand that in the long run the fundamental asset is the installed base of people who are using our products," Raikes said. "What you hope to do over time is convert them to licensing the software."

Not that we haven't known this all along, but it's nice to hear it from the horse's mouth."
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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

clever7devil writes "According to an article from BBC news: "some Vista users" have already tested an exploit to allow malicious audio files to command the system through the speakers and microphone.

From the article:

"The exploit scenario would involve the speech recognition feature picking up commands through the microphone such as 'copy', 'delete', 'shutdown', etc. and acting on them," a Microsoft security researcher wrote on the team's official blog.

I want to see the victim's face right as he walks in to his computer saying "Format C:\ *.* accepted"

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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Clever7Devil writes "The Roanoke Times in Virginia reported Attorney General Bob McDonnell's upcoming legislation proposal.

From the article:

Attorney General Bob McDonnell said Monday he will propose legislation that would make Virginia the first state in the nation to require sex offenders to register their online identities with state police.

By putting the information on the state's Sex Offender Registry, authorities hope to curb what they say is the escalating problem of sexual predators going online to find young victims through e-mail and Internet chat room banter


The Attorney General's office has been working closely with MySpace, as they hope to use this list to block sex offenders from using their service. You can read the Attorney General's press release here; and the MySpace press release here."
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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Clever7Devil writes "A student, Sainul Abideen, in India claims to have delevoped a method of storing large amounts of data on plain paper.

From the article:

"Sainul, who has just turned 24, says that instead of using zeroes and ones for computing, he used geometric shapes such as circles, squares and triangles for computing which combine with various colors and preserve the data in images. An RVD [Rainbow Versatile Disc] therefore looks like a printout of modern art.

He says all kinds of data has to be first converted into a common format called "Rainbow Format."

In a demo at his college laboratory, this writer could see text typed on 432 pages of foolscap paper being stored in a four square inch paper. The writer was even shown a 45-second video clip of a Malayalam film stored on an ordinary paper.
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The idea certainly looks promising on paper..."
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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Clever7Devil writes "In his blog Friday, co-president of Microsoft's Platforms & Services Division, Jim Allchin, took the time to explain comments he made regarding Vista's security.

From the article:

"I could certainly see that what I said wasn't as clear as it could have been, and I'm sorry for that," apologized Allchin.

But Allchin, who is slated to retire at the end of January, denied that he had recommended running Vista sans security software. "The point I had been trying to make (albeit unclearly) is that Windows Vista includes new security features that can dramatically help improve our customers' security for certain situations," he wrote. "I want to be clear, most users will use some form of antivirus software, and that will be appropriate for their scenarios."


He went on to say that his son's PC has no access to email or instant messaging."
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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Clever7Devil (985356) writes "Jack Thompson has taken the fight back to Take Two Interactive, this time on behalf of the family of Cody Posey. The then 14-year-old Posey shot and killed his father, step-mother, and step-sister in July of 2004. He is currently in custody of the state until his 21st birthday. The suit claims that his obsessive playing of GTA: Vice City is to blame.

From the Article:

The game trained him "how to point and shoot a gun in a fashion making him an extraordinarily effective killer without teaching him any of the constraints or responsibilities needed to inhibit such a killing capacity," according to the suit.

According to the suit, plaintiffs' lawyer Jack Thompson was told by a sheriff's deputy that the game and a Sony PlayStation 2 were found at the ranch.

Posey had told police he shot his family after his father, the ranch foreman, slapped him for not cleaning horse stalls fast enough. Prosecutors described Posey as a ruthless killer, but his lawyers claimed his father had abused him for years."
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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Clever7Devil (985356) writes "Courts in China have begun using software to help them decide punishments for criminals: up to and including the death penalty.

From the article:

"Criminals in China face being sent to the firing squad by a computer after the introduction of a software programme to help decide the sentences handed out by courts.

Judges are using computers equipped with a sophisticated legal database as an aid to determining punishments for 100 different crimes including robbery and rape by tapping in details of the crime and the mitigating circumstances."


It leads one to wonder: Even if the software were "perfect", is criminal sentencing something we want to remove the human element from?"
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Clever7Devil Clever7Devil writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Clever7Devil (985356) writes "The Escapist has posted an interview it conducted with an anonymous "Online Guerilla Marketer" entitled I'm Evil: Confessions of an Online Guerilla Marketer

From the Article:

Jack has been living the life of a corporate-sponsored internet secret-agent for "about four years, employed by two different companies," he says. In that time he's used his clandestine tactics and marketing know-how to shill "about 20 products — mostly videogames, websites, computer hardware and a few other small products." He declines to name names for fear of damaging his reputation in the industry and those of the companies he's represented."

This would be a fun job if it weren't so despicable."

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