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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

DaMattster Attorney (138 comments)

I seem to remember a group of lawyers caught AT&T in the act of subtracting data from a phone that had been turned off and a class action suit ensued. Maybe do a google search on this and reach out to the same attorneys. It sounds like you have something with merit.

2 hours ago
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Climate Damage 'Irreversible' According Leaked Climate Report

DaMattster My 0.02 (378 comments)

I'm far from an expert but the drought conditions out west are certainly telling something.

8 hours ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

DaMattster FiOS (311 comments)

This is precisely why I go with the lesser of the evils, Verizon FiOS. I wouldn't give Comcast my money if they were the last ISP in the United States. I would simply just go with mobile broadband and stop streaming altogether if I had no alternative to Comcast. Really, all telecom companies are crooks but Comcast takes it to entirely new lows.

yesterday
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

DaMattster At least (240 comments)

you aren't getting contacted by a Nigerian 411 scammer with some dead relative or something or other and trying to deposit a magical sum of money in your account.

yesterday
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TechCentral Scams Call Center Scammers

DaMattster LOL! (240 comments)

I had one of these fookers once and decided to have a little bit of fun. I played myself off as an absolutely dumb user with very, very short term memory and kept asking the representative to repeat himself. I strung them along for 30 minutes before finally revealing that I was using Linux. I got yelled at and then they slammed the phone down. I hate these pond scum predators.

yesterday
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$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

DaMattster From the summary (192 comments)

It is quite possible that all three points that the submitter raises are valid. I'm very likely to believe that the design was intentional. After all, in the software world, the consumer has become the beta tester and if the consumer has software problems, he or she needs to buy expensive "support packages." In effect, the marketing departments figured out how to force the consumer to be a beta tester and make money from the consumer's problems.

yesterday
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

DaMattster Re: What's so American (489 comments)

Nothing about what the Koch brothers do is ethical. They whip up a fear storm to get people who are less intelligent or less willing to think for themselves to side with them. It's amazing how many people will parrot back what they hear and vote against their interests.

yesterday
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

DaMattster Genius (575 comments)

Now this is quite simply and honestly pure genius! I think they have something that really contributes to safety. These kids should patent it and make money - they deserve it.

yesterday
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

DaMattster We could only be so lucky (121 comments)

Sometimes I think what America needs is mother nature hitting the proverbial reset button on us. Americans have become greedy and hate riddled. There, you have my two cents. Let the catastrophe happen.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

DaMattster Well (426 comments)

You can slap a new name on it but in the end, all you have is a shiny pile of shit.

about two weeks ago
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EFF's Cell Phone Guide For US Protesters

DaMattster Occam's Razor (82 comments)

Only apply the simplest amount of technology to remain efficient. This is a case where too much technology is the enemy. Go back to CB, Amateur, and walkie talkie radio for communication. Use a camera that can record to an SD card and periodically switch out the card and find a safe place to "dead drop" it. This way, the police can glean very little, if anything at all.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

DaMattster Re: No, you don't need AV, even on Windows (331 comments)

What happens if you receive an email with malware attached that activates simply when it downloads off of the server to your mail reader application without you actually opening it? I've seen this happen before. How do you know for certain that you DON'T have a virus? It is possible for legitimate websites like CNN or The Weather Channel to develop an infection and pass it to tend user.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

DaMattster Re: End state and private capitalism. (331 comments)

In an ideal world we would be a bunch of smurfs helping each other out when needed. However, this would simply be utopian. This lifestyle might work for small communities of 5-25 people where everyone is dependent upon each other for friendship, socialization, and survival.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Dead Is Antivirus, Exactly?

DaMattster Re: End state and private capitalism. (331 comments)

It's been tried before and failed miserably. The experiment was called Communism and basic human nature precluded it from the being successful.

about two weeks ago
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Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

DaMattster Hoping (85 comments)

Here's to hoping that IP TV will finally takeoff and we can just choose the channels we want. I only watch 10 or 15 channels out of the 500+ that I'm forced to pay for.

about two weeks ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

DaMattster Re:Not Government (457 comments)

Absolutely! The moment the government gets its grubby mitts on anything it gets fucked up forever!

about two weeks ago
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Web Trolls Winning As Incivility Increases

DaMattster My 0.02 (457 comments)

The only reason trolls win is we give them the reaction that they are looking for. If people just ignored them more often instead of getting all bent out of shape, the trend would go away. Trolls would quickly get bored because they won't have an outlet for their frustration. Trolls are nothing more than school yard bullies that never quite grew up.

about two weeks ago
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Cisco To Slash Up To 6,000 Jobs -- 8% of Its Workforce -- In "Reorganization"

DaMattster A complaint (207 comments)

From the article: “If we don’t have the courage to change, if we don’t lead the change, we will be left behind,” Chairman and CEO John Chambers said on a conference call. In reality, Cisco doesn't have courage at all. If they had courage, they would work to retrain a capable workforce and buck an ever growing trend in employment. By laying off 6,000 people, they are showing cowardice and a lack of confidence in their existing workforce. They would sooner send 6,000 people to the unemployment line then work work with a known, reliable quantity. The move is shortsighted because it costs money to hire someone and the new person must then learn the culture, infrastructure, and the business. Add to it the potential for the starting salary to be higher and any positives from the "courage to change" are negated. Bravo on another epic failure of the corporate world. I would have had more respect for honesty and integrity.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Are Online Job Applications So Badly Designed?

DaMattster Re: Sure I did. (278 comments)

I would say, if the job market opens up, not when. There are only a finite number of jobs and there are even greater numbers of people competing for them.

about two weeks ago
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Google Is Backing a New $300 Million High-Speed Internet Trans-Pacific Cable

DaMattster Hmmm (135 comments)

I'd rather Google come in and bust the telecom monopoly in my home town where I have a choice between Verizon FiOS and Comcast Xfinity ... if you want to call that a choice. The lesser of the evils is Verizon FiOS. At least the FiOS is truly fiber optic!

about two weeks ago

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Ask Slashdot: Would you be willing to sign a petition against SecureBoot UEFI?

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  about a year and a half ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Please visit the White House website and sign the following petition: http://wh.gov/wHLq. When it comes to computing, many slashdotters value openness and SecureBoot UEFI is the very antithesis of open. Instead, SecureBoot UEFI makes it extremely difficult to use Linux, BSD, Minix, or whatever other open source operating systems there are out there. Please help me send a message to Microsoft that this mandate of SecureBoot UEFI in order to run Windows 8 is not only anti-competitive but anti-innovation as well"
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Worldwide: April Sizzles as La Niña Fizzles

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "The waning influence of La Niña helped April 2012 to become the fifth warmest April worldwide in 133 years of recordkeeping, and the warmest April on record in the Northern Hemisphere, according to scientists at NOAA's National Climatic Data Center."
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IBM to laid-off: Want a job in India?

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DaMattster writes "IBM employees being laid off in North America now have an alternative to joining the growing ranks of the unemployed — work for the company abroad. Big Blue is offering its outgoing workers in the United States and Canada a chance to take an IBM job in India, Nigeria, Russia or other countries. Through a program dubbed Project Match, IBM will help interested workers whose jobs are on the chopping block to "identify potential opportunities in growth markets and facilitate consideration by hiring managers in those markets," according to an internal company document obtained by CNN."
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Samba 4 has reached Alpha Stage

DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Samba4 alpha1 is the culmination of 4.5 years of development under our belt since Tridge first proposed a new Virtual File System (VFS) layer for Samba3 (a project which eventually lead to our Active Directory efforts), and 1.5 years since we first released a Technology Preview. We wish to allow users, managers and developers to see how we have progressed, and to invite feedback and support."
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DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "PHOENIX, Arizona (AP) — Behind the county hospital's tall cinderblock walls, a 27-year-old tuberculosis patient who spent years living in Russia sits in a jail cell equipped with a ventilation system that keeps germs from escaping. Robert Daniels has been locked up indefinitely, perhaps for the rest of his life, since last July. But he has not been charged with a crime. Instead, he suffers from an extensively drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis, or XDR-TB. It is considered virtually untreatable."
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DaMattster DaMattster writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DaMattster (977781) writes "Here is a very tasteless, disturbing, and sad story: especially for someone whose family has survived the Nazi concentration camps. The gingerbread nazis One Christmas display near Cleveland, Ohio has some residents seeing Red! From the Angel Gabriel to the nativity scene, most symbols of the season have a story behind them. But artist Keith McGuckin likes to take the traditional and make it non traditional. "And add a little bit of an edge to it," says McGuckin. And Thursday's unveiling took the holiday in a very different direction. "They're Nazis," exclaimed one young woman. "It's called 'The Secret Lives of Gingerbread Men'," he said."

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