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Comcast Confessions

InlawBiker Psychotic customer service is rampant (234 comments)

Logically, how can this policy be the result of a decision made by professionals? If a customer really wants to end service hiding the exit door is just an inconvenience. If a girl wants to break up with her boyfriend and the boyfriend won't "let her" it's a serious psychological problem, nevermind illegal.

Yesterday I cancelled my newspaper delivery subscription (yeah I actually had the paper delivered on Sundays). I went to the web site to unsubscribe but guess what - it's impossible. There's not even a mention of cancellation. It's like they figure, if we close our eyes and yell "lalalala" our problems go away.

So how's that strategy working out for you, Seattle Times? Not only have you lost my business, you've irritated me so much I will never come back.

This is what happens when a business thinks only of its own best interest and not the interest of its customers. When the Comcast regime is toppled, not only will people not care, we'll rejoice. Another bad company dead - good riddance. I can't wait.

about a month ago
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South Korean Court Rules That Phone Bloatware Must Be Deletable

InlawBiker Nonsense. (138 comments)

Phone companies make more money with bloatware.
More money means more taxes paid.*
More taxes is good for the people!
Bloatware is good for the people.

* (Nevermind those off-shore tax shelter front companies and campaign contributions.)

about 7 months ago
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Safari Stores Previous Browsing Session Data Unencrypted

InlawBiker My new plugin idea (135 comments)

Encrypt the local disc cache with a hash, just in case somebody gets into my file system later and pokes around in my history. To pull back from cache it automatically brute-forces it for you. Hope you weren't going to use your browser for anything over the next thousand years.

about 9 months ago
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Employee Morale Is Suffering At the NSA

InlawBiker Re:The workers are upset (841 comments)

This is an interesting perspective and one I had not previously considered. However. As a voter and citizen I also have a vested interest in what my elected officials are doing. On the whole, I feel hung out to dry because senior government officials who I trusted to respect the constitution continue to not back me up when I say, "WFT??"

about 9 months ago
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Why Scott Adams Wished Death On His Dad

InlawBiker Re:Kill pact (961 comments)

That's a loving sentiment to be sure. The problem is, after doing you this favor your wife could end up in prison. I hope my wife will do the same for me some day, if necessary, but I sure don't want her locked up or having to off herself to avoid prosecution. For doing the obvious, humane and natural thing that's nobody else's business whatsoever.

about 9 months ago
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Shots Fired At US Capitol

InlawBiker Re:Really? (608 comments)

Because all the other news outlets are whoring for eyeballs, why not Slashdot?

about a year ago
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Edward Snowden Still Stuck At Airport, May Be Permitted Entry Into Russia Soon

InlawBiker Re:He should just go to America and face the music (205 comments)

He has an opportunity to come home and strike while the iron is hot. There's enough publicity now for him to get the very best legal representation for free. Running away at this point is silly, he needs to finish what he started or it'll all be for nothing.

about a year ago
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Motorola Is Listening

InlawBiker Re:I blame the government (287 comments)

We are correct to blame the government. It's the job of businesses to get away with as much as possible. It's the government's job to keep them in check. If they aren't doing their job we have a system in place to peacefully show them the door.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Kills Xbox One Phone-Home DRM

InlawBiker Predatory behavior (547 comments)

This gives us a lot of insight into the desires of Microsoft, if they had their druthers. Given half the chance they'll hold their customers down and ass-fuck them. This move made SONY look like GOOD GUYS. Decide with your dollars wisely.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Buying a Laptop That Doesn't Have Windows 8

InlawBiker It doesn't matter (570 comments)

This is fighting a battle that doesn't need to be fought. Just get the hardware you want regardless of the OS that's pre-installed.

- You don't save significant money buying an "Ubuntu" laptop or whatever, but you severely limit your choices.
- Any pre-installed Windows OS will be full of crapware that you'll want to get rid of with a clean install anyway.
- It will be easier to resell later with the latest OS on it, if you ever want to sell it.

about a year and a half ago
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Ubuntu 13.04 Will Allow Instant Purchasing, Right From the Dash

InlawBiker Re:Unity (273 comments)

By making one questionable move after another we begin to believe Ubuntu's business model has failed. Now they seem to be grasping at straws. They're completely turning their back on the open software that got them here. It doesn't bode well for Linux at all.

about a year and a half ago
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What Windows Phone 8 Needs To Do To Succeed

InlawBiker Re:If Microsoft Windows Phone 8 is going to succee (246 comments)

Yeah, look how well that worked for Zune. They tried this already, why throw good money after bad? The only useful consumer brand they own is X-Box, and nobody over 24 is going to carry an "X-Phone."

They need to integrate it with Exchange, AD and Communicator. Then it'll be a useful device for corporate customers. That's their only hope, no end-user consumer wants one no matter how nice they make them.

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Should a Unix Fan Look For In a Windows Expert?

InlawBiker Ask Slashdot: (454 comments)

: Are all these "stories" posed as questions really fooling anybody? I see less and less interesting news and more stories designed purely to provoke chatter. Oh boy, Unix vs Windows should get lots of posts! Maybe next time you can work Apple in there too.

It's like the blogger feedback ploy - end your crappy blog with a question and more people will respond.

about 2 years ago
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The ThinkPad Goes Ultrabook — ThinkPad X1 Carbon Tested

InlawBiker Re:Correct me if I'm wrong (278 comments)

No, the windows key has been there for a long time. The question is, how much did it cost them to run this thinly veiled press release disguised as an article on Slashdot?

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Take Notes In the Modern Classroom?

InlawBiker Re:Stick With What Works (364 comments)

The modern classroom is virtual, you watch lectures on your computer from home. Instead of taking notes you watch porn.

about 2 years ago
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'Wi-Fi Police' Stalk Olympic Games

InlawBiker Re:Fox hunt? (268 comments)

"You found my Hot Spot baby!"

about 2 years ago
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GNOME: Staring Into the Abyss

InlawBiker Unity wins (535 comments)

Everybody was all up in arms with Ubuntu went with Unity. It was a head scratcher for a lot of folks unless you think about it from their point of view. The desktop is arguably the most important part - if users don't like it, that's it baby game over. Now imagine putting your whole product's future in the hands of Gnome or KDE. Those teams are like herds of ADHD children running amok with knives. KDE and Gnome had a decade to get their act together, they missed the boat on a Windows CE epic scale.

more than 2 years ago
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Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

InlawBiker Re:Educate first. (1141 comments)

Education costs money, and you're fighting a culture of profit.

So long as it's profitable for vendors to increase profits they'll keep selling larger and larger portions, no matter how unhealthy it is. This is how the American public has been taught how to eat - by corporations with a profit motive.

This is not an assault on your rights. Well ok, it is. It's really intended to fight unscrupulous sugarwater vendors. At least it's something. They started with cigarettes many years ago and decades later it's had some effect.

more than 2 years ago
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Scientists Work Towards Naturally Caffeine-Free Coffee

InlawBiker Re:Caffeine-free coffee (312 comments)

The idiots! What's next, a rose without a scent? Sex without babies? Hey, wait a second....

more than 2 years ago

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Amazon uses DMCA to restrict ebook puchases

InlawBiker InlawBiker writes  |  more than 5 years ago

InlawBiker writes "Today, Amazon invoked the DMCA to force removal of a python script and instructions from the mobileread web site. The script is used to identify the Kindle's internal ID number, which can be used to enable non-Amazon purchased books to work on the Kindle. "...this week we received a DMCA take-down notice from Amazon requesting the removal of the tool kindlepid.py and instructions for it. Although we never hosted this tool (contrary to their claim), nor believe that this tool is used to remove technological measures (contrary to their claim), we decided, due to the vagueness of the DMCA law and our intention to remain in good relation with Amazon, to voluntarily follow their request and remove links and detailed instructions related to it." Ironically, the purpose of the script is to make the Kindle more useful to its users."
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Lenovo Releases SLED 10 Linux T61, R61 ThinkPads

InlawBiker InlawBiker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

InlawBiker writes "Another hardware vendor offers Linux on their machines. Dell's Ubuntu offering to the general public was big news, but this news is more intriguing. What's interesting about this is it's aimed at "large enterprise customers." One might surmise that corporate customers have been asking for it, and now Lenovo is delivering."
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"Unswirled" Pedophile Suspect Is Held in T

InlawBiker InlawBiker writes  |  more than 6 years ago

InlawBiker (1124825) writes "In a follow-up to the earlier article "Interpol Unscrambles Doctored Photo In Manhunt", the New York Times is reporting that the man with the swirled face has been identified and caught. He is being held in Bangkok Thailand. The story on Interpol showing the unswirled photo was also featured on 60 Minutes.

"Canadian pedophile suspect Christopher Neil, focus of a global hunt that ended in rural Thailand on Friday, will be charged with molesting underage children after being tracked down through his boyfriend's phone."
Here is the story at nytimes.com."

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