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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Other People's Email?

Kakari Re:Same thing with snail mail (619 comments)

Assuming you're in the States, send a polite but firm letter explaining the issue and ask that they no longer contact you and that if they contact you again you will forward correspondence to your state's AG and the collection company's state's AG.

Heck, if it's already such an issue, it might be worth talking to your state's AG - they may be able to work to prevent the debt from being sold again.

more than 3 years ago

DOJ Could Ban Texas Flights Over Anti-Patdown Law

Kakari Re:Don't Bother. It doesn't matter. (377 comments)

But before that happens they'll implement the 'Known Traveler Number' aka CLEAR v2.0 and you can buy your way through security (although somewhat less expensive than chartered flights).

Enough people with money are bitching, in time there will be two classes of flying public (or 3 if you find the 'first class' security line to be one already). And the people who provide much of the money to airlines (business travelers) will have signed up for the KTN and then they'll only be feeling up Grandma and your kids when they want to go to Disney World because they didn't pay the protection money.

How this will be effected by another terrorist attack will be interesting (and likely to correlate with whether the terrorist was a KT or not).

more than 3 years ago

DOJ Could Ban Texas Flights Over Anti-Patdown Law

Kakari Re:At Long Last (377 comments)

I flew the first day these were implemented and damn, but that TSA agent was thorough. I have never been so relaxed for a flight before or since.

Since then I've had variations from a full ball-count (more 'thorough' than before, but not very relaxing/massaging) to 'I touched the dude boss, can I let him go now?'

It sucks, but when I can't escape the nudie scanner line, I'll take the transient patdown than the risk someone left the BSX/mm wave scanner in 'test' mode to save images (not that I actually care if you want a naked picture of me, but that I think it's a more severe violation of the 4th amendment).

more than 3 years ago

Congress Makes Deal To Renew Patriot Act For 4 Years

Kakari Re:Vote Democratic Party! (350 comments)

Yet he decided to extend the cuts longer, and even threw in a SS tax cut (for some unknown reason).

It's because someone(s) told him that it was the fastest way to stimulate the economy.

more than 3 years ago

Fable III Dev: Used Game Sales More Costly Than Piracy

Kakari Re:God-damn money-grubbing assholes. (342 comments)

I seem to remember a time when this happened - I think it was back around the time Half Life (1) came out. Actually, the entire timeline of the Half Life series seems to go the way you suggest (right up to the Orange Box).

I find DVDs tend to move this way as well - any movie that's 24+ months old seems to be <$10 and often <$7.

Granted, I haven't bought a game in close to 2.5 years, so things might have changed quite a bit.

more than 3 years ago

Comcast Helps Fix Pirate Bay Connection Problems

Kakari Re:Seriously? (237 comments)

Man... I just came back here with the same link in my clipboard. Thank you for finding it too.

more than 3 years ago

America's First Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Fueling Station

Kakari Re:down with sewers (247 comments)

So you say you want a composting toilet? Only about 20x the initial cost of a traditional commode, but I'm sure you're OK with that: (first search link).

more than 3 years ago

After Japan's Quake, Taiwan Helps Fill iPad 2 Supply-Chain Gaps

Kakari Re:Sandy Bridge Upgrade Delays... (98 comments)

haha. and you can't spell "their".

There's just something about correcting someone's grammar/spelling/diction/etc. that guarantees that you'll screw up something in the process.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Plants Keyloggers On Laptops

Kakari Re:And we do this how? (515 comments)

That does not work.

Except for XP when you adjust the setup.ini file on the CD.

more than 3 years ago

Plastic Made From Fruit Rivals Kevlar In Strength

Kakari Re:Kevlar is not really very strong - it's tough (181 comments)

Where does 'spectra (UHMWPE, as I understand it)' fiber fall in these? I have often heard of it referred to as artificial spider's silk and could potentially be used as a thin bullet resistant lining (i.e. you will probably have broken bones and a wound, but would still be alive). I presume you would be able to provide more information on this fiber and the validity of that claim.

more than 3 years ago

Should Smartphones Be Allowed In Court?

Kakari Re:laptop computers? (218 comments)

Typically you are instructed not to seek any information about the case at hand and if you hear anything about the case unintentionally to inform the judge. Ignoring this is (often) a contempt of court. If the case is serious (or high-profile) enough, you will be sequestered (look for the OJ Simpson trial to see how far that went, though probably never again) so that you don't have access to those items.

A jury decides a case based on the evidence presented and their judgment, not additional evidence that would (may) have been otherwise excluded from the case (and likely was, otherwise you would have seen it as one side or the other would see it as beneficial to bring it up).

more than 3 years ago

Should Smartphones Be Allowed In Court?

Kakari Re:Wrong (218 comments)

It's often the remote monitoring equipment in ICUs that they ask you to turn off the phones for (no idea what frequencies they run on, but when it comes to monitoring in the ICU, I don't care if it's totally unfounded, people can turn off their phones' transmitters).

Radiology/Imaging is often for if you're in for a scan you don't want any metal near the magnet-based devices (see: ). I know the percentages of particles that are detected in an MRI and a phone might just be able to disrupt that from a hallway, although I doubt it given the usual placement of the machines.

more than 3 years ago

A Late Adopter's Guide To USB 3.0

Kakari Re:usb 3.0 is in more systems / hardware then Thun (185 comments)

Or it may be that there are segments of the market that truly need the older ports to support hardware that has an extremely long refresh cycle.

more than 3 years ago

US Contemplating 'Vehicle Miles Traveled' Tax

Kakari Re:Double dipping? (1306 comments)

Why does it take large dump trucks (and pretty new ones at that)? Those things guzzle diesel. Couldn't the same purpose be served by a pickup truck with an arrow sign and flashing lights following the paint truck?

Because they'd have to buy things like these 'traffic attentuators' to safeguard their employees in the paint truck. The flashing signs don't save you from some idiot tearing down the breakdown lane because s/he's late for work and doesn't know what the holdup is.

Or, clearly the dump truck is cheaper </sarcasm>.

*Although the dump truck actually may be cheaper because it can be used for other things as well, like doing tar snakes/pothole repair/other hauling. Three is excessive.

more than 3 years ago


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