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T-Mobile To Pay $90M For Unauthorized Charges On Customers' Bills

NoKaOi Re:And where is my money?? (40 comments)

Consumers who believe they were wrongly charged will be able to apply for refunds at a website set up for the purpose.

So pretty much T-Mobile could have made hundreds of millions of dollars off of this, but they won't have to pay more than $67.5 million of it unless people realize they were being overcharged, and go to the trouble of applying for a refund. How many people will actually do that? Most people who were wrongfully charged probably don't even realize, especially when it's tucked in between the various ridiculous "fee" line items on the bill. And even if people do realize they are being wrongfully charged, and even if they do know where to go to apply for a refund, unless it's a significant amount most won't bother because either they'll "get around to it later" or figure the slim chance of actually collecting isn't worth their time and hassle.

There should have been a few more million added to hire a team of forensic accountants.

6 hours ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NoKaOi Re: Land of the free (566 comments)

The NSA is just as guilty of ignoring the 2nd amendment

Hmmmm, the NSA is certainly guilty of ignoring the 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th, not so sure about the 2nd.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

NoKaOi Re:Land of the free (566 comments)

Or when I pull up in my driveway and see that someone is already inside my home or garage, I should just let them finish stealing whatever they'd like and file a report.

Well, yeah, actually. In this case, you'd have to be really stupid to try to have a gun battle with them (assuming in your scenario that most people carry a gun, so presumably the intruder has a high probability of having a gun). Even if you think you have the skill to shoot your average criminal before they can shoot you, you don't know the skill level of this particular intruder. Even if you are more skilled than the intruder, let's say you have a 75% chance of winning the fight (50% if the intruder is equally skilled, which you don't know going into the fight). Is not losing your stuff worth a 25% chance of losing your life? Voluntarily avoiding that confrontation doesn't mean you're a wussy, it means you're smart.

Anyway, point being, it doesn't matter how much of a badass you are, voluntarily going into a gun fight by yourself just to protect some stuff is really fucking stupid. Unless you're Chuck Norris, but I doubt Chuck Norris would post as Anonymous Coward.

yesterday
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Army To Launch Spy Blimp Over Maryland

NoKaOi Re:Proving Ground? (175 comments)

Where would you have them test prototypes?

How about an unpopulated (or minimally populated) area? Maybe even do something useful for its test like tracking wildlife instead of humans?

2 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

NoKaOi Re:Who are you defending against? (166 comments)

There have been a total of two attempted prosecutions under provisions in the Patriot Act

And how many NSLs have been issued to force the cover-up of these constitutional violations?

3 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

NoKaOi Re:Who are you defending against? (166 comments)

Also, FTA:

Verizon believes major demand for its new encryption service will come from governmental agencies conveying sensitive but unclassified information over the phone, says Tim Petsky, a senior product manager for Verizon Wireless.

Sensitive, but unclassified. That should give an indication as to the level of security they expect it to provide.

3 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

NoKaOi Re:CALEA says it must (166 comments)

FTA:

Phone carriers like Verizon are required by U.S. law to build networks that can be wiretapped. But the legislation known as the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act requires phone carriers to decrypt communications for the government only if they have designed their technology to make it possible to do so. If Verizon and Cellcrypt had structured their encryption so that neither company had the information necessary to decrypt the calls, they would not have been breaking the law.

3 days ago
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Verizon "End-to-End" Encrypted Calling Includes Law Enforcement Backdoor

NoKaOi Who are you defending against? (166 comments)

If you think you're defending against the NSA with encryption provided by a big telecom company, you're fooling yourself, even if this policy weren't public. If, on the other hand, you're defending against basic hackers hired by a competitor, then perhaps this would be a reasonable option. It's like locking your doors, putting bars on all your windows, and putting your stuff in a safe. Sure, that'll keep most burglars out, but do you think the NSA wouldn't be able to get to your stuff?

This is the part that bugs me: "so long as they're able to prove that there's a legitimate law enforcement reason for doing so." It used to be that meant demonstrating to an impartial judge that they had probable cause, which takes the form of a warrant. However, it doesn't say they need a warrant...so now it's a Verizon employee rather than an impartial judge who gets to decide if there's probable cause.

3 days ago
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Sony Demands Press Destroy Leaked Documents

NoKaOi Re:First amendment? (249 comments)

Those things are not necessarily true. It really depends on if they gave campaign contributions to the right people, in the right amounts, at the right time. Or were you under the impression that separation of powers in the branches of government still exists? Judgeships are political appointments. All Sony really needs is for a politician to pressure the judge to issue an injunction that lasts long enough for the news to go stale.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

NoKaOi Re:Religion of peace? (873 comments)

Deport the lot and erect barriers around their enclaves. Ready the nukes and just carpet bomb the fuck out of them. Enough is enough.

Wasn't there some dude in Germany some decades ago who tried something similar with an entire religion's people? How'd that work out for him?

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

NoKaOi Re:Check your math. (873 comments)

you'll find that in western countries 8-25%(sometimes more) support the use of violence to do so

Versus the 51% in the US who support violence by Christians? (as shown by those who voted for Bush's 2nd term)

5 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

NoKaOi Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

I'm skeptical of the peaceful nature of a religion founded by a warlord

Are you referring to Catholicism, which was founded by Constantine?

5 days ago
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Canada Waives Own Rules, Helps Microsoft Avoid US Visa Problems

NoKaOi Re:Fucking Hell, Harper needs to go! (122 comments)

It has no impact on how much they can spend at lunch or whether they get the premium cable package or the standard.

Right, I'm sure they have to budget their lunches very carefully. I'm sure they have to make decisions about which days they have to bring lunch from home and how many days they can afford to eat out. I'm sure it's also a huge decision about whether to splurge for the premium cable package, or save money and get standard cable so they can afford a few more days of eating off the dollar menu.

They'd have to sell or take out loans against their shares if they wanted to go buy a Private Jet or something like that.

Oh. My. God. You mean they can't just order another private jet online, they actually have to fill out some paperwork? Scratch that, they actually have to sign the paperwork that their lawyers filled out for them? I feel so sorry for them! They have it so rough compared to their employees, whose entire wealth can be had as cash in an instant simply by digging through the couch cushions.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

NoKaOi Re:Ok Justin (379 comments)

But he seems to have gone for the republican kool aid and somehow wants to blame this on.... the executive branch.

Yes, it is the executive branch's fault. Of course, it is also the legislative and judicial branch's fault, but even if Obama tried unsuccessfully to kill the bill, and even if SCOTUS won't hear it for procedural reasons, Obama could still prevent it. It does authorize but does not require the executive branch to conduct warrantless forfeiture of private communications. Obama could simply say, "that's unconstitutional, we're not gong to do that," and order federal agencies to only seize or intercept private communications if they have a warrant.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

NoKaOi Re:That's not how it works (379 comments)

Judge: Mr. Prosecutor, can you please tell me where you obtained this evidence?
Mr. Prosecutor: National Security.
Judge: Oh, Okay.

FTFY

about a week ago
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Tesla Wants Texas Auto Sales Regulations Loosened

NoKaOi Re:Tesla needs to play by rules (137 comments)

those rules would involve an expensive physical buildout and/or sharing profits with a lot of middlemen.

That sounds like a good explanation of why the rules are fundamentally flawed.

about two weeks ago
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How the NSA Is Spying On Everyone: More Revelations

NoKaOi Re:Standard M.O. (148 comments)

I guess you can call it illegal, but that sort of implies that there is some sort of authority who can take authority action against transgressors.

There is an authority who can take action, the problem is that they don't. It's pretty much the reason the Supreme Court exists.

about two weeks ago
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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

NoKaOi Re:strawman? (212 comments)

Why should we believe that HTTPS (or i suppose more accurately TLS / SSL) hasn't already been compromised (i.e. by the NSA)?

So, the straw man you're referring to is the idea that if the NSA can break it, then it's useless?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

NoKaOi Re:Going to the Himalayas and you need what? (223 comments)

I'm going to be working in high tech in Miami for the next year. What activities would you suggest to continue developing my ice climbing skills?

Running, biking/spinning, swimming, and lifting weights. You'll want to stay in shape and work on strength training, so that when you return to ice climbing you're ready to (pardon the pun) hit the ground running.

about a month ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

NoKaOi Re:ESA's spectacular rash of achieving failures (337 comments)

This may be the end of Philae’s short and trailblazing mission on the surface of Comet 67P, but a huge amount of data — including data from a drilling operation that, apparently, was carried out despite concerns that Philae wasn’t positioned correctly — was streamed to Rosetta mission control, potentially revolutionizing our understanding about the nature of comets.

And Rosetta will continue orbiting its comet as 67P drops closer to the sun, providing us with a unique and historic perspective on an icy body that could hold the secrets to the formation of our solar system.

I'm sorry, where does it say that the mission was a failure?

about a month ago

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