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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

NormHome State Attorney General? (349 comments)

If they are overcharging you or miss-measuring, this could be a consumer protection issue and possibly your State Attorney General or possibly the U.S. Attorney's office could help you. But you're going to have an uphill battle all the way, just like Slashdoters roll their eye's every time a judge makes a crazy ruling in technology related cases that's clearly wrong because they don't have a good grasp of the technology involved you're going to be speaking a foreign language to these people and you're going to have a very hard time getting them to understand the issue i.e. "What's DD-wrt?" or even "What's a router?".

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome Re:They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I'm willing to give anything a try but none of my friends or customers who have Verizon service use DSL and have FIOS instead. I can probably find and disable the router and wireless part of the Verizon Actiontec but my question is, if I do that will the channel guides still work on the houses cable boxes? The Verizon people made it seem that if the Actiontec were not the router on the network then the channel guides and DVR's wouldn't work right.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome Re:They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I can't control what provider my friends and customers choose, only advise them of the pitfalls associated with Verizon and their equipment; the reality is that Verizon's marketing machine convinces people that they're getting a good deal when in fact it's probably the same as Comcast and you're stuck using Verizon's equipment. Of course if you have a business and don't use Verizon's TV service then you can use your own router but if you're a residential user you're out of luck.

I've never understood why the Verizon cable boxes / dvrs channel guides won't work with third party routers and only with those Verizon branded Actiontec routers and I've never been able to get a straight answer to that question from them either.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

NormHome They used to call me paranoid... (427 comments)

I don't like those combination modem / routers very much either and I always suggest that Comcast people get just a modem and their own router; but can someone please tell me what to do with people who have Verizon? Those Actiontec modem / routers / wireless combo are just awful and port forwarding doesn't seem to work properly on the ones I've worked with but Verizon says that if you don't use their equipment and you have their TV service then the channel guide on the cable boxes won't work, so how do any of you overcome that problem?

about three weeks ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

NormHome About 3 to 6 a year (391 comments)

I build them for friends and relatives who want quality equipment.

For myself, about every two to three years.

about a month ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

NormHome Bad Idea, End of Story (474 comments)

There is just way too much potential for legalized drugs to go sideways and in a serious way. Ferry operators, crane operators or any heavy equipment, train operators, pilots, your investment manager, or any person in a critical position where one wrong mistake could cause lots of deaths or financial loss i.e. crash the stock market. Would you really want someone who's high or jonesing for their next fix piloting the ferry you're on or operating the crane that's lifting an I-Beam at the construction site you happen to walk by on the way to work?

about a month and a half ago
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John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9 (Video)

NormHome Re:Dogs.... (23 comments)

I can't speak to all breeds but there have been many recorded cases of dogs guarding their owners dead body's without any signs that the animal ate any part of the owner and it took animal control to take the dog away because it wouldn't allow anyone to come close.

My dogs have always been incredibly sensitive to my feelings, if I'm down they'd come over and lay their head on my foot or lap or go get their ball and throw it at me as if to say "Come on buddy, lets have some fun". I've never heard of a dog eating their dead owner, so I doubt that very much.

about 3 months ago
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John Hawley and His Dr. Who-Inspired Robot K-9 (Video)

NormHome Dogs.... (23 comments)

Dogs can be very sensitive to their owners feelings i.e. "You're feeling down friend, maybe a lick on the hand will make you feel better" and each one has it's own personality (anyone whose owned multiple dogs knows that) and while the idea of a robot dog modeled after K-9 is cool there's just no programming love. (at least right now)

about 3 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

NormHome It's all about the story.. (403 comments)

There were some pretty terrible story elements in both Abrams Star Trek movies that made stories in TOS and TOS movies (as well as some of the other Star Trek series) sure to not happen in the new Abrams reality and some of the characters were acting very out of character since Trek fans know them like they were members of the family.

The problem is that Star Wars fans have been feasting on material that is now going to be thrown out and we will now have a new Star Wars reality, if the story is good and the characters true to the originals it may stand a chance of being good but if the story changes the original characters in ways the fans disapprove of it's not going to be well received by the traditionally minded.

about 3 months ago
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OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD Hits 1.8GB/sec With Standard Toshiba MLC NAND

NormHome Re:No. Absolutely not. (113 comments)

Unless the unit was damaged, modified or some grey market edition I don't know that they have a legal leg to stand on, you can file a complaint with the state attorneys generals office allege fraud for failing to honor the warranty. It also depends on what state you're in i.e. "Void where prohibited" since some states have stronger consumer protection laws than others and some of the warranty terms may not apply to you.

Why did they deny your request for a warranty replacement?

about 3 months ago
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Adobe Creative Cloud Services Offline (Again?)

NormHome Re:Why do people put up with this shit? (164 comments)

You've got me, I've been warning my customers that Cloud services could be prone to outages like anything else.

I really hope that someone comes along and offers them some old style competition but IMHO the likelihood of that happening is slim to none. Adobe just has too much of a head start and no startup could compete with them out of the gate.

about 3 months ago
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Physics Students Devise Concept For Star Wars-Style Deflector Shields

NormHome Sheldon and Leonard... (179 comments)

Have been talking about this for years, I understand they're working with Howard on a prototype but it's a secret so don't tell anyone.

about 4 months ago
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XP Systems Getting Emergency IE Zero Day Patch

NormHome As I see It..... (179 comments)

Support is not over, I believe I read that the UK government is paying in excess of 55million or more for XP support and then the Dutch government is doing the same. If Microsoft is being paid by multiple government entities to continue to provide patches and updates for XP why not give the general public the benefit of those patches as well? I realize that the most likely answer to that is why should they when what they want is everyone still using XP to go out and buy a shiny new Windows 8/8.1 PC. But at the very least, a case could be made that the citizens of those governments paying for extended support should be able to download and install those patches since their tax dollars are paying for them. I also doubt very much that the patch Microsoft is releasing was made solely for the benefit of all users, they probably already had it done for the UK and Dutch governments (who as I said paid for it) and just decided to release it to the general public.

about 4 months ago
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US Nuclear Missile Silos Use Safe, Secure 8" Floppy Disks

NormHome Re:Security through Antiquity? (481 comments)

Yeah, you really have to watch out for those radical groups since you never know what they're capable of! (you made my day with that ha ha!)

about 4 months ago
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Monty Python To Bid Farewell In a Simulcast Show

NormHome The Spanish Inquisition.. (86 comments)

Nobody expects The Spanish Inquisition, so does that mean we can expect them to put in an appearance?

about 4 months ago
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DC Revolving Door: Ex-FCC Commissioner Is Now Head CTIA Lobbyist

NormHome Just so much wrong here.... (170 comments)

Like the other article yesterday about net neutrality, this just goes to show people that in the end big company's like Verizon can just buy anything they want and make the regulators and politicians dance to their tune and it's the general public that gets the short end at every turn and the regulators who are supposed to protect the interests of the people are not doing their jobs.

about 4 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

NormHome Re:Same old, same old. (798 comments)

It seems to me that you haven't been the skinny weaker non-fit kid being bullied and harassed by a bigger strapping star football team member. Sometimes all it's about is a bigger stronger kid harassing and beating on a smaller kid for no other reason than that he can and your remark about "it takes two to tango" is asinine.

about 4 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

NormHome Re:Same old, same old. (798 comments)

Having been on the receiving end of a lot of that myself, I can tell you that back then teachers always considered both kids at fault. To this day I'll never understand why teachers were so blind to the fact that the bigger stronger "athletic" kids constantly harassed the weaker kids.

about 4 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

NormHome So many things wrong with this.... (798 comments)

There are so many things wrong with this situation it's unreal. Not living in Pennsylvania I don't know what the laws there are i.e. what kind of anti-bullying laws they have and what kind of conversation recording laws they have but the school was wrong, the police were wrong, the judge was wrong and the parents of the kid were stupid for not saying "this conversation stops NOW until our lawyer gets here" when they saw where it was going. And the bully gets off Scott free and the kid who was probably already a nervous wreak now had psychological problems.

about 4 months ago
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Edward Snowden and Laura Poitras Win Truth-Telling Award

NormHome Who knows if it is or isn't... (123 comments)

Since the Supreme Court refused to rule on the latest challenge http://jurist.org/paperchase/2... we don't know if it is or isn't. In my opinion the original judge who said "that the program is likely unconstitutional" was correct, so the program continues to operate and probably faces years more worth of legal challenges.

about 5 months ago

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