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Credit Card Breach At P.F. Chang's

Poisonous Drool Got a call from my CC fraud dept today (117 comments)

There were two suspicious charges in New York state: $20 at Burger King and $300 at Kohls, both declined (yah!). I used that CC at PF Changes in late March.

about 8 months ago

Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

Poisonous Drool Re:Why OpenSSL is so popular? (301 comments)

OpenSSL has terrified me for years. The code is very hard to read and understand

I would like to second this thought. For such an important piece of code, OpenSSL is overly complex. That, by itself, is a bug.

about 10 months ago

How Voter Shortsightedness Skews Elections

Poisonous Drool Alexander Fraser Tytler Misquotation (269 comments)

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship."

about a year ago

JetBlue Launches Satellite-Based Inflight Wi-Fi

Poisonous Drool Speed Test 20 Mb/s (79 comments)

My friend did a speed test on JetBlue today and got 20 Mb/s. He isn't very technical so I assume he did the test on his iPhone or iPad. He said there was over 100 devices connected on his flight. He's a JB pilot but was in the back on this flight. He said the service is free until April. Take it for what it is worth.

about a year ago

Should the US Copy Switzerland and Consider a 'Maximum Wage' Ratio?

Poisonous Drool Re:Huh? (1216 comments)

rather he just talked about how great things would be

How great are things?

about a year ago

NASA Astronaut Talks "Gravity," Spacewalking, ISS

Poisonous Drool Re:Reach the "nearby" ISS? From Hubble? Uh, No. (97 comments)

Many years ago I "advised" a real-live screen writer (credited with seven movies) on a space shuttle movie, meaning he bought me lunch. He wanted to fly the shuttle to the sun. I told him it was impossible. He didn't care. I ate my lunch and he wrote his script. That's the way it goes in Hollywood. (The movie was released but his credit was something other than screenwriter on this particular film. Must have been my bad advice.)

about a year ago

Judge Orders Patent Troll To Explain Its 'Mr. Sham' To Jury

Poisonous Drool Should have dismissed (117 comments)

If you were paying the legal bills (easily more than $20k per month and $100-200k for the actual trial), you really want bogus claims or the entire lawsuit dismissed. Even if you win, you probably won't recover your legal fees and nothing for your time. I've been there.

about a year ago

Cherry's New Keyboard Switches Emulate IBM Model M Feel

Poisonous Drool Re:As opposed to actual Model Ms which are still m (298 comments)

I purchased a Unicomp "Linux" keyboard. I stopped using it after a few months. It's PS2 not USB and I had roll-over issues.

I replaced it with the Newegg Rosewill model. I'm happy with it but I'd like back-lighting in my next "Model M clone".

Does anyone know of a Bluetooth Model M clone?

about 2 years ago

Apple Asks Court To Sanction Samsung; Samsung Fires Back; More iPhone Prototypes

Poisonous Drool Re:Samsung have themselves to blame...not the Judg (404 comments)

I was involved in copyright litigation. The other side missed almost every deadline and the judge let them get away with it. They also wiped hard drives during discovery and amended their complaint *after* discovery ended. Our attorney said some judges use strict deadlines, others don't. The point is, don't assume deadlines are always strictly enforced. I know from experience that they aren't. You should be able to read the filings on PACER if you really care about the deadline issue. Note that discovery isn't on PACER. (If you use the RECAP Firefox plugin, the filings should be free.)

about 2 years ago

FCC Tariff Changes Mean No More Free Conference Calls

Poisonous Drool How Termination Fees Work (76 comments)

The way termination fees used to work was that you paid your long distance carrier 10 cents a minute for a long distance phone call. The LD carrier shared that ten cents with the local phone companies on both sides of the call. The shared amount vary but a penny to each side was a common amount. The FCC granted a abnormally high fee to rural telephone companies of about five cents a minute. A call from a big city to the country was split 1 cent to the big city telco, 4 cents to the long distance carrier, and 5 cents to the rural telco. The long distance companies didn't make as much money on a call to or from a rural phone company but the amount of traffic was small.

There was also a termination fee for local calls, but it was much less than a penny. Various companies began to "exploit" the termination fees. The guys with lots of modems were some of the first (e.g. whoever AOL outsourced their modems to). The free conference guys figured out you could make good money as well. Remember that conference call companies charged 25 cents a minute, so it was cheaper to pay 10 cents a minute for a long distance call to a free conference service. If they were efficient, they could even make money at 1 cent per minute, but 5 cents was much better so they located in rural areas.

The large telcos started to change their models for long distance from per-minute to a block of minutes (e.g. 500 minutes for $$ per month). The local telcos mostly took over the long distance business so now the telcos were cutting checks to the free conference guys and not getting anything back. Telcos hate that. So they stopped paying or arbitrarily started paying 50 cents on the dollar. They also lobbied to change the rules. And here we are with the FCC tariff change.

(Universal Service Fees are different. They are one of many taxes on your phone bill. The taxes are used to subsidize the phone bills for the "poor".)

I do not run a free conference service (or free anything), but the death star and friends owe me about $50k and I'm very very small.

more than 2 years ago

Obama Will Nominate Elena Kagan To the Supreme Court

Poisonous Drool Re:Ok then do this (413 comments)

Yea, I've had "politics" blocked for years and, unfortunately, I see this story on the front page as well.

more than 4 years ago

The Decline of the Landline

Poisonous Drool AT&T: Use dialup to get a daily usage file (435 comments)

I own a small CLEC and today AT&T told me to use dial-up to get a daily usage file from them. Now I have to find a modem that works with Linux and figure out PPP scripts.

more than 5 years ago

Battle Lines Being Drawn As Obama Plans To Curb Tax Avoidance

Poisonous Drool Re:Not a tax scam (1505 comments)

And if these multinational companies pay exactly zero in taxes, what is the big advantage to having them "headquartered" here in the first place?

A corporation paying zero taxes is great compared to negative taxes paid by GM, Chrysler, Citi, Amtrak, etc.

more than 5 years ago

Biden Promises 'Right Person' As Copyright Czar

Poisonous Drool Re:Ugh, that's depressing... (492 comments)

Here's a quick course in Constitutional law: They can do whatever they want; the commerce clause says so.

more than 5 years ago

The Formula That Killed Wall Street

Poisonous Drool Re:Nothing wrong with models. (561 comments)

Your numbers are misleading two ways. First, you should use relative amounts (e.g., percentage of GDP) verses absolute dollars. Second, you should use total liabilities verses simple debt. What did the government obligate itself (meaning taxpayers) to spend? Government accounting is fraudulent; too bad voters don't care.

more than 5 years ago


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