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

Ralph Wiggam Thanks, Obama (51 comments)

Remember when the Republicans in Congress fought against the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau? This is why.

The CFPB was actually proposed by Elizabeth Warren, then still at Harvard. She was Obama's first choice for its Director, but her appointment was blocked.

2 days ago
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US Links North Korea To Sony Hacking

Ralph Wiggam Re:with what? (182 comments)

Iran is free, as a sovereign nation, to respond to Stuxnet in any way they see fit. But they know that escalating the situation will probably go poorly for them.

3 days ago
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Will Ripple Eclipse Bitcoin?

Ralph Wiggam Re:Biggest Probem? (143 comments)

Apparently some Russia shops are pricing items in "Nominal Price Units", which is code for Dollars.

3 days ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

Ralph Wiggam Re:Decentralization (76 comments)

Would you say that the trend is up or down on bitcoin?

5 days ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

Ralph Wiggam Re:Decentralization (76 comments)

That was my first reaction. But the official Uber twitter account sent this-

"We are all concerned with events in CBD. Fares have increased to encourage more drivers to come online and pick up passengers in the area."

Then an hour later, after getting hammered on twitter, they decided to make all rides free. Uber pretty much has the worst PR department I have ever seen.

5 days ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

Ralph Wiggam Re:Decentralization (76 comments)

The decentralized currency that's lost two thirds of its value over the past year or a different one?

5 days ago
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NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget

Ralph Wiggam Re:2% is nothing (121 comments)

The A-10s were cheap to build..back in the 70s. Keeping the A-10 program running in the 21st century actually costs $700M per year.

about two weeks ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

Ralph Wiggam Re:Can someone explain to me (80 comments)

To nipick, it's actually just under 1.5M atmospheres.

about two weeks ago
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High Temperature Superconductivity Record Smashed By Sulfur Hydride

Ralph Wiggam Re:Doping? (80 comments)

That's not a pun.

about two weeks ago
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The PlayStation Turns 20

Ralph Wiggam Re:"second screen" innovation (101 comments)

I love the old saying "The early bird gets the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese."

about three weeks ago
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Iranian Hackers Compromised Airlines, Critical Infrastructure Companies

Ralph Wiggam Re:ha fucking ha (61 comments)

You think that cyber-warfare started with Stuxnet? That's funny.

about three weeks ago
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Ben Harris Shows off the Electric Vehicle Challenge Simulator (Video)

Ralph Wiggam Re:Converts gas cars to electric? (37 comments)

Electric vehicle range is very dependent on weight and drag. So you can certainly convert heavy, boxy cars. And a larger vehicle will give you more room for batteries. But the performance will not be good.

A common conversion is using a small pickup truck, which is cheap and light, and then filling the bed with batteries. Obviously you need a cap over the back.

about three weeks ago
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Ben Harris Shows off the Electric Vehicle Challenge Simulator (Video)

Ralph Wiggam Re:Deathtrap (37 comments)

Because if it's "green" and "for the environment" you can crucify puppies and nobody will blink.

I've been to a few dozen electric vehicle club meetings in two cities. Maybe one or two people are big environmentalists. Three or four people are hardcore "off grid" guys that don't want to be dependent on refined gasoline. The vast majority are nerds who like building cool stuff.

about three weeks ago
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Google, National Parks Partner To Let Girls Program White House Xmas Tree Lights

Ralph Wiggam Re:Girls, girls, girls... (333 comments)

Your common sense has no place among these dumbass women hating neckbeards.

about three weeks ago
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Ralph Wiggam Re:Few of us have inside and outside legal counsel (151 comments)

There are plenty of files that I'm legally allowed to access but you aren't.

Sure. And nobody sends DMCA takedown requests for those files.

about three weeks ago
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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Ralph Wiggam Re:Ross Perot is awesome! (126 comments)

It's a common belief, but it's not true. In exit polls, when Perot voters were asked who they would have voted for if Perot wasn't on the ballot, they were split nearly 50/50.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_presidential_election,_1992#Analysis

about a month ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Ralph Wiggam Re:If it helps: (88 comments)

How? I've been on Facebook for years and haven't seen anything like that.

The only thing my friends can do is tag me in pictures, which can be easily disabled or individually untagged.

about a month ago
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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

Ralph Wiggam Re:If it helps: (88 comments)

How can Facebook get personal information that you don't voluntarily share with it?

about a month ago
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Kim Dotcom Regrets Not Taking Copyright Law and MPAA "More Seriously"

Ralph Wiggam Re:Few of us have inside and outside legal counsel (151 comments)

What's happening here is that Kim is making a statement for the record, which is actually a lie, and it's being amplified and rebroadcast by the masses of asses, like slashdot editors.

Of course it's a lie. Megaupload's entire business plan was based on a perceived loophole in the DMCA takedown process that didn't exist.

If two users uploaded the same file to Megaupload, they stored it on their servers once and provided different links to those two users. If a movie studio filed a DMCA takedown notice and provided one of those links, Megaupload would disable just the link mentioned and leave any other links to that file active. The DMCA says that once you're aware that a file is infringing, you have to stop distributing that file. You can disagree with the DMCA as a law and a treaty, but it does not take a lawyer to realize that Megaupload was blatantly violating it.

The thing that really got Megaupload in trouble was incentivizing piracy. They had an affiliate program that would pay people cash if the files they uploaded were downloaded a lot. Which gets more downloads, Dr. Who fan fiction or a copy of the latest X-Men movie? Management was completely aware of what was going on because they discuss it in emails. By paying people to upload pirated material, that's a conspiracy.

about a month ago
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Multiple Manufacturers Push Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars, But Can They Catch Tesla?

Ralph Wiggam Re: Where do you fill up? (293 comments)

Keep in mind, being able to fuel up at home in an electric car means you'll save significant time not driving out of your way to get to fueling stations.

I've driven a Nissan Leaf for about a year and a half now. Never having to stop at a gas station is amazing.

I don't understand how in the world these big companies are betting huge on Hydrogen. It just makes no sense.

about a month ago

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