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How One Small Company Blocked 15.1 Million Robocalls Last Year

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Implement locally? (145 comments)

Sure, I get there are edge cases where you might want to get a call from an unknown caller. The circumstances on your list (for me) are rare. I'm talking maybe once every few years rare. Robocalls are obnoxious and legion. I pretty much don't even answer my landline anymore because it rings several times a day with junk calls. Registering the number on the do not call lists had zero effect. More needs to be done to punish purveyors of this service at the source.

It would be nice if you could have your telco provider apply an aggressive spam filter by default.

2 days ago
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Welcome to the police state (152 comments)

If you're in the big chair, you're responsible. That's part of the package of being the President. If you don't like some existing policy then you work to change it. I haven't seen any evidence of that in this realm by the Obama administration. On the contrary, surveillance seems to be accelerating. And for the record, I didn't vote for the previous guy.

3 days ago
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DEA Cameras Tracking Hundreds of Millions of Car Journeys Across the US

Ritz_Just_Ritz Welcome to the police state (152 comments)

Hope...change....whatever.

Any excuse is given to erode civil liberties. If it wasn't drugs, it would have been something else.

3 days ago
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Winklevoss Twins Plan Regulated Bitcoin Exchange

Ritz_Just_Ritz bitcoin is circling the drain, but.... (79 comments)

If the Winkletwins want to hype it up long enough so that I can dispose of the last of my BTC stash while 1BTC is still over US$200, I'm game.

Having bitcoins kept in a US bank seems to defeat the purpose of bitcoin, but it it helps me with my previous point, then by golly, full speed ahead.

5 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

Yes, it sure does happen. Just ask the politically incorrect (for the current administration) non-profit orgs who got "special attention" by the IRS. Knowing where you live is one thing...having the ability to freeze all your assets or deny your org legitimate rights afforded to "politically correct" orgs that get little scrutiny is a whole new class of bullying.

about a week ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Not expensive for an audiophile device (391 comments)

For the "audiophile" market, it's all about marketing. There are companies out there that are quite successful at selling multi-thousand dollar speaker cables to the gullible with deep pockets. It doesn't have to actually "sound better". I doubt they expect to move these in high volume, but there are certainly a number of folks that will buy it as a prop and show that they really care about their music. :)

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

Ritz_Just_Ritz Not worth the hassle... (400 comments)

Subject to opinion, but a lot of people feel like the quality (in terms of story) of content has gone down so they lose interest.

Ticket prices have skyrocketed and who really likes paying "movie prices" for things like soda and popcorn after getting reamed on the admission cost?

It's much more convenient to purchase VOD titles and watch on your own schedule.

Home theater displays and audio gear has become significantly cheaper so it's possible to get a very good viewing experience at home.

I think piracy has little to do with it. The people who are going to steal, are going to do it anyway. I doubt the population of those people is growing significantly. It's the number of non-pirates that's not bothering to consume movies in the cinema that's the "problem."

In short: The industry is actively chasing away consumers and technology is making it "worse" by creating an environment where people can get similar experiences on their own schedule at home using VOD. Do I want to deal with the hassle of going to the cinema or do I want to wait a little while and then watch on a large high def display in the comfort of my own home.

about a month ago
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Facebook Apologizes For 'Year In Review' Photos

Ritz_Just_Ritz shocker (218 comments)

You voluntarily hand over your privacy to a group with a long history of treating your life as their product. And then you act shocked when they take liberties with what they feel is theirs....

I find it hard to feel sorry for people who complain. Welcome to the flipside of being able to tell people that you passed gas while lunching at Starbucks with the press of a button. *yawn*

about a month ago
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CoreOS Announces Competitor To Docker

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:"Docker Platform" (71 comments)

A way to avoid bloat in docker. :)

about 2 months ago
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CoreOS Announces Competitor To Docker

Ritz_Just_Ritz "Docker Platform" (71 comments)

I don't understand the need to inject all the platform bloat into Docker. Why not just fold docker functionality into an existing platform such as OpenStack to handle all those "extras" that are being contemplated? The work to integrate the two is already in progress:

https://wiki.openstack.org/wik...

Best,

about 2 months ago
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LHC Data Generation Expected To Scale Up To 400PB a Year

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Oracle (99 comments)

OpenStack is simply a cloud framework. What does any of that have to do with Oracle? In any case, this would be a great test case for a ginormous ceph cluster. I use ceph in conjunction with approximately 10PB of storage and am looking to increase that by at least an order of magnitude over the next year or two.

More info on ceph: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...

about 3 months ago
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Online Payment Firm Stripe Boots 3D Gun Designer Cody Wilson's Companies

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Lucky for Stripe (353 comments)

At the end of the day, the guy is selling a tool...a basic CNC milling machine. Those are available all over the place and serve many more purposes than allowing the owner to mill gun parts. I guess the next step is to prohibit people from selling files and drill bits because they can also be utilized for gunsmithing purposes. Where does it end?

I'm sure he can find another payment processor that doesn't have a political agenda.

about 3 months ago
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Security Companies Team Up, Take Down Chinese Hacking Group

Ritz_Just_Ritz Chinese government complicity (63 comments)

Why don't they come out and call a spade a spade...the Chinese government aids, at worst, or allows, at best, this activity. Ask anyone who has spent any time living in China. It's pretty difficult to do anything that they don't like and if when you do manage to circumvent the rules, it's only because you're greasing the palms of someone inside the government. "Hacking group".....riiiiiiiiiight. (rolling eyes)

about 3 months ago
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Verizon Injects Unique IDs Into HTTP Traffic

Ritz_Just_Ritz Switch carriers (206 comments)

Just another reason not to spend your money with Verizon.

about 3 months ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (294 comments)

I love all the chatter about how Tesla is "harming the industry" by selling direct. **rolling eyes**

Directly selling cars to the public is only harmful to the middlemen in the dealerships that ARE indeed greasing their state legislators with fat political contributions. Why should auto manufacturers be forced to deal with middlemen to sell to the public? How in the world does direct sales "harm the industry"? Are large home builders forbidden to sell houses directly to consumers? The whole concept of protecting a parasitic middleman is just ridiculous. It results in inefficiency and higher prices.

about 3 months ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:The Nobel Prize Committee blew it (276 comments)

When Obama got the peace prize for pretty much just showing up, I ceased thinking of the Nobel prize as a meritocracy and haven't even kept track of the winners since then. It's become a bit of a joke.

about 4 months ago
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FCC Puts Comcast and Time Warner Merger On Hold

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:A Strategic Delay (132 comments)

Far more likely that the folks in the White House would rather this issue goes away until AFTER the election...and then they'll continue cashing those checks from the monopolists and let the merger happen while they throw up their hands and claim they used that extra time to "really stick it to the man"....

about 4 months ago
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PayPal Integrates Bitcoin Processors BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:bitcoin (and altcoins) are circling the drain (56 comments)

Last time I checked, I didn't see any store fronts that were talking about accepting biotech stocks as currency.

about 4 months ago
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PayPal Integrates Bitcoin Processors BitPay, Coinbase and GoCoin

Ritz_Just_Ritz Re:bitcoin (and altcoins) are circling the drain (56 comments)

And it was over $1000 in November 2013 and just a few days ago it was in the 300's. It's whipsawing up and down at the whim of the Russian and Chinese mob. Way too unstable to be used as a currency. No thanks.

about 4 months ago

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