Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?
The point of TFA is that comcast's network metering methods are hidden from customer scrutiny and nobody at weights and measures seems to give a damn.
The best part of your comment is that TFA is regarding ATT's practices, and has nothing to do with Comcast. Yet even someone in Australia knows how fucked up Comcast is, and has mistaken another carrier for Comcast because the story is about ripping off a customer. If that doesn't show the incredibly awful nature and reputation of Comcast, I'm not sure what does. It's too bad the FCC won't see this thread.
$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen
Been there, done that; you could say that submitting a story is kind of a roll of the dice.
850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement
I thought they only collected tiny bits of metadata of little concern to the average citizen, only when foreigners are involved, and that it was only ever used for superduper terrorist investigations. Oh, the local sheriff has access, too? Drug enforcement and all that?
Lizard Squad Bomb Threat Diverts Sony Exec's Plane To Phoenix
as gullible and dumb as most of the population is, Uncle Sam hardly has "tremendous credibility with most of them."
Sure he does. You think people don't worship federal law enforcement? Look at the coverage of, say, the Boston bombing; the media and the general public were all lining up to praise any officer who was involved in that situation. Same with Sandy Hook, same with "sabu" and Anonymous, same with every story that gets publicized.
Police abuses are currently part of the national dialogue thanks to what happened in Ferguson, MO. But it took that event, a racially charged shooting, to get national attention and wake people up. Eric Garner being choked to death by NYPD didn't really get much press. The poor child who was disfigured by a SWAT flash-bang in Georgia didn't really get much press. It's just now coming out today that LAPD left an asthmatic man to die while he begged for help, that was almost a year ago and didn't get much press.
The population adores the federal government. The population thinks the NSA spying is all well and good and that Snowden is a traitor.
Congress has one of the lowest approval ratings in history, and yet incumbents continue to be re-elected over and over. Yes, the population is surely gullible and dumb, but to say that Uncle Sam hardly has credibility with them is a farce. The people love their Uncle.
Finding an ISIS Training Camp Using Google Earth
The Kurds helped those people on the mountain escape to Turkey (likely with clandestine US involvement as well). ISIS was actually using Turkey's old embassy in Mosul to hold some Turks hostage for awhile, so it's no surprise that this training camp turned up in Mosul. Neat detective work tracking it down, though.
Scientists Find Traces of Sea Plankton On ISS Surface
Next week on Search for Ancient Plankton, renowned expert S. Squarepantopoulous explores the difference between space plankton and sea plankton. Only on H2, check local listings.
ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions
Something like protocol://continent.country.service.domains.subdomains/directory/file.ext
But no one is going to put up with typing in na.usa.discussion-forums.technology.slashdot.askslashdot any more than they'd put up with typing in 22.214.171.124. Plus, it's a burden on users to assume that they'll know (or care, or remember) on which continent and in which country each site lives. So we'd need some system to translate your well-executed hierarchical taxonomy into something that users could more easily remember. I wonder what we could call it...
Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation
Don't forget fucking over the original developers in the process. Microsoft negotiated the price down to $2 million by agreeing to pay royalties to Spyglass for each copy sold... Then turned around and gave the product away for free. Spyglass should have worked a better deal, sure, but it was a dick move by Microsoft.
Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police
Now that we have given away this surplus equipment.
And are looking at the possibility of reentering the Iraq area of conflict.
Are we going to need all new equipment to put boots on the ground ?
Yes, yes, now you understand. Now get back to work! We can't meet our quarterly targets if you aren't paying taxes.
Bezos-Owned Washington Post Embeds Amazon Buy-It-Now Buttons Mid-sentence
Slate is a United States English language online current affairs and culture magazine created in 1996 by former New Republic editor Michael Kinsley, initially under the ownership of Microsoft as part of MSN. On 21 December 2004 it was purchased by The Washington Post Company.
So, if Bezos owns the Washington Post and the Washington Post owns Slate, well, there we have it. WaPo's using the "slatmag-20" affiliate ID to simplify things for accounting purposes, I guess.
Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?
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Google Expands Safe Browsing To Block Unwanted Downloads
As with many things, the theory is fine, we're going to have to wait and see how it's executed. I've grown wary of lists like this because invariably you wind up with false positives, or with benign items being added to the list intentionally.
Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot
I had the opposite opinion (then again, I also had time to sit around reading the article). I've read a couple of Bamford's books, Body of Secrets comes to mind, and found them to be rather dry and boring. This piece was a refreshing change in style.
Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space
A lot of what shows up on Google Maps, especially in larger metro areas, has been photographed from planes. They're only up on nice VFR days, so there's no atmosphere in the way. Better resolution satellite stuff from Digital Globe will be nice to see, but aircraft will continue to dominate the commercial aerial imagery sector for quite awhile.
China Smartphone Maker Xiaomi Apologizes For Unauthorized Data Access
The one that always got me was "AOL Deutschland GmbH."
Yahoo To Add PGP Encryption For Email
I believe he's speaking of HushMail.
Massive Russian Hack Has Researchers Scratching Their Heads
Um, no you/they didn't. I work at an ISP, smaller than Google, and am constantly blocking various attacks.
It was pretty heavily implied that he was speaking about blocking these attacks on GMail. Thankfully, Google hasn't quite achieved the ubiquity needed to interfere with other ISPs' traffic.
LinkedIn Busted In Wage Theft Investigation
The really talented people leave. The decent people do a lot less and the crappy people even manage to be even crappier. The quality of the work product sucks.
Yet management somehow still gets their bonuses, so who gives a fuck?
Synolocker 0-Day Ransomware Puts NAS Files At Risk
The useful thing about the cloud is that no-one knows what it actually is, so any company is free to call their product cloud-based without contest.
Reminds me of the quote about "big data" being like sex in high school. Nobody's really sure what it is, but everyone thinks that everyone else is doing it, so everyone says they're doing it, too.
Comcast Gives 6 Months Free Internet To Poor and Unpaid Bill Amnesty
I'm a Comcast TV and internet subscriber (not really by choice, as in many places it's the only solid option). Over the past few weeks I've seen an ad from, by, and for Comcast promoting this service... over and over and over. It shows a kid in school with some narration about how everything would be better if only he had access to the internet, then he goes home, and imagine that! A Comcast truck is sitting outside his home, hooking up some internet service!
Comcast loves kids, loves schools, and wants to help all students do research for their education! Yeah, right. This is a very low cost (or free), but also extremely low service plan. You have to be around or below the poverty level to qualify. The local news did a segment recently and the way they presented it, Comcast won't be letting you sign up unless you can prove that you qualify for food stamps and free school lunches. I'm not looking to go into a welfare debate, but living in a city with a fairly high number of section 8 residents, many of the folks who would qualify for the Internet Essentials plan are already paying Comcast for much better services using subsidies from other sources.
I love the idea of internet access being available to everyone, but don't think for a moment that Comcast is doing this out of some kind of corporate benevolence. It was required the last time they were involved in a giant merger (buying out NBC) and they're finally getting around to promoting it in hopes of their next giant merger (with Time Warner) being approved.
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