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WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

Yebyen Re:Diplomatic pouch? (289 comments)

Solve what problem? The UK are the ones who are waiting with baited breath that want to arrest him, I don't see why they would agree to this.

3 days ago

Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

Yebyen Re:I don't see it.... (179 comments)

It's mock-racism. He's trying to play back the overtones (subtext?) from the article. I didn't read the original story, but even I can see this line is supposed to sound unapologetically racist, in a blatant way which maybe the original comparison didn't make so obvious. Haven't you ever heard the meme that Chinese make only cheap copies of American inventions? It's a totally racist idea, unless it's actually true. (Which I'm sure it's not.)

3 days ago

Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

Yebyen Re:yeah yeah (364 comments)

The bundle would be for TV, Phone, and Internet. The sentence should probably have the emphasis placed on "You NEVER ANSWER".

The implication being that you pay extra for Comcast telephone number that is instantly sold to telemarketers, and since all of your friends have your cell phone number, only telemarketers and bill collectors are actually ringing to call you on it.

We had this phone in a house I used to live. The rent guy ("land lord") apparently owed money on some credit cards that were in default and collections, and he was able to tell poor people moving in that there was a house phone, they could use it to look for a job so they could afford a cell phone (maybe some job better than their crappy job, hopefully we didn't have anyone moving in with no job and no way to pay rent...)

All of the poor people inevitably had cell phones. Nobody used the house phone. If you were in the living room watching TV though, the (888) number that liked to call every day around dinner time would definitely take up 1/2 of the display area on the screen as the Caller ID was automatically routed through the television!

Wow, that's technology.

about two weeks ago

Judge Rejects $324.5 Million Settlement For Tech Workers, Argues For More

Yebyen Re:as one of the effected people (268 comments)

You don't get H1B permits for the whole company. You are an American company, you have to fill so many jobs with Americans, and then you are considered for H1Bs. I'm pretty sure that's how it works, you can't just fire all of the locals and staff the whole factory with H1B workers from New Delhi and Guangdong. You also have to show that you made an effort to fill those jobs with qualified Americans and none were available^w willing to work for your pittance, and even then you have a bunch of hoops. So, if all the companies want to keep their pigs from gaining too much weight, they might have to collude together to try and do it... which is of course illegal as we're seeing now.

about two weeks ago

Inside BitFury's 20 Megawatt Bitcoin Mine

Yebyen Re:Waste of power (195 comments)

"based on the real world" so, you mean, in fact completely unreal and made of unicorn dust.

How would you tie energy generation to coins? I'm assuming the point of your proposed solution is that the coins are a reward for generating energy, and producing the coins does not actually consume the power. So, how do you make it provably fair? Install ammeters at each generation site with embedded DRM protections?

Why not just sell the power?

about three weeks ago

Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

Yebyen Re:Finally! (502 comments)

And how would they enforce their subpoena in this imaginary world where governments you don't ever interact with in any way can somehow affect you personally?


about three weeks ago

UK Government Report Recommends Ending Online Anonymity

Yebyen Re:Outlawing this fun too? (282 comments)

Our sushi man does this too, only I have the feeling his name is really Yes. Good Japanese name.

about three weeks ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Yebyen Re:Lies and statistics... (570 comments)

Didn't he say so, he did actually have to pay $6000? In premiums, whether he got bit by a bat this year or not, every year. Plus co-pays.

Hopefully his deductible is lower than yours, if he's the only person on his care plan.

about three weeks ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Yebyen Re:Blame Comcast/Verizon? (354 comments)

So I'm curious. When your business' expenses increase in one department, and there's absolutely nothing at all you can do about it to stop that increase from happening, what do you do? I'm pretty sure at Netflix, they either raise prices for a segment of their customers dramatically, raise prices more slightly for their customers across the board, cut their expenses in another department, or shore up operations and close the doors for good.

They are one company over at Netflix, not like Time Warner/Time Warner Cable/Time Warner Telecom/AOL/FifthMealCompany which are all independent and separate from each other nowadays, unless you're asking some jerk on the street who doesn't know any better. Those companies are all free standing and profitable. Netflix has only one money pit.

And you think the primary expense of the mail division that operates six days a week is only postage? You're even more clueless than I thought!

about a month ago

Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Yebyen Blame Comcast/Verizon? (354 comments)

Kind of surprised to not see anyone at all here blaming Comcast, Verizon, and the other extortion artists trying to get an extra buck out for Netflix' rising costs and ever decreasing service level. This is the very start of what we all predicted with the decline of Net Neutrality, no?

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: How Many Employees Does Microsoft Really Need?

Yebyen Re:Corporate culture (272 comments)

Hahahahahah thanks for that, I LOL'd

about a month ago

NSA Says Snowden Emails Exempt From Public Disclosure

Yebyen Re:Really? (231 comments)

I think this is what he's talking about:

Yes, NSA spies on Congress. No, Congress doesn't like that, but they don't mind the rest of us being spied on. She was only pissed off about the spying once she realized she was also targeted.

about a month ago

Hacking a Tesla Model S Could Net $10,000 Prize

Yebyen Re:Void warranty (77 comments)

Service locations then...

It looks like Tesla "ranger visit" is $100 per trip with the service plan, presumably since it's not explained on the page a "ranger" is someone who comes to you, like AAA, only Tesla.

about a month and a half ago

TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Yebyen Re: Actually makes good sense (702 comments)

NB: From what I'm reading today, the energy stored in a modern Li-Ion battery is about equivalent to the stored energy in a hand grenade. So if you can rewire it to blow up, that's enough. You don't need to replace any of the materials in the battery itself.

about a month and a half ago

Human Language Is Biased Towards Happiness, Say Computational Linguists

Yebyen Re:Don't worry, be happy (86 comments)

I had never heard the story that Bobby McFerrin committed suicide and had to google to figure out wtf he was talking about :) so yes, woosh indeed.

about 2 months ago

Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Yebyen Re:This means nothing without context (265 comments)

OK, I wasn't going to say it but now I'm going to say it. Black people are good at sports. Better than me. By the numbers, anyway.

about 2 months ago

Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Yebyen Re:One disturbing bit: (484 comments)

I think the judges are applying a little-known standard called "do you have any wires"

The legislation that causes cable companies to need to pay broadcasters to re-distribute their broadcasts should apply equally to businesses that "don't have any wires" connecting them directly to their customers.

Just because you don't have any wires that belong to you and connect you directly with some customers ("the last mile"),

even if you can't pull a Comcast and charge Netflix for the privilege of reaching your customers who pay to receive "The Internet" which Netflix is a part of,

doesn't mean you shouldn't be responsible for bearing some of the cost of funding broadcast activities that you derive your business from. Sure they are broadcast signals, and "anyone" can get them for free, but if you take them away, you don't have a business... then the court says you have to pay for them.

about 2 months ago

San Francisco Bans Parking Spot Auctioning App

Yebyen Re:They hate our freedom (404 comments)

You think the same people are both buying and selling spaces? I envision a person driving around looking for spaces all day and pulling into them, bringing up the app on their way back from the newsstand to re-sell the space as soon as they have secured one for free/with some delay so as to promote some appearance of not being a plain old squatter abusing the commons and rent-seeking with free public resources. A second person with more money than time enables him by installing the app and buying the space from him, because it's easier than driving around looking for their own space during prime-time parking hours. Especially now that we have this app!

At no point did I imagine anyone buying a space who has enough time to wait around for someone else to buy it back from them later.

about 2 months ago

Florida Man Faces $48k Fine For Jamming Drivers' Cellphones

Yebyen Re:You know ... (358 comments)

I am pretty sure you can get away with inspecting your car only once, when you buy it, even still in New Hampshire. They are probably not the only state. Don't know about liability insurance, but I don't know if I'd want to drive (or walk, or even be near a road) in a place where individuals were allowed to wing around a half ton of metal at 50+MPH without carrying some automotive liability insurance.

about 2 months ago



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