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Comcast Employees Change Customer Names To 'Dummy' and Other Insults

ZipK How Comcast can fix this problem (201 comments)

Comcast has apologized and is looking at ways to prevent it from happening in the future.

How about if Comcast offers better customer service, so their customers don't get so angry? Given how bad their customer service is today, "better" is really low-hanging fruit.

10 hours ago
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The American App Economy Is Now "Bigger Than Hollywood"

ZipK Re:And if you count the 30% Apple kept (135 comments)

Though the 30% is a pretty big chunk, it's nothing compared to the $11 trillion Hollywood loses on piracy every year. They've done studies and it's pretty clear that piracy costs them all the money ever times infinity.

Not just infinity, an uncountable infinity.

3 days ago
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FCC Prohibits Blocking of Personal Wi-Fi Hotspots

ZipK Re:frist post (128 comments)

I would have been first had my WiFi not been jammed!

4 days ago
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Google Glass Is Dead, Long Live Google Glass

ZipK Google Steam Punk Glass (141 comments)

If Google really wants to succeed with the technorati, they need to come out with monocle, pince-nez and quizzing glasses models. Plus protective goggles for the lumberdandies.

about two weeks ago
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Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

ZipK Re:You are making things WAY TOO COMPLEX (182 comments)

Nope, at least not with any Paypal labels I've printed.

I've shipped countless packages a day late BTW, and never, ever had one returned.

In the eBay shipping center, next to the selector for Shipping Date is a link to More Info that states:

Mailing Date

The Mailing Date you select determines the date when your postage label is valid. An electronic record is generated on that date indicating that your package has been mailed. When creating an online label, you are responsible for providing accurate information when selecting the mailing date. You will have the option to select a mailing date up to 3 days in the future. Please note that the Mailing Date is formatted in Eastern Standard Time.

This is corroborated by the USPS notice posted earlier, though from your experience the notice should say "may be returned" rather than "will be returned." You are being given a grace period by the post office that accepts your package; others report their packages being returned, so late mailing is not something that can be counted upon systemwide.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers "Solve" Texas Hold'Em, Create Perfect Robotic Player

ZipK But can it hold its liquor? (340 comments)

I bet a couple of shots of redeye would lower its winning percentage.

about three weeks ago
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Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

ZipK Re:You are making things WAY TOO COMPLEX (182 comments)

I've printed the shipping label the night before countless times.

Printing date and shipping date are not necessarily the same thing. If you've printed a shipping label "the night before," after business hours in the ship-from zip code, the default shipping date was likely set to the next day. Packages can be (and in some cases are) returned when shipped after the shipping date; it's your chance to take.

about three weeks ago
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Four Facepalm Bugs In USPS Label-Printing Site

ZipK Re:You are making things WAY TOO COMPLEX (182 comments)

You seem to veer off the rails all over the place, but the main thing that mystified me is - why would a label NOT WORK the next day (a "confusion" you list more than once)? It's insane to think it would not.

From the USPS Report on PRC Rate and Service Inquiries for December 2011:

You must mail your item on the date that you selected for your Click-N-Ship label; this is known as the Ship Date. An electronic record is generated on that date indicating that your mailpiece has been mailed. Packages shipped with labels that have incorrect Ship Dates may be returned to the sender and will not be eligible for a refund. If you are unable to use the label, you should request a refund within ten (10) days of the printing date and create another label with the correct Ship Date.

That said, local postal offices apparently offer varying amounts of flexibility; but the policy is that you must ship on the Ship Date or cancel within ten days to get a refund. See also here.

about three weeks ago
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FCC Favors Net Neutrality

ZipK Re:Seriously? GOOD NEWS? (255 comments)

if internet access is under government control on government poles

How are you getting internet access today without it flowing through trenches dug in government controlled streets, on wires strung along government controlled poles or through frequencies cast on government controlled radio spectrum?

about three weeks ago
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FBI: North Korean Hackers "Got Sloppy", Leaked IP Addresses

ZipK Re:Countless Comments on Prior Articles & Now (219 comments)

Let's rephrase the question: what exactly would the US Government have to release to you in order to believe it was the DPRK that committed this hack?

Unedited video of Apollo 11 going to the moon where Neil Armstrong found a second gunman guarding Obama's birth certificate.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

ZipK Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

Privacy gets no respect in the crowd, never did

Crowds and public spaces are not synonymous.

about three weeks ago
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FBI Says Search Warrants Not Needed To Use "Stingrays" In Public Places

ZipK Re:Someone please aware me: (303 comments)

If you are walking and talking down the sidewalk in town other people are able to hear your side of the conversation.

So if I'm talking quietly, cupping my hand over the mouthpiece and/or making sure that I'm not close enough to others to bother them with my conversation, the stingray will magically leave me alone?

about three weeks ago
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US Army Could Waive Combat Training For Hackers

ZipK Dress Code (223 comments)

Will they also let the "ponytail wearing Google generation" wear their ponytails? How about their bespoke frontiersman beards?

about 1 month ago
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A Domain Registrar Is Starting a Fiber ISP To Compete With Comcast

ZipK ABC (Anyone But Comcast) (65 comments)

We live with DSL speed from a local ISP rather than deal with Comcast or AT&T. We'd be plenty happy to see a gigabit service from another provider!

about a month and a half ago
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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

ZipK Re:You like God View (76 comments)

Passing cars
When you can't see
May get you
A glimpse
Of eternity
Burma-Shave

about a month and a half ago
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Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End

ZipK Re:Pretty sad (156 comments)

I was sad when I found out he wasn't really a Dr.

He did get an honorary degree a few years ago.

about a month and a half ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

ZipK Re:you can have my classic when you pry it from et (269 comments)

Hell, I still have a little portable AM/FM radio for when I walk the dog and want to listen to the Blackhawks or Bulls game.

The Sangean DT-200X is a sweet pocket radio. 19 presets, physical buttons that can be operated without lookig, and it can pull broadcasts out of the ether with no net.

about a month and a half ago
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MasterCard Rails Against Bitcoin's (Semi-)Anonymity

ZipK Re:they must hate cash, too (111 comments)

They require merchants to suck up the cost of accepting Credit cards and not allowing a company to charge more to cover the credit card merchant fees. Of course 'cash discounts' can be done but that's uncommon.

Not any more:

Beginning January 27, 2013, merchants in the United States and U.S. Territories will be permitted to impose a surcharge on consumers when they use a credit card. Historically Visa has not permitted retailer surcharging, but allowing surcharging was a key provision required by merchants to settle long-standing litigation brought by a class of retailers in 2005.

There are states in which a surcharge for credit card usage is illegal, but these states typically allow for cash discounting.

about 2 months ago

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John Yoo Thinks That Supreme Court Justices Are Superannuated

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about three weeks ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "In an Intelligence Squared debate this past October, John Yoo, best known for his authorship of the "Torture Memos," weighs in on the legality of the mass collection of U.S. phone records, and provides his view on the workings of the Constitution:

"But suppose you disagree with the Supreme Court, what should you do? Maybe I, as a policy matter, would draw the line between security and privacy somewhere else. We should decide it the way we decide most of the questions in our society: we have elections. This is not a question, as a democracy, that I think we should leave up to five — no offense to the retired people in the audience — superannuated, elderly people on the Supreme Court probably don't know how a cell phone or smart phone really works I'm sure have no Facebook or Twitter accounts to let you know about their latest opinions. And so if you really want to change the law here, and change what the government does, elect different people to Congress. Elect Rand Paul to President, have them put into affect the policies you want. That's how our constitution is designed to work."

Apparently Mr. Yoo does not believe the Supreme Court should be asked to review appellate decisions, and that the justices themselves are too old to understand a case that involves technology. For the record, Justice Breyer is on both Facebook and Twitter, though, as you'd expect of a U.S. Supreme Court justice, he doesn't use social media to communicate publicly about his cases."

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John Madden's 14-inch tall NFL linebacker

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about 5 months ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "A glitch in the latest version of EA's franchise football video game "Madden 15" has modeled the Cleveland Browns 6' 2", 235-pound rookie linebacker Christian Kirksey as only 1' 2" tall. On the plus-side, the game's code seems to render the fourteen-inch linebacker in good detail. Too bad they didn't include any special gadget plays for this mighty-might."
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Legal podcasting of commercially licensed music?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  1 year,20 days

ZipK (1051658) writes "Although there are thousands of podcasts on iTunes and elsewhere that feature commercially licensed (i.e., ASCAP, BMI and SESAC) music, they seem to be flying under the radar, rather than having found a way to legally license the music and recordings for podcasting. Live365 and the MixCloud appear to have cracked the licensing problem for user-posted streaming content, but has anyone found a practical way to license commercial music and recordings for downloadable podcasting in the US? Has anyone successfully coupled the UK's Limited On-Line License with a license for sound recordings to build license podcasts of commercially sourced music? Are there other countries with licensing organizations that more easily admit podcasting?"
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When Vote Counting Goes Bad

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about a year and a half ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "Television singing competition The Voice disclosed on Wednesday "inconsistencies" with the tallying of on-line and SMS-based voting. Although host Carson Daly claimed the show wanted to be “completely upfront," the explanation from their third-party vote counter, Telescope, was anything but transparent. In particular, Telescope claims that disregarding all on-line and SMS-based voting for the two nights in question left no impact on the final results, but they haven't provided any detail of the "inconsistency" or their ability to predict a complete lack of impact. Sure, it's only The Voice; but tomorrow it could be American Idol, and by next month, America's Got Talent."
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Gerry Anderson, co-creator of Thunderbirds, passes away

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 2 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "The co-creator (together with his wife, Sylvia) of Thunderbirds, Fireball XL-5, Stingray, Supercar, Space: 1999 and other unique science-fiction shows has passed away at the age of 83. FAB."
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How do you conduct an on-going Google search?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  about 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "If you want to compile a list of resources, say car shows that disallow billet, you'd Google "no billet car show." But if the results are too long to read in one sitting, or you want to check each week for new shows, how do you bookmark your place in a Google search so you can pick up where you left off? How do you mark or filter out the results you've already considered, so that each renewal of your search provides new material?"
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What Happened to Netflix's DVD Library?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "A few weeks ago, coincidental with the retraction of Qwikster and my cancellation of Netflix's streaming service, a large portion of my active DVD Queue was reassigned to the Saved DVD queue, and made unavailable. Several colleagues have reported the same change. A call to support yielded the explanation that Netflix must license DVDs from the studios for rental, and that licensing for the reassigned titles had expired.

Does Netflix really need to license hard DVDs for rental? Even if they do, how will gutting their DVD library push customers to their anemic streaming library? Has anyone else seen their DVD queue redacted? Does anyone have more detail?"
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State of Alaska Prints Out Sarah Palin's E-Mails

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "Three years after numerous citizens and news organizations requested the release of Sarah Palin's gubernatorial e-mails, the State of Alaska is finally making ready to make them available... in print... in Juneau. News organizations must fly or sail to Juneau and pick up the 24,000 page disclosure in person. The state claims it impractical to release the original electronic versions of the e-mails, so the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Mother Jones, ProPublica and MSNBC each plan to turn some or all of the printouts back into searchable, easily distributed electronic data. Thanks Alaska."
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Harold Camping Declares Victory!

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "The countdown to back pedaling has reached zero, and Harold Camping has declared that his predictions were correct, and that the world is now under judgment. He reiterates October 21, 2011 as the day that the Earth will be destroyed. Of course, he fails to mention the falsity of his predictions for worldwide earthquakes on May 21, 2011. And rapture. And all the other things he proclaimed for May 21. If you missed Mr. Camping's post-rapture show of May 23, you will be able to find it in Family Radio's archive. But don't take your time: you only have five months until God destroys the Earth."
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Harold Camping: Put Up or Shut Up

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "As many already know, Dr. Harold Camping of Family Radio has predicted May 21 will be Judgment Day. Given that Dr. Camping and his organization will have no need of a terrestrial radio network after this date, I challenge him to deed his radio properties to me as of May 22nd. Dr. Camping, if you truly believe your own prediction, you should have no problem signing away the licenses for your vast radio network. Put up or shut up."
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Does the New Yorker think subscribers are dumb?

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "As a subscriber to the New Yorker I regularly get offers to extend my subscription. Unfortunately, the special offers are usually lesser deals than can be found on-line, at the New Yorker's own website. Today's direct mail offer for example, one year at $69.95, two years at $99.95 — with a free tote bag! But the rack rate on the New Yorker's website is $39.95 for one year, $69.95 for two, and $99.95 for three — with a free cartoon calendar. Essentially an extra year just by navigating the series of tubes that brings you to newyorker.com. Why do magazines do this? Do they think their readers are so stupid as to believe an unsolicited renewal offer that declares itself a "professional subscription benefit" at a "preferred renewal rate" is the best they'll find? Or is the average New Yorker subscriber so rich that they prefer to pay nearly double the price being offered on the New Yorker's website?"
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Universal Records wants you to help the RIAA

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "Universal Music Group CEO Jim Urie sent an e-mail blast to music bloggers, attempting to enlist their assistance in petitioning government officials. The industry-backed Music Rights Now wishes the government to take more aggressive action, such as enlisting IPSs to monitor and report illegal downloading activity, and they'd like you to lobby your representatives. They've even provided a handy form you can use to contact your U.S. senators and representatives."
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Apple Reverses iPad No-Cash Purchase Policy

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "After a few days of bad publicity, Apple's reversed its No-Cash Purchase policy, explaining that the policy was originally implemented to limit the number of iPad's an individual could buy during the introductory period of short supply. Now that supply has caught up with demand — and the story has hit front pages and gained national attention — Apple's reversed their policy. And they've taken the opportunity to put a bow on the story by giving the formerly scorned Diane Campbell a free iPad."
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Bernie Madoff's Programmers Arrested

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ZipK (1051658) writes "With their former boss cooling his heels on a 150-year sentence, programmers Jerome O'Hara and George Perez are now in the U.S. Attorney's crosshairs. They've been arrested and charged with "conspiracy, falsifying books and records of a broker-dealer and falsifying the books and records of an investment advisory." Apparently Madoff's fraud was too large and too complex to be foisted entirely by hand."
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Google's Leaked Memo on Apple's Rejection of Googl

ZipK ZipK writes  |  more than 5 years ago

ZipK writes "Yobie Benjamin gives a short explanation of why he's abandoned the iPhone in favor of Android as his mobile development platform. More interestingly, he links to a memo in which Google details for the FCC their view of Apple's rejection of Google Voice."
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