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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

anagama Re:Not surprised. (559 comments)

I have a "debt" in collections right now. Comcast claims I owe $95 to them. Last winter I moved to a place where I could not only get other service, Comcast doesn't even serve (thankfully). So I told Comcast I'd be terminating my service effective Jan 15. Comcast had my credit card to auto-bill for it's "service".

Then in March I started getting collection calls from companies Comcast hired to get this from me. Nobody will prove to me that I actually owe this money. And what's odd is the amount: $95 when my monthly bill for internet-only service was about $60 or $70. I just got another call yesterday on it.

I could easily pay it and never even feel the hit. But fuck that! Comcast sucks beyond the ability of science to measure and I'm so sick of being taken by them, they're going to have to take me into small claims court and get a court order for this sum.

And yeah, I get that this will harm my sterling credit rating, but what a great means of extortion. Bill people small amounts under the threat of losing their good credit rating and even when people don't actually owe the money, they'll pay up to save their rating.

2 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

anagama Re:Great... (571 comments)

How lame -- your thoughtful post with an understanding of the history gets modded troll. All of the "Dem Ruskies Arr Evul" posts get modded up.

The media is doing such a great job inciting people, I'm sure we'll get another useless war in a dispute that isn't about us soon.

Oh, and for all of you all upset about the plane: USS Vincennes. We have our sins and getting up on that high pedestal looks really stupid when we do it. We should leave the condemnations of Russia to countries who haven't done the exact same thing.

3 days ago
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Satellite Images Show Russians Shelling Ukraine

anagama Re:Great... (571 comments)

The US and Russia are equals. I bet you never heard of the USS Vincennes and Iran Air Flight 665. It's cool, I'm sure you'll figure out a way to lie to yourself or rationalize that shootdown based on trivial differences in order to maintain the lie you tell yourself that the US is not also a terrorist organization.

3 days ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

anagama Re:Fine, but... (474 comments)

Not even extreme sports. Football, skiing, golf, jogging -- they all have dangers and people have suffered from accidents or repetitive stress injuries. Of course, sitting at home safe in your Lazyboy has its own health risks. Or driving -- that is probably one of the most dangerous things we do.

All of these people saying "I shouldn't have to pay for ...." fundamentally fail to understand that insurance about spreading risk, not concentrating it. Besides, there are risks in everything one does, and even risks in things one chooses not not to do -- attempting to fully regulate that through insurance coverage would mean everyone would be excluded for one reason or another, and only the extremely wealthy would be able to be fully free. Alternatively, by partially regulating activities -- choosing which risks to accept and which to exclude -- that is just a way for the powerful to exert control over those who have less power. Finally, there are financial costs to exclusion -- lawsuits and such. Any time litigation ensues between insurers (*) about who should pay, that is a pure unmitigated waste of resources. Better to just accept that through insurance, you might contribute a dime to a cause you don't like, but in all likelihood, someone else is going to contribute a dime to you for a reason he/she doesn't like. In the end, over hundreds of millions of people, it's a wash, and cheaper to just accept it than bitch and litigate and regulate.

(*) This could be Ins. Co. v. Individual Person (consider the individual a potential self-insurer)

about two weeks ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

anagama Re:It's finally time to do it (474 comments)

This is a great debate between Glenn Greenwald and GWB's drug czar and in it, reference to Portugal and studies related to that are made. From there, you can do your own searching:

http://vimeo.com/32110912

about two weeks ago
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World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

anagama Re:No public drug use (474 comments)

Companies should not be permitted to profit from the sale of addictive substances for recreational purposes.

Is coffee recreational or a building block of life? Either way, why do you hate coffee so much?

about two weeks ago
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Tor Project Sued Over a Revenge Porn Business That Used Its Service

anagama Re:Pics? (311 comments)

Hmmm. Have you checked for system updates on your humor chip? Show me one cowboy who hollers "bing!"

about three weeks ago
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New Snowden Leak: of 160000 Intercepted Messages, Only 10% From Official Targets

anagama Re:How big is the problem really? (201 comments)

States with greater privacy protections written into their constitutions outlaw DUI checkpoints. Those more closely aligned with the Feds' "guilty until proven innocent" mentality, use DUI checkpoints.

By accepting the propriety of a search without any articulable suspicion that you may be engaged in illegal activity, DUI checkpoint states, and the people who support such laws, are steepening the slope we're on as we glide toward police state.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R...
Once loaded, do a text search for "ten states" to get the list of those on a higher moral level with regard to this issue.

about three weeks ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

anagama Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

If you aren't a member of the government, the same or less will get you a decade or more. What I meant without being clear enough, was that the special treatment is shocking given the special access government officials have. If the government cared about people's privacy, those in a position of trust who fail to safeguard that privacy would be subject to the same or more punishment as any random person who did the same thing.

about a month ago
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Judge Frees "Cannibal Cop" Who Shared His Fantasies Online

anagama Re:First "OMG the common sense" post (185 comments)

Actually he _was_ convicted of misusing the DB (max sentence 12 months). He's been in jail for more than 18 months so at this point, he has served more than enough to satisfy the highest possible sentence.

As a side note, the most disturbing part of this case to me, was Valle's illegal use of the DB to find out information about people for purely personal reasons. I'm sort of shocked that such a crime carries a max 12 month sentence. What that says to me is that law enforcement agencies and the governments that set them up, don't really care how their own misuse government power. Nor does the media for the most part as demonstrated by the thousands of words spent on the prurient charms of this case, but in any article, there is at most a single sentence about the DB issue.

Here's an example:

Tabloid same as NY Times, you'll have to search the page for "database" to find that single sentence.:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07...

about a month ago
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Ars Takes an Early Look At the Privacy-Centric Blackphone

anagama Re:Apps which require location? (67 comments)

Does a "dumb phone" exist? Wouldn't it be more accurate to call them weak computing devices with few _user_ accessible features?

about a month ago
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Protesters Launch a 135-Foot Blimp Over the NSA's Utah Data Center

anagama Re:the NSA already thought of this. (104 comments)

the only person who would see it immediately would be perhaps NSA employees entering and egressing

You seem to have forgotten that as modern Americans we have:

1) Cameras.
2) The ability to transmit photos worldwide.
3) Access to the work of reporters who can add textual context to those photos.

Even if the protest was seen by 50k people, what actually matters, is if it gets play on the internet, news papers, and/or television.

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

anagama Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

When is that brain cancer you have finally going to impede your ability to type? Not soon enough.

You are one of the people who comes to mind when I think of this quote: "I've never killed a man, but I've read many an obituary with great satisfaction."

about a month ago
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Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Drone Strike On US Citizen

anagama Re:Yeah sure (371 comments)

That was beautifully written. Replying so I can find it in the future more easily.

about a month ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

anagama Re:Fox News? (682 comments)

For that to happen, Obama would have to be involved.

Politicians are slimy evil scum, but they aren't stupid. They saw what happened to Nixon, so now they do all the same stuff he did, just through levels of insulation. GOP and DNC alike -- fetid pukes the lot of them.

about a month and a half ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

anagama Re:Well then the SOLUTION is obvious (154 comments)

Why do you own a smartphone that doesn't have an internet connection? You might as well just get a landline.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

anagama Re:Stupid (228 comments)

Just how broad is the radius of this location? If a person living in New York City buys something online from a store in Seattle while he and his phone are in NY, where does the credit card transaction occur? If the answer is Seattle, the definition of what is a reasonable proximity between transaction and phone has to be quite loose, otherwise a lot of legit transactions will be botched. I don't actually know anything about CC processing however, so I would be interested in hearing from people who do.

about 2 months ago
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AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud

anagama Re:International roaming might be convenient ... (228 comments)

Isn't sort of insane to cross a border with one's primary phone? I have my old retired android phone which I "fillup" with a prepaid card (and absolutely nothing else on it all), for crossing the border. I'm surprised more people don't do this.

about 2 months ago

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More Evidence the NSA is Harming American's Economy

anagama anagama writes  |  about 9 months ago

anagama (611277) writes ""Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the NSA using American hardware to spy on the rest of the world. ... Cisco saw orders in Brazil drop 25% and Russia drop 30%. ... Analysts had expected Cisco’s business in emerging markets to increase 6%, but instead it dropped 12%, sending shares of Cisco plunging 10% in after-hours trading."

This is in addition to the harm caused to remote services that may cost $35 billion over the next three years. Then of course there are the ways the NSA has made ID theft easier. ID theft cost Americans $1.52 billion in 2011, to say nothing of the time wasted in solving ID theft issues — some of that figure is certainly attributable to holes the NSA helped build.

The NSA, its policies, and the politicians who support the same are directly responsible for massive losses of money and jobs which might cause one to wonder, why do these people hate America and Americans so much?"
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WA Post Publishes Four More Slides on Data Collection from Google et al.

anagama anagama writes  |  about a year ago

anagama (611277) writes "Lots of new program names, flowcharts, and detail in four previously unreleased PRISM slides published by the WA Post today. These slides provide some additional detail about PRSIM and outline how the NSA gets information from those nine well known internet companies. Apparently, the collection is done by the FBI using its own equipment on the various companies' premises and then passed to the NSA where it is filtered and sorted."
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NSA Surveillance Heat Map -- NSA Lied to Congress

anagama anagama writes  |  about a year ago

anagama (611277) writes "NSA officials have repeatedly denied under oath to Congress that even producing an estimate of the number of Americans caught up in its surveillance is impossible. Leaked screenshots of an NSA application that does exactly that, prove that the NSA flat out lied (surprise). Glenn Greenwald continues his relentless attacks with another bombshell this time exposing Boundless Informant. Interestingly, the NSA spies more on America than China according to the heat map. Representative Wyden had sought amendments to FISA reauthorization bill that would have required the NSA to provide information like this (hence the NSA's lies), but Obama and Feinstein demanded a pure reauthorization of FISA, which they got at the end of 2012."
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Anonymous Hacks Federal Sentencing Commission website -- Posts Video

anagama anagama writes  |  about a year and a half ago

anagama writes ""This time there will be change, or there will be chaos." In response to the disproportionate prosecution of Swartz, Anonymous hacked the US. Sentencing Commission website and posted a video. One interesting thing discussed in the video, is an encrypted file that it is hoped will spread far and wide (mirror list — appears to be files related to Supreme Court Justices), the key for which would be released if reforms are not enacted. As for the statement itself, the text is available in the ZDNet article and mirror list linked above, and includes this clearly self-aware statement: "We [who] make this statement do not expect to be negotiated with; we do not desire to be negotiated with. We understand that due to the actions we take we exclude ourselves from the system within which solutions are found. There are others who serve that purpose, people far more respectable than us, people whose voices emerge from the light, and not the shadows. These voices are already making clear the reforms that have been necessary for some time, and are outright required now.""
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Fukushima Reactor Design Questioned Since 1972

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 3 years ago

anagama writes "The NY Times is reporting that as early as 1972, the design of the containment system used in the Fukushima plant's reactors was questioned by the US Atomic Energy Commission. The article includes a link to the original 1972 memo, which pointed out that the boiling water design with the pressure suppression system below the reactor, was a method of building containment more cheaply by reducing pressure reduction within the reactor, but that if the pressure reduction system failed, breach of the containment was more likely than in simpler and stronger dry containment systems. In other words, the BWR design was a cost-cutting measure. Thankfully though, Josef Oehmen has assured us that absolutely nothing bad can happen with this design and everyone should just relax."
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Federal Judge Rebuked for Porn Distribution

anagama anagama writes  |  about 5 years ago

anagama writes "While Robert Zicari and Janet Romano got a year and day for obscenity, Federal Appeals Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinksi only got a non-criminal slap on the wrist for running a private website which he inadvertently made publicly accessible and included "two naked women on all fours painted as cows". While there are clear differences between Zicari/Romano's distribution intentions and the judge's intentions, it is interesting that his possession of simulated bestiality porn is treated so lightly."
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Frys Exec Gambles Away $167m in Secret Kickbacks

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

anagama writes "According to the LA Times article: Debt finally topples a Las Vegas high roller: "Siddiqui, who made $225,000 a year as a top Fry's Electronics executive, once lost $8 million in a day." Apparently, high rollers are often enticed by casinos with free jet rides, prostitutes, rooms, etc. etc. It is not clear from the story to what extent Siddiqui availed himself of such services. Siddiqui was fired by Frys when they discovered he had been strongarming suppliers into paying for product placement kickbacks to his own personal shell companies: "One company, Phoebe Micro Inc., sold Fry's $80 million worth of goods between 2003 and 2008. The firm gave Fry's a $4 million discount, the IRS said, but paid Siddiqui's company $24 million.""
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Reiser's Fate Soon To Be Known

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anagama writes "It looks like Tuesday morning will mark the end of the Reiser trial. For those who RTFA, the whole trial was live blogged and if you have eight or more free hours, feel free to catch up. There is some interesting analysis by a former defense attorney, Jay Gaskill. He writes on Reiser's decision to take the stand: "As I've told new trial attorneys-in-training over the years, there is no circumstantial evidence case so weak that a testifying client can't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in a few improvident minutes, hours or days on the witness stand." Plainly, he isn't taking a positive view of the outcome possibilities and wasn't really swayed by the Platypus Defense. It's worth noting, as Resier's lawyer (William DuBois) correctly pointed out in closing, that basing a conviction on odd behavior and circumstantial evidence doesn't always amount to justice: c.f. Cyntia Sommers conviction for murder by arsenic poisoning despite no evidence that she poisoned her husband. The conviction was based on odd behavior, getting a boob job and promiscuous activity after her husband's death. Most interesting however, it turns out there was no arsenic poisoning at all, just a lab error showing a concentration so high as to be physiologically improbable. She was released with nary an apology for her murder conviction and near 900 days in jail after new testing showed no arsenic at all."
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Corporate Encouragement for Sharing Your WiFi

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anagama writes "BT to UK customers: Share your WiFi... please! Conventional wisdom is that one should lockdown wifi, your ISP doesn't want you to share your connection, that person checking email outside the coffee shop ought to be arrested. Here is an alternative model: "BT will encourage its three million broadband users to pick up a FON router and start sharing signals. The router provides two channels: one for public access, and one for access by the owner. The public channel is bandwidth-limited so as not to disrupt the user's own connection. Other "Foneros" can access the public channel for free, while non-Foneros can pay a few dollars a day to use the access points.""
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Forgent Patent Troll Loses Again

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anagama writes "Forgent Networks, a patent troll, got the slap down by a TX jury in May when it invalidated a patent Forgent held regarding video teleconferencing over telephone lines, and today, its motion for a new trial against EchoStar was denied. In fact, the court awarded EchoStar $90k in costs. Forgent probably isn't crying that much though, it already extorted $28m from other defendants. Some of you may recall that Forgent made a business out of cheating companies for jpeg use — till their patent was largely invalidated on that front as well."
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anagama anagama writes  |  more than 7 years ago

anagama writes "You may recall some time ago a slashdot topic about Mike DeKort, an engineer from Lockheed Martin working on the Coast Guard's Deepwater project (basically, construction of new ships). He released a whistleblower video on Youtube outlining problems and cover up/apathy related to the ships under construction. Well, in the news today, looks like the Coast Guard is taking over the project and ending its contract with Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman. Perhaps the (digital) pen is mightier than the sword (manufacturer)."

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