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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

briancox2 The worst company in the world (401 comments)

Comcast simply will not accept being second place in the competition for the worst company in existence.

about two weeks ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

briancox2 Re:Cover your input (116 comments)

Actually, going under the large shelf of boob provides enough coverage and you can continue to hold both hands on your phone. Which is where you obviously want them.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

briancox2 Re:Cover your input (116 comments)

I never said it was easy. =)

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Develop New Way To Steal Passwords Using Google Glass

briancox2 Cover your input (116 comments)

For the last couple of years I have been completely covering any input I give to a phone unlock or ATM PIN given. With cameras everywhere, this was only a matter of time.

about three weeks ago
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30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

briancox2 Re:/. included ! (191 comments)

Considering that this article seems to be a precursor to "The Internet of Things" acceptability campaign, I think I agree with your sentiment the most.

about 1 month ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

briancox2 Re:One word. (483 comments)

Can you demonstrate that being unconscious is a more pleasant death than being conscious.

Just because people have convinced themselves that something is better doesn't make it so. Experience belongs to those that have it. Studying blood and brainwaves and chemicals may make the observer feel better about the experience. But it doesn't tell you anything about how the actual act was experienced.

about 2 months ago
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Botched Executions Put Lethal Injections Under New Scrutiny

briancox2 One word. (483 comments)

Guillotine. The most humane method humanity ever invented.

about 2 months ago
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BMW Unveils the Solar Charging Carport of the Future

briancox2 Re:How long? (165 comments)

My car sits in the sun for 8 hours per day. While I'm at work.

about 3 months ago
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Russia Quietly Passes Anti-Blogger Law

briancox2 Re:Russia you were so close (284 comments)

Our government does not have higher moral in this regard. They want the same thing. They are fortunately just a tiny bit less capable of pulling off what Putin can pull off.

about 3 months ago
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Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law

briancox2 And he's the only one? (311 comments)

I can't seems to stop a suspicion from forming in the back of my mind that somewhere someone is trying to shift blame on the recent news of anti-trust behavior onto the one guy who is no longer here. Doesn't it take 2 to tango? In this very news story, I read that Google was complicate in the scheme of preventing a competitive job market. So let's report on the story that should be reported, please -- Who in Google is going to jail over this?

about 3 months ago
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Yahoo Stops Honoring 'Do-Not-Track' Settings

briancox2 Do not honor Yahoo (300 comments)

Fortunately, there is little or no loss to the modern day internet user experience by ignoring Yahoo completely, either.

about 2 months ago
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Really, Why Are Smartphones Still Tied To Contracts?

briancox2 Re:Why is it that cell phone companies... (482 comments)

-1 Troll?

I wish I had a mod point to spare you, my friend. Except someone taking offense at your language, you make a great point. (Ironically, Bennet is very much pro-f-word.)

Every couple of weeks, Bennet Haselton has an idea, and much like Hugo Chavez, he feels that he and we have a duty to get into a lengthy discussion about his ideas on the matter. And who is he? He's a guy that started some once controversial websites and promotes internet freedom. So do I, by the way, though I don't make it my full time job. Are his ideas brighter and more wise than mine or yours? I can't say they are when he calls T-Mobile profitable.

But, apparently, timothy thinks his ideas are so important that normal Slashdot story excerpt length needs to be set aside any time he has something to say. So why should it be "Troll" behavior to question why his ideas are heralded while the ideas of most others can only earn a dominance of Score:5 at most? I think that's very relevant discussion on this thread. I M H O.

about 3 months ago
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Designer Creates a Water Bottle That You Can Eat

briancox2 Yeah, right. (171 comments)

Look out bottle industry. People have been wanting to eat those plastic things that slide down your dirty aluminum rollers and get touched by every customer.

about 3 months ago
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Why the Sharing Economy Is About Desperation, Not Trust

briancox2 An economy is an economy. (331 comments)

"what compels people to open up their homes and cars to complete strangers is money, not trust."

That's interesting. Could the exact same thing be said about the banking industry? And the insurance industry? And stock brokerages? ... and ...

The fact that New York magazine smears the sharing economy with the word "desperation" just speaks of editoralizing that tries to use controversial words to grab attention. Without the prestige of slick magazine paper, we would just call that activity "trolling".

about 3 months ago
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Blood of World's Oldest Woman Hints At Limits of Life

briancox2 Re:Bank them (333 comments)

Really? You're trying to solve this "problem"?

My thought upon reading this story was, "Oh, thank God!!"

I had been hoping there was a definite end that science could not trick. I was beginning to fear that the medical community was going to try to force any level of existence to continue without regard to quality. Death is a part of life. I'd rather live with that than trying to force a 100 year old body to keep it's heart beating just because some family member doesn't know how to cope any other way.

Try working in the healthcare field. You'll see that that is the norm. Older patients often would be fine with letting go. But the family falls apart emotionally and pushes for ANY MEANS POSSIBLE to save them. It's pathetic. And it costs our healthcare industry billions that could be spent much better.

about 3 months ago
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I expect to retire ...

briancox2 I plan to die young. (341 comments)

I am going to die young and go out in a blaze of glory ... you insensitive clods.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

briancox2 Re:This almost sounds... (140 comments)

I think that's because of the over-use of tongue-in-cheek references to "holes".

about 4 months ago

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Comcast apologizes to man harassed for cancelling service

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about two weeks ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Deciding to cancel a cable service subscription can be difficult — breaking the news to the cable company can be near-impossible.

Tech journalist Ryan Block and his wife Veronica Belmont tried to cancel their Comcast service last week over the phone.

Block says 10 minutes into his frustrating conversation with the Comcast customer service representative, he started recording the phone call, which he posted on SoundCloud."

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Google Maps can now make you connect to Wi-Fi networks

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 8 months ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "A change in permissions requires you to approved Google Maps to have the right to disconnect you from and connect you to the Wi-Fi networks of Google's choice. Given that there is no settings change which can disable this "feature" and no description of why this would be needed in the description of what's new with this update, it's unclear how this will benefit users and when it will be used."
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Samsung claims progress on 5G.

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Technology for the next generation of mobile internet connectivity being developed by Samsung promises download speeds that will WOW you. Samsung has claimed that the new technology can download HD movies in seconds. Representatives believe this technology will be available within 7 years. Internet use will mean something completely different in 2020 with data transfer speeds that can provide you with any software package, OS distro or complete TV series while you tie your shoes."
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Firefox: The new 3D CAD software?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Of course, being a question, the answer to the title of this story is "no". But a developer has been playing with the Inspector Tool, which allows you to graphically see the DOM structure in 3D, to design 3D objects. While this is only a proof of concept, it does indicate some very fun possibilities. Now the question is, when will someone create that Firefox Add-on that allows us to design the objects in 3D as well?"
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Google forbids users to loan or resell Google Glass.

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Move over DMCA. If you thought purchasing something shouldn't come with restrictions on what you can do with it, Google has taken it another step. Google is requiring people who purchase the first Google Glass. There's no word yet whether they are requiring you to keep them in your possession at all times, though it's unclear how else you can avoid breaking the terms of service if you have friends or family that like to borrow things you own."
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Intelligence lawmakers to amend cybersecurity bill behind closed doors

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about a year ago

briancox2 (2417470) writes "Members of the media and the public will not be able to watch the House Intelligence Committee's markup next week of a controversial cybersecurity bill, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA).

Lawmakers will be allowed to discuss what happened in the meeting afterward, and the committee plans to release information about what amendments were offered and how lawmakers voted. But the public will not be allowed in the room, and the meeting will not be streamed online."

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Best Practices for Mechanical Engineers?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "I am a Mechanical Engineer with a small firm. Recently new computers were purchased and with them cam a new policy that all Engineering computers had to have the same software. Also, the ability to install new software was taken away. The reason given was that this made IT management easier and that it is an industry “best practice”. Also, the IT department would like to have Internet Explorer as the only browser that can be used on the network, to enforce the network’s policies.

My thought is that, while it may work best for some fields, Engineers, even Mechanical Engineers, need flexibility in an IT policy which allows them to solve unique problems as they crop up. Also, being only a lowly Mechanical Engineer, I don’t know if there are ways to enforce these policies on all browsers from the network itself.

Do you know of any standards for evidence that indicate it is better for Engineers to have flexibility with their computers? Do you think it’s still better to lock down the network this way?"
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What's So Bad About SOPA

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "... if a government were to make a decision that a current business model was the correct one, and begin passing laws that cement that business model in place forever, then that government does not have the best interest of the entire economy at heart. Instead a true Capitalist system encourages any and all business models to exist. And a government that wishes to promote the ideals of Capitalism does not lend itself to any industry as its personal strong-arm to prevent competitive threats. Instead, such a government would stick to its original purpose of promoting freedoms of its people."
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Desktop: "The report of my death was an exaggerati

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes ""Sure, it's cute that I can write a quick email from the doctor's office waiting room. But when I need to communicate above the level of Twitter or get work done beyond a quick SSH, I need a real computer.""
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Android vs. Ubuntu – An open letter to Mark

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

briancox2 writes "The news of Google’s acquisition of Motorola’s mobile business is a potential game changer for the mobile computing market. The reasons Google made this purchase were obvious; they needed an arsenal of patents to fight the illegitimate battles of the patent wars to protect Android. As I have described in my previous post, these wars are an unfair and obtrusive burden on the entire tech industry, preventing innovation and bogging down our legal system. It’s too bad Google had to do this. I must admit I feel bad for their position."
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Does Intellectual Property Need a Redesign?

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  about 3 years ago

briancox2 writes ""The Patent Problem

Patent law in the United States has always been framed with the intent to promote innovation. Because there has generally been a large amount of capital required to produce such innovations as the railroad, the airplane and modern medicines...""

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Desktop: "The report of my death was an exaggeration"

briancox2 briancox2 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Sure, it's cute that I can write a quick email from the doctor's office waiting room. But when I need to communicate above the level of Twitter or get work done beyond a quick SSH, I need a real computer. http://wp.me/p1d7KZ-2t

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