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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

cdrudge Re:DSL Is generally several layers of encapsulatio (353 comments)

Why not? A significant portion of their infrastructure is based off of ATM, if there isn't a need to completely scrap their infrastructure why replace it even for something that might squeak out a bit more performance.

5 days ago
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

cdrudge Re:Told ya... (207 comments)

Write you God damned congressman. Get a picket sign. The house is on fire, just because you told the kids not to play with matches doesn't mean you don't need to grab a bucket now.

Grab a bucket and do what? Using your fire/bucket analogy, it's a multi-alarm raging inferno billed as a "fire fighter training exercise" to give them practice should a "real" fire happen in the future. The Congresscritters are the government officials that signed off on the approval to run the training opportunity. There's no amount of writing or picketing that's going to help.

about a week ago
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Dropbox Caught Between Warring Giants Amazon and Google

cdrudge Re:AntiTrust (275 comments)

What's antitrust about this?

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

cdrudge Re:The memo you are about to see (161 comments)

Which is the whole point. The company gives explicit instructions that personal cell phones are not to be used or authorized. You have to find something alternative (pay phone, calling card, tin cans...). Now if you happen to still use your personal cell phone for a call, you're breaking policy. They won't know [wink wink] that you're using your personal cell phone for convenience unless you happen to try to get reimbursed for it. And if you try, well, that results in some type of reprimand/discipline since you violated company policy.

about two weeks ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

cdrudge Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

They aren't commercials, but I hate the DJs between songs. I just wish they would play songs, one after another. I don't care about whatever drivel they want to talk about as if they were real DJs.

And while I know you said music stations, if you ever go to one of the talk stations, commercials are awful. ESPN radio seems to be about 50/50 mix between actual talk and commercials. I understand SiriusXM doesn't have control over ESPN's inserted ads, but the ones that SiriusXM plays in the spots where local affiliates would insert local ads....argh. Get rich quick schemes, shady testosterone supplements, trucking company help-wanted ads, and franchise opportunities are just awful.

about two weeks ago
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YouTube Music Subscription Details Leak

cdrudge Re:Slippery path (71 comments)

You are really overestimating the amount of work that could be required. Applications like Couchpotato for movies make it as simple as visit IMDB and you can quickly queue up an entire artist's career with just a few quick clicks. Headphones is similar for music, but not quite the same. I don't imagine it would be too hard to something similar to Couchpotato once an organized source becomes readily available.

about two weeks ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

cdrudge Re:Leave New York (231 comments)

Exactly. Leave New York and go somewhere safe and free and rights are respected. I'd suggest somewhere in the safe Midwest, close to a major city so that you have services and activities that are of interest, but not too close so that you are under the actual jurisdiction of the big city's police department. I hear the St. Louis area is nice and quite. Maybe Ferguson?

It's not a New York City problem or even a big city problem, it's a law enforcement problem.

about two weeks ago
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$125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

cdrudge Re:precedent (231 comments)

You're allowed to say fuck. Fuck fuck fuckity fuck.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

cdrudge Re:Will they ban this ? (745 comments)

Perhaps it was poorly stated on my part. What I was meaning was an article about WBC picketing a funeral does not make the article homophobic just because the subject the article about is.

The original comment was would Fark prohibit a legitimate news article that reported on a (horribly understated) misogynistic action. And I was saying no, because it wasn't the news article that was necessarily misogynistic, rather it was the action being reported on. If someone came along and said that the victim got what she deserved, then that would be prohibited.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

cdrudge Re:Will they ban this ? (745 comments)

The problem here is that the policy is apparently all about "misogyny", which makes it inherently discriminatory. The policy should be about sexism.

While I understand what you are saying, I disagree in the intent of the policy. Sexism is offensive, misogyny is hatred. Being offensive isn't prohibited for if it was, the internet would cease to exist. Being outright hateful is though.

If I say "that awful parking job had to be by a woman", I'm sexist. If I say "that bitch deserves to be raped for that parking job", I'm misogynistic. It's the later trolling they don't want.

about two weeks ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

cdrudge Re:Will they ban this ? (745 comments)

No, for the same reason why a news article that talks about a white supremacist assaulting a African-American isn't automatically racist. Or one about Westboro Baptist Church picketing a funeral of someone who was gay doesn't make it automatically homophobic. The context of the whole article is what makes it misogynistic (or racist, or homophobic, or ...)

Now if that Reuters article had that same line, but then followed it with that the woman shouldn't have been out of the kitchen. Or she just needed to fix a sandwich. Or any other misogynistic ideas according to modern society then yes, it would be banned.

about two weeks ago
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ICANN Offers Fix For Domain Name Collisions

cdrudge Re:Not much of a fix (101 comments)

WHAT THE FUCK made you create these new TLDs in the first place? Did you just pull some TLDs out of your ass and say 'great plan' and only AFTER saying you would create them start to think about the impact?

Couldn't the exact same thing be said for the admins that decided to use a TLD that wasn't explicitly reserved for internal use only?

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

cdrudge Re:You have to understand (359 comments)

What they've seen is that when people go to one of these facilities, they tend to end up dead.

As oppose to those that are infected that don't go to the facilities who don't just tend to end up dead, but are essentially guaranteed to be die from the virus.

about two weeks ago
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Groundwork Laid For Superfast Broadband Over Copper

cdrudge Re:Rot? Copper doesn't rot. It corrodes. (93 comments)

Rot? Copper doesn't rot. It corrodes.

From Merriam-Webster:
1a : to undergo decomposition from the action of bacteria or fungi
  b : to become unsound or weak (as from use or chemical action)
2a : to go to ruin : deteriorate
b : to become morally corrupt : degenerate

1b and 2a sound like they fit perfectly what Verizon is doing to their copper infrastructure.

about three weeks ago
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With Chinese Investment, Nicaraguan Passage Could Dwarf Panama Canal

cdrudge Re:Interesting (322 comments)

Panamax is 12.04m draft, 32.31m beam, and 294.13m length for a total volume of 114420 m^3. With a tropical fresh water density of 0.9954 g/cm^3, that comes out to about 113,894 metric tons (125,547 short tons) of displacement.

New Panamax is 15.2m draft, 49m beam, and 366m length for a volume of 272597 m^3 or 271,343 (299,105 short tons) of displacement.

about a month ago
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Apple and Samsung Agree To Drop Cases Outside the US

cdrudge Re:Explain something to me (46 comments)

Marketshares. All the manufacturers not named Apple or Samsung combined don't add up to the market share of Apple or Samsung. The big guys could go after the little guys for something most likely, it's just not worth the time/money (if it hasn't already been licensed in some manner).

about a month ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

cdrudge Re:Is this me? (126 comments)

Are the credentials to a website property of the website? Or of the user?

Or, if you steal the complete password file/database/whatever of a site, and your password is one of the many you obtained, is that considered a stolen password still?

about a month ago
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Alleged Massive Account and Password Seizure By Russian Group

cdrudge Re:Is this me? (126 comments)

How do we know they are mutually exclusive of each other?

about a month ago

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cdrudge cdrudge writes  |  more than 7 years ago

cdrudge (68377) writes "A federal jury on Thursday said Vonage Holdings Corp. violated 3 of 5 patents of Verizon Communications Inc. and ordered the upstart Internet-phone company to pay $58m in damages as well 5.5% in royalty fees per month per customer. Verizon said it would seek an injunction to block Vonage from using its patented technology. The jury did reject Verizon's claim of $200m in damages and that Vonage deliberately violated Verizon's patents. As you might expect, Vonage said it would appeal the decision and seek a stay if an injunction is granted. Judge Claude Hilton set a hearing for March 23 on whether to grant an injunction."

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