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Overbilled Customer Sues Time Warner Cable For False Advertising

chis101 Re:Comcast tried to steal $50 from me (223 comments)

deal with the fact that it is probably a debit card or a store use only card, probably has decreasing balance if not used, charges for checking balance, no actual cash value, etc.

The best way (for me) that I have come across to handle rebate debit cards is to, on receipt of the card, immediately purchase an Amazon gift card with the full amount of the debit cart. This works great for me because I know I will be spending money at Amazon at some point anyway, and now I don't have to worry about keeping around the rebate card, the card expiring, or leaving the card with $1.27 left on it which then becomes difficult to spend.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Locks iPhone 6/6+ NFC To Apple Pay Only

chis101 Re:Only payments? (336 comments)

You may be mistaking what you use it for with what it is capable of. You can send any arbitrary information over it, as long as an application on both ends understands what you are doing. I believe that Apple devices may impose additional restrictions on what you can pair with (I know that I use Bluetooth to connect to a $5 OBD-II reader in my car, but that my friends with iPhones are unable to make this pairing and have to use the $15 WiFi version).

Maybe take a look at this page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L...

about 2 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

chis101 Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

Yes, I read that exact document. I'm not saying that this is not what happened. I am saying it is not *proven* this is what happened. Which, if my comment wasn't too long for you to read, you would notice is exactly what I said.

about 3 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

chis101 Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

I remember reading through that analysis a few months back. It was showed that a single flipped bit could cause the unintended acceleration. What was not shown was how this bit could possibly be flipped. So, it is far from proven that it was a software error.

about 3 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

chis101 Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

Does anyone know what kind of interference these LIDAR systems would have? If we had a bunch of driverless cars on the highway driving next to eachother, would their LIDAR interfere with eachother?

about 3 months ago
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Do Apple and Google Sabotage Older Phones? What the Graphs Don't Show

chis101 No conspiracy, but old phones are slowing down (281 comments)

I don't think they intentionally sabotage them, but they are definitely slower. It's just that they keep getting pushed new OS updates, and new app updates, and the new updates expect faster hardware.

I bought a Galaxy Nexus 2 years ago, and when I got it everything was blazing fast. By a few months ago, my phone was frustratingly slow. For a while I considered that I was just looking at newer phones and thinking "Wow, that's so much faster than mine" but just thought that it was the comparison that made mine feel slow, not that it really was slow. I finally decided my phone was objectively slow, not just by comparison.

A few weeks ago I 'downgraded' to Android 4.2.2 (Had been running Android 4.3), and turned off auto app update. (I had previously tried various ROMs with 4.3, but they were all still slow.) Now my phone is fast again. Maybe not as blazing fast as it was brand new, but I no longer feel like I'm ever waiting for the phone.

So, I don't think there is a real 'conspiracy' to slow down old phones, but I think that old phones *are* slower, they know they are doing it, and just don't care. Why would they? They think we should be happy they are pushing updates to us, but they don't think they should have to worry about the experience on devices they sold years ago. But, I have the ability to refuse these updates, so I can keep my personal phone usable for the foreseeable future.

about 4 months ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

chis101 Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

... use frameworks the new guy is likely unfamiliar with because there are so many. Time for a new web GUI standard; the existing attempts keep falling on their face and try to turn JavaScript into a GUI OS language, which it wasn't meant for. We need fresh standards, dammit!

This sounds familiar.

http://xkcd.com/927/

about 5 months ago
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Why Software Builds Fail

chis101 Re:Because I'm lazy (279 comments)

If you are talking about C/C++, the variable is *not* null in either case. If you assigned null to it, then it is null. If you never assigned any value to it, then it is whatever happened to be in memory at that location. It's a pretty good warning to let you know you are using a variable without it being assigned a value.

int* ptr;
if( ptr != NULL )
{
*ptr = 0;
}

This code will at some point crash. Maybe not on the first run, but at some point ptr will not be null, but will not be a pointer to valid memory.

about 5 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

chis101 Re:I believe it because.. (291 comments)

I have been discriminated against a few times because I choose to be childless.

Do you really choose to be childless or can you just not find anyone who will put up with you long enough to have a child together?

Though you may have been joking, this kind of response is an example of what he was talking about.

about 6 months ago
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Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

chis101 Re:Trade secrets, not patents (148 comments)

Actually, all the sodas, even common ones like Coke and Pepsi, use real sugar when their market is Mexican people. Even soda sold in Mexican food stores in the US sell the real sugar version. They don't like the HFCS, so the companies make what will sell better. I don't know why us US Americans have such a weak will that we have to buy what they give us whether it tastes good or not. Brainwashing perhaps?

They sell Mountain Dew Throwback, which uses real sugar instead of HFCS. I actually don't like the taste of it. It tastes flat to me, like it was normal Mountain Dew that's been left open for a few days.

That's just my opinion though.

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

chis101 Re:A win? (328 comments)

Replying to myself, but here's what it is like where I live:

http://waterone.org/your-water...

Block 1: $3.76/1,000 gallons
Block 2: $5.02/1,000 gallons

Block 1 rate is applied to usage up to and including 125% of the average winter consumption (AWC) used for billing. Block 2 rate is applied to all usage in excess of 125% of the AWC used for billing.

http://www.jocogov.org/dept/wa...

Residential customers are billed bi-monthly and charges are determined by multiplying the average winter water usage by the volume rate and adding the customer service charge

So, my waste water bill is based solely on my winter usage. My water bill charges me extra for any usage above 125% of my average winter usage.

When I first moved into my house (during the summer), my waste water bill was based on the 'average' winter usage for the neighborhood, since they did not have historic winter usage data for me. I live alone, so they were charging me 3-5x my actual usage. I had to call them and request that they use my actual usage, instead of the average for the neighborhood. I'm sure they could have very easily ran that check without my calling, but I think they were hoping I wouldn't complain about my sewage bill being 3x my water bill :).

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

chis101 Re:A win? (328 comments)

The increased rate is less than twice the normal rate, so if I wasted water during the winter I'd come out behind.

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

chis101 Re:A win? (328 comments)

I have a separate waste water bill, it's not charged through the water utility. *That* bill uses the average winter water usage to determine how much I *don't* have to pay during the summer.

about 7 months ago
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Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

chis101 Re:A win? (328 comments)

They do that where I live, too. They use your winter water usage as a baseline on the assumption that you aren't watering your lawn or washing your car during the winter months. During the summer months any usage over your average winter usage is charged at a higher rate, on the assumption that this extra usage is being used for things such as watering the lawn or washing your car.

about 7 months ago
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Theo De Raadt's Small Rant On OpenSSL

chis101 Re:not developed by a responsible team? (301 comments)

Even if OpenSSL is using system's malloc, with all its mitigation features, the bug still works. The attacker just has to be more careful, lest he should read freed() and unmapped memory, and so cause a crash and (supposedly) leave some kind of meaningful trail.

You got it exactly right. He's complaining that because they provided their own malloc() wrapper that the read of freed() memory is NOT causing a crash. If they had used the system malloc() then there would be crashes, the issues would be detected, and they would have been fixed.

about 8 months ago
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How An Astronaut Nearly Drowned During a Space Walk

chis101 Re:On the bright side (144 comments)

It says right there in your Wikipedia article:

The term "begging the question" originated in the 16th century as a mistranslation of Latin petitio principii "assuming the initial point". In modern vernacular usage, "to beg the question" more frequently is used to mean "to raise the question" (as in "This begs the question of whether ") or "to dodge the question".

It does go on to say that authorities deem such usage to be mistaken or unclear, but I don't know if I'd say he was incorrect. Language evolves.

about 8 months ago
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ElcomSoft Tool Cracks BitLocker, PGP, TrueCrypt In Real-Time

chis101 Re:Key theft != cracking encryption (268 comments)

Note the basic misunderstanding embedded in that last sentence: Turned off != Hibernated.

While this tool might help you break into a computer you found hibernated, or running while locked, it won't do any good if the power cord is yanked, or the encryption software was intelligently written to only store its key an some volatile memory.

I'm pretty sure that modern hibernate simply stores necessary information from RAM into a file on disk, and shuts off the computer. Then, on boot, it checks if this file exists, and if so attempts to resume from it. So, there is no difference between "off" and "hibernating." The boot sequence will just check if there is a file to resume from.

So, you still need to find a computer that has the volume mounted (either running, in 'sleep' mode with power still being supplied, or from a hibernate file on the disk)

about 2 years ago
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Touch Interfaces In Cars Difficult To Use

chis101 Re:Never a good idea.. (233 comments)

Who wants to yell at household devices? I'll pay a thousand bucks right now if I can get a module that does voice command -> doing things implanted in my kids.

You don't need to spend a thousand dollars on that! There are easier ways.

more than 2 years ago
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Touch Interfaces In Cars Difficult To Use

chis101 Re:ODB II Readers are cheap (233 comments)

If you have a smartphone, you don't even have to spend near $60. Just check ebay for ELM327. Here's one that I got for $13 shipped:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=310371228800&ssPageName=ADME:L:OC:US:3160#ht_4937wt_922

then, download Torque on your Android phone (I hear that iPhones don't allow this kind of Bluetooth pairing, but I don't have any personal experience), pair it to the Bluetooth module, and you have a $13 OBD-II reader. You can read stats from your car, you can read check engine codes (Torque gives you a text description, and supplies a link to search the web), and clear the check engine light. IMHO, for $13 everyone should keep one of these in their glove box. It's worth it to me if I save one trip to the auto store to get the free reading/clear code just to know that my gas cap was loose.

Quick note: I bought 2 of these from the link above. They both worked great, but they both have the same Bluetooth ID. It may have issues if you try using multiple of them in close proximity. But you get what you pay for ;) It may be an unregistered Bluetooth device, but it works for my uses.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?

chis101 Linksys E3000 (334 comments)

I've been very happy with TomatoUSB on the E3000. Only $60 refurb, or $70 new from NewEgg ( http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124419 ). Simultaneous 2.4/5GHZ g/n, USB port for NAS/Printer, 64MB RAM, gigabit switch. Only has 8MB flash though, if you were planning on storing lots of programs on it (you would want to put those on a USB flash drive anyway, so I don't think internal flash really matters)

more than 2 years ago

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