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Dish Network Violated Do-Not-Call 57 Million Times

crbowman Re:= $912,000,000,000 (230 comments)

Bull. Levy a fine larger than the market cap of the company (or even greater than the assets.) When they can't pay the company as a whole can go into bankruptcy and the government can be awarded the company as a whole functioning intact corporation (if they don't get it all they can get enough to control it). There is no reason the company needs to be broken up, it's a working functioning corporation. As the now largest owner the government can fire several high level employee including the CEO, dissolve the board and sell all shares to the public. Low level employees with no connection to the crime can continue to work. A functioning profit making concern continues to exist and the shareholders and bond holders get zero'd out, thus providing them with incentive not to be so passive and allow a corporation to do shit like this again next time. The government gets money in the end. It's a win-win-win!

2 days ago
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Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

crbowman Why are there ads? (203 comments)

"The information involved is typical ad-related analytic data?" Are there ads on the government run healthcare signup site? Why are there ads?

3 days ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

crbowman Re:What diversity issue? (479 comments)

Guess what, men get discouraged from engineering too! If I quit every time, I failed an exam or a class or or was told I wasn't right for the honors program or was touched inapproriately by a professor I wouldn't be an engineer.

Women of all ages should know that they can and should pursue their interests in ANY field. The fact that you've been discouraged doesn't mean it was a gender thing, plenty of us males in engineering did to. Lots of my male colleagues were told they weren't good enough; for some it was true and for others it wasn't but they didn't really want it enough. Having seen how many men it happened to and seeing it wasn't a gender thing for them leads me to believe that in many instances it isn't for women either.

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

crbowman Re:Qualifications (479 comments)

I'm kinda curious why you think video games, socializing with coworkers after work and bowling are qualities that women will hate and day care, family culture, lack of crunch time and brining your kids to work don't appeal to men?

Perhaps it's just me but that seems rather sexist to me.

They all seem like positives to me.

Further, going to "meet ups" related to your core field or technology seems like a very efficient way to find people with the skills you need.

about a week ago
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What Happens When Nobody Proofreads an Academic Paper

crbowman Re:Big woop (170 comments)

Good grief I wish for the return of the sanity of those days!

about 2 months ago
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Steve Ballmer Gets Billion-Dollar Tax Write-Off For Being Basketball Baron

crbowman Re:If you tax the rich, they'll leave (255 comments)

That's just not true. While he may own $20Billion worth of assets, they surely don't pay that much in income (dividends) something in the neighbor hood of 1% to 5% would be close which puts him earning somewhere between $200M and $1B. A $70 million a year tax write off is very valuable. I don't understand why he should get any write off. He bought something that he believes will make him money knowing full well that the physical assets and cash of that entity are far less than the purchase price. He is not a naive investor. If he sells it and loses money let him take a loss and write it off otherwise why should the rest of us subsidize him.

about 3 months ago
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DHS Investigates 24 Potentially Lethal IoT Medical Devices

crbowman Re:Well ... duh! (79 comments)

I'm not sure this is true. If you could hack my fridge to control the temperature then it would be fairly easy to turn it off right after I leave for work and turn it back on before I return at the end of a long day. Many foods in my fridge like liquids (excluding milk) and condiments wouldn't go back in a noticeable way, but it could leave me at increased risk for salmonella from the chicken or eggs.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Tells Government That Its Data Caps Aren't Actually "Data Caps"

crbowman Re:Semantics (341 comments)

If you claim (in large print) to be selling me unlimited internet access and are then charging me more when I go over some limit, then yes it's a cap, and the FTC dam well ought to be going in and bitch slapping any company doing this type of thing even if they put an asterix with words in tiny print to the effect of "when we say unlimited what we really mean is as long as you don't exceed the limits we actually put on it"

about 5 months ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

crbowman Re:It seems to me (182 comments)

And when they conspired with others to commit a crime did it also become a RICO crime? (I must admit I don't know what the hurdle is to make something RICO)

about 5 months ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

crbowman Re:Correction: (338 comments)

Yes, but remember broadband isn't regulated like telecom. That's part of the whole fight over reclassifying broadband as common carriers so that they would have to comply with net neutrality. True the telecom services (phones but not voip phones) are regulated the way you say, and anything that cherry picks the profitable areas impacts the ability to subsidize the unprofitable ones. But broadband isn't classified in the same way and so I don't think you can say that they are required to offer the services everywhere. Certainly where I live, I'd like to get ATT UVerse which they offer in other part of my Silicon Valley town but not where I live (close to Stanford). I've been asking for it for years and I'd really love to hear that they are obligated to provided it but, clearly, they don't think they are.

about 5 months ago
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Errata Prompts Intel To Disable TSX In Haswell, Early Broadwell CPUs

crbowman Re:Not all that surprising... (131 comments)

Suppose I bought chips specifically for this feature and now you've disabled that feature in firmware. Can you say class action law suit?

about 5 months ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

crbowman Re:Although... (532 comments)

First I'm not fat and I don't drink 44oz of soda at a time, thanks for the ad hominem attack. I have not chosen for you to subsidize me or anyone else. You've decided that you want to pay for people who have no health insurance (I assume that's because you think that's what a fair, just or civilized society does) and that as a result of your choice you now get the right to tell those who do and don't have health insurance what to do so that your choice to pay for people who don't have health insurance isn't so costly for you. I understand your choice I'm just not willing to let you take away my rights to fix the problem you created (and with a law that does't really fix the problem but simply inconveniences people, see your buy two fatty comment.)

about 7 months ago
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NYC Loses Appeal To Ban Large Sugary Drinks

crbowman Re:Let them drink! (532 comments)

That's your opinion of what constitutes a civilized society. I don't agree. In my equally valid opinion, a civilized society ought to protect us from each other. If a civilized society would like to educate me as to why it believes what I'm doing is bad for me that's great. If it wants to tell me what to do, I don't consider that civilized.

about 7 months ago
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Drone Pilot Wins Case Against FAA

crbowman Re:How did this go to trial? (236 comments)

No the FAA has regulatory authority over those things it makes regulations over pursuant to it's grant of authority to regulate. In order to exercise that authority they must create regulations using the recognized federal regulatory process. Otherwise they haven't created regulations. The judge ruled that in this instance they didn't follow that process. Instead he decided they issued a policy statement and then behaved as if that was a regulation. I think in this case he found, for instance, that there wasn't a publishing of the proposed regulations and a comment period. Therefore theses weren't regulations. Therefore he found there are no regulations covering the activity involved independent of the profit motive. I don't know what the statutory grant of authority was but throwing a rock probably is ok because there are no regulations covering it (just as their aren't for RC aircraft) but if the FAA chose to properly invoke the regulatory process and create regulations they probably could.

about 10 months ago
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NSA Can't Search Its Own Email

crbowman Re:big surprise (165 comments)

I don't see why this is a problem. They have a duty to search their files for the requested information. It's not the requester issue that some may have to do this employee mail box by employee mail box. What am I missing?

about a year and a half ago
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TSA Orders Searches of Valet Parked Car At Airport

crbowman Re:And the story is...? (453 comments)

What will they do when I take my bag out of the back seat and hand them the valet key which will only open the doors and activate the ignition. Will they then break into my trunk? If not, then what the F*** good is this anyway? Real terrorist will simply give the valet key. (Not that I think this is useful no matter what they do, it's just more theater.)

about a year and a half ago
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What Medical Tests Should Teach Us About the NSA Surveillance Program

crbowman Re:Then what do you do then? (107 comments)

Mohamed Atta the ring leader of the September 11th attacks was not uneducated, he had a degree in architecture and was pursuing a graduate degree. He came from a wealthy family. It is dangerous when you make the claim that violent extremism is a product of poverty and lack of education. While they may be correlated, correlation is not causation and the statement leads people to believe that we can eliminate violent extremism simply by eliminating poverty and providing education.

about a year and a half ago
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The ATF Not Concerned About 3D Printed Guns... Yet

crbowman Re:Good enough for what they are designed for... (344 comments)

Don't be so sure. While I agree with your statement as *I* interprit the Constitution that is clearly not the view of the Supreme Court as demonstraighted by precedent. The entire thesis of Wickard v. Filburn was that by producing wheat for his own consumption, Filburn would not be participating in commerce and thus while he didn't have an effect on interstate commerce by himself many actors doing the same will have an effect on the market via their lack of participation. As Congress has the power to regulate interstate commerce and the "neccary and propper" power to implement that regulation it has the power necessary to fix prices even if it has to regultate people who don't participate in order to accomplish that out come. Congress will try to regulate printing guns and if the Supreme Court follows precedent it will succeed.

about 2 years ago
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Among Servers, Apple's Mac Mini Quietly Gains Ground

crbowman Re:becasue Apple never (367 comments)

"Apple sells" and that's the heart of the problem Apple *sells* you the software, there is no EULA presented for you to agree with or disagree with *at the time of purchase." It's a sale and as such the first sale doctrine should apply just as it does with books. If I want to read it upside down on the moon or run it on a non Apple machine that's my first sale right since they *sold* it too me they didn't license it to me. It also means I can sell it on to the next person if I want to. If they want to claim the ability to restrict the use and resale then then need to enter into a license agreement with me, and present me with all the terms *before* they complete a license deal.

about 2 years ago

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