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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jo7hs2 Re: Who ends up paying for this? (82 comments)

I don't disagree that we're getting ripped off...I've already stated I don't think I'm getting a great deal. My point is the America-bashing commentary was uncalled for and rude. Also, your own plan tends to refute the argument we're all getting ripped off. And in my case, since I have only managed to use my full 1GB allotment twice (both time on vacation, whoop-tee-do-day a $15 overage) and I live in a spot where coverage aside from Verizon and AT&T is crappy (I have one of those free 200mb deals on my iPad with T-Mobile that barely can connect outdoors), I haven't had much incentive to change carriers. Frankly, I'm tired of hearing about it. We get that many if not most developed countries have cheaper service. Doesn't mean we're a nation of idiots.

2 days ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jo7hs2 Re:Who ends up paying for this? (82 comments)

And wouldn't it be nice if an American could make a perfectly factual statement without being accused of being stupid, ignorant, or arrogant for a change? Sheesh.

2 days ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jo7hs2 Re:Who ends up paying for this? (82 comments)

No, I don't consider it a great deal, but it is certainly not as bad of a deal as was initially portrayed. The data allotment is puny, but paying to receive text messages is pretty rare these days.

2 days ago
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Bidding In Government Auction of Airwaves Reaches $34 Billion

jo7hs2 Re:Who ends up paying for this? (82 comments)

Um... I pay around $70 for 1gb with unlimited texting and calls with one of the two major telcos. Your math is off.

2 days ago
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How To End Online Harassment

jo7hs2 Very difficult. (834 comments)

I was a severely bullied youth. So severely that I have been diagnosed with PTSD as a result, as some of the events were life-threatening. In once instance, I was an early victim of what would now be termed cyber-bullying. It also was illegal under Maryland's two-party consent for voice recordings law, but was none of it was ever prosecuted. Anyway... I was recorded against my consent in day-to-day conversation. The content was then edited to make me sound either like I was intellectually disabled or a homosexual, depending on their mood. Nothing wrong with being either of those things, I'm neither, and obviously this was being done to harm. The audio files were posted on Geocities/Xoom/or one of the other free internet hosting providers at that time in RealPlayer format. This was around 1998-1999, for perspective. Due to Maryland's two-party consent laws, my 14-15yo self was able to get the audio taken down, repeatedly, by the hosting provider. Unfortunately, it took several violations before the provider finally convinced the students in question that their account would be deleted if they stopped. Each time, of course, their account was suspended until they complied. This made them very unhappy, leading to much worse taunting, and even shockingly well-targeted and convincing arguments that I should kill myself. Eventually, the audio was taken down permanently because they got tired of it. The point of my story being, this is not an easy thing to fight. Online harassment is difficult to fight even when you know the names of the offenders and they've clearly broken a law...that is nothing new.

about two weeks ago
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New NXP SoC Gives Android Its Apple Pay

jo7hs2 Re:Why should I care? (122 comments)

Ditto. My number has been compromised about once a year for the past four or five years, too. It is why I keep a second credit card I use only minimally (for subscriptions like Netflix) for emergencies, and why I never expose my bank card number to anybody but the bank. The only benefit is that I get a nice new card...otherwise just really annoying few days without my card every year. In every instance, it wasn't a swiper or a stolen card, it was a data leak at a mid-sized or larger retail outlet.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

jo7hs2 Against it. (613 comments)

Has safety and productivity costs, doesn't save energy in modern society, ultimately pointless. Just leave our sleep alone.

about three weeks ago
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The Problem With Positive Thinking

jo7hs2 Re: (158 comments)

Not funny. Not remotely funny.

about a month ago
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Geologists Warned of Washington State Mudslides For Decades

jo7hs2 Re: Muh freedoms! (230 comments)

Memphis you mean. Memphis is the largish city with the biggest New Madrid issue.

about 8 months ago
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Researchers Hope To Grow Human Ears From Fat Tissue

jo7hs2 Rimshot (35 comments)

I'm all ears.

about 9 months ago
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Free (Gratis) Version of Windows Could Be a Reality Soon

jo7hs2 Re: Kinda funny (392 comments)

I would say maybe 5-10 of my classmates (out of 160ish graduating) in law school were pre-law majors. They were the exception, rather than the rule. Most were just normal humanities majors (very high number of history majors like me), plus a strong subject of STEM folks. TL:DR...you're right.

about 9 months ago
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How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

jo7hs2 Re: I cut my cable bill by 100% (206 comments)

I'm not shocked by the low DSL speed. I live in a 600-unit complex in a suburb of a decently sized city (Nashville) and all AT&T can offer is 1.5, despite constantly advertising UVerse.

about 9 months ago
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Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

jo7hs2 Re: Have you driven a ford lately? (314 comments)

They're not THAT good. The valve body in my Ford Fusion's transmission (6F35 6-speed auto) wore out the pressure regulator valve, but Ford's initial solution was to update the software, so by the time they caught it the clutch pads (yes, automatics have clutches) had started to wear. At 10k miles the transmission required a rebuild including all new clutch pads, a new set of gears on the output side to the differential, and a new valve body. That said, it is a very clever transmission and the car otherwise completely satisfies me. But not *quite* as reliable as my rock-solid 2002 Taurus. But then, the Taurus wasn't using a new transmission design. The 6F35 was only three years old in 2012, and Ford usually takes a few years to get a new transmission worked out.

about 9 months ago
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US War Machine Downsizing?

jo7hs2 A-10 on the axe again? (506 comments)

So, they want to retire the A-10, a proven and hardened platform to replace it with what? The bloated and delicate F-35? I'm really afraid how poorly that will go for F-35s tasked with close air support in some future conflict.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Fixes Dangerous SSL Authentication Flaw In iOS

jo7hs2 Re:Jailbreakers (101 comments)

That's a little paranoid even for a post about Apple.

about 9 months ago
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Apple Rumored To Be Exploring Medical Devices, Electric Cars To Reignite Growth

jo7hs2 Re:Not a good sign (255 comments)

Oh God, what have you done! You just inadvertently gave Dunkin Donuts their next disgusting product idea. As if donut shop tater tots and donut sandwiches were not disgusting enough. They make pretty good donuts (for a chain joint) and need to stick to that, but folks just gotta keep giving them bad ideas,

about 9 months ago
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Elon Musk Says Larger Batteries Might Be On the Way

jo7hs2 Re:Dead end (191 comments)

Which is true, the ones that an average person can afford (Leaf, for example) without stretching their finances have much more limited range. Suitable for someone living in a major metropolitan area who never needs to drive further than to an airport at the periphery, but not really for your average suburbanite. Hell, I live in a medium-sized city, and because different neighborhoods have different things I want, it isn't uncommon for me to rack up the range of a Leaf over the course of a day's errands without even thinking twice about it. For the price, the bang just isn't there yet. When it is, I'm in, because all environmental issues aside, electricity is just cheaper.

about 9 months ago
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Elon Musk Says Larger Batteries Might Be On the Way

jo7hs2 Re:Dead end (191 comments)

I don't see people saying that, mostly just that they expect parity with ICE vehicles before it will truly be useful outside of limited circumstances. For example, even that fairly generous 265 miles just isn't enough to make an electric vehicle attractive to me. I would require somewhere on the order of twice that, a little over 500 miles, to match the typical single-day range of my mid-size sedan. Right now, my personal, lay opinion is that electric vehicles are currently suitable for short commutes and major metropolitan usage. Until the range approaches that of a typical 4-cylinder equipped compact or mid-size sedan, use outside of those circumstances would periodically require a supplemental vehicle. Plus, there is the whole question of recharging on long trips. Once one can get an electric car with a 400-500 mile range that can recharge overnight at basically any hotel, then I expect to start seeing mainstream, suburban drivers picking up EVs.

about 9 months ago

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John McCain's "computer illiteracy not by choi

jo7hs2 jo7hs2 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

jo7hs2 (884069) writes "It turns out that the folks behind Obama's recent ad mocking John McCain for not using e-mail failed to properly vet the story. "The day after 9/11, as part of its "get tough" makeover, the Obama campaign is mocking John McCain for not using a computer, without caring why he doesn't use a computer...From the Boston Globe (March 4, 2000): 'McCain gets emotional at the mention of military families needing food stamps or veterans lacking health care. The outrage comes from inside: McCain's severe war injuries prevent him from combing his hair, typing on a keyboard, or tying his shoes.'""
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jo7hs2 jo7hs2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jo7hs2 writes "In an interesting development, across my dozen or so different e-mail accounts, I am now getting about 90% of my spam in the form of jibberish surrounding an image file that touts the benefits of the stock of China Health Management Corp. I have already started fowarding all the mess to the SEC's enforcement address. My questions for the community are:

1) Is anybody else being deluged by spam from a single source? If so, is it China Health Management Corp?
2) Aside from fowarding the spam to the SEC, should I attempt to contact the company, a Nevada corporation, but with no US address?
3) Any ideas on how to stop it?

Their website is: http://chinahealthmanagement.com/"
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jo7hs2 jo7hs2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jo7hs2 writes "A federal district court has ordered the Treasury Department to introduce features to allow the blind to distinguish paper currency, after ruling such money discriminatory in current applications.

Electronic devices are available to help blind people differentiate between bills, but many complain that they are slow, expensive and unreliable. Visually impaired shoppers frequently rely on store clerks to help them. U.S. bills have not always been the same size. In 1929, the government standardized the size and shrank all bills by about 30 percent to lower manufacturing costs and help distinguish between genuine and counterfeit notes.

The American Council of the Blind has proposed several options, including printing bills of differing sizes, adding embossed dots or foil to the paper or using raised ink.

What do Slashdotters think would be most advantageous? Braille? Different sized money? Coin options for all paper denominations? Will we see the return of the coin, or the birth of the elusive ridged greenback?

Story at: http://www.breitbart.com/news/2006/11/28/D8LMC4600 .html"
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jo7hs2 jo7hs2 writes  |  about 8 years ago

jo7hs2 (884069) writes "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has proposed a system which will in essence make it madatory for you to have "permission" before even an American Citizen can leave or enter the country, effectively putting everyone on a no-fly list unless the government says otherwise.

Interestingly, the proposal does not seem to cover personal travel, only that on some sort of carrier like an airline or cruise vessel. While this certainly is concerning, it isn't exactly new, as a passport is already required for circumstances covered under the proposal.

http://sianews.com/modules.php?name=News&file=arti cle&sid=3023"

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