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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

kwbauer Re:Whatever euphemism softens the blow (239 comments)

And their is no "theft" involved with an agent using a perp's account when the perp is not in a position to be using it either. Neither is my pretending to be you in any way taking away your ability to be you. As long as all I do is open accounts and defraud other parties, I have taken nothing from you; I took it from them. The fact that yet other third parties see my activity as a reason to not do business with you is still not my fault. It is a misunderstanding between you and them that has nothing to do with me. Identity theft is as real or not real as IP theft.

3 days ago
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32 Cities Want To Challenge Big Telecom, Build Their Own Gigabit Networks

kwbauer Re:So Sad (173 comments)

Really. That is exactly what people expect. We turned our health care insurance on its head because 90-96% coverage was inadequate.

3 days ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

kwbauer Re:Depending on local ordinances... (488 comments)

Kind of like laws that require my private residence built for me and my family to be fully-wheel chair accessible (no stairs to the ground floor, ground floor must have a kitchen, laundry room, and full wheel-chair accessible bathroom and at least one bedroom and all hallways and doors on ground floor must be 36 inch doors). Why? So that I won't be discriminating against a potential wheelchair bound buyer if and when I decide to sell.

Reasonable? Less so than requiring all housing to be hooked up to utilities.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

kwbauer Re:Fine. Legislate for externalities. (488 comments)

I say we regulate all energy producers the same. That way, Dick and Jane Ecofriendly will get first hand experience in what kind of burdens have been placed on power producers already. Let every individual household that expects to sell power to the grid first do all the environmental impact studies to prove how their installation won't change the surrounding environment, let them obtain all the necessary permits and zoning exceptions to build an electrical generation plant in a residential zone and force them to have competently trained and union paid operating engineers to oversee the operation. Or maybe the Ecofriendlys can contract this out to companies that have the expertise to do so, for a reasonable fee.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

kwbauer Re:A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare (488 comments)

I'm not even sure they are CS/computer types. I suspect Slashdot has its fair share of soft-science/pseudo-science majors that seem to have all the answers and truly believe that once the legislative branch has passed legislation and the executive branch has agreed to it, that the magic will happen and all will be good.

about three weeks ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

kwbauer Re:A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare (488 comments)

You call this free energy and rant on about evil capitalism so I feel compelled to believe that the Australian government sent some work crews out to install these panels that some other Australian work crews had designed and built using raw materials that yet more Australian government work crews dug out of the ground and refined. Further, I am wondering if the unicorn farts that powered all of this (seeing as how they weren't purchasing the energy to bootstrap from any external parties) also convert into tasty meals for the workers.

If that is not an accurate description, then exactly who did pay for all this free stuff? Or are you just expecting your kids or grandkids to worry about who is going to pick up the tab. Sadly, we in America seem to be best at doing that and it is something I would not suggest you follow.

about three weeks ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

kwbauer Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

crap. yeah. I was being dense and thinking 180 degrees instead of mirroring.

about a month ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

kwbauer Re:This is not a new or unique problem (124 comments)

or the NYC teacher's union or the UAW and all manner of other unions as well.

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

kwbauer Re: I use my phone... (326 comments)

Yes, while driving. I, like many others, have mastered the art of talking/chewing while walking/driving. I have called to report drunk drivers and had I waited until a place I could pull off the road, my information would have been useless nor would I have been able to continue to report the location to the 911 operator when she called back to ask for updates.

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

kwbauer Re:Fines work better ... (326 comments)

Yeah because it so much more dangerous for a rich man to speed than it is for a poor man.

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

kwbauer Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

And you failed to respond to how your solution differentiates the passengers from the driver.

about a month ago
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Technological Solution For Texting While Driving Struggles For Traction

kwbauer Re:A solution in search of a problem... (326 comments)

10 and 2 are not mirror opposites either, at least not on any clock I've used.

about a month ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

kwbauer Re:market pressure, like goldman sachs, BOA.. (124 comments)

but I thought it was resuscitated by a community organizer with the help of some other former wall street management?

about a month ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

kwbauer Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

only if you can prove it really wasn't the "sorting machine" that ripped it up.

about a month ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

kwbauer Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

Not exactly true. Bank managers generally do trust the tellers but have to have all kinds of systems in place as a requirement for being insured. It is a CYA because the ones that will hurt you the most are the ones you trust. Banks could lose far more to a teller stealing from them than they ever could from an off-the-street robber. Further, much of the surveillance is also to protect the teller from the dishonest customer. Having a video record of what the teller hands the customer helps keep customers from invalid claims of having been shorted. It also helps when legitimate mistakes are made such as a busy teller handling to different drive-up lanes and losing focus and sending each lane the other lanes money. I've had a bank teller tell me about the video being used for all three situations: dishonest employee, dishonest customer and employee mistake.

about a month ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

kwbauer Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

Except Clinton already claimed that one.

about a month ago
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US Patent Office Seeking Consultant That Can Stamp Out Fraud By Patent Examiners

kwbauer Re:Ask the US Postal Service (124 comments)

Well, its also called union.

about a month ago
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Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

kwbauer Re:What rubbish (937 comments)

Well, the term "theoretical" explains that they are dealing less with facts than they are with speculation. The sad part is that most theoretical physicists probably do remember that but some of the more vocal ones want to be celebrities (or have become to enamored by their own specialness) so they act like their speculations are facts and far too many then believe that their speculations are speculations instead of facts. Just reading slashdot is plenty of proof of that.

about a month ago

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