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FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

mapinguari Re:Profit (88 comments)

So actually, they have to do more than just cut a check. FCC Press release
In its consent decree with the Enforcement Bureau, Verizon has agreed to:

  • Pay a fine of $2 million to the U.S. Treasury;
  • Commit an additional $3 million over the next three years to address the problem of rural call completion on a company and industry-wide basis;
  • Appoint a Rural Call Completion Ombudsman within Verizon to centralize analysis of rural call completion problems;
  • Develop a system to automatically identify customer complaints that may be related to rural call completion issues;
  • Limit its use of intermediate providers, i.e., telecommunications providers between the Verizon network and the local rural provider, that are often the source of call completion problems;
  • Monitor its call answer rates to individual rural areas and conduct an investigation when rates to an area fall below a set threshold in any month;
  • Host industry workshops and sponsor an academic study on methods to detect and resolve rural call completion problems;
  • Provide quarterly summaries of its investigations to the FCC and meet periodically with Commission staff to identify lessons learned; and
  • Prepare a report to be publicly filed with the Commission at the end of the three-year compliance period.

8 hours ago

Texas Town Turns To Treated Sewage For Drinking Water

mapinguari Re:"Tastes about average for West Texas" (242 comments)

Agreed. It's sort of like saying "The water in NYC tatested about average for West Virginia"

about 6 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

mapinguari Re:36 million gallons? (332 comments)

About 0.0000000000002 Pacific Oceans.
Hope that helps.

about 9 months ago

It Takes 2.99 Gigajoules To Vaporize a Human Body

mapinguari Re:Hmm (272 comments)

Nonsense. 2.99GJ is simply 1.21GW over 2.47 seconds.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Start Reading Other's Code?

mapinguari Doxygen (254 comments)

Even without Doxygen's specific format for comments, you can use it to graph object relationships, call-trees, etc.

You can generate docs limited to a few files or classes if you just want to focus on them.


about a year and a half ago

Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

mapinguari Re:I'll be the first to say... (943 comments)

Dollar coins have been in circulation since 1794, predating the Carter administration.

more than 2 years ago

EFF Challenges National Security Letter

mapinguari Not completely anonymous (153 comments)

In the Government's Reply in Support of Motion to Compel, it states that

... petitioner is a telephone company ...

more than 2 years ago

Testing for Many Designer Drugs At Once

mapinguari Marijuana vs. lung cancer (281 comments)

Google results like this one?

or this?

At best, you can say that there are no definitive studies linking the two, but it appears that most combustibles emit carcinogens when burned.

I'm not saying that's a reason to ban marijuana, but, like with tobacco, users should really make informed choices.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook Co-Founder Saverin Gives Up U.S. Citizenship Before IPO

mapinguari The new math (911 comments)

In which 3.84 is 4% of 11.8.

more than 2 years ago

iPad 3 Confirmed To Have 2048x1536 Screen Resolution

mapinguari Re:DPI comparison? (537 comments)

I'm not sure how you did your math, but I think 264 is the number you're looking for.

more than 2 years ago

New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals

mapinguari Re:Expanding? (117 comments)

And by parallels, of course, I mean meridians.
What is it with these 503 errors?

about 3 years ago

New Mexico Is Stretching, GPS Reveals

mapinguari Expanding? (117 comments)

the state is unquestionably expanding

By definition, New Mexico lies between the 103 W and the 109 03' parallels (mostly). The only way New Mexico could be getting wider is if the earth's radius is increasing, pushing the meridians apart. Since Arizona is bounded on the west by primarily by rivers, maybe it's the one getting wider (or Arkansas!)

about 3 years ago

Taliban Seizes and Burns PCs, Cell Phones To Stop Obscenity

mapinguari This just in... (294 comments)

Leaflets used to spread obscenity.
Burn all leaflets.

more than 3 years ago

Hard Drive Prices Up 150% In Less Than Two Months

mapinguari Re:No, no, no (304 comments)

I bought a 3TB Deskstar for $130 on Sept 28. Current price is now $250.

The current price is 192% of the old price.
That's a price increase of 92%. Colloquially, the price is up 92%.

more than 3 years ago

The Register Hacked

mapinguari Re:oh shit! (192 comments)

No â" just missing punctuation.
So there. Credibility is lost.

more than 3 years ago

Samsung Ordered To Hand Over Unreleased Designs To Apple

mapinguari Re:Except That Is Completely Incorrect (260 comments)

Shut your festering gob, you tit! Your type really makes me puke, you vacuous, coffee-nosed, maloderous, pervert!!!

more than 3 years ago

Share Your iPhone Location Data Like You Mean It

mapinguari Re:Wanted: fake location info app (94 comments)

To what end? Maybe you want the Maps app to always locate you at the South Pole perhaps?

What restaurants are nearby? None. Sounds like loads of fun to me.

more than 3 years ago

iPhone 4 Beta Shows AT&T Tethering

mapinguari Re:iPhone 4??? (240 comments)

The beta release is under NDA, of course, so they certainly could sue the individual who violated the agreement.

more than 4 years ago

Police Seize Computers From Gizmodo Editor

mapinguari Re:Journalist? (1204 comments)

They teach you this on Sesame Street: You have to either give it to the police to hold for 30 days or report it to the management of the place you found it.

Whoa, Sesame Street must have gotten some serious steroids since I last watched it. I'll guess that Oscar is now an ex-con, Bert has filed a restraining order against Ernie, and probably the Count got deported.

more than 4 years ago


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