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New Sensors Will Scoop Up "Big Data" On Chicago

mikesd81 Re: I have a IMO a propounding question. (64 comments)

The obvious reason would be because voters could stop it. Why would any gov't body take a chance on mass surveillance being stopped before it even gets started?

about 3 months ago
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Foursquare Splits To Take On Yelp

mikesd81 Re: Agreed! mod up (24 comments)

I suppose you could install the app and NOT put a shortcut on your homescreen. If it is an app used but only very little, then you don't need the shortcut. Also on Android you can make folders on the home screen. So if you put all FB apps in that folder and touch the folder all apps in there are available.

about 4 months ago
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Windows Blue Is Officially Windows 8.1, Free For Existing Users

mikesd81 Re: Too little, too late? (491 comments)

There's nothing to save. People will go with Win 8 because there is no alternative other than Mac. And that's not what a casual person is willing to spend. And MS knows IG.

about a year ago
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Microsoft's Office365 Limits Emails To 500 Recipients

mikesd81 Re:500 emails are enough for everyone (183 comments)

I understand that, but couldn't internal emails go through an internal server? The article didn't mention if it was just external or if it was internal and external.

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Office365 Limits Emails To 500 Recipients

mikesd81 Re:500 emails are enough for everyone (183 comments)

If it's 500 recipients total, wouldn't a mail list actually just sent to those 500 emails with one click?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft's Office365 Limits Emails To 500 Recipients

mikesd81 Re:500 emails are enough for everyone (183 comments)

Couldn't these be sent via an internal mail server? Would they go against the 500 mail limit?

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers

mikesd81 Re:on warranties---something whent wrong (248 comments)

The OP never claimed that you could fix a board yourself, have the repair go sour, and then expect the company to fix that.

While not specifically saying so he did imply that "yourself" be lumped into a qualified person.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers

mikesd81 Re:on warranties (248 comments)

The OP never claimed that you could fix a board yourself, have the repair go sour, and then expect the company to fix that.

If, OTOH, you fix caps on the board, and then something else goes wrong, which is not provably related to your repair, then the board is *still* under warranty, at least in the US.

Fair enough. If the problems are not related, I'll buy that argument

That is the same law that allows you to have your oil changed at your local garage, rather than your car maker's local dealership, and still have an intact warranty (unless the local garage screws up).

So the screw up falls on the garage to fix their mistake. But if YOU change the oil and somehow put a wrench through the oil pan while taking out the plug, and you're not a licensed mechanic, it would not fall under the warranty for the manufacture to replace. A licensed mechanic would fall under a qualified technician.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers

mikesd81 Re:on warranties (248 comments)

Look at your microwave, DVD player, or any electronic. Find that piece of tape that says "warranty void if broken"

That piece of tape does not have the force of law. It is there to frighten you. You have a legal right to have service performed by any qualified person, at least in the USA, without voiding your warranty. That person can be you. Replacing bad caps on a motherboard with caps which meet or exceed their specification, for example, is something you have a legal right to do without voiding the warranty as it applies to other components.

That piece of tape does have the force of the companies of warranty and their terms for honoring it. Just because you know how to replace bad caps on a board, doesn't mean you're qualified. Go ahead and do that, and fry it and then go back to the manufacture and say "Well I know how to do it so I did it and well oops." There's also reasons why companies have certified technician partners. Yes, you may have a legal right to do whatever, it is your property, but that doesn't mean the company has the legal right to fix your mistake.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers

mikesd81 Re:on warranties (248 comments)

To what part of the phone's software is that tape attached?

The OS itself. You know, the component of the equation that makes the thing do what it's supposed to.

There's a reason why we have different words for "hardware" and "software", you know.

Not when it comes to phones. The software is what will be changed. You won't see someone put a chip in an Atrix to make it run on Verizon, just like you won't see anyone put a chip in the Bionic when it's released to run on AT&T networks.



Opening an electronic device case to put in a 3rd party component is no different than opening up an OS to put in 3rd party components. If you designed an OS for any device and locked it up, and someone bought the device, unlocked it and bricked it, which is like putting a 3rd party component in a device and breaking it, would you actually honor the warranty? Now be realistic in your answer. Would you actually swallow the price of taking the device back, paying a guy to reload the original OS on it, or even possibly having to replace it outright, because the guy did something to break it that wasn't by natural wear and tear or design flaw?

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft To Work With Windows Phone 7 Jailbreakers

mikesd81 Re:on warranties (248 comments)

Look at your microwave, DVD player, or any electronic. Find that piece of tape that says "warranty void if broken" So, opening the operating system of the phone is like opening the case of an electronic device. Hell even if you open a big name computer like HP or Dell to do your own upgrade, it voids the warranty. If you chose to do something that could've and possibly did break the phone, why should the manufacture be responsible for blatant user error? Warranties cover wear and tear and DOA devices. But if you do something to break it other than normal wear and tear, why should the manufacture fix it?

more than 3 years ago
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BSG Prequel Series Caprica Canceled

mikesd81 Re:It could also... (602 comments)

Haven has been renewed for a 2nd season.

more than 3 years ago
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Intel Wants To Charge $50 To Unlock Your CPU's Full Capabilities

mikesd81 benefit from embracing customers (832 comments)

Wouldn't Intel benefit from embracing it's customers and just allowing this to be done?

more than 3 years ago
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Russia's Unmanned Capsule Misses Space Station

mikesd81 Re:It's time to deliver a space tug to the station (224 comments)

You're right. I read th whole article before submitting, but I did read it quickly and missed that "can't do it again today" point to the sentence near the end.

more than 4 years ago
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High Depreciation May Slow Electric Car Acceptance

mikesd81 Re:What's slowing electric car appreciation (354 comments)

A hybrid I can understand, but the amount of energy on the downhill would never make up for the amount of energy lost on the up hill here.

more than 4 years ago
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High Depreciation May Slow Electric Car Acceptance

mikesd81 What's slowing electric car appreciation (354 comments)

is that people like fast cars and practical cars. Right now a family car to fit a family of 5 and get groceries and practical mileage per cost just isn't there. And it won't be there. Not to mention terrain. I live in North East region of Pennsylvania. Lots of mountain and hills here which is a knock against electric vehicles. Also farm country here. Farmers won't want drive their trucks hauling equipment and having to travel the rough terrain of the fields, nor will it probably never be practical for any electric farm equipment. And the truth is, despite what the gov't says, they don't want to give up their reliance on the oil companies either.

more than 4 years ago
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Home Computers Equal Lower Test Scores

mikesd81 Re:Internet Addict Parents. (278 comments)

Maybe. But probably not. It's the parents don't teach kids how to use technology responsibly. And that's all technology. Computers. vehicles, tools, guns, etc.

more than 4 years ago

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PA School Suspends Kindergartner For Threatening To Shoot Kids With a Bubble Gun

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mikesd81 writes "Mount Carmel School District in Northumberland County, PA has suspended a kindergartner student for threatening to shoot herself and a classmate with a Hello Kitty bubble gun. The alleged young terrorist did not have the gun with her when she mentioned to another student that she wanted to shoot classmates and then herself with the bubble gun, The school administration then questioned her for 3 hours without the parents knowledge and suspended her for 10 days. The Mount Carmel school district responded by saying they are investigating the incident and take safety very seriously."
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Pennsylvania School Wants to Arm Teachers

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

mikesd81 (518581) writes "Tamaqua school district in Schuylkill County, PA is considering giving teachers and staff firearms to protect the students from attacks. While acknowledging that security is not very tight for entry into the buildings, they decided instead of taking the first step of beefing up security, they will go ahead and attempt to arm the teachers instead."
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Atrix gets unlocked boot loaded with Gingerbread

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mikesd81 writes "GottaBeMobile reports that the Motorola Atrix will be receiving the Android 2.3.3 update in July. And along with that will come an unlocked boot loader. The update will also allow sideloading, and include better power management, improved camera, download management, and a new MotoBlur skin. However, being 2.3.3, it will not include Skype or gTalk."
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Attachmate Buys Novell and Suse

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Novell announced that Attachmage will acquire Novell for $2.2 billion ($6.10 per share). Novell also announced it has entered into a definitive agreement for the concurrent sale of certain intellectual property assets to CPTN Holdings LLC, a consortium of technology companies organized by Microsoft Corporation, for $450 million in cash, which cash payment is reflected in the merger consideration to be paid by Attachmate Corporation. Attachmate Corporation plans to operate Novell as two business units: Novell and SUSE; and will join them with its other holdings, Attachmate and NetIQ."
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Intel Threatens DMCA Using HDCP Crack

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Intel is apparently threatening to use the DMCA against anyone using the HDCP crack under the DMCA's anti-circumvention clause.

“There are laws to protect both the intellectual property involved as well as the content that is created and owned by the content providers,” said Tom Waldrop, a spokesman for the company, which developed HDCP. “Should a circumvention device be created using this information, we and others would avail ourselves, as appropriate, of those remedies.”

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Android Most Popluar Mobile OS By 2014

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  about 4 years ago

mikesd81 writes "According to Gartner research firm, Google's Android smartphone operating system will in a single year have leapfrogged competitors like Apple's iPhone, Research in Motion's Blackberry and Microsoft Windows phones in global popularity, and will challenge Nokia to become the world's most popular mobile OS by 2014. Gartner says that the explosive growth of Android will give it 17.7% of world wide sales by the end of 2010. Robert Cozza, principal research analyst at Gartner, says

"It's a matter of Android really going more into the hands of the mainstream user. The iPhone will remain focused toward the higher end of the market, while through the end of this year and into 2011, all that growth you see in Android will come from the fact that most of the vendors who are backing it will release cheaper smartphones."

Analysts also say there are number of things that could derail Android's growth, including Oracle's lawsuit over Java patents."

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Unmanned capsule misses space station

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Russia's unmanned cargo ship Progress 38 missed docking with the ISS and sailed right on by it instead of docking on autopilot. A telemetry lock between the Russian-made Progress module and the space station was lost and the module flew past at a safe distance. NASA said the crew was never in danger and that the supplies are not critical and will not affect station operations. There will be no other attempts at docking today, and the orbit of the module raises questions of any other attempts again. Packed aboard the spacecraft are 1,918 pounds of propellant for the station, 110 pounds of oxygen, 220 pounds of water and 2,667 pounds of dry cargo — which includes spare parts, science equipment and other supplies."
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Create Twilight Shirt, But No Twilight Material

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Techdirt reports Cafe Press is running an official Twilight t-shirt design contest, however in the rules there are some interesting restrictions:

        * No use of the official Twilight movie
        * No use of images or depictions of the actors in the movie
        * No use of explicit sexual language or graphics
        * No use of copyrighted material from the movie or its promotional materials (e.g. no use of images of the movie, movie posters or from the movie website)
        * No blood
        * No fangs
        * No stakes thru the heart
        * No coffins
        * No bats
        * No use of Twilight book cover images
        * No pictures of apples

So create a T-shirt promoting a movie, without promoting the movie. No wonder the prize is $500."
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Lower Merion School District Update

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Prosecutors are claiming that a federal judge is hampering a criminal investigation into a webcam scandal at a Philadelphia suburban school district.

U.S. District Judge Jan DuBois, who is presiding over the civil case, two weeks ago ordered that evidence should only be disseminated to those connected to the civil lawsuit.(.pdf)

The lawsuit accuses a district IT admin of downloading pictures of the students naked while in the ir home."
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Court Says Parents Can Block ‘Sexting’

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

mikesd81 writes "In the first federal appeals court opinion dealing with “sexting”, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday that parents could block the prosecution of their children on child pornography charges for appearing in photographs found on some classmates’ cellphones. Miller vs. Mitchell (pdf) began in 2008 when school officials in Tunkhannock, Pa., discovered seminude and nude photographs of some female students on other student's phones. George Skumanick Jr., the DA at the time, said the students and their parents could be prosecuted if they did not participate in an after-school “education program.”
The syllabus called for the girls to write a report explaining why they were there, what they had done, and why it was wrong. The course was voluntary, however if the students opted out or did not complete it they would be prosecuted. Sighting the district attorney’s actions interfered with the girls’ constitutional rights to be photographed and to be free from compelled speech — and with the parents’ rights to direct their children’s upbringing, three families refused. In March, the district court temporarily barred the district attorney from initiating any criminal charges against the girls. Wednesday’s opinion came in response to his appeal and upholds the injunction but does not resolve the case. The unanimous ruling of the judges, Thomas L. Ambro, Michael A. Chagares and Walter K. Stapleton, criticized the district attorney’s reliance on the girls’ presence in the photographs as a basis for the potential charges. “Appearing in a photograph provides no evidence as to whether that person possessed or transmitted the photo,” said the opinion, by Judge Ambro."
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Candian Booksellers Afraid of Amazon

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Apparently, the Canadian Booksellers' Association is attempting to block Amazon from building a distribution center up there. The Canadian Booksellers' Association says if Amazon.com Inc. is allowed to open a distribution centre in Canada, it will set a precedent for changing Canadian foreign ownership rules. A Canadian Heritage spokesman said the government has ordered a review of Amazon's proposal to open a Canadian distribution center to determine if the investment "will be of net benefit to Canada. The bookseller association argues the additional competition would not be a net benefit to Canada or the Canadian-controlled bookselling sector. Association president Stephen Cribar outlines his concerns:

"Individual Canadian booksellers have traditionally played a key role in ensuring the promotion of Canadian authors and Canadian culture," Cribar said in the letter. "These are values that no American dot-com retailer could ever purport to understand or promote."

The association also contends that allowing Amazon to operate a business within Canada would contravene the Investment Canada Act, which requires that foreign investments in the book publishing and distribution sector be compatible with national cultural policies. Canadian cultural laws also protect the Canadian book industry from foreign competition."

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Solar Cycle 24 To Be Less Intense Than Thought

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mikesd81 writes "NASA and NOAA are now predicting Solar Cycle 24 will be less intense than once thought. An international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle. Panel chairman Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center says:

"If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78."

However, he also states below-average cycle is capable of producing severe space weather. The The great geomagnetic storm of 1859 occurred during a solar cycle of the same size. As for Solar Cycle 25: It could be one of the weakest in centuries."

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Web Hosts Hit With 32 Million Judgment For Content

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  about 5 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Computerworld reports A federal jury in California has found two Web hosting companies and their owner liable for contributing to trademark and copyright infringement for hosting sites selling counterfeit Louis Vuitton goods. In a verdict handed down last week, the jury assessed damages totaling more than $32 million against hosting companies Akanoc Solutions Inc., Managed Solutions Group Inc., both in Fremont, Calif., and Steven Chen, the owner of the two companies. In awarding the damages, the jury agreed with Paris-based Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A.'s claims that the defendants knowingly allowed several Web sites they hosted to sell products that infringed Louis Vuitton's copyrights and trademarks. Lawyers for Chen had argued that Akanoc and Managed Solutions were protected under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act's (DMCA), which limits the liability of ISPs for activities by its customers that might constitute copyright infringements. The defense lawyers said Chen and his companies could not be held liable for the actions of Web sites they might have hosted but did not directly own or operate."
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Apple Censoring A Dictionary App

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Apple has apparently forced Ninjawords to censor certain words from their application for it to be approved. Despite carrying a 17+ rating, Ninjawords for iPhone suffers one humiliating flaw: it omits all the words deemed "objectionable" by Apple's App Store reviewers. Despite on the same device you can look up the words on any search sight, and other dictionary apps don't have to remove these words. Phil Crosby, one of Ninjawords's developers, says via email:

The App Store approval process for Ninjawords took two months. Matchstick submitted the first build on May 13; it was rejected two days later. Says Crosby, "We were rejected for objectionable content. They provided screenshots of the words 'shit' and 'fuck' showing up in our dictionary's search results. What's interesting is that we spent a good deal of time making it so that you must type vulgar words in their entirety, and only then will we show you suggestions in the search results. For instance, if you type 'fuc', you will not see 'fuck' as a suggestion. This is in contrast to all other dictionaries we're aware of on the App Store (including Dictionary.com's application), which will show you 'fuck' in the search results for 'fuc', 'motherfucker' for 'mother', etc.

Apple rejected it with this message

Thank you for submitting Ninjawords to the App Store. We've reviewed Ninjawords and determined that we cannot post this version of your iPhone application to the App Store at this time because it contains objectionable content which is in violation of Section 3.3.12 from the iPhone SDK Agreement which states: "Applications must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind (text, graphics, images, photographs, etc.), or other content or materials that in Apple's reasonable judgement may be found objectionable by iPhone or iPod touch users." Parental Controls have been announced for iPhone OS 3.0. It would be appropriate to resubmit your application for review once this feature is available. Regards, iPhone Developer Program

There is a listing of the omitted words at the above link.

Apple requires you to be 17 years or older to purchase a censored dictionary that omits half the words Steve Jobs uses every day."

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EFF and PK Reluctantly Drop Lawsuit For ACTA Info

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

mikesd81 writes "A story on the EFF website states The Obama Administration's decision to support Bush-era concealment policies has forced the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Public Knowledge (PK) to drop their lawsuit about the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Federal judges have very little discretion to overrule Executive Branch decisions to classify information on "national security" grounds, and the Obama Administration has recently informed the court that it intends to defend the classification claims originally made by the Bush Administration. Very little is known about ACTA, currently under negotiation between the U.S. and more than a dozen other countries, other than that it is not limited to anti-counterfeiting measures. Leaked documents indicate that it could establish far-reaching customs regulations governing searches over personal computers and iPods. Multi-national IP corporations have publicly requested mandatory filtering of Internet communications for potentially copyright-infringing material, as well as the adoption of "Three Strikes" policies requiring the termination of Internet access after repeat allegations of copyright infringement, like the legislation recently invalidated in France. Last year, more than 100 public interest organizations around the world called on ACTA country negotiators to make the draft text available for public comment."
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$299 Dell Linux Laptop

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Cnet reports that For less than the price of some Netbooks, you can get yourself a full-blown Dell notebook. Dell is offering the Inspiron 15n for just $299. These are new units, not refurbs, and you don't have to deal with any rebates. The Inspiron 15n runs on Ubuntu Linux 8.10, a 2.16 GHz Celeron chip, 2GB of RAM, 160GB hard drive, DVD burner, and 15.6-inch wide-screen LCD. You also get a four-cell battery and one-year warranty. Dell does charge $29 for shipping."
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Search this site: KDevelop4 Beta 3 Released

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mikesd81 writes "KDE announced on May 30th, the third public beta of KDevelop4. Some new features include a new code-writing assistant, a new documentation plugin showing you the API docs for Qt and KDE APIs, a reworked Mercurial plugin and a rewrite of the classbrowser plugin. Two plugins from the KDevelop source, QMake support and Qt Designer integration were let go and moved to KDE Playground area."
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FCC's Warrantless Household Searches Alarm Experts

mikesd81 mikesd81 writes  |  more than 5 years ago

mikesd81 writes "Wired.com reports that you may not know it, but if you have a wireless router, a cordless phone, remote car-door opener, baby monitor or cellphone in your house, the FCC claims the right to enter your home without a warrant at any time of the day or night in order to inspect it. FCC spokesman David Fiske says "Anything using RF energy — we have the right to inspect it to make sure it is not causing interference." The FCC claims it derives its warrantless search power from the Communications Act of 1934, though the constitutionality of the claim has gone untested in the courts. "It is a major stretch beyond case law to assert that authority with respect to a private home, which is at the heart of the Fourth Amendment's protection against unreasonable search and seizure," says Electronic Frontier Foundation lawyer Lee Tien. "When it is a private home and when you are talking about an over-powered Wi-Fi antenna — the idea they could just go in is honestly quite bizarre.""

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