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Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

newcastlejon Re:Class Action Attorney (196 comments)

Contact one of the big class action lawsuit attorneys. if you can convince them that 10K customers or more are being cheated for more than $100 per year, over a period of years, they will be glad to work for a percent.

And, if past experience is any indication, that will be somewhere near 99%. When was the last time you heard of a class action getting the complainants anything near full restitution?

4 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

newcastlejon Re:What to do? (196 comments)

Actually ignore that. In my naiveté I expected them to be transparent about the PPP stuff.

I wouldn't have a problem with paying for that... if they were honest about it.

4 hours ago

Eye Problems From Space Affect At Least 21 NASA Astronauts

newcastlejon Re:What can be done about this? (81 comments)

Speed limits are in space are a lot like the top speed on the speedo in my old Mini: it clearly says ninety and you can just about reach it... on an incline... with a favourable tail wind... and no passengers... or seats... but you can't go any faster without some serious re-jigging of the laws o' physics.

5 hours ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do About Repeated Internet Overbilling?

newcastlejon Re:What to do? (196 comments)

A less drastic, but equally annoying solution might be to just turn it off for a month. See what they bill you then.

"It was turned off" is a lot more likely to persuade a small claims court to your side than "I was overcharged by 14%, and here are the dozen esoteric ways I can prove it".

5 hours ago

Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

newcastlejon Re:Urgh (489 comments)

Have you Americans *still* not gotten over this whole Marxist/Communist/Socialist = EVIL thing yet?

Why would they? From what I've seen there are a great number of them that don't even understand their own nation's founding principles; I can't count the number of times I've heard/read people complain about private entities not abiding by the first amendment. Getting over a smear campaign against the red/yellow terror from decades ago is likely one of the least of their worries.

2 days ago

The First Particle Physics Evidence of Physics Beyond the Standard Model?

newcastlejon Re:Morgan_Feeeman_Says (97 comments)

Not Morgan Freeman, Gordon Freeman. We are talking particle physics here.

Yes, but Gordon Freeman would be a terrible narrator (unless you can tune in to his inner monologue).

about a week ago

Posting Soccer Goals On Vine Is Illegal, Say England's Premier League

newcastlejon Re: Pinch of salt needed (226 comments)

They'll have to claim the fix the games to make them interesting, and that it's performance art and not competition perhaps.

Of course it is. Just look at the way some of them fall over; sometimes it borders on interpretive dance.

about two weeks ago

How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

newcastlejon Re:That's good. (40 comments)

Birds don't run, they fly.


about a month ago

How Bird Flocks Resemble Liquid Helium

newcastlejon Re:There have been attempts before (40 comments)

Back then the short cut they took probably saved them weeks in rendering time, and as you say, came out looking realistic.

Why is that? There's no reason that I can think of why one couldn't just decide how the creatures would flock using simple stick figures then add the rest of the models later.

In any case, we're in no position to judge how accurately a film recreated the behaviours of creatures that haven't been found in the wild for millions of years. Certainly we can infer a lot based on what we can observe in their distant descendants but it's still one of those things that takes some dramatic license (just like Lego genetics and the noise that a roaring T-Rex makes).

about a month ago

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

newcastlejon Let me get this straight... (75 comments)

They're offering me discounts on stuff I probably don't need if I make it easier for people to try and sell me shit I don't want?
Anonymised? Pull the other one.

about a month ago

Verizon Boosts FiOS Uploads To Match Downloads

newcastlejon Re:No More Limited Upload Globally (234 comments)

Who said anything about removing usage limits? If past experience is any indication, this will just let people reach their limits faster. Does Verizon even have limits on uploads, or is it up and down all lumped together?

about a month ago

Biohackers Are Engineering Yeast To Make THC

newcastlejon Re:Holy grey area! (159 comments)

So, in other words, what you're saying is that bread bakes you?

about a month and a half ago

The First Person Ever To Die In a Tesla Is a Guy Who Stole One

newcastlejon Re: Died Outside a Tesla (443 comments)

Incinerating the thief is all well and good but I'd sooner have a car that doesn't bifurcate then burst into flames in the process.

about a month and a half ago

UK Gov't Plans To Push "Emergency" Surveillance Laws

newcastlejon "Emergency" laws. (147 comments)

Everyone knows the best laws are the ones rushed through the commons and passed on the nod in the other place.

From TFA:

Mr Cameron said: "We face real and credible threats to our security from serious and organised crime, from the activity of paedophiles, from the collapse of Syria, the growth of Isis in Iraq and al Shabab in East Africa."

Paedophiles are a threat to national security now? Organised crime? Maybe, but for heaven's sake how stupid does this government think we are, that we would swallow yet another use of pedophiles as the bogeymen du jour? That was a rhetorical question, it's not a question of stupidity as much as it is voter apathy coming back to bite us in our collective backside. Again.

about a month and a half ago

YouTube Introduces 60fps Video Support

newcastlejon That's nice. (157 comments)

Now if only YT could stop defaulting to 240p on every video I play...

about 2 months ago

The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

newcastlejon Re:IDKFA (178 comments)

I still remember my CD key for Q3.

about 2 months ago

Microscopic View of How Leaves Repel Water

newcastlejon I don't often read Wired. (33 comments)

Are their articles usually written by 10 year olds?

[Janine is] a super-skilled researcher, and she also has access to some of the coolest toys in existence.

This person is supposed to be a professional writer?

about 2 months ago

3-D Printing with Molten Steel (Video)

newcastlejon Re:Laser Sintering (104 comments)

If it is large enough, why not move the laser instead?

In an SLM machine you have a cavity that is filled with a fine metal powder, the laser selectively melts/sinters parts of that, the base of the cavity moves down slightly and more powder is added to the top. Rinse and repeat until you have a solid part in the cavity surrounded by the powder that wasn't touched by the laser. I'm not going to cop-out and give a link to wikipedia, but if you go there and only look at the block diagram you'll see why the bed needs to be moved with precision at least equal to the minimum feature size that you're aiming for.

What this project aims to achieve is akin to 3D printed plastics where the raw material is deposited right where it needs to be instead of selectively converting parts of a much larger amount of feedstock. I suppose you could move the laser if you want, but it on the face of it I think it would be simpler to just use a few mirrors attached to servos to direct the beam where it needs to go.

about 2 months ago


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