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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

poetmatt Re:All the more reason to get an antenna. (114 comments)

Why pay for TV when you can download the shows you care about?

TV is so terrible at catering to people who only want to pay for what they want to see, so you may as well get it when you want how you want - because they refuse to provide that.

12 hours ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

poetmatt Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (362 comments)

Which is why they went from above the federal minimum of 3 seconds, to exactly the federal minimum and thus below said minimu. This has happened repeatedly.

yesterday
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

poetmatt Re:Telsa's lobbiest crashes (292 comments)

Look at the existing franchise laws and how they are being used. It's not really a question that bribes are occurring, it's what lobbying is by it's very definition.

5 days ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

poetmatt Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

Absolutely. You know why? Efficient taxation should result in more tax money coming in. If they can't do so, that's a fault of putting out inefficient taxes.

5 days ago
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Flight Attendants Want Stricter Gadget Rules Reinstated

poetmatt Re:That's not the reason you're being ignored. (405 comments)

You know how everything you said is 100% false?

When the captain says "brace for impact", if someone is deaf and on their phones? How much of a difference is it going to make? Zero. Now apply the same to people who can hear, and guess what? Same impact.

about a week ago
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Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

poetmatt Re:Oh hey, consumers! (191 comments)

Be reasonable. It may have been *sys.

about two weeks ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

poetmatt Re:Nope (364 comments)

This requires people to install the app. That's a failure right there on many levels.
Not only that, but it cannot tell if you are the driver or the passenger. That's failure #2.

Then you get to the fact that this could stop you from making emergency calls. That's questionable and teeters in the "is this even legal?" quesiton range.

It is not just the implementation - the very concept of "if vehicle is moving you cannot use your phone" will ALWAYS be wrong whether it can figure out you are a passenger or not, if the decision is implemented via software.

about a month and a half ago
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Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

poetmatt Nope (364 comments)

It should be the District attorney that is disabled (or never quoted ever again). She is an idiot, because software like the interlock concept doesn't exist on a phone.

Part of the problem is user education and part of it is that an attorney who has no understanding of technology who simply wants to create more business via litigation.

Who the fuck is Kathleen Rice and why should any of us give a shit? Answer: we shouldn't.

about a month and a half ago
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Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

poetmatt Re:Employers don't want employees who LOOK lazy. (133 comments)

Of course an employer can do what they want which includes busywork, but that doesn't mean the employer isn't a complete failure when it comes to defining the scope of a job position. Most employers are too lazy to do this well.

Any employer who can't accept that you won't be busy every second of the day is not an employer worth working for in any country in the world.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

poetmatt Re:I like... (643 comments)

It will save a hell of a lot of the settlements they have as a result of illegal police action as it will hold police accountable, too.

That is as long as they can't disable or prevent the recording.

So far, it seems every version of a camera tool lets an officer later review and potentially delete the information, which can lead back to the same coverup/problems.

about 2 months ago
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How the Ancient Egyptians (Should Have) Built the Pyramids

poetmatt Re:So, is there any shred of EVIDENCE? (202 comments)

No, it's not really interesting. It's settled science that wetting the sand and dragging the sled is how it was done. This is in the OP. It's not a question.

about 2 months ago
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California DMV Told Google Cars Still Need Steering Wheels

poetmatt Re:Not surprising (506 comments)

I get your idea, but we're going from simpsons to flintstones. So requiring a steering wheel is not exactly a step in the right direction.

about 2 months ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

poetmatt Re:well (200 comments)

What you welcome is unlawful. Sorry, but no.

Just because you would like some privacy due to rudeness doesn't mean it's anywhere near legal.

about 2 months ago
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Will Your Next Car Be Covered In Morphing Dimples?

poetmatt Re:11% fuel efficiency improvement (138 comments)

If every car looks this way, the argument of "ugly" is nonexistent. 11% economy would pay off to everyone at all times, including for EV's as well. It's not whether you drive a lot or not, it's just a flat benefit.

about 3 months ago
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IRS Recycled Lerner Hard Drive

poetmatt Re:right-wing spin (682 comments)

Open source = anti-IRS?

about 4 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

poetmatt Re:I'll buy anything from China except food (431 comments)

This would have been an entertaining troll if it wasn't posted 24 hours later and actually was interesting.

about 4 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

poetmatt Re:I'll buy anything from China except food (431 comments)

Fruit juices should not be consumed at any time. That's not even having to do with china as much as it's explicitly unhealthy to drink your meal's calories via sugar. A glass of juice has the sugar content of 2-3 pieces of the same fruit or more, even if it's 100% real and organic/natural juice.

Smoothies/juice combinations involving vegetables are always healthier.

about 4 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

poetmatt Re:Whelp... (431 comments)

Please tell us what brand you plan to buy that doesn't include chinese parts, so we can begin pointing fingers and laughing at you.

about 4 months ago
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Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

poetmatt Re:I'll buy anything from China except food (431 comments)

Have you tried buying vegetables, fruit or grains and actually cooked things into what you wanted? Most people in most parts of the world (including in China) refer to that as food - and it isn't made in a processing plant.

I know cooking is hard from your mom's basement but I do think she has a kitchen.

about 4 months ago
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Netflix Trash-Talks Verizon's Network; Verizon Threatens To Sue

poetmatt Re:Redbox Instant (364 comments)

The product is as equally made of fail as the marketing. The adoption of redbox instant is basically nonexistent, and ti's just as poorly developed with a fairly limited selection.

about 4 months ago

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ACTA and SOPA make a return via TAFTA

poetmatt poetmatt writes  |  about a year and a half ago

poetmatt (793785) writes "Techdirt notes that a new trade agreement is being released which will reintroduce the same IP maximalist issues from ACTA, SOPA and TPP previously, this time named TAFTA.

FTA: "More details are starting to come out as the main EU negotiator for ACTA, Karel de Gucht, came to DC to see about getting things kicked off, on an agreement that's being called TAFTA — the Trans Atlantic "Free Trade" Agreement. Of course, instead of recognizing the lessons from previous failed efforts to push for broken maximalist policies, it appears that the plan is to try, try again."

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Supposed Android Malware is a wild guess, says "researcher"

poetmatt poetmatt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

poetmatt (793785) writes "Courtesy of the link at Muktware, self proclaimed Microsoft researcher Terry Zink admits that it was a wild guess that the emails claiming to be sent from android might not actually be sent from Android devices.

Sophos also acknowledged that their wild guess is not necessarily accurate either, in a half apology half denial not dissimilar to O'Reily's half apology for misstatements, ending in saying "the evidence suggests it is Android malware and there isn't a good reason to think that pretending it is from Yahoo! via Android devices is of any benefit to the spammers." with no actual proof."

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Verizon gives the finger to prospective customers

poetmatt poetmatt writes  |  more than 2 years ago

As a current Verizon customer, in reading about Verizon unveiling their new shared plans hopefully people will be able to reasonably identify just how much so these plans aren't worth their time. The Verge already has a writeup highlighting just how these plans are fairly hostile to anyone currently on Verizon. Considering that getting a new phone on subsidy will require that you're switched to these plans (and thus pay even more money than currently), how would they even expect someone would want to consider such an atrocity?

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