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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

speedlaw A special case (184 comments)

NY law allows a Judge to use alternate means to serve someone evading this case, it is clear that service was being actively avoided. It was an unusual approach but in this case made sense.


2 Mars Missions Set For Arrival, Both Prepare for Orbital Maneuvers

speedlaw Re:I always thought it was weird... (64 comments)

You are an idiot...of course, you did post AC. If the moon landings were false, the USSR, our main adversary at the time, would have busted us. How would you spoof radio signals from the moon, or in transit ? You can't. First tier nations, as well as motivated radio amateurs, could receive it all... Go find a site to climate deny.

2 days ago

Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

speedlaw What cable ? (108 comments)

Cut cable. Streaming content. OTA with DVR. Don't miss cable. Oh, and the $6 per month "sports fee" is what finally made me dump cable. The sheer arrogance that I'll buy a service (don't watch sports) because I have no choice....ESPN LOST them a viewer due to this fee, and $1000 less per year to the cable co. buh bye !!

about two weeks ago

Banks Report Credit Card Breach At Home Depot

speedlaw Big guys, nothing...small guys pay (132 comments)

As a merchant who accepts credit cards, a few years back they came up with PCI Compliance. First you had to show some very basic data security. Then, they tried to sell you insurance. Then, they required you to take the data security insurance. If you are "PCI noncompliant" then you get tagged $20.00 per month. I appreciate how they made this too into an opportunity to gouge the small merchant, to no effect at the high end.

about three weeks ago

Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

speedlaw FAX MACHINE !!!! first sign of a "real office" (635 comments)

When I opened an office years back, the sign you were serious was a dedicated fax machine and line. Now, those weren't cheap when they came many other things, today the line is cheap, and you can fax for free in places.... I still have a dedicated fax machine, even though most docs sent me are by email, crappy iPhotos, jpeg attached. Some folks still dump things in the fax-it's still easier than scan, attach and send....put in machine, press numbers, walk away....wait for BEEEEP. done. I'll take faxes any day over folks sending me docs via horrible iPhotos.

about three weeks ago

New NRC Rule Supports Indefinite Storage of Nuclear Waste

speedlaw Perma-glow (191 comments)

Great. I guess that means the waste stored in metal shed buildings here at Indian Point can just stay there forever....a pile of dead radioactive waste, forty miles north of NYC, with a river that runs in two directions.... What could go wrong ? If the Roman Empire had nuclear power, we'd still be dealing with the waste. I'm for nuclear power, but allowing the waste to just sit there....well, you don't mess where you eat.....

about a month ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

speedlaw Re:I spent 3 hours trying to upgrade service... (251 comments)

What also changed with the analog switchover was that QAM signals suddenly became encrypted service wide, not just premium tiers, so they monetized all those secondary sets which would get connected over time. There was a year of "free box" but then you were paying for equipment needed to decrypt a signal YOU are already paying for.

about a month ago

Broadband Subscribers Eclipsing Cable TV Subscribers

speedlaw Re:Good riddance. (85 comments)

Don't watch sports. The promotional price went away. Two months later, got hit for a $6 per month sports fee. Arguing with Customer "service" was pointless. Dropped TV entirely, and between OTA Roku and Netflix, via a tivo box, don't miss it. So rising sports fees did cost them a subscriber....

about a month ago

NFL Fights To Save TV Blackout Rule Despite $9 Billion Revenue

speedlaw Opt Out (216 comments)

When my cableco hit me for a $5 per month "sports programming fee", or $60.00 per year, my response was to snip the cable cord-don't miss cable, with endless reality and infomercials, at all. Sports is the only thing they really have left, isn't it ?

about a month and a half ago

Skype Blocks Customers Using OS-X 10.5.x and Earlier

speedlaw Re:Things are different in the Mac world. (267 comments)

I have two core 2 duo macs on Snow Leopard. I recently bought one an SSD and the other a fresh 1 tb HDD. They both work perfectly, do what I need, and with fresh drives, the 2006 and 2009 machines are good for another 5 years....on a per year cost, very reasonable. Last longer than any PC machines I ever had save a Toshiba laptop.

about a month and a half ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

speedlaw Re:Kids (570 comments)

Choice my a**. A facelift is a choice. White teeth are a choice. When your tooth goes, or that kidney stone hits, you end up at the doc. If insured, some of it might be paid for, if doc is in network and your deductable is covered. If not, you pay some hallucinatory price, not the one negotiatied by your insurance company. You can't shop around. It isn't a product you DECIDE you need. "hey, my heart is missing beats, and I'm not a fatty...let's save up some money and get an EKG in a few months." NOT. Lots of things are choices. Medical care usually isn't. The US is screwed beyond recognition where medical care is concerned.* *Yes, I'm quite bitter, having watched my self pay health insurance go from usable to an overpriced nigttmare of "no pay", and I did lose all my docs, thanks. Single Payer NOW.

about 2 months ago

35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

speedlaw The only job I ever quit (570 comments)

Early in my legal career, I got a job with a law firm that did collections. There are a few good liar stories, like the contractor with "no money" but a Rolex and top shelf car...his wife owned a nail business...and she owned everything. I also learned a lot of folks WILL buy stuff with no intent to pay for it. I also learned what "Judgement Proof" meant. (no assets, so they don't care) Reverse directories and skip tracing, prior to google-stalking, were an art form, one I learned well-that part helped me later in my career many times. Most seriously broke people have medical bills, not a desire for widescreen TV sets. Most of them worked, saved, and were basically normal before they got snowed with six figure invoices. Unlike the scammers, they had stories that rang true. The staff HATED when the boss would buy old credit card debit, because it was always bitch collection and always stale. He'd pay 10 cents on the dollar, so if we got a third of it, he still made out. We just got extra abuse, and he was extra interested to make sure we worked the "old cards". One day, my wife said "we can pay the rent on my'll find another job-just quit-you are miserable" . I can negotiate. I can face down tough adversaries, Judges, and run a business. I just wasn't cut out for debt collection.

about 2 months ago

What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

speedlaw varies by age (152 comments)

My teens = 100%. They've not done appointment TV in the last three years other than to watch an "amazing race' ep with the old folks. The old folks = 50%. We still have some stuff OTA, which we watch on DVR, rarely 'real time'. I'm currently loving the 50's B movies on Hulu and various Youtube fan fiction episodes. (we are still learning :) ) I cut cable when they raised rates and added a $5 "sports fee" to the bill. I don't care about sports on TV and the idea that I was paying $60 for something I NEVER use just galled me.

about 2 months ago

Comcast Executives Appear To Share Cozy Relationships With Regulators

speedlaw appear ? (63 comments)

appear ?

about 3 months ago

Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

speedlaw What does it cost to build a car ? (431 comments)

The one secret that even the internets don't know is...what does it cost to built a car ? That 18k small runabout...The 35k "near luxury car"...the $60k statusmobile ? I'm sure the spread between the 18k car and the 35k or 60k car isn't massive, but the profits are. If the Chinese can make a 20k car for 4k, whereas the US maker will need 8k, quality being equal, then there is a problem here. What does it cost for GM, or Ford, or even BMW, to build that car ?

about 3 months ago

Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

speedlaw Re:Volvo or any other for that matter (431 comments)

Oh yes. German made VW owner here. Just look at the quality of the plastics and rubber. It is clear one VW is made cheap to be sold to Americans and one VW faces Opel, Peugeot, and low end BMW and Mercedes cars we don't get here. I drove a Mexi Jetta and a German Golf, both diesels. The German car was just better, and worth the slightly higher price.

about 3 months ago

Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

speedlaw Re:A bit of a red herring.... (431 comments)

The Captiva is designed for rental fleets only-they want cheap. They get it. It isn't sold new to "people".

about 3 months ago

Are US Hybrid Sales Peaking Already?

speedlaw Lots of Miles, calculated (377 comments)

I do 30k per year. Back in 03, I bought a car with 25 mpg. It was fine at $2 per galllon. In 08 I bought a car that got 17 mpg. Joke was on me, gas doubled shortly thereafter. New car time. Euro diesel experience, rental and relatives, at $10 per gallon, was instructive. Here in the US, though, cheap is VW, moderate BMW, expensive MB. Hybrid is great for short distances and city. I considered and drove the Volt, but it was going "gas" at 40 miles.... A VW TDi diesel gets close to 40 mpg at 80 mph. I'd love the e90 320d I rented in Berlin, but that never made it over to North America. Diesel has great torque....pulls constantly, and other than winning 0-60 drag races, is a better overall package for the normal driver. I'm only limited by tires around town. My 3 series wins on a highway, but for city or normal commuting, the less horsepower diesel with more torque is more useful than the bigger horsepower car. We drove around bavaria with a 320d and a 316i. The diesel spanked the gas car on the autobahn. At the end of the same trip at same speeds, the gas car used a tank and a half more fuel, which meant $180 in fuel costs. (they are same price in Germany-not in US). Different tools for different jobs. I've had a few different cars, and a diesel car is like the old big block two barrel version of the big American car. Huge pull off the line, just don't spin it up. (The diametric opposite of the Euro car-like my Mk. 2 16v GTi) I'm still amazed that in Berlin I saw Chrysler minivans with 4 cyl turbodiesels but none in the US...on the very same school run.

about 3 months ago

Why Snowden Did Right

speedlaw So, if they are listening to everything (348 comments)

Business deals...monitoring encrypted financial transactions. Congress critters. The President ( don't doubt this for a second ) oh, and maybe a jihadi or two. This makes NSA the most powerful player in the loop. Who runs it ? Who appointed them ? What are the internal checks and balances, if any ? Snowden is a hero, because, while he did break a trust, he did so to warn us that there is a new player, more dangerous than even oligopoly-america, spying in a way the KGB or Stasi could only dream about. If he is ever arrested, he will spend the rest of his life in he is smart to stay away, and I hope he lives a long and happy life in exile.

about 4 months ago



Sony DVR useless after Rovi stops TV Guide OnScreen

speedlaw speedlaw writes  |  about 2 years ago

speedlaw writes "Rovi has just announced that they are stopping the TV Guide OnScreen service as of April 13th, 2013-this was announced via the service itself. This is an on air listing service that provides listings over the air, as part of an OTA TV signal. Many devices, notably the Sony HDD 250 and 500 Digital Video Recorders, will no longer function without the clock-set data this stream provides. When Microsoft decided to stop supporting Windows 95, they didn't "brick" everyone's system. Worse, Sony never came out with another DVR in the US market. Why do we have to rent them ? How do we get Sony or Rovi to provide at least a software patch to set the clock so the DVR can at least retain 1980's VCR functionality ?
Sony admits no fix. too much information on TV Guide OnScreen.

The TV stations who broadcast the data have been ordered by Rovi to disconnect the data inserters and ship them back. I have a TiVo, and yes, I know all about HTPC, but this data stream was "lifetime listings" like TiVo has "lifetime listings" that Rovi is looking to cut, my two DVR units are about to brick....Slashdotters, help !"

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