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Time Warner Sells Telecom Business to Level 3

studpuppy Read "The Billionaire Shell Game"... (38 comments)

If you really want to get a sense of how machavellian the Cable industry can be, read the book The Billionaire Shell Game [,A href="http://www.amazon.com/Billionaire-Shell-Game-Assorted-Corporate/dp/0385479271">Amazon]. Written before the Internet Bubble of 2000, it speaks to the early days of TCI and Bell Atlantic, but loops in a lot of other major industry players at the time.
I had the (dis)fortune to observe firsthand how some of these cable giants played the game in late 1999/early 2000, and wished I had read that book before taking the consulting gig.

about 4 months ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

studpuppy Re:Idiocracy (628 comments)

It's easy to know if the sender knew. Just ask the NSA. Apparently, they know everything these days....

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

studpuppy Re:Realistically... (628 comments)

i dunno.

World is full of stupid people. Easy to imagine someone on the witness stand saying "We kept telling Ed not to text-and-drive. It's such a shame that he didn't want to wait until he stopped to read my text message to pick up milk."

about a year ago
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NJ Court: Sending a Text Message To a Driver Could Make You Liable For Crash

studpuppy Wouldn't that same logic apply to calling them? (628 comments)

Would seem that any action that distracts a driver would then be fair game. Called someone you know on their mobile phone? Even the simple act of them having to reach for the phone, or put their bluetooth headset one, or (heck) even press the answer button on their in-dash system could be argued by a lawyer to have caused a distraction. And what's next? Can I be liable simply for waiving at someone from the sidewalk? After all, they may have to turn their head to see who it was that was waiving, and next thing you know.... BLAM! sigh. I sure do love living in NJ at times.

about a year ago
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Drug Companies Lose Special Protection On Facebook

studpuppy I would wonder if this wouldn't run afoul of HIPPA (181 comments)

I wouldn't be surprised if the lawyers at these drug companies were concerned that they would somehow be violating the medical privacy laws by allowing visibility of (potential) users of their product by other FB users. If you were to post on their wall that you had adverse side effects, and your boss saw that comment and took action because of concern for a medical condition the company had previously not known about, I'm sure some plaintiff's lawyer would try to hold the drug company liable for exposing that fact (even while the boss/employer was also clearly in the wrong).

more than 3 years ago
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Re: the U.S. 2012 election campaign, I am:

studpuppy Re:More Canadian Comments (462 comments)

Amen. I've always maintained that someone who voluntarily wants to get into politics should be taken out and shot for their own good, and then shot again for the good of others.

more than 3 years ago
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I've had a personal email account for ...

studpuppy Re:Precisely 30% (336 comments)

28.8? Whippersnapper. Try a 300 baud modem in a cradle, and a TS-80 loaded by cassette tape.

more than 3 years ago
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I would draw the line at cloning...

studpuppy Re:Cowboy Neal (471 comments)

Aren't they all one and the same? Hmm... perhaps The Boys From Brazil wasn't just a fictional movie...

more than 3 years ago
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How Should Poll Numerical Increments Be Set?

studpuppy Re:HORRENDOUSLY Missing Option for geeks... (311 comments)

well, technically you'd only need '1' and '0'. You'd just need to let people vote more than once for other options, no?

about 4 years ago
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Extreme Close-Up of Mars's Moon Phobos

studpuppy Re:Oblig. (104 comments)

That's not a fossil. That's a monolith.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

studpuppy Re:Depends on who you cater to (512 comments)

My company has 1 specific application out of 100+ (provided by a 3rd party vendor, not built internally) that is causing us to maintain IE6 as the corporate standard.

And since you can't have both IE6 and IE8 installed at the same time on the same machine without jumping through hoops (and apparently it's too difficult a learning curve for IT to support Firefox for some 99% of the apps while relegating IE6 only for use with this one application in question), we're stuck with IE6 as a corporate standard.

Which also means we can't get off XP easily either. Bleah all around.

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Ya ever wonder if Slashdot had been a Facebook app, whether anyone would have used it?

more than 4 years ago
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Will Your Super Bowl Party Anger the Copyright Gods?

studpuppy Re:Can't copyright a term (560 comments)

"Just don't charge for food, or call it a 'Super Bowl' party, since the term itself is copyright."

SO.... calling it a "20-girl Go-go-rama. Free buffet" would be perfectly legal?

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Not that the slashdot crowd would be in to either football or go-go-rama's. Or even know 20 girls to begin with.

more than 4 years ago
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Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times

studpuppy Re:Pfft (150 comments)

Here in the states, they've been very careful to describe emergency and non-emergency numbers as "nine-one-one" and "three-one-one". This way, no one is looking for the "eleven" key on their phones.

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Brought to you by the same folks who created the "any" key

more than 5 years ago
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Norfolk Police Officers To Be Tagged To Improve Response Times

studpuppy Insert Donut Shop Joke Here (150 comments)

Wazza matter? They don't know how to use Google maps to pinpoint the closest Dunkin' Donuts and just start looking for cop there like everyone here in NJ does?

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Yeah, I know it's a cliche. Actually, our local cops are at the diner, not the donut shop. But diners are a regional thing. Donut shops are pretty much worldwide.

more than 5 years ago
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How many phones do you have? Count wired phone extensions, cell phones, smartphones, and installed VoIP apps on all computers th

studpuppy Re:Inquiring Gamers Want to Know (504 comments)

Yeah... my folks once travelled 800 miles in a blizzard with the phone off "because it was only in case we needed to reach someone in an emergency". I then asked them, "But what if I was the one with the emergency and needed to reach *you*?".

Phone's been on ever since when they take a roadtrip. All in the perspective, I guess.

more than 5 years ago
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My top-level book organization is based on ...

studpuppy If you have a toddler... (423 comments)

it doesn't make a difference. He just keeps pulling them off the bookshelf anyway and spreading them around the house willy-nilly. (And no, I can't move them to a higher shelf, because I've already moved all the breakables there).

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I don't care how many times you've read Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance, it still doesn't qualify you as a mechanic.

more than 5 years ago
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Dead Parrot Sketch Is 1,600 Years Old

studpuppy Re:Mandatory question (276 comments)

Umm.. that we now have found Prior Art, and can prove the Monty Python patent application should be declared invalid?

more than 5 years ago

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studpuppy studpuppy writes  |  more than 7 years ago

studpuppy writes "The New Zealand Herald is reporting that the Earth is almost certain to be hit by an Asteroid in 2036, and are asking the U.N. to consider their plan to save the world. In related news, Ben Affleck has indicated his calendar is clear for the next 30 years or so.

Quote: A group of former astronauts and cosmonauts is warning that at least one asteroid already identified in outer space is on a path that could indeed see it colliding with our planet in 2036... Specifically, members of the Association of Space Explorers are planning a series of meetings over the next two years, to be attended by diplomats, astronomers, astronauts and engineers, to draft an international treaty on address the threat. It will be presented to the UN for adoption in 2009."

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