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Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording

whovian Re:What about Oregon and Washington? (368 comments)

I interpret this the same way. It doesn't say "recorded by us" or "recorded by us exclusively" but merely "may be recorded."

In fact the phrase "may be recorded" is open to interpretation and can mean both "we might record it" and "we give permission to record it."

  Still, I wouldn't put it past some company to try the "you recorded us illegaly" tactic.

I take their "may be recorded" as telling me what the company consents to my doing.

At other times, companies are providing caveats, fineprints, and EULAs. Should phone calls be any different?

about a month and a half ago
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Geophysicists Discover How Rocks Produce Magnetic Pulses

whovian Re:So... (72 comments)

piezo effect? With magnetism, electricity can't be far behind. I wonder if that can't start underground coal fires.

Probably more like lightning preceeding earthquakes:

https://www.google.com/search?...

about 4 months ago
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Yelp Reviews Help NYC Health Department Find and Close Dirty Restaurants

whovian Re:fake reviews (64 comments)

Not only that, but they're known to give display preference to negative reviews if the company in question doesn't pay membership fees.

about 4 months ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

whovian Re:Encryption? (335 comments)

What containers? /waves arm like jedi mind-trick

about 6 months ago
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Midwestern Fault Zones Are Still Alive

whovian Re:Follow the money - as in, yours (115 comments)

There is a LOT of oil money from the Gulf trying to put a lid on Fracking.

I dunno if that's true across the board. Fracking releases natural gas, which can captured and sold. I've read one mention (perhaps it was an opinion piece?) that the 'oil companies' are hopeful for the Trans Pacific Partnership to create new export markets for natural gas, but the timing needs to happen rather fast before would-be importers get their domestic capabilities going.

about 8 months ago
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Archive.org Hosts Massive Collection of MAME ROMs

whovian Re: 42.8GB ZIP (193 comments)

It's like offering Slashdot as a compiled zip of all articles ever published.

With all of the obligatory redundancies.

about 9 months ago
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Encrypted PIN Data Taken In Target Breach

whovian Re:Time to ask the bank for a new debit card and P (213 comments)

There was some television "news" saying the protections of debit and credits cards today were the same as far as zero liability in the case of fraud goes, but it may take longer to remedy if it was a debit card. Personally, I have no reason to vouch for this as I've only used credit cards in my life.

about 9 months ago
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Elsevier Going After Authors Sharing Their Own Papers

whovian Re:Breach of contract, copyright infringement (259 comments)

Many of these journals require copyright assignment, at which point it's not your own work anymore. Just one more reason the traditional scientific publishing model needs to die a quick death.

The work (i.e., content) should still be the authors'. Technically, it's the format of the content that the journal owns. Requiring camera-ready formatting from the authors is just added insult to an exploitive economic model.

about 9 months ago
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400 Million Chinese Cannot Speak Mandarin

whovian Re: Cantonese is superior to mandarin (562 comments)

It's not just an accent. My surname is Wu in mandarin, Ng in cantonese and pronounced Go or No in other dialects.

Or /eng/ if you follow a particular alternative rock band.

1 year,16 days
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Software Lets Scientists Assemble DNA

whovian Re:There's more to the problem than duplicating ge (149 comments)

The smallest, simplest forms of life are nevertheless far more complex than the most complex device ever constructed by people. It is a form of institutional hubris to suggest or believe that new life can be created by stitching together some DNA. The best we can manage at the present is to modify some tiny function of an existing life form in a hopefully beneficial direction. Anyone who thinks otherwise can volunteer to deal with the next influenza outbreak.

I seem to recall a "minimal genome" project that now seems as though it involved catenating a selection of genes sufficient for life. I'd have to search what came of it, but if you or anyone else could shed some light on it, I'd welcome it.

about a year and a half ago
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Facebook Paid 0.3% Taxes On $1.34 Billion Profits

whovian There are a few pass-through companies. (592 comments)

Certain companies, notably those dealing as real estate trusts or energy companies, already do not pay taxes on taxable income if they distribute almost all of it to shareholders within a designated 12-month period. In the case of mREITs, at least 90% has to be paid out, which is done so in the form of monthly or quarterly dividends.
 

about a year and a half ago
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Swedish Stock Exchange Hit By Programming Snafu

whovian Looking good, Billy Ray! (136 comments)

Ripple effects are pretty scary. Good thing trading can be halted to let problems subside.

about 2 years ago
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Breakthrough Promises Smartphones that Use Half the Power

whovian How does the dissipative loss compare (110 comments)

to that of Toshi Station power converters? I think I could manager to pick up a few on my way home before dinner.

about 2 years ago
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Widely Used Antibacterial Chemical May Impair Muscle Function

whovian Re:Evolution (252 comments)

Yes, but if triclosan is such a miracle product, why aren't our bodies producing it naturally?
Maybe because evolution showed there were some downsides?

Why aren't our bodies producing venom with which we can kill live prey to eat it?
The gene(s) has to be there, and it has to be activated.
Currently not having the gene doesn't necessarily mean we cannot acquire it.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Introduce Someone To Star Trek?

whovian Re:Speak to her in Klingon... (634 comments)

...and nothing else. She will either adapt or leave you.

Alternatively, there's a small chance she'll impale you with your own replica ba'tleth. Women are rather creative creatures that way.

more than 2 years ago
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In America, 46% of People Hold a Creationist View of Human Origins

whovian Oblig Carlin quote (1359 comments)

Think of how stupid the average person is, and realize half of them are stupider than that.

      -- George Carlin, US comedian and actor (1937 - 2008)

more than 2 years ago
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Verizon To Kill All Unlimited Data Plans

whovian Re:Congratulations, Verizon (331 comments)

Why is that a downside?

I guess the only compressing of images that makes sense from a bandwidth point of view is lossy compression. Otherwise it's just sucking cycles and potentially draining your battery.

Opera Mini supposedly "compresses data", too, but I don't know how it compares.

more than 2 years ago

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