The FTC has a reputation for protecting corporations, not consumers. Look at the horrible job they've done with the "Do Not Call" list in the U.S. which designed to take the teeth out of state-level legislation. They've always been in bed with the Direct Marketing Association.
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Re: Lost credibility
The last time I downloaded from Sourceforge my anti-virus program deleted it. Now I understand what happened.
When did "Public Broadband" not become a mechanism for stealing all my credentials?
UBER began to track my GPS after I closed their app. Good-bye, UBER app.
Here's an idea. Create a competing app which does the same thing as UBER's, sans the corporate spyware, and use a cooperative dispatcher which allows people to hail a "real" taxi via their electronic device.
Delete Uber? Confirm? Yes.
There would be no such thing as a "download hog" if they didn't over-sell bandwidth.
It was fun while it lasted. Twitter is dead. What's the next big thing?
Total farce. The FCC continues to allow these mass marketers and scam artists to operate for decades. They only do something after some law maker's phone rings off the hook all day - and then only offer the smallest gesture of relief.
can I make phone calls with it?
90% of the profiles are faked to attract rubes to sign up for the service. AFF were those responsible for utterly destroying the Yahoo! profile database with fake ID's, all pointing back to their service. The other 10% are actual people who use fake names. Who would want a database of all that junk?
The FTC has been protecting robo callers. New York State passed a law to fine telemarketers on a per-call basis if a home phone was registered on a "do not call" list. On the day that law went into effect, the FTC came up with their own "do not call list" which superseded the New York law but relaxed the fines and enforcement. They've done nothing for years. I have personally filed thousands of complaints on-line and they did nothing.
Worse, they gave the list of phone numbers away for FREE to non-profit organizations which are "supposed" to not call them, yet are exempt from any fines along with, of course, anyone calling for political calling and polling.
At the height of abuse, my home phone registered as many as 35 phone calls per DAY. It never stopped ringing. I finally installed a telephone system with a secret extension give out only to people I know personally. Everyone else can leave a message. No more ringing unless I know you. Done.
It's not, "the California biz..." but rather, "the fruity firm..."
You must be new.
q: How do you sell fewer hard drives but make more profit?
a: Layoff your employees.
You will never win
The company failed to see what Apple did years ago - offer a shiny "apple" in exchange for loss of privacy. Want album cover art? Let them snoop your music collection. Want to use Siri? Let the company monitor your social habits. Want live traffic updates? Let the company sniff your GPS location.
You don't need high tech gadgets to track people movements. Casinos have been tracking people using facial recognition for years. Kraft and Adidas are on record that they will be installing this technology in the future.
Turn your wifi and location services off for all anyone cares. Try turning off your face.
I set up my American Express account to send a text message for every transaction. One transaction came in from a dating site around 2am. Hmmmmm. I logged into the banking website and immediately reported the transaction as fraudulent. I was greeted with a message to say that I cannot dispute transactions until my statement comes in, 3 weeks later.
Perfect for employee screenings to eliminate those pesky high medical insurance bills by rejecting applicants who have the potential for cancer.
Been there and done that
It wouldn't be the first time I was ripped off by AT&T, only to have them be the subject of a lawsuit. I got a lovely $25 calling card out of the deal. Well, what did you expect? A REFUND?!
I've seen these
Now available at your local RadioShack store.
They have their place
I dug out a flashlight from the back of the closet which was loaded with fresh batteries in the mid-80's. I was prepared for the worst as I flipped on the switch. To my amazement, the flashlight still worked. I opened it to find 2 30yo RadioShack brand C batteries with no signs of leakage and still with some juice in them. There's something you don't see every day.
By contrast, I was stuck for a USB printer cable. RadioShack sold me a gold plated cable for $25 bucks.
There's a lot of room for improvement.
The Golden Rule
In the U.S., we operate on the "Golden Rule" i.e. "He who makes the gold makes the rules." He made money therefore there is a market for what he was doing. The FTC is reluctant to punish those who make a profit because: If he was doing something wrong then people would not have paid money to support his efforts.
Oh no. Now I won't be able to watch this silly movie. I hope Sony Pictures is insured so they don't loose any money. All of this talk of terrorism and banning the movie makes me want to see it more than ever.
Re: Untrustworthy automatic billing
Here in U.S., the cell phone company continues to bill you and ruins your credit rating while you write letters to the Public Service Commission. They in turn forward your letters back to the cell phone company who turns the matter over for collection. You are forbidden from taking them to court, by law, and your only option is to enter arbitration in front of an arbitrator who is hired by the cell phone company you are fighting with.
Resistance is futile.
If we harvest the ice we could bring it back to earth to reduce global warming.
The same people who bought Google Glasses
Dont' get excited
Suits against large corporations often result in end users getting $5 bucks off their next bill, 1 free DVD rental, or something else equally lame.
Who wants a thin phone?
I'm waiting for the model which is 4x thicker and has a 3-day battery life.
iPhone owners are smarter, better looking, better educated, and have more fun than Android users.
Survey sponsored by Apple Inc.
How is her current state of employment relevant to the story?
Learn to replace the glass
Glass has a certain feel under my touch which plastic fails to provide. If that means I risk having to replace it, then it's a "quality of life" issue which I am ready to accept.
First, you need to find someone dumb enough to buy a Ford.
One thing tho...
I see absolutely nothing wrong with it... except one thing. During the promotional video, the company was name dropping Disney as using the same manufacturer. Bad idea. Nobody messes with the mouse. It will get ugly. You will loose.
I've seen this same design sold elsewhere for far less.
Take out a personal ad instead. It's cheaper and more rewarding in the long run.
Google Glasses is one of the worst inventions ever conceived. It provides no useful images, scrapes away our last best hope for privacy from security cameras, traffic cameras, cell phone cameras, street view cameras, ATM cameras, nanny cameras, and dash cameras. Now let's all just record everything we see all the time. Why?
The Xbox One will feature, by default, an always-on, works-in-the-dark, microphone and camera that’s constantly connected to the internet and 300,000 servers. I wouldn't want in my home and it should be banned in any country.
On the one hand, I was planning to do this myself. How many times have I looked up at someone tailgating to see the top of his head as he was distracted with typing text messages at 60mph. No matter how good of a driver you think you are, you're not that good.
In front of me, I saw a distracted driver slam right into the guard rail from the left lane. There were parts flying off his truck. He must have received a phone call.
But on the other hand, people need to work this out for themselves. If we continue to make laws which govern every aspect of our lives we will never mature as a society.
The ability to develop software and the aptitude to sell software belong to two different skill sets.
Thankfully, no music was downloaded.
Want to make it better?
Want to make gmail better? Add folders. Threads suck.
There is no purpose to detect the temperature and humidity in my front pocket. It will be warm and average humidity.
Guaranteed to crack the first time you drop it while no case can fit it. Design inspiration brought to us by the chicken egg.
Not exactly original
The technique is called the "sacrificial lamb" where hackers are allowed to break into a machine with fake data, leaving the real server untouched.
I wonder if they're in danger of running out of numbers?
With the first four digits identifying the bank, and a few digits for a checksum, considering there are retired numbers, are the banks in danger of running out of unique credit card numbers any time soon?
Typical U.S. Government mind puck. Send out a few drones to spy on people and locals use them for target practice. But, put a big, happy smiley face on it to deliver your new Kindle and suddenly drones are your friend. You wouldn't shoot at the U.P.S. driver, would you? Well, most wouldn't.
They don't take PayPal. Oh well. Creepy? meh. Come on. It's the Internet. We've seen things faaaar more creepier than this.
My suggestion is to allow cell phone use only in first class.
Nothing good will come of it
Beware of legislation which begins with the premise, "Save the children."
The universe is just simulation. Stop taking it so seriously.
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Behold, the death clock. Simply jam your finger in the hole, and this readout tells you how long you have to live.
Leela: Does it really work?
Professor Hubert Farnsworth: Well, it's occasionally off by a few seconds, what with free will and all.
Fry: Sounds like fun. How long do I have to live?
[sticks his finger in the hole; the professor looks and whistles]
Bender: Ooh! Dibs on his CD player!
Lonely is the person who is the only one with the correct time.
The glass entrance is only meant to distract from the HSBC sign in the background, dubbed the world's most incompetent bank.