$15,000 fine for Guntersville, Alabama FM Pirate

1. FCC impose a penalty of $15,000 on Michael Dudley for operating an unlicensed radio station on 103.9 MHz in Guntersville, Alabama in violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act).  Mr. Dudley does not deny that he operated an illegal station, but argues that the station did not interfere with any other stations, that no one was harmed by the station’s operation, and that he does not have the resources to pay the forfeiture. After reviewing Mr. Dudley’s response to the NAL, we find no reason to cancel, withdraw, or reduce the proposed penalty, and assess the $15,000 forfeiture the Bureau previously proposed. Read More

Pirate broadcasters nailed in October 2017

Summary of pirate broadcasters nailed in October

(nouo = notice of unlicensed operation)
10-31-2017 NOUO Rocheney Charles & Judith Oreste, Lake Worth, Florida

10-31-2017 NOUO Eglon Garvey, Lake Worth, Florida
10-20-2017 NOUO Cesar Gerlens, Everett, Massachusetts
10-16-2017 NOUO San Luis Valley Regional Airport, Alamosa, Colorado
10-13-2017 NOUO Dwayne M. Banks, Marilyn F. Banks, Waco, Texas
10-12-2017 NOUO New Fellowship Baptist Church, Dorchester, Massachusetts
10-12-2017 NOUO Elizabeth Plaisime, Delray Beach, Florida
10-12-2017 NOUO Elizabeth Plaisime, Delray Beach, Florida
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FCC fines Securs $1.7 million for submitting misleading information

Commission Completes Investigation, Approves Sale of Securus to Platinum Equity

WASHINGTON, October 30, 2017— The Federal Communications Commission today announced it has reached a $1.7 million consent decree with Securus Technologies resolving an investigation into whether Securus provided inaccurate and misleading information to the FCC regarding the company’s transfer of control to Platinum Equity, LLC.
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54 Million Dollar Judgment – Polygraph Sent Innocent Man to Prison For 16 years, Reports NACVSA

Polygraph Increasingly Being Used as Interrogation Tool To Make Innocent Confess

 LEWES, Del., Nov. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — According to the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts (NACVSA), the polygraph machine is increasingly being used by police across the US as a tool to get confessions, even from innocent people.

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Fix the Backspace Key, damn the Web Browser Programmers!

What ahole decided that the backspace key should back up one webpage?

I do not remember when some buttmuncher changed all web-browsers so that we would lose hours of work every year.  Since the first commercially successful typewriters were produced, the backspace did something amazing and simple; it backed up one space.  Then, 150 years later some web-browser programmers changed the backspace key function to have your web-browser go back one page.  I guess they did not know that control+left-arrow would do that; or the ‘go back’ button on the top left of the window.

But we can undo this stupidity!

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Survey Highlights Cell Phone Safety Gap: Two-Thirds Think 9-1-1 Can Find Them Indoors, but Carriers Fight Location Requirements

Large Majority Support FCC Rule Requiring Carriers to Provide Accurate Indoor Locations, Want Rule Enforced in <2 Years; Nearly Two-Thirds Would Consider Switching Cell Carriers for Better 9-1-1 Location Accuracy

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —

A new survey of more than 1,000 consumers found a dramatic gap between the limited location requirements for cell phone carriers and broad public expectations that wireless callers can be found by emergency responders if they dial 9-1-1 in an emergency. 

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