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  • Stolen Enterprise rental Mustang has woman facing $47K bill

    01/04/2014 4:56:12 PM PST · 69 of 70
    WalterSobchak2012 to rickmichaels
    They pulled this exact stunt on my wife years ago.

    Our insurance company refused to settle with them and said we would pay no deductible regardless of the outcome. The insurance company lawyers said they would have no hesitation in taking it to trial. My wife did a video deposition and that was the end of it.

  • Man Moves Into Home While Family Is Away And Claims He Now Owns It

    12/03/2013 9:51:00 PM PST · 81 of 87
    WalterSobchak2012 to Red Badger
    When my brother was a sheriff in Florida he would have to deal with at least a dozen of these "freeman" clowns late every fall as retirees made their way back to their winter homes.

    The good news was in virtually every instance, and sometimes with some creativity (usually creative interpretations of "drug paraphernalia" or simply pre-existing warrants) there was something else the squatter could be arrested for ending the tenancy issue then and there.

    The bigger issue though was never squatters but meth labs and the local white trash yutes having house trashing parties.

  • 56 percent of all patent lawsuits are made by patent trolls

    04/13/2013 9:27:21 PM PDT · 30 of 48
    WalterSobchak2012 to impimp
    Patent trolling isn't speculation, it is extortion litigation.

    Several of my patents are in the hands of patent trolls.

    No variation on what is described in these patents has been done anywhere, by anyone in a decade and will never be done again. Arguably you couldn't even infringe on one of the patents without using a proprietary software complier.

    But they have filed eight lawsuits claiming infringement. There is no possible way these lawsuits aren't frivolous.

    When I retired the company offered to sell me my patents for $1500, but I didn't think they were worth $15.00.

  • Romney Struggles to Gain Traction in Battlegrounds

    09/10/2012 10:49:18 PM PDT · 159 of 160
    WalterSobchak2012 to TMA62
    We could take Romney out into the middle of the desert and introduce him to a Navajo who has never watched TV or read a newspaper and I guarantee he will come away from the encounter with our nominee wondering just what the hell was wrong with that guy.

    It isn't the media, it is a spectacular history of socially inept behavior. A twelve year old who behaved like Romney would be medicated. Everything that comes out of his mouth sounds like something the SNL version as portrayed by Dana Carvey would say. So is it a Freudian self-annihilation scenario or is he just not right in the head?

    Given he is an adherent to a religion invented by a criminal who was never more than two steps away from a noose and is wholly unsupported by the historical record. I'm going to go with not right in the head.

    While some might feel obliged to take one for the team and feign respect for Mormonism (at least for a few more weeks) I am not among them.

  • Romney Struggles to Gain Traction in Battlegrounds

    09/09/2012 9:54:18 PM PDT · 89 of 160
    WalterSobchak2012 to TMA62
    Fall for what?

    Romney is an autistic Gordon Gekko in magic underpants. He couldn't build a rapport with a god damn prostitute. You don't need anything but a couple functioning senses to figure that one out.

    Maybe his essence plays better on Kolob but this guy is an alien to any American from any walk of life. But i'm sure if Howard Hughes was alive today he and Romney would get along splendidly.

  • Owners Lose Possessions After Home Near Twentynine Palms Is Mistakenly Foreclosed

    09/07/2012 3:13:35 PM PDT · 57 of 57
    WalterSobchak2012 to chesley

    One of my sons friends suffered a default judgement and garnishment over the debts of another man of the same name. So ignoring them probably isn’t a great course of action.

  • Owners Lose Possessions After Home Near Twentynine Palms Is Mistakenly Foreclosed

    09/07/2012 2:45:06 PM PDT · 56 of 57
    WalterSobchak2012 to cripplecreek
    Been there, done that. $11,600 in legal fees later and I am still not confident another mortgage servicer won't pop up looking to foreclose tomorrow.

    There was nothing complicated about this, everything was black and while. The problem was it was simply no competent interface with the mortgage servicer who might receive documents and act on them. And it turns out there is something worse than an Indian call center. A Baltimore call center. Staffed by angry women who could barely communicate. I felt like I needed to hire Ice-T as a translator.

  • Nokia's Bad Call on Smartphones

    07/21/2012 3:41:37 AM PDT · 28 of 33
    WalterSobchak2012 to PJ-Comix
    My daughter easily spent $1000 on faceplates for that thing, she seemed to buy a new one every couple of days.

    I eventually rationalized that buying her a RAZR would save money because there were no faceplates for it.

  • Nokia's Bad Call on Smartphones

    07/21/2012 3:37:04 AM PDT · 27 of 33
    WalterSobchak2012 to PJ-Comix
    There are a million stories like this in consumer electronics.

    In the 90's I had a prototype of a Tivo like device in my living room, we called it the VNR or VDR for Video Network Recorder or Video Disk Recorder.

    It with a Motorola 68040 based set-top box. Some ex-Apple guys wrote the operating system and proprietary hardware accelerated video codec.

    The device could either record to its internal hard drive or to the hard drive of a PC or Macintosh over ethernet. The ethernet could also be used to share the PC's internet connection and CPU power for encoding to the box.

    It worked and it worked great, especially married to a Pentium class PC. You could either program it with VCR plus codes from the remote or using a desktop application and an online TV Guide. Among its features was purging commercials (to preserve valuable disk space of course), it could also record music and recognize and catalog songs with the internet connection. You could also import music from CD's using the PC's CD-ROM drive.

    The product sat complete for more than a year as management dithered over shipping it. They feared litigation and while our counsel was confident they would prevail over Hollywood in court it was decided it wasn't a worth the trouble for such a niche product - they also thought the networking feature was essential and would be impossible to support. One executive beta tester complained his wife threatened to hang him with the ethernet cable he ran clear across the house. All they have to show for the effort is a few patents.

    During this period the Apple guys were hired back by the recently returned Steve Jobs and people scattered to other projects.

    At the end of 2001 Tivo had an install base of more than 300,000. The underlying platform of our device was installed on a couple cruise ships to deliver pay-per-view and unceremoniously abandoned a short time later.

  • Glenn weighs in on Trayvon Martin "murder"

    03/23/2012 4:28:11 PM PDT · 63 of 119
    WalterSobchak2012 to beandog

    Why, because I don’t fault people for being ignorant of local busybodies grandiose if relatively harmless delusions?

  • Glenn weighs in on Trayvon Martin "murder"

    03/23/2012 4:25:02 PM PDT · 60 of 119
    WalterSobchak2012 to 101stAirborneVet
    Well, he isn't a police officer - so yes, stalking. A gun is known to have been in his possession and he flunked out of community college criminal justice program and called 911 to report open windows.

    I think I am pretty comfortable with my description of this crackpot that some people want to elevate into the next Bernie Goetz.

  • Glenn weighs in on Trayvon Martin "murder"

    03/23/2012 4:12:28 PM PDT · 56 of 119
    WalterSobchak2012 to vikingrinn
    What happened here seems to me to be obvious,

    The paranoid busybody, complete with a pierced ear was stalking the teen, first in a vehicle and then on foot - possibly brandishing a weapon. The teen was aware of the fact he was been followed and probably believed he was about to have his asshole violated in a secluded yard by an armed homosexual.

    When the busybody attempted to detain the teen, he fought back resulting in his eventual shooting.

    Certainly not a premeditated murder, but I would like to see this paranoid aspiring rent-a-cop out of circulation for a good long time. I think most men and boys confronted by a situation where they perceived a queer to be stalking them would administer a beat down.

  • Roger Boisjoly dies at 73; engineer tried to halt Challenger launch

    02/07/2012 4:58:08 PM PST · 44 of 57
    WalterSobchak2012 to Waverunner
    My son is going through this very experience right now after reporting to management that their insistence that some unsuitable compressors that they just happened to have sitting around be used on a project would result in unacceptable performance, eventualy total failure and the OEM would dead stop not warrant or support the equipment if used in this way.

    So they found a Ukrainian engineer who said it would work brilliantly and his contract which expires March 1st isn't being renewed.

  • Roger Boisjoly dies at 73; engineer tried to halt Challenger launch

    02/07/2012 4:57:17 PM PST · 43 of 57
    WalterSobchak2012 to Waverunner
    My son is going through this very experience right now after reporting to management that their insistence that some unsuitable compressors that they just happened to have sitting around be used on a project would result in an unacceptable performance, eventualy total failure and the OEM would dead stop not warrant or support the equipment if used in this way.

    So they found a Ukrainian engineer who said it would work brilliantly and his contract which expires March 1st isn't being renewed.

  • Storage firm sells deployed Navy nurse's possessions

    01/15/2012 6:47:57 PM PST · 69 of 70
    WalterSobchak2012 to Sacajaweau
    When we were growing up and living in New York for a time our next door neighbors were a childless Swiss couple who took a shine to the pair of us. Their "children" were half a dozen European motorcycles and they taught us to ride. I never really took to motorcycles in general but my brother has been hooked on European bikes since then.

    This has naturally been a recurring source of tension since he has lived most of his adult life in rural Florida.

  • Storage firm sells deployed Navy nurse's possessions

    01/15/2012 3:15:26 AM PST · 7 of 70
    WalterSobchak2012 to afraidfortherepublic
    This happened to my brother when he returned from Vietnam. All his worldly possessions including a BMW R60 motorcycle were sold off. Fort Irwin was shuttered while he was overseas and all the troops stuff being stored by a local storage company disappeared when the company closed.

    He arrived at the airport in Miami and we led him to the parking lot where our grandfather was waiting with a brand new Ducati.

  • Special report: Romney's steel skeleton in the Bain closet (Here we go)

    01/06/2012 5:34:26 PM PST · 26 of 26
    WalterSobchak2012 to wrench
    I retired from a company that was pillaged by private equity cocksuckers. The founder passed away and left the business to his worthless children who immediately set about selling it so they could invest in a chain of exclusive nightclubs in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and Hollywood where they imagined people would spend $10,000 a year for a membership.

    The stupid kids retained no professional help, instead using a lawyer involved with their nightclub ventures and were were short changed millions.

    The private equity clowns were fucking useless, a lot of the people working for them had NO previous employment but coincidently all seemed to have gone to Duke or belonged to a certain fraternity. I never saw many of them do much other than goof around on the internet, one particularly brash young man brought in a Playstation 2. At random they would fire people, usually for no apparent reason and usually in a spectacularly unprofessional manner.

    In any event they fleshed out a preposterous plan to cease developing our own hardware and highly optimized operating system and to port our software to Linux and run it on roughly the same hardware found in a router or cable box and a completely different platform. This plan amounted to more or less rewriting everything from scratch so that it might run on horribly inferior hardware. This was also based on the belief our customers would actually want to buy this thing.

    Around the time they had this mental diarrhea their bosses had their own and instituted a $50,000 bonus for every million dollars of salaries they cut. They began firing people left and right, including just about every last person who might have been able to implement their product line hallucination. Having decimated the hardware and software teams they took the next natural step and outsourced it. For this I had to go to India to train our "overseas team members" on the nuances of our platform so they might port our software that had only ever run on our own proprietary realtime operating system to Linux running on a gutless ARM implementation.

    This has yet to produce a shippable product.

    Because I had an employment contract with a pre-negotiated severance agreement I could not be fired. When my contract came to an end I decided it was time to retire. On the day I retired the company was bringing in more in revenue from leasing empty office and warehouse space than they were in sales.

    As of Dec. 31st all legacy products have been discontinued and the company with only 21 employees is getting into the patent troll business. They actually tried to rehire me to advise them on possible infringements on their patents they might litigate.

    I very forcefully declined. In spite of the fact they robbed the founders kids blind I would bet all I have they never realized a profit from this endeavor.

  • 'Conan' Falls Flat in Season 1

    12/22/2011 7:41:26 PM PST · 18 of 23
    WalterSobchak2012 to MinorityRepublican
    I don't watch it, but only a fool would put much stock in Nielsen ratings in this day and age when estimating the viewership or revenue

    The methodology was flawed in 1950 and simply ridiculous today and persists only because advertiser group think won't even contemplate an alternative and likely undervalues ad time in their favor.

  • When good paying jobs go unfilled (Employers looking to fill these jobs are having little success)

    11/29/2011 11:55:58 PM PST · 131 of 131
    WalterSobchak2012 to MontaniSemperLiberi
    I got a cold call from a recruiter a few weeks ago seeking somebody to work on an ARM based Android cable box project. ARM and Android are the hottest tickets going right now in the embedded world.

    First and final offer: $48,000 a year, no relocation assistance and lousy benefits.

    Recruiter said I shouldn't pass up this opportunity because I may never get another one. Told her to stop wasting my time and just get to Padjuters immigration paperwork.

    This will become one of those jobs that executives will be crying their eyes out about on CNBC.

    Lab126 on the other hand which is Amazon's in-house research and development operation approached me about a similar position (presumably for what became the Kindle Fire) and was substantially more generous.

  • A Hidden America: Living in Cars, Tents and Cheap Motels *Video Report*

    11/29/2011 11:08:00 PM PST · 31 of 43
    WalterSobchak2012 to tcrlaf

    Funny, me and wife were just there for some friends fortieth wedding anniversary festivities and we figured we had never seen it cleaner. I don’t think I saw a panhandler the entire time we were there except for the fruits in bad costumes looking for tips.

  • A Hidden America: Living in Cars, Tents and Cheap Motels *Video Report*

    11/29/2011 10:58:35 PM PST · 30 of 43
    WalterSobchak2012 to JohnKinAK
    There is nothing new or unique about this story, although they sure seem to like picking on Florida. I saw all this when I lived in Cypress TX in the mid-80's as those who flocked to Texas (insert choir sound effect here) for oil jobs found there were none when oil hit $10 a barrel.

    Low-skilled transients scurry around the sunbelt chasing jobs in the latest state to be ordained an economic miracle. When times are good they manage when they aren't they don't.

  • This is Why They Hate You and Want You to Die (Why Too-Big-to-fail Banks are the most hated)

    10/10/2011 12:18:27 PM PDT · 7 of 34
    WalterSobchak2012 to SeekAndFind

    Well then, I guess it goes without saying you also believe in the unassailable sanctity of union contracts.

  • Why do young women drink themselves to oblivion every night across Britain?

    10/10/2011 11:21:59 AM PDT · 101 of 163
    WalterSobchak2012 to Lazlo in PA
    I worked one a project with GEC Marconi (now BAE Systems Electronics) in the UK from mid 1979 till early 1981 and this doesn't sound like anything I didn't see thirty years ago in Essex. I felt like "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting" might as well just be permanently blared over a loud speaker.

    I quickly learned most of the British slang for homosexual as I declined the advances of throughly intoxicated women, some barely teenagers and some old enough to be my mother.

    I don't think anything has really changed, although I came of age in New York in the 70's. It is just today that every misdemeanor is photographed, video taped and broadcast to the world and things are covered by the media today as sensational that were once much too distasteful.

  • Why Death Penalty Opponents Can't Win

    09/25/2011 4:59:32 PM PDT · 69 of 74
    WalterSobchak2012 to BufordP
    I don't even understand your opinion. Is it that the death penalty is so rare that systemic problems don't really matter?

    When a jury is stupid a trial is essentially reduced to a high school debate being judged by retarded children.

  • CEOs rewarded most for raising unemployment

    09/25/2011 4:53:44 PM PDT · 8 of 24
    WalterSobchak2012 to MNJohnnie
    The problem is management today isn't being rewarded for strengthening their companies, they are being rewarded for emaciating them through a system of perverse incentives that favors superficial short-term thinking.

    I spent much of the last decade watching MBA's fire engineers who could neither describe their positions let alone evaluate their performance. They were driven only by the promise of a $50,000 bonus for every $1,000,000 dollars in salaries they cut. Want to guess how that company is doing today?

  • Why Death Penalty Opponents Can't Win

    09/25/2011 3:43:52 PM PDT · 67 of 74
    WalterSobchak2012 to BufordP

    I expressed only how I arrived at my personal beliefs, i’m not expecting to build a national movement on them. I am certainly no less entitled to an opinion than those who want to bring scripture into the debate.

  • Rick Perry: Could it really have been that short lived?

    09/25/2011 5:54:00 AM PDT · 28 of 54
    WalterSobchak2012 to 2ndDivisionVet
    Maybe the Republican machine can stop elevating every flaky sunbelt governor into a potential presidential candidate. just a thought... These charlatans aren't delivered to the scene on the shoulders of populists, word comes down from on high that Gov. Whatever is now the GOP front runner.

    The election is barely a year away and we don't even have a serious candidate on the stage or in the wings and precious time is being wasted on these flameouts.

  • Why Death Penalty Opponents Can't Win

    09/25/2011 4:53:14 AM PDT · 64 of 74
    WalterSobchak2012 to BufordP

    It isn’t about numbers, it is about first hand knowledge of unfixable problems. I don’t see a solution to juries stacked with morons, prosecutors who are politicians first and shoddy police work that would restore my faith sufficiently to give the state that power.

  • Why Death Penalty Opponents Can't Win

    09/24/2011 11:12:18 AM PDT · 54 of 74
    WalterSobchak2012 to Kaslin
    I used to support the death penalty without a second thought, I lived in New York in the 1970's, how could I not?

    At the end of the day my first hand experience having served on a jury in a non-capital murder trial where I had to face the reality I was serving with some of the stupidest people walking the streets of New York who were mesmerized by the raconteur prosecutor and ready to convict on the testimony of a crackhead eyewitness who wet himself in the courtroom and an alleged jailhouse confession reported to police in a written statement by an illegal who clearly couldn't read, write or speak english. The trial ended in a hung jury.

    Combining this with my brothers experiences as a Sheriff dealing with prosecutors who were demanding capital murder cases where there were none to be had and deputies who were eager to please the prosecutors to the point of perjury I now believe this is something we best do without.

  • On the Trail in New Hampshire, Perry Focuses on Jobs

    09/05/2011 7:50:16 PM PDT · 96 of 99
    WalterSobchak2012 to gogogodzilla
    I'm going to let you in on a little secret you might not be privy to living in Maryland. Florida extends a just a little further north than Boca Raton and is home to 12,000,000 people who don't live in Metro Miami

    Across the highway from me is a sea of new suburbs that never cracked $150,000 even at the height of the boom, many of which are now in foreclosure. The only people still in their homes are snowbirds, military families and well heeled refugees who fled Hugo Chavez.

  • On the Trail in New Hampshire, Perry Focuses on Jobs

    09/04/2011 5:52:18 PM PDT · 87 of 99
    WalterSobchak2012 to gogogodzilla
    There was plenty of demand thanks to subprime mortgages given to anybody with a pulse. They wouldn't have built them if thousands of people a month weren't pouring into the state. Those people however couldn't afford a lot for a dilapidated trailer much less the houses the crooked bankers were installing them in.

    And those people are now moving to Texas, congratulations.

  • On the Trail in New Hampshire, Perry Focuses on Jobs

    09/04/2011 5:45:45 PM PDT · 86 of 99
    WalterSobchak2012 to crz
    I was referring to the crash in Florida in the 80's which came in the face of all the bullshit about Florida being recession proof, a new economic model, the new capital of the Americas and all that nonsense. While the rest of the country stagflated things were pretty good in my home state of Florida but it wasn't even conceivably sustainable. But lets consider the contemporary housing angle. The houses were being built for the new arrivals, the low-skill, low-wage transients who obtained the subprime mortgages on those houses that are now in default.

    The housing market is just the most visible fossil of a sunbelt economy based on its own population growth and little else. Arizona gained nothing from an influx of people coming to work in retail, or call centers or some other service industry dreck. And when the music stops in Texas you will have the same problem there from absorbing tremendous social costs for a substantially non-contributing segment of society that will up and leave to chase the $7.25 dream in the next sunbelt hot spot.

    Not their fault, and not Texas or Perry's fault - but sure as hell not a model to pitch to the rest of the country.

  • On the Trail in New Hampshire, Perry Focuses on Jobs

    09/04/2011 3:48:11 AM PDT · 29 of 99
    WalterSobchak2012 to Clairity

    So what if they are? The ‘miraculous’ job creation is still the same sunbelt ponzi scheme that brought down Florida and Arizona. People and businesses alike swarmed both. And it worked so well that Arizona lost more jobs than Michigan!

    Everything being said about Texas today was being said about Florida thirty years ago. Everything being said about Texas today was being said about Arizona a decade ago. I don’t see good things for Texas when the ecoterrorist/bankster energy cartel is broken. Where were you in 1986? I was in Cypress TX. Wanna talk about foreclosure alley?

  • On the Trail in New Hampshire, Perry Focuses on Jobs

    09/04/2011 2:29:27 AM PDT · 25 of 99
    WalterSobchak2012 to Clairity
    Having lived through the economic "miracles" in Florida and Arizona I am somewhat immune to the rhetoric of another sunbelt governor with miracle holy water.

    It turns out you can't build a resiliant state economy on a stampede of low-skill, low-wage transients marginally employed in the service industry.

  • New HP TouchPad shipment will maintain $99, $149 pricing

    09/04/2011 2:14:03 AM PDT · 24 of 27
    WalterSobchak2012 to ThomasThomas

    Pretty much, I have been in this situation. It cost us less to manufacture another round of obsolete devices and fulfill our obligations to the supply chain than to break the contracts. Two of our largest customers were liquidated back to back and every reseller east of the Mississippi was at the auction so sales of new hardware just ceased entirely several months.

    Blew them out bundled with our certification training materials and they were gone in no time.

  • Justice Department blocks AT&T-T-Mobile merger

    08/31/2011 12:11:44 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    WalterSobchak2012 to markomalley

    AT&T can go to hell, I want to see AT&T broken up into even smaller pieces than Reagan and Bill Baxter pulled off. Seven pieces clearly wasn’t enough!

  • Perry Delivers on Texas Death Penalty

    08/28/2011 4:02:31 PM PDT · 15 of 18
    WalterSobchak2012 to Tex-Con-Man

    This case makes me very uncomfortable. It isn’t the execution - it is the cover-up. Texas law more than sufficiently shielded Perry from responsibility, but by shitheeling the investigation he took full ownership.

  • Bank of America Gets Pad Locked After Homeowner Forecloses On It

    06/05/2011 3:34:35 PM PDT · 72 of 73
    WalterSobchak2012 to rawhide

    I fear this is the road I am going down. I have a mortgage - I also have two different parties trying to collect on the same mortgage. I know which one is the correct one but dispatching with the other has proven impossible when the only available point of contact is a Baltimore call center staffed by the angriest and most belligerent women outside of the TSA. I feel like I need to hire Ice T as a translator just to communicate with them.

  • Meet The U.S.’s Largest Ordination Class

    05/31/2011 8:37:58 PM PDT · 2 of 6
    WalterSobchak2012 to marshmallow

    You could just as easily call that picture the latest class of JetBlue flight attendants,

  • Profits Are Booming. Why Aren’t Jobs?

    05/31/2011 7:59:56 PM PDT · 43 of 468
    WalterSobchak2012 to khnyny
    Any idiot can slash and burn almost any business into short-term profit growth by torching the fixtures. But the music stops when you throw the jukebox in the fire.

    In the contemporary ideology of business it doesn't mater if you burn next years seed because business decisions are based not on strategic thinking but making sure analysts who Lewinskied their way in life say something nice about you on CNBC and compensation schemes that encourages pawning the Royal Doulton.

    I spent much of the last decade watching MBA's fire engineers who could neither describe their positions let alone evaluate their performance. They were driven only by the promise of a $50,000 bonus for every $1,000,000 dollars in salaries they cut. Want to guess how that company is doing today?

    I mean yeah, we had some great profits from the sheer inertia behind several mature product lines but throwing out the product roadmap and licensing hardware from a Taiwanese ODM and outsourcing porting and further development to India never produced a shippable product. Their only remaining business is patent trolling and leasing empty office buildings (which is nowhere near as lucrative as it once was).

  • Foreclosures for sale: Big supply, low prices

    05/29/2011 8:54:46 PM PDT · 46 of 58
    WalterSobchak2012 to Kozy

    We are moving to San Diego because I have a business opportunity there, my wife however is retired as of July 1st. She wanted to look at foreclosures because she thought a fixer-upper might keep her occupied. We are going to take another look at 3 and 5 with a friend of the family who is a contractor. We really liked 5 since I want to bring my son out here and the basement suite would give him some privacy.

    We also have a mortgage mess at home thanks to the incompetence of a mortgage servicer that is likely to require a quiet title action. So buying something with cash on hand is also appealing at the moment.

    Would building over the line in southern Riverside or Orange be substantially easier?

  • Foreclosures for sale: Big supply, low prices

    05/29/2011 6:45:10 PM PDT · 31 of 58
    WalterSobchak2012 to Jim 726

    I just got home this morning from house hunting in the San Diego area, we looked at several foreclosures and a couple more investor owned ex-foreclosures.

    As far as I was concerned three of the five needed to be bulldozed immediately, the other two might been salvageable, but at potentially prohibitive cost.

    First House: Detached garage flooded, pool cabana burned down, signs of a recent attempt at marijuana growing, obvious electrical problems.

    Second House: Mould everywhere, buckled hard wood floors, exterior windows replaced with junk, tons of cheap cosmetic repairs covering up god knows what else.

    Third House: Kitchen and master bathroom completely gutted, only left the cabinets. Some interior doors and light fixtures also missing, septic system destroyed (probably by whoever stole everything and parked their truck on the lawn)

    Fourth House: Completely invested with vermin, worried I might have contracted hantavirus just looking at it. Rodent droppings everywhere, stench of urine. Dead dog or coyote made it smell even worse.

    Fifth House: Every wall had been kicked in and cheaply plastered and painted over, previous owners appeared to have been using the dining room as an annex to their garage. (I can’t think of any other plausible explanation for the stains) and there appeared to have been a hidden camera setup in the bathroom and bedroom in the apartment in the basement!

    2 and 5 were the investor owned properties.

    I think I will just build new,

  • Hearing Impaired Men Stabbed At Hallandale Beach Bar

    05/02/2011 2:18:41 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    WalterSobchak2012 to ConservativeStatement

    My home state, national punchline for forty years.

  • Should You Walk Away from Your Underwater Mortgage?

    05/02/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · 58 of 107
    WalterSobchak2012 to lurk

    What is the problem, the homeowners are just making a “business decision” - or are us serfs not afforded that privilege?

  • Tens of thousands in South Florida skip out on jury duty

    04/17/2011 10:13:39 PM PDT · 26 of 41
    WalterSobchak2012 to ConservativeStatement

    I always found showing up wearing a confederate flag tie and saying I would never convict somebody facing the death penalty or drug charges would get me a walk every time.

  • Businesses behaving badly — to job seekers (Calling All FR HR Types)

    03/29/2011 9:42:04 PM PDT · 42 of 44
    WalterSobchak2012 to buccaneer81
    I had this exact experience with two different Fortune 500's after my "retirement" following three and four interviews, both having engaged VP's by the time they commenced ignoring me.

    One of these companies was large computer and printer maker where I had three interviews for a position as a project manager and then dead silence. I learned later from a friend at the same company that the position had been filled by a Russian twenty-five years my junior and in all likelihood I had just been H1B "due diligence".

    The next company flew me to Texas FOUR times for interviews and told me after the final interview they had checked my references and were preparing an offer and like the first I never heard from them again. My follow-ups went unacknowledged and about a month later I found a post on a blog that the company had hired a guy away from Motorola for a strikingly similar position.

    Eventually I came to realize I was just too old, too white and too heterosexual to be considered employable by an American company.

    When the Chinese came for me it was completely different, they flew me and my wife to China first class and while I discussed business and toured the company a couple of the executives english speaking wives gave my wife the grand tour of Shanghai. We left with an agreement they have not deviated from.

  • AT&T to buy T-Mobile from Deutsche Telekom

    03/20/2011 5:40:34 PM PDT · 45 of 47
    WalterSobchak2012 to Navy Patriot
    You aren't kidding, I first left AT&T after they determined "no fraud had been committed" after somebody in a city and state where I have not stepped foot in my entire life added four phones to my account, they refused to cancel the lines unless I paid almost $1000!. So I switched to Cingular which was simply wonderful for several years and then next thing I know they are bought by AT&T. Six months down the road I get another surprise bill in which I have come to be subscribed to no less than $100 worth of features and roaming plans. Once again I supposedly dragged my ass to a store I have never been to and asked them to add all these features to my plan. AT&T removed the features but would not reverse the charges for the past month!

    Contract was up two months later and I switch to T-Mobile... and here we go again. I really want to stay in the GSM universe but I would be one of those obnoxious Nextel "chirping" creeps before I will have anything to do with AT&T.

  • 2011 Hyundai Equus takes on big names of luxury

    03/19/2011 2:54:22 PM PDT · 10 of 51
    WalterSobchak2012 to colinhester

    My little girl has the Genesis Coupe which she bought to replace her stolen Audi TT and she absolutely loves it.

  • Robbers Raid High-Tech Company

    03/02/2011 11:00:54 PM PST · 15 of 20
    WalterSobchak2012 to Domangart
    Absolutely, pound for pound there is no criminal enterprise (other than investment banking) where the risks are lower and the rewards are higher than stealing electronic components. They aren't usually too well guarded, they are easy to sell and difficult to impossible to trace.

    I worked for two companies that were victim to enormous heists. In 1999 over the 4th of July weekend we had more than $200,000 worth of Intel TSOP flash memory stolen.

    Years earlier at another company we had over $50,000 worth of Motorola 68K processors stolen.

    Most surface mount components are shipped in a format known as "Tape and Reel" on reels shrink wrapped in anti-static bags and shipped in boxes about the size of a pizza box. You could easily fit a million dollars worth of components in the back of a sub-compact.

    In a matter of hours they will go to auction in a number of chinese language online component clearing houses, inside of a week they will be in a factory in Guangdong Province intermingled with legitimate components by both knowing and unknowing brokers and inside of a month their on the shelf at Wal-Mart.

  • Robbers Raid High-Tech Company

    03/02/2011 11:00:47 PM PST · 14 of 20
    WalterSobchak2012 to Domangart
    Absolutely, pound for pound there is no criminal enterprise (other than investment banking) where the risks are lower and the rewards are higher than stealing electronic components. They aren't usually too well guarded, they are easy to sell and difficult to impossible to trace.

    I worked for two companies that were victim to enormous heists. In 1999 over the 4th of July weekend we had more than $200,000 worth of Intel TSOP flash memory stolen.

    Years earlier at another company we had over $50,000 worth of Motorola 68K processors stolen.

    Most surface mount components are shipped in a format known as "Tape and Reel" on reels shrink wrapped in anti-static bags and shipped in boxes about the size of a pizza box. You could easily fit a million dollars worth of components in the back of a sub-compact.

    In a matter of hours they will go to auction in a number of chinese language online component clearing houses, inside of a week they will be in a factory in Guangdong Province intermingled with legitimate components by both knowing and unknowing brokers and inside of a month their on the shelf at Wal-Mart.