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Google Changes 'To Fight Piracy' By Highlighting Legal Sites

American Patent Guy Out of Google's dictionary: (145 comments)

Legal: adj.; the ones who pay us money.

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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

American Patent Guy Re:Correlation isn't causation, weak input data (406 comments)

No. The stupidity arises in yet another Slashdot story worded to provoke controversy here. The subject says: "Soda pop damages your cells' telomeres". None of those professors apparently made that claim. We get treated to one comment after another posted here about that silly conclusion based upon the foolish interpretation of the original poster here.

Even if this report was generated by one hundred professors of the top universities, top in their fields, making all the corrections for age and reporting bias, published in the most respected journals of the highest institutions, it would only have proven a correlation in their particular study. Is it worthy of further investigation? Perhaps, but don't try to turn a firecracker into an atomic bomb.

Looking at this the other way: soda pop has been around for about a century, and no one has noticed any serious trends toward a shorter lifespan. (Otherwise the FDA would have become involved.) I trust the FDA more than I trust eight professors anxious to get their story out. This story gets a yawn out of me until I see some definite causation.

yesterday
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Soda Pop Damages Your Cells' Telomeres

American Patent Guy Correlation isn't causation, weak input data (406 comments)

From their recitation of methods: "Diet was assessed using 24-hour dietary recalls."

So, in other words, they asked a bunch of people what they drank in the last 24 hours, measured their telomeres, and observed a correlation between those who remembered they consumed 20oz. of soda and white blood cells in an aged condition. Does anyone think it's possible that older people just consume more soda (as opposed to other drinks)? Does anyone think that older people just might be more likely to admit they'd consumed soda?

What if I did a study that showed that those who had eaten macaroni and cheese in the last 24 hours had younger cells. Would that prove that macaroni and cheese was good for you, or would that prove that kids prefer to eat macaroni and cheese?

Welcome to stupidity, my friends...

2 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

It's really too bad that you're not the authority on this subject: your solution is so simple-minded. Not that I expect it will do much good for you, but here's a place you could get a little understanding of one exception to the exclusionary rule:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix_v._Williams

3 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

I made no mention of violated rights being limited to fourth amendment seizures. If the state has to break laws to investigate someone, their rights ARE violated.

Unless the method violated someone else's rights, or violated an inconsequential rule or regulation.

3 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

Yes, I am. Not all illegal methods of collecting evidence violate the rights of the accused against unconstitutional searches and seizures. I'm not saying it's right, I'm just saying the prosecution is allowed to introduce evidence against the accused if he can show the independent source.

3 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

Wow. You claim that because the government overstepped a defendant's rights in collecting evidence on one occasion, that that evidence is excluded forever no matter how the government might get it?

My advice to you is: don't ever try to go to law school. You will fail.

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:Highly illegal (180 comments)

Oh, don't worry. I'll never represent you. You'd tell me some fiction about your case and I'd wind up being made a fool of by the other side. I doubt you'd pay your lawyer, anyway.

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

And you claimed that the FISA court would put you in prison.

No, I didn't.

Ooooh, I just can't resist:

"And besides, who needs to use a criminal action in open court when we have the secret FISA courts with secret laws and a prison where everything done is in secret? This is police state 101."

Oh, and please say one more time for us: 'the land of the free and the home of the brave'.

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:Highly illegal (180 comments)

That's you, Mr. Jones, isn't it?

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

Parallel construction: hey, I'll admit I had to look that one up. But if the government can find an independent source of evidence to convict the bad guy that doesn't involve illegally-collected evidence, then they haven't violated his rights (at least as to the crime charged). You can put a negative label on it if you like, but the cops get to do it.

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

"Whisper’s policy toward sharing user data with law enforcement has prompted it on occasions to provide information to both the FBI and MI5. Both cases involved potentially imminent threats to life, Whisper said, a practice standard in the tech industry."

That sounds like investigating to me, and although you might not consider Whisper to be your friend, the government doesn't care whether it is or not.

So you think because I didn't bother to counter your argument (about wiretapping), that you've somehow proven a grand right to privacy? HAHAHAHA!

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

It would be nice if you'd get your concepts straight and use proper terminology. I think by "parallel construction" you mean "independent discovery": a prosecutor gets to use evidence against you collected independently from illegally-collected evidence.

You don't have a right to be anonymous to the government. Your "right to privacy" does not mean the government has to erase you from all their databases. That is what is nonsensical.

And you claimed that the FISA court would put you in prison. I guess that you've changed your mind.

Does the FISA court rubber-stamp warrants? Nobody in the public really knows, because it's a secret court. That is what I find wrong about that court...

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:Highly illegal (180 comments)

Actually, I do get it, and I am a lawyer. If you look elsewhere here in this thread: I indeed did make the comment that this company was likely to be a party in a class-action suit.

I'd just like to see some thought applied before people start spouting forth about their "rights".

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

"You are appealing to authority. Just because judges say something doesn't make it right."

And just because you say it doesn't make it right. Which do you think I'm going to trust more. A judge, or you?

4 days ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

American Patent Guy Re:If you want to be sure your words are not overh (180 comments)

AC: you seem to be a bit mixed up about this:

I'm not sure what you're trying to say with that comment about "parallel construction". Perhaps you're commenting about something else.

There's nobody making you use a cell phone. If you don't like how you're being treated (either by the phone company or by the government), you can always use a landline. I don't know where you're getting your facts from.

The FISA courts won't try or convict you of a crime, nor will they put you in prison. From what I've heard, they will only issue a warrant ex-parte if the government can show a threshold risk to national security.

I'm shilling for people who want the truth and fair discussion of the involvement of their government. Ignoramuses like you are the problem.

4 days ago

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