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Judge: It's OK For Cops To Create Fake Instagram Accounts

BitterOak Re:Not seeing the issue here (191 comments)

Is anyone confused by the fact that cops can lie in the course of their work? Because thats something everyone should be crystal clear on: they can.

Or maybe people dont understand that things you share with a cop, even "off the record", can be on the record. That, too, is a myth that should be dispelled.

What I don't understand is why it's okay for cops to lie to people, but if people lie to cops, they can go to prison. Remember Martha Stewart? The only thing she was ultimately convicted on was lying to police. It seems it should work both ways: either you can't lie to cops and they can't lie to you, or both should be allowed to lie. The current system seems unbalanced.

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Google Sues Mississippi Attorney General For Conspiring With Movie Industry

BitterOak Isn't this how prosecution is supposed to work? (111 comments)

I'm not saying I agree that Google was breaking the law here, but in general, when a party feels they have been injured by another party acting unlawfully, isn't it standard practice for the injured party to work with prosecutors? Certainly victims of violent crime like rape, etc. will often meet with someone in the D.A.'s office to help prepare the case. This may have gone a bit further, with lobbyists and contributions, etc., but that's all part of politics. So I still don't really see how Google has a case here.

2 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

BitterOak Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

The problem is the Pirate Bay is both, and you have to take the bad with the good. I just kinda wish they'd chosen another name besides "The Pirate Bay", as it makes the site look like it was deliberately set up for piracy rather than general file sharing. (And it might well have been set up primarily for that purpose, but no need to be so obvious about it.)

about a week ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

BitterOak Re:Don't worry guys... (876 comments)

Islam is a peaceful religion, that's why followers just went out of their way to do this. And in Canada we had two terrorist attacks(one in Quebec), and another on Parliament Hill in two days.

Well, Christianity is a peaceful religion too. Perhaps that explains the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition.

about a week ago
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MIT Removes Online Physics Lectures and Courses By Walter Lewin

BitterOak Re:Just wondering... (416 comments)

Not to Godwin a discussion, but same argument for the research the Nazis did on twins. Some of it is good, useful information. But nobody will touch it because of its source.

Really? Are you suggesting the content of his physics lectures somehow derived from his alleged sexual harassment of students? I'm trying to envision a physics experiment whose successful outcome depends on someone being harassed, but I'm having difficulty doing so.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Warrantless Cellphone Searches

BitterOak Re:The dissent (105 comments)

do they need a warrant to open your bag you are carrying or wallet?, or anything that can hold other things?, why should cellphones be different?

Because you could have a weapon stored in the bag or even a large wallet that could be a danger to the arresting officer. If cellphones were larger and had the potential for secret compartments in which weapons or other dangerous materials could be stored, then I'd agree with your analogy and suggest that the physical devices could be searched as well. But there's no reason an officer should be able to search data stored on the device absent a warrant.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

BitterOak Re:Still up. (251 comments)

.ee is fake, but .cr seems to be working, sort of.

about two weeks ago
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Peter Sunde: the Pirate Bay Should Stay Down

BitterOak Re:Still up. (251 comments)

.ee is definitely a fake. It looks real until you try to download a magnet, then it asks for money. .cr seems to be legit, but it is still having some reliability problems. I have successfully downloaded a few torrents from it (.cr) though.

about two weeks ago
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Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

BitterOak This would be a great idea if... (186 comments)

This would be a great idea if Pizza Hut's main clientele base consisted of stroke victims who are paralyzed everywhere except for their eyes and are able to communicate only through eye movements. Last time I was in Pizza Hut, I didn't see too many such people there. So, I'm not sure what problem this technology is supposed to solve.

about three weeks ago
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UK Authorities Launching Massive Child Abuse Database

BitterOak Re:"suspected pedophile" (150 comments)

Anyhow, there's a technical solution to every technical problem. In this case, a viewer that changes one pixel subtly every time an image is viewed would make hashes like this useless.

While I agree with most of what you say up to that point, I am a bit puzzled by your last paragraph. What "problem" is being solved by your "solution" exactly?

about three weeks ago
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Breath Test For Pot Being Developed At WSU

BitterOak Re:Antiquated technology (342 comments)

As great as any new technology is, I hope this is antiquated by law changes before the technical application machines become practical.

You mean you think it should be legal for people to drive while stoned?

about three weeks ago
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Gilbert, AZ Censors Biology Books the Old-Fashioned Way

BitterOak Re:What the hell is... (289 comments)

contraception doing in a Biology textbook? Shouldn't that be taught in Health class?

Ummm, isn't health a subunit of biology? I've never had a class called "health" in my entire education.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

BitterOak Re:Notice how LEOs assume they are criminals (481 comments)

Some law-enforcement experts say the NYCLU is going beyond civics lessons and doling out criminal-defense advice.

So wait, we're assuming that they're all criminals to begin with?

The even more peculiar conclusion that can be drawn from this is that these "law-enforcement experts" think there's something wrong with offering criminal defense advice in the first place.

about a month ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

BitterOak I'd be happy if 4:3 came back! (330 comments)

Forget square monitors, I'd be happy if 4:3 made a comeback. Yes, I know they still exist, but they're a lot harder to find than they used to be. Go to any Best Buy or Staples and all you see are 16:9. Those are great for watching movies, but I prefer to watch movies on my TV and do work on my computer. And for pretty much all work except video and movie editing, 4:3 is better. I'm currently working on an old Samsung 4:3 which is starting to give me trouble (making strange noises and going dark at random times requiring me to cycle the power on the monitor.) I hope I won't have too much trouble replacing it when it dies.

about a month ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

BitterOak Re: Ask the credit card for a refund (307 comments)

With businesses acting like this all over the place, communism ain't lookin' so bad these days.

Until you write a negative review of the government, that is.

about a month ago
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NYT: Privacy Concerns For ClassDojo, Other Tracking Apps For Schoolchildren

BitterOak Re:Custody review? What! Huge red flag here. (66 comments)

In what jurisdiction is it common, or even allowed, that a child's teacher (and his or her opinions about how the child performs when he's living with mom vs. dad) becomes a party to a parental custody hearing? It sounds to me like this information is being used waaaaay "off-label."

In just about any jurisdiction, custody battles often get vicious, with both parties using whatever information they can to discredit the other. Many witnesses may be called, some of whom may have very limited knowledge of the parties concerned. It is not surprising that teachers, which have a great deal of knowledge of student behavior and emotional state will have relevant things to say in such hearings.

about a month ago

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DHS reading your Tweets and Facebook postings.

BitterOak BitterOak writes  |  more than 2 years ago

BitterOak (537666) writes "Apparently, the DHS is reading your Tweets and looking at your Facebook wall. This may seem reasonable if they're trying to prevent a terrorist attack, but apparently, they're more interested in whether or not you are criticizing them!"
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Judge affirms students' right to post online pics.

BitterOak BitterOak writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BitterOak (537666) writes "An Indiana judge issued a summary judgment affirming that when public schools punish students for their Facebook pics, they may be violating the First Ammendment.

This case concerns two Indiana teenage girls that posted some pics on Facebook that featured some pornographic candies that were taken at a sleepover (not at school). The judge here questioned the constitutionality of the school district's policy that actions by students in or out of school are punishable if they bring "dishonor" to the school.

The school district indicated it would likely appeal the ruling which enjoins them from punishing the students by barring them from extracurricular activities."

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Canadian songwriters propose $10/mo Internet fee.

BitterOak BitterOak writes  |  more than 3 years ago

BitterOak (537666) writes "According to this story, Canadian songwriters are proposing a $10 fee to be added to monthly ISP bills, giving users a license to download music using peer-to-peer file sharing technologies for free, without fear of reprisal. The money collected would be distributed to members of a Canadian association of songwriters (SOCAN). The story doesn't make clear whether the license would apply only to Canadian music, or how musicians in other nations would be compensated otherwise."
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Public employee to face hearing over personal blog

BitterOak BitterOak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BitterOak (537666) writes "In another attack on online freedom of speech, Michigan deputy attorney general Andrew Shirvell is facing a disciplinary hearing over a personal blog he created on personal time using personal resources. In the blog (which unfortunately seems now to be invitation only) he is critical of University of Michigan student body president Chris Armstrong for a variety of peculiar reasons including "promoting a homosexual lifestyle". Although rather childish, his blog is not related in any way to his job with the state, and in fact, he doesn't mention his employer anywhere on his blog. Should civil servants give up their First Amendment rights as a condition of employment?"
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Criminal libel charges laid for criticizing police

BitterOak BitterOak writes  |  more than 4 years ago

BitterOak (537666) writes "A Calgary man is facing criminal charges of libel for criticizing police. According to the story the RCMP have filed five charges against John Kelly for claiming on his website that Calgary police officers engaged in perjury, corruption, and obstruction of justice. What makes the story unusual is that the charges are criminal and not civil. Even in Canada, which has much less free speech protection than the United States, it is extremely rare for people to be charged criminally with libel. It is almost always matter for civil courts."
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BitterOak BitterOak writes  |  more than 7 years ago

BitterOak (537666) writes "Four high school students were arrested in Toronto Friday, charged with assaulting police and obstruction, during a protest over the suspension of students for posting derogatory comments about the vice principal on their private Facebook pages. 60 students showed up for the protest, and only four were charged with any wrong doing. This story raises interesting questions. I'm sure no one condones disorderly conduct at a protest, but should public schools have the right to suspend students over online speech? The article doesn't make it clear whether or not the student used school computers to post the comments."

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