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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Catbeller Re: the purpose is tracking cars (257 comments)

I don't construct paranoid futures. I describe what is happening *now*.

4 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Catbeller the purpose is tracking cars (257 comments)

Forget the happy horseshit about super-safe robot cars. We don't have those, and they won't work when we do. This is about the ability to track all the vehicles in the world, either by private entities who will backdoor the info to government and political groups, or straight-up security force tracking. Not just here, but all over the world. We are building turnkey police state infrastructure. If you can't grasp this, you might want to contemplate how privileged you are not to ever feel endangered by cops or polical opponents like Scientology or the Moonies. Do not give the monkeys the key to the banana plantation. Once you are in a worldwide prison, there is no escape.

5 days ago
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DoT Proposes Mandating Vehicle-To-Vehicle Communications

Catbeller Re: UDP/broadcast only (257 comments)

You can't turn it off even now. The GPS tracking is built into the circuitry and there is no way to diable it. And no, tapping the "please don't track me" option won't work. Its lying.

5 days ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Catbeller Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

It's an API for a future tyranny that we will be helpless against. Tomorrow is not today. Those in charge will not be the pussycats we have now; such power will attrack tyrants and secret governments. No, guarantees them.
Do not give the monkeys the key to the banana plantation.

about three weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Catbeller Re:It's tinfoil time! (232 comments)

After 2015 or so, Federal law will require integrated tracking devices and radio network integration into all cars. They tried passing that law last year, and backed down - but they will slip it back in when no one is looking. I imagine motorcycles, Elios, and anything that moves will be included, excepting bicycles... and don't bet they won't get around to bikes.
As I said a decade ago here: open-air prison. The point to power is power. No reason is necessary; people who want power over other people will grab it when they can, and universal tracking is the ultimate in power. No rebellion is possible in a goldfish bowl.

about three weeks ago
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Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology

Catbeller Blindfolds off, handcuffs on everyone (232 comments)

If you enable perfect surveillance, then the result - "police without blindfolds", as well as employers, potential employers, competitors, secret national police, secret and not-secret corporate police (ever wonder about how Apple's security forces seem to have worldwide power and mobility?), marketers, your neighbors, your family, friends, enemies, and Scientology's and Moonies' covert operations getting their "blindfolds" removed - will be a world where everyone is a criminal, and the only recourse you have is that no one cares enough about you to look to see what you've been up to. A world of sheep, a pack of fat domesticated farm animals watching videos. (Better not be unlicensed video, criminal!) If you've not committed a crime, you've been in a coma. And they'll just add new laws if they really want to get someone. But bet your ass the Bushes and Cheneys of the world will be utterly off the police and media radar. Rich people don't commit crimes, statistics show. Only troublemakers and poor people. And oh, yes, Ferguson. Imagine how future Fergusons will play out with perfect surveillance. Notice how the cops in Ferguson don't have video cameras on their vehicles, and how they trash cameras pointed at them? That's the future, kid. Blindfolds on US; never, ever on the cops.

about three weeks ago
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Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

Catbeller Re:Connect with a VPN (390 comments)

As I've blathered on for years, business doesn't make fortunes by manufacturing product, but by manufacturing scarcity. Lumber. Water (soon!). Bandwidth.
And people: Businesses make monopolies, not governments. Businesses want to control supply, create scarcity and drive up prices and buy up their competitors so they can drive up prices again. There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Market. The oil cartels control oil supply, Diamond controls comic book distribution, etc. Choke points *they* create by ruthlessly destroying their competition. Government can't mandate competition in the sense you can't pass a law to make sharks stop eating tuna. They persist in eating the damned tuna; it's their nature. Sometimes, as in the last 30 right-wing years, the tuna *is* the government.
Monopoly exists 'cause lack of regulation, not 'cause of it.
In cabling the US, the US businesses refused to provide service unless they had local monopoly, so the cities divvied up their territories and the cable companies rolled out. That was a business-demanded requirement, not a government-demanded one. They would not provide unless they were exclusive. The only alternative was municipal cable, which happened, but is mostly sued or otherwise driven out of business. Right now a federal law, paid for by the big cable companies, is about to make muni rollout *illegal*. You may blame government, but the businesses are buying that law.

about a month and a half ago
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Time Warner Turns Down Takeover Bid From Rupert Murdoch

Catbeller Time-Warner owns DC comics (70 comments)

The subject line says it all.
No. No. No.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Allowed NSA To Spy On All But 4 Countries

Catbeller Re:Uh... Yeah? (242 comments)

Try spying on the US communications systems for the Russians, and see what happens when they catch you. Apparently, not OK with Americans.

It's OK If We Do It. America is the Shining City on the Hill, chosen by Providence to spread God's word and God's electronic eavesdropping to all the nations of the earth.

It's NOT OK with everyone else. And yes, they count.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Jurisdiction (210 comments)

Copyright, as in "intellectual property", is a notion that exploded from The Shining City on the Hill, namely Jesus's country, America. We've rammed each and every treaty down the world's throat for almost thirty years. Now that it's established, of course European copyright lords are helping seal us in with our cask of Amontlliado. But it is American in origin.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Sony Betamax (210 comments)

Well done, madam or sir. Exactly so.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Some people would like to outlaw the Internet (210 comments)

They don't want to eliminate the internet. They want to turn it into a paid cable TV service with data for a fat extra charge. They want to own the internet, turn it into another corporate-owned asset. And they have won.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

This is ME saying this, but in Betamax decision, the SCOTUS said that *even though* VCR sometimes infringed on copyrights, that the non-infringing uses outweighed the "bad" use. Yes, that makes little sense, but blame copyright laws for that. Change the laws, change the decisions.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

"Is it one of those things, like sex and human organs, that you can give away for free but you can't charge money for it?"

You can't charge, either. You must remain a virgin until they license you to have sex, er, watch TV.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

Um, Scalia tried that with Bush V. Gore. "Only applies to this one election." Bull.
No, it doesn't work like that, unless someone is crookedly applying law. Law is law, and they don't get to choose what the consequences of their STUPID decision is.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Big Difference (210 comments)

"Fair Use"? HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! That was FUNNY! "Fair Use"!! Why, grampa here just peed in his Depends when he heard you mention that dead fish. Fair Use indeed. Whoo. Whee.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:The Law of Intended Consequences (210 comments)

Those consequences were quite intended by the broadcast industry which sued Aereo. Only Scalia, amazingly, got it right when he warned they were after this endgame. Blind adherence to the tiny details of the law give us this stinking pile to live with, just as when they ruled that eternal copyright was fine as long as there was *some* time limit mentioned, even if it was a century, even if the limit would be eternally extended, as it just obviously had been.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Jurisdiction (210 comments)

The US writes all the treaties. Amazing how that works.

about 2 months ago
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Fox Moves To Use Aereo Ruling Against Dish Streaming Service

Catbeller Re:Jurisdiction (210 comments)

"How can the government of country A fine a company from country B any money when that company's dealing has NOTHING to do with country A in the first place ???"

Empire. Rules of an empire. We've thousands of nukes, hundreds of military bases in a hundred+ counties, and we create every single "treaty" that governs our actions. You are either a vassal, or a cooperating and subordinate power.

Americans are fine with this idea. They never leave home much, and even if they did, they would not mind the hate. We are the fhining City on the Hill, the Nation Favoured by Providence, the people chosen by God Almighty to lead the world to a perfect age, so that Jesuf can come back, deftroy the world, hurl the unbelieverf and the wicked into the Pit of Fire for ever and ever and build a new Fhining City of Gold for uf, the chofen, to live with Jefus forever, along with perhaps a few foreigners who listened to the Holy Word of America.

If you don't understand the news coming from America, the above is THE explanation. You need no others; it is not hyperbole. And it will get so much worse.

about 2 months ago

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Tesla car log: NYT writer Broder lied

Catbeller Catbeller writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Catbeller writes "Tesla has posted the driving log of the Tesla driven by NYT writer John Broder: http://www.teslamotors.com/blog/most-peculiar-test-drive, and it is a hell of a tale. He sped. He turned up the heat. He undercharged. He passed a charging station. He CIRCLED a charging station, apparently to drain the battery. He detached from the chargers when he was woefully undercharged, against advice. He never ran out of power. He seems to have intentionally, maliciously tried to make that car run out of power — and he failed. The car overperformed and gave him more range than the specs indicate, despite the abuse. Let's get this liar fired, kids."
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Catbeller Catbeller writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Catbeller (118204) writes "From the "There's Your Smoking Gun Department": The AP is reporting that one Randy Wooten, mayoral candidate for Waldenburg Arkansas — a town of eighty people — discovered that the electronic voting system hadn't registered the one vote he knew had been cast for him, because he cast it himself. The Machine gave him zero votes. That would be an error rate of 3%, counting the actual votes cast — 18 and 18 for a total of 36. For those who haven't quite gotten the concept of e-voting, we have this quote:
Poinsett County Election Commissioner Junaway Payne said the issue had been discussed but no action taken yet. "It's our understanding from talking with the secretary of state's office that a court order would have to be obtained in order to open the machine and check the totals," Payne said. "The votes were cast on an electronic voting machine, but paper ballots were available."
Yep. Get the screwdrivers out, time to find that missing vote!"

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