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The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

DaHat Re:Government gun regulation is useless (483 comments)

Tell that to the people of Washington state who are likely going to pass I-594 whose supporters more or less claim it will do just that... While ignoring all of the accidental and nonviolent felons it will create.

yesterday
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

DaHat Re:Oops (162 comments)

If they didn't forsee the possibility of discovery down the road then their legal team wasn't doing it's job (assuming they had one).

yesterday
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

DaHat Re:Class justice (162 comments)

YouTube responds to takedown requests thus helping it stay within the safe harbor provision of the DMCA. The emails from Grooveshark do seem to suggest they activly participated in infringement rather than just being a medium which infringers happened to use.

yesterday
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Grooveshark Found Guilty of Massive Copyright Infringement

DaHat Their hard drives didn't crash? (162 comments)

Clearly the management of Grooveshark didn't have the forethought of those at the IRS did to ensure that hard drives containing potentially incriminating emails disappear.

yesterday
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Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

DaHat Re:Drones are cost effective? (208 comments)

*banging head on wall with everybody calling these things 'drones'*

Not just any aeriel photography... manned vs not.

This is simply a modern and more cost effective way of doing what has been done for ages.

It used to be you'd pay someone (for their time & fuel) to fly a manned helicopter or airplane over a given area and have to deal with possibly remote takeoff/landing locations as well as noise over your target... now you simply pay a guy with a van to park on a public street, launch a UAV and fly it over the target area.

Far easier & far cheaper.

about a week ago
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Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March

DaHat Re:And ... ? (93 comments)

And you know this how?

You may be right.... but unless you've got some specific evidence you are speculating just as much as any explicit pointing to this vulnerability as the exploit used in the hack.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Killing Off Windows Phone Brand Name In Favor of Just Windows

DaHat Re:Too late ... (352 comments)

I'm sure Blackberry used to say the same about the various upstarts that tried to dethrown them... and we know how well that worked out.

about three weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

DaHat Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

You know, the really pathetic thing about what you just said is that I've never illegally downloaded music or movies, and never cheated on my partner.

Care to cite where I accused you of any such thing?

And you're seriously saying that will get flagged as a lie and make me untrustworthy?

Depends on what else they know... either based on their own info or that which is said about you by others and the credibility of those statements.

Let me tell you this right now ... the people screening based on those things are morons unless they actually have proof to the contrary.

Oh? And you've been on the receiving end of such Q's and know their mental processes? I haven't... so I can't say either way.

Because unless you have evidence, assuming everyone who answers no to those questions is lying is completely idiotic. Because, not everybody has done those things, and if you have no evidence suggesting otherwise is just being an asshole.

No where did I say answering no would get you flagged as a liar... I said that depending on the circumstances they it will raising a flag that they may not be the most trustworthy. Key word in that sentence *may*. Further investigation may be required. Maybe they've honestly never used Napster back in the day and instead has a rather lengthy iTunes purchase history?

A broader thing is you seem to thinks such a background check has the same level of evidence & burden of proof as a court does in a criminal trial. It does not.

I increasingly believe the people who do security screenings don't give an actual damn about the truth, just their own interpretations of reality.

Very true at the airport, when it comes to security clearances... it depends on who is doing the vetting and to what degree they are doing it (based on the degree of clearance being sought).

about three weeks ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

DaHat Re:Wrong Title (499 comments)

It's not about answering yes or no. It's about disclosure.

Exactly, but let me add... these background checks aren't so much about checking as to if you've lead a boring and uncompromised life... but more about gauging your integrity with regards to honesty and ability to be blackmailed.

Example: An old college of mine is now a feeder to a couple of government agencies which give out a few scholarships each year... which in turn require a background check. One of the questions that screws up most kids is "Have you ever illegally downloaded any music or movies from the internet?" (or something to that effect).

Most kids put "no"... not wanting to admit wrong doing... but by doing so end up raising a flag that they may not be the most trustworthy as it's rather unlikely given their age and background (those applying for these scholarships).

Ditto for Q's regarding fidelity. If you've been unfaithful and your spouse doesn't know, it can be used against you (ie "Give me a copy of the blueprints or... I'll tell your wife and the rest of your family that you cheated on them... with another man."

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Agrees To Contempt Order So It Can Appeal Email Privacy Case

DaHat Re:I don't see how MS can comply (123 comments)

You can't deliberate engage in activities to make it more expensive or complex for law enforcement to search subpoenaed records.

That's not quite accurate.

If the intent is to make it more difficult... then you best not have any evidence that it was done deliberately then you will be in for a world of pain.

If however it is part of your normal business processes and as a side effect it makes law enforcement's job harder... that is still perfectly legal.

about three weeks ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

DaHat Re:QUESTION? (448 comments)

No they've been very clear... just like Al-Qaeda was in the 90's.

Hopefully this time around it doesn't take a few buildings getting knocked down down for us to respond properly.

about a month ago
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Could Tech Have Stopped ISIS From Using Our Own Heavy Weapons Against Us?

DaHat Re:QUESTION? (448 comments)

True, but don't forget that Germany did declare war on the US first and that the US was more or less obligated to respond in some way... which we did with our own declaration later on the same day.

about a month ago
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Phoenix Introduces Draft Ordinance To Criminalize Certain Drone Uses

DaHat Re:Photographic law precedence (200 comments)

You can't climb a ladder and take pics of some girl sunbathing in her backyard legally if she is behind a privacy fence that you had to go out of your way to see over, that includes using a drone to do so.

Who said a ladder is required? From the second floor of a house you can often see much of a neighbors yard when there is only a man sized fence.

Sometimes a bigger fence is required, just ask Todd Palin: http://xfinity.comcast.net/blo...

about a month and a half ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

You assume that security being called on me would have allowed me to board my flight as I had planned.

That being said, I am not saying both situations are the same, my point was and is that I expect that this story is not unique and that only a portion of them do we ever hear about.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Is there an SWA Twitter police? (928 comments)

Someone probably relayed the 'threat' of the tweet to someone on the flight crew who raised the 'is this a passenger a threat?' flag.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Remember that for a threat to be effective it need only be believed by the target... even if there is no actual plan to make good on it.

In a world where after going through a laughable but invasive search by TSA screeners and about to board an aircraft where you are legally required to obey all instructions of the flight crew in order to return to your home many miles away... is it any wonder that even the threat of the police being called might make someone comply?

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re: name and location tweeted... (928 comments)

Why do you assume her consent would be required?

The airport is a public place and there is little right to privacy or anonymity when in public... doubly so when you are wearing a name tag.

about 2 months ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

DaHat Re:Customer service? (928 comments)

Did the agent think the whole thing would be erased from everyone's memory and it would be as if nobody complained?

To play devils advocate... maybe.

While from time to time we hear stories like this of some employee who acts in a rather bad way PR wise... how often do you think similar events happen and that we never hear about them? Probably a lot more.

The morning after a canceled connection flight I had a gate agent threaten to call security on me for using the word 'safety' with regards to my knees being impacted against the seat in front of me on the upcoming flight.

Granted... it was an excuse for her as she didn't like my attitude (I didn't like having to employ it), I didn't call the media or tweet about the incident, I just pledged to avoid that airline in future... and later upgraded it to a blanket ban after the next time I used the airline (4 years later) a similar event happened where my connecting flight was cancelled and trapping me in the same airport.

about 2 months ago

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