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Nixie Wearable Drone Camera Flies Off Your Wrist

Guest316 I can see this being useful for... (63 comments)

...people who'd like to videograph themselves playing with their kids or pets. Holding a camera in front of your face gets in the way of that kind of spontaneity, and a stationary camera on a tripod wouldn't be much use for following action.

3 days ago
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How the NSA Profits Off of Its Surveillance Technology

Guest316 Re:I can't quite decide (82 comments)

If a branch of government is going to do gross Constitutional violations, I think I'd prefer they were terrible at it. Maybe that's just me though.

4 days ago
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Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

Guest316 Re:This debate is about money. (260 comments)

It's antinonunirregardless. Jeez, where do you people learn English?

about two weeks ago
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CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Guest316 Re:Simple solution (462 comments)

99% of the problem could be stopped if [...] all such seizures to go to the federal government, not to any local fund.

Because getting the Feds in on the payoff could never go wrong.

about three weeks ago
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BBC: ISPs Should Assume VPN Users Are Pirates

Guest316 Re:BBC: ISPs Should Assume Heavy VPN Users are Pir (363 comments)

But instead of countless threads all complaining about their valid VPN uses, we'd get countless threads of tumblrites triggered by fat shaming.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Guest316 Re:The death of leniency (643 comments)

You do realize you're already being recorded on their dashcam any time you're pulled over, right?

about a month ago
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Guest316 Re:The death of leniency (643 comments)

I don't know the current status of a couple states that have tried to make recording of officers in public a crime.

Illinois and Massachusetts. Both have had cases go to their highest state courts, which defended the right to video officers on duty under the First Amendment. In both states they tried to appeal to their respective US district courts, and both US courts agreed with the state ruling and refused to accept the appeals. As far as I know the laws still stand anyway.

about a month ago
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Chicago Mayor Praises Google For Buying Kids Microsoft Surfaces

Guest316 Re:Just wondering ... (137 comments)

We are spending a river now. Where is it going?

From a relatively brief inside view, it's being spent on and by the usual assortment of clueless suits. Got a sudden windfall earmarked for "tech?" Well, uh, who do we know that does computery things? Let's contact the only company we've heard of and not bother asking any of those nerds we pay to do tech stuff. Hey Mr Gates, we've got a ton of money we don't know what to do with, can you help us spend it?

Yeah, it went pretty much like that. And the greasy salesmen were soon swarming all over sniffing out any perfectly functional and robust systems they could find to replace with PCs in rackmount cases. They never did work right. I'm sure the suits were happy with whatever kickbacks they got, and their ability to point at shiny new boxes and proudly show off how well they modernized things.

about 2 months ago
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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Guest316 Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

You can't have representatives of the State killing innocents and then just saying "Whoops, my bad" and then throwing money at the family.

Then you'll be pleased to know they don't do that. Rather, they give the representatives in question a paid vacation while the chief works out a version of the events that complies with department policies and returns a report that no evidence of wrong-doing was found.

As a bonus, they may find reasons to arrest and charge any survivors.

about 3 months ago
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California Legislation Affirms Privacy Rights Against NSA Spying Methods

Guest316 Re:So... (96 comments)

TFA also says the CDAA opposed it as well, for being "too vague." This could be a genuine issue. For one, it could have unintended secondary effects (such as being open enough to be abused in ways it was never intended), or itself be ruled unconstitutional for being too wide-sweeping in its vagueness. This is just speculation for now as I try to dig up more info.

For that matter, I'm not sure of the utility of a state law reaffirming the Constitution's constitutionality. But it could be interesting to see what this one dissenter is all about.

about 4 months ago
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Sony To Make Movie of Edward Snowden Story

Guest316 Re:Reserved Judgement (107 comments)

Well unfortunately, whether intentionally or not, by criticizing only one side you're implicitly exculpating the other by omission. Same had you only mentioned Bush, since both have played their parts in this issue. Not that I disagree with what you said, only that you may have muddied your message with that closing paragraph. Consider this a stylistic suggestion rather than an argument.

about 4 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Guest316 Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

I wasn't trying to imply that orcas aren't intelligent. My objection was over the irrelevant ranking.

about 5 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Guest316 Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

Yeah, the ad hominem was uncalled for. That doesn't make him right though. Cognition is a complex field, and "my species can beat up your species" serves no purpose in understanding either species.

And btw, orcas aren't near relations to dolphins, they are dolphins.

about 5 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Guest316 Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

Apologies for the insult, was pissed about something else when I came across your comment, and "x species is smarter than y species" is one of my pet peeves.

about 5 months ago
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Sony To Make Movie of Edward Snowden Story

Guest316 Re:Reserved Judgement (107 comments)

Aww, and you were doing so well right up until you had to do the red-vs-blue baiting.

about 5 months ago
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Orca Identified As 103 Years Old

Guest316 Re:Fuck seaworld (194 comments)

[citation needed]

I'd warrant that both are more intelligent than you, even though I know better than to suggest intelligence is a linear scale.

about 5 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

Guest316 Re:He was merely fortunate... (141 comments)

Modded "Troll" for pointing out a couple facts? Never change, Slashdot.

about 5 months ago
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Linus Torvalds Receives IEEE Computer Pioneer Award

Guest316 He was merely fortunate... (141 comments)

...in that most of userland was already available freely for him to use, and BSD's free release was delayed by court cases.

about 5 months ago

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