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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Imagix Re:Do you see the problem with this? (443 comments)

I made no comment on the validity of the case itself (and had also mentioned the 5 minute thing). What I'm pointing out is that this article is inaccurate in it's headline ("Stop and _Search_ Based On Anonymous 911 Tips"), and many of the comments are making the same leap. The facts of the case didn't link the anonymous tip to the search. The facts of the case linked the anonymous tip to the _stop_. It was evidence gathered during the stop that lead to the search. The dissenting opinions were around whether the police had sufficient cause to stop the person in the first place since without the stop, the police wouldn't have had the additional evidence to provide cause for a search. So, much of the outrage here is misdirected. It should all be directed at whether or not the police had sufficient cause to stop the car. What we should be seeing is arguments along the lines of: "The police received an anonymous tip. Based on that they located the car and observed its behaviour over 5 minutes." Followed by either "Having seeing no signs of impaired driving we stopped observing the car and went on our way", or "We then pulled the vehicle over in order to have a discussion with the driver that a concerned citizen had observed the car behaving erratically, was there something wrong?" (Which then leads to the discovery of the other evidence)

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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Imagix Re:Do you see the problem with this? (443 comments)

You're missing a bunch of parts, and the headline of this article is similarly misguided (the original title is not). The 911 call did nothing regarding the _search_. What the 911 call did was focus the attention of the police on a vehicle that was allegedly driving dangerously. They then pulled over the vehicle that was allegedly driving dangerously under the suspicion that the driver was impaired (remember, driving impaired is illegal). During that interaction they discovered further indications that drugs were involved and based on _that_ evidence a search of the vehicle was conducted. Where the dispute comes from is whether the police had sufficient suspicion about the original "driving while impaired" problem (and thus sufficient cause to pull the vehicle over). They'd apparently followed the vehicle for "5 minutes" and didn't see any indication of poor driving. _That's_ where the dissenting court opinion comes from, not about the search. (I've made that 911 call myself. And in one case, I'd actually saw the vehicle that I was reporting clip someone else and tore the mirror off of their car. They'd pulled over, but I bet he was rather surprised as how fast a police cruiser arrived on the scene....)

yesterday
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404-No-More Project Seeks To Rid the Web of '404 Not Found' Pages

Imagix Pretty thin on why (72 comments)

The proposal doesn't say a whole lot about why one would want to do it. So I can attach a date to a link. How does this guarantee that _those_ links won't die?

3 days ago
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Heartbleed Coder: Bug In OpenSSL Was an Honest Mistake

Imagix Re:The question remains why this extension? (446 comments)

Not really. That means every application that wants to talk securely would have to add the noise, vs the library that they use adds the noise behind the scenes and the multitude of applications can concern themselves with what they need to do. And if the noise generation needed to be changed for some reason, then you only have to update the library and not the multitudes of applications (some of which may never be updated....).

about two weeks ago
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Study: People That Think Social Media Helps Their Work Are Probably Wrong

Imagix Re:Twitter (40 comments)

communicating with their product support folks via twitter. It literally saves hours waiting for email responses

Then the vendor is literally incompetent. There is _no_ reason why email should take hours to get a response.

about two weeks ago
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IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

Imagix Don't have to pay the tax (273 comments)

Yep, you don't have to pay capital gains on the appreciation of your property. Not the same thing as property tax. Property tax is dealing with the property's "current value". Since you are still holding the property, no capital gains (or losses) have occurred (yet).

about a month ago
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They're Reading Your Mail: Microsoft's ToS, Windows 8 Leak, and Snooping

Imagix Re: Bad summary (206 comments)

Thus why the first thing I do in a new apartment is change the locks.

In certain jurisdictions this is illegal without a court order.

about a month ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Imagix Re:Just call the credit card company and tell them (321 comments)

Suppose a 10 year old walks up to a cashier at a Walmart, dumps 50 candy bars on the belt, and hands the cashier a credit card with no adult in sight. The cashier rings it up and charges the card. The kid opens all the candy and gives it away to friends, eats it, whatever. Later the adult discovers that the kid took his card out of his wallet when he wasn't looking and complains to his credit card company.

Not quite. Your analogy is missing the part where the adult walked up with the 10 year old and told the cashier that the child was allowed to use the credit card, and then left. That's not to say that Android should probably have multiuser capabilities across all devices, a device administrator designation, and an account setting about "auth once" vs. "auth for 30 mins" on wallet access.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Imagix Re:Please.... (321 comments)

They aren't, they're willing to go to court to protect their mishaps

Welcome to the results of a litigious society. If Google makes a change then people will hold that up in court and say "Look, your honor, if they weren't doing anything wrong, why did they change it? Therefore they must have been screwing everybody over, SUE! SUE! SUE!"

about a month and a half ago
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School Tricks Pupils Into Installing a Root CA

Imagix Re:In their defence. (417 comments)

Increasingly however, what the school does is utterly irrelevant. Almost all the students have their own completely independent access to the big bad 'net.

Which makes it Not Their Problem. They have a requirement (whether legislation, policy, or politics) to secure their network. What Jimmy does on their cellphone is now the telco's problem.

about a month and a half ago
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Portal 2 Incompatible With SELinux

Imagix Re:Who do you trust? (212 comments)

Do I trust _games_ on a secured system? No.

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

Imagix Re:Tired... (860 comments)

Try installing Chrome on iOS. Oh, you can. Could you install Firefox on iOS? It's possible, but the mozilla folk have taken exception to the API restrictions and thus refuse to do the iOS version.

about a month and a half ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Imagix Re:No... (627 comments)

BTW: There was some research done a while back that did show that using spell and grammar checkers improved the bad english-skills people, but actually made the people who were already good english-skills people worse!

about 2 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

Imagix Yes (627 comments)

Offhand, yes, you are a less effective programmer if you rely on the IDE. I've seen many "programmers" that get completely lost if the IDE doesn't autocomplete everything for them. They have no sense as to how the program as a whole hangs together. (Note the specific phrasing of "rely on the IDE". Not the same as "uses an IDE". Not using the tool is silly. Requiring the tool is the problem.)

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

Imagix Up to you (421 comments)

Does it do some task that you feel is worth $1500, then yes.

about 2 months ago
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Routers Pose Biggest Security Threat To Home Networks

Imagix Re:Sigh - what the heck ... (264 comments)

Incentive to pressure your ISP to support a well over a decade old technology, going on two decades.

about 2 months ago
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Whatever Happened To the IPv4 Address Crisis?

Imagix Re:IPv6 has this tiny problem (574 comments)

There's this really interesting service out there that converts from a human-friendly (well, friendlier anyway) form to the IP address. Perhaps you've heard of it. It's called DNS. (and BTW, you just quoted a link-local IPv6 address... so the guy who wants to talk to Joe probably can't use it anyway...)

about 2 months ago
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Massive New Cambrian-Era Fossil Bed Found

Imagix Re:Brace yourselves. (108 comments)

Or... did $DIETY place those fossils so that we get hints as to how things will work?

about 2 months ago

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