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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

JonathanR Re:What an idiot (179 comments)

Knowing that there's an investigation is the key part; Viz. ...or influence the investigation or proper administration... If you pre-emtively design a self-destruct system, you've no knowledge of an investigation.

3 days ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

JonathanR Re:What an idiot (179 comments)

Including all those who inadvertently exceed the speed limit.

3 days ago
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Silk Road Journal Found On Ulbricht's Laptop: "Everyone Knows Too Much"

JonathanR Re:What an idiot (179 comments)

I think you're really talking about a narcissism.

3 days ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

JonathanR Re: Understand your rights!! (291 comments)

Whether something is asked in a form of a question or stated in the form of an announcement has a big difference to the psychology of the situation. You should have a look at Neuro-Linguistic Programming. While this isn't NLP exactly, it's kinda close.

Coppers invariably begin fishing encounters with small-talk; as if they're being friendly and courteous. They'll never be explicit about you being detained or otherwise. On the surface, I suppose they are being courteous; except, since I view them as professional predators, I'm aware they invariably have an ulterior motive. A general member of the public, if they have need to stop someone to ask something, will usually express an apologetic tone for their intrusiveness, and thank profusely for your help, even if you couldn't help. Whenever did you encounter such a tone with an LEO? I'm betting never.

In the instance you relate, the coppers started telling you they were looking for a suspicious person; which is small-talk. You could simply say, "sorry, I don't know that person, I cannot help you." and "Have a good day sirs!". On you go. They never were explicitly detaining you (according to your account), so you should, IMHO, presume they're not. Of course, if they become agitated and edgy, you can always wind back the indifferent assertiveness and go with their flow.

The political class and their praetorian sycophants have way too much power, simply because power is there for the taking.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

JonathanR Re: Understand your rights!! (291 comments)

Did I suggest simply walking away? I don't think so. What I was suggesting was to turn the "question" into an "announcement". It alludes to the same issue - whether they have cause to detain. If they have cause, they still can prevent departure; it's just that they have to explicitly do it, rather than rely on the Stockholm Syndrome effects to keep their target around.

BTW, the phrase "am I being detained or am I free to go?" is not "Police terminology". It is just a convention that has evolved. It has no special legal origin.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

JonathanR Re:Sorry, but no (291 comments)

Those with the most bravado turn out to be the most suggestible.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

JonathanR Re:As my attorney says (291 comments)

Why shit your pants? Just get up, lower your pants and deposit it on the floor.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

JonathanR Re: Understand your rights!! (291 comments)

Having watched a string of youtube videos of immigration checkpoints and open-carry encounters; I notice that people often ask if they're being detained or if they're free to go. I wonder if this unwitting asking of permission actually grants the LEO significant psychological power in the situation. I haven't had the opportunity to try it yet, but I'm thinking that a cheerful announcement of an intention to leave would then put the LEO on the defensive and force him/her to say that you can't leave and enunciate a cogent reason why (particularly if you ask "why?" when they tell you that you can't leave).

The Stockholm Syndrome is strong in most people, unfortunately.

about a week ago
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Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

JonathanR Re:Reid Technique (291 comments)

The thing to allude in any police interview is that if they have sufficient evidence with which to prosecute; have at it; get on with the prosecution. If they're looking for further evidence to pad their sketchy allegations, you're not going to be foolish enough to provide it. Thus, the interview is concluded.

about a week ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

Oh lookee! Someone didn't even do some basic research before making his unfounded assertions.

http://www.food.gov.uk/busines...

"You must register your premises with the environmental health service at your local authority at least 28 days before opening – registration is free."

And:

https://www.gov.uk/food-busine...

Contact the council to register your business if you want to carry out any ‘food operations’.

Food operations include:

        selling food
        cooking food
        storing or handling food
        preparing food
        distributing food

about two weeks ago
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Pirate Activist Shows Politicians What Digital Surveillance Looks Like

JonathanR Re:People forget about people. (81 comments)

It never occurred to you that they might have invented these fanciful consequences in order to sell memberships to their political association?

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

I think you've completely missed the notion that Uber hasn't exactly asked permission to operate in the first place. If they had applied for some kind of license to operate in the first instance then sure; the license could be revoked. Since there isn't one, Uber can operate their business however the hell they want to.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

How would launching civil litigation to uphold a contract be subject to "fines" or "contempt"? At worst, someone might get declared a vexatious litigant; but that takes a big effort involving repeated frivolous pleadings. And why would it be dismissed with prejudice? What is your reasoning?

I can't believe the post was modded "Informative".

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

I think you'll find you're wrong, if you care to do some research. Some operators in Victoria, Australia have paid close to AUD500,000 for a taxi license. The regulatory regime works only for some, and often it isn't the taxi drivers.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

Both of your counter-examples are not comparable, since they involve access which is codified under the particular legislation/statute. The inspectors have no legislative power that enables them access to the Uber app from any particular phone number/IMEI etc.

I used the "fifth amendment" as an example. Encryption is used in Australia also.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

The reason your reductio ad absurdum does not work is because there is probably legislation that compels a driver to stop a vehicle at the direction of a police officer. The failure in your argument is that commerce between private persons is at the discretion of the individuals and there are only a few causes where contracts would be rendered void.

BTW, you seem to suffer from excessive sucking-up to authority. Have you begun your treatment for Stockholm Syndrome yet?

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

Let me help you fathom it.

Uber is under no obligation to accept every potential passenger. They can choose who to do business with and who not to. If they proactively deny their services to a person who happens to be a regulatory inspector - after the customer happens to be discovered as a regulatory bureaucrat - it isn't obstruction of justice, it's merely refusing to do further business with them.

Obstruction of justice is the willful interference in an ongoing investigation or prosecution; not the ongoing career of an investigator. By your logic, pleading the fifth amendment or using encryption is obstruction of justice. _That_ is something unfathomable.

about two weeks ago
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US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

JonathanR Re:Who dat on Silk Road (129 comments)

It wouldn't be surprising. There's suggestion that LEO/regulatory crawl-bots make up a lot (possibly most) of child-porn TOR traffic.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:It may well be automatic (299 comments)

And governments have much worse moral records.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

JonathanR Re:illegal taxi:$100 Obstruction of justice: jail (299 comments)

How is this obstruction of justice? All this does is make the inspector's life more difficult; but it does not prevent him/her from actually doing their job; nor prevent them from prosecuting prior infringements (which would be obstruction).

I think Uber should divide their services into two separate contracts; one calling the vehicle; the other providing the ride. Then include a clause in their Ts & Cs that requesting a vehicle for the purposes of issuing a fine or any other regulatory purpose attracts a $100,000 call fee. If the inspector issues the fine prior to a fare-paying ride being witnessed, then there is no evidence with which to charge the driver. However, the call-fee still stands, since that service has been contracted; and contracted separate from the illegal activity; being the fare-paying ride.

about two weeks ago

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Unaided Tasman Sea Kayak Crossing Underway

JonathanR JonathanR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JonathanR (852748) writes "Two Australian kayakers have departed Sydney on their journey across the Tasman Sea, paddling a high-tech composite double kayak, kitted out with a myriad of telecoms and safety gear. The 2200km (1370 mile) journey is expected to take some forty to fifty days. When they arrive in Auckland, their crossing will hit the record books as the first kayak to cross the Tasman Sea and the longest unassisted two man trans-oceanic kayak journey, amongst other record permutations. The detailed planning and safety preparations, not to mention the kayak design and construction, have been completed over the last five years. An audacious adventure in anybody's book."
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P2P Downloads Increase CD Sales

JonathanR JonathanR writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JonathanR (852748) writes "A study conducted by Industry Canada and the University of London confirms what we all suspect; that P2P music downloads contribute to an increase in CD sales. Of course the Music Industry Piracy Investigations (MIPI) general manager, Sabiene Heindl, had to insist to the media that the results did not translate to Australia. She goes on to quote figures suggesting 57% of people who download music using P2P don't go on to purchase legitimate media.

"It's not rocket science", she says. I agree that it isn't, however I'm not quite sure what the other 43% of P2P music-downloaders do. Perhaps the not-so-rocket-science corollary would suggest that they go on to contribute the music industry coffers. Is it these sort who found there way into the Canadian study results? It's amusing how the music industry can make such absolute statements, whereas other mortals have to conduct studies in order to discover the facts."

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