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Seeking Fifth Amendment Defenders

MaerD Simple example (768 comments)

For some reason you are a suspect in a case, say murder. Now this murder you did not commit, but there is evidence that makes you a suspect, and the court is willing to try the case based on the limited evidence against you. Even if the evidence is failing to convice the jury of your guilt, they may try to put you on the stand to testify as to where you were on that night.

Perhaps you were engaged in some other crime (however minor), you now are compelled to testify and confess, and risk being charged with that crime. Doing so possibly destroys your credibility with the humans (who are automatically fallible) on the jury (remember, they may just go "oh he's a criminal anyway, he probably did this too") and secures a confession for whatever else you did. If you retain the right to remain silent, but it is allowed to be used against you: You've still destroyed your credibility and the jury can now weigh this while deciding your guilt or innocence.

Also, your FAIL3 doesn't really apply. Self-incrimination automatically assumes you have done something that would violate a law, but there is not enough/any outside proof. Possibly an unjust law.
If we had a perfect system where we only charged criminals, tried by an infallible judge/jury.. we wouldn't need the 4th or 5th amendments.

about a year ago
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Florida DOT Cuts Yellow Light Delay Ignoring Federal Guidelines, Citations Soar

MaerD Re:Short yellow lights are a safety hazard (507 comments)

From my experience when I lived in florida, delays on lights all around were too short for the way traffic drives. In Florida it was typically a good idea to sit at a green light for a second to make sure traffic stopped moving, or you'll get creamed. In VA and NC that practice gets you honked at as soon as the light turns green.

Can Google just get self-driving cars perfected already?

about a year ago
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Ad Exec: Learn To Code Or You're Dead To Me

MaerD Re:Moronic (339 comments)

Just use Java, it handles garbage collection automatically.

about a year ago
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Cracked Game Released To Get Back At Pirates

MaerD Re:The game itself was Pirated from another game (509 comments)

Annnd by this logic Xplane pirated MS Flight simulator. Halo pirated Wolfenstien 3d. etc.

It isn't piracy. If the gameplay is exactly the same (such as some clones that ONLY change the graphics) you might have something. If the game plays differently, adds features, etc, it's just another entry in the genre.

about a year ago
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If I could (or had to) ban texting in one place ...

MaerD Re:Why ban in cars? (417 comments)

A Møøse once bit my sister

about a year ago
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Ohio Judge Rules Speed Cameras Are a Scam

MaerD Re:Not true. (984 comments)

Funny you should mention donating to a charity. Charlotte, NC threw the speed cameras out because they could not operate them at a profit. The State law required 90% of fines to go to schools, not to the city or the company operating the cameras (which is, as usual where most of the profits were ending up).

Not the same as "choice of charity", but it at least removes the incentive to try and use these things to line city coffers.

about a year ago
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The U.S. minimum wage should be

MaerD Re:Link it to the ooverty line (1106 comments)

Linking the "poverty line" to minimum wage just causes the poverty line to not be anything meaningful. The poverty line should be linked to cost of living, and if minimum wage is not a livable wage.. consider increasing it.

about a year ago
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How the Open Invention Network Protects Linux and Open Source (Video)

MaerD Re:License issues... (28 comments)

Thanks, i missed that page. Still leaves open the question regarding oracle's limitation, or world one outside of the packages listed in the tables there. They are both general and specific in ways that suggest a company could argue the specific over the general. I would be more comfortable with a clear "open source software intended to run on Linux" as opposed to a specific package list.

about a year ago
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How the Open Invention Network Protects Linux and Open Source (Video)

MaerD License issues... (28 comments)

Sooo I see a few things in the license that raise questions for me. IANAL, but here's my short list:

1) "Linux System" and "Linux Environment Components" are both poorly defined. In the definitions section it states that a Linux System is as defined on the website, but I could find no further definition when I looked (albeit quickly) around the links from the front page. Does it mean the kernel only (which is actually "Linux")? Does it mean userspace? What if my application is cross platform (Linux, BSD, etc), or is GPL and someone makes it cross platform?

2) The "exchange of value" for a contract seems to be based on "You get all of our patents, we get all of yours". What if I have 0 patents, and never plan to patent anything? Could I be held to have not held up my end of the bargin and be undeserving of the patent protection?

3) Limitation Elections are not transparent. Oracle signed on, but exercised a limitation election (as has Geeknet, based on http://www.openinventionnetwork.com/licensees.php). Which patents were excluded? If I sign on, how can I know which patents are explicitly not licensed to me via the OIN agreement?

about a year ago
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Fingerprint Purchasing Technology Ensures Buyer Has a Pulse

MaerD Dead Rights (156 comments)

What about vampires, zombies, and other undead? How can this fit into a modern multi-vital society?

about a year and a half ago
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Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer

MaerD Re:so uh... (786 comments)

And now someone, somewhere, is frantically photoshopping this together.(Or is it "GIMPing", given his fanbase?)

about a year and a half ago
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Deloitte: Use a Longer Password In 2013. Seriously.

MaerD Re:I Got It! (538 comments)

Yeah, but it's first on the list to get checked now.. So I've changed mine to "Neque porro quisquam est qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit"

except most systems don't like it, So I'm stuck with "LoremIpsumDolor"

about a year and a half ago
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How To Stop Prediction Market Manipulation

MaerD Re:We took this guy apart last time. (129 comments)

I won't disagree. Many of the subjects outside of censorship that Bennett pontificates on make me roll my eyes and stop reading. But the question was "Why does this guy get front page exposure".. If Stallman decided to pontificate on electorate theory he'd probably make the front page just as fast.

about a year and a half ago
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Alan Cox Exits Intel, Linux Development

MaerD Re:He's done it before (214 comments)

MBAs complain less when you send half their number to the butcher.

about a year and a half ago
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The U.S. Careens Over the Fiscal Cliff, Reaching Only Half of a Deal

MaerD Re:let the cuts begin (639 comments)

Congress built the cliff, willingly walked out on to and then stood around arguing about how to get down while half of them were trying to saw themselves off of it Wiley Coyote style.

Every single person (regardless of party affiliation) who voted *for* this charade in the first place should be voted out of office. Maybe the next person will get the message that you can't fool all of the people all of the time. I don't particularly care if we keep the same party in the seat, just change the person.

about a year and a half ago
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Learn Linux the Hard Way

MaerD Re:Linux From Scratch (185 comments)

If that was your first step into Linux, my hat is off to you.

Sadly, the number of Admins who know how or have done a Linux From Scratch (or even can compile a package from source) are low these days. Personally, I think anyone who is a Senior Admin should have done this at some point.

about a year and a half ago
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NASA On Full Court Press To Deflate Doomsday Prophecies

MaerD We know the real story.. (286 comments)

The truth is that Desmond Miles saved us all at the last minute. Otherwise it would have been much worse. However, he let out some sort of demi-god thing that's going to make ubisoft lots of money for the next few years.

about a year and a half ago
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Book Reviews: Lockpicking Books From Deviant Ollam

MaerD Re:It is not what you think... (123 comments)

Only if you live in a state with decent castle doctrine :) Otherwise, Mr. 9mm is just going to get you in trouble...

about a year and a half ago

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