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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

NatasRevol Re:Will the cameras work? (593 comments)

Yeah, that's kind of the point of the whole discussion.

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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

NatasRevol Re:I like... (593 comments)

One small problem with that theory... if they "inconveniently lose" a critical bit of video evidence at trial, the defense would savage them for it, and the jury is likely to let that fact color their decision in a way that is not advantageous to the prosecution.

Innocent people can still go to jail. Or pay a lot of money to lawyers. Not exactly due process.

yesterday
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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

NatasRevol Re:I like... (593 comments)

Where is the money going to come for all these cameras?

Sell a fucking tank that the federal gov't gave you, for free.

yesterday
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

NatasRevol Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

Guess what business will be cropping up in Reno soon?

2 days ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

NatasRevol Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

Actually, it would make perfect sense.

Make it a dead mans switch.

Doesn't go off until police turn off phone service, which doesn't send 'don't blow up' message.

Make sure you're in good cell coverage first though...

2 days ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

NatasRevol Re:Correction: (338 comments)

That's the joke, son.

about a week ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

NatasRevol Re:Correction: (338 comments)

Seems most everyone disagrees with you.

about a week ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

NatasRevol Re:Correction: (338 comments)

I'll take bad over horrible every day, and twice on the second Tuesday in November.

about a week ago
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FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

NatasRevol Re:Correction: (338 comments)

Republicans are just a bit more blatant about it because it appeals to their idiot constituency.

about a week ago
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Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

NatasRevol Re:This is ridiculous. (146 comments)

I'm not sure voluntarily going on a plane is the government violating your right to privacy.

about a week ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

NatasRevol Re:On come on now Edward (194 comments)

That was kind of my point.

about two weeks ago
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Snowden: NSA Working On Autonomous Cyberwarfare Bot

NatasRevol Re:On come on now Edward (194 comments)

blanket authority doesn't cover constitutional authority.

about two weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

NatasRevol Re:Macroeconomic investment theses are always wron (502 comments)

Old people always invest in dividends for cash flow.

He's not really any different than my parents, other than scale.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

NatasRevol Re:Load of Horse Shit (502 comments)

Haven't you heard that the next Tesla model will fold and only weigh 40 lbs, to solve problems exactly like this.

about three weeks ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

NatasRevol Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

You may not call it invading. The US may not call it invading.

Russia, or especially North Korea, might.

about a month ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

NatasRevol Re:Moving information for Freedom.... (502 comments)

Basically, what you're saying is that you think that if someone on US soil does something illegal, and hides the evidence offshore, the government shouldn't be able to get to said evidence without jumping through a crapton of legal hoops?

That's (legally) how the world has worked for hundreds of years.

Why is this a surprise to you?

Change government entities and see how good it sounds for ANY other government to come into your country without legal basis there and take what they deem needed in their courts.

about a month ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

NatasRevol Re:It's almost sane(really) (502 comments)

You might want to go look up what is a crime in those countries. You better be ok with ALL their laws.

about a month ago

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The last three months were the hottest quarter on record

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about a month and a half ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "The last three months were collectively the warmest ever experienced since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. http://www.slate.com/blogs/fut...

Taken as a whole, the just-finished three-month period was about 0.68 degrees Celsius (1.22 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 20th-century average. That may not sound like much, but the added warmth has been enough to provide a nudge to a litany of weather and climate events worldwide. Arctic sea ice is trending near record lows for this time of year, abnormally warm ocean water helped spawn the earliest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in North Carolina, and a rash of heat waves have plagued cities from India to California to the Middle East.

Also, it puts to bed the supposed 'fact' that there's been a pause in temperature increase the last 17 years. Raw data here shows it's still increasing. http://data.giss.nasa.gov/gist..."

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Google Play privacy slip-up sends app buyers' personal details to developers

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "Holy crap, this is bad.

"Without asking permission, Google sends developers the personal details of everyone who buys their app from Google Play.
According to Australian developer Dan Nolan, Google sends him the name, suburb and email address of consumers that his app — enough to "track down and harass users who left negative reviews".
Nolan discovered the trove of customer data on his "merchant account" recently while updating his seller payment details.""

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332 Months of Above Average Temperature in a Row

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about 2 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "If you're less than 28 years old, you've never experienced a colder than average month for the earth. When does correlation become causation? From grist.com

If you were born in or after April 1985, if you are right now 27 years old or younger, you have never lived through a month that was colder than average.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review: An Embarrassing, Lazy, Arrogant Money Grab

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about 2 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "Ron Amadeo puts the Galaxy Note 10.1 through its paces. And hates it.
"I'm sad to report that Samsung failed at execution on all fronts. Samsung has been pushing the skinning envelope further and further, and, with this revision of TouchWiz, they've slammed into a brick wall. Couple this failure with astonishingly bad hardware and a $500 price tag, and you've got yourself a real disappointment. Samsung promised us the moon, and then cut corners everywhere possible, and it's hard to walk away not feeling a little insulted.""

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The building and dismantling the Windows advantage

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "When the Macintosh was launched in 1984, computers running the MS-DOS operating system were nearing a dominant position in the market. Although PC volumes continued to grow, they did so more slowly and the Mac grew faster. What coincided with this was the emergence of portable computing. The MacBook became easily differentiable as a “better” laptop. It was not faster, did not have more storage or any key metrics being used to sell PCs. Considering the near future, it’s safe to expect a “parity” of iOS+OS X vs. Windows within one or two years. It will, most importantly, have a psychological effect. Realizing that Windows is not a hegemony will unleash market forces that nobody can predict."
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Why WikiLeaks matters, and why politicians hate it

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

NatasRevol (731260) writes "Why WikiLeaks matters,from Robert Schneer: "Writing in The Wall Street Journal, Feinstein, who strongly supported the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, has the audacity to call for the imprisonment of the man who, more than any other individual, has allowed the public to learn the truth about those disastrous imperial adventures-"facts long known to Feinstein as head of the Intelligence Committee but never shared with the public she claims to represent....She knew in real time that Iraq had nothing to do with the 9/11 attack, yet she voted to send young Americans to kill and be killed based on what she knew to be lies. It is her duplicity, along with the leaders of both political parties, that now stands exposed by the WikiLeaks documents. ""
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What the NSA actually is

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  about a year ago

Man I love this comment from IamTheRealMike, http://news.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=4261215&cid=44947097

"You know, I've read this excuse a million times since Snowden did his thing, and I'm sick of it.

The problem is it's an abuse of language. Saying "Every country spies. It's one of those things governments are supposed to do" is nothing but rhetorical sleight of hand. The word spy conjures up cartoons of men in pork-pie hats and long raincoats following some traitor in a car. The word is loaded with cold war imagery. It reminds people of a time when there was an "us" vs a "them" and spying was a very small scale and targeted activity done against "them" or, at very least, those of "us" working for "them".

We need a new word to describe what's going on in todays world. Spying doesn't even come close to being the right word. How about totalitarian surveillance? But even that isn't strong enough to communicate the reality we are living in.

In today's reality there's no us vs them. There's no good vs evil, capitalism vs communism. There's just bureaucrats and their power, exercised over their own people as readily as over foreigners.

This is not only not "one of those things governments are supposed to do", it's often one of those things governments are expressly prohibited from doing by their own laws. And that's for good reasons!

Please, don't flatter the NSA by calling them spies. They aren't spies at this point. They are real life equivalents of O'Brien, the dedicated agent of totalitarian control in 1984. O'Brien is a far darker and scarier character than anyone who could be described as a spy."

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Black Ops

NatasRevol NatasRevol writes  |  more than 3 years ago

The Manhattan Project employed two hundred thousand people. It had eighty offices and dozens of production plants spread out all over the country, including a sixty-thousand-acre facility in rural Tennessee that pulled more power off the nation's electrical grid than New York City did on any given night. And no one knew the Manhattan Project was there. That is how powerful a black operation can be.

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