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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Shortguy881 Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (451 comments)

Someone first has to make the connection that the voice on the anonymous call is the officers. Im saying that most lawyers are not going to listen to a recorded phone call and immediately think, this was the cop that pulled my client over. I should go get a recording of his voice for comparison.

In the case where someone was hit by a car, I dont think a 911 phone call does justify stopping the car. There should be a cop, or at least ambulance, at the other scene where they can have eye witness testimony on the hit and run.

13 hours ago

Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Shortguy881 Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (451 comments)

The lawyer would have to now the officer in question at least well enough to recognize his voice over the phone. Not likely. Who would question the call came from near the car? The person was driving near it when they witnessed it do X.

Also, I think you missed the point of adjusting the time on the ticket and report of the stop. That would put it after the call. if you tried to verify by dash cam, its only a few min, so within a margin of error and that's if you can get the dash cam tape. See the examples from LA.

Also, I do not believe non-anonymous 911 calls justify stopping the car and most certainly do not justify searching it.


Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Shortguy881 Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (451 comments)

More to the point, a cop pulls some one over, and suspects them of something but doesn't have enough for a search. The cop calls in reporting the car anonymously using a prepaid cell phone, a few moments later it goes out over the radio and he can now search the vehicle. Who's going to check who made the anonymous tip?

Better yet, the cop does a search and there is room to question whether it was reasonable, so he just calls in after the fact. A few min difference on the report and no one would know. Hell, why have any restraint on police officers at all when they pull over a vehicle? We should just let them do whatever they want because clearly they are trying to protect us and it is in our best interest.

2 days ago

White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Shortguy881 Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

That's a broad generalization that isn't 100% right or wrong:

Ethical systems are not generally based on fairness, but justice. Some don't even go that far. Utilitarianism is a good example; if throwing someone off a cliff is best for society then it is ethically permissible, but most certainly not fair.

Justice, in most philosophies, has an element of fairness to it, but not in the broad definition "Eye for an Eye" mentality. IE, you hit me in the face with a brick, so its only fair I do the same to you. Fairness in justice usually applies to simply fair application of the law to everyone. Some, like John Rawls, take that further and apply fairness to societal conditions, status, wealth etc, but that is a fairly new interpretation of justice. Oddly enough, its also based on social contract theory, where self interest is the highest motivator.

I personally side on the theory of fairness in Justice only as it applies to the application of the law. This is because in practice, fairness in broader sense (wealth distribution, status) tends to lead to a more utilitarian society, which I vehemently appose.

about a month ago

White House: Get ACA Insurance Coverage, Launch Start-Ups

Shortguy881 Re:I went back to corporate America because Obamac (578 comments)

Actually, thats exactly what you said twice:

It's only fair. It's not like fairness and consideration for others is a cornerstone of a functioning society or anything.

And "do unto others as was done unto you" is not a very good argument for continuing a practice.

about a month ago

The $100,000 Device That Could Have Solved Missing Plane Mystery

Shortguy881 Re:Does it really cost $100k? (461 comments)

Thank you. If only I had mod points. Its seems most people on this thread have $100,000 to throw around.

about a month and a half ago

How Do You Backup 20TB of Data?

Shortguy881 Re:If you want to hoard bits... (983 comments)

Thats what I dont get. If he has 20TB of hard drive space as it is, why not double it and use that as a back up?

about a month and a half ago

Majority of Young American Adults Think Astrology Is a Science

Shortguy881 Re:And in other news... (625 comments)

My god, your application of the scientific method is down right idiotic. Lets take your application and use it to determine the validity of Scientology:

Formulation of a question: Are we immortal beings who have forgotten our true nature? Check
Hypothesis: Does auditing events in one's past frees them of their limiting effects, revealing one's true nature? Check
Prediction: If we audit someone they should better remember their true nature. Check
Testing: We have hundreds of thousands of people doing this for over a decade. Check
Analysis: Well we got some people who says it works. But we don't have any fixed numbers? No Check
4 out of 5, 80% Lets mark this under somewhat to.

By this implementation of the scientific method, everything is scientific.

about 2 months ago

Doctors Say Food Stamp Cuts Could Cause Higher Healthcare Costs

Shortguy881 Re:Math, do it. (1043 comments)

Statistics begs to differ. There is a very strong correlation between poverty and crime rates. While not every poor person is a criminal, the poorer you are, the more likely you are to be a criminal. Entitlement programs like this, while designed to help people, over the long run do the opposite. From a simplistic viewpoint of the world, one can argue we are morally superior for feeding our hungry. On the other hand entitlement programs breed indifference, complacency and poor work ethic. Why should John Doe go out and work 40-60 hour weeks at minimum wage to get by when he can not work and get food stamps, health care, prepaid cell phone, and a government stipend for other bills. By removing the entitlements, these people are then forced to be productive members of society. Food stamps in particular are a great example of this because of the huge amount of corruption surrounding them. I know people on food stamps going to the grocer and getting steak filets and lobster tail, while I went to college full time and worked part time and ate mostly ramen noodles and macaroni.

about 3 months ago

4 Prominent Scientists Say Renewables Aren't Enough, Urge Support For Nuclear

Shortguy881 Re:thorium OR ??? (776 comments)

I stopped at A superconducting cable from the Mojave to Manhattan. Apparently you sir have not heard of electrical resistance. Yes we can do it, but the loss of energy as a function of length means we'd lose power doing something so ridiculous. This isn't a limit of technology, this is a limit of physics and a clear indicator that nothing you say is worth reading.

about 6 months ago

How long before most automobile driving is done by computers?

Shortguy881 Re:Never gonna happen. (472 comments)

When the automatic pilot fails on a plane, it starts to fall out the sky, sometimes over densely populated areas, and causes massive destruction. When an automated car fails do to a bug, or mechanical failure, it can be designed to just coast onto the side of the road.

These are two vastly different scenarios.

about 7 months ago

To Boldly Go Nowhere, For Now

Shortguy881 Why We Must Go (308 comments)

“People ask me, 'What is the use of climbing Mount Everest?' and my answer must at once be, 'It is of no use.'There is not the slightest prospect of any gain whatsoever. Oh, we may learn a little about the behaviour of the human body at high altitudes, and possibly medical men may turn our observation to some account for the purposes of aviation. But otherwise nothing will come of it. We shall not bring back a single bit of gold or silver, not a gem, nor any coal or iron... If you cannot understand that there is something in man which responds to the challenge of this mountain and goes out to meet it, that the struggle is the struggle of life itself upward and forever upward, then you won't see why we go. What we get from this adventure is just sheer joy. And joy is, after all, the end of life. We do not live to eat and make money. We eat and make money to be able to live. That is what life means and what life is for.”

-- George Mallory

about 7 months ago

DoD Declassifies Flu Pandemic Plan Containing Sobering Assumptions

Shortguy881 Re:Think again. . . ."zombies" aren't what you thi (337 comments)

No need for script kiddies, Ebola's symptoms can be described by a zombie like state in its later stages. Apart from multiple organ failure prior to death (walking dead), you experience "sludging" of the brain leaving you incognizant but retaining motor control. Then, the sloughing off of tissue in the esophagus leads to spewing of infected blood. All in all, a nasty way to go, but very comparable to a classic slow zombie.

about 7 months ago

NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City

Shortguy881 Re:Still pissed (314 comments)

42 according to the agencies collecting the data, and seeing as they are the only ones that know for sure, Im sure they are a little biased on that number. Also, there is no way to know if these plots were foiled do to direct results from these programs.

Furthermore, you apparently are not familiar with evidence based economics/policy. The possible potential for these are astounding, however in the wrong hands this type of analytics is dangerous. It is population control, pure and simple. The issue with using this information doesn't stem from some innate fear of technology, but of the powers that be. How am I supposed to trust a government to act in the best interest of its people when they do all of this analysis behind closed doors?

My example is this: this data collected is supposed to be used to improve traffic conditions. That is what we are told it is doing. This data could be used to target specific people ie terrorists, criminals, gun owners, foreigners, protesters, Jews, or African Americans. The point being we have no say in how the data is used, so what was once designed to help us can be used against us and with the government we have in place today, I don't see that as much of a stretch.

about 7 months ago

NYC Is Tracking RFID Toll Collection Tags All Over the City

Shortguy881 Re:Still pissed (314 comments)

Its not the collection of the data, its the shady circumstances under which it is collected. All of this huge data collection happening outside the public's eye can be used for nefarious acts, not only by individuals, but by corporations and governments. What better way to control a population than through analytics?

about 7 months ago

How Gen Y Should Talk To Old People At Work

Shortguy881 Re:as loudly (459 comments)

Essentially, I'm judging someone else by comparing their behaviour to mine.

Enough said

about 8 months ago


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