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Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

Tailhook Re:Does it work? (183 comments)

or if somebody is wearing a hoodie

That naturally brings to mind Travon/Zimmerman. Had their been infrared aerial surveillance of that scene then better evidence would have been available to the jury about exactly who was closing to engage with whom that night.

Hoddie or not.

No, this is not advocacy for surveilling everything, but the "hoddie" argument is weak and poor arguments need to be avoided. The statists will get their way anyhow, but we don't need to make it easy for them.

2 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

Tailhook Re:Relevant Skills (355 comments)

couldn't run nor catch a ball

Yeah, that's what they said. Now we've got a nation full of lard asses piling into SSI disability because their bodies are ruined.

Fifteen years from now we'll have all that plus they'll be profoundly nearsighted from excessive iPhone use starting at age 2.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Tailhook Re:mental illness is the problem (1608 comments)

Did anyone actually die from that?

Hard to say which "mass violence spree" involving a knife the GP has in mind.

Perhaps he is thinking of the one from 9 hours ago where five students were stabbed to death in Calgery, Canada.

But who knows.... Outlaw Guns! herp derp

about a week ago
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UN: Renewables, Nuclear Must Triple To Save Climate

Tailhook Re:Nuclear is obvious, an energy surplus is desire (432 comments)

Sometimes I even have the strange thought that energy conservation ideas hurt society's growth. It would be almost better if we used more power in the short term so energy could invest in itself and provide more power at lower costs down the road. I mean it is better to conserve electricity, but I don't hear people championing the idea of creating a global energy surplus.

The nations with the highest power consumption have ceased excessive breeding. They're all near or below replacement population growth among their indigenous population.

That right there is an outstanding argument for surplus energy.

A degree of conservation is a fine thing, but it's also a cop-out and a means of comfortable people to pull up the ladder behind themselves. Our millions of elite Al Gores will always live comfortably regardless of how hungry and cold they make you. Thousands of elderly Briton pensioners are learning all about that as the UK inflicts energy poverty on them.

about two weeks ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Tailhook Re:It's not a license to speed (325 comments)

Oh look at the outrage.

Cops, fire fighters, city managers and the rest routinely gouge huge chunks of money out of city and state governments in the US. Most of the time they get a pass. After all, why shouldn't some LA assistant chief pull $260k a year bilking double and triple time hours recorded while getting dressed for work? That's nothing compared to some evil capitalist pig-dog bankster. Right?

That's the rationale, anyhow. So now this culture of corruption has gone and created a way to launder some of their bribes through a charity. And we're supposed to go all pitchfork and lick-spittle about it?

Selective outrage. That's all it is.

about two weeks ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

Tailhook Re:Can't the US follow their plans? (174 comments)

the government will never give you more than what was agreed on

Contractors routinely soak the federal government for billions in overruns. You happen work for a peon outfit that lacks the leverage to get away with it. France et al. have a little more pull.

about two weeks ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

Tailhook Re:Can't the US follow their plans? (174 comments)

How hard can it be to make a budget plan and stick to it?

I'm afraid that is naive. In the real world the figures are low-balled to get signatures knowing that once the commitments are made and the real figures are revealed backing out will be politically difficult for the funding parties.

This isn't the last cost bump either. There will be more as the years pass, each carefully calculated to be just feasible politically.

Right now they can get away with bigger bumps because Obama et al. have never seen a demand for money from Europe they weren't eager to cover. This extra few billion might involve one whole phone call from Hollande if things get rough. More likely it will be pencil-whipped through by the NSF or whatever other TLAs are involved.

about two weeks ago
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Cost Skyrockets For United States' Share of ITER Fusion Project

Tailhook $3.9 billion? (174 comments)

$3.9E+09.... about four days of Fed money printing.

Perhaps we could forego half a weeks worth of bubble inflation and fund it that way.

about two weeks ago
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Canada Introduces Privacy Reforms That Encourage Warrantless Disclosure of Info

Tailhook Re:Eh? (99 comments)

62% of the Canadians who bothered to vote, voted against this government, so we have the tyranny of the minority

Remember the days before Harper when Canada's electoral system was incessantly lauded as the obviously superior system? Since conservatives took power that view has not been offered as frequently around here.

All those proud anti-Harper Canadians must be languishing is some NWT gulag where they can't post that stuff anymore... it couldn't be that they forgot how wonderful their system is when it fails to produce their preferred outcome.

No way!

about two weeks ago
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Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Tailhook Which is it? (193 comments)

I'm told mainstream media outfits like CBS are the exclusive property of profits-before-all Corporate America and its free market, planet wrecking, right wing fat-cat captain of industry one-percent types.

So, either Colbert is a sell-out, or the MSM is nothing like as hostile to libtards as is claimed.

Which is it?

about two weeks ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Tailhook Re:As an EMC employee in Massachusetts... (97 comments)

I fully support this.

Then you're a fool. The catch is the "adopt trade-secrets protections."

I know from personal experience that an employer can turn effectively any montage of trivial business practices into a "trade secret" strong enough to crush a competitor that hires a former employee. When I mean crush I mean obliterate; they can sue your new employer or start-up out of existence and walk away with the trademarks and copyrights.

Unlike a most non-competes and all patents, trade secrets are not limited in time. Under a strong enough trade-secret regime you can be sued by any employer for whom you've ever worked.

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Tailhook Gulag (510 comments)

I guess this is the sort of thing BadAnalogyGuy is supposed to handle, but he wandered off years ago so here goes............

After Stalin died in '53 a large number of zeks were amnestied from Soviet gulags. And while not all of the gulags were shut, so many victims were released that the critical mass necessary to sustain the gulag culture collapsed and the gulag culture, central to the lives of so many Russians, lost its vitality. Those that were not released were left to the ravages of forced labor, sans the support network they'd relied on for years.

Navel gazers. I swear to God. I really hate to say it but this demented shit is exactly what Hanns Johst had in mind when he wrote (approximately); "When I hear the word culture, I reach for my Browning."

about two weeks ago
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Navy Debuts New Railgun That Launches Shells at Mach 7

Tailhook Re:WTF? (630 comments)

Why the hell does an inert slug encased in a discarding sabot cost twenty grand?

The only way these get cheap is if we have to make a lot of them to fight a war. Be thankful we only have to deal with low-rate peacetime economics where the development costs of unique tooling gets amortized across a small number of prototype rail gun slugs creating a big per-unit price tag that causes fools to go apoplectic.

about two weeks ago
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Dyn.com Ends Free Dynamic DNS

Tailhook Re:People were still using them? (242 comments)

First, they made it so you had to update your DNS record once a month to avoid being cancelled

For the record, the first impediment I encountered was requiring a valid credit card to establish a free account.

15 years..... some of the users they're trying to monetize weren't born when dyndns started this deal.

about two weeks ago
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The Problem With Congress's Scientific Illiterates

Tailhook Re:anti-science pols always Republican (509 comments)

Shutting down IFR research to indulge nuclear hysteria? Democrats
Shutting down Yucca Mountain with no scientific justification? Democrats
Cancelling the Superconducting Super Collider? Democrats

We could have had the Higgs Boson over 15 years ago. We got Clinton instead.

Keep knock'n back that kool-aid son.

about three weeks ago
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8.2 Earthquake Off the Coast of Chile, Tsunami Triggered

Tailhook Re:Of course it was calm (86 comments)

chaotic pile of shit known as South America

New Orleans had several days of warning. Not hours.

But yeah. Bush's fault. And stuff.

about three weeks ago
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Chester Wisniewski of Sophos Talks About Secure Credit Card Transactions (Video)

Tailhook Re:the word your looking for is tokenized CC's. (17 comments)

see the card once

Broken. Right there. The only worthwhile solution has no transfer of payment instrument credentials. None, ever. No numbers, no PINs, no CVVs, no expiration dates. Nothing.

That's done with a broker. That's how Paypal works and that's how Bitcoin works. The fact that credit cards don't work that way is indifference on the part of banks. Banks fail to provide and alternative to handing over the keys to random and sundry knuckleheads and their insecure systems.

about three weeks ago
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Chester Wisniewski of Sophos Talks About Secure Credit Card Transactions (Video)

Tailhook Broken by design (17 comments)

Until transactions are performed through a bank run broker such that the retailer NEVER GETS THEIR PAWS ON ACCOUNT CREDENTIALS, it's all a waste of time. I blame the banks; Target episodes are inevitable as long as the banks fail to provide an alternative to having retailers schlep around account credentials.

about three weeks ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

Tailhook Re:Not a joke (1482 comments)

then what's to stop them from passing a law banning homosexual activity?

The Supreme Court obviated all such laws ("sodomy", etc.) in 2003. California could pass such a law, but it would be found unconstitutional rather quickly. Also, as history has demonstrated, anti-homosexual laws can't pass in California; California voters and their representatives don't support such laws, either as ballot initiatives or as bills in the legislature. The reason you don't understand this is because you been trained to conflate opposition to gay marriage with hate for homosexuality.

about three weeks ago

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Independent Foxconn audit results appear

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  about 2 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "The Fair Labor Association gave Apple's largest supplier the equivalent of a full-body scan through 3,000 staff hours investigating three of its factories and surveying more than 35,000 workers," said FLA president Auret van Heerden. Overtime laws violated, short-changing worker compensation, no representation. AppleFoxconn thinks they might be able to stop their overtime criminality by July. 2013. Perhaps they'll also do something about the bi-annual dust explosions."
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'Flagging' rumors

Tailhook Tailhook writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tailhook (98486) writes "Some folks are concerned about a request by the White House 'Director of New Media' Macon Phillips to gather information about 'rumors' or other 'disinformation' that "travel just below the surface" and might appear in "casual conversation." It seems that Macon "can't keep track of all" of the rumors and would like the to public to help uncover them by using a newly established email address; flag@whitehouse.gov. Unfortunately the dastardly Special Interests have begun signing up flag@whitehouse.gov to irrelevant mailing lists."

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