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Cop Seeks Wiretapping Charges For Woman Who Videotaped Beating

The Breeze Re:I am still fuzzy (662 comments)

Only in states notorious for corruption is it illegal to record a conversation that you are party to. As far as I know, those states are Maryland, Illinois, and Mass.

more than 3 years ago
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Law School Amplifies Critics Through SLAPP Suit

The Breeze Re:hmmm (123 comments)

There are only 5 jurisdictions that allow you to enter the bar without law school in the US now. California, surprisingly, has the most well-developed program to become a lawyer without law school, and that requires 4 years of study (basically free labor) under a practicing lawyer or judge.

more than 3 years ago
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America: Like It Or Unfriend It

The Breeze Re:Birthday? (277 comments)

It can be argued, using the Declaration of Independence as an example, that a country begins when people forming it says it begins - and that since we have been under self-government since July, 1776 (although during the Revolution we gained and lost territory depending on what was going on in the war), and that since the same authorities that declared Independence also spawned the legal chain of continuity that govern this country to this day, then, indeed, July, 1776 IS when our independence should be dated to. The Continental Congress became an independent provisional government that then authorized the Articles of Confederation and then subsequently the US Constitution.

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Massive Botnet "Indestructible," Say Researchers

The Breeze Re:Invisible? (583 comments)

Thank you. I read the whole article wondering, "how can these over-sensationalistic idiot writers spend half the article talking about TDL4 and interviewing Kaspersky employees, and yet not bother to mention the very excellent, and very free, TDSSKILLER tool from Kaspersky that kills TDL4 dead?" If I was one of the Kaspersky guys interviewed, I'd be pissed.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

No, I am saying it is the height of hypocrisy that a racist, exploitative, oppressive barbaric regime like Mexico is suing us in Federal court over the relatively mild requirements of SB1070.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

Again, no offense, but you are unaware of Arizona law. Seat belt use is a "secondary offense" in Arizona; a police officer cannot pull you over if he sees you driving without a seat belt (unlike most other states). They may ONLY cite you for a seat belt violation if they have pulled you over for a different offense. Of course, this is no defense against the stereotypical rogue cop who smashes your taillight with his baton and says, "your tail light is out, let me see your license", but the same can be said for any law.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

Scottsdale cops are getting better. They have never quite recovered from the image of being a joke of a department after they botched the Bob Crane case. Scottsdale still has some cowboy cops who are arrogant punks.

Most other AZ cops are pretty good. The rank and file MCSO deputies are usually ok (and I'm speaking as someone who was arrested on trumped-up charges by one many years ago), the upper management Sheriff Joe flunkies are corrupt as hell.

Bad AZ cops usually wind up getting in trouble sooner or later. I have noticed, too, traveling to other states, our AZ cops seem to be more polite and respectful than cops in other states - I really think it helps that the cops know that a ton of people here are packing heat themselves and the AZ cops don't go looking for a fight.

As for Andrew Thomas, he's no racist. I think he bought too much into Joe's bullshit and got in over his head, and screwed up his legal and political career beyond repair due to his abuses of power. However, given that he is very devoted to his very Hispanic wife, calling him a racist doesn't jibe.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

Arpaio isn't a racist. He's a blustering, arrogant, abusive, power-hungry prick who I have publicly denounced on his home turf in the past, but the man is not racist. He is after power, not persecuting people just because they're brown or some other color. He truly doesn't give a damn about what skin color a person has, although if you're Italian you will get to hear him share Italian jokes with you...he's actually got some good ones.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

So, basically, you're saying that no nation on earth has the right to give its police officers the right to determine if a person is in a country illegally?

Go tell that to Mexico, where it's a felony not to show evidence of being in the country legally upon demand by any government officer.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

Arpaio is an abusive prick who routinely made a career of arresting his political opponents on trumped-up charges.

I support SB1070, but I will not defend Arpaio. I support the right of his office to do anti-illegal immigration sweeps, but I don't support the man himself. He's a blustering opportunist.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

It's funny. Mexico is SUING Arizona over SB1070, which makes it a state misdemeanor to be in the country illegally. They claim racism.

But, if you are an illegal immigrant in Mexico and you're WHITE, you get your ass thrown in jail for a period of time, and charged with a felony. And God help you if you're HISPANIC in Mexico - if you're from Guadamola or some other Hispanic country, and are there illegally, they will throw your ass in a darker, danker cell, and you will be there for a longer period of time than the white guy.

It's such hypocrisy.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

Not quite true. There are many liberals and conservatives who bend over for the corporations that give them a funding reach around.

There is, however, one declared Socialist, Bernie Sanders of Vermont, and the corporations want nothing to do with him.

Not that I agree with him, I'm a Republican conservative myself, but I respect Rep. Sanders because he's a fundamentally honest guy and shames us into doing better when so many self-professed "conservatives" are actually corporate whores looking for any excuse to shovel taxpayer money or government power towards their pet megacorp.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

No, there's lots of other illegals here, too. Hispanic illegal immigrants are certainly the largest group, but there's plenty of white Europeans and Indians who have overstayed visas to work here. And, although they were not illegal, the September 11 hijackers attended flight school in Arizona, and there's concern about increasing Islamic fundamentalist presence in Arizona.

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

Saying something doesn't make it true. The law requires probable cause, not just "looking at someone".

more than 3 years ago
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LulzSec Posts First Secret Document Dump

The Breeze Re:AZ isn't anti-immigrant (835 comments)

You haven't read the law. A cop can't "look at you" and demand proof of citizenship or proof of valid entry. They must have stopped you for some other offense, and during the course of gathering information about that offense found probable cause to think you might be in the country illegally - and when hauled before a judge, must be able to enumerate a list of reasons other than "I don't like the color of their skin."

Most departments here aren't even going to allow cops to enforce the law until they've had training on it. And the judges will be watching this like a hawk, and any cop that steps out of line and abuses this is going to get spanked, hard, in court.

more than 3 years ago
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America's First Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Fueling Station

The Breeze Re:Real Test with a Hydrogen BMW (247 comments)

I believe there have been good results with a type of "honeycomb" fuel tank that seems to greatly reduce evaporation lost. It's been a while since I looked at it, though.

more than 3 years ago
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America's First Pipeline-Fed Hydrogen Fueling Station

The Breeze I am tired of hearing "You need fossil fuels" (247 comments)

If I see one more comment by people saying that "hydrogen is dirty because the most common way to make it uses fossil fuels", I'm gonna puke.

Here you go:

1. Build a big pipeline from California to Arizona to carry seawater to AZ.

2. Build vast fields of low-maintenence Stirling engines (I believe Motorola has one that generates 1.5 megawatts on .25 acre of land) to make electricity from sunlight.

3. Use the electricity to split the seawater into hydrogen and oxygen.

4. The hydrgen is then a storage medium. Use in fuel cells to power electric cars, or use compressed for hydrogen internal combustion engines, or ship it to power plants to burn for grid electricity.

Some calculations regarding volume of water required, land area required using maximum efficency stirling engines, and the like would be required , but I know 20 years ago a lot of very smart scientiss thought it was doable.

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Pentagon Papers Ellsberg Supports Wikileaks

The Breeze Re:Difference (464 comments)

Every government on the planet is calling for Wikileaks to shut down. It seems like they are twisting the legal system, and that we are being governed by immoral, corrupt bastards who will break any law, twist any fact, in their effort to smear anyone who dares speak the truth.

Under that standard, and under the belief that Tom Jefferson said that a corrupt government has no authority, I see that Wikileaks has no option but to use any and all means to defend itself. The governments will piss on their own laws and due process to crush Wikileaks; therefore Wikileaks is perfectly justified in trying to destroy the governments' credibility by publishing every bit of damaging info that they can.

Anyone who thinks that any truly dangerous information that Wikileaks has isn't already in the hands of our enemies is living in a dream world. Wikileaks' greatest "crime" is revealing that the massive security appartus of the state has no idea what the hell it is doing and is useless against anyone with a brain. It's a money & freedom consuming monster that does more harm than good to the society it purports to protect.

more than 3 years ago

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Zombies on the Attack in Texas! Hackers Blamed!

The Breeze The Breeze writes  |  more than 5 years ago

The Breeze (140484) writes "A sign of the Apocalypse or a testimony of the growing power of those evil hackers? Fox News is reporting that someone has broken into the digital roadside signs and reprogrammed them to warn motorists that there are "Zombies Ahead".
The story is a bit skimpy in details — the Department of Transportation people in the story actually sound somewhat amused — but it appears to be another story about what happens when you let strangers have unrestricted physical access to hardware while not bothering to change default passwords.
At least, I hope that's what it is. I'd hate to think that this is just government spin to try to suppress the fact that the undead are actually walking in Texas. If that's the case, I, for one, welcome our new Zombie overlords. You may now prepare your obligatory George Bush returning to Texas jokes at your convenience."
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Cell Companies Calling Unlockers Criminals

The Breeze The Breeze writes  |  more than 6 years ago

The Breeze (140484) writes "In a story heavily slanted towards the cell companies, Foxnews.com is reporting that some cell phone companies, led by TracFone, are actually getting criminal convictions against people who unlock prepaid cell phones for use around the world and with other carriers. Using such value-laden words as "trafficking" to describe the resale of bulk quantities of unlocked cell phones, it's pretty clear who the reporter favors. Not much concern for the the rights of people to do what they want with their own hardware in this article."
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Kurt Vonnegut Jr. Is Dead

The Breeze The Breeze writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Breeze (140484) writes "Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was 84 years old, and I think that it's fitting to submit a Slashdot story about him under Politics because, ultmately, although some called him a "literary" writer and some called him a "sci-fi" writer, he is best known for writing Slaughterhouse Five. That book has a description of the Dresden bombing that is a graphic illustration of what happens when politics fails. In his latter years he used his writing skills to attack George Bush with gleeful abandon. You can read more here or here," with the latter being a more philosophical look at the man."
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The Breeze The Breeze writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Breeze (140484) writes "HP is in the news again for ethics issues, which is the last thing it wants. According to a Fortune Magazine story on CNN.COM, contrary to HP's previous assertions that the "pretexting" scandal was an "aberration", HP apparently has been doing all sorts of nasty stuff for quite some time, spying on Dell and obtaining confidential Dell documents about their printer strategy. Oops. And then they made the mistake of trying to run a dirty tricks campaign against one of the very guys who was involved in what he called "covert ops" for HP. Double Oops. To top it off, when the ex-wife-to-be tipped off HP inadvertently by sniffing around HP trying to find hidden assets, HP then threatened to criminally prosecute HER because she was married to a guy who somehow irritated HP. The story basically says, "we don't know everything that HP did wrong, but we've been able to find quite a bit.""
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The Breeze The Breeze writes  |  more than 7 years ago

The Breeze (140484) writes "Computer consultant Brian Emmett won a trip to space, courtesy of Oracle...unfortunately for him, the flight's retail cost is $138,000, which would result in a tax liability of about $25,000, as reported by CNN. Many companies often give an extra check to cover the value of the goods plus the value of the check itself, but it appears Oracle is just going to award the prize to someone else. This really should be filed under the "Sucks for that guy" department."

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