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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

TheCarp Re:That wasn't the question (426 comments)

I already said why....because they had no reason to give him extra scrutiny. There was no reason to pull him over in the first place. Another person, driving as he was driving, would not have been pulled over. The only difference between what he did, and anyone else, is the claims of an anonymous person who could easily have been a police officer trying to hide the real investigation.

yesterday
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

TheCarp Re:That wasn't the question (426 comments)

Right there in the word "Anonymous tip.

Quite simply the tip itself is part of the tree. At the very least, that tip is the trunk of the tree. Without it, he would not have been given extra scrutiny beyond what anyone else would get. If that trunk is not part of the evidence presented, then how do we know if it is the trunk or just another branch; being presented as such.

Parallel construction is fraud, and this is little more than the courts giving a full green light to the production of false evidence trails.

yesterday
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

TheCarp Re:That wasn't the question (426 comments)

> Nothing about a "fair trial". The trial was fair. He was guilty. The question is whether the way he
> was discovered to be guilty was legal. The primary reason we have these laws is to prevent
> harrassment and "fishing" expeditions.

How is the trial fair if the accused has no way to fairly evaluate the tree upon which the fruits of evidence were grown? This practice effectively gives the police a loophole to deny the courts review of the evidence trail. How is a trial fair if the evidence is all fruits from a poisoned tree?

The fruit of a hidden and unknown tree should never be allowed on the table and should be assumed poisoned.

yesterday
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

TheCarp Re:That wasn't the question (426 comments)

> ... including false charges of various kinds,

I meant to finish that.... he is finally winning, but, mostly because she kept up her antics. There have been several points where a misstep could have lost everything and landed him in jail.

yesterday
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

TheCarp Re:That wasn't the question (426 comments)

> For all we know, the "anonymous caller" could have been his ex trying to get him in trouble, or a member of a
> rival drug gang trying to get his payload confiscated....

Exactly, and you know....I know people with exes who would pull shit like that. I mean for fucks sake, when my friend's wife went down to report his ex-wife punching her, she found the ex-wife was already down there filing a report saying that she was the one punched. Now, after years of back and forth battles (custody would you believe) in and out of court, including false charges of various kinds,

More than that though.... if there is no need to go back and verify the original tip, if it can be anonymous....then the police can phone in their own tips! This is yet more parallell construction bullshit. How do we even know there was such a woman? For all we really know it was a cop, or the wife of a cop, making a call to cover up the real source of the information....ie a criminal conspiracy to deny the driver the right to a fair trial.

yesterday
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Scammers Lower Comcast Bills, Get Jail Time

TheCarp Re:Something smells fishy here (99 comments)

If you think that is fishy, you might also ask how $2.4 million in loss, which I believe with investigation and legal fees etc.... but.... how does such a tiny loss compared to a company engaged in billion dollar deals.... translate into an increase in every customer's bill? By what, a penny?

Who is the real crook now, the guy who defrauded the big company, or the big company who used that fraud as an excuse for a naked price hike.

"We are raising money for the douglasses, they got robbed last week"
"Oh my how much have you raised"
"About 10,000 dollars"
"Oh my god how much got stolen"
"Oh they lost about 2 grand, but if we reach our goal of 20,000 we can pay them back 80% of it after our salaries on the committee of course"

2 days ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

TheCarp Re:No answer will be given (307 comments)

> I think blowing up terrorists with drones and claiming executive privilege predates Obama by at least one administration.

Oh well, I stand corrected. I didn't know someone else had done it first! Well that fucking changes everything doesn't it? Who am I to question the traditional practices of our people?

> If anything the Republicans are likely to argue he didn't blow up enough of them

Yes the pot often does seem to spend a lot of energy calling the kettle black.

2 days ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

TheCarp Re:Obligatory (307 comments)

Bullshit. The so-called "drug problem" is 99% caused by prohibition itself. Prohibition has consistently failed to even influence overall addiction rates; much less drop them. It has consistently created perverse markets for low quality unsafe manufacture. It CREATED the problem of meth labs, and thus created the situation where we have half the people in burn units around the country in there for cooking meth. You asshole prohibitionists did that...its on your head.

Never mind that the next 3 major drugs of abuse combined don't have HALF the users of fucking pot...one of the most innocuous drugs ever, safer than alcohol. But I know you prohibitions are the kind of scum who lament that we gave up on that crudade too. So what if it cost lives as long as they are lives you can discount for being users and addicts.

2 days ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

TheCarp Re:No answer will be given (307 comments)

> Even a full Republican Congress would not move to impeach Obama on the basis of targeting Americans that
> are ALLEGED terrorist operatives hanging out with other ALLEGED terrorists in Yemen...

FTFY

2 days ago
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Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

TheCarp Re:Better leave now (239 comments)

Not only that but, it might not be safe to try and rendez-vous: http://io9.com/5889628/warp-dr...

"Any people at the destination," the team's paper concludes, "would be gamma ray and high energy particle blasted into oblivion due to the extreme blueshifts for [forward] region particles."

sure, maybe we can use this new-fangled drive to meet up with them, but, when we do, we will release a gamma ray burst that will sterilize their entire ship.

Now maybe it might be possible to aim to "miss" them by enough that little gets to them and then the last gap can be closed as subluminal speeds, but.... that ah, sure would be one hell of an entrance.

about a week ago
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Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

TheCarp Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (56 comments)

> It will cost billions to fix for the US and the taxpayers will foot the bill.

It already cost us billions, and it was always going to cost us billions more. Any suggestion they were not going to waste that money anyway is just laughable. They will spend as much as they can justify in their crusade against whatever bogeymen they can dream up.

about a week ago
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Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

TheCarp Re:So much for Net Neutrality. (56 comments)

> Russia & China got nothing from Snowden.

Do belly-laughs count? I bet they got a number of those.

> His material is being carefully vetted by journalists and experts before any is released

Of course, since russia, china, and several others players all have their own NSA and CIA-like entities, I would assume they have made attempts, and probably been successful by now, at obtaining the entire archive... or at least, what they didn't already have of it from their own operations pre-snowden.

With Manning, I would easily make the case that nothing was revealed, because any intelligence service that couldn't get their hands on those state department cables would have to be totally incompetent and barely even trying. NSA internal docs, a bit less likely... but I wouldn't doubt they had some of it.

Now, I don't doubt that they have all of it....oh well.... its their own fault for abusing their technical abilities, NSA brought this leak upon itself.

> Bruce Schneier is one helping them in their analysis.

This is one of the few reasons to suspect they have a chance of having not been compromised; if they follow his advice of course. Discipline is hard. I remember some of the security experts expressing being quite impressed by OBLs ability to maintain an effective air gap for so many years while so prolifically using email.

about a week ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

TheCarp Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (287 comments)

OTOH, you could grab a notebook and start watching lectures for free on youtube. Sure you can't ask questions or go to the TA for help, but you can get lectures from physics classes taught by Leonard Susskind (and others of course, but I watched some of his) on youtube right now.

I have a notebook somewhere with several pages of notes that I took while watching his Quantum Mechanics lectures...mostly while riding the bus back and forth to work (I stopped after I stopped taking the bus)

Of course, while there are the obvious disadvantages of not having tests to gauge progeress and help available.... you do have the ability to pause and rewind thelectures; which is really huge.

about a week ago
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Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

TheCarp Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (128 comments)

> by giving an unreadable version of the encrypted keys

My only real nitpick is... hardly unreadble. Small yes, but its not like they don't easily posess the technology to deal with such a minor inconvinence. A bit childish yes, but nothing more than a symbolic statement. I consider them claiming anything otherwise quite disingenuine.

They just didn't like that he didn't roll over when they snapped their fingers and that he would rather shut down than help them. In the end they both may have acted childish but, they acted childish on our dime, whereas he has every right to be a childish asshole.

about a week ago
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U.S. Biomedical Research 'Unsustainable' Prominent Researchers Warn

TheCarp Nationalism is stupid (135 comments)

Why does it matter? Is the global pool of money stagnating? Who cares if it is here in the US? So what? So people in other countries will take the lead. Its not really a big deal....we are all human; this my team your team BS is getting old.

about two weeks ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

TheCarp Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (287 comments)

About 10 years ago I was laid off and while I was out of work I called up the U of Pheonix. What a mistake. Whenever I think of maybe going back to school, I know I don't need a degree for my career so I think of like... why don't I study physics?

Anyway, I checked out their course catalog, not only did they not have any math courses that were not covered in high school, I took more advanced courses in high school. I may need a refresher before I am ready to jump into a calculus course, but, I don't need math for accountants thanks.

I had to tell them several times I had no interest in their program. They seemed to have trouble with the idea of a person with no degree already having a professional career and not really needing what they offer.

about two weeks ago
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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

TheCarp Re:cut power lines? wow (111 comments)

Could be, though we don't know for sure if they actually knew this (not unlikely) or if they just got lucky in having chosen a method which was both accessible and didn't expose them to personal danger. Certainly, if they didn't know this, and chose different methods, they may not have gotten past the first one.

about two weeks ago
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Bachelor's Degree: An Unnecessary Path To a Tech Job

TheCarp Re:All My Jobs Required a BS at Minimum (287 comments)

I know a number of people, including myself, who started at jobs like that with no degree and did not get stuck as tier one support all their life. Lots of tech jobs claim to require a degree but don't really.

The thing is you have to just realize that "bachelors degree" really is shorthand for "Degree, or reasonable experience". If you don't have experience, they want to see a degree. If you have experience, the degree is often optional.

Just off the top of my head I can think of about 4 people without degrees who started in support and moved up to senior level positions as administrators, system architects, even one IT Director.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

TheCarp Re:Just weigh the target... (307 comments)

I feel like this should be the gold standard. Whatever method you use, it should be either a lot cheaper or a lot more acurate; if neither, you chose very poorly.

about two weeks ago
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$250K Reward Offered In California Power Grid Attack

TheCarp Re:cut power lines? wow (111 comments)

Not sure exactly what lines but, if I remember right, distribution lines are in the 13kV range.... you don't just "cut" them with a pair of dykes. The result of the connection being disrupted can generate some amazing sparks. Electricians who work on circuits like that wear protective suits:
https://www.google.com/search?...

about two weeks ago

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TheCarp TheCarp writes  |  more than 7 years ago

TheCarp writes "I was on my way home from work today using the good ole MBTA. I saw my bus come, and the line form, and then I saw something quite shocking; a sign declaring "This Bus is equipped with a security system". Sure enough there was a camera on the top outside of the door, one pointing down the length of the bus, two at right angles crossing by the back door, and another in the back. There was virtually nowhere to go and not be video taped. Of course, with all the upgrades recently, I don't remember any mention of this decision. Apparently its not enough that we listen to ineffectual "please to report unattented bags and suspicous activity" announcements; Now the week after they nearly doubled the fares, there are cameras on the busses! I don't know if this bothers anyone else, but with all the stories of England and their cameras, it worries me that we have more than started down the path to a police state. I just filed a complaint through their comments page"

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