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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Tokolosh Re:What? (432 comments)

Your argument hinges on the meaning of "invasion", which is where we shall have to agree to disagree.

With respect to liberties, I am not a states-righter, in that if the federal government does not have to power to limit freedoms, neither do the states, or anyone else. On the other hand, if a state grants a freedom, the feds cannot take it away (marijuana).

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Tokolosh Re:What? (432 comments)

Invasion is entry of a group bent on non-democratic overthrow of the government - not applicable here.

14th Amendment does not address border control, so I don't know why you cite it? Citizens may vote, and therefore change the government democratically. The Constitution grants the power to confer citizenship, but not to restrict entry, except for invasion, supra.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Tokolosh Re:What? (432 comments)

Anything not forbidden to the Federal Government by the Constitution is allowed, assuming the appropriate laws are passed

You have this backwards. Everything is forbidden to the Federal Government, except that explicitly granted by the Constitution.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Tokolosh Re:undocumented immigrant (432 comments)

But our rights are endowed by our Creator, and apply to everyone, not just American citizens.

2 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Tokolosh Re:What? (432 comments)

Because nowhere in the Constitution does the government have the authority to decide who is worthy to live here, and who is not.

2 days ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Tokolosh Re:Congressman Amash’s letter sent to Collea (379 comments)

My Tea Party representative voted against the bill, although I cannot be sure why. In the past he has supported civil forfeiture. I made a point of writing him a thank you note to balance my previous rap on the knuckles. My thank you noted my assumption that his vote was in support of Amash.

OTOH, my state's only Democrat voted yea.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

Tokolosh Over to you, SCOTUS (379 comments)

If you do not declare this unconstitutional, immediately and unambiguously, then you have failed The People.

Your credibility is already hanging by a hair.

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

Tokolosh 1000 Years Jail Time or Aaron Swartz Yourself (270 comments)

For infringing DMCA, wire fraud, computer fraud and abuse, circumvention and dissemination of DRM, racketeering, leading to losses of [pinkie] One Billion Dollars [/pinkie] to Keurig.

Stand by for completely over-the-top reaction from the Establishment.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

Tokolosh Re:That day (280 comments)

"Cost" is not the same thing as "Price". We should bear this in mind any time the government is involved - power, oil, health care, internet...

about two weeks ago
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Seeking Coders, Tech Titans Turn To K-12 Schools

Tokolosh Uber (105 comments)

Are you the same guys cheering the disruption of fossilized business models by foreign upstarts?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

Tokolosh Everybody know and understands this argument (192 comments)

It is obvious to anyone with two brain cells to rub together.

However, the US government - all three branches - does not do right or wrong, it only does what it can, and it can do a lot. It is an entirely amoral entity.

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

Tokolosh Re:Insurance? (280 comments)

Why is insurance expensive?

about two weeks ago
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Court Orders Uber To Shut Down In Spain

Tokolosh Uber as a Leading Indicator for Growth (280 comments)

It seems to me that Uber should be a good indicator of a society's acceptance of change, creative destruction, diversity and growth. In theory, this should correlate with economic growth, prosperity and hence general return on investment in that region.

I appeal for a dismal scientist to study this correlation. I understand that proving my hypothesis may be a multi-year or multi-decade project.

TIA

about two weeks ago
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FISA Court Extends Section 215 Bulk Surveillance For 90 Days

Tokolosh Re:You Can't Vote Out the Gestapo. (82 comments)

The Executive and Legislative branches (D and/or R) long ago demonstrated that they don't give a shit about the People and the Constitution.

However, many had the naïve belief that a neutral Judiciacy, in particular the SCOTUS, acted as a bulwark against the tyrannical tendencies on the hill and in the White House.

Now the scales have fallen from our eyes, and it is blatantly clear that the judges have totally abdicated their responsibility to protect and keep the Republic. They are as rotten as the politicians and no longer deserve our respect. The ultimate consequences will take many years to play out, but they will and it will not be pretty.

about two weeks ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

Tokolosh Net Neutrality (106 comments)

This will be the real test.

Modify or examine packets?
Block ports?
Throttle based on destination, content, protocol or port?
Gather metadata or otherwise log?
Provide data to 3-letter agencies without warrant?

about 1 month ago
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Electric Shock Study Suggests We'd Rather Hurt Ourselves Than Others

Tokolosh School Bully (123 comments)

Mine was kind enough to help me punch myself before giving him my lunch money.

about 1 month ago
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Billionaire Donors Lavish Millions On Code.org Crowdfunding Project

Tokolosh Racist and Sexist Organization (84 comments)

Why support a racist and misandric bunch of SJWs? This ends up perpetuating stereotypes, while creating resentment all around.

about a month ago
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AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

Tokolosh Evenhanded Responses (60 comments)

Six comments so far, and all very nice to AT&T. I would have expected more hating.

I'll try: fuck 'em.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Tokolosh Re:Stop trying to host it yourself. (405 comments)

You can make the same argument for streaming audio, video, cloud services, p2p and internet of things. If you can block one, you can block all. No, the problem of email needs more finesse, no brute force.

about a month ago

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ISPs Monitoring Your Internet Habits

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Are ISPs actively monitoring your web browsing? A man in Anderson, SC, was arrested and and has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges, after his internet provider reported him to authorities. What are the Safe Harbor implications for the provider? What other internet activity is being watched? Are all ISPs doing this?

Mandatory statement despising child pornography here."

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Stephen Hawking Needs Help From Slashdotters!

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "It appears that Stephen Hawking's hardware and software is crufty. He is looking for someone to maintain it.

Wouldn't it be better for the great minds and talent of Slashdot to create an entirely new system, one that would be cheaper, more efficient, easier to maintain, and more importantly, easier to use?"

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Telecoms Competition 100 Years Ago

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "With all the discussion of net neutrality, regulation, competition and government involvement, a review of the situation 100 years ago is instructive. Read the "Twentieth Century Magazine" from 1910. This was a "progressive" and "socialist" publication, and its opinions are not always what you might expect.

The most interesting part are the roles of government and the courts — there are none at all. Barriers to entry for competitors are low: no regulations, no taxes, no licenses, no patents, no franchises, no "last mile", no court injunctions, no lobbying. Imagine what we could do in such an environment! What have we gained or lost in 100 years? How should things be different, or the same?

The same publication has a lot to say on the subject of the government involvement in healthcare. Hint: They think it is a bad idea."

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Yet Another Idiot Politician Wants to Filter

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Again the public will have to play whack-a-mole with nanny-state politicians who want to play porn-whack-a-mole (not as kinky as it sounds).

In this case the analogies get tortured past the Geneva Convention and into Guantanamo."

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Politicians share many of the traits common to ser

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Tokolosh writes "I PREFER rogues to imbeciles, because they sometimes take a rest. â" Alexandre Dumas.

In June the LA Times reported on a study by Jim Kouri, vice- president of the American National Association of Chiefs of Police, that showed politicians share many of the personality traits common to serial killers.

âoeOur elected officials often show many of the exact same character traits as criminal nut- jobs, who run from police but not for office,â Kouri was quoted as saying. According to his study of material obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigationâ(TM)s Behavioural Analysis Unit, âoePsychopathy is a personality disorder manifested in people who use a mixture of charm, manipulation, intimidation, and occasionally violence to control others, in order to satisfy their own selfish needs.

âoeInterpersonal traits include glibness, superficial charm, a grandiose sense of self-worth, pathological lying, and the manipulation of others.

âoeThe affective traits include a lack of remorse and/or guilt, shallow affect, a lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility. The lifestyle behaviours include stimulation-seeking behaviour, impulsivity, irresponsibility, parasitic orientation, and a lack of realistic life goals.

âoeConsequently, violent offenders who are psychopathic are able to assault, rape, and murder without concern for legal, moral, or social consequences. Allowing them to do pretty much what they want, whenever they want.

âoeWhile not resorting to violence, many political leaders display similar degrees of anger, feigned outrage and other behaviours,â Says Kouri. âoeThey also lack a âshameâ(TM) mechanismâ.

Which means that they have to mimic what they believe, and present these as appropriate responses to situations that would otherwise trigger sadness, empathy, sympathy, and other human responses to outside stimuli.

While psychopaths are unlikely to respond to altruistic themes, such as sympathy for their victims or remorse/guilt over their crimes, they do possess certain personality traits that can be exploited, in particular their inherent narcissism, selfishness, and vanity.

Still not convinced of the application to politicians?

Then consider this. In his book, The Mask of Sanity, deemed to provide one of the most influential clinical descriptions of psychopathy in the 20th century, Hervey Cleckley introduced 16 behavioural characteristics of a psychopath. They include: superficial charm and good intelligence; absence of nervousness; unreliability; untruthfulness and insincerity; lack of remorse and shame; signs of irrational thinking; poor judgment; pathological egocentricity; general poverty in major affective reactions; unresponsiveness in interpersonal relations; fantastic and uninviting behaviour with drink and sometimes without; and a âoetrivial and poorly integratedâ sex life.

Could any group better match that description?"

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How To Optimimize Progress of Science?

Tokolosh Tokolosh writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Tokolosh (1256448) writes "Patent and copyright law in the US derives from the Constitution, which says "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries".

Assuming we want to maximize the "promote the Progress" part, there exists an optimal strategy for "securing", and an optimal "limited Times". Zero and infinite time are both non-optimal.

Has any research been done to determine these optima?

Can "promote the Progress" be interpreted to mean maximizing the income of authors and inventors? Or is it a more general benefit to the nation as a whole?"

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