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Massachusetts SWAT Teams Claim They're Private Corporations, Immune To Oversight

Totenglocke Re:Repeat after me... (534 comments)

You're forgetting that Campus Police also increase tuition due to the extra salaries, benefits, vehicles, buildings, and equipment.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Totenglocke Re:What about... (249 comments)

The countless people who've been detained by the TSA would beg to differ. They might not LEGALLY be able to detain you, but the TSA doesn't give a rats ass about the law.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Totenglocke Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

Yes, but how many people are using 4.1a from what....10 years ago? Almost everyone would be using a newer and (from the evidence provided by the Dev) compromised version.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Totenglocke Re:Second key (560 comments)

So, essentially, the court ruled that he must "open the safe" and if the evidence that they want isn't there, he'll be convicted. Either way, the court just ruled that this guy is going to jail, regardless of what is or isn't on that laptop. What a load of bullshit.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Totenglocke Re:Face it ... (560 comments)

Clearly, you've never dealt with our joke of a "justice" system.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Totenglocke Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

They already can open your TrueCrypt volumes - hence why the dev shut it down and issued a warning that it's not safe to use.

about a month ago
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Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

Totenglocke Re:I lost the password (560 comments)

And THAT is what keyfiles are for. Pick a random .dll or some such that's part of Windows (or OS of your choice) as a keyfile so that there's nothing suspicious about the file itself. Simply don't select the keyfile when entering the password and you're good.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Totenglocke Re:What about... (249 comments)

You're technically correct - TSA can't force you to give them your passwords, but they will "detain" you until you do. If that means you miss your flight or end up locked in a cell, they don't care. That is why I refuse to fly anymore - we have a terrorist organization running our airports and they will do everything they can to permanently ruin your life if you so much as wince when they shove their fingers up your ass.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Cell Phones Can't Be Searched Without a Warrant

Totenglocke BREAKING NEWS! (249 comments)

Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled that cell phones cannot be searched without a warrant. When asked for comment, police chief John Smith told this reporter "I don't give a fuck about your Supreme Court or your Constitution. If we want to search your fucking phone, you bet your ass we'll do it - and if you try to stop us, we'll shoot you. Kneel, peasants."

about a month ago
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The Rise and Fall of the Cheat Code

Totenglocke Re:IDKFA (178 comments)

IDKFA wasn't nearly as useful as IDDQD. I don't remember the no-clipping code...I guess 20 years will do that to you.

about a month ago
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Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Totenglocke Re:This now requires (484 comments)

Of course. The youngest member of SCOTUS is 59 years old. If they can't program a VCR, do you honestly expect them to understand what "cable" means? To them, a computer is a magic box just like a TV is a magic box. The will always rule against new technologies because they do not understand them.

about a month ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Totenglocke Re:You make it... (519 comments)

The administrator doing that would be sued into oblivion and never work in education again. Seriously, people love to make up absurd circumstances for why we need strict government control over certain things, yet those things would never happen due to the consequences.

about a month and a half ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

Totenglocke Re:Oh the humanities! (325 comments)

When it comes to graduate education, I left to Finland where universities do not charge fees (all university education is free),

It's not free, it's paid for by the Finnish taxpayers. Yeah, it's a neat loophole, but it's pretty douchey for you to go to Finland, get your advanced degree, then go back to your home country and leave the Finnish taxpayers holding the bill for it all.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Totenglocke Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Jesus Christ, learn to do some research. It's been established many times over that in the 18th century the term "well regulated" meant "well functioning / in proper order". It wasn't until the late 19th / early 20th century that "regulated" came to mean "highly controlled by the government". Thus a "well regulated" (meaning well trained) militia needed the freedom to own and carry arms. It's rather annoying that those who want to completely ban a civil right are the least knowledgeable on the subject that they argue against. It's like a redneck who's never even seen a Muslim or read a single like of the Qu'ran arguing that we need to ban Islam.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Totenglocke Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

You're perfectly allowed to defend yourself/family. A gun isn't the only means of doing so.

Except in the real world, a 100 lb woman cannot beat up a 250 lb man and people cannot dodge bullets or catch knives in their teeth. You watch too many movies. The reality is that a gun is the most effective method of defending yourself, especially for people who are physically weaker.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Totenglocke Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Because Europe (or at least the major European nations) already had vastly lower murder rates than the US before any gun control laws. Guns don't cause crime, culture does.

about a month and a half ago
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America 'Has Become a War Zone'

Totenglocke Re:War of government against people? (875 comments)

Yes, there is a culture of violence in the USA. And yes, allowing everyone to own guns is part of this culture of violence.

Which is supported only by your emotions and not by evidence. Literally close to half of the adults in the US own guns (and we're just talking the non-criminals here) - if guns had anything to do with "a culture of violence", the US would literally be a war zone. Hell, data on those who get concealed carry permits shows that they are the least likely people to commit a violent crime and have a significantly lower rate per capita of committing violent crimes than police officers - yes, that's right, you're several times more likely to be murdered by a police officer than to be murdered by an ordinary American that carries a concealed gun.

about a month and a half ago
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Vodafone Reveals Warrantless Wiretapping

Totenglocke Re:A number of countries?? Say it ain't so! (73 comments)

If everyone agreed on a choice, they could elect anyone they want

No, they can't because the existing political parties control who gets access to the ballot. Sure, you could try to do a write in campaign, but there's all sorts of legal loopholes to make that incredibly difficult. The existing system will not change that in order to make it easier for you to remove them, they are currently in fact making it harder for you to have any choice between the Republicans and Democrats. That's one issue that Republicans and Democrats are very bi-partisan on - doing everything possible to block anyone else from the ballot. You have a delusion that the existing political parties will vote to end their reign simply because you tell them to. Ron Paul is a great example of this - he was too popular, so the RNC changed the rules for the primary to ensure that their preferred candidate (Romney) won. The Democrats are no better with the incident in 2012 of the members soundly rejecting putting religion as part of the party platform and then the DNC put it in anyways to try and get more religious people to vote for Democrats. Corruption is beyond rampant and you will not eliminate the corruption by playing by the rules instated by the corrupt politicians.

I'm saying that it's almost impossible for an honest person to get elected and that even the better people that get elected are rapidly corrupted by the new-found power. It's not stupid to vote against that single issue because 1) incumbents almost always get re-elected and 2) they can always BS and claim something prevented them from achieving their goals and that they "need more time" or that there were "bad things in the bill" and that they didn't want to cause more harm than good.

about 2 months ago
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Fixing the Humanities Ph.D.

Totenglocke Re:Oh the humanities! (325 comments)

They are worthwhile things to study, absolutely. However, they are not worthwhile things to spend $150k+ learning when you won't be able to get a job afterwards. If your family is insanely rich and you know that you'll never need to work a day in your life, then go ahead and major in one of those fields and have no useful skills. For those that need to pay the bills, it's a horrible way to spend a decade of your life and more than enough to buy a home..

about 2 months ago

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AT&T gets rid of Unlimited Data plan

Totenglocke Totenglocke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Totenglocke (1291680) writes "AT&T announced new data plans for smartphones starting Monday June 7th. Instead of the current $30 / month Unlimited Data pan, there will now be a 200 MB plan for $15 / month and a 2 GB plan for $25 / month. If a user on the $15 a month plan goes over, they'll be automatically billed an extra $15 for another 200 MB. If a user on the $25 a month plan goes over, they'll be charged $10 extra for another 1 GB. This raises the cost of the highest data plan from $30 / month for 5 GB to $35 for 3 GB. These plans will also apply to the iPad as well. Is AT&T shooting themselves in the foot with this move? Will this cause Apple to break their contract with AT&T?"
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Hidden Cost of Obamacare

Totenglocke Totenglocke writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Totenglocke (1291680) writes "While the U.S. Congress is determined to pass a health care bill, there are many downsides not being openly discussed. On of them is the hidden costs of Obamacare . Not only will the middle class pay more in taxes to support the new plan, but the poor will suffer as well. Since Obamacare will make purchasing health insurance mandatory, the government will provide a subsidy to pay for it — but as your income rises, the subsidy decreases. Between the decreasing subsidy for health insurance and the decrease in the Earned Income Tax Credit as income increases, marginal tax rates increase dramatically. 'Jim Capretta, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, calculates that when combined with other policies like the Earned Income Tax Credit that also phase out, the effective marginal rate would rise to nearly 70% at twice the poverty level.'"
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