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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

Zephyn Re:For the sake of discussion... (308 comments)

The driver would be arrested due to the drugs and possibly the weapons. They would be held as evidence. This hasn't changed.

Here's what has: Up until now, the driver could just be driving around with the money... no drugs, no weapons, no probable cause or reasonable suspicion, and the cops could seize it based on the extremely flimsy suspicion that the driver was a drug dealer. This money would wind up in the coffers of that local police department, to be used at their discretion.

The driver would theoretically have the chance to legally reclaim the money. However, the driver could easily wind up spending more money in legal costs than the original sum that was seized. And in some jurisdictions, the authority making the final decision in such a legal case is the same organization that seized the money in the first place.

See the issues here?

about two weeks ago

Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

Zephyn Re:oh the humanity (393 comments)

Nope, but there are lazy Nobles, who do nothing except making demands (between trivial and impossible), which you are obligued to obey or face sanctions.

So people build "immigrant sorters". A gate which remains open when the immigrants arrive, then lines them up allowing only one immigrant at a time to pass, and allow Nazi concentration camp style selection with a toggle of a switch. Left - work. Right - gas chamber. That way they eliminate the nobles before they can become a problem.

Glory to Arstotzka!

about two weeks ago

Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College

Zephyn Re:Free? (703 comments)

I'll bet you anything he is only looking for work in the area where he was born and lived his entire life. Afraid to relocate. There is no other explanation for a degreed engineer being unable to find any work for half a decade.

Based on the AC's suggestion to Silfen, I'm guessing that a lack of conflict resolution and social skills may be the major employment barrier here.

about two weeks ago

FBI Confirms Open Investigation Into Gamergate

Zephyn Re:Who? (556 comments)

Being a victim requires actual harm. What actual harm does a threat from some chickenshit web troll really do you?

In all fairness, they have been known to cancel the occasional movie.

about a month ago

Cause and Effect: How a Revolutionary New Statistical Test Can Tease Them Apart

Zephyn Re:Great... (137 comments)

So once we start using this on everything, 1 out of every 5 times, it will lead us to bogus conclusions with false statistical confidence....

Apparently the Trident Gum people have been using this for decades.

about a month ago

At 40, a person is ...

Zephyn Yes, I am having fun yet. (286 comments)

It's been said that the older you get, the faster time seems to pass.

It's also been said that time flies while you're having fun.

Therefore, the older I get, the more fun I must be having.

about a month ago

UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Zephyn Re:Great (602 comments)

And what happens when the fire department finds out you can't afford to pay them for putting out your house fire? Do they just let your house burn and put out the fire when it spreads to the houses of people that can pay?


about 2 months ago

Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

Zephyn Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (197 comments)

Early on in the life-cycle of a company, getting a reputation as being too immoral can hinder your ability to attract employees, customers, and investors. You need to make the most of your benefit of the doubt when you're small and no one knows about the people running the place. Once you've become a significant or dominant part of the market you're competing in, the public's perception of your morality doesn't matter as much.

In other words, your true nature as a heartless bastard shouldn't go public before your company does.

about 2 months ago

Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player

Zephyn Re:To be expected (473 comments)

OMG...is slashdot going to turn into another forum for spoiled MMORPG players to whine about not getting exactly what they want?

It's more like they're not getting the product that they donated money for.

The larger problem is this: If a Kickstarter developer can renege on the promises they made to get people to donate to their project, and not suffer any negative repercussions from it, it's going to make it a lot harder for other developers to get people to donate - once somebody gets away with a bait & switch, everybody else comes under suspicion.

about 2 months ago

Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

Zephyn Re:illogical captain (937 comments)

Well, I didn't interpret the article the same way you did. I thought the article was saying that you can be logical and still feel wonder.

Case in point: What's the one-word quote Spock is most known for?


about 4 months ago

Brown Dwarf With Water Clouds Tentatively Detected Just 7 Light-Years From Earth

Zephyn Re:The theorized nemesis star? (85 comments)

There's a mass and temperature difference between gas giants and brown dwarf stars. The cutoff is whether the object in question has any fusion going on at all. At about 13x Jupiter mass it's big enough to fuse deuterium, and at 65x it can fuse lithium. If it's massive enough to fuse hydrogen, you've crossed into Red Dwarf territory (oh smeg!).

No form of sustained fusion has ever been detected within Jupiter, so it's not a brown dwarf, just a gas giant planet.

about 5 months ago

Scientists Propose Collider That Could Turn Light Into Matter

Zephyn Re:Energy-matter synthesis (223 comments)

Ah, but it can it also create the necessary flavoring to create something which tastes almost, but not entirely, unlike tea?

Yes, but they're trying to refine the process such that it doesn't also create a sperm whale and pot of petunias as a byproduct.

about 8 months ago

Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS

Zephyn Re:Amen, brother Amen! (522 comments)

At least they're no longer printing it all out and sending it through the USPS. Progress is being made.

about 8 months ago

Zenimax Accuses John Carmack of Stealing VR Tech

Zephyn Re:Make deals with the devil (148 comments)

It's not just about people, it's also about the before buyout/after buyout difference in the quality of the products produced by the 'wholly owned subsidiary'.

People who enjoyed games by Westwood, Bioware, or Maxis before they were bought out by EA understand this.

about 9 months ago

Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?

Zephyn Re:Arcade games are still skill based (181 comments)

Actually, there were a few arcade titles following the 80's crash offered advantages if you chipped in more coinage. Cyberball 2072 would sometimes give you the option to buy improved team performance or enhanced players between quarters. And I seem to recall Xybots offering extra in-game currency for tokens. Thankfully the trend never caught on back then.

about 10 months ago

Harold Ramis Dies At 69

Zephyn Re:Who you gonna call ? (136 comments)



The Ungrateful Yuppie Larva of the world.

about a year ago

Red Team, Blue Team: the Only Woman On the Team

Zephyn I thought there were two... (247 comments)

Are we not counting Tex, or Griff's sister?

about a year ago

Do Non-Technical Managers Add Value?

Zephyn Re:Two Flavors (249 comments)

Correction: it's two.
But his middle line is still
One syllable short

1 year,23 days


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