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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

a_nonamiss Re:Prison population (407 comments)

The spike in crime directly correlates with abortion. It also correlates with the rise and fall of vinyl records. Clearly vinyl records contributed to high crime rates.

about 2 months ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

a_nonamiss Re:Statistics and.. (407 comments)

Unfortunately, there is no profit motive for mental health treatment. It's either government funded, very occasionally funded by religious and other charitable organizations, or unfunded. Underfunded mental health systems lead demonstrably to higher crime rates.

about 2 months ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

a_nonamiss Re:Prison population (407 comments)

I think the odds of this statement being true are approximately 3720-to-1.

about 2 months ago
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TrueCrypt Author Claims That Forking Is Impossible

a_nonamiss Re:What whas the problem in the first place? (250 comments)

I don't think it's unreasonable to conclude that some vague, yet menacing government agency has compromised the code and the developers are unwilling to see what they worked for burned to the ground. I mean, 15 years ago, this would have sounded like the rantings of a paranoid schizophrenic, but with all that's come out about the U.S. government recently, I think it's perfectly rational. Given the level of security TrueCrypt has the potential to provide, and the level of oversight the U.S. Government wants over both foreigners and citizens alike, I would honestly be surprised if TrueCrypt wasn't compromised long ago.

Maybe the goals of this vague, yet menacing government agency are pure and wholesome. After all, TrueCrypt would absolutely benefit those organizations trying to keep their activities secret from authority. But we'll never know because of the veil of secrecy behind it.

about 6 months ago
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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

a_nonamiss Re:XBOX? (616 comments)

I wish everyone commenting on this would differentiate between the Surface Pro and the Surface RT. The former is a decent piece of hardware, and the latter was a really bad mistake. To say "the Surface has been a bitter disappointment" lumps two completely different pieces of hardware into the same bucket.

about a year ago
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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

a_nonamiss Re:XBOX? (616 comments)

It's part of their long-term strategy to get into the living room, which has been very successful. I know many people who have an Xbox for the sole purpose of accessing movie rentals, Netflix, Hulu Plus, and play an occasional game or two. Yes, there are devices (such as the Roku) that do this, but they don't play games.

I'm not saying Microsoft is full of geniuses or anything. They've definitely made a lot of dumb errors over the years. They are most definitely chasing Apple in terms of innovation in consumer market. But I'm also saying that it's a mis-characterization that they're just burning piles of money for no reason. I actually respect that they're at least trying to work on a long-term strategy rather than just trying to shore up their numbers for next quarter by cutting costs. You can't build long-term market dominance by worrying about what happens next quarter. If you try, you end up like US car companies in the 1980's. They're still digging themselves out of the hole they dug by their shortsightedness, and none of them would even exist if it weren't for government bailouts.

For all the grief that the Surface Pro has gotten, it's actually not a bad piece of hardware. I'm using one right now. The Surface RT is a steaming pile of dogshit, but the Pro makes an acceptable lightweight laptop that can also run touch-friendly apps. Nobody will buy a tablet that doesn't have any apps, and nobody will develop apps for a tablet that nobody owns. I don't use it for "Modern" apps very much, but Microsoft is trying to create a bridge between the desktop and the tablet. Windows 8 actually does this well, and paired with well-designed, reasonably powerful hardware, it's very usable, even for a power-user.

about a year ago
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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

a_nonamiss XBOX? (616 comments)

The XBOX 1 lost 4 billion dollars. It's now a solid market that Microsoft dominates. Why would they not use that same strategy here?

about a year ago
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How To Foil NSA Sabotage: Use a Dead Man's Switch

a_nonamiss Re:of course they can (259 comments)

"...OK, Phil, this one's in league with the terrorists. I'll grab his arms, you go get the bucket..." Remember... everyone ... EVERYONE ... has a breaking point.

about a year ago
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Software Brings Eye Contact To Video Chat, With a Little Help From Kinect

a_nonamiss Re:Sometimes the easy way is the better way (111 comments)

Terrific idea, but you'd have a pretty hard time getting that setup into a laptop bezel. Video-conferencing didn't really seem to catch on en masse until the cameras came built into every piece of hardware sold. As a dedicated device, I could see this idea working really well, but I don't think people are willing to sacrifice price and portability just to be able to see someone they're talking to. Of course, there could be exceptions, such as when people are doing high-value business transactions, where eye contact can make or break a deal.

about a year ago
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Lockbox Aims To NSA-Proof the Cloud

a_nonamiss Re: I like the idea (292 comments)

SpiderOak uses AES256, which is closed-source and indirectly developed by the US Government, who may, or may not have their own key. So long as they're not the ones you want to protect your data from, you should be OK.

about a year ago
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Build a Secret Compartment, Go To Jail

a_nonamiss Re:Gun Makers (1111 comments)

There are a lot of things in your life that serve no practical purpose. Should the government outlaw all of the ones I don't like? Should everything in your house be evaluated to make sure it has a "proper" use? Nearly all guns purchased in the United States are used for hunting and target practice. I understand you don't like to do those things. That's cool, I probably don't like all your hobbies, either. But to say that guns should be outlawed because they have no "proper" use is pretty shortsighted. Do R/C planes have any "proper" use? After all, I could use one to fly a bomb into a building, and they don't open locks, close doors or fix cars. What about my kid's kites? What purpose do they serve? Can they open a soda can? Can they dig post holes for a fence? My neighbor has an accordion, which could clearly be used to bludgeon someone to death. I'd love for the police to take that from him.

It's unwise to go around calling people stupid when your own argument lacks substance.

about a year and a half ago
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HP Software Update Cancels Food Stamps

a_nonamiss Re: Nice! (240 comments)

Jeez, mate. You're admitting to helping at least SEVEN PEOPLE defraud the federal government? Why would you do that? I don't work hard and pay taxes so that people like you choose to look the other way while crimes are being committed! If you witness a crime and fail to report it, you are part of the problem.

about 2 years ago
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How Will Amazon, Barnes & Noble Survive the iPad Mini?

a_nonamiss Re:Eink (354 comments)

Believe what reports you want, but my iPad 3 lasts 10-12 hours. Maybe an hour less with LTE turned on. I charge mine only at night, use it all day, and I've yet to run out of battery when I need it. (I have gotten low a few times.)

more than 2 years ago
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How Haiku Is Building a Better BeOS

a_nonamiss Raspberry Pi? (137 comments)

Seems like this OS would be a good fit for Raspberry Pi, if someone would take the time to build it for ARM. The fixed hardware and low power of the Pi is just begging for a lightweight, low footprint OS, and people using the Pi aren't really shackled to backwards compatibility. I know absolutely nothing about how to port a kernel, or I'd be right in there trying to figure out how to do this.

more than 2 years ago
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The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

a_nonamiss Re:Justification of Apathy (525 comments)

I believe you are mistaken. A direct hit from an 8 foot 2x4 at 150mph would break any window, unless it's inches think and made of plexiglass. There are films that might prevent debris from going through said window, but it would undoubtedly be broken.

more than 2 years ago
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Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule

a_nonamiss Micro Center (322 comments)

If you're lucky enough to live near one. They provide the "I need this thing right now" fix, while matching NewEgg's prices. Their sales people aren't perfect, but they're generally a tick or two above the TV salesman at Best Buy. You can't buy a washer/dryer combo there, but I count myself as fortunate to live near one. They're always busy, so I truly hope they're making money.

more than 2 years ago
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Another Raspberry Pi? $49 ARM Single-Board Computer With Android

a_nonamiss Exactly like a Raspberry Pi (206 comments)

Except twice the size, more expensive, and runs an outdated operating system with no room for internal storage, that doesn't yet support a mouse or keyboard. Also, it requires a proprietary power supply. But otherwise, just like it.

more than 2 years ago
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Should Snatching an iPhone Be a Felony?

a_nonamiss Re:it doesnt matter really (607 comments)

I would be willing to bet that the "million dollar industrial machine" you talk about can't run visual studio and Siemens Step 7, either. So why are you wasting your life writing software for a toy?

more than 2 years ago
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New Service Lets Users Try Apple's New IPad For 30 Days Before Buying

a_nonamiss Re:This isn't news, this is an advertisement (150 comments)

It's a shameless plug, but it's also an interesting service that many geeks would probably be quite interested in.

more than 2 years ago

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New revalations from Kent State shooting

a_nonamiss a_nonamiss writes  |  more than 4 years ago

a_nonamiss (743253) writes "The Cleveland Plain Dealer is reporting today on new forensic analysis by audio scientists Stuart Allen and Tom Owen on a recently discovered audio tape from the Kent State shootings. The analysis suggests that four shots from a .38-caliber pistol were fired 70 seconds before the National Guard opened fire on a crowd of student protesters, killing four and wounding nine others. The alleged shooter, student Terry Norman, was hired by the FBI to take photos of the protesters. It has been known for some time that he had a .38-caliber pistol on his person the day of the shootings, but he has always claimed that the gun was not fired during the protest, a claim that was backed up in sworn testimony from authorities at the time."
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a_nonamiss a_nonamiss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

a_nonamiss writes "A Georgia couple, apparently tired of people speeding past their house, installed a camera and radar gun on their property. After it was installed, they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit. They brought this to the attention of the local police department, and are now being forced to appear in front of a judge to answer to charges of stalking.

from the article:

The Sipples allegedly caught Kennesaw police officer Richard Perrone speeding up to 17 mph over the speed limit. Perrone alerted Bartow authorities, who in turn visited the Sipples' home to tell them Perrone intended to press charges against them for stalking.
I have the utmost respect for most law enforcement. They have a difficult, dangerous and mostly thankless job to do, but shouldn't they be held accountable for casually breaking the very same laws they are supposed to be enforcing? Additionally, shouldn't we, as citizens, have the right to be able to bring this to someone's attention without having to face laughably bogus charges for our efforts?"
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a_nonamiss a_nonamiss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

a_nonamiss writes "Doesn't look like Sirius and XM are going to merge any time soon.
From the article:
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin told reporters after an FCC meeting that the Commission would not approve a merger between satellite radio rivals Sirius and XM Radio.

Even if the FCC were to have a change of heart and green-light a merger between Sirius and XM Radio, it would still have to pass antitrust scrutiny by the Department of Justice. Although a combination of the two radio companies wouldn't have the same effect that it would in the TV market, where satellite is the only alternative for some US residents, it would still have the effect of eliminating competition — something that rarely benefits consumers.
I'm not sure how I feel about this one. Wogically, I know that competition is a good thing for consumers, and monopolies are generally only good for companies. Still, something in my gut tells me that a merger between these two companies would benefit the consumer. I don't like having to choose a car based on which satellite radio service comes preinstalled, or considering whether I'd rather have Howard Stern or Oprah, because there is no practical way to get both. Frankly, it's probably all this exclusivity that has caused me not to purchase either system."
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a_nonamiss a_nonamiss writes  |  more than 7 years ago

a_nonamiss writes "A 40-year old Connecticut teacher was found guilty of four felony counts of risk of injury to a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, because the computer she was using in class displyed pornographic images while she was displaying it to the class. The teacher, Julie Amero, claimed that the popups were appearing on their own, and she could not control them.

From the article:
Computer expert W. Herbert Horner, testifying in Amero's defense, said he found spyware on the computer and an innocent hair styling Web site "that led to this pornographic loop that was out of control."
It's tough for me to believe that they could find twelve people in Connecticut that haven't been stuck in their own involuntary porn loop. Admittedly, I wasn't in the clasroom, and I don't know the exact details of this particular case, but as someone who regularly uses a computer in front of students this prospect scares the hell out of me, to the point that I am rethinking even using a computer in front of students again."

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