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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

ai4px Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

A dead man switch will prevent the device from being recovered and used as evidence. Better to go off at an unexpected time than get me caught.

about a week ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

ai4px Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

So why not program the phone to ping a web site (like the police dept) and if it can't get a ping back, set off the explosion? Failsafe!

about a week ago
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Judge: US Search Warrants Apply To Overseas Computers

ai4px Re:Finally! (502 comments)

You say loopholes and evade taxes. It's like you've presupposed they are doing evil. Despite what they use being called a loophole, if it's legal, don't blame them for playing by the rules. Blame the idiots who poorly crafted a law.

A certain paper company used a green energy law that said if you use alternative fuels you can get a tax credit. The paper industry has been burning black liquor since the 1930s and in 2008 figured out they could get the tax credit if they /added/ diesel fuel to their alternative fuel. Congress fixed it within a year. The company did nothing except follow the rules (which are like walking thru a minefield.)

about a month ago
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FTC Files Suit Against Amazon For In-App Purchases

ai4px Parental responsibility (47 comments)

Gasp.... kids are pressing buttons in a game. Hey Mom and Dad... supervise your kids and what they do. Problem solved. I never cease to be amazed how found money (refunded money) can bring out the worst in people.... people are willing to look like irresponsible victims for a few bucks. Dignity and selfrespect are out the window if the price is right.

about 2 months ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

ai4px Re:Having solved all other earthly problems... (181 comments)

Maybe it's a two-fer... they plan to use the immigrants to mine asteroids? What's next? Profit of course!

about 2 months ago
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Asteroid Mining Bill Introduced In Congress To Protect Private Property Rights

ai4px Does Amerika have jurisdiction? (181 comments)

Does America even have jurisdiction above 100km? WTF????

about 2 months ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

ai4px Re:Let them (286 comments)

Don't resist arrest? Don't plan on it, but that won't stop the cop from "narrating" what he wants others to believe what is happening. Case in point, cop pulls over a guy and walks up to the car knowing he's being recorded by his dashcam and has on a wireless mic. You hear the cop say "stop reaching for my gun" and see him lean in the car window. It looks like the guy has tried to take the cop's gun. The truth is that there is a 2nd cop car with a dash cam recording from an angle that allows you to see the driver's hands clearly on the steering wheel, even as the cop leans in his car to unbuckle his seat belt. The cop drags him out the car and throws him on the ground. The guy tries to break his fall and the cop starts shouting "stop resisting". This really happened... google Marcus Jeter New Jersey. The cops and the DA conspired to conceal the 2nd dashcam that showed the driver's hands /not/ reaching for the cops gun.

about 2 months ago
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What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

ai4px Re:Let them (286 comments)

The poison fruit of the poison tree. Inadmissible evidence.

about 2 months ago
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Professors: US "In Denial" Over Poor Maths Standards

ai4px The problem is... (688 comments)

The problem is that we are spending so much time trying to teach to the kids who don't value education we are failing those who could succeed. For example, when I kid falls behind, the school is incentivised to not fail the child. Instead they give the other children in the classroom busywork and pull one or two aside to spend extra time with them. This time is time /not/ spent advancing the smarter kids. Indeed, our ideal of giving all children the same education is simply pulling down the smarter kids. It's a shame that someone in the UK has to point it out to us.

about 3 months ago
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China Bans Government Purchases of Windows 8

ai4px Re:Linux (200 comments)

I hate to be a hater, but if you are ragging on a guy for misspelling SIGHTED, you should not misspell Genious (Genius). Not to be confused with a beer by a similar name.

about 3 months ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

ai4px Re:interesting.... (316 comments)

I used a surface pro for all of about 2 hours and returned it to the store. I was lined up to pay >$900 for a surface pro that didn't come with a keyboard. The touch screen in win8 isn't even smart enough to pop up an on screen keyboard when I touch a blank to type. I have to make the keyboard pop up, then move the screen around to see what I'm typing if the kb covers it up. Amazingly unintuitive. Couple this with a GUI that keeps funneling me into the puzzle pieces view... and trying to find apps that are not organized in alphabetical order..... again, amazingly unintuitive. Now they tell us it has a 3:2 aspect ratio? WhoTF is making these decisions?

about 3 months ago
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Surface Pro 3 Has 12" Screen, Intel Inside

ai4px Re:Or... (316 comments)

And most peon employee level remote access (ie blue cross blue shield) is done with Citrix, so thin clients could prevail if business would only stop to consider it.

about 3 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

ai4px Re:Police and military? (1374 comments)

Felons are not citizens... well they are citizens again once their sentence is served. They cannot vote, they cannot own guns. They forfeit their rights against search and seizure. Where WE screwed up in the GCA 1968 where we never gave them back their gun rights.

about 4 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

ai4px Won't fire 10 inches? (1374 comments)

Will fire 10 inches.... so the bad guy holds my wife by the neck and she clutches at his arm choking her trying to pull it away... where is her arm? within 10 inches of the gun pointed at her head. bang goes the supposedly safe gun.

about 4 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

ai4px Re:Hasn't changed since the 70s (798 comments)

In my case back in high school, I went to the principal several times. The last day it happened, I punched the bully. We ended up in teh office and the principal outright lied and said he hadn't spoken to me yesterday about this very issue. Further, they suspended me for throwing the first punch... because I couldn't prove the guy had pushed me from behind. Taught me a lesson. Screw the authorities. If you're damned if you do and damned if you don't, you may as well do.

about 5 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

ai4px Re:Rewarding the bullies... (798 comments)

SOunds like a great case for jury nullification.... what a shame minors aren't subject to jury trials.

about 5 months ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

ai4px Re:Rewarding the bullies... (798 comments)

HOw will they charge the boy with wiretapping if they made him delete the evidence?

about 5 months ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

ai4px Re:Over 18 (632 comments)

Ohh and from the same episode involving the first time home buyers tax credit, since my ex and I filed as married that tax year (we divorced that same year and I didn't realize we had to file as single), AND I'd gotten the home buyer tax credit, that money had to be paid back. No problem... if it's due, it's due. I paid it back and 3 years of penalties and interest. OK. The IRS continues to garnish $250 a year from the ex's income tax returns since that was the original payback schedule for that tax credit. She's gone to them with the cancelled check showing the debt was paid and they won't accept it. She's asked that they look at the tax year in which I repaid the debt and they say they can't since we're weren't married in that year. So she's stuck for the next 15 years paying back a debt that's already satisfied.

about 5 months ago

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