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Justice Department: Default Encryption Has Created a 'Zone of Lawlessness'

ai4px Re:When everyone is guilty... (421 comments)

There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted—and you create a nation of law-breakers—and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with. Atlas Shrugged

2 days ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

ai4px Re:Congress Makes Cuts (253 comments)

it is called baseline budgeting. Government agencies do it all the time.... The gain they wanted wasn't met so they call it a cut. "...our budget was *cut*" usually followed by "think of the children".

At this rate, I expected I would make a million dollars this year, but I only made $50k, so I experienced a $950,000 loss. I also didn't get to sleep with that hottie in HR, but that's an intangible loss.

about a week ago
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IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

ai4px Re:Congress Makes Cuts (253 comments)

I know better than to respond to AC, but I can't help it.....

You want to tax 99% for income over 2million? Why 2 million? How is that fair (ya know, equal protection and all)? SHouldn't everyone have the same tax rate? Estates over 10million? My parents own several thousand acres on a working farm. If they leave it to me, I have to sell land or mortgage the house to satisfy the taxes? So my farm gets parted out and smaller? How's that good for my future income and the future taxes I'll pay on that income? Why 10 million? So you most people won't get affected by it and thus vote for it? How's this.... we all vote that you gotta buy us lunch. In a democracy, the mob rules. The trick to getting the voters to go for something is to make sure that less than 1/2 of the voters are affected by said law. SMH.

about a week ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

ai4px Re:Stall? (132 comments)

Air France Flight 447 stalled at 38,000 feet with an attitude between 35 and 45. If they'd known that their airspeed as below stall, they could have simply dipped the nose and gained airspeed. But the pilots seemed confused the whole way to the sea. Same may have happened here.

about a month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

ai4px Re:Stall? (132 comments)

Could've been busy trying to fly the aircraft. Order of Operatons.... Aviate, Navigate, Communicate.

about 1 month ago
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Debris, Bodies Recovered From AirAsia Flight 8501

ai4px Re:Pilot Proof Airbus? (132 comments)

The Air France flight 447 that crashed, as I understand it was because the pitot tube(s) froze over and the pilots lost their air speed indicator(s). It seems that in many Airbus crashes, the pilots are so accustomed to the automation that they forget how to fly the aircraft. Or they don't understand exactly how the automation works as was the case of an airbus that crashed because only one axis of the autopilot switched off unexpectedly. The aircraft was crabbing in yaw while the pilot was only controlling pitch by hand. Dunno, but it seems that more automation leads to more problems. Isn't this why the US Navy pilots subs manually all the time?

about 1 month ago
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Every Weapon, Armored Truck, and Plane the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

ai4px Re:welcome to the post-9/11 world (191 comments)

....And thus, we generate new cautionary tales........ that future generations will ignore

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

ai4px Re:Hide your cables (516 comments)

Ever heard of directional underground boring? No need to rip up driveways. Place wires in a conduit... underground.

about 2 months ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

ai4px Re: 4th Amendment ... (202 comments)

I'd mod you up if I could! right on! Obama didn't stop it, and he sure didn't start it.

about 2 months ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

ai4px Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (202 comments)

Maybe we should pass a law that says the government must follow the laws of our land? Oh wait.... nevermind. I got it!!!! we'll put the feds on double secret probation. Yeah, that'll work.

about 2 months ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

ai4px Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (202 comments)

The Dick Act of 1902 provided for the training part by creating the nation guards. State militias with access to money for weapons and training. I agree with your assertion that well regulated means in proper working order. I think the founders are turning over in their graves at the way that our language gets stretched. We don't have to change the words in sentences we don't like... we just change the meaning of the words we don't like.

about 2 months ago
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Department of Justice Harvests Cell Phone Data Using Planes

ai4px Re:About time for a Free baseband processor (202 comments)

Article 1 section 8 of US Const says congress cannot allocated monies for an army for more than two years. Take this hand in hand with the 2nd amendment language around the people being a militia, and you'll have an idea that the framers didn't want the expensive army we have now. They wanted the people to come together and form a militia as necessary.

about 2 months ago
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Some Virgin Galactic Customers Demand Money Back

ai4px Safest time to fly? (165 comments)

I want to fly on the very next flight after an accident like this. You know they'll be on their toes!

about 3 months ago
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The Largest Ship In the World Is Being Built In Korea

ai4px Bannnanas? (275 comments)

864million bannananas? Come on, put it units I can visualize. How many LoC's?

about 3 months ago
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Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle

ai4px Re:Chromecast (106 comments)

I have a smart TV and it's a realy PITA to enter URLs or search for a youtube video. Chromecast is much easier.... heck, it's even easier than fliping the screeen around to show my wife something on the laptop... I just beam it to the TV.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

ai4px Who would've thought? (269 comments)

"Microsoft said that they had data showing Start Menu usage had dropped."

HOw about that... you make the start button a PITA to get to and it's use drops. wow. These folks are S M A R T.

about 4 months ago
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Mobile Phone Use Soon To Be Allowed On European Flights

ai4px Re:We've really gotten wrapped around the axle (96 comments)

Thanks for the info on the pixel clock on camera.... hadn't thought of that. Also you are correct a CDMA phone will wipe out a GPS receiver's front end if right on top of the antenna, but in a commercial aircraft, it's pretty well shielded on top of the fuselage.

about 4 months ago
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Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled

ai4px Re:gear heads (167 comments)

Oh contraire..... VW 4 cyl firing order is 4321. The old air cooled ones.

about 4 months ago

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