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All the Evidence the Government Will Present In the Silk Road Trial Is Online

anagama Re:if there is no evidence presented in how they.. (44 comments)

There's some scary Supreme Court precedent just handed down. The cop can be ignorant of the law, i.e., think you broke a law when you didn't, and then conduct a search, and that search is now legal thanks to a brand new Supreme Court decision. That's right, ignorance of the law is no excuse, except for cops.

Pick your poison:
http://thinkprogress.org/justi...

http://www.foxnews.com/politic...

Of course this is supposed to be limited to "reasonable" ignorance, but look at Smith v. Maryland. A one time, short term, metadata collection on a specific individual where there was certainly probable cause for a warrant if the cops had not been lazy, is today interpreted to mean that all metadata can be collected for every person, for all time, in the absence of probable cause. Or how the Executive branch interprets "imminent" to include "maybe possibly at some point of time in not so near future." This ruling is a free pass for the cops to do whatever the hell they want and claim ignorance of the law. Just give it 30 years.

8 hours ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

anagama Re: Simple answer... (440 comments)

Your tax dollars at work:

  • 13 years of continuous war
  • Paying off Wallstreet and banksters to trash the economy
  • Massive universal surveillance
  • Importing cheap labor and exporting jobs
  • The most awesome largest prison industry on the planet
  • Mine resistant vehicles for rural sheriff's departments
  • Forced subsidization of the for-profit health insurance industry
  • Monopolies for Comcast (and its ilk)
  • And oh yeah, maybe, if there is anything left over, and after they fall into rivers, bridge repairs

The fact that a small percentage of the tax dollars go to something useful, is like saying that Jeffry Dahmer was nice to puppies so we should forget everything else about him.

13 hours ago
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Apple's iPod Classic Refuses To Die

anagama Re:Wrong conclusion (269 comments)

I did the same thing. I had been waiting for my 80gb model to die before getting the 160gb model, but the news made me go out pick up one of the last boxed iPods in my area at the normal price.

What I particularly like about the classic is that it has physical buttons. That means I can change things while driving without averting my eyes. People don't think about the danger of driving, but when you aren't looking at the road, the chance of being in or causing some life changingly horrendous accident is so much greater.

Secondly, the arrangement of the physical buttons is important. I once had a Creative Labs ____ MG -- can't quite recall the name, circa 2000 or 2001. The button arrangement was horrid -- I had to squint and stare at the tiny buttons on the side every time to not accidentally delete while meaning to skip ahead. With the classic, I can skip and pause by feel alone. I'm sure there are other players I could learn this too, just saying the interface with the Classic is satisfactory for driving.

about a week ago
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$35 Quad-core Hacker SBC Offers Raspberry Pi-like Size and I/O

anagama Re:XBMC Finally? (140 comments)

I don't personally know the answer to this, but I was interested too. There is a video on one of the articles linked in the the summary showing it doing various things, including video, and based on that, it looks promising. I can say that I've wasted far more than $35 on finding out a thing is crap, so this seems a pretty low risk proposition to try this thing out.

Anyway, here's the video link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

I probably wouldn't do the video thing, but if there was a way to make to the arduino libraries that come with Sparkfun or Adafruit gadgetry, this thing has the power to do some pretty interesting stuff, and a lot of it all at once.

about two weeks ago
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Overly Familiar Sci-Fi

anagama Re: Diversity is good, especially in SciFi (368 comments)

Ian M. Banks' culture series doesn't include the specific items you mention, but he certainly does deal with the cultural as well technical differences of a far future. The Player of Games would be a good start:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

Elements include being able to change one's sex, glands to produce any number biologically useful/pleasurable substances at will, what do people do when they live in the embrace of a (mostly) benevolent AI that doesn't need them. And then there's a good story interwoven with it all.

about two weeks ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

anagama Re:Why only women? (310 comments)

The police seem very reluctant to prosecute women, and men are reluctant to apear weak.

I can speak to the second part. I've been punched in the face exactly one time in my life -- saw stars even -- by my then girlfriend. At a different point in our relationship, she choked me and by the time I realized she was serious, I was getting dizzy and my ability to stop it was compromised. Lucky for me she quit on her own. That was well over 20 years ago -- back then I said nothing. Even today, despite the passage of time and the consequent ability to chalk up my reticence about the incident to the ignorance of youth, I feel embarrassed by it -- so much so that it is a struggle to not post this as AC.

about two weeks ago
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You're Doing It All Wrong: Solar Panels Should Face West, Not South

anagama Re:soo.... (327 comments)

Hydropower. Lots of it. The same reason Alcoa has aluminum plants in WA. Electricity is cheap here, cheapest in the nation apparently: http://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=...

about two weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

anagama Re:The lesson (329 comments)

I agree with you more than I disagree and in a society with a rehabilitative rather than retributive prison system, I would definitely agree. As things are now however, serving time does not demonstrate that a person is safe to society. I do understand your point about a permanent disadvantaged underclass, it's just that we need a prison system that will help reform people rather make them hardened, and to get there, we have to make prison far less about vengeance than it currently is.

about three weeks ago
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Finland Dumps Handwriting In Favor of Typing

anagama Re:Dumps, you say? From the anus? (523 comments)

Summer of 1994 (I can remember because it was just before I started grad school), I used Mavis Beacon to learn to touch type. I'd been using computers since I was 12 but just did the hunt and peck -- I think it took a couple weeks to become reasonably proficient, might even have been less. The thing is, once you learn to touch type, you only get better and better as time goes on. It was probably one of the best and most useful things I ever learned.

As for my cursive penmanship, that has always been beyond bad. And painful -- hand cramps and all that. I can print sort of legibly but hand writing belongs to the past for daily use. Quick notes of six or seven words, artistic calligraphy, scrawling something in the dirt on the back window of a car -- it's those sorts of occasional use cases for which writing by hand is reasonable.

about three weeks ago
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Taxi Medallion Prices Plummet Under Pressure From Uber

anagama Re:The lesson (329 comments)

Maybe a criminal background check too. Kidnappers should probably not be taxi drivers. But your point is right on -- as long as a person can demonstrate that he or she is not a threat to the public (bad driver, violent criminal, dangerous car), there is absolutely no reason to deny a license to be a taxi driver.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

anagama Re:Duh (454 comments)

That's basically the current rule and it isn't working as intended because employers game the system. That's why it must be lopsided -- employers have no sense of fairness and after they get done gaming a lopsided system, it might settle at a fair level.

about three weeks ago
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Researchers Say the Tech Worker Shortage Doesn't Really Exist

anagama Re:Duh (454 comments)

Workers bear the burden of H1B -- both the immigrants and the locals. That burden could be shifted by changing the rules. For example, make the visa last three years, non-renewable, cost $25,000 per visa paid for by the employer, and once the worker has been employed for two weeks, he/she will have the legal right to quit working for employer, even if that means sitting at home playing video games and doing no work at all, and make all employment contracts that contain some kind of damages provision if the worker quits or is fired, not just void, but result in a $25,000 fine, or twice the damages provision in the contract, whichever is greater, to be imposed on the employer.

This way, if a company really wants that genius they just gotta have, they can get that person no problem. They just better treat him/her right or risk losing a substantial investment. As for getting slave labor, it would make that completely unfeasible from a financial perspective.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

anagama Re:Education versus racism (481 comments)

Much of this change with the police occurred in the last 20 years with the militarization skyrocketing after 9/11. I don't know whether to call that rapid change or not -- it seems pretty rapid to me having occurred from my 20s to my 40s. Here in my smallish town of 80k, with many miles of fields and forests between it the next town of any consequence, the police have at least a two military vehicles. What is that for if not for practice and training as Police State Enforcers? If they aren't ready to take on that role now, how long would it take to train them as a paramilitary police force? Probably just a few years to hire up some of those desperate for a decent job and let them practice on the equipment they already have.

about three weeks ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

anagama Re:Fireflies? (153 comments)

Mal. Bad. In the Latin.

about three weeks ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

anagama Re:Education versus racism (481 comments)

I had parents, I'm white, have a graduate degree, make six figures. I think of the police as mother-fucking-pigs because they are they enforcement side of the Constitution destroying political regime we have. While I realize that I'm not their prime target -- at this point in time -- that doesn't make the police nice or moral people. I see the racial bias stuff as nothing more than the pigs practicing for full on police state, at which point everyone will be a target.

What will cause attitudes toward these assholes to change is when the police stop using SWAT to bust up home poker games, give up the military equipment, and start trying to _serve_ their community rather looking at us like enemies. The problem starts with the cops and the changes have to start in the pig stye.

about three weeks ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

anagama Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

Yeah ... banksters explain some part (certainly not all, but some for certain) of the immigration reform push:

Head of banking group pushes Republicans to back immigration reform

Wells Fargo Official Links Lending to Immigration Reform

Silicon Valley Bank: In Support of Immigration Reform

How Immigration Reform Will Help Fix The Housing Recovery

about a month ago
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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

anagama Re:I bet Infosys and Tata are dancing in the stree (186 comments)

I wonder if the recent push open up immigration on all fronts, has something to do with the bank bailouts caused by the housing market crash. Basically, the banks now own a lot of useless foreclosed real estate and injection millions of people into the market, some percentage of which will do well enough to buy a house, may be seen as a good thing (by banks and elites).

Of course, it increases wage competition making it harder for working people to get ahead and is thus seen as a bad thing by such people.

I have no evidence, I'm not saying it is true, just mentioning it is some sort of possibility to explain why Democrats are so hell bent on opening the borders recently (aside from the obvious pandering to certain voting segments).

Far down on anyone's radar are environmental effects. There are enough people here already and the more we add, the more polluted and nasty our world gets.

about a month ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

anagama Re:"very telling" indeed (157 comments)

Companies care about bottom lines.

Exactly and that's the point. If a flight of customers is going to make a business go under, that business is going to bitch to reps/senators and then something will happen.

To get there though, users must engage in flight to alternatives in a recognizable pattern. You think Google would totally not care if there was a demonstration day, where say google's usage rate dropped by a third and DuckDuckGo's septupled or whatever? Google would totally notice. So would DDG for that matter. Competition can also lead to better options.

about a month ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

anagama Re:"very telling" indeed (157 comments)

krokodil more likely.

about a month ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

anagama Re: "very telling" indeed (157 comments)

I'm anti-partisan. We basically have a single monolithic GOP: the Blue GOP favors gay rights and abortion, the Red GOP does not.

about a month ago

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More Evidence the NSA is Harming American's Economy

anagama anagama writes  |  about a year ago

anagama (611277) writes ""Cisco has seen a huge drop-off in demand for its hardware in emerging markets, which the company blames on fears about the NSA using American hardware to spy on the rest of the world. ... Cisco saw orders in Brazil drop 25% and Russia drop 30%. ... Analysts had expected Cisco’s business in emerging markets to increase 6%, but instead it dropped 12%, sending shares of Cisco plunging 10% in after-hours trading."

This is in addition to the harm caused to remote services that may cost $35 billion over the next three years. Then of course there are the ways the NSA has made ID theft easier. ID theft cost Americans $1.52 billion in 2011, to say nothing of the time wasted in solving ID theft issues — some of that figure is certainly attributable to holes the NSA helped build.

The NSA, its policies, and the politicians who support the same are directly responsible for massive losses of money and jobs which might cause one to wonder, why do these people hate America and Americans so much?"
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WA Post Publishes Four More Slides on Data Collection from Google et al.

anagama anagama writes  |  about a year and a half ago

anagama (611277) writes "Lots of new program names, flowcharts, and detail in four previously unreleased PRISM slides published by the WA Post today. These slides provide some additional detail about PRSIM and outline how the NSA gets information from those nine well known internet companies. Apparently, the collection is done by the FBI using its own equipment on the various companies' premises and then passed to the NSA where it is filtered and sorted."
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NSA Surveillance Heat Map -- NSA Lied to Congress

anagama anagama writes  |  about a year and a half ago

anagama (611277) writes "NSA officials have repeatedly denied under oath to Congress that even producing an estimate of the number of Americans caught up in its surveillance is impossible. Leaked screenshots of an NSA application that does exactly that, prove that the NSA flat out lied (surprise). Glenn Greenwald continues his relentless attacks with another bombshell this time exposing Boundless Informant. Interestingly, the NSA spies more on America than China according to the heat map. Representative Wyden had sought amendments to FISA reauthorization bill that would have required the NSA to provide information like this (hence the NSA's lies), but Obama and Feinstein demanded a pure reauthorization of FISA, which they got at the end of 2012."
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Anonymous Hacks Federal Sentencing Commission website -- Posts Video

anagama anagama writes  |  about 2 years ago

anagama writes ""This time there will be change, or there will be chaos." In response to the disproportionate prosecution of Swartz, Anonymous hacked the US. Sentencing Commission website and posted a video. One interesting thing discussed in the video, is an encrypted file that it is hoped will spread far and wide (mirror list — appears to be files related to Supreme Court Justices), the key for which would be released if reforms are not enacted. As for the statement itself, the text is available in the ZDNet article and mirror list linked above, and includes this clearly self-aware statement: "We [who] make this statement do not expect to be negotiated with; we do not desire to be negotiated with. We understand that due to the actions we take we exclude ourselves from the system within which solutions are found. There are others who serve that purpose, people far more respectable than us, people whose voices emerge from the light, and not the shadows. These voices are already making clear the reforms that have been necessary for some time, and are outright required now.""
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Fukushima Reactor Design Questioned Since 1972

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 3 years ago

anagama writes "The NY Times is reporting that as early as 1972, the design of the containment system used in the Fukushima plant's reactors was questioned by the US Atomic Energy Commission. The article includes a link to the original 1972 memo, which pointed out that the boiling water design with the pressure suppression system below the reactor, was a method of building containment more cheaply by reducing pressure reduction within the reactor, but that if the pressure reduction system failed, breach of the containment was more likely than in simpler and stronger dry containment systems. In other words, the BWR design was a cost-cutting measure. Thankfully though, Josef Oehmen has assured us that absolutely nothing bad can happen with this design and everyone should just relax."
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Federal Judge Rebuked for Porn Distribution

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

anagama writes "While Robert Zicari and Janet Romano got a year and day for obscenity, Federal Appeals Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinksi only got a non-criminal slap on the wrist for running a private website which he inadvertently made publicly accessible and included "two naked women on all fours painted as cows". While there are clear differences between Zicari/Romano's distribution intentions and the judge's intentions, it is interesting that his possession of simulated bestiality porn is treated so lightly."
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Frys Exec Gambles Away $167m in Secret Kickbacks

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 5 years ago

anagama writes "According to the LA Times article: Debt finally topples a Las Vegas high roller: "Siddiqui, who made $225,000 a year as a top Fry's Electronics executive, once lost $8 million in a day." Apparently, high rollers are often enticed by casinos with free jet rides, prostitutes, rooms, etc. etc. It is not clear from the story to what extent Siddiqui availed himself of such services. Siddiqui was fired by Frys when they discovered he had been strongarming suppliers into paying for product placement kickbacks to his own personal shell companies: "One company, Phoebe Micro Inc., sold Fry's $80 million worth of goods between 2003 and 2008. The firm gave Fry's a $4 million discount, the IRS said, but paid Siddiqui's company $24 million.""
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Reiser's Fate Soon To Be Known

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 6 years ago

anagama writes "It looks like Tuesday morning will mark the end of the Reiser trial. For those who RTFA, the whole trial was live blogged and if you have eight or more free hours, feel free to catch up. There is some interesting analysis by a former defense attorney, Jay Gaskill. He writes on Reiser's decision to take the stand: "As I've told new trial attorneys-in-training over the years, there is no circumstantial evidence case so weak that a testifying client can't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in a few improvident minutes, hours or days on the witness stand." Plainly, he isn't taking a positive view of the outcome possibilities and wasn't really swayed by the Platypus Defense. It's worth noting, as Resier's lawyer (William DuBois) correctly pointed out in closing, that basing a conviction on odd behavior and circumstantial evidence doesn't always amount to justice: c.f. Cyntia Sommers conviction for murder by arsenic poisoning despite no evidence that she poisoned her husband. The conviction was based on odd behavior, getting a boob job and promiscuous activity after her husband's death. Most interesting however, it turns out there was no arsenic poisoning at all, just a lab error showing a concentration so high as to be physiologically improbable. She was released with nary an apology for her murder conviction and near 900 days in jail after new testing showed no arsenic at all."
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Corporate Encouragement for Sharing Your WiFi

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 7 years ago

anagama writes "BT to UK customers: Share your WiFi... please! Conventional wisdom is that one should lockdown wifi, your ISP doesn't want you to share your connection, that person checking email outside the coffee shop ought to be arrested. Here is an alternative model: "BT will encourage its three million broadband users to pick up a FON router and start sharing signals. The router provides two channels: one for public access, and one for access by the owner. The public channel is bandwidth-limited so as not to disrupt the user's own connection. Other "Foneros" can access the public channel for free, while non-Foneros can pay a few dollars a day to use the access points.""
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Forgent Patent Troll Loses Again

anagama anagama writes  |  more than 7 years ago

anagama writes "Forgent Networks, a patent troll, got the slap down by a TX jury in May when it invalidated a patent Forgent held regarding video teleconferencing over telephone lines, and today, its motion for a new trial against EchoStar was denied. In fact, the court awarded EchoStar $90k in costs. Forgent probably isn't crying that much though, it already extorted $28m from other defendants. Some of you may recall that Forgent made a business out of cheating companies for jpeg use — till their patent was largely invalidated on that front as well."
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anagama anagama writes  |  more than 7 years ago

anagama writes "You may recall some time ago a slashdot topic about Mike DeKort, an engineer from Lockheed Martin working on the Coast Guard's Deepwater project (basically, construction of new ships). He released a whistleblower video on Youtube outlining problems and cover up/apathy related to the ships under construction. Well, in the news today, looks like the Coast Guard is taking over the project and ending its contract with Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman. Perhaps the (digital) pen is mightier than the sword (manufacturer)."

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