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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

apraetor It's not age-specific (840 comments)

If this effect is real, then it's also being retconned into my parents generation (I'm 31) as well; I think it's more about the changing nature of our technological products and the fact that they are not constructed in a manner conducive to repair.

about three weeks ago
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Tricked into creating a Steam account

apraetor ummm... no? (3 comments)

You either had the ad open for so long it expired before you clicked the link, or you got an email from Steam and you clicked the link after the sale had expired.

about three weeks ago
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Federal Judge: Facebook Must Face Suit For Scanning Messages

apraetor Re:Yes, it's in FB's "ordinary [business] course" (48 comments)

Chrome doesn't read your emails and what personal information the browser does "phone home" to Google can be disabled if you so wish. The scanning of emails for ad targeting is done server-side for Gmail; still, if you replace "Google's browser" with "Gmail" then you'd have a statement I'd probably agree with. Personally I don't mind my email being checked by an algorithm to generate keywords for advertising; the keywords are only used while that specific email is open on-screen, so it's not like Google is amassing a database of every keyword ever found in any of your email -- that WOULD concern me.

about a month ago
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US Navy Sells 'Top Gun' Aircraft Carrier For One Penny

apraetor Re:Stupid/Misleading Title (118 comments)

Percentages can be negative; that is a perfectly normal and correct way to show the magnitude of a decrease.

about a month ago
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Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot

apraetor Re:This should be interesting (2 comments)

Laws constructed under the Commerce Clause authority to restrict the interstate sale of alcohol have been ruled unconstitutional; maybe this will mark the end of our prohibition-era drug war nonsense. This could well be a can of worms the Attorneys-General will regret opening.

about a month ago
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Colorado sued by neighboring states over legal pot

apraetor This should be interesting (2 comments)

Last I checked there was no amendment giving the Federal gov't authority to create drug laws; it's an interpretation of the commerce clause that's been used as legal justification. Wikipedia has an interesting break-down of the source of constitutional authority for drug laws here. The argument is tenuous and based on the idea that if the federal gov't refuses to tax something, then it has the authority to make laws criminalizing all trade. It's an argument which gives the fed broad reach beyond the letter of the US Constitution; it doesn't mean it's right or wrong -- just that it's the kind of interpretation liable to being changed as our society loses it's hard-nosed Puritanical belief in regulating the private lives of others.

about a month ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:its not as if american cops have anything to fe (515 comments)

When you speak you exhale; if your airway is restricted or partially-blocked you can still potentially force air out by creating high pressure in excess of 1 ATM using muscles. When you inhale, however, the force to move the air comes entirely from the pressure difference between your lungs and the environment; assuming you could pull a vacuum with your lungs the best you can EVER achieve would be 1 ATM of pressure forcing air into you -- without external help. EMTs can use bag-valve-mask hand ventilators to provide a source of high-pressure air to help force it into you (assisted breathing) but that would require the cops to actually give a crap and get help.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:Pay with the pension fund! (515 comments)

Agreed. We've hired cops who aren't genuinely prepared to risk their personal safety for the benefit of their community. In any given cop-citizen interaction the cop is almost guaranteed to react to perceived threats with excessive force because they don't have any incentive to NOT shoot first -- there's no reason for the officer to wonder if it's the citizen who is in the most danger. I live in a smallish city, but I routinely go out of my way to avoid being near cops; I've got a couple friends that are officers and them I like, but the rest.. I'm not taking the chance.. I don't trust their judgement in situations where the line between threat and non-threat isn't black&white.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:Fire them. (515 comments)

Depends on the state in the US, but many of them are at-will and you can be terminated at any time. They can fire you with no reason given and it's legal; if they cite a reason then you might be able to sue, if you can prove an illegal reason for firing.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Would it be much different? They already dress up like soldiers; at least soldiers follow rules of engagement and have proper training.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

You're right about the fact that a sworn officer of the law is supposed to be risking their personal safety by giving the benefit-of-the-doubt and not shooting immediately. Unfortunately we've allowed a culture to build up where the cops are trained to make sure they "come home safe" by erring excessively on the side of shooting first. Your idea about killing them is dumb, but the cops who shoot first are also not true police officers -- they've forgotten that serving and protecting also means protecting innocent citizens from use of force, too.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

It's a problem of incentivization. No one wants to be hurt or killed, but being a cop means putting yourself into unpredictable situations. The officer has lots of incentive to shoot first, because we (society) haven't given them any good disincentive NOT to. In any given cop-citizen interaction the citizen could be a threat, or could be a harmless innocent; we need to give the cops incentive to look carefully before they shoot, because right now anytime you talk to a cop you have an INCREASED chance of being shot than if the cop wasn't around. The cops need to know they'll pay big-time if they don't take care to protect us from their own fight-or-flight response.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re: Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

There is this stigma around civil forfeiture; John Oliver showed how it's being routinely used against innocent citizens, but still.. people who don't consider themselves criminals don't believe it'll happen to them until it's too late. This is why my car's dash cam dumps to the cloud when I hit a panic button.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

Employers have typically less tolerance for crimes committed on-the-job than for ones you might commit on your own time, out of their sight; why should a police department have a different standard for crimes, even minor ones, committed under color of law?

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

When it comes to arresting citizens for recording, and the deletion of the recordings, the courts DON'T accept that excuse from cops anymore. That's why Baltimore has paid out those millions recently.

about a month and a half ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

apraetor Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

I could buy into that argument, but in this case it would be multi-million dollar remedial training. It might be worth the money to learn new lessons, but not to correct what amounts to either incompetence or willful disregard of the law.

about a month and a half ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

apraetor Re:Not required - yes (135 comments)

Nail on the head. The recent trend towards use of debit cards attached to checking accounts is worrying; if used fraudulently you can be liable to $500 or more. On the other hand, a traditional credit card comes with a $50 max liability if the card is lost/stolen, and if the card numbers are stolen (but not the card) then you have $0 liability. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that the shift toward debit cards is supported wholeheartedly by the banks wanting to reduce their losses to theft -- they give you a nice shiny debit card with a credit card company logo as proof of trustworthiness and ease-of-use, and never mention your increased exposure.

about a month and a half ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

apraetor Re:TSA Has Been Useless Since The Beginning (184 comments)

I'm no fan of the TSA, but: how can we quantify the effect of simply having *some form* of security to deter the less-suicidal ones?

about a month and a half ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

apraetor Re:(In that Counter Strike voice) Terrorists Win (184 comments)

Yea, El Al flights are safe; they also have missile countermeasures packages on their aircraft. Safe, sure.. but have you seen their ticket prices?

about a month and a half ago
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Are the TSA's New Electronic Device Screenings Necessary?

apraetor Re: Redundant Question (184 comments)

I'd rather not fly on a plane where the pilots are put in the position of needing to do anything besides actually fly the plane.

about a month and a half ago

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Child Porn Suspect Must Decrypt Own External Hard Drive

apraetor apraetor writes  |  about a year and a half ago

apraetor (248989) writes "I wonder how this stacks up against recent federal court rulings related to border searches and self-incrimination.

MILWAUKEE (CN) — A man suspected of housing child pornography on his hard drives must help the U.S. government decrypt them, a federal magistrate ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan Jr. issued the order last week, overturning an earlier decision that said the suspect, Jeffrey Feldman, was protected by his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination.

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Apple sells apps that don't actually *do* anything

apraetor apraetor writes  |  more than 4 years ago

apraetor (248989) writes "This app, like many others in the Apple App Store, claims to do things which are patently untrue. In addition, the claims are things which the iPhone OS SDK outright bans developers from doing. For example, the app claims to repair battery capacity issues. Meanwhile, the SDK allows only polling the battery's current charge % and state (i.e. charging, full, discharging). An email I sent to Apple's App Store support last week has gone unanswered.

This app is such bs. It doesn’t actually *do* anything. The “features” it claims are all built-in to iPhone OS anyway. It relies on the naivety of users for sales; it is unfortunate that Apple, which purports to “approve” apps for customer protection, lets dishonest developers openly deceive those same customers for profit. The developer claims that the app “performs maintenance” to restore lost battery life, but the iPhone SDK documentation makes it clear that 3rd party apps can do nothing other than display the current charge of the battery, and the charge status.
“Magical battery-fixing junk”
This app claims to increase your iPhone volume.. yet another piece of Apple-approved deceptive advertising."

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