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American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

billybacs Email v. Physical Search Warrant (226 comments)

The last paragraph notes that email warrants are typically treated like subpoenas. Given that the U.S. have coordinated with local law enforcement before (Kim Dotcom), why would the increased overhead significantly hinder investigations? At a minimum, fishing expeditions would be minimized, so I see no reason for the distinction to continue. This would make for an interesting SCOTUS decision if it gets to that point.

about 6 months ago
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Will Android Flavors Spoil the Platform?

billybacs Re:The "choice is bad" argument (405 comments)

That would be awesome...Yeah, I was planning on rooting whichever phone I got. I was under the impression G2 would be vanilla, though. I'm looking forward to seeing whether the "slower" processor still matches or beats out the newer 1GHz phones. The volume issue is on my brand-spanking new BT headset, too. I'll have to check out DSP, though. I never use terminal but I like having the keyboard, anyway. Options are always nice.

more than 4 years ago
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NASA Looks At Railgun-Like Rocket Launcher

billybacs Re:Maybe someone should tell them... (231 comments)

I just read this book for the first time recently. Hooray for getting references.

more than 4 years ago
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Will Android Flavors Spoil the Platform?

billybacs Re:The "choice is bad" argument (405 comments)

FWIW, with 2.22.23.02, have you noticed volume problems? I'm using the same one and calls are MUCH quieter. I found some older radios that were having this issue on the G1, but nothing recent. I'm guessing it's not widespread, but eh. I'm torn between getting Galaxy-S and the G2...:(

more than 4 years ago
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GPS Tracking Without a Warrant Declared Legal

billybacs Re:Sauce for the goose (926 comments)

Thank you for returning me to 2001. I completely forgot how awesome that was.

more than 4 years ago
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UVB-76 Explained

billybacs Re:Deciphering the Code (222 comments)

That's great; I wish my team had done that. We had two people who tried it, but we'd never figure anything meaningful until halfway through the 2nd half, so the "knowledge" didn't do much until we got some subs in.

more than 4 years ago
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Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout

billybacs Re:American Guns!! Yay NRA!! (518 comments)

Nobody should be carrying around a gun safety-off. Most businesses do restrict the carrying of weapons onto the property (concerts?) already. As FCad said, banning them can open themselves up to spree killings. It's a matter of risk.

And he, like most normal people, doesn't flash his gun. Laws are typically geared toward the circumstances. If you ask someone to do something, and flash the gun to say "I have a gun", you'll be hit a lot more severely than if you're on a bench showing somebody your gun. This would still be a terrible idea, as somebody will still call the cops and you'd have to deal with them, regardless of whether or not you get charged with anything.

more than 4 years ago
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Controversy Arises Over Taliban Option In Medal of Honor

billybacs Re:Hypocrisy Isn't Free (671 comments)

They don't have to play the game. Why does the existence of media that "hits home" necessitate a ban on such things? 20 years from now, most of the parents of people killed will still be alive. If it upsets you, don't watch/play it...Or criticize the company making the product, as is happening here. Freedom of expression means being able to freely protest said expression. It doesn't mean any laws are necessary. If enough people are pissed about it and refuse to play the game, it's a self-resolving issue. If enough people want to, then deal with it. Nobody has a right to simply be free from offense of any sort.

more than 4 years ago
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Buried By The Brigade At Digg

billybacs Re:Catch 22 (624 comments)

Now back to hellfire.

more than 4 years ago
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Chevy Volt Not Green Enough For California

billybacs Re:I'm puzzled (384 comments)

Depends on the jurisdiction. Many cities (in the US, anyway) provide right-of-way only at marked crossings. If you dart out into the middle of a street and get hit, you typically can't hold the driver liable unless you can prove that they were speeding (skid marks?)

more than 4 years ago
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NTP Sues Six Major Tech Companies Over Wireless Email Patents

billybacs Re:Fundamental technology (197 comments)

Personally, I spread my peanut butter jelly with a baseball bat.

Where he at?

There he go.

more than 4 years ago
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Is PC Gaming Set For a Comeback?

billybacs Re:Number of PCs and number of people (495 comments)

Check out Soldat. It's not at all SSB, but I think it captures the (very, very) basic playstyle. We used to play it on LAN in high-school back in the early 00s, but it's pretty fun for a while.

It won't satisfy your itch for SSB, but it's pretty good.

more than 4 years ago
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Seagate Releases 3TB External Drive for $250

billybacs Re:Power Supply (272 comments)

Agreed. I bought a 640GB ext a year and a half ago for a bit over $100, and it requires an external power source. I typically don't mind the slowness of them, but you're right. Once you get close to GBs of data, it's a massive pain to transfer data.

Imagine USB to USB! That took half the night to move all my stuff off a 250 to that 640...granted I had an X41 Tablet at the time..-_-

more than 4 years ago
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Seagate Releases 3TB External Drive for $250

billybacs Re:Cost Per GB, but other considerations may apply (272 comments)

Given the form factor, it probably requires an external power supply. Typically the ones that don't are tiny. Many of the 1TB drives I've seen without power supplies are about the size of laptop hard drives.

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone 4 News Roundup

billybacs Re:Here's your roundup (568 comments)

I wouldn't worry, the Type-S can't reach anywhere near 155 anyway. =P Maybe 130, possibly 140mph given 10 miles to accelerate.

more than 4 years ago
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UK Police To Allow Gun Users To Renew Licenses With iPhone App

billybacs Re:Mothers (271 comments)

The law differs state-by-state as to whether you're assumed to be right in your own home. Texas has a very strong history of castle-law, but certain states (I believe Massachusetts and up until recently, Florida) can still hold you liable if you kill someone invading your house while armed.

As to whether any sane jury would actually convict, that's another story...

more than 4 years ago
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MA High School Forces All Students To Buy MacBooks

billybacs Re:Don't let reality get in the way of your anger (1217 comments)

That limits you to basically Wenham (or /Hamilton?), Danvers, or Salem....of those, Salem is not ritzy outside of the touristy area...Most of Beverly I'd say is kinda up there outside the downtown, though....(Nick's ftw). Peabody is most definitely not ritzy unless you're in certain parts of West Peabody.

I'm from the north shore as well and given what a lot of people in the area blow money on, I don't see this being an issue for 95% of Beverly. Of course, this may mean less spinny hub-caps (not rims) on an '83 Mustang...

fwiw the two best things about the whole area are Nick's and Supreme's.

more than 4 years ago
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The Race To Beer With 50% Alcohol By Volume

billybacs Re:But what about taste? (297 comments)

IMHO, it tastes terrible too. the 90 minute ale is the sweet-spot for me. Chimay sort of reminds me of the 120-minute ale, but has a lighter taste to it (it's still only 9% but eh). I recently found out about Chimay the other day and love it almost as much of Belhaven and Boddington's.

more than 4 years ago
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USAF Scramjet Hits Mach 6, Sets Record

billybacs Re:Still a long way to orbit (326 comments)

If you wanted to be incredibly pedantic, you could try to make the case that up there has negligible atmosphere, traveling 1m/s = Mach 9001 or something...I'm not sure if the molecules are still too far apart to even bounce into one another, though.

more than 4 years ago
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Long Odds For Online Gaming Legislation In US

billybacs Re:Punish the problems created by the vice (148 comments)

I would think that the gambler still has to pay it back. Wages could probably be garnished. In the cases of buying stolen stuff, in most places I know of in the US, you must return that item. The person who stole the item would be responsible for paying you back whatever you spent on it (again, if they can't pay right then, wages would be garnished and you'd be paid back somehow over time). If they're homeless vagrants, you may be SOL.

more than 4 years ago

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Windows 7 Pricing Finally Announced

billybacs billybacs writes  |  more than 4 years ago

billybacs writes "Microsoft just announced the pricing for Windows 7. Starting tomorrow, for a limited time upgrades will be available for the Home Premium and Professional versions for $49/$99. Normal upgrade pricing will be $119/$199 ($219 for Ultimate, which is not included in this deal). Retail pricing for full-version Home Premium and Pro will be $199 and $299, respectively ($319 for Ultimate)."
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