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New York Judge OKs Warrant To Search Entire Gmail Account

blackraven14250 Re:Warrants are supposed to be narrow (150 comments)

Ummm, isn't that PRECISELY the point? If the search criteria isn't sufficiently broad to catch someone then that means they don't have enough evidence to be conducting the search in the first place. Almost everyone can be found guilty of some illegal activity (however minor) if the search parameters are sufficiently broad.

Genuine question. If I employed the services of a company specializing in archiving paperwork, and the government had a search warrant for potential evidence in their case which could be contained in that paperwork, wouldn't the prosecutor (or at least someone working under the prosecutor's direction) be the one looking through it? As the argument goes so many times against the government's practices, why should we expect that, in the case of email, searches should operate substantially differently than with paper records? In this case, it seems wholly appropriate to apply it in the other direction.

2 days ago
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Japan To Offer $20,000 Subsidy For Fuel-Cell Cars

blackraven14250 Re:Carbon impact is misleading (155 comments)

If you generate CO2 in one location, you can sequester it quite easily for other uses - for example, for anything ranging from paintball tanks to soda to welding to fish tanks to greenhouses - if not just dump the stuff underground in old oil wells.

3 days ago
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Comcast Customer Service Rep Just Won't Take No For an Answer

blackraven14250 Re:Once the user cancels, you have lost (401 comments)

They don't go around and call you to fake-cancel their accounts hoping to get a better rate. The few that do are well known and blacklisted.

I looked around for a bit, and couldn't find a source for this. Mind providing one?

about a week ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

blackraven14250 Re:Predictions vs. reality (750 comments)

I know two people who use Facetime daily when they work past about 6 or so to call their kids. It's not some crazy thing that isn't even on the typical person's radar in the industrialized world, it's just not 100% of all phone calls like some people envisioned it.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee Intelligence Largely Determined By Genetics

blackraven14250 Re:Intelligence isn't always advantageous (157 comments)

But there is still an upper cap defined by energy requirements, and apparently we have actually hit that cap thousands of years ago already, and then bounced back slightly.

Ah, but there's a difference now compared to then. We have the ability, at least in the developed world, to push again past the old cap, which originally existed in a natural environment. Who knows if the modern environment would actually select for higher intelligence in practice to do it, but the possibility is there with modern resources.

about two weeks ago
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The Least They Could Do: Amazon Charges 1 Cent To Meet French Free Shipping Ban

blackraven14250 Re: Not France vs US (308 comments)

Google is also written in to the summary, specifically mentioning how the French want them to pay sites they list in their search results. That seems like a terrible idea, considering having a search result exist on Google is essentially a free advertisement for your site...

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

blackraven14250 Re:Double edge sword. (73 comments)

That's a distinction with tons of teeth. It's not just microtransactions - everything about Zynga-style "games" is designed to make you play more while heavily incentivizing you to pay, while normal games provide a challenge. Zynga games don't contain nearly any challenges since that discourages players, they're button-pressing for the sake of button pressing. That's one reason why King is taking over Zynga's former spot as that upcoming new free game giant - they're providing games that are legitimately challenging, and adding the incentives for players to pay. Part of the reason for that is that the games they pick to add these psychological influences to already have a high degree of randomization that they use to their advantage, and they did mash up the formula on them by adding modified game modes, but that's going on a tangent. Back to your point about the way levels are designed, that's also part of the strategy to get people to pay - you can't see the forest for the (intentionally singular) tree.

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

blackraven14250 Re:Double edge sword. (73 comments)

TinyTower and DreamHeights are very different than Theme Hotel and SimTower. Two of these "games" (aka psychological manipulators) are designed to get you to buy inapp purchases, the other two are actual games. I do see your point with them though, since in each pair, one is a copy of the other AFAIK (I've never seen DreamHeights). Just don't group them.

about two weeks ago
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Google, Dropbox, and Others Forge Patent "Arms Control Pact"

blackraven14250 Re:Time to abolish patents (73 comments)

It looks like you could join, even as a startup. The form is available online. My concern is actually how it handles transfers within the network - they're unencumbered by the license granting provisions, which seems to indicate that if this becomes widespread, it could become a tool used against startups later on, or be useless against patent trolls if they're too accepting of new companies. It doesn't seem like it's bad for startups now, given the ease of joining.

about two weeks ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

blackraven14250 Re:What a crazy situation (149 comments)

You missed my point, and provided an example that does not prove the AC's point even if your reading was correct. Rephrased, I was saying "anyone who has ever defined 'first world' in either of these two widely-accepted ways does not call the US a third world country", not "anyone who has ever used the term 'first world' would consider the US to be one" as you seem to have read it. Beyond that, even if your reading was correct, the other definitions you use all still place the US as a first world country.

about two weeks ago
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Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

blackraven14250 Re: Not for deaf/hard of hearing... (579 comments)

You don't need to stop if they're on the curb, but you're entirely liable if they do enter the crosswalk while you approach. You said it yourself - "If a pedestrian is in a crosswalk *for whatever reason*, you must stop and let them finish". Effectively, pedestrians always have the right of way.

about three weeks ago
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Philips Ethernet-Powered Lighting Transmits Data To Mobile Devices Via Light

blackraven14250 Re:Well, this sounds brilliant... (104 comments)

While it probably wouldn't catch on in the vast majority of places, I could see a few smaller/newer companies doing that. It'd look pretty damn cool too having all sorts of colors through a cube farm, and make it feel much less like it's actually a cube farm, both for the workers and visitors.

about three weeks ago
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Encryption Keys For Kim Dotcom's Data Can't Be Given To FBI, Court Rules

blackraven14250 Re:What a crazy situation (149 comments)

Anyone who has ever defined the term "first world" as either "NATO-aligned countries" or "countries with post-industrial economies". The only people who call the US a "third world country" are people who are using incorrect terminology to describe the issues the US faces.

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

blackraven14250 Re:sensors (196 comments)

I don't usually use earbuds except to work out, but I have a $20 pair of Sony earbuds that sound better than Apple's. It's absurd that the article doesn't mention a single thing about sound quality, and goes into how easily the cords tangle and body sensors like those are the things people care about. You need to get sound quality right before you can even think about all the other ancillary shit to try and sell more of them.

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level

blackraven14250 sensors (196 comments)

Why would the writer think that adding body sensors are an answer, instead of improving the fucking sound?

about three weeks ago
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UK Man Sentenced To 16 Months For Exporting 'E-Waste' Despite 91% Reuse

blackraven14250 Re:The headline is juicy, but hides a real problem (212 comments)

Heh, I kinda got lost in thinking about CRTs and how they hold up to the elements, and forgot to direct my question at that in particular instead of the AC-related part of that post.

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

blackraven14250 Re:Yes, let's tax the poor (619 comments)

Last I checked, the gas tax is separate from the diesel tax, which would affect the stores and restaurants you mention.

about a month ago

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China now halting shipments to rare earths to US

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "China is halting rare earth exports to the US now. They did this in retaliation for investigations into their green energy policies.

http://washingtonindependent.com/100834/obama-administration-says-it-will-investigate-chinas-green-tech-trade-policies

http://www.livescience.com/technology/etc/101019-china-halts-shipments-tech-crucial-minerals.html"
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Sen. Franken asks about Net Neutrality at Hearings

blackraven14250 blackraven14250 writes  |  about 5 years ago

blackraven14250 (902843) writes "During supreme court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings, newly-appointed Senator Al Franken asked her about her stand on Net Neutrality. He questioned whether there was an "overriding first amendment right" when it came to content providers not being able to speed up their own content when they are also service providers. Sotomayor dodged the question in the same manner as the day and a half of questions before it, but it's more about Sen. Franken at this point, as he hasn't had much time to make any sort of impression to the nation as a whole what his key fights are."

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