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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

currently_awake Re:Firearms usage (440 comments)

Eye witness testimony from a public place is usable. The problem was spying on him for months without a warrant.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

currently_awake Re:no state shall abridge ... citizens of the Unit (440 comments)

Your quote contradicts you. "nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law" means that non citizens get due process of law.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

currently_awake Re:this is ridiculous (440 comments)

Having a computer listening to your phone calls is no different than having a cop outside your door with a parabolic microphone.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

currently_awake Re:What? (440 comments)

Odds are he was in a constitution free zone (border zone), as that includes almost the entire country. Just call up the Department of Homeland Insecurity and have him arrrested.

3 days ago
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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

currently_awake Re:What? (440 comments)

You are assuming the Mexican/American border problem is merely an engineering problem, but It's not. It's a political one. If you don't want illegal immigrants coming north then keep them from working in the USA. Random spot checks of low wage employers coupled with massive fines for illegals would cut the number by half in a single year. But that won't happen because big business likes to export jobs to the third world (and that is effectively what illegal guest workers do to your economy).

3 days ago
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Snowden Leaks Prompt Internet Users Worldwide To Protect Their Data

currently_awake Re:Changing passwords regularly (53 comments)

If you want a password that nobody will guess, try "Microsoft", because nobody associates that name with security.

4 days ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

currently_awake Re:Don't worry guys... (873 comments)

Are you refering to the Roman Catholic Church? The one the Romans rebuilt into their state religion?

5 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

currently_awake Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

I see no benefit to society in subsidizing a profitable industry. If you look at the financial statements of American drug companies you see they spend very little on R&D. http://www.pfizer.com/files/in... (page 31) These guys spend less than 15% per year on R&D.

5 days ago
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Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

currently_awake Re:Can you say... (263 comments)

Health care and drug research should be done by the government. It's provably cheaper and gives better healthcare results. Also private drug companies choose to not research or make cures for minor diseases, because the profit margins are not big enough.

5 days ago
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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

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

Taxes pay for civilization. The streets you drive to your mansion by the lake are paid for by taxes. Providing basic health care for your workers because you are too cheap to pay a living wage, that's from taxes. You want to live in a country without taxes try Somalia. Taxes are generally good for society, and higher tax countries tend to be better places to live in. And the tax rate in the USA is falling along with the quality of life.

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

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

A police officer requires the cooperation of the general public. You can't do the job if nobody will tell you about crime or give you tips. The police need to get out of their cars and do foot patrols, get to know the people in a neighbourhood and stay there to defend them. Give cops a small zone to patrol (on foot), and they stay there to work that zone for years at a time.

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

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

How about public service? Cleaning up garbage and removing graffitti for a few hundred hours should discourage such actions, but without the taxpayer getting burned.

about a week ago
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Tracking the Mole Inside Silk Road 2.0

currently_awake Re:Seeing this information so widely disseminated (81 comments)

This is why the police win, they just wait for the criminals to make mistakes. Police are not paid enough to attract the top talent, they win by statistics.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

currently_awake Re:PRIVATE encryption of everything just became... (379 comments)

Private spying gets you information, public spying gets you intimidation. Possibly they have changed their goals.

about a week ago
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Congress Passes Bill Allowing Warrantless Forfeiture of Private Communications

currently_awake Re: PRIVATE encryption of everything just became.. (379 comments)

A law giving the NSA authority to intercept all communications means that your corporate crypto server will be copied, giving them all your keys so they can decrypt everything. If you want security it must be done entirely at the client side, with only the client having the keys. Any central crypto means they get everything. Also you should assume Microsoft and Google are working for the NSA, so they can patch your OS to copy your client side keys to the NSA if required.

about a week ago
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Utilities Face Billions In Losses From Distributed Renewables

currently_awake Re:Reduced revenues != lost profit (280 comments)

If people install solar panels without the batteries they will use the panels during the day and the grid at night. The utilities will have the full cost of infrastructure and generators but without the revenue from all that daytime use.

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

currently_awake Re:What happens to these at the true end-of-life? (143 comments)

It's not cost effective for the first world to recycle battery packs. Send these packs to the third world and let them do the work of making an off-grid power system. Also there is a project underway to make solar lights for the third world that is working. http://www.zagg.com/community/...

about two weeks ago
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Using Discarded Laptop Batteries To Power Lights

currently_awake Re:sorry, all my laptop batteries are dead (143 comments)

Also laptops use battery packs, containing several individual batteries. When one battery fails the whole pack is thrown away even though all the rest still work.

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

currently_awake Re:Circular logic (66 comments)

If you want open spectrum then just open it. There doesn't need to be a private owner for that.

about two weeks ago
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A Case Against Further Government Spectrum Auctions

currently_awake Re:And this is the part (66 comments)

You have that backwards. Selling more spectrum increases net neutrality because it allows competition. If I open up my spectrum block to competition it will lower hardware costs and everyone will move to my block instead of investing in yours.

about two weeks ago

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