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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

dcollins117 Re:Yeah yeah (112 comments)

As a bonus, putting these criminals in jail will also most likely stop all this complaining about a prisoner shortage.

I have a better idea. Why don't we put police who routinely break the law by conducting warrantless searches in the vacant jail cells. Two birds, one stone.

4 days ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

dcollins117 Re:Public safety is not the issue (284 comments)

The issue is the balance between public safety and personal privacy.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches is not just a nice idea, it is codified by the founding fathers as a fundamental principle differentiating this country from others..

The only "issue" is whether you agree with this principle, or not.

about a week ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

dcollins117 Re:Let me get this right (832 comments)

IN short, the Fair Tax would destroy the middle class with any practical implementation.

Would that be the same middle class that is being destroyed by the current system? Seems like they're fucked either way.

about a week ago
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Pentagon Reportedly Hushed Up Chemical Weapons Finds In Iraq

dcollins117 Re:So confused (376 comments)

The reason for war was WMDs like nuclear and biological weapons

The real reason was they happened to be sitting on vast oil reserves. Now all their base are belong to us.

about a week ago
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ISPs Violating Net Neutrality To Block Encryption

dcollins117 Re:Competition urgently needed (149 comments)

As long as the ISPs retain monopoly positions, they will be able to do as they please (or as the NSA pleases to make them do).

I'm hopeful that wireless speeds will continue to increase and become more reliable. If I can connect with my neighbors, and they can connect with their neighbors and so on, we have the beginnings of a decentralised network. The sooner the companies relying on monopolistic control of wired internet access become irrelevant, the better.

about a week ago
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Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

dcollins117 Re:Oh great (546 comments)

It's not hard to roll your own nursery rhyme:

I only have three fingers,
Suspended by three springs.
Instead of choosing passwords,
I do more important things.

There ya go, no Google hits.

about two weeks ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

dcollins117 Re:Nice article (97 comments)

I'm currious if anyone is being exploited in the sense of exploiting children if they take their own pics and you end up seeing them.

Not in my view.

I'm just under the impression that the exploitation comes from children being forced or enticed into the photos and the viewer while not participating in the actual act, it enabling it by creating demand.

It's funny how Hollywood claims that downloading music and movies is destroying the entertainment industries, while the think-of-the-children crowd says downloading photos somehow "creates demand". I suspect both sides are just making shit up to bolster their particular agendas.

about two weeks ago
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US Says It Can Hack Foreign Servers Without Warrants

dcollins117 Re:American Exceptionalism (335 comments)

1) It is not a violation of US law to hack into Chinese computers.

I'm not so sure of that. There have been a a number of amendments over the years to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. One in particular broadens "the definition of "protected computer" in 18 U.S.C.1030(e)(2) to the full extent of Congress's commerce power by including those computers used in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce or communication."

That's a pretty wide net, and could be interpreted to include whatever the prosecutor wants it to.

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

dcollins117 Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

They can cut off 100% of your income suddenly and at a whim.

No they can't. I have several job opportunities.

'll bet you cannot cut off 100% of their productivity at a whim, can you?

Nor would I want to. What happens to them after I leave doesn't really matter to me.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

dcollins117 Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

Because a site like that would drive down prices, thus merchants have no interest in listing their stuff on such a site.

Vendors providing the best product at the lowest price, friendliest service, and best support certainly would have an interest - they would make a lot of money The vendors trying to maximize profit at the expense of customers would not do so well. I don't see a problem with that.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

dcollins117 Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

Predicting what you want is hard.

If not impossible. Why not create a reverse-ebay web site where users tell you what they want to buy and sellers bid to sell it to them?

I'm sure I'm not a genius so it seems likely such a site exists already and I'm just not aware of it . If not, you can have the idea for free. Live long and prosper!

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

dcollins117 Re:We are not hearing the full story. (742 comments)

Look, we all hate Comcast, but something is fishy here about this guy. I will go as far as saying that the write-up is one-sided.

The last anti-Comcast Slashdot article I remember seeing was the one about them terminating Tor users. That turned out to be total bullshit, so I'm skeptical as well.

I'm no fan of Comcast but I do use them - if they give one iota of a reason to switch providers I would be delighted with DSL. Hell, I could use dialup or wireless and be happy as a clam. So far they haven't pissed me off enough to do so .

about two weeks ago
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Complain About Comcast, Get Fired From Your Job

dcollins117 Re:So, it has come to this. (742 comments)

With at will employment no - your employer can fire you for any reason they like.

Fine with me - I can quit for any reason I feel like too. Seems like an equitable arrangement.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

dcollins117 Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

Funny, I use search engines and read review sites.

Search results and reviews are ads, Einstein. Ones you solicit and are interested in.

In fact, ads want me to let arbitrary web sites run scripts and other crap which makes things less secure.

Yes, that is a problem. Those are the unsolicited ads I was referring to. I don't allow them either.

about two weeks ago
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Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

dcollins117 Re:Hardly surprising (249 comments)

I don't think that there's any such thing as an advert that I actually want to see.

Ads are helpful when it comes time to make a purchasing decision. You aren't going to buy something if you don't know it exists.

When deciding what to buy I seek ads out. What I do not condone is unsolicited ads. Those add nothing of value.

about two weeks ago
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One In Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software Or Robots By 2025, Says Gartner

dcollins117 Re: Yes yes yes (405 comments)

"Obamacare" had no robust public option for that reason; the Big Pharmy, Big Insurance and Big Healthcare chains instead get even more money.

Single payer healthcare is still the objective. The ACA is a solid first step toward that goal, which is the main reason Republicans oppose the legislation. Both the GOP and the Pharma/Insurance/Healthcare corporations they represent have good reason to be worried.

about two weeks ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

dcollins117 Re:Story title needs a warning! (274 comments)

Nudity isn't pornography so I wouldn't sweat it. It's pretty absurd though that the article talks about teenage girls being charged with a felony for taking pictures of themselves. What a world we live in.

about three weeks ago
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Building a Honeypot To Observe Shellshock Attacks In the Real World

dcollins117 Re:Not the remote exploit many are looking for (41 comments)

I find it amusing to see how hard some people will work to try to compromise my inconsequential system.

Lol, same here. The only thing of value on my file server is the stuff I'm sharing publically anyways. When I look through my logs at all the fancy attack vectors I think to myself they'd be better off pointing a web browser at index.html, it would sure save them a lot of trouble.

about three weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

dcollins117 Re:No collection happens until examination (126 comments)

So if I download lots of copyrighted music and films, but never listen to them -- then I'm apparently okay right?

Let's turn this idea on it's head. Since NSA is scooping up everything, they most assuredly are "collecting", lots of copyrighted material. All we need is for some enterprising entertainment industry lawyer to see how much money can be made by suing NSA for copyright infringement.

about three weeks ago
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The Executive Order That Redefines Data Collection

dcollins117 Inconceivable! (126 comments)

I can't help but to hear Inigo Montoya's voice saying "You keep using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means".

George Orwell got it right. When you're free to redifine what words mean, you can justify and get away with anything.

about three weeks ago

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