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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

gatfirls Oversight (357 comments)

Police want to be able to (without warrant or cause) track you, record you, search you, go through your cell phone, and whatever else the fancy at the moment but once there is the slightest attempt at any monitoring or oversight of the police they go apeshit about their rights and their safety.

It's so backwards it's almost a parody of the intent of the constitution and government accountability.

yesterday
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

gatfirls Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

You may be the stupidest registered user I have had to deal with.

Those headlights coming at you at 11PM might be a smoker, drunk person, or drug addict. Pick one.

Fight your tobacco cause you idiot, BTW a lot of really hardcore smokers are ex drug and alcohol users, tell those horrific people they should go back to alcohol and/or drugs because "ewww it stinks".

And someone modded you up? WTF?

3 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

gatfirls Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

Alcohol? Great as long as you don't drive, don't urinate in public or start a drunken brawl.
Drugs? Great as long as you don't end up sitting in the ER on public dollars, or don't go on a lunatic stabbing rampage.
Smoke is probably the worst of the lot in terms of the number of people it affects. It smells foul (opinion) and it's bad for your health just being in the same room or general vicinity as someone who's doing it (fact).

Did you type that with a straight face? The sociological and economic impact from alcohol and drug abuse is so massive and ubiquitous it's pretty much impossible to be quantified.

What you are saying is: "I'm ok with these things when I remove the horrific aspects of them, but not with smoking."

There's like a million arrests per year for DUI (just the people who get caught), but let's focus on that terrible smoker doing things that you don't like.

3 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

gatfirls Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

Well there's an angle I haven't seen before. What is alcohol then, like polio?

3 days ago
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New Nicotine Vaccine May Succeed Where Others Have Failed

gatfirls Re:Required vaccine? (178 comments)

Your thought process is scary at a minimum. It does give some insight into how horrible ideas take root once you demonize something/someone though.

4 days ago
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Jim Blasko Explains 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 2 of 2)

gatfirls Re:Who the hell cares? (39 comments)

Pay whoever runs the ads some money?

5 days ago
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Your Entire PC In a Mouse

gatfirls Re:Once upon a time (165 comments)

"And nobody found it problematic back then."

Umm yea, people did they just couldn't conceive of a better solution until wireless came around.

Wired phones weren't found problematic and now people scoff at the thought of using such barbaric technology.

about a week ago
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Jim Blasko Explains BitCoin Spinoff 'Unbreakable Coin' (Video 1 of 2)

gatfirls Huh? (55 comments)

I was told bitcoin was perfect conceptually the only issue is with the businesses/exchanges/etc? What gives?

Then again this guy sounds like he knows what he's talking about, I'm all in!

about a week ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

gatfirls Re:Not just self-employed.. (450 comments)

That's a good question. I would think it wouldn't be a large percentage.

Sure like 50% of Americans have 401k's etc, but actual capital gains/losses? I would guess that number is pretty low and probably a large part of the development for the software since it can be so complex versus your straight 1040a/ez filer.

about two weeks ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

gatfirls Re:Just hire a CPA (450 comments)

...or if 40$ hurts that bad maybe reconsider your self employment and/or investments.

about two weeks ago
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How Bitcoin Could Be Key To Online Voting

gatfirls Re:selling your vote... (480 comments)

Well at least I can directly profit from my vote instead of giving it to an R or D to sell to the highest bidder.

about two weeks ago
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In-Flight Service Gogo Uses Fake SSL Certificates To Throttle Streaming

gatfirls Routing? (163 comments)

Why would they do all that instead of just put access lists at the edges?

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

gatfirls Re:Airline anaolgy is incorrect (448 comments)

AMC.

  I highly doubt Breaking Bad would have been the show it was had any other network taken it. AMC floundered for years until they had the eyeballs enough to justify investment in a show.

about three weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

gatfirls Spirit? (448 comments)

Is exactly the type of "nickle and dime you to death" he is speaking of. You have to pay for baggage, seat choice, etc, etc. Just because there are worse things doesn't make spirit a good example. Their seats are abysmal and they are champions of the race to the bottom.

about three weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

gatfirls And new regulations... (161 comments)

...work to prevent that nonsense. It's not a perfect system but the good thing is that there is a regulatory body that can fix the bad parts (if it wants to by choice or by will of the people).

With bitcoin it's "love it or leave it".

Sure you can say bitcoin is not the problem it's the businesses handling them but when the defacto standard is amass and implode it's a symptom of bitcoin because other currencies don't seem to have that issue.

about three weeks ago
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Bitstamp Bitcoin Exchange Suspended Due To "Compromised Wallet"

gatfirls Huh? (161 comments)

That's like saying pink sheet/OTC stocks are preferable to NASDAQ listed because "no technology is perfect".

Bitcoin has a couple good features but the lack of regulation/oversight/accountability outweighs all of them. I'd rather use carrier pigeons to move cash.

about three weeks ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

gatfirls Re:Moderate BS (1128 comments)

"Wilson: Um, they had been walking in the middle. I remember seeing two cars I believe go around them and they moved. I pulled up to them, stopped with them about at my hood as they kept walking towards me. I told them, “Hey guys, why don’t you walk on the sidewalk.” The first one said, um, “We’re almost to our destination,” and pointed this direction. So, I guess that’s northeast.

Detective: Okay.
Wilson: Um
Detective: So, you’re pointed into the complex there?
Wilson: Yes.
Detective: Okay.
Wilson: I said, “Okay, but what’s wrong with the sidewalk?” And then that was as they were passing my window the second subject said, “Fuck what you have to say.”

Detective: Okay.

Wilson: And, then after that I put the vehicle in reverse, backed up about ten feet to them, ah, attempted to open my door. Prior to backing up I did call out on the radio. I said, “Frank 21, out with two, send me another car.” Um"

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Only later did he try to make the association to the cigars. He initially says the reason he went back is because of what they said, not because he ID's them as suspects.

As to grand juries *routinely* opting to not indict:

"According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them."

I wouldn't classify %0.0006% a routine.

Not saying that he should have been indicted or if he should have even been sent to the GJ. Just that the prosecutor clearly did not want to go to trial with this case. He presented evidence that a defense attorney would salivate over, and a lot of it. That's not what prosecutors do.

As for his motivations for not wanting to go to trial, we can only guess but having people who rely on police officers all day every day and work with them closely be in charge of building a criminal case is probably not a good idea.

about 2 months ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

gatfirls Re:Moderate BS (1128 comments)

Wrong, in his statement he went back because they talked smack as he drove away. He only mentions the cigarillos in passing later. Might want to ease up on calling people liars when you don't have your facts straight.

https://www.documentcloud.org/... (page 4)

As to the GJ *routinely* not handing down indictments:

"According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them."

Simply put by an ex-prosecutor: "The only reason a prosecutor will not get an indictment is becasue they don't want one."

I'm not saying there should have been a GJ hearing at all or if Wilson is guilty. Just that this prosecutor did not want an indictment. He produced evidence of an eyewitness who completely lied and recanted and a lot of other evidence that the defense in a criminal trial would produce.

about 2 months ago

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