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

meerling Re:This should have been a no brainer (109 comments)

Just because the founders were ignorant of the technological standards that would exist a couple of centuries later by no means indicates that they were excluding different formats from their rules. Hell, they didn't say cuneiform clay tablets, but you can damn well bet that they would have raised holy hell if someone were using that particular medium of recording information and some dumbass tried to snoop into them because they aren't made from dead trees.

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

meerling Re:Yeah yeah (109 comments)

The fact that it made it to the state supreme court means their lawyers weren't willing to give in until all possible means of making it go away were exhausted.

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

meerling Re:Yeah yeah (109 comments)

Agreed. However, it is unfortunate that the ones that should arrest them are the police, and the police won't arrest the police unless they have no choice.
On top of that, at this current juncture they'll do the whole "but I thought it was legal" argument, and because they are police, it will be hand-waved away.

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

meerling Re:Criminals who carry tracking devices... (109 comments)

I do hope you all understand that if your phone is actually turned off, if won't be transmitting any kind of GPS data. Heck, it won't even be receiving & processing the GPS signals. If you don't know if your phone is really off, or suspect you're being tricked by simulate the off software, then pull the battery. If you have a sealed phone that doesn't have a removable battery and are still that paranoid, you need a different phone.

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

meerling Re:anonymously sourced evidence? (109 comments)

There is at least one judge that is known to keep signed warrents there for them to take and fill out as they desire, as he can't be bothered to do his job of providing oversight.

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

meerling Re:This is horrible! (109 comments)

Tasers and nightsticks usually aren't that lethal, unless of course you mean that they'll be using the tasers or nightsticks on you if you comply, otherwise it's something nastier, like 6 bullets to the brain, or flamethrower to the face or something.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

meerling Resume (224 comments)

Your patented IP is essentially part of your resume. If you wish to mention it to showcase your skill, you are welcome to it. That of course in no means makes it available to the potential employer without them paying for or licensing it just like everybody else. No more than someone working as a bartender at a different bar would be expected to share their tips with the new bar.

However, keep an eye on the details of any contract you sign as I've heard that some companies like to slip evil little lines in them that give them rights to anything you make, or work on during the time period you are employed by them. I've heard that some even make claims on things made afterwards. It wouldn't surprise me if some unscrupulous companies also tried to claim prior creations as well.
Obviously, you want to refuse to sign anything with that kind of bogus IP looting involved. Definitely have it removed first, and be suspicious of anyone that would try it in the first place. Since most people don't speak legalese, make sure you have a lawyer go over the papers to make sure there's nothing obfuscated and lurking in there to bite your backside.

(ianal)

4 days ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

meerling Re:Hoax (972 comments)

I think that's called a "Graft", not a "Hoax". But don't say it around any congressmen, they get rather pissie about the term.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Books On the Life and Work of Nikola Tesla?

meerling Short version (140 comments)

Edison was an ego-maniacal self promoter, while Tesla wasn't that interested in whipping up the public over trivia.
If you want more, read the book the previous two posters mention, I hear it does a pretty good job of explaining that stuff, though I haven't read it myself.

about a week ago
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NSA To Scientists: We Won't Tell You What We've Told You; That's Classified

meerling Re:Propaganda (106 comments)

The NSA is the NSA. They were there before the president, and will be there many more presidents to come. They don't care about the president because he's only there for 4 years, maybe 8 at the most. Really, do you think any president "controls" the NSA? The best they can hope to do is reign in their worst activities on a good day.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: An Accurate Broadband Speed Test?

meerling Re:ndt (294 comments)

Sorry I can't remember it, but a few years back I used a method that obfuscates the site you are going to so the ISP doesn't "optimize" the speed test.
With the well known test sites, clear speeds vs obfuscated speeds were widely different. (Obfuscated was much lower.)
To try and make sure the obfuscation wasn't causing the issue, I also checked with several, at that time, barely known speed test sites as well. Of course, both clear addresses, and obfuscated addresses again. With the little known sites, both clear and obfuscated results were the same as the major sites obfuscated results.
That made it pretty clear that that the ISP was juicing the speed test sites when they could recognize it as one.

about two weeks ago
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The flying car I'd like in my garage first:

meerling Why wasn't this a choice? (151 comments)

Shield Flying Car.

http://marvel.wikia.com/S.H.I.E.L.D._Flying_Car

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

meerling Re:The Likeness (191 comments)

Except the person was still alive, and not a fictional character. Of course, the stupid and illegal actions of the police might have gotten her killed without any warning to her of any possible threat, so there's that too.

about two weeks ago
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DoJ: Law Enforcement Can Impersonate People On Facebook

meerling Re:Insane (191 comments)

Don't forget copyright infringement as the cops sure as hell didn't have the rights to those pics.
Hey, it's got the highest possible penalties of all of them and applies, so might as well have it on the list.

about two weeks ago
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Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

meerling Re:Moo (150 comments)

This pic is pretty much accurate...
http://cdn-www.i-am-bored.com/media/7125_piratemoviechart.jpg

about two weeks ago
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Former Infosys Recruiter Says He Was Told Not To Hire US Workers

meerling Re:Merka (292 comments)

Have you seen how many companies that have outsourced to save money have ended up cancelling it because they need people that can actually do the work and not just phone answering list monkeys? There are more than a few.

Before any of the hypersensitive cretins that love to take everything the wrong way start yelling about racist comment or something equally inane, a "list monkey" is some that just reads down a list or script and displays no more skills than a trained monkey pushing buttons, aka a "list monkey". If you don't know what a trained monkey is, you are a sad excuse for someone that is supposed to be literate.

about two weeks ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

meerling Re:Update to Godwin's law? (575 comments)

The mere existence of such a backdoor or master key would result in it's eventual leak, more likely sooner than later. The government isn't the best keeper of secrets by a longshot. Their main advantage is sheer size and bureaucracy. However, if you know exactly what you want, a competent group with a bit of cracking or more likely some social engineering, will obtain what they are after.
Additionally, the sheer number of people that would have to be involved to do this on an industry wide scale makes the number of potential access points for leaks increase dramatically.
I'd give them less than 6 months after it had been implemented.

about three weeks ago
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Microsoft Announces Windows 10

meerling Bad choice due to superstition. (644 comments)

People believe in the trend that even numbered Windows OS versions suck.
Going straight to 10 is not a good move.
Somehow I'm not surprised. :P

about three weeks ago
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My toy collection is ...

meerling Toys and the grown up. (209 comments)

As you get older, you don't stop playing with toys, they just get more expensive and have less plastic in them.

about three weeks ago

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Star Wars: The Old Republic, included 30 days does

meerling meerling writes  |  more than 2 years ago

meerling (1487879) writes "If you've purchased SWTOR and expect to be able to play on the 30 days included subscription time, before you decide to sign up for a recurring payment plan or buying a time card, you are in for a disappointment. Currently, you will be unable to play for the 30 days you already payed for unless you sign up for more. Some people are reporting that even though EA is saying that you won't be charged until the 30 days is up, it seems they are getting charged immediately. EA says this is a 'temporary charge' and you will get it back in a few days.
EA claims this is policy is mentioned on their retail packaging, this obviously does not include digital purchasers as there is no packaging.
Various forums are discussing/ranting about this."

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