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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

mwvdlee Re:die by taser or gas? (145 comments)

FYI, the federal definition of terrorism:
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18 U.S.C. 2331 defines "international terrorism" and "domestic terrorism" for purposes of Chapter 113B of the Code, entitled "Terrorism”:

"International terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:
* Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
* Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
* Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.*

"Domestic terrorism" means activities with the following three characteristics:
* Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
* Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
* Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.

18 U.S.C. 2332b defines the term "federal crime of terrorism" as an offense that:
* Is calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct; and
* Is a violation of one of several listed statutes, including 930(c) (relating to killing or attempted killing during an attack on a federal facility with a dangerous weapon); and 1114 (relating to killing or attempted killing of officers and employees of the U.S.).

FISA defines "international terrorism" in a nearly identical way, replacing "primarily" outside the U.S. with "totally" outside the U.S. 50 U.S.C. 1801(c).

yesterday
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

mwvdlee Re:Holy fucking wrong (545 comments)

Mod parent +1

There are already laws in place that deal with everything mentioned in TFA, and these laws work online as they do in the real world.
The online world does not need additional laws, rules or regulations that the real world does not.

2 days ago
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U.K. Supermarkets Beta Test Full-Body 3D Scanners For Selfie Figurines

mwvdlee Re:The dirty mind plays up (164 comments)

Where does the battery go?

2 days ago
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Windows 0-Day Exploited In Ongoing Attacks

mwvdlee Only for root users (114 comments)

UAC will display a warning, this exploit only touches users who run as admin.
I don't think any still supported version of Windows defaults to admin.

3 days ago
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Isaac Asimov: How Do People Get New Ideas?

mwvdlee Re:Isaac Asimov never heard (148 comments)

One can't do without the other.
Common sense is the ability to deal with the necessities of reality that don't interrest you.
Brilliant artists still usually to go to the toilet; they're not being creative about everything all the time.

3 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

mwvdlee Re:good (329 comments)

Factors like trying to limit civilian casualties?
The era of true, full-blown, kill-or-be-killed wars is behind us.
Modern wars are waged using politics with military force just one of many pawns.

If the US (or other nuclear countries) wanted to, they could wipe ISIS territory completely off the map, collatoral damage be damned.

4 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

mwvdlee Re:good (329 comments)

How would a state form a well regulated militia?

4 days ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

mwvdlee Re:good (329 comments)

I think he was merely stating the obvious idea that with the weapons used by current day military, the whole defence-against-government argument for gun ownership is no longer valid. Whatever car roof-mounted machinegun you might have is laughably underpowered for the task of overpowering government.

The argument was a good one when both government and civilians had access to the same class of weaponry. Unless you want the public to be able to own strike drones, bombers and nuclear rockets, the argument should be shelved; anybody using it these days is just making a fool of himself.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

mwvdlee Re:I can already see it (172 comments)

tries to cram the regular version of Windows into a 2" display.

Ofcourse they're not THAT stupid.
They will design a new interface specifically suited to 2" displays on one-button devices.
It'll replace the start menu on Windows 10.

5 days ago
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Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

mwvdlee Re:The Windows Phone failed. (172 comments)

At least another 5 Windows Phones were sold while I was being dealt with.

Was this some kind of fire sale to get rid of stock?
I've never been to a "local EE store" on a non-launch day and had that many customers waiting in line to buy the exact same product, of any product.

5 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Good Hosting Service For a Parody Site?

mwvdlee Re:AWS (113 comments)

A host not caring is the worst thing possible in this situation.
Not caring makes it easy to just delete the site instead of bothering with paper work and lawyers.

about a week ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

mwvdlee Re:Android (77 comments)

I bought a Nexus 7 2012 in the assumption Google would update the OS as long as the hardware could handle it.
Luckily CyanogenMod still fully supports it.

about a week ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

mwvdlee Re:Why not? When you have kids.. (323 comments)

This isn't mere libel.
This is a case of one person impersonating another.
Not parodying, but with the intent of making the world believe he is that person.
This is a case of identity theft.
There are no freedom-of-speech conflicts here.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

mwvdlee Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

Fixed costs are the same, spread over half the customers, meaning the prices go up. Your desire to be able to choose would mean that everyone would pay more for the same service, not less.

You assume the prices of service are based on fixed cost. Profit margins for cable companies are somewhere inbetween 30%-40%.
There are some numbers floating around saying they have a 97% profit margin. This number is wrong as it lacks all kinds of costs, but the remaining 3% is the fixed cost.
If their fixed costs would double, they'd still have plenty of profit margin to allow them to compete.

about two weeks ago
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Facebook and Apple Now Pay For Female Employees To Freeze Their Eggs

mwvdlee Re:So... (250 comments)

They're making it pretty damn clear that life is completely insignificant to work.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

mwvdlee Re:"Until now"? (124 comments)

RTFA.

They have no way of knowing if they are officially on the list, since they have specifically asked and received an answer that doesn't say either way.

about two weeks ago
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Federal Government Removes 7 Americans From No-Fly List

mwvdlee Re:"Until now"? (124 comments)

What is to stop the TSA from putting these people back on the list after a short wait?

Also, isn't putting 1.5 million names on a list basically admitting "We don't know".

about two weeks ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

mwvdlee Re:Research (165 comments)

Right. Just like software developers get all the time in the world from their employers to make secure and bug free products, but they simple don't have any inclination and ability to do so.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

mwvdlee Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

A corporation would be neither happy nor sad about that news.
The owners and directors of the corporation will be shitting in their pants, though.

about two weeks ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

mwvdlee Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

If a person is criminal or criminally negligent (which is different from negligence), (s)he should be held accountable no matter what the role in a corporation.

Ridiculously high damage claims is an entirely different issue and, as I understand it, one that usually gets corrected by judges.

about two weeks ago

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mwvdlee mwvdlee writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mwvdlee writes "I have a small site selling selfmade software. Obviously this software has been cracked and is now distributed on warez sites. These warez site often refer to the original site and my statistics show a significant amount of traffic from them. I've set up a number of rules using mod_rewrite which currently redirect such warez sites to their local Business Software Alliance sites, which is kinda funny. But I'd like to do something more "creative" with redirecting such users. Can anybody think of fun things to do with redirecting warez visitors?"

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