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First US Appeals Court Hears Arguments To Shut Down NSA Database

mycroft16 Re:Does it? (199 comments)

The Constitution can not violate itself either. Any law made in the United States, including constitutional amendments, must measure up to constitutional scrutiny. The constitution guarantees the right of persons to be secure in the homes and effects unless a search warrant is duly procured that is specific as to the person to be searched and what is being searched for and is based upon probable cause. The interpretation by the FISC of Section 215 violates this. The searches have not been "particular," the word used by the Constitution, they have been dragnets both in terms of the persons searched and things seized. When you send an order to Verizon demanding ALL their customer data that is that is hardly particular. Nor would it meet the standards of probable cause. Probable cause can't not be applied to a massive group of millions by saying "one of them may have done something." Probable cause is a reasonable amount of suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a prudent and cautious person's belief that certain facts are probably true. The vast majority of the people involved in these sorts of searches do not fall under that. There is no circumstantial support to the need to gather their information. Constitutional amendments must also be constitutional, as must all laws passed by Congress, executive orders signed by the President. Even state and city laws must adhere to the laws passed above them all the way up to the Constitution. It is not just a piece of paper with words on it. It is the core beliefs underpinning the creation of all our other laws. It is a codified standard that has the backing of the force of law via the Supreme Court. Laws that are found to not measure up to the standard are overturned. The argument the government is making is that "well, the law was passed by Congress, and it hasn't been challenged yet, therefore it is constitutional and can't be challenged." It is a ridiculous argument.

about 3 months ago
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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

mycroft16 Re:From the pdf... (201 comments)

Physics says moving an object faster than light relative to spacetime is impossible. However, physics does not say the same about moving spacetime faster than light relative to a stationary object. Seems like the same thing, but they are very different in physics. In fact inflation of the early universe was an expansion of spacetime itself, not the objects within spacetime moving apart, that occurred at speeds faster than light.

about 4 months ago
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NASA Tests Microwave Space Drive

mycroft16 Re:free electricity! (201 comments)

Technically, the solar energy comes from the Sun burning its expendable fuel, hydrogen, in a massive fusion reaction regulated by its the gravitational field of its fuel source.

about 4 months ago
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Tesla Releases Electric Car Patents To the Public

mycroft16 His past... (211 comments)

It should be noted that Elon Musk has degrees in economics and physics as well as real world experience in the software field (PayPal) as well as engineering and business (SpaceX/Tesla). The man is incredibly intelligent and seems to really understand how things work. I'm willing to bet this decision wasn't made without the board. I'm sure Wall St won't like it and stocks may fall, but this is the correct decision. Musk is doing what many businesses don't seem to understand these days, playing the long game rather than the short game. He may lose a little in the short term, but long term, Tesla comes out a huge winner an brings up a whole lot of other winners with them. There's a good chance he explained all this to the board, and given their about to start battery production, they realized that they stand to have a huge revenue stream if they jump start the electric car industry in this way.

about 5 months ago
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Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March

mycroft16 Re:Arrest them all (388 comments)

This is their absolute root core problem. There is no leadership at all. And I have repeatedly told them this and gotten really idiotic replies back. It is just a bunch of kids who have no clue what they are doing, and increasingly less of a reason why.

1 year,17 days
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Anonymous Clashes With D.C. Police During Million Mask March

mycroft16 Re:Stay behind the line! (388 comments)

I have to disagree. The point of a protest is not to go to jail. The point of a protest is to make a point and raise awareness. This goal is not always best served by going to jail. In fact, often times, going to jail because you were being an ass and breaking laws only serves to distract from your point and make you look, in the eyes of the broader public, like a hooligan. If you are improperly jailed then it can be a boon (sort of a martyr thing), but you can't be trying to get jailed or intentionally breaking laws. This is a very key point that OWS has never ever understood. Their point and purpose has gotten completely lost and forgotten among their fights with police and constant reports of arrests. They think they are fighting the man when really they are playing perfectly in to the man's hands and tarnishing their own public image. A protest should decide what their end goal is and then use all the tools at their disposal to most effectively achieve that goal. If that involves mass arrests, so be it, but that is actually very rarely the best method. In the case of OWS, it is the least effective method. They are all but forgotten. Not to mention hilariously presumptuous. Million mask march? How many actually showed up? Several thousand?

1 year,17 days
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How Did You Learn How To Program?

mycroft16 I started young... (623 comments)

I was 6 years old and my older brothers (17 & 19) taught me some basic stuff on their TI-99/4A. Wasn't long before I started experimenting and looking for books in the library on programming it. Wrote games for TI calculators in high school that probably lowered the grades of a number of kids. I was out of the country and away from technology for a couple years right when the internet took off and went from primarily BBS to the WWW. When I came back it was quite a shock. MP3s came into popularity while I was gone... I had a whole new world of programming to learn. Taught myself HTML and ended up in a job cleaning up css on php pages. Taught myself php by going through and fixing their code as I cleaned up the css. Now I have been the senior developer and db admin for several startups.

about a year and a half ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

mycroft16 Only think holding me back from buying (511 comments)

Is the always on DRM. I have long loved the Sim City games and this one looks phenomenally amazing. If it weren't for that crazy bad DRM, I would have bought it. I hope EA and Maxis get the message that DRM only hurts the paying customers, doesn't stop piracy, and in the end, hurts their bottom line.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Should Employers Ban Smartphones?

mycroft16 Re:No persuasion required (510 comments)

"10+ years ago we didn't use smart phones and we coordinated the rest of our lives just fine." This argument is ridiculous. It assumes that nothing in the world has changed, which is obviously flawed. It's like saying that people didn't use cars in the 1830's and still got around just fine, so why should we be using them now? Progress and innovations are made to make things easier and more accessible. Rather than carry a 12 month calendar around everywhere you go, or a planner as a separate book, now you have your email, calendar, to dos, notes, voice recordings, phone, etc all in a single device that fits in your palm. No more need for a briefcase worth of crap. Just a single phone. Sure people got along find 10+ years ago, using the best that was available to them at the time. And so should we.

about 2 years ago
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Windows 8 Changes Host File Blocking

mycroft16 Common hosts file use (1030 comments)

Piracy. Using the hosts file to block calls from installers out to verification servers is pretty common. This would effectively end that method for circumvention.

more than 2 years ago
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Ubisoft Uplay DRM Found To Include a Rootkit

mycroft16 And they wonder... (473 comments)

And they wonder why there is piracy of video games. Seems quite obvious to me. "Buy game and get a rootkit installed on my machine, compromising my system's security or get the game from pirates without that."

more than 2 years ago
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Microsoft Announces 'Surface' Tablet

mycroft16 Re:They missed one of Apple's best ideas (712 comments)

Yeah, that's why iOS 6 isn't available until fall. The whole "ships today" mentality about Apple isn't always true, though they do generally get things out fairly quickly, they don't always.

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists

mycroft16 Re:Environmentalists can go play with themselves.. (409 comments)

They are already using the old Titan pad at Kennedy. But that is a single pad and not nearly enough to support the ambitious plans SpaceX has for the future.

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists

mycroft16 Re:Spaceport? (409 comments)

They are currently using one that we already have. But SpaceX has ambitious plans for the future far beyond being a taxi and ferry for NASA. At Kennedy that have a single pad, the old Titan pad. Not nearly enough to support what they want to do. They also has also used the launch facilites on Omelek Island in Kwajalein Atoll, but again, not enough to support their future plans.

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists

mycroft16 Re:Mojave? (409 comments)

Mojave is only certified for horizontal launch of spacecraft, such as Scaled Composite's White Knight/SpaceShip1 combo. SpaceX is launching rockets. Doesn't really fly to launch those over land. People tend to complain. That's why they are all located on coasts. Kennedy, Wallops, Vandenberg... Brownsville is an ideal location. Now, Kennedy is also in the middle of a wildlife preserve, as is the Stennis Space Center where they do engine testing. Animals don't have the heck scared out of them at either location. Nor are their noxious chemicals spread all over.

more than 2 years ago
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SpaceX Brownsville Space Port Opposed By Texas Environmentalists

mycroft16 Is that even legal? (409 comments)

Having an environmental group in Texas? How is that even real? I don't believe Environment Texas actually exists. It is contrary to everything Texans stand for.

more than 2 years ago
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European Parliament Committees Reject ACTA As IP Backlash Grows

mycroft16 Re:The end is nigh (98 comments)

Our legislative body did as well this year with SOPA. Elected leaders will do what the public wants if the public makes its voice heard. In the end, elected officials want to keep their jobs and that means not pissing off the people. There have been huge demonstrations across Europe against ACTA. It's actually not hard to get legislative bodies to do things... it is hard, however, to get people interested enough to care to make some noise.

more than 2 years ago
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CS Professor Announces Run For VT State Senate On a Platform of Internet Polling

mycroft16 Re:People need mediation (226 comments)

I think the important thing is to use the polling system to gather information about public opinions, not necessarily as a vote to approve or set policy. Especially if competently coupled with facts, pros and cons from both sides written and vetted so that they are as honest and truthful as possible. I've actually been thinking about coding something like this for quite some time.

more than 2 years ago
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Are Porn and Video Games Ruining a Generation?

mycroft16 Bitter much? (1034 comments)

I get the feeling that this guy has been wiping out with women since he was a teenager and is just seeking a scapegoat for his inadequacies. Guys have never needed the help of video games or porn to wipe out with women. We're experts on that all on our own thank you very much!

more than 2 years ago
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ISS Captures SpaceX Dragon Capsule

mycroft16 Re:Hooray. (217 comments)

Why? Publicly funded space travel isn't over. NASA has stated, just a few weeks ago, that their goal is Mars. The SLS and Orion are still progressing nicely towards their big tests. No mourning needed.

more than 2 years ago

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