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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

nomadic Re:know what I miss? (127 comments)

But they had STYLE!

about a week ago
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NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

nomadic eh I don't know (186 comments)

I don't know about NetHack. I started with Hack back in the late 80's, and have played that then NetHack off and on since, usually picking it up for a day to a few weeks then losing interest. Never finished the game. I'd usually play until I got a guy down pretty far with a great kit, then when he inevitably died from something stupid, I'd be annoyed and lose interest again.

It's a good game, maybe even a great game, but it's not a perfect game and it's not the best game ever. Too much of it is just not fun. The major design flaws in my mind:

* Once you hit the labyrinths and have to deal with the wizard following you around, it just becomes a grind. A little bit of a grind in order to achieve something afterwards is fine but when a game becomes work then that is not.
* It doesn't give you a fair way to figure out what to do. A lot of the actions required to finish the game are neither hinted at nor intuitive.
* It's too repetitive. It doesn't exercise my mind much; you just do the same things again and again.
* It's too time-consuming, and frequently unnecessarily so (which goes back to the repetitive point).


Anyway, just my thoughts.

about a week ago
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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

nomadic know what I miss? (127 comments)

I miss New York City's steampunk mechanical voting machines. Designed in the 1920's, and still in use through the new millenium, though I think they have been phased out by now.

about three weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

nomadic Re:More feminist bullshit (728 comments)

It doesn't suggest that at all. It does suggest that these kinds of attacks on women are worse, and well, that's pretty obviously true. Can you imagine a male blogger on his private blog receiving that kind of over-the-top campaign if he considered moderating comments?

about 2 months ago
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John Romero On Reinventing the Shooter

nomadic Re: Talk is cheap. (266 comments)

How is simply asking for an option with less gore trying to avoid having children exposed to all forms of violent entertainment?

about 3 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

nomadic Re:Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

Not really relevant. Microsoft has control over the data and can produce it if it wishes. It can't hide behind corporate forms.

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

nomadic Re:No so much actually. (749 comments)

Then Microsoft is screwed. In the meantime, Microsoft has access to the data and must provide it. They don't get get to pretend their subsidiary is not under their control.

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

nomadic Re:Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

As a lawyer, let me assure you that plenty of countries have laws/ruling that let them compel persons under their jurisdiction, including specifically companies incorporated under their laws, to take specified actions in other countries.

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

nomadic Re:Jurisdiction, not "other pants." (749 comments)

And the government's answer is "no, bring us your data or we freeze your assets and hold your US-based management in jail until you produce it."

about 5 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

nomadic Re: Maybe, maybe not. (749 comments)

No, it's not as simple as that. Servers and data fundamentally obey those rules more easily than ANY OTHER THING ON EARTH.

about 5 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

nomadic Re:Legal question (173 comments)

Well unlawful searches would be a violation to due process, the question then becomes what's the remedy for that? I think we're so used to the evidence exclusion rule that we tend not to realize that's just one way to "fix" the problem. You can do criminal charges against the police, or you can do civil damages.

The counterargument against excluding evidence is: you committed a crime; this evidence shows it. Why should you get off just because the police did something wrong? That didn't magically make it so you didn't commit the crime, it just turns the whole process into a game with arbitrary rules.

about 6 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

nomadic Re:Legal question (173 comments)

Uh....Fernandez v. California says the opposite of what you're saying. In it the Supreme Court held that even though one occupant had denied police entry, that after he had been arrested and moved away from the premises the other occupant could consent to a search. Only where one occupant is physically present and denying access are the police prevented from searching.

In any event, my hypothetical was more akin to Illinois v. Rodriguez, where the Court held that as long as the police had a reasonable belief that the person giving consent to search was in fact authorized to do so, evidence won't be excluded, even if that person did not have actual authority.

That being said, I will qualify that I believe in some states actual authority is required, but at the Supreme Court/Federal level only apparent authority is needed.

about 6 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

nomadic Re:Legal question (173 comments)

I don't think there's much that can be done as a preventive measure, though I guess since a lot of these cases hinge on really close questions about whether a search was reasonable it's possible. You'd have to make it super specific I'd think, maybe something like: "No trespassing. This specifically includes law enforcement; the owner does not and never will give consent for law enforcement to search or enter these premises for any reason whatsoever. Anyone giving such consent is not the owner and is not authorized to grant any such permission. The owner reserves all rights under the law and will pursue a civil action and/or file criminal charges against anyone, including law enforcement, who unlawfully enters these premises."

Kind of over the top but in a close case it might convince a judge that whatever pretext the police came up with to enter was unreasonable. Also might be a good idea to have a motion-activated camera with sound to capture anyone who would be in a position to read it so you could capture whoever enters, if you really want to be careful.

about 6 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

nomadic Re:Legal question (173 comments)

Well the exclusionary principle isn't enshrined in law, or even considered a Constitutional requirement, it's just a policy decision the Courts have made to keep the police in line. Theoretically they could get rid of it tomorrow and offer a different remedy for an unlawful search (like lawsuits for damages). Once there's no deterrent effect (like where the cops don't know it's illegal, or at least can show that) the Court discards it as essentially useless.

about 6 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

nomadic Re:Jurisdiction (173 comments)

Well IAAL (in the 11th circuit even) so I tend to get a little OCD about legal terms. You're right it has precedential value in other circuits and any court addressing the issue will take this case seriously, though circuits frequently do just explicitly disagree with other circuits so I'd be more comfortable once this gets to the Supreme Court.

about 6 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

nomadic Re:Legal question (173 comments)

By the way, I just glanced at the opinion and the stuff I say above applies to THIS case. Despite ruling it a fourth amendment violation the court let the conviction stand precisely because the police had a good faith belief they were not violating the fourth amendment.

about 6 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

nomadic Re:Legal question (173 comments)

Not really; the exclusionary principle is based on the premise that the courts will punish law enforcement for knowingly evading their constitutional responsiblities by not letting them use whatever evidence they wrongfully obtained. Until binding precedential caselaw is established, law enforcement can be considered to not have known they were required to get a warrant before, so any evidence before that point would not be excluded.

For example, the cops generally need a warrant to enter your house to search for drugs unless an owner grants permission to the search. If you're staying over at my house while I'm away, the cops ask you for permission to search the place thinking it is your house, and you say yes, anything they find is admissible because they had a good faith belief they were conducting a legal search.

about 6 months ago
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The Government Can No Longer Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

nomadic Re:Jurisdiction (173 comments)

Nope, it IS only binding in the Eleventh Circuit. One of the reasons cases get to the Supreme Court is because there's a circuit split; some circuits go one way, some go the other, and the SC decides which should apply to the whole country.

about 6 months ago
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Bill Watterson (briefly) Returns To Comics

nomadic hmmm (119 comments)

Are you sure he's a recluse? You can be out of the public eye and not be a recluse.

about 6 months ago
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Our Education System Is Failing IT

nomadic Re:Accreditation and continuing education. (306 comments)

Eh, I've been both an IT guy and a lawyer, and honestly the bar exam isn't particularly hard or connected to what lawyers actually do. From what I've heard the higher-end certifications in IT do a decent job.

about 8 months ago

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Homeless and unemployed engineer/physicist

nomadic nomadic writes  |  more than 3 years ago

nomadic writes "Both sad and frightening; Maurice Johnson has a masters in electrical engineering from Purdue and a masters in plasma physics from Dartmouth — and is living on the streets. What's that about never having to worry about a job if you just pick the right field?"
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Wii sales plummet

nomadic nomadic writes  |  more than 5 years ago

nomadic writes "A nintendo executive has admitted that Wii sales have "stalled," falling 34.5% during the first half of its fiscal year, and blamed it the fact that "games of high demand could not be continuously released and the good mood has chilled.""
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cell phone radiation causes insomnia, headaches

nomadic nomadic writes  |  more than 6 years ago

nomadic writes "A recent study conducted by Swedish and American researchers found that cell phone radiation causes insomnia, headaches, and concentration difficulties. The researchers studied 35 men and 36 women; some were exposed to intermittent 884 MHz wireless signals, while the others received only sham exposure. The ones exposed took longer to fall asleep, and reported headaches and concentration difficulties. Interestingly, the study was apparently funded by cell phone manufacturers."
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nomadic nomadic writes  |  more than 7 years ago

nomadic writes "In a move that is extremely sad but not especially surprising, employees in Grand Canyon National Park have been prohibited from telling guests how old the Canyon actually is, presumably so as they won't offend creationist park guests and political appointees. Additionally, an inane book promoting a Young Earth creationist view of the Canyon has been sold in the park's gift shops for the past three years, despite a storm of criticism from scientists, and a promise by National Park Service administrators to review the matter."

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