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Is the Outrage Over the FBI's Seattle Times Tactics a Knee-Jerk Reaction?

rahvin112 Re:Why not? (Re:No. Just no.) (201 comments)

The examples provided are illegal. But that's not even the standard that should be used because it's the combination of actions and intention that can make something illegal even when those actions without specific intent isn't illegal.

The simplest way to test if what they did was wrong and illegal is what the reaction would have been if a private citizen had done the same thing to the FBI. If the answer to that question is that the private citizen would have been arrested and prosecuted then what the FBI did WAS illegal and all the agents involved and their supervisors should be punished if not fired. The FBI, nor any law enforcement agency has the right to willy nilly break the law, though many think they do (such as the street police officer that will flip his lights on to run a light he doesn't want to wait at then immediately filp them right off which is a clear abuse of their emergency privilege and illegal in almost every jurisdiction). The only time a law enforcement officer should be allowed to break the law is when they've been given the OK by a court to do so in a limited circumstance with a defined purpose operating under a duly issued warrant. Anything else and the police believe they are above the law and when they aren't prosecuted for it that only serves as justification to the public and the officers themselves that they are above the law.

yesterday
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

rahvin112 Re:Wasn't aborted by the RSO either (439 comments)

The gators were just an example, I realize that they have proliferated quite well and are no longer in any danger of extinction and if anything a pest now. It wasn't just the gators, there were all kinds of birds and other wildlife within the cape.

Other than the small launch facilities and the roads they had built 50 years ago the place is pretty darn well protected from humans and there is extensive wildlife all over the place. It's probably one of the few places in Florida that because of security restrictions sees very little direct human impact which results in a flourishing and diverse wildlife population. There we so many birds (and such a diverse group of species) in the place it just blew me away.

yesterday
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

rahvin112 Re:Wasn't aborted by the RSO either (439 comments)

I received a tour of the restricted launch site areas due to my company have a contract with NASA at cape Canaveral. This was just after 9/11 when everything was shut down for security reasons (I have a photo of myself standing in front of the Apollo 1 launch pad memorial). The photos I saw were less than a year old. I can't say more but the launch was a failed classified launch and that may very well be the reason the bunkers were still used.

I don't know why they use them, I don't know why they need to be so close but I do know what I saw. A bunker heavily damaged (and all the surrounding vegetation was burned to the roots) where the damage was very recent. He also showed us photo's of the burned out cars, minivans and pickups taken by our "tour guide" who worked for our company and was giving us a tour of the cape. I may have pictures of the launch bunkers somewhere, but there was one next to every cluster of pads that I remember seeing. I can't recall if our guide ever said why they used the bunkers, 15 years ago is more than my memory can handle for such mundane details.

There is one thing I'll never forget about the cape though, which was how well preserved the wetlands are because NASA is using so little of the ground. There were alligators sunning themselves on nearly every road we went down.

2 days ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

rahvin112 Re:Wasn't aborted by the RSO either (439 comments)

There is generally a launch monitoring bunker within a few hundred feet of the pad. This bunker is populated by scientists and engineers during the launch so that they can abort the launch immediately if a problem develops. At least at NASA, these people drive their own personal cars to the bunker. The bunker is hardened to survive rocket debris impacting the building but the parking lot is just that, an open lot. NASA has burned up LOTS of cars with exploding rockets. I saw pictures of about 20 some odd cars burned right to their frames after they were doused in burning rocket fuel from a rocket that exploded. I have no idea who bought them new cars but I know I would have been expecting someone else to pick up the tab if it had been my car.

2 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

rahvin112 Re:Honestly. (232 comments)

Personally, I've met very few police that believed in rights and due process beyond what's necessary to get "the bad guy". The law is what they say it is. Given our government has kidnapped people on the streets of foreign nations, flown them in captivity to other countries where they tortured people and not only that but blown up American citizens with missiles from remotely controlled aircraft over foreign countries I don't actually put much weight that they wouldn't commit murder if they thought it was the right thing to do. There is nothing scarier than someone that will commit evil acts because they think they are doing the right thing and our government is full of those people right now.

But after all there is a big step between a car bomb and a car accident. If you don't understand that difference there is little reason to discuss it because you rely on straw men and lying about what other people said which makes you a very small person.

2 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

rahvin112 Re:She's.. (232 comments)

Christ the "expert" could be her 12 year old son for all we know.

3 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

rahvin112 Re:Honestly. (232 comments)

Do you actually believe they couldn't simply have the police guarding their exit? That they couldn't taint some food so she would be sure to be sound asleep? The people we're talking about have unlimited resources, the ability to silence any witnesses and even the ability to have law enforcement protect them while they do it.

She's attributing cartoonish technical prowess (a stuck key for gods sake) and ignoring the simple fact that if they actually wanted her out of the way she would be out of the way. Putting files on her laptop is the behavior or a 14 year old, a bored neighbor and poor wireless security or malware available from about half the internet. Given what Snowden has revealed, if they had actually wanted to gain access to her computer it would have been trivially easy (less than 5 minutes of access) and absolutely undetectable. Remember the security camera images (I can't recall the mans name that recorded it with a hidden camera) of the guys that used a key to open the guys door and just long enough to boot the computer, insert a USB stick then turn the computer off during the 10 minutes it took for the guy to go buy some groceries?

That's what the NSA does, they can write malware directly into the firmware of the chips that can't be removed. And as I said if they wanted to warn her off something it would have been far more direct and far easier to deny. And if they wanted her out of the way she would have had a tragic "accident". Not one person in this country would question a car accident that appeared genuine because almost 50k people per year die in collisions. It's so common we all know someone that died in one. This doesn't even take into account something like planting cash and drugs in her car/home then calling in an anonymous tip along with supplying some "witnesses". The war on drugs has given the government almost endless ability to destroy people they don't like and the laws are written in such a way that you lose almost all ability to defend yourself.

My entire point on this is that the government wouldn't engage in script kiddie/malware level stupidity if they were intent on shutting her up.They would be much more direct and far more dangerous. Hoover was an amateur compared to what they can do today and he was capable of shutting up the most powerful people in America.

3 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

rahvin112 Re:If some bad Obama stories were spiked... (232 comments)

You can't get much more teflon than selling weapons to a country you've loudly proclaimed is an enemy (Iran) to provide funding to insurgents that routinely murder innocent people (Contras) and you get away with it because you tell everyone you don't remember.

3 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

rahvin112 Re:Its CBS the network that gave us Dan Rather (232 comments)

More than half the internet is serving malware. If you visit random websites with IE on windows you will be loaded to the gills with malware in less than an hour. The existence of malware does not tie it to the government. It simply means the user doesn't understand the risks and how to avoid those infections.

3 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

rahvin112 Re:What are you talking about Willis? (232 comments)

You forgot the sarcasm tag and there are lots of people that don't get sarcasm. Expect lots of serious replies.

3 days ago
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Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

rahvin112 Re:Honestly. (232 comments)

If they want to scare her they wake her up in the middle of the night with 4 people in her bedroom and quietly tell her that if she keeps it up bad things might happen. Then they proceed to make themselves visible at times, for example show up and do the same thing to their mother, let her see them talking to someone she cares about, etc.. It's far more intimidating, far more effective and completely deniable. She doesn't listen and she ends up in a "car accident" or commits "suicide".

The people that would do such things would be far subtler and wouldn't be leaving traces that could be traced back. The warnings would come in situations they completely controlled where they could be sure there was no recording device present. My god Obama has claimed the President has the right to kill American citizens without even a court order. If he was as evil as she claims she'd be dead already.

Her ramblings are a sign of insanity. On the plus side she'll fit right in at Infowars and probably has a bright future over there.

3 days ago
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Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

rahvin112 Re:As Wallace Matson said: (976 comments)

Which is exactly why Bill Nye debating Ken Ham was a bad idea. They even had different definition of the word debate let alone logic and evidence. Ham's idea of a "debate" was a lecture on morality. There was no logic there, only religion. That's not a debate it's a pulpit with a sucker on the left providing respectability to the otherwise crazy preacher that wouldn't normally get attention.

I'm sorry Bill, you had good intentions but you should have realized the guy was a nut job that wouldn't play by the rules and would turn it into a lecture from the pulpit.

3 days ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

rahvin112 Re:No thanks. (554 comments)

Don't be foolish. The laws that govern this have no requirement that a "credit card" be involved. The law is called the Federal Credit Billing Act [FCBA] and it covers any use of interstate consumer credit. The only reason debit cards aren't covered is because credit is never extended, the transaction is a banking transaction that falls under separate banking laws which treat a debit transaction as an electronic check. To avoid the FCBA requirements Apple would be required to essentially act as a bank, which they aren't, and process the transaction as debit cards. This would mean preloading money into the account before you could spend it.

If Apple were stupid enough to attempt what you suggest they would get smacked down so hard they wouldn't stop spinning for a month. The FCBA is incredibly strict and provides guaranteed consumer rights and very harsh penalties for violations including the immediate suspension of business if caught violating it. I sincerely doubt Apple's lawyers are that dumb so this "rumor" your heard is the made up variety that is quite common with Apple.

http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ar...

The law applies to "open end" credit accounts, like credit cards, and revolving charge accounts, like department store accounts. It doesnâ(TM)t cover installment contracts â" loans or extensions of credit you repay on a fixed schedule. People often buy cars, furniture, and major appliances on an installment basis, and repay personal loans in installments, as well.

This should bloody well be common knowledge. The FCBA is the only reason credit cards ever became successful and was a major act of congress that superseded many state laws. It covers pretty much any act of credit except for a few very special exceptions.

3 days ago
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Rite Aid and CVS Block Apple Pay and Google Wallet

rahvin112 Re:No thanks. (554 comments)

Rumor has it that the Apple Pay user will be liable for fraud to a much larger degree because it's so hard for the process to be abused.

Apple can't change federal law. Federal law sets a maximum of $50 of liability for a fraudulent credit transaction if reported within 48 hours of discovery. No matter what Apples terms are if they try to charge higher liability than that assigned by law they will be in big trouble. So I wouldn't be placing much in the rumor you heard unless congress is going to revise the law for Apple.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Now Makes Money From Surface Line, Q1 Sales Reach Almost $1 Billion

rahvin112 Re: Did they make money on Surface? (117 comments)

It's entirely possible and common for gross margin to be positive but to still be losing money on it. Gross margin hasn't had SG&A costs subtracted yet, that includes advertising and all the administrative charges (labor) for producing the tables.

Given the heavy advertising budget for Surface I would be surprised if it's profitable even if gross margin is positive. Because gross margin subtracts outside costs, such as contract manufacturing a positive gross margin means at least the the revenue for the surface is at least enough to cover the cost of constructing the hardware and shipping it to market even if there is no net profit. That is undoubtedly a good sign that the market will respond to but until there is a net profit on the sales I wouldn't be claiming the battle is won and the Surface is a success. It's primarily sending the signal that they are at least selling enough surface that they aren't going to be losing hundreds of millions on unsold inventory.

5 days ago
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Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems

rahvin112 Re:Oh yeah, that guy (288 comments)

The only threat has been the implied threat he created. They are happy to let him imprison himself in the Ecuadoran embassy and know with absolute certainty at some point in the future the president of Ecuador will change and the new one will probably throw him out. Then he will get taken to Sweden and whatever charges will eventually be resolved and he'll proclaim widely that the reason the US didn't put him in Guantanamo bay is because he scared them out of it.

He's never going to be prosecuted or even arrested by the US. They are happy to let him think he is though, because of the extreme measures he's taken to avoid it including breaking English law which might end up putting him in an English jail.

And lets not forget the naive English supporter he fucked over that lost their house because they put it up as collateral to bail him our of jail and then he violated his bail. I don't know why anyone would be stupid enough to support him considering how he likes to fuck people over, literally and figuratively.

about a week ago
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

rahvin112 Re:And three weeks to think it over. (95 comments)

I'm using anti-trust in the context of how it was used in the article referenced in the summary which you didn't read. Yes the context is screwy cause I changed the tense and should have phrased it differently but if you want to play grammar nazi go play it elsewhere.

There are two things going on as far as the antitrust authority is concerned, a Bundeskartellamt spokesman said.

The publishers base part of their claim on a German online copyright law that came into effect last August, which gave publishers the exclusive right to the commercial use of their content and parts thereof, except in the case of single words or small text snippets. However, the law does not give anyone the right to get paid for these snippets, the spokesman said.

Another twist to the case is that Google could be violating German antitrust laws if it started delisting publishers from the search results, the spokesman said. Google is a dominant player in Germany, controlling about 90 percent of the German search market. In Germany, dominant players have the obligation to handle each customer equally and are not allowed to discriminate

about a week ago
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

rahvin112 Re:And three weeks to think it over. (95 comments)

It's no different than the last publisher that went and got a court order forbidding Google from displaying any of their content (not realizing what that meant). A week after Google pulled everything from the index and their traffic had dropped of 95% they called up Google and offered to cut a deal (which I highly doubt Google paid a dime for).

Personally I think Google should just take a hard line in these states like Germany and require a signed document authorizing their use in perpetuity or they yank the entire site from all their indexes. If they did it to the entire German industry all at once I doubt the state could claim it was an anti-trust violation because they would be treating everyone equally.

about a week ago
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German Publishers Capitulate, Let Google Post News Snippets

rahvin112 Re:No, wait, do-over! (95 comments)

Amazon is trying to lower prices, Apple was trying to raise them. The difference between them is what makes the difference between market collusion and frugal negotiating.

Apple caused ebook prices to go up between 30-100% across the entire industry. Amazon is trying to force prices lower so they sell more, apparently while trying to convince the publisher that lower prices can mean more revenue for everyone. There is a significant difference between the two actions, if you can't see that because your blinded by your apple devotion that's your problem. The rest of us can see quite clearly that what Apple did was an evil distortion of market forces designed to increase prices and their own revenue. Something we've made illegal in the US. Apple is free to set whatever price they want, but when they collude with the manufacturer to force that price up throughout the industry they are breaking the law.

about a week ago
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Microsoft, Ask.com, Oracle Latest To Be Sued Over No-Poach Deal

rahvin112 The settlement was too low. (47 comments)

The settlement offer the lawyers wanted to take was WAY too low. After the agreement collapsed Google alone had to give their entire staff a $10k year raise, and they think less than $5k per person for multiple years is sufficient? Everyone should be getting $10k per year minimum. Lawyer fees should be capped and be above and beyond payment to the class holders. Only if these companies have to give every employee affected by this $50 or $100K in damages will this set a precedent that will prevent future abuses.

about a week ago

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