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Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

robinsonne Uncertainty/fear? (547 comments)

Maybe it's just silly, but I'm really scared of someone shooting a laser into my eye. I don't want to be that 0.01% of cases that has something horrible happen.

about a week ago

White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

robinsonne Re:Online petitions with consequences? (382 comments)

Not unless those signatures have money backing them. Money wins elections, not votes.

about two weeks ago

Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

robinsonne Re:About that.... (223 comments)

I don't know who modded you up +5, but buy a clue. When a corporation is being sued/indicted it's that organization that is being taken to court, not it's individual employees, agents, or officers (unless some serious misconduct is happening individually). Therefore the legal entity (i.e. the Corporation) gains some of the legal benefits (4th Amendment) and responsibilities because that is the purpose of a corporation: to create a legal entity that stands apart from the individual members on it's own behalf.

Look up the meaning of the phrase "corporate veil."

about three weeks ago

Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

robinsonne The relevant part (560 comments)

The relevant part of the ruling:

We now conclude that the answer to the reported question is, "Yes, where the defendant's compelled decryption would not communicate facts of a testimonial nature to the Commonwealth beyond what the defendant already had admitted to investigators." Accordingly, we reverse the judge's denial of the Commonwealth's motion to compel decryption.

So what they're saying is that since the decryption key isn't "testimony" it doesn't count under the 5th Amendment. (IANAL)

about a month ago

Maglev Personal Transportation System Set For Trial In Tel Aviv

robinsonne Re:start up nation (81 comments)

A relative lack of complacency and inertia.

about a month ago

AT&T Says Customer Data Accessed To Unlock Smartphones

robinsonne Re:Oh fudge (65 comments)

No, but AT&T is following the bare minimum of the letter of the law in California. I would assume it's a much wider problem.

about a month and a half ago

The Energy Saved By Ditching DVDs Could Power 200,000 Homes

robinsonne Re:Internet + limited basic TV (339 comments)

No actually, if you want fewer channels, or heaven forbid want just internet, you can expect to pay extra for that "privilege."

about 2 months ago

Proton-M Rocket Carrying Russia's Most Advanced Satellite Crashes

robinsonne Re:in soviet russia (160 comments)

In theoretically-democratic Russia, Russian rocket crash jokes tell you!

about 3 months ago

Who controls the HVAC at work?

robinsonne Facilities (216 comments)

Umm...the facilities people control the HVAC for all 19 buildings which they can do from almost anywhere remotely.

about 3 months ago

Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom

robinsonne Re:Liar or Fool? (261 comments)

Does he live in such a powerful echo chamber / reality distortion field that he actually believes what he is saying, or does he have such disdain for the citizens that he is comfortable saying the opposite of what is true, to try to squeeze out a few extra votes from those who don't know any better?

Yes, and yes

about 3 months ago

Kerry Says US Is On the "Right Side of History" When It Comes To Online Freedom

robinsonne Sure, I guess I agree (261 comments)

If by "right side" he means leaning towards totalitarianism and increasingly corporatist/fascist views towards online freedoms, then ok, I guess I can agree.

about 3 months ago

Malaysian Flight Disappearance 'Deliberate'

robinsonne Re:Helios flight disaster. (436 comments)

But then the transponder would have still been on...

about 5 months ago

Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

robinsonne Re:False (241 comments)

Sooooo Snow Leopard got the SSL bug fix, which it wasn't vulnerable to and therefore didn't get the fix after all?

about 5 months ago

Supreme Court Ruling Relaxes Warrant Requirements For Home Searches

robinsonne Re:Define Occupant vs. Owner or Tenant (500 comments)

Then why ask? Why get a warrant? We can't have the cops wasting their time on trivialities like rights of a homeowner/tenant or potential confusion about who owns the place.

To all the people who think we can't make cops' jobs harder: Boo-fuckin-hoo!! It's not supposed to be easy to throw people in jail! It's called due process for a reason. Trusting on law enforcement to "do the right thing" is just, gullible, naive and stupid to do.

about 5 months ago

EU Secretly Plans To Put a Back Door In Every Car By 2020

robinsonne Re:Hacker Extortion Target (364 comments)

We can hope, because that's the only way that the general public will finally see how dangerous having this capability is.

about 6 months ago

Water Plume Detected At Dwarf Planet Ceres

robinsonne Re:Water=life (66 comments)

I think all too often people forget that water is just the medium that life uses. Without energy of some kind to get life going and sustaining itself, water is going to be just that - water. Water plumes or not, I suspect Ceres is just a dirty, dead snowball.

about 6 months ago

Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

robinsonne Re:Money Talks (359 comments)

So people with Ivy League degrees never lie? He definitely tries more at being smooth-talking and glib but I trust him even less than Bush. Which is more dangerous, an incompetent crook that is blunt and makes mistakes or a competent one that doesn't?

about 6 months ago

Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

robinsonne Re:So the hell what? (359 comments)

I don't see any of the "changes" they've made or have talked about making as protecting American freedom from a surveillance state. All I see is Washington trying to sweep things under the rug and bury things deeper.

We made a change, won't you please forget it ever happened now? OOooooh look over there!!! Shiny!!!

about 6 months ago

Obama Announces Surveillance Reforms

robinsonne So the hell what? (359 comments)

Except that everyone is a gee I feel so much better now.

about 6 months ago


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