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Government To Require Vehicle-to-vehicle Communication

sacrilicious Re:V2V Developer (390 comments)

If it's not transparent and open, it will be hijacked and abused by the government. Not even a question. You yourself may have the best of intentions, and the evolving system may currently be in a benign state; that's well and good, and I thank you for both your intents and for your summary of things as they seem at the moment. That being said, it does not in any way serve to derail the larger theme that this will be abused and corrupted. I have no doubt, however, that the government will do its utmost to pretend otherwise. And this opinion of mine is based on a LOT of evidence.

about 2 months ago
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Online Shopping: Hazardous To Junk Food's Health

sacrilicious Figures (151 comments)

Anthony Hopper, chief executive of advertising agency Lowe Open, said brands need to change how people buy chocolate, but acknowledges that it won't be easy.

After that scene where he talks about eating fava beans with a light chianti, I figured he could make anything sound tasty. No surprise he ended up in food advertising.

about 5 months ago
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User Alleges LG TVs Phone Home With Your Viewing Habits

sacrilicious But... (286 comments)

Who will monitor the monitors?

about 5 months ago
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Google Chrome Is Getting Automatic Blocking of Malicious Downloads

sacrilicious Re:Bah... (138 comments)

It is also the truth most times.

Hmm... in other words, most things that seem different or unusual correlate with something that should be hidden. If that's your meaning, disrespectfully disagreed.

about 5 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

sacrilicious Re:Misleading (1160 comments)

Sure, technically the headline's accurate, but that's not incompatible with being misleading.

Far less misleading (while being *at least* as "accurate" as the existing headline) would have been something like, "Execution use would lead to ban on drug's importation".

about 6 months ago
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The Case Against Gmail

sacrilicious Re:Google's Product (435 comments)

Here here. Aso, have a gander at Google Sharing (plugin for Firefox).

about 6 months ago
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Why Can't Big Government Launch a Website?

sacrilicious Imagine (786 comments)

Imagine if President Obama had stated, 'I believe the nation should commit itself to the goal of enabling all Americans to access affordable health insurance' but then left the how to do it to some of the best experts in health care and economics without partisan interference."

Yes, imagine if he or anyone had had the political freedom to leave such a choice to truly non-partisan experts... but he didn't have that freedom, because there are such corporate interests vested in the outcome, with tentacles all into both parties, that such freedom to do so does not exist. If back in Kennedy's day there were numerous huge wealthy corporations with interests in the moon landing NOT happening, or happening on different timetables with different agendas, *and* the liberty to corrupt politics with money had reached the fever pitch it has today, *and* politicians had already given up the idea of even posturing to seem like they had nobility and dignity above that of a Geraldo show, THEN the moon landing might well and truly have been f*cked.

about 6 months ago
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US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

sacrilicious Misleading (1160 comments)

US Executions Threaten Supply of Anaesthetic Used For Surgical Procedures

HIGHLY misleading headline. I read the headline and thought, "wow, so many executions are occurring in the US that there's not enough of this drug for non-execution purposes"... which is a much more straightforward interpretation than what the article eventually gets into, which is that the use of the drug in a single execution would make an EU regulation kick in.

BOOOOOOO, slashdot editor. Boooo.

about 6 months ago
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White House Official Tracked Down and Fired Over Insulting Tweets

sacrilicious Re:Secret Emails and they fire a tweeter? (208 comments)

Who needs grounds?

If you're suggesting that the only relevant question is "was this firing legal", I'd say that's missing the more important question of "was this investigation (and firing) outrage-worthy"? (Hint: it is.)

about 6 months ago
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TSA Airport Screenings Now Start Before You Arrive At the Airport

sacrilicious Re:Really? (437 comments)

I feel endangered by the screening process because it is the process that now both (1) is the biggest unpredictable time delay in my getting to the plane, and (2) the biggest potential theater in which some TSA agent might not like how I look, how I didn't answer his boisterous "hello, how you doing" the right way, or take issue with any of a number of other aspects of my existence (medical devices, laptops, whatever) and cause trouble for me varying between leaving me feeling hassled or outright making me miss my flight, or perhaps even saying I simply can't fly (small chance, but the zinger is that there is FUCKING ABSOLUTELY NO RECOURSE. So yes, I agree that the TSA screening is now the biggest risk on my radar every time I fly. Who knows, I might end up on a no fly list simply for writing this.

about 6 months ago
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Unmanned 'Terminator' Robots Kill Jellyfish

sacrilicious ation (149 comments)

the other robots can simply follow in a formation by exchanging their location information via wireless communication.

I think the above line in the article gets my award for highest "-ation" density. Possibly excluding fragments of one or two rap songs that made it past my 5-second response time.

about 6 months ago
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Snowden Strikes Again: NSA Mapping Social Connections of US Citizens

sacrilicious Re:Go Team.. (513 comments)

This doesn't explain why they wouldn't simply announce the surveillance, rather than "fake leaking" it. Consider me unconvinced.

about 7 months ago
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Former Microsoft Privacy Chief Doesn't Trust Company, Uses Open Source Software

sacrilicious citizen or no (199 comments)

As Bowden goes on to point out, if you aren't a US citizen, you have no protection whatsoever from PRISM.

Um, and if I'm a citizen, I'm protected from prism? Nuh uh.

about 7 months ago
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Snowden Strikes Again: NSA Mapping Social Connections of US Citizens

sacrilicious Re:Go Team.. (513 comments)

I don't understand the point you (or Naomi Wolf) is trying to make. In the article you point to, she says

It is actually in the Police Stateâ(TM)s interest to let everyone know that everything you write or say everywhere is being surveilled.

How so? She doesn't spell this out, and I didn't get it from what you wrote either. Why would it be in the police state's best interest to have their activities known? And if it is in their best interest, why would they go to the trouble of having Snowden disclose it in the style he has, rather than simply announcing it?

about 7 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

sacrilicious Re:A question (165 comments)

Of course laws are sometimes arbitrary. Of course staring at your car stereo is just as dangerous as staring at your phone. Do you think these are revelations to anyone?

Yes, I do.

about 7 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

sacrilicious Re:A question (165 comments)

If I was a police officer, I would charge you with not being in full control of your vehicle by virtue that your attention is divided between the traffic and your piece of wood.

What if I can produce video of the event in which I can demonstrate that although I did poke continuously at the block of wood and sometimes glanced at it, that most of the time my eyes were on the road, and in fact I narrated a continuous and accurate description of all traffic around me? What if I have a certified driving instructor with me at the time who can legally swear that in his professional opinion, I was in full and complete control at all times?

I'm not bringing up the particular scenario above to suggest that's exactly what I'd do, but if your answer is nevertheless "the cops always win", then we shouldn't even be talking about whether there are cellphone laws or what have you, because it's immaterial... the real discussion in that case would be what a complete police state the US has descended into (which it has, I agree). But if that's your point, please forgive me because I'm still working my through the possibilities that exist when there actually is some amount of due process, as meager as it seems to be these days. At a minimum, if we do live in a complete police state, I want to see every person acknowledging that. Until that happens, I'll continue to explore scenarios like this to see what happens when people take it upon themselves to contemplate poking at the system.

about 7 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

sacrilicious Re:A question (165 comments)

So here's the point: if we have a law against "inattentive driving", then having a separate law against "inattentive driving while using a cell phone" is a total sham. It's like having a law against robbing a bank, then having another law against robbing a bank while wearing pants. If the penalties are the same, there's no point in having two laws other than political posturing, which should be called out for what it is. If the penalties are different, then it's not moot whether someone is wearing pants while robbing that bank, nor is it moot whether someone is using a block of wood vs an actual cellphone.

about 7 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

sacrilicious Re:A question (165 comments)

Unless you're filming yourself with that block of wood, it's all the cop's say-so as to whether you were texting.

So if the defense asks the cop in a courtroom to distinguish between a well-painted block of wood and an actual cellphone, at distances equivalent to those on a highway, could a cop do it, even putting aside that on the highway there was the further impediment of the cars moving at high speeds? The cop can certainly claim he THOUGHT it was a cellphone, but he has no way of proving that he didn't mistake one for the other.

This would get especially sticky for him if it turned out to be the case that there was no actual cellphone in the car.

about 7 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

sacrilicious Re:A question (165 comments)

Also, simulating a crime just to distract a cop is a separate crime.

Out of curiosity, can you provide an authoritative citation of that?

Regardless: the proposed activity is not simply "to distract a cop"... it's to highlight the shaky and arbitrary foundations of a poorly thought out law. I'm not saying a policeman is going to welcome that interpretation, but the prescribed defense is a whole lot more than "I was just trying to distract a cop". Was Rosa Parks just trying to make the bus late?

about 7 months ago
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New York Turns Rest Stops Into 'Texting Zones'

sacrilicious Re:A question (165 comments)

Unreasonable people, by definition, will not reliably heed any law, no matter how fair or rational.

I wouldn't know about that, but you seem to be implying that a law against texting -- while ignoring fiddling with the radio, talking to other people in the car, glancing at folded maps, handing things to other people, etc -- is unquestionably fair or rational. I question that premise.

eah, its not always a crime to be a jerk.

Right back atcha, sunshine.

about 7 months ago

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Tired of telemarketers

sacrilicious sacrilicious writes  |  more than 6 years ago

sacrilicious (316896) writes "I want to eliminate telemarketing calls from my life. I'm on the DoNotCall list but I still receive calls. I pay the telephone co an extra $5/month to block calls without callerID, but telemarketers dodge this by configuring their switches so the telco can't distinguish between "suppressed caller id" vs "old equipment which is incapable of transmitting callerID and so is grandfathered into the whitelist". More simply, telemarketers can simply reveal their callerID... which I can ignore but which still requires me to walk over to a ringing phone. And even if telcos start offering newer packages that filter things in new ways, I'm no longer interested in giving the telcos money for these kinds of things; the telcos just keep finding ways to squeeze yet more money from customers by goading both sides in a never-ending game of one-ups-manship (perfect example: as mentioned above, my telco should block non-ID'd calls originating on old hardware, but they don't). So I envision a technological solution to this problem in the form of some kind of hardware that triages calls before I ever hear the phone ring, passing whitelisted numbers through while handling non-whitelisted numbers in various ways... perhaps making the caller hit a key combination to get through, or sending them straight to voicemail, or having them say their name and then ringing only the name through to me for approval, there are many possibilities. I don't have a lot of time to dedicate to this, so in terms of software I'd ideally like a system where I configure it by scripting things, rather than by compiling things; more generally, solutions that require more than a few hours of my time are not interesting to me. In terms of hardware, I'd like to either buy a prefab system or assemble a simple set of hardware components that get up and running without major fiddling. What solutions or starting points can anyone recommend?"

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