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Improperly Anonymized Logs Reveal Details of NYC Cab Trips

sexybomber Re:Data Security Officer (192 comments)

Your State may be different, but New York's Freedom of Information Law (or FOIL, we like to be different) works like this:

The agency has to respond within five business days, but that response can read something like:

Dear Sexybomber:

We have received your request for public records pursuant to FOIL. Due to the complexity of the records you have requested, it may not be possible to produce them within the standard 20-day statutory period. We anticipate that we will be able to produce the records you have requested within 40 days. If you have questions or concerns, please direct them in writing to the address above.

If they run into a snag, they have to inform you of this and produce the records within a "reasonable period".

So it's not like NYC was under a five-day time crunch here. They could easily have responded and said it would take 40 or 60 days, being as there were several million records requested. That's definitely long enough to bring in a consultant (or even one of the more technically-literate staff members) to properly secure the data.

about 6 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Declines To Rule On Constitutionality of Bulk Surveillance

sexybomber Re:Marbury v Madison (141 comments)

Sandra Day O'Connor hasn't been on the Supreme Court for eight years now. That glorified shitstain Sam Alito replaced her. While it would certainly be interesting to hear her opinion of the case, such opinion would carry no weight whatsoever.

about 8 months ago
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NSA Confirms It Has Been Searching US Citizens' Data Without a Warrant

sexybomber Re:Small World(s) Phenomena anyone ? (274 comments)

I just took a nuclear shit. It was the bomb.

(Am I doing it right?)

about 9 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

sexybomber Re:April Fools stories are gay (1482 comments)

No one should even consider to be concerned about what other people do.

You seem pretty concerned about OP's alleged hate speech.

about 9 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

sexybomber Re:Chromium is "Steely Dan" (1482 comments)

What the fuck did I just read?

about 9 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

sexybomber Re: Not necessarily hate (1482 comments)

I'll bite. Please present evidence supporting your claim that "that research has since been disproven".

about 9 months ago
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OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

sexybomber Re:Are people not allowed to have opinions? (1482 comments)

I hate to break it to you, but you're sorely mistaken. Every State has gotten rid of the marital rape exemption. Some of them maintain differences in exactly how it's prosecuted, but it's still rape.

about 9 months ago
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Who's Writing Linux These Days?

sexybomber F*ck Beta! (63 comments)

Who's writing Linux these days? One can only hope it's not the same people who are responsible for the abomination that is Slashdot Beta.

about 10 months ago
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Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!

sexybomber An immodest proposal (2219 comments)

Most importantly, we want you to know that Classic Slashdot isn't going away until we're confident that the new site is ready.

I have a better idea. It can be accomplished by deleting the last nine words of the sentence: "Classic Slashdot isn't going away."

It ain't broke. Don't fix it.

about 10 months ago
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How Colleges Are Pushing Out the Poor To Court the Rich

sexybomber Re:Goodbye (668 comments)

Oh, it's even more fiendishly perfect than what you describe.

See, at the end of the 10-year repayment period, the remaining balance does, in fact, get wiped, but the amount that's wiped is treated as taxable income. So if you've "racked up all the debt you want" and have $100,000 worth of forgiveness, say hello to a $35,000 tax bill.

What's that? You can't pay the tax on your newfound "wealth"? Well then, men with guns will come to your house, seize your property, and put you in a cage.

It's not feudalism, it's something rather worse.

about a year and a half ago
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New Pope Selected

sexybomber Re:Humility? (915 comments)

I'm a little drunk, so I read that as "the efficient conduit for the transmission of God's word to earth". Which still kind of works.

about 2 years ago
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Troll Complaint Dismissed; Subscriber Not Necessarily Infringer

sexybomber Re:This is big (189 comments)

I haven't much to say, other than from one New York lawyer to another, BIG UPS. Keep doing your thing, Ray. You'll wear the bastards down eventually!

about 2 years ago
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Congress Takes Up Online Sales Tax

sexybomber Enforcement (297 comments)

How will this shiny new tax be collected and enforced?

One option is to put the onus on the retailers to maintain a database of all the different sales tax rates in the country, so they can collect the appropriate amount on the purchase. At least in New York, sales taxes vary by county -- the State takes 4% and the county takes anywhere from 3-5%. That's 62 lines on the spreadsheet, just for New York. I think NYC adds a point or two as well. This would have to be correlated with a ZIP code table, so the retailer would know which ZIPs are in which jurisdictions. It's tedious, but not impossible. Perhaps the IRS could spend some of our money to draw up the tables and maintain them.

Another avenue is to put the onus on the buyer to calculate and remit the appropriate taxes to the authorities. If I were a sociopath, I'd like this method better. It doesn't burden the retailers and it provides a delicious means of social control, not to mention a wealth of interesting information on what people are buying. Let's take a non-Amazon company as an example, since Amazon has bought exemptions from State sales taxes:

NewEgg is contacted by the NY Department of Taxation and Finance and ordered to turn over their NY sales records. No warrant is required, since the request is for tax compliance purposes. DTF runs the records through their computer system and looks up the tax records of each NewEgg customer. If the customer didn't report the sale, they're in big trouble. If it's a significant amount that they didn't report, or there's a pattern of non-compliance, off to private prison with you!

Cue the naysayers saying I'm a paranoiac and Our Glorious Overlords would never do something so fiendish...

about 2 years ago
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HR Departments Tell Equifax Your Entire Salary History

sexybomber Re:Ponder that, though (472 comments)

Once you're a made member of the club, scrubbing your data and enjoying some privacy is a [perk].

Along with being able to turn off the telescreen?

about 2 years ago
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HR Departments Tell Equifax Your Entire Salary History

sexybomber Re:It's their information if you gave it to them (472 comments)

Right. I think people are getting hung up on the GP's incorrect use of "duress". There are a bunch of reasons why a contractual clause might get thrown out: there's the public policy rationale, as you note, there's undue influence (though judging from Wikipedia, that might not work in the U.S., as both cited cases are Australian), and there's my personal favorite:

Unconscionability. It's a two-prong attack:

1. You have to prove that whatever your employer offered you in exchange for signing the contract (viz., a job, at a certain rate of pay, for certain hours) was so grossly inadequate compared to what you had to give up, that to enforce the contractual terms would be unfair.

2. You have to prove that your employer leveraged his greater bargaining power to get you to sign the contract.

Essentially, you have to prove that both the terms of the contract and the manner in which it was negotiated were both grossly unfair. #2 is a lot easier to prove than #1, given the state of the economy and the desperation of many job-seekers, but #2 alone isn't sufficient. In order to break a contract on unconscionability grounds, the terms have to be really, really onerous, on the order of "you agree to give up your firstborn for indentured servitude to this company" or "if you quit, you agree never to work within a fifty-mile radius of this company ever again".

about 2 years ago
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Four Cups of Coffee A Day Cuts Risk of Oral Cancer

sexybomber Bless the Maker and his coffee. (151 comments)

It is by coffee alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the juice of the arabica bean that the thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire shaking. The shaking becomes a warning. It is by coffee alone I set my mind in motion.

about 2 years ago
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Researchers Find Crippling Flaws In Global GPS

sexybomber Re:What a nonsense (179 comments)

Planes and Ships don't rely on GPS.

If you have a license to pilot any of them, you have learned how to navigate without.

Right you are. My sextant, watch, Nautical Almanac, and H.O. 249 Sight Reduction Tables laugh at these puny exploits. Let me know when researchers have found flaws in the apparent motion of the celestial spheres.

about 2 years ago

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Jury Acquits Citizens of Illegally Filming Police

sexybomber sexybomber writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sexybomber (740588) writes "The Springfield (MA) Republican reports that two men accused of illegally filming the process as they bailed friends out of jail last summer, were acquitted of all charges Tuesday. Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller initially were granted permission to film the bail process, but later were forbidden by jail officials from recording the procedure. When they continued to digitally recording their encounter with jail officials, they were arrested by police. Eyre and Mueller testified that they never attempted to hide the fact that they were recording at the jail. Not only did they ask permission to film the bail-out process — which initially was granted — but their recording devices were "out in the open," Eyre said. The Jury found the defendants not guilty of three criminal counts: Each was acquitted of unlawful wiretapping, while Mueller also was acquitted of a charge of resisting arrest."
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