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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

sociocapitalist Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

If there were gangs out killing cops, they would not be in need of an application like Waze to do it. The two NYC cops that were killed a couple months ago were not tracked by anything. The killings were by what appears to be a vigilante that wanted to kill "any" cop.

They psychology behind that is a different thread and story, but the point about being "tracked" is valid. Cops drive in marked cars and wear uniforms. Someone actually "hunting" them would not need an application. In fact it would probably be stupid to do so, because of all the data the application tracking (it would limit suspects).

I also said that it wouldn't make any difference in reality, if you read my post to the end, to take the functionality out of waze.

That being said, such an app could be used to find isolated groups of police (i.e. middle of the night speed traps in the middle of nowhere) to attack which means that the idea is not completely invalid.

There is no shortage of stupid or tech ignorant people in the world so I wouldn't exactly use that as a proof that people would not use an app to find police to attack.

yesterday
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

sociocapitalist Re:And yet. (510 comments)

Also what is in their annual report isn't necessarily accurate anyway, so don't just throw that link at me.

Apple wasn't even reporting its U.S. taxes accurately, either, the Senate subcommittee found. Its annual report disclosed it paid much higher U.S. taxes than it actually paid to the IRS. To investors, Apple said it paid $6.9 billion in U.S. taxes in 2011. But it actually only paid the IRS $2.5 billion, according to its tax return.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com...

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

sociocapitalist Re:And yet. (510 comments)

Couldn't you Google that information in the same amount of time it took you to type the question?

Nope. I did in fact google it and all I saw quickly are quarterly report information results.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

sociocapitalist Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (462 comments)

Ontario - Consumer Protection Act. After 30 days they can cancel the sale but they cannot charge extra for executing the sale that would not have been charged otherwise.

But they provided the product to you. The additional charge would be to provide the product to you again should you ever lose it. (ie lose the install software and whatever backup of it)

Ahh that's different than what was stated... 15 days after delivery is different than 15 days after purchase.

No, it's the same in this case as the product is downloadable upon purchase.

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

sociocapitalist And yet. (510 comments)

It's a quarterly profit announcement, not for the year.

So the real questions are what is the declared profit / loss for the entire year and how much actual tax are they actually paying on the year?

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

sociocapitalist Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

Yes, but if someone really wants to kill cops then it should be obvious that you head to where they congregate. So the nearest place to get a meal near the precinct or the nearest precinct will get a large number in one place. Of course it will also lead to your death if you go in guns blazing but that seems to be the purpose behind many of the shootings.

Not at all. They target alone or almost alone cops and then they run away.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

sociocapitalist Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (462 comments)

Ontario - Consumer Protection Act. After 30 days they can cancel the sale but they cannot charge extra for executing the sale that would not have been charged otherwise.

But they provided the product to you. The additional charge would be to provide the product to you again should you ever lose it. (ie lose the install software and whatever backup of it)

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

sociocapitalist Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (462 comments)

That would be illegal in the jurisdiction I live in.

Under what basis?

What jurisdiction?

2 days ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

sociocapitalist Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (461 comments)

It's BS to say it's putting cops' lives at risk, for the most part.

Presumably anybody using this app to search for cops is going to be using it to deliberately avoid coming in contact with any cops. This outcome is actually the lowest risk outcome for any type of police encounter.

The way this has been phrased, you would almost imagine that there are anti-police death squads roaming the city, looking for isolated police units far away from backup and slowly picking them off with a sniper rifle.

The recent cop killings in France are enough to not laugh at the idea, though I doubt that taking cop spotting off waze would make any difference in reality.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

sociocapitalist Re:This is like (462 comments)

me in BC buying a car from a guy who bought/brought it in from Alberta and sold it through his car dealership in BC. Then Ford comes in and repossesses my car because I didn't get it through a dealer in BC and because the prices are lower in Alberta so it was unfair to the dealer in BC since it wasn't sold through an authorized dealer.

Don't think they wouldn't if they could and if they see your post they'll probably try and get some legislation in place to make it possible.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

sociocapitalist Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (462 comments)

So you're saying Microsoft went and remotely erased your games or did you? If it was the former, then you may have an argument. If it was the latter, then the blame is solely yours.

Actually, in my case I didn't even get a chance to download it. I purchased a game December 3rd, sometime between now and then it was delisted, when I went to download it less than 60 days after purchase it was no longer possible.

Bitdefender now charges for the right to download software more than 15 days after purchase.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

sociocapitalist Re:grandmother reference (462 comments)

It's a marketing tactic called rape your customers for as much as you can.

FTFY.

2 days ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

sociocapitalist Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

Breaking up ghettos is very difficult if for no other reason than the people that live there want to live together.

France already has active policies to try and avoid such ghettos to start with, where new developments are obliged to provide a percentage of low income housing as a part of their project. The idea being to spread immigrants and other poor amongst wealthier native communities.

So long as the percentage of immigrants is low, this works. When it gets too high in a concentrated area, then we have a ghetto again just in a different place. The higher the percentage, the less integration.

Current immigration policy is far too open. Once one single person in a family gets papers, often by measures such as buying a spouse for the reason or, more common in my experience, tricking westerners into getting married (including trying to get pregnant by the westerner while they're there on holiday, for example - had that tried on me twice), then the rest of the family gets papers, and then more family and more family and more family, etc.

Islam needs to come forward through a renaissance age but it's not happening.

I'm not sure what perspective you propose to give people who blame us for anything that's wrong in their lives, whether it's our fault or not.

Where do you draw the line? Today it's our right to free speech, what follows? Our women having to be veiled? Our girls not having the right to go to school?

about a week ago
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US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

sociocapitalist Re:Robotic warfare (208 comments)

No doubt, these drones will be more and more automatic, where commands from their human controllers become more and more abstract. Maybe now they're being flown like an RC aircraft, soon it'll be "go to this location, launch bomb to hit that location", or "fly search patterns in this area and shoot anything that doesn't respond to your coded signals out of the sky".

And so, step by step, we enter the era of robotic warfare. No matter how often the various militaries and politicians pledge that this will not happen.

Neil Stephenson brought this idea right down to nano level in The Diamond Age

about a week ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

sociocapitalist Re:Police (148 comments)

I just don't know how you "fix" conflicts like this.

Possibly to restrict immigration such that the percentage of immigrants remains low enough to make integration into our own culture possible.

If those who come to our countries do not like our culture, they are free to leave.

about a week ago
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Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

sociocapitalist Re:Domestic war (148 comments)

There is no F******G war going on. 20 people where killed, 17 by terrorists. We have a problem with equality and participation and integration in Europe. However, we are not on war with a part of our own population. And while 17 dead people is horrible, we have more dead people in traffic related accidents 3250 per year or smoke or germs in hospitals everyday. So get that in perspective. Yes we have to address terrorism. We have to do this with police work and social work and a good integration strategy which does not put immigrants in ghettos and throw away the keys.

What is happening here in France and elsewhere in Europe and the UK is a reflection and direct result of the wars that we are engaged with elsewhere in the world.

To look at one aspect without taking into account the other would be an error.

You can have whatever integration strategy you want but when the percentage of immigrants comes close to or exceeds the percentage of non-immigrants in a given area, integration becomes impossible and reverse-integration becomes expected.

We are at war and it is a war of cultures, sometimes fought with bullets and soon to be fought with votes.

about a week ago
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Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

sociocapitalist Re:No one 3D printed a house (98 comments)

Fair enough assessment. However I'd like to see you frame a house, sheet it, roof it, drywall it, put siding on, trim it, for under $4800.

For that price, I don't necessarily think this is just "mindless hype".

It might be interesting to know what $4800 USD is actually worth there in China, adjusted for 'cost of' doing whatever in China vs. the cost of doing it in the US, and making your comparison with that.

about two weeks ago
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US Government Lurked On Silk Road For Over a Year

sociocapitalist Re:its a drug bust (129 comments)

For everyone who is about to object: what do you think a drug bust looks like? They posed as drugs consumers/dealers and busted the parties buying/selling. This seems like what my taxpayer dollars should go towards: stomping out illegal activity where it is prevalent.

Surely catching big white collar crime and corrupt politicians should be prioritized over small quantity drug issues.

But of course stomping out truly significant criminal activity is beyond the scope or capabilities of the LEOs that work for those same corrupt politicians, who in turn are owned by those big white collar criminals.

about two weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

sociocapitalist Re:So... (311 comments)

Will it have a caricature of Muhammad?

That's what needs to happen, millions and millions of Muhammad cartoons all over the World.

I would hope for it to be a collection of all the cartoons by Charlie over the years they've been publishing.

about two weeks ago
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Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

sociocapitalist Re:Excellent. (311 comments)

I vote for a cartoon of Mohammed and his six-year-old bride Aisha on the front cover.

To be fair, the marriage wasn't actually consummated until Aisha was nine.

The worse thing being, she complained she couldn't even feel it.

about two weeks ago

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Retroactive Tax Law Changes by UK Govt

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 2 years ago

sociocapitalist writes "The BBC reports that "Barclays Bank has been ordered by the Treasury to pay half-a-billion pounds in tax which it had tried to avoid." which in and of itself seems fine but a couple of factors around it bother me.

Evidently there is a law in the UK requiring "Anyone, such as a bank, accountant, lawyer or tax adviser, who devises a seemingly legal tax avoidance plan, is obliged to tell the tax authorities about it within a few days of using it or marketing it to clients." which Barclays did and then the UK government wrote new law and applied it retroactively to close the loopholes.

While the law requiring disclosure of what would be legal tax avoidance strategies is interesting, the real shocker for me is that laws can be retroactively applied making what was legal when done illegal after the fact."

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The scandal of the Alabama poor cut off from water

sociocapitalist sociocapitalist writes  |  more than 3 years ago

sociocapitalist (2471722) writes "The BBC reports the ongoing situation in Jefferson County, Alabama where finance companies bribed politicians and a $300 million project ended up costing $3.1 billion bankrupting the county and leaving the poorest unable to pay their skyrocketing water/sewage bills.

Why the financiers were only fined and didn't go to jail, and why they should be subsequently allowed to profit on the situation is just another example of the imbalance in the US (and elsewhere)."

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