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Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

ziggy_az No excuses (894 comments)

"They were provoked" is never an excuse for violence. The Pope must, of course, defend his religious perspective, but the fact remains that words and pictures are still only words and pictures.

about two weeks ago

Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

ziggy_az Surveillance is not censorship... (130 comments)

though it does tend to cause people think more carefully about what they'd like to say.

about three weeks ago

Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

ziggy_az All you song (135 comments)

are belong to us.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Convince Management To Hire More IT Staff?

ziggy_az It's all about the business case (383 comments)

If you can't make a solid business case, you're wasting your time. Present a solid business case which shows a cost/benefit analysis. If the numbers don't make sense, you'll be out of luck.

about a year ago

Amazon Reveals "Prime Air", Their Plans For 30-minute Deliveries By Drone

ziggy_az Re:Crime? (397 comments)

Video is only really helpful if you know who it is you are watching.

about a year ago

Skydiving Accident Leaves Security Guru Cedric 'Sid' Blancher Dead At 37

ziggy_az This is why... (332 comments)

you should never jump out of a perfectly good airplane.

about a year ago

Bennett Haselton's Response To That "Don't Talk to Cops" Video

ziggy_az Fundamentally flawed (871 comments)

You must not have watched the entire video. The advice is "Don't talk to the cops without an attorney". There is always time later to confess, but the fundamental reality of our criminal justice system is that it is a bargaining table. A suspect who gives up everything they have to bargain with at the very beginning is ultimately unable to win a fair sentence. Again, the U.S. Criminal Justice system is a bargaining table. Lawyers know this. Judges know this. Pretty much all legal professionals know this. Therefor, don't talk to the cops *without a lawyer*.

about a year ago

Microsoft Is Sitting On Six Million Unsold Surface Tablets

ziggy_az Cheap tablets from MS coming soon (550 comments)

Soon, we'll find them in Big Lots selling for $99

about a year and a half ago

Blackberry 10 Sends Full Email Account Credentials To RIM

ziggy_az We banned Blackberry years ago (191 comments)

When a staff member came to me the first time and asked for help setting up mail on his Blackberry, I told him I'd get back to him after I researched it. Once I figured out that you had to provide complete logon credentials to RIM, I banned the devices. Staff can have them if they wish, but they are not to be used with our corporate mail (or any other) systems.

Back then, RIM gave you two options - give up your corporate security or buy a $3000 machine from RIM to talk to Blackberries. IMO, neither option was acceptable.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: IT Spending In Engineering?

ziggy_az It's all about the business case (146 comments)

Make a strong business case to support the budget levels you actually need. It may be that 10% or even 20% reduction isn't a bad idea. If you can't support your "needs" with a business case, you don't need it.

about a year ago

Linux Fatware: Distros That Need To Slim Down

ziggy_az Duh (299 comments)


about 2 years ago

Automation Is Making Unions Irrelevant

ziggy_az Jobs are so 20th century (510 comments)

It's time to move on. Labor and work will soon be relics of the past. We need to find an economic model that functions without those things. As efficiency continues to improve, the human workforce becomes more and more obsolete.

more than 2 years ago

App Developer: Android Designed For Piracy

ziggy_az Independant citations? (596 comments)

I read the developers whining about piracy, but they never seem to have any independent source study to cite which confirm these numbers. Anecdotal evidence immediately available to me suggests that they are full of crap. I know 15 or so Android users and none of them pirate anything. This is like Az. Governor Jan Brewer citing beheadings in the desert as the reason for the need of stronger immigration controls (there were no such beheadings - she made it up). Before statements like this are even seriously discussed, show us the independent sources.

more than 2 years ago

Former TSA Administrator Speaks

ziggy_az Terrorism won; we sacrificed freedom for safety (196 comments)

I said it back in '01 and I'll repeat it now. By giving up our freedom in the name of security, we have allowed the terrorists to prevail. Pursue them. Hunt them down. Deal with those who have harbored them as enemies of the US. But we should never have relinquished a single liberty for the sake of security.

Benjamin Franklin said it best:
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Franklin's Contributions to the Conference on February 17 (III) Fri, Feb 17, 1775

more than 2 years ago

Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars

ziggy_az We already have this... (911 comments)

It's called an Ignition Switch. Car won't stop accelerating? Turn it OFF.

more than 2 years ago

Smartphones More Dangerous Than Alcohol, When Driving

ziggy_az Bring back *real* drivers education (358 comments)

When I was in High School (30+) years ago, Drivers Education spent a lot of time going over police video/film from accident scenes. Un-cut. All the gruesome results in brilliant full color. Most of us learned that 4000+ pounds of steel and glass + high velocity + inattention = gruesome consequences.

Those reels should be mandatory for every driver. Not everyone will "get it", but enough will.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Way To Deal With Roving TSA Teams?

ziggy_az Re:Just keep calm... (1059 comments)

Not likely. I despised "W" giving the okey-dokey to invade the persons and privacy of people in the US then and feel betrayed that our current President has done nothing to fix the problem.

Terrorist: Look at that! 600 people waiting in the security check point line at LAX!!! More than they can fit on any plane!!!
Terrorist: *BOOM*

CNN: 100s dead, 100s wounded in LAX bombing.

See the problem?

about 3 years ago



Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution

ziggy_az ziggy_az writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ziggy_az (40281) writes "Michael Lacey, the executive editor of Village Voice Media, and Jim Larkin, the CEO of the Phoenix-based chain, were both arrested on Thursday, the very same day their story was published in the Phoenix New Times. The New Times is a free, weekly alternative paper. "It is just without precedent," Lacey said. "This isn't us overreacting." The grand jury subpoenas in question demand "all documents related to articles and other content published by Phoenix New Times newspaper in print and on the Phoenix New Times website, regarding Sheriff Joe Arpaio from January 1, 2004 to the present." Additionally, they want "Hit counts for each page..." regarding specific articles criticizing Sheriff Joe Arpaio as well as "The Internet Protocol" addresses of any and all visitors to each page...". Fair warning to the Phoenix New Times readership: Joe's gang may come-a-looking for you."


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