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Comment Re:I think they *want* to reduce participation (Score 1) 91

For anyone running a bootloader there is already an easily available app on XDA which bypasses SafetyNet.

Instead of installing a custom ROM I simply enable developer mode so I could fix the KitKat Bluetooth bug on my LG. SafetyNet detects just having the developer option menu visible, even if turned off, as a violation. The only way I can fix this is through a factory reset (since my LG doesn't give other options to remove developer mode), which was the option I was trying to avoid by enabling developer mode in the first place.

So now, if I want to play Pokemon Go I'll have to do a factory reset on my phone every 2-3 months when the Bluetooth log maxes out.

Comment Re:90% of days, not 90% of drivers (Score 1) 990

I believe the actual study refers to 90% of driving done in a day could be done using EVs. They don't seem to break it down to individual drivers overall behavior, just that on any given day 90% of driving activities fall within the range and abilities of an EV.

It would be like saying, 90% of the time I can live on $10/day. That might be true but if I get a relaxing job that only pays me $70/week, those 3 days a month when my bills come due and I have to spend exponentially more than my normal $10 makes the idea of a $70/week job ridiculous. That being said, for a segment of the population who don't have to worry about housing/transportation/utility costs (kids for example) a $70/week job could be the perfect solution.

Comment Re:Awesome (Score 1) 990

To add to this, many areas are already looking at removing subsidies and in fact adding charges to EV costs due to the loss of revenue for fuel taxes.

EVs do as much damage to streets as ICE vehicles but get away without paying for any upkeep by avoiding gas taxes. As the numbers shift toward EV or Hybrid vehicles, communities that rely on gas tax revenue are trying to find new ways to keep their coffers full. At least one proposal I've seen was to charge a mileage fee when renewing the plates on EVs. So renewing your plates on your Chevy Cruze could be $100, your Chevy Volt (hybrid), $100 + x/mile and your Chevy Bolt (pure EV) $100 + y (greater than x)/mile.

So you can save skipping the gas all year and then have to pay $300+ at year end to simply renew.

Comment Re:Apple Arrogant, but not Stupid... (Score 1) 394

Apple isn't stupid, arrogant maybe, but not stupid.

But in many instances arrogance can lead to stupidity. Puck Mouse anyone? Metal cased phones that ground out the cellular antenna if you 'hold them wrong'? Phablets that bend at unexceptionably low pressure values?

Apple make a lot of nice things but that doesn't prevent them from doing some very stupid things. They usually get their act together at some point but that has sometimes meant abandoning the path they were on and going back to what worked.

Comment Re:Might be illegal (Score 1) 537

Most of those laws have to do with interfering with a person in the process of making the emergency call, as in taking away the phone or hanging up their call. Few, if any laws, actually deal with preventing cell signals through passive means otherwise all underground parking structures could be deemed in violation of those states laws.

Comment Re:No 'clear evidence' (Score 1) 1010

All of the statutes regarding document retention and the handling of classified material were in place during Clinton's time at State and for the most part several decades before that. Some additional guidelines/clarifications were put in place after her time in office but they had no fundamental impact on her violations.

For example, Obama put in force a direct time table as to how long before documents had to be transferred to archives whereas before it was more of a vague "in a timely manner" type wording. On document retention charges Clinton could argue that 2-3 years after leaving office and under threat of subpena was timely (and she has several times in the press) and it's possible she could find some jurors to agree with her, whereas Kerry wouldn't be afforded that excuse because it's now set in stone the exact number of days he has to send all his work documents to be stored. On the more serious charges of handling of classified materials, on the other hand, the same rules apply to Kerry as they did to Clinton.

Comment Re:"classified e-mail system"? WTF? (Score 1) 1010

The secure email system is not like opening up a second version of Outlook on your PC, they are usually stand alone terminals that are specialized to do one thing, keep the information they are transmitting secure.

So in this case there were actually 3 email systems in play.

#1: Clintons private server with all kinds of security flaws.
#2: The standard State Department email system (the .gov email address) which while mostly secure, has internet access and is therefore not permitted for high level classified materials either.
#3: SIPRNet, the real secure servers which are not connected to the internet and are used for actual classified materials (including top secret).

Various agencies have had their own internal severs hacked but SIPRNet data has only been leaked by people with direct access to a connected terminal (Chelsea Manning).

One of the issues here is that SIPRNet data was found in some of Clinton's emails and the only way for that to happen was to have someone transcribe it from the secure terminal in her office to the standard State system.

Comment Re:Its official, the FBI has become a joke. (Score 1) 1010

In the US, mens rea also includes the the 'reasonable person' standard which basically says that while the person who committed the offense may have had no intent of committing a crime through their actions, if a hypothetical average person could have foreseen that possibility then they can be convicted.

In this case in particular that is moot since the statutes she was accused of violating equates intent with gross negligence, meaning either is grounds for a conviction.

Comment Re:So find an unreasonable one (Score 1) 1010

Senators and Congressman (as well as Governors since that comes up a lot too) are not actually bound by the same rules of conduct or record retention laws as employees of the federal government which is all the SoS is. Elected officials have a lot more leeway in how they handle their internal office documentation.

That being said, the mishandling of classified materials, even by an elected official, can have repercussions but it's very hard to pin on them since they rarely do it directly and tend to use proxies (such as a friendly reporter) who aren't willing to reveal sources.

It's like letting off the bank robber because Mr. and Mrs. Smith got a mortgage from the same bank. Sure both parties got large sums of money from the same place but the rules in place and methods used to get that money were very different.

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 1) 1010

Condoleeza Rice didn't use email (though she did have a .gov address) and so far the only thing dug up about Colin Powell were a couple of State Dept. documents on his personal email that were later classified (very low level stuff like calendars and such). He claims, and no one has been able to show otherwise, that all his handling of classified material, especially sourced from outside agencies, was completely managed through use of the internal classified mail servers.

Clinton, on the other hand, had emails on her private server that contained information that was only available on the secure server. At one point the investigators were supposedly questioning her subordinates about how they managed to access the data (they did not have clearance to log in) and the leading theory was she gave someone at the office her login credentials and they used that to transcribe the information into emails they would then send to her private account.

Comment Re:Suicide by politician (Score 1) 1010

Most of the classified material discussed previously was not created by State but was just State handling outside agency information. There was some wholly owned State Dept. material in the bunch but a lot of that was declassified after the fact to try to minimize the damage.

After this mess came to light the State department started going around to all the other agencies (NSA, CIA, etc...) to try and get them to declassifying their material to make Hillary's case look better but most, if not all, refused to play ball so yes, this was a case of her downloading and mishandling other peoples classified material.

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