196 posts • joined 25 Oct 2007
Re: Scott Mc Nealy is right!
Miriam Carey was a schizoid who went off her meds at the wrong time and definitely at the wrong place. She paid for her crimes, and rightfully so. Even better that her innocent daughter didn't have to pay as well (at least those officers got THAT right).
And humanity has NEVER left a "might makes right" society--there has always been law enforcement and military actions since the dawn of civilization itself, and that is never going to change. What has changed is that we sometimes use a pen to threaten the weak instead of using a sword or a gun to kill them. That pen is always backed up by the guns being held by others who support the people holding that pen. And no, those guns aren't really controlled by silly things like 'laws', for if they were, we wouldn't have gone into Iraq or Vietnam in the first place. And yes, they really are supporting the people in power, rather than the laws that put them there. In effect, nothing has really changed at all.
Unless you have some way of keeping your government from forcibly decrypting your private information or otherwise invading your privacy, you have no privacy. At least in the U.S. (in the civilized parts, anyways), they can't (legally) force you to hand over your passwords yet.
Sounds like a fine piece of technology...
...that the BOFH can get ahold of to perform career- (and life-) ending maneuvers on those annoying auditors or his authoritatively-naive boss.
PFY: So the boss's final uplifting moment was when he strutted into the new lift with our contract severance forms.
BOFH: The lift which had very recently had maintenance performed on it by what appears to be a mix-up between two separate orders filed by two different departments.
PFY: I'm still not sure why anyone would decide that attaching an experimental rocket engine to the bottom of a lift car would be a viable option.
BOFH: Or who would order such a thing for this company. Unfortunately, it appears that the electronic order forms for this maintenance and for the "rocket engine install" have been deleted by that virus that wiped out most of our financial databases. And the paper copies were probably lost in the fire resulting from the rocket engine's exhaust.
Police Officer: MM-Hmm, yes, very interesting.
"Who would want to live in the cul-de-sac that everyone is taking the mick out of?"
Re: I don't know about you...
I'm afraid an idea is not as bulletproof as you seem to believe, as the braincells that are fused together in the minds of people who are receptive to such an idea can easily be shattered by a passing bullet. Shatter enough braincells, and any idea can be easily extinguished.
Check out that missing closing anchor tag. And the wrong doctype for that document.
Apparently the US government shutdown has affected web development services for the City of London Police agency. So they've had to hire Julian Assange to create that page for them.
"Structures 100'000 ly in diameter don't explode."
They do in a Michael Bay movie.
This comment also exploded--------------------------------->
"Starbirth – a violent affair – results in the stellar babe ejecting materials at exceptionally high velocities of as much as one million kilometers per hour. In the case of the object viewed by Héctor Arce of Yale University and his international team, the birth is taking place about 1,400 light years away in the southern constellation of Vela.
When the ejecta smash into the starbirth's surrounding gas, it glows, creating what's known as a Herbig-Haro object. Arce's study of this particular object, HH 46/44, revealed two jets of materials, one aimed at Earth and another aimed away."
Isn't this almost exactly like childbirth? Except, a bit slower, and closer to home?
You don't ban Google. Google bans you, then your internet traffic goes through the floor.
Re: Back up a bit...
So, you've more or less confirmed what I was trying to say. While giving me a downvote in the process. And you still have a gold badge. Interesting.
Anyways, my point is, that the information in this article points toward...absolutely nothing illegal whatsoever happening. The police officers conducting the actual investigations probably don't even know where these tips are coming from. They're probably told "got a tip from an anonymous source that Joe Blow is selling heroin at this address, go investigate it". Whatever evidence is gleaned from the investigation is used in a court of law. No poisonous fruit there.
My question is there to point out that this article is geared in the wrong direction. What the Reuters reporter(s) should have investigated is exactly how the tips get loaded into the database, before being disseminated to local law enforcement agencies. THAT'S the part everyone should be focusing on.
Back up a bit...
So what I think I'm reading, is that when law enforcement agencies receive a tip from a database, they then go out, conduct their own, independent, investigation, and use whatever evidence gleaned from that investigation as evidence in a court, while protecting the 'true' source of the tip. So, basically the same as an anonymous tip coming in from CrimeStoppers, or maybe a confidential informant telling the police about a drug dealer doing his thing, then the cops investigating and corroborating the information in the tip, then using the evidence from their own investigation in court. Ignoring the whole "monitor everyone for terrorism and using the data to bust druggies and stuff" deal that seems to be the "cool" thing to do nowadays, this actually sounds like normal, everyday police work. The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree suddenly seems a lot less likely here.
I think the main reason they do it this way is that, if the source (the database) is NOT protected in one instance of use by law enforcement agencies, then the ENTIRE database is then open to scrutiny by a defendant's defense team, and we can't have that.
Now, if documents are being altered to protect the source of the tip, or if people are making things up when they write the reports, then that's perjury (and probably other crimes). However, there's no evidence that I have seen yet to prove that this is being done.
A question I have is about how the information in this database is being obtained. How is the government finding out that Joe Blow is dealing drugs, before putting that fact in their database, then sending it to the relevant local agency(ies)?
Re: take him out
You know how I'd do it?
Attach a sniper rifle to the X-37B minishuttle, and aim it in Russia's general direction. Maybe design bullets with heat shields so they don't burn up on reentry.
All Snowden has to do is look up once and *bloop*.
Re: Works for me
Do NOT insult moose cocks by labeling him as one. Moose cocks serve a useful purpose.
Re: She has a point
" I didn't appreciate the unsolicited naked selfie of her someshat "buxom" body..."
You did, and we all know it.
On a slightly more serious note, assuming you owned a blog or a message board or something, couldn't you just set it up so that comments that people send don't get posted until you allow them to show up? Maybe reward people who have been posting like rational, normal beings for a certain period of time by having their posts show up immediately? If the blog is specifically about you, you could maybe have a friend do the moderating, so you won't have to see the bad things people of certain mindsets tend to post?
I dunno, it just seems that, this being the internet, this sort of thing should be more or less expected, and the internet shouldn't have to be regulated for the rest of us due to the actions of the few dregs of society with access to an internet-capable device.
"Flying ice mountain trailing vast clouds of gas"
Shirley you mean 'falling', right?
"If we do not seize this unique moment in our constitutional history to reform our surveillance laws and practices, we will all live to regret it..."
...or die regretting it, same thing really.
The death rates need to be much higher. I need my air.
"I'm sorry, but if I have a genuine patent and a genuine claim, just because the world+dog is abusing it and it's too critical to the world, that invalidates it?"
No. However, if you have a genuine patent and a genuine claim, and wait until world+dog is abusing it (which is why it's so critical to the world) before launching your lawsuits, that does tend to help invalidate your genuine patent.
For example, if you invent a new type of rubber hose, with one end closed off with the same material that the rest of the hose is made of, and you file a patent on it...then wait a couple decades and sue all the companies that are now mass-producing condoms, any court with a judge who is grounded anywhere in reality will see a big problem with you and your patent netting you any sort of payout.
Someone, somewhere, got laid for either writing that headline or for reading it. Or both, doesn't matter.
Wait a minute...
First, he's a leaker, now he's a hacker? Did I miss when some huge revelation came up that said that Snowden had hacked his way into systems he should have not have had access to? I was under the impression that he had access to systems he probably shouldn't have had access to, due to poor oversight, not due to hacking skillz.
Sounds sorta familiar...
Is this going to be another one of those Assange situations, where the dude has to be holed up in an embassy, surrounded by police officers from the hosting country threatening to take him away the second he steps foot out of the embassy?
Re: Parallel parking in space
"But women havn't historically performed well at parking or driving - they have more accidents per mile driven than men..."
Hey, look at this brand-new, shiny iPhone. Ooh, and don't forget, you don't want your family to starve to death because your boss saw your protest plans on Facebook and acted "in accordance with national interests" to protect your freedom.
How to end up on a watch list:
Bomb president white house tower Boston pressure cooker airplane guns terror Allah jihad alqeda blackbriar Osama Kim jung un nuclear civilian pentagon Israel Hezbollah
Re: Women + IT
"Both imply gender but the latter is 'softer' and considered less provocative."
What? "Softer" and "less provocative" to whom? You do realize that you have just taken a step slightly beyond "politically-correct" and straight into "looney" territory, right? Don't you guys have freedom of speech over there?
"iPHONES and 'Pads BANNED in US for violating Samsung patent" YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
*back to reality*
A couple older generation products made by Apple that aren't being bought by most people anyways are banned in the US.
Can you please stop being the Daily Fail everytime a lawyer sneezes in a courtroom over Apple patents?
"and what *can* we do? We live in a society where governments can steamroller us into an illegal war, despite millions of people marching against it (in fact the only notice they took of that was to make it illegal to march in Westminster)."
And whose fault is that, I wonder? You people are the ones that voted those cretins into their positions (or at least allowed said cretins to take their positions). You people allowed your occupations and your iDistractions and your inconciderate breeding to pollute what was once a great set of ideas into what we now have today--a system where Democracy is used to take away the rights of hard-working and law-abiding citizens, leaving the people that are either not hard-working or law-abiding (or both) to leech off the additional resources made available to them by these actions. You have even allowed those festering, pus-oozing scabs you call your government to take away your right to bear arms so that they can in effect take away the rest of your rights with impunity, and making any attempts to get any of your rights as sentient beings back all but impossible.
And then you have the nerve to complain on your government-subsidized internet connection when they threaten to take away one more right. Why should I feel sorry for you?
You people sure do talk a lot while planning to do absolutely nothing about it.
Learn to reprezzent, yo!
So we have basically gone from being a place where they steal the spinners, the '22s, and the 10k watt sound systems off the occasional passing star cruiser, to the posh gated resort community where everyone with any measurable influence stops by for a week-long vacation at alpha centauri?
Of course, they do stop by Earth every now and then, to exterminate the roaches we call humanity, but they haven't been by in a while, for some reason.
Re: What model of potato was that taken with.
You don't like the quality of the videos? Then lobby your congressman to recommend increasing funding to NASA so they can buy some decent equipment.
Re: In other overblown hysteria
I was taking a dump this morning when I received an automated signal from the TOILET (True Ocular Interdiction Lateral Electromatic Transmogrifier) which suggested that approximately 1 pound of semi-solid human waste would be intercepting the orbit of your face, which would have resulted in a massive, but hilarious, collision.
Fortunately, my conscience is equipped with a chemical inhibition actuation system intended to reduce the chances of me caring about the impending collision.
The decision was taken to initiate an endorphin release, and the sound of the impact was successfully accompanied by the sound me me going "ahhhhhhh" in quiet, excretory bliss.
P.S. I wrote the above response, forgetting the fact that it wasn't a light microscope. Whoopsy.
The background IS made of atoms. You can see the faint reflections of the atomic background around the actual subjects. The reasons they're so hard to see are:
1. The microscope is not focused on the background
2. The atoms in the actual subjects are reflecting more light than the atoms in the background, thus almost obscuring the light being reflected from the background itself.
Explosion, because that's the only reason atoms were invented.
Re: Holiday on Saturn?
Nah, if you were a Saturnian, you would consider that hurricane as 'a light shower, with a particular taste of farts'.
Explosion, because that's what farts should do when you light 'em.
Couldn't get it to load :(
But, I'm just going to assume that, being the first webpage in the world, it didn't have those annoying <blink> tags, flashing smileys, generic ads (YOU *blink* ARE *blink* A *blink* WINNER *blink* !!!!!!), site hit counters, text marquees, animated gifs moving across the page, harsh text-to-background color interface, a link to a primitive java chat room that's the same as every other java chat room, iframes everywhere, a java chat room in an iframe, and loud MIDI music suddenly playing out of nowhere, for no reason whatsoever.
Bet it had porn, tho.
I'll look for this in 10 years or so...
Lots of buzzwords here--translation provided:
"Optimized for speed. Small, lean, resourced. With agility, freedom from bureaucratic constraints, and a willingness to embrace risk as core attributes. ATAP is focused on harnessing best-in-class, interdisciplinary talent from inside and outside Motorola Mobility, as well as technological developments from whatever the source."
In other words, a gigantic money-soak operation that would send even the beefiest black hole into a fit of jealous rage that the taxpayers are somehow paying for, despite the fact it's Google and not DARPA.
<<--You need one of these constantly going off to counteract the gravitational effects of a black hole. Because, without that, everything collapses in on itself and BLAH BLAH BLAH.
Re: This is a reasonable request
Looks like SOMEONE forgot to check the "Post anonymously?" checkbox. Now I know who to blame all the past and future "Piracy is illegal, and people that do it should be removed from society" posts on.
Re: We need a relay
Or better yet, the Earth needs to pimp-slap the sun, call it a ho, and tell it to move out of the way.
At least then the sun will have a reason to explode in the next few billion years.
Nuclear fire, because that's pretty much what it is.
Re: Swap the words Java with MS Windows - pretty much the same story
"We’re sorry you didn’t like this post."
Don't be sorry for me downvoting a post. Be sorry for allowing the idiot of said post to continue posting.
Re: A warm-up act for Eadon
I'd opened up the "Reply" page, intending to lambast you for acting like Eadon, then I read the heading on your post and realized you meant to. I figured it'd be a shame to waste the one click it took me to get to the "Reply" page, so here is my comment anyways.
It's what you wanted; now take it and be happy with it.
""There's no way that they can collect," she told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Right now, I get energy assistance because I have four kids. It's just the one income. My husband isn't working. It's not possible for them to collect even if they wanted to. I have no assets.""
Then tell your husband to get off his useless butt and head on down to the nearest fast food joint to start flipping burgers. Let's see, the national U.S. minimum wage is $7.25/hr, and she has a $220,000 fine to pay. Should take...around 7 years, working 12-hour shifts each day (no vacation time, of course)...her "energy assistance" is apparently enough to carry all of them through these times, so her husband shouldn't see a single penny of the money he's earned--he married her, and according to their main religious philosophy, when two people are married, they become one person...so he's also responsible for her crime. I mean, she helped vote in a government that could be bought by political interests--she did vote for the other guys/gals, but she didn't campaign enough for them, so it's all her fault-- so this IS what she wanted, right?
Man, this planet sucks.
Re: Looking at the pragmatically...
And if he does, he'll simply either be put into prison for a longer sentence, or be hounded by the courts until he finally commits suicide. Either way, he loses.
Hmm. Let's see, either I can blame myself for not taking the screen size/format settings of others into consideration, or I can blame others for not being able to see it properly. Hmmm...
Perhaps a screenshot will do for those of you who use a browser that refuses to follow basic web standards:
If you don't like it, stay the hell out of our country. We are happy to let our corporate overlords rule us to death with impunity, and we would greatly appreciate it if that annoying constitution didn't make such a racket when being flushed down the toilet so often.
Already, we're having people that believe that our government is still held accountable by its people.
Join me, fellow citizens of the State, in bowing down to worship our overlords--both corporate and the oligarchy that is our government--in this momentous great day. A day in which a criminal has met his karmic punishment at the hands of the very tools he used to commit great crimes. The first letter in each line in this comment should accurately describe our judicial system.
If you turn the screen off, then how are you able to type here?
DOOO YOOUU WAANNT SOOOME TEEEEEEAAAAAA????????????
Probably because his mommy and daddy still administer beatings to his delicate little bottom in the name of God every now and then.
I was all set to post "I see what you did there", but you beat me to it. Sort of.
Probably disappeared when the RAM degraded...
The fact that the DSL-rated phone cable turns down a dirt road about a quarter-mile north of my house--due to a certain politician living on that dirt road--instead of being run straight down a paved road means that I pay $59.99/mo for a 1.5mbps satellite connection via Wildblue, instead of 35.99/mo for 25mbps DSL. As soon as I acquire a Death Star, I'm nuking north Florida from orbit, just to be sure.
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