* Posts by Eddy Ito

3963 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

US citizens complain their names were used for FCC robo-comments

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Re: Sue?

If there is a verification box it seems comcast haters and many other nobodys are not really concerned about it. I think this one is my favorite.

The online comment systems that Uncle Sam set up are great. People get to vent their spleen and convince themselves that they make a difference and the government gets to ignore all the little people squeaking against the machine. Makes for a more peaceful existence all round. As a bonus it doubles as an automated way for the NSA to entice potential rabble-rousers on all sides to self-identify.

Hmm, the troll icon needs a tinfoil hat.

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Congresscritters float benefits for gig workers

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... get benefits such as unemployment insurance, paid time off, and tax-advantaged retirement savings.

I understand some bits. Sure, I can imagine getting unemployment insurance and even group rates. Likewise tax-advantaged retirement savings although there are SEP IRAs, and Solo 401(k) plans and the like that are pretty nice already. Yep, detaching health insurance from the job and being able to buy health insurance at group rates would also be swell.

My problem is that I get hung up on "paid time off". What does that even mean really in the "gig" context? Is it supposed to be some sort of income leveling scheme where pay goes into some sort of holding account and is metered out evenly over the course of a year or more like a Christmas/vacation club account at the bank where deposits are taken over the course of the year and dispensed only during a chosen time window? As someone who frequently used to pick up side jobs during my ostensibly paid vacations I'm struggling to find meaning here.

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Venezuela increases internet censorship and surveillance in crisis

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It will be interesting to see how Venezuela celebrates the 50th anniversary of the handbook next year.

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FCC revised net neutrality rules reveal cable company control of process

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Re: Class Action?

Simple, it's not legal. The problem is getting enough evidence as not many folk who didn't make a comment will bother or quite possibly know how to check to see if one was made for them. That's the point of the comcastroturf site, it makes it easy to check and gather any evidence that does exist.

For some reason I can't seem to find any of the original "The unprecedented regulatory power..." comments but there are a great number of identical "Title II" comments with two distinct flavors with one being pro-Title II and the other against. The pro version begins "I stand firmly against this proposal. Preserving net neutrality is imperative..." and the against starts "Obama’s Title II order has diminished broadband investment, stifled..." Clearly these are all of the form letter type and a few even have evidence of an actual person adding personal comments to them which seems to indicate they are real.

Unfortunately it would be possible for people to not know they have posted a comment because all it takes is a button on a web page. If it happens to read "Click here to [support, vote for, like, etc.] an open internet!" there is no way to know which form letter goes out or even if one goes out. That's part of the problem of putting much stock in online comments, they are too easy to fake and they say "I don't really care but it sounds ok so what the heck I'll give it a click". Think of it as a 'like' on FB.

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Democracy-minded DEF CON hackers promise punishing probe on US election computers

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Hmm

A most interesting take on the Pwn2Own contest. This should be fun.

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Dodge this: Fiat-Chrysler gets diesel-fuelled sueball from DoJ

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Re: It's not just diesels

In addition to drivers there is also location. When I lived on the northeast (US) I regularly got mid 50s to near 60 and the drive across the continent averaged 53 with a pretty heavy foot. Sadly the first full tank in SoCal didn't make 40. Part of it is the traffic but I also think part is the different fuel blend that makes Cali-gas so expensive. I've been able to adjust so I can get reasonable mileage near the high 40s but I think the days of mid 50s are gone while I'm here.

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How good are selfies these days? Good enough to fool Samsung Galaxy S8 biometrics

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Re: Best feature of the sensor

Yes, yes they do but only if you're a salamander.

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Republicans' net neutrality attack written by… you guessed it, the cable lobby

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Yawn

I for one am not shocked. It's a little talking points memo, not legislation, that includes an opinion piece from the WSJ and transcripts of Limbaugh. Just because it doesn't lean the way the author wants it to it somehow becomes news? Kieren, you're whinging more than Wayne LaPierre talking about a memo written by team Bloomberg and distributed to the blue team by Chuck Schumer. It's always clear who writes these things so why is any surprise or even noteworthy? None with a lick of common sense ever gets fooled by it. Perhaps it's because they were honest enough to credit the actual author of the memo when other memos of both teams are typically sanitized. Seriously, if this gets your panties in a twist, you aren't cut to cover politics because lobby groups write crap like this all the time.

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

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Still looks like it hurt

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You know that legislation is likely already written and is so onerous that nobody wants it known about until it comes to a time where something must be done! At which point the 1200 page law with all kinds of new rules will be passed nearly unanimously within 30 minutes of when it sees daylight because it will have a moniker like The Patriot Safer Skys and Pedophilia Prevention Act.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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The unfriendly skys?

Bull Shark, Eastern Brown Snake, Taipan, Saltwater Croc, Sydney Funnel Web Spider, Blue Ring Octopus, Box Jellyfish, and Drop Bear.

If they don't like those names they might as well use Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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Re: Doh!

You'd have thought the Dreamliner bit would have been an indication, no?

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After stiffing us with Trump, Weiner 'fesses to underage cock shot rot

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Re: How does the crooked justice system work in the USA?

"Bailiff, whack his pee pee!"

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WTF?

And the reason the sentence is so very much shorter than the Secret Service employee is definitely not because of his political connections.

Go ahead, pull the other one.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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Re: @Robert Helpmann??

@Veti. Really?!? You've never seen drivers waiting with a sign that says "Johnson" or "Hubris party" or "over text sensitive twit" or "whathaveyou"? You really need to get out more.

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Re: @Robert Helpmann??

I think a reasonable person would interpret that to mean to arrange for a ride for the now stranded party whether it's actually a cab, Lyft, or Uber is of no consequence. I would also think that, while not mandatory, it would be polite to pay for said carriage as well.

It's also unclear whether she mentioned she wasn't coming back when she went out to text but I think saying so would be the civil thing to do.

Hopefully Brandon will be wise enough to choose the next installment of the Sharknado franchise for his next date. If anything is going to test someone's resistance to texting or other phonal phidgeting it has to be Sharknado.

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‪There's a ransom-free fix for WannaCry‬pt. Oh snap, you've rebooted your XP box

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Re: just being naive

Had a similar issue here. Ultimately, on the third try, it took from the command line right after a reboot.

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White House sicko sent down for 20 years after sexting underage girls

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Re: What's the betting...

Slovenia or Trinidad! You don't have to go that far. Heck with parental consent you can get down to 16 in most U.S. states and if a court approves you can get even lower. It looks like the lowest bar is 12 for females and 14 for males in Mass but some states like Cali have no lower limit according to LII at Cornell.

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What could go wrong? Delta to use facial recog to automate bag drop-off

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Time to sit out front of the airport selling masks. I figure a set of three would be plenty with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Guy Fawkes. Oh how we'll LOL.

"CBP sees potential for the technology to transform the travel process, provided privacy issues can be addressed," CBP's spokesperson said, citing the opportunity to reduce the need to produce documents while traveling.

Spokesperson? Sounds more like a stand up comic.

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WannaCrypt 'may be the work of North Korea' theory floated

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Isn't scons the pronunciation for citizens of Silicone Valley?

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WannaCrypt outbreak contained as hunt for masterminds kicks in

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"Some expensive hardware (such as MRI scanners) cannot be updated immediately, and in such instances organizations will take steps to mitigate any risk, such as by isolating the device from the main network,"

Shouldn't that be "have already taken steps"? You know, like when they first knew they weren't getting any more security updates. Back in the days of floppies we called it sneakernet although write protection to ensure data only went one way was easier then. I imagine some similar protocol can still be done but it still relies on meatsacks getting it right.

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Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain

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Re: Easier to get guns in some states then Scotch.

Amen. There's not much like the near dead silent pause between the instant BOOM and the distant CLANG some time later. I imagine my ancient .38-55 has nowhere near the range nor recoil of a .416 but at not quite a half mile the anticipation is most cathartic on the stresses of the week.

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Re: If you want puritianism then

While what you say may be true, anecdote doesn't really clarify law. The way the law is worded it is sufficiently ambiguous as to allow the Chipper or any other LEO in the state to harshly treat any driver or passenger, who may not even be aware of what is in the trunk, simply because said LEO got a pube caught in their zipper. The fact is, your bachelor party trip points it out nicely as it comes down to the personal discretion of the LEO as to whether you have a nice day. In general, I agree as it is also my experience that law enforcement in Cali are loath to do paperwork. It also seems you're better off as the size of the department grows with, in my experience, CHP being the most lenient and city/town cops the least.

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Re: If you want puritianism then

Illegal even to have a closed but opened bottle (i.e. a bit has been drunk) in a car even if it is in the trunk

Most states specifically allow an opened bottle in the trunk or space other than the passenger compartment. It's only a few of the more authoritarian states that word it ambiguously which would ensnare folks.

Cali is one of the worst since it allows "any person who has purchased and partially consumed a bottle of wine to remove the partially consumed bottle from the premises upon departure" yet also says no driver or passenger "shall have in his or her possession... any bottle, can, or other receptacle containing any alcoholic beverage that has been opened or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed." Typically items in the trunk are deemed to be in the possession of the driver so while they're ok with you taking what's left of the wine bottle from the restaurant you have to have someone walk it home.

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Could US appeals court save us all from 10 years of net neutrality yelling?

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Meh

Either way the court decides it's likely that Thune will reintroduce a bill of some sort. It might even be better if they don't reverse themselves and likewise when it goes the next step to the Supremes. The whole concept of relying on legislation that is old enough to drink or a law that was enacted about the time the eldest member of the Supreme Court was born is a bit of a stretch as it doesn't address the reality of today. It would be nice if there was some law that was less than a thousand pages and clearly set forth a set of neutrality & privacy rules that didn't crush new entrants nor so heavily favor one internet company over another simply because they got arbitrarily divided into a different category that has different government oversight.

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Android O-mg. Google won't kill screen hijack nasties on Android 6, 7 until the summer

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Re: Everybody will have to upgrade to Android O

It's less backporting since Lollipop and previous already have this. It's more fixing the cockup of implementing a feature they made allowed by default in Marshmallow & Nougat. To me it's bullshit feature because isn't this exactly what notifications is for?

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Chip design chap arrested for using photocopier

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Re: Huali will totes obey, absolutely

Right! They're no different from a USA, DE, UK, SG, etc. company! Never use an unfair advantage against a competitor! It's practically a universal truth!

Oh! Did you know that naive wasn't in the dictionary? It's true!

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Re: Just another normal business day in China

where do you think they picked up that capitalism thingy?

You clearly have a misunderstanding of capitalism. Please feel free how any of the alternatives better since at least with capitalism is that you have to work to steal the information as opposed to forcing it from your competitor at the point of a gun.

Oh, your advantage is supposed to be given over freely. That makes it all better.?!

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Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

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And lose all that profit?!?

Meh, if there's anything simpler than making a drone it's making an IED. Heck they can just download TM 31-210 produced by the U.S. Army and might as well grab FM 5-31 on boobytraps just to have the set. In a pinch, they can order it all from Amazon and if they deliver by drone they score a twofer!

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Re: Not to put too fine a point on it...

It's only a matter of time before she or some equally daft pol demands that all communications devices be equipped with keyloggers that upload to the gov't in real time. 'Cuz tare-wrists are out there.

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Irish Stripe techie denied entry to US – for having wrong stamp in passport

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Re: Well, if it is pure discrimination

Congress writes the laws that the administration then has the duty to 'implement'.

Obama was free to veto it and it finally went through the Senate with 65 yes votes so not enough to override a veto. For those keeping score the 65 were 27 red team, 37 blue team and 1 indy (no, not Bernie).

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WD pulls cash-strapped Toshiba to one side, whispers: 'All right, pal, how much you want?'

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Re: Nuclear Energy -- The Fuel of The Future

Part of those huge sums come from delays caused by protestors and others doing everything they can to kill the project. Often they aren't just the NIMBY types but folk from a rather great distance who are simply opposed to all things "neukular". As a result instead of a 5 year construction project it winds up taking 15 to 20 years and half finished so it takes quite a long time to become profitable if they don't shut it down first.

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While Facebook reinvents Sadville, we still dream of flying cars

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Re: Technologists?

The ambition and imagination of the public stems from the fact that they aren't bounded by the "how can I further monetize my existing platform to wring a few more dollars from fools" Silly-Con Valley mindset. In the valley it's gone full circle from "I made a neat app but how can I make money from it?" to "How can I attract more people who will give me free data to sell to advertisers?"

The zombie apocalypse is already here. Most people were caught unaware as their brains were sucked out through a touchscreen.

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

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Re: it's happened before, a few times

While that's very true, a private company's list is compiled for its value and the company typically at least has a vested competitive interest in keeping some information out of the hands of competitors. The government sees no comparable value in keeping the list secret.

The downside is that lists with customers credit card information has little value to a company since the banks who issue the cards have the same information but a history of your purchases that can be used in future ads does have value to the company but not the criminals who steal the card database since they're just going to use it to steal money anyway.

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Re: it's happened before, a few times

It doesn't matter if it's London or Louisville. Any time government makes or maintains a list it's a matter of when, not if, it gets out. It doesn't matter if it's guns, gallbladders, or golf balls at some point in time some bonehead will hand it out or put it somewhere it doesn't belong and soon it will be in the wild. A wrist or two will be gently slapped but that's about all. Sure they'll step up their game for a little while but it won't be long before slipping back into mindlessness. It's really not different from clicking some magic button to make a pop-up window go away.

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Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?

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Hmm, now I'm wondering what it would cost to run an optic to Canada and plug in there. Pity I'm so far from the border. Wait, does anyone know Mexico's stance?

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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Re: Zima anyone?

Signing HR 1337 into law may have been Jimmy Carter's finest moment. Easing up excise tax on beer and wine likely sparked hundreds of people to take interest and convert that hobby into a profitable business. So even if some people might be tempted to put his term as President into the Museum of Failure they might want to think twice as it likely created more jobs than most other U.S. presidencies.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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@WolfFan

So if I understand correctly I'd need to skin the finger and wear the epidermis like a finger cot perhaps with an electrically conducting gel to get a good connection.

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Ambient light sensors can steal data, says security researcher

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Re: All my sensors are belong to me

I'd wager that an attack could be devised for laptops with both a track pad and touch screen that is able to do fairly accurate key logging. Might not even need the track pad.

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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Re: What's so wrong with a Ferrari engine in a metro?

"... you get excessive wheelspin as the weight is thrown backwards and excessive torque-steer as the driving wheels are also the steering wheels."

Torque steer is a function of the axle shaft and suspension geometry. If the axle shafts are equal length and equal stiffness and the suspension matches left to right then there is no torque steer. The problem is that it is difficult to do since the engine side shaft tends to necessarily be longer than the transmission side shaft since there isn't typically room to center the differential and mirror all the suspension geometry.

To be completely pedantic the weight isn't "thrown backward" as it's a combination of inertia and reaction torque that loads up the rear wheels. Again, technically solvable to a large degree but given the confines of space and cost means they use traction control (read brakes) to limit wheelspin.

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

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It sounds like our SBIR programs. Phase 1 is typically little more than a feasibility study to generate ideas and frequently select the concept that moves to phase 2. Essentially the large corps will have one person and maybe a few interns study up and find something worth pursuing.

Phase 2 will be when the prototype stage is reached and is worth more money since they'll be looking for a proof of concept demonstrator. This is typically 6-24 months depending on complexity.

Phase 3 is moving to production and possibly commercialization. This is the big dollar part where the number of significant digits in the cost is doubled or more. The discussion often contains the phrase "certainly General, I believe we can get the price per unit down to £500,000 if you're willing to sign a contract for only 50,000 units."

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Re: Existing system?

Slogan ideas:

"Within 30 minutes or it's free!"

We're the military, it's always free.

"When it absolutely, positively has to be there before everyone is dead."

Hmm, not bad but still needs work.

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Zuckerberg's absolutely mental: Brain sensors that read YOUR MIND at 100 words a minute

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Re: No escape

What happens when it becomes a matter of "submit to Big Brother or STARVE"?

There's always being an entrepreneur in the black market darknet!

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Silicon Valley tech CEO admits beating software engineer wife, offered just 13 days in the clink

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Re: Jail time should be 5 years

@Marty McFly

She is a naturalized citizen and should have little difficulty getting a firearm safety certificate after taking a basic NRA safety course or equivalent. They've never asked me here in SoCal what the purpose of the purchase was so I'm going to flag your statement "buying a pistol for personal protection is not allowed" as totally false especially since I was using "pistol" to mean "generic firearm" which could easily be a shotgun, featureless AR, revolver, etc. but more often than not folks go for a 9, .380, or .40.

It would also be fairly easy as part of the moving out step to move to a less restrictive state or county and get a concealed carry license as Kali law basically lets the county sheriff decide and some are pretty much "shall issue" (I understand Ventura [PDF] has recently adopted this policy at least until Peruta is finally sorted) as opposed to the "won't issue" of LA, Frisco, etc. Oddly Bernie's Vermont, one of the bluest of blue states has had constitutional concealed carry longer than all(?) the rest but that assumes she likes snow, maple syrup, and cows. Don't get me wrong, Vermont is a beautiful state if you can afford the taxes which are likely lower than Kalifornia and there's nothing wrong with snow, maple syrup, and cows.

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Re: Jail time should be 5 years

If she has any sense she'll spend the next couple of weeks packing, moving out, filing for divorce, getting a restraining order, and buying a pistol; not necessarily in that order. It seems to me the evidence of abuse should easily give her sole custody of the kid and hopefully leave him without visitation rights.

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30,000 London gun owners hit by Met Police 'data breach'

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Meh, in the US the criminals know where to get guns.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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Re: Silicon Valley

Which is part of the problem I don't get as most of those jobs could easily be done by someone telecommuting from Abilene, Kansas where you can get a rather large spread for slightly less than a condo in Frisco and save the $4k+ in monthly fees.

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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@ Bernard M. Orwell

He didn't say it made it all right. He was simply pointing out that most of the previous posts blaming Trump for this abomination are false.

The reality is we've gone from one authoritarian to another and largely the difference is which team colors they wear.

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MEYER! SUES! YAHOO!

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Pity he didn't sue earlier. Verizon might have been able to shave off another million or two from the price.

An the upside, Verizon gets to suffer a little and that's never bad.

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Debian bins keys assigned to arrested Russian contributor

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Yeah, my thought was they were looking to bust him for the TOR node and just needed a pretext. I guess they managed to "find" one.

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