Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Never should have been passed (Score 1) 108

by mysidia (#49805685) Attached to: The Patriot Act May Be Dead For Good

this was obviously on someone's wet dream wish list (it was not so much written as released from the vaults)

There's probably an even better successor version of the law waiting in the vaults for the next event of a similar magnitude.

The intelligence agencies can just lay low for a few months; there's bound to be an event justifying uber-surveillance powers and a never-expiring new and improved version of patriot act that gives even more powers for surveillance of americans and casting dragnets and datamining + data fishing expeditions.

Comment: Re:You know what would REALLY motivate kids? (Score 2) 207

by mysidia (#49783191) Attached to: Clinton Foundation: Kids' Lack of CS Savvy Threatens the US Economy

I think you missed out on a few things and underestimated the complexity of the law and of accounting (beyond simple bookkeeping/process execution)... plastic pipes don't replace plumbers who are still needed to install them. You still need HVAC techs to do the install/replacement, and shipping 100 pounds of copper overseas, is insanely expensive.

I noticed you didn't put electricians in your list.

There's no plastic pipe solution you can buy to replace the need for a human to hook up your 120 / 240 volt circuits, troubleshoot wiring issues, and repair / install service panels.

Comment: Re:How about this test? (Score 2) 196

by mysidia (#49774919) Attached to: Charter Strikes $56B Deal For Time Warner Cable

If there are currently fewer than 3 options for services in any areas they are proposing to merge or if their merger would drop the competition

Cable companies do not share their infrastructure, and they usually have exclusive "franchise" agreements with municipalities. Are there actually any areas where buying service from your choice of Time Warner, or Charter was an option?

I believe this in the past has been the big cable co's argument that mergers between companies servicing different areas don't reduce competition.

They already have the monopoly..... the only way to switch is to move house. Would anyone actually move house to switch cable carriers?

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 460

by mysidia (#49772117) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

This is called an "abundance of caution," and is perfectly understandable to anyone that hasn't been living under a rock for the last twenty years.

In 'abundance of caution' the police should tear open the trunk of any vehicle parked anywhere with a sealed trunk of any vehicle left unattended, since you can never be too sure there's not a pressure cooker in there, or god forbid.... some bags of fertilizer.

Were you paying attention to what two idiots did with pressure cookers in Boston a few years ago?

So if the idiots had put their stupid s*** in a laptop bag or suitcase, then you would say the cops should break into any car left unattended with a suitcase or laptop bag visible and detonate the bag?

Idiots do a lot of stupid things all the time with ordinary things.

That doesn't make mere ownership and display of one of the things some idiot or another has done some stupid thing with in the past a crime or probable cause for police invasion and excessive force in the unnecessary destruction of personal property.

There's not a current legitimate emergency situation that justifies the mass seizure or destruction of innocent people's pressure cookers.

Comment: Not bad parenting (Score 4, Insightful) 444

Google fingered bad parenting for its lack of women techies.

More like: Google disagrees with their parenting.

Just because their values as parents didn't agree with your values today, Or your general desire to have more people in computer science, in order to reduce wages, Or your desire to have more diversity among computer scientists to help you comply with arbitrary government-imposed regulations on your employee population : does not make them bad parents.

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 1) 460

by mysidia (#49769867) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

He's not getting the book thrown at him in any of the media accounts I've read, he's getting the same treatment he would have received if he was pulled over for a routine traffic stop.

He wasn't driving at the time, and the miscarriage of justice is wanton and unnecessary destruction of valued personal property --- his vehicle, and his cookingware.

That doesn't mean cruising past the White House on this little road trip is a sensible decision, never mind parking nearby while I grab a bite to eat or take a few photos.

He didn't pack his car full of firearms and cruise past the Whitehouse.

It was a pressure cooker, and he left his car parked at the mall.

I don't know what shops are at the mall his car was found at, but I would imagine that they sell pressure cookers.

And these are ordinary cooking appliances, not weapons.... I would not be the least bit surprised for there to be many instances of people having left one in their car.

Comment: Re:i feel sorry for the poor guy. (Score 1) 460

by mysidia (#49769413) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

Your backpack will blow up even if it only had clothes and a vibrating dildo in it.

Now... what happens if you're one of those enthusiast preppers and accidentally left behind a backpack full of accessories and water containers heavily shielded with blastproof heat-resistant armor, and latched up tight with blastproof padlocks? :)

Comment: Re:Not pointless... (Score 5, Insightful) 460

by mysidia (#49769347) Attached to: D.C. Police Detonate Man's 'Suspicious' Pressure Cooker

but it would seem that the guy was driving on a suspended or revoked license

He was not caught by police driving on a suspended driver's license: his car was parked at the time, so there should be no probable cause to arrest.

Someone else can still drive the vehicle for him.

Also, the police should have to pay for replacement of his vehicle and replacement of his pressure cooker, before he can be arrested. As I see it, right now: so far: the police have committed the bigger crime, which is wanton destruction of property.

Comment: "We don't need no stinkin' legal authorization" (Score 1) 104

This is astonishing because it suggests the absence
of legal authorization (because if there were clear legal authorization
you can bet the government would be citing it),"

Law enforcement can still conduct an illegal search to further their investigation. They cannot use evidence in court that they directly discovered as a result of the search; However, they can still use the information to help develop their investigation, And once they've found what they think is the truth, they will be able to leverage a practice called parallel construction to develop their case: without needing to make their illegal search or evidence that came from their search part of the case.

The challenge, and the difficulty is.... our legal system doesn't provide any way to challenge actions by law enforcement: there is no way for a citizen to pursue action against the police department.

It's as if you need an additional prosecutor and an additional police department whose job is solely to investigate and monitor the police, And who the primary police department must submit all reports and bodycam footage to.

Comment: Re:What is it you want again? (Score 1) 313

by mysidia (#49768247) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Doing it that way lets you choose a non-smartphone plan even with your smartphone.

I already have a plan with several phones on it at $10/Extra line with unlimited texting and hundreds of shared minutes that are not completely used every month.

Clearly dropping a line and getting a GoPhone .10/minute plan with $0.25/Text is insanely expensive; each line easily sends 50 texts a month, possibly more, so that's an extra $13 to $20 a month.

The idea is to have a phone the existing SIM card can be swapped into without incurring an extra $10 or $20 a month in additional recurring costs.

Comment: Re:Oh, don't get all panicky and stuff (Score 2) 135

by mysidia (#49760129) Attached to: NSA-Reform Bill Fails In US Senate

An 'emergency order' will extend the rule until Congress comes back from a very well deserved vacation

Not likely. The executive does not have the authority to extend a law that congress decided to let lapse.

If congress does not take action to re-authorize, then the authorization is gone effective immediately at the date of expiration; not at the date it is most convenient for the NSA or others.

"Morality is one thing. Ratings are everything." - A Network 23 executive on "Max Headroom"