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Comment: Re:My proposed Constitutional Amendment (Score 1) 127

by American Patent Guy (#48402459) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

Let's see: under the 4th amendment we all have a right against invasions of any of our "persons, houses, papers, and effects"...

Are wireless transmissions "persons"? Obviously not.

Are wireless transmissions "houses"? Well, as those transmissions are floating about freely on the airwaves, that can't be.

Are wireless transmissions "papers"? You might be tempted to say that a radio transmission is an analogue of a paper in that both contain personal information. But the meaning of papers in 1789 was the container that housed information that you could choose to retain private. Wireless transmissions, unless encrypted, are not containers that keep your information secure. Strike three.

Are wireless transmissions effects? Well, effects in the legal sense are objects that can be moved, such as objects that aren't a part of your house that you own. The important part is that these effects are retained in your possession; information is no longer in your possession once it has been transmitted out of your control (over the public airwaves or wires). Strike four.

I know that you might want a right to privacy to be there, but it just isn't. What is there is a right against government intrusions of your space that you act to keep private. There is a huge difference.

Comment: Re:My proposed Constitutional Amendment (Score 1) 127

by American Patent Guy (#48381187) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

Sorry, it's not so clear and simple. The 4th amendment protects against government invasion of your person and your residence: here were talking about snooping information that you're transmitting on the publicly-regulated airwaves or over publicly-managed wires and cables. If you open your window and shout a conversation about your sexual exploits to your neighbor, you shouldn't expect any privacy. You volunteered to put it out there in a form that is easy to snoop upon; the fact that you think you have ultimate privacy is not relevant at all.

The issue of whether law enforcement can listen in on your telephone conversations without a warrant has been decided with the Wiretap Act (legislation). There are lots of people that want that law to be extended to apply to cell phone conversations and Internet traffic, but the Supreme Court hasn't defined what the boundaries of your privacy actually are. I'd welcome more legislation that defines a right to privacy over certain wireless and Internet communications beyond what is guaranteed by the Constitution (which really ain't much).

Until their truly is law that defines such a right to privacy, it is your obligation to secure your communications from outside ears.

Comment: Re:Gotta love his timing (Score 1) 127

by American Patent Guy (#48381085) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week
Yes, I agree. Even though senators are now voted in by popular vote, they are still supposed to represent the states from which they are elected. I realize that most people don't see the difference, and that's why were probably going to be stuck with that Amendment for a long time. At least a senator's term lasts for 6 rather than 2 years; perhaps that will give a senator some independence against popular opinion.

Comment: Re:Gotta love his timing (Score 1) 127

by American Patent Guy (#48378723) Attached to: Senate May Vote On NSA Reform As Soon As Next Week

Oh, yeah. It's the legislative equivalent of a toddler throwing a tantrum when he doesn't get his lollipop.

Both parties would be served to remember that Congress is the peoples' House of REPRESENTATIVES and the Senate controlled by the STATES. The Democrats backed themselves into this hole. Let's see if the Republicans can do any better.

Comment: Re:Mitch McConnell pulls a Boehner (Score 1) 285

by American Patent Guy (#48378361) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

Oh, mdsolar, I didn't know the EPA was being managed by the Supreme Court. Yes, indeed, I must be confused...

(You know, there's this funny psychological disfunctional behavior associated with some kinds of disorders where the subject accuses others of the negative qualities they see in themselves. It's called projection. Perhaps you should see a psychologist right away...)

Oh, and if you intended to use 549 U.S. 497 (the decision referred to at the bottom of the webpage you cited) to support your conclusion: that had nothing to do with the enforcement of a treaty or any other kind of foreign agreement. To try to use that to support Obama's "accord" by fiat would be an overreach indeed.

Comment: Re:Mitch McConnell pulls a Boehner (Score 1) 285

by American Patent Guy (#48378257) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

Do you know what an injunction is, mdsolar? (Hint: it's another court order.)

I like how you call everyone else confused, there, while exhibiting an extraordinary amount of ignorance. Why don't you study up on the subject, and then you can make some competent remarks on the subject.

Comment: Re:Mitch McConnell pulls a Boehner (Score 1) 285

by American Patent Guy (#48375723) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

And exactly what Supreme Court order was that, pray tell? I didn't know the Supreme Court was authorized or would issue orders to make binding treaties, or regulations that are the business of the Executive Branch.

Your article admits this is an attempt to "name and shame" opposing parties by the Obama Administration without any legal basis or strategy. They've been jerking on that one for a while now with not much to show. Let them do it one more time at Paris before Obama is cast aside on the road in 2016...

Comment: Re:Shame on you (Score 1) 285

by American Patent Guy (#48375061) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

Well, the DoD is considering the effects of climate change a priority, but they're not trying to stop it. They're trying to adapt to it: http://www.defense.gov/Release...

I'm not worried about enforcement at all, because in two years Obama will be nothing more than an unpleasant footnote in the history of the world...

Comment: Re:Shame on you (Score 1) 285

by American Patent Guy (#48372609) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal

From your article:

President Obama’s climate negotiators are devising what they call a “politically binding” deal that would “name and shame” countries into cutting their emissions. The deal is likely to face strong objections from Republicans on Capitol Hill and from poor countries around the world, but negotiators say it may be the only realistic path.

And if you read the rest of this, it agrees with me. Obama is not going to get an enforceable agreement; he's a lame duck trying to do with shame what he can't do fairly with negotiation and logic. The fact that the NYT described this as an "accord" reached with China shows they are happy to bend the facts to appease the feelings of their readers. I expect they'll ride this for two more years...

Comment: Shame be upon the NY Times (Score 1) 285

by American Patent Guy (#48371871) Attached to: U.S. and China Make Landmark Climate Deal
FTA: "U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks". The U.S. hasn't agreed to anything, because the Senate isn't going to ratify this. This will serve no purpose but to cast shame upon those who won't follow Der Fuhrer Obama. We know which side of the isle the New York Times favors...

Comment: More redundant "technology" (Score 1) 693

by American Patent Guy (#48370225) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

Folks in Massachusetts: you already have this in your schools. They are called EARS and telephones that call 911! Unless this is being installed where there is a chance that everyone in the school is completely deaf, it is a complete waste of money!

While you're at it, you'd better install a $100,000 rain detector there too. We'd better protect our children from the risks of getting wet from walking outside without their raincoats. (After all, no one wants to rely upon a visual inspection of the sky through a window.)

Somebody is laughing their ass off as they count their money from these stupid school administrators...

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