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Comment Re:A bad spot (Score 1) 173

I would rather say that the Paris attacks are proof that Edward Snowden is right in every way. Not only are the surveillance schemes he revealed illegal, they are completely useless. France has similar schemes in place, France and Belgium both knew that the attackers were planning something, they even gave an interview to the Dabiq magazine about their planned attacks, and how they can easily cross borders without hindrance.

No, preventing the Paris attacks would not have required even more intelligence gathering and breaking encryption. It would have required real persons to really look into matters, really follow the suspects, and catch them before they armed themselves and go for their killing spree. Instead the intelligence community sat there hoping that out of the data cloud a voice would tell them time and location of the attacks.

Comment Re: Humn.... That one is hard. (Score 2) 229

Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That's what's important! Valor pleases you, Crom... so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!

Comment Re:Comedy of errors (Score 1) 788

Right because somone who does not possess electronics knowledge can tell the difference between a PCB for a cheap electronic clock and one that is some kind of detonator.

The school officials, and the police, all asserted that they had exactly that ability, as none of them actually invoked a single procedure that they had in place for dealing with a suspected bomb.

Schools get evacuated on the basis of a single anonymous phone call which says there's a bomb in a locker. It happens on a regular basis. Yet when they had the device IN HAND, they very obviously made the determination that it was in no way, shape or form dangerous. They did not evacuate the school. They did not call in bomb disposal. The teacher kept it in a desk drawer for a fair length of time. The police transported the 'device' in the same vehicle that they used to perpshame Ahmed.

They didn't just believe it wasn't a bomb, they made a specific determination, at every level and at every point in the debacle, that it wasn't a bomb, and SPECIFICALLY CHOSE to not invoke the procedures that all start with 'If there is ANY possibility that there is a bomb, do this....'

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 4, Insightful) 578

The Bush/Cheney "rush to war" wasn't poll-driven, nor was it a "rush" in that it took almost a year and included multiple attempts at UN consensus and Congressional approval.

And everyone was telling them they can get lost with it, as it makes no sense and will just create more problems. Luckily they were right, it made sense, and now all the problems are solved. Iraq is a blooming democracy, and the neighboring feudal states are rapidly reforming towards pluralistic, democratic societies.

Comment Re:No! (Score 2) 788

Being arrested requires that charges be filed.

Incorrect. You're 'detained' of the officer stops you for any reason. You're 'under arrest' if you don't feel free to leave, if the police transport you anywhere, or uses force to prevent you from leaving. The officer requires 'reasonable suspicion' to detain you, and requires 'probable cause' to arrest you, but it DOES NOT need to lead to charges. The officer can reasonably believe you were commiting a crime, then turn out to be wrong, or have new evidence come to light without it having been false arrest.

Your twenty minutes is plucked out of the air and meaningless.

Actually, it's a rule of thumb applied by the SCOTUS. Google it a bit and you'll find all sorts of case law, opinions, and the like.

Otherwise, google 'detention versus arrest' and you'll find all sorts of legal jurisprudence about it. Like this. Or this. Or even this.

TLDR: You can be 'detained' on suspicion. If you're not free to go, if the officer moves you, or if the officer starts calling in backup, drug sniffing dogs, and the like, you're under arrest. If he develops 'probable cause' to believe you've committed a crime, he can arrest you.

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 1, Insightful) 788

Ahmed was not detained. He was arrested. At no point would he have felt that he was free to go. Also, 'twenty minutes' seems to be the rule of thumb for how long somebody can be 'detained' before it turns into a de-facto arrest.

Ahmed was hauled off in cuffs, for zero reason. The American legal system specifically puts a dollar value on damages, as well as having the idea of putative awards. Ahmed deserves both.

Comment Re:Old vs. New Apple in one anecdote... (Score 1) 460

Yeah but like 99% of the time the laptop is open and being used so 99% of the time other people are looking at the logo, and not you. Might as well have the logo be right side up. Learning that the logo being upside down means you can open the laptop takes ten seconds max. Go back and watch old episodes of The West Wing where they use old Mac laptops with the upside down logos. They look dumb as hell.

Sometimes aesthetics are more important than tiny losses in functionality.

Comment Re:Open to abuse, by design (Score 1) 399

I'm not talking about the University's rights to accept or deny students based on more-or-less arbitrary criteria.

I'm saying that if the University considers a person to be suspect of committing a crime, they probably have a legal duty to report that to law enforcement, not simply send the student somewhere else where they can continue. Especially in cases such as sexual assault, which have a major impact on victims.

If my daughter were raped on campus, and I found out that the accused had been expelled from another University for having multiple accusations piled up, but was never reported to the police, I'd be after them like something that goes after something else really fast and hard.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison