LOL, you've never heard of civil forfeiture, have you?
The FBI can buy the first round.
Wake me up when the folks from Fomalhaut C get here.
And tell them to bring beer.
You're right. Maybe it would be for the best if Google stayed far away from OIN.
I'd guess flooding with white noise in the right spectrum might.
Well, think of it like trying to hear an opera singer in between a lot of traffic noise. Even your ear can do that to some degree, but for software it is fairly trivial to separate the song from the other noises, especially if you know what opera is being sung. The singer might not be singing in the key you know or he might have a bit of variety in the way he interprets the song, but you know in general what it should sound like so you know what to look for, and then you work from there.
But with plenty of different compilation and optimization options, not to mention a lot of compilers to choose from, the "sound" of the CPU should definitely change from binary to binary.
I was in a Comcast office trying to trade in a set-top box for a CableCard (which is a whole separate pile of bullshit by itself). As you might expect, this inevitably resulted in the rent-a-deputy (not just a security guard, but a damn officer of the state!) that Comcast had hired to deal with irate customers (i.e. all of them) taking notice of the situation. First he told me to leave for "disturbing the peace." Then, he followed me out the door and stopped me, which is when I asked "am I being detained?" After waffling on the question, he told me to go back in the store and deal with the customer service rep because otherwise they wouldn't count the set-top-box I'd put on the counter as "returned" and keep charging me for it (as if Comcast's incompetence is his problem).
I almost should have suggested that if Comcast did fail to log the return then I could just cite him as a witness to prove it and then left anyway, but -- like I said -- I genuinely wasn't sure if he would have arrested me if I tried.
I know there are a lot of social and economic problems that may come to the top of peoples' minds before privacy, but in the absence of an expectation of privacy, those other problems can never really get better.
Everybody across the political spectrum has to fight this stuff. It really bothers me when political division prevent agreement on this issue. If a liberal comes out against spying then some conservatives feel they have to support it and vice versa.
This is an easy one. Everybody needs to be outraged about government collecting all this information using invasive means like DNA tests and road blocks and wiretapping and hacking.
I think to some extent, the government (and the private corporations who are doing a great deal of the actual spying and data collection) are counting on us being too divided over other issues to put up any resistance. We absolutely must prove them wrong.
Congratulations, you've just described fixed-point arithmetic.
Am I being detained?
The last time I asked a sheriff's deputy that (which incidentally was yesterday -- not to imply that it happens often), his answer was "you're about to be!"
So, is that a "yes" or a "no?" 'Cause I wasn't sure.
Apparently, law enforcement officers are trained to be tricky bastards.
The state should lose a couple million dollars in nice fat settlements to everyone pulled over. It's the only way they ever learn.
The state should lose the same amount of money, but it should only be distributed the citizens who refused to take the $50. It's the only way they will ever learn!
The candle you lit would have been more meaningful if you hadn't spent so much time cursing the darkness.
Fuck Apple. I bit the bullet on smartphones with a 4S. I was very pleased with it. The new OS is about as appetizing as being smacked about the face with a rotting donkey dick. It's slow, clunky, and changes everything for the sake of change. It's terrible.
"So if you don't like it, don't buy it," says the fanboi.
Hey, I bought what I did like! Apple's changing it on me. If I like a brand of shoes there's always the chance they'll change the line when I need a new pair. Thems the breaks in life. But not even Nike is going to go to my house and fuck up a pair I already own. Apple will. I'm not updating this phone, period. If none of the new apps will work with it, I'm done buying apps.
Sadly, I don't like Android much either. Windows Mobile can choke on my fuck. IOS5 was the last really good mobile OS. If there's ever another good one, I don't think it's coming from Apple.
A thermostat is a bimetallic spring attached to a switch. If that's a robot, everything is.