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Comment: Re:Better to starve I guess? (Score 1) 88

by Opportunist (#47718379) Attached to: China Pulls Plug On Genetically Modified Rice and Corn

Don't worry. China will be able to feed their population, no matter what. The question is whether you will be if they're pressed to hoover up the food around the globe. You'd be amazed if you knew just HOW much purchasing power the Chinese government has and how willing it is to avoid any kind of protests.

Comment: Re:This is a civil case (Score 1) 225

by dgatwood (#47718209) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Actually, that's not true. It is fairly rare, but at least at the state level (in many states), you have the right to petition the courts for a declaration of factual innocence. In such a proceeding, the burden of proof falls on the defendant—that is, you are presumed potentially guilty until proven innocent. However, if you succeed at doing so, the arrest record is expunged completely, as though you were never arrested or tried.

Comment: Re:precedent (Score 1) 225

by dgatwood (#47718175) Attached to: $125,000 Settlement Given To Man Arrested for Photographing NYPD

Rights: You know... your right to remain silent (unless told to "start talking", or forced to talk with torture), your right to attorney (after they get done with you), your right for a fair trial (unless charged with the espionage act, thrown into gitmo, or blown up by drone strike), etc. You have plenty of rights*. You live in the land of the free and home of the brave!

You forgot your right to a speedy trial, which guarantees that you'll get your day in court within a few years....

That's the right that I really want to see us get back. As far as I'm concerned, if the trial can't begin within 30 days, they should be required to let the person go, and the case should automatically be dismissed with prejudice. Such a policy would force the DAs to actually do their jobs and quit clogging the courts with penny ante crap like drug possession misdemeanors.

After all, it has been shown conclusively that the longer the delay between commission of a crime and actual punishment, the less effective the punishment is as a deterrent. Therefore, when you have districts with >3 year average time-to-trial, the entire system of law isn't really doing anything useful at that point. Abandoning 90% of those cases would therefore have little impact on the crime rate or the rate of recidivism.

Comment: Re:Big Data (Score 1) 164

by dgatwood (#47718131) Attached to: Netflix CEO On Net Neutrality: Large ISPs Are the Problem

This. And this is precisely the sort of monopoly abuse that let to the breakup of Ma Bell. The ISPs are offering non-connectivity services, then deliberately degrading service to companies that compete with those services. Monopolies like ISPs should absolutely not be allowed to do this. A company should either be an ISP or a content provider. As soon as you allow any company to be both, it pretty much guarantees abuse. The bigger the company, the bigger the abuse.

Comment: Re:Frankly (Score 1) 133

by dgatwood (#47718075) Attached to: Researchers Find Security Flaws In Backscatter X-ray Scanners

I am shocked

Me, too. I'm shocked that the researchers didn't know this. I knew this, I suspect that you knew this, and anybody who has ever read even a single Slashdot article about these machines knows this. The security holes in these things are so obvious that you should be able to think of at least a couple of ways around them without even trying.

Next thing you know, atmospheric researchers will discover that the sky is, in fact, predominantly blue.

Comment: Re:Actually... (Score 1) 118

by rubycodez (#47717581) Attached to: No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

Human brains are not binary computers and there is no hope of a binary finite state machine becoming a concious entity. A bunch of relays (or pneumatic or hydraulic values for that matter0 is not self-concious, and no amount of them however interconnected will become conscious, self-aware, or have feelings. The stupidity and illogic of otherwise intelligent people believing that nonsense is amazing.

Comment: Re:Why not work with Mozilla (Score 1) 72

by mcrbids (#47717349) Attached to: Tor Browser Security Under Scrutiny

My questions are thus... why not move to a model where the entire OS is forced through the tor proxy, This could be done with the use of a dummy network adapter and disabling the current adapter while tor is in use. Yes it would likely break certain OS features during that time, but there it is.

This is a bit like plugging a power strip into itself. It might seem self evident why that should work, but alas, it does not. /s

How do you think TOR communicates with the Internet at large, if not using the OS network stack? And if you coopt that stack, how, pray tell, do you expect TOR to be able to communicate with the TOR nodes?

Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long