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Comment: Re:but reporting about it is just as bad... (Score 1) 286 286

The same thing would happen a lot in Europe too to provide cover stories for Ultra intelligence. They'd send out recon flights which would always "just happen" to spot a Nazi convoy -- every single time they went out. Or there would be a report from "French partisans peaking over a fence" detailing every unit stationed at a particular airbase -- but not what planes they were flying.

Comment: Re:not circumnavigation, and not all straight line (Score 1, Funny) 496 496

The question doesn't say walking in a straight line, just walking west. A circle around the pole is the trajectory traveled when walking westward near either of the poles. The solution around the North Pole also requires walking a curved path. If you walk straight you either end up almost a mile away (if using Great Circles as your definition of "straight"), or exactly a mile away, hovering in the air (if using Euclidean "straight").

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776 776

Nevermind, I see what you're saying now. But I'm disputing this:

The first claims in her case are shaky because she agreed to them all. Use your personal phone for work, check. Have it with you 24/7, check. Install the app so you can be tracked, check.

She did not agree to the last part when she was hired.

 

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776 776

From the complaint she was hired in February:

4. Intermex hired Plaintiff Myrna Arias as a Sales Executive, Account Manager on February 10, 2014

App only came in April:

7. In April 2014, Intermex asked Plaintiff and other employees to download an application ("app") called Xora to their smart phones.

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 3, Informative) 776 776

From the complaint it sounds like the tracking app was made a requirement a couple months after she was hired. Could you point me to where she agreed to this when she was hired? I can't see it in either the linked article or the complaint.

Comment: Re:Gemstone (Score 2) 247 247

For bullet resistance you generally need high toughness, not hardeness. In a technical context toughness is the ability of a material to absorb energy without breaking, whereas hardness is the ability of a material to withstand denting, scratching, etc.

Frequently hard materials are not very tough, and visa-versa.

Comment: Re:Source? (Score 1) 337 337

Germany and Japan are near there in terms of [military expenditures](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_military_expenditures). Which seems to me to be a better measure of military power, as number of military personnel is going overestimate the military power of low-tech militaries with lots of infantry.

Comment: Re:Terribly regressive penalty (Score 1) 760 760

It's still less regressive than fixed fines. And according to the article their system accounts for many of your objections by basing of spending money, not income. For an average Finn, this apparently works out to 30 - 50 Euro/day, or 500 Euro for an average fine.

And most parts of the world have professional police forces who are hired, not elected, so are not subject to campaign contribution bribery such as you describe.

Comment: Second source? (Score 1) 199 199

Is there a second source for this? I can't find anything outside of the linked article. E.g. In Google I can't find anything about OPP child porn busts since Sept 2014; I can't find anything about this on the OPP home page; nor in the last month or so on EFF blog (EFF provided a quote for the article).

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