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Comment: Re:I like... (Score 1) 622

by MadCow42 (#47768103) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

I agree 100% - even today, recordings from cop cars only see to be available when it's in the police's interest, and are destroyed or not working otherwise.

The best solution I heard was in the book Lockstep - where police were actually remote controlled robots. One robot was always controlled by an independent 3rd party operator, a civilian. That would ensure accountability and fairness.

Comment: Economic destruction (Score 1) 206

by MadCow42 (#47331873) Attached to: Germany Scores First: Ends Verizon Contract Over NSA Concerns

The NSA has not only undermined our trust in the government (well... that's assuming there was any to begin with), but it's also wreaking huge devastation on our economy. How many US-based companies have lost huge amounts of foreign business due to these revelations?

It's NOT Snowden's fault for revealing these actions. It's the US Government's fault for having their fingers in every conceivable cookie jar in the world, and forcing US-based companies to assist them with it (willingly, unwillingly, and even unknowingly).

Comment: "Gun Jammers" are the problem (Score 3, Interesting) 1374

by MadCow42 (#46890409) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

So what if all the privately-held weapons in the USA were of this type? do you think that someone (... some 3-letter acronym, maybe... ahem) might design a gun jamming system? What good is the right to bear arms if someone else can simply shut them off on you? Sorry, no go - at least from a mandated-use standpoint. Sure, I can see it being nice for some people who CHOOSE to use it, but not if it's mandated by law.

Comment: Re:The taxpayers are not Apples sugardaddy (Score 1) 288

by MadCow42 (#46421561) Attached to: How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

No, I'm not arguing that Apple shouldn't be paying more taxes. Not just Apple, but many large, profitable companies that don't pay much or any tax should pay more.

However, the problem is NOT WITH APPLE. It's with the laws that let them do this. Fix the damn laws, don't blame the companies that use the current laws to ensure they do THEIR job properly (i.e. make money).

Comment: Apple is not a charity (Score 4, Insightful) 288

by MadCow42 (#46418455) Attached to: How Ireland Got Apple's $9 Billion Australian Profit

Apple - nor any corporation - is not a charity. It's not their job to pay more taxes than they legally have to. Their job is specifically the opposite - generate as much value for shareholders as they can.

Any company that pays more than they have to by law should be questioned, or the shareholders should revolt. Actually... I can't think of any example of one that does, intentionally at least.

So - the issue is NOT with Apple - TFS even says that the Australian tax office agrees this is all above board - but the issue is with their tax system. It's structured to allow that, intentionally or not. There are all kinds of tax incentives in the world, and they're all there to encourage the right mix of business development and growth that the region needs. Essentially, tax is used as an incentive to offset the disadvantages that would otherwise naturally be there (labor cost, non-ideal locations, skill levels, etc.).

Don't be mad at Apple... EVERY company does this. Haters be hat'n, I guess. :)

Comment: Opting out... (Score 2) 141

by MadCow42 (#46370569) Attached to: Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington

I travel FREQUENTLY, and always opt out of the naked scanners at the airport... partially because of safety concerns, partly because of my view that they're security theatre and ineffective, and partly in protest. After all - as inconvenient as a hand pat-down is, I KNOW that won't give me cancer in 20 years. 4-5 scans a week or more over 20 years... what's that going to do to me?

Question: do the TSA agents hate me? :)

Comment: Re: And in other news... (Score 2, Interesting) 506

by MadCow42 (#46359195) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page

I'd actually say that being a native English speaker is a DISADVANTAGE overall. You come to believe that the world must speak in your language, and never make any personal investment in learning the language (or culture) of another land. I am a native English speaker, and felt "disabled" when I live in Europe amongst people that routinely spoke 4-5 languages fluently (including English). Simply growing up with exposure to those languages is enough to help diversify their brain... and in my experience, their outlook on the world as well.

The world is not nearly as US-centric or English-centric as most of us believe.

Comment: Search efficiency may be a problem (Score 1) 274

by MadCow42 (#45061385) Attached to: Could IBM's Watson Put Google In Jeopardy?

I'm guessing that an AI-type search would be MUCH more computationally intensive than a Google PageRank search (just guessing). I'm curious how the cost of providing that search would affect the profitability or commercial viability of using Watson technology for mass searching.

Remember, to fuel a single searcher on Jeopardy it required racks of equipment. When you're making a few pennies a search - maybe - it might be some time until that equation makes sense.

The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

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