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Comment: Re:On what grounds could one sue? (Score 1) 55

by mysidia (#49361489) Attached to: Google Loses Ruling In Safari Tracking Case

I think its going to be hard for anyone to show how Google's actions hurt them.

Buyer's remorse. Example scenario:

Google used cookies to track me and display the most effective advertising that most greatly appealed to my preferences and was most persuasive to me.

Because the advertisement shown was more persuasive; they talked me into purchasing X with a more persuasive Ad, even though buying X was not worth it.

I would not have purchased it, if the more persuasive ad wasn't shown as a result of tracking me and tailoring ad selection to my vulnerabilities (preferences).

Therefore, Google should be responsible for my lost $$$ in non-refundable digital purchases.

Comment: Re:This Guy's Talents Should be Put to Good Use (Score 3, Interesting) 66

by hey! (#49361119) Attached to: Prison Inmate Emails His Own Release Instructions To the Prison

Well, in the end you have to ask "did he get away with it?". Or, given that he turned himself in later, "did he have some purpose in escaping that he fulfilled?"

Intelligence is a multi-dimensional phenomenon. It includes things like thinking through unintended consequences before acting that quite clever people are sometimes bad at.

Comment: Re:But, but... (Score 1) 66

by rahvin112 (#49359613) Attached to: US Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

Then get your local government to change their policies. In my state user costs (how long your commute takes) are as high a priority as project cost. I've seen projects do things that added 30% to the cost (huge time restrictions on lane impacts) to limit the impact to the public's lives. More than half the projects my state issues these days don't even allow lane closures during any hours were it will impact traffic. I'm about to issue a job where the only work hours are between 8pm and 6am M-Sat (they can work all day Sunday), in other words it's ALL night work.

Your state simply doesn't care about user costs, and that's YOUR fault. If you want them to care you need to make that known, frequently and to as many people as possible. You need to make clear that you don't care if it costs more.

Comment: Re:Crooks Ignore Email and use Text Messages Inste (Score 1) 181

by mysidia (#49359587) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

because they usually can hide their text messages from freedom of information act requests.

This is probably because IT policies for maintaining compliance with the law and the courts in some regards to retention of public records simply haven't caught up with the new technology.

The electronic records laws generally do not exclude new methods of stored documents or communications. Once upon a time when e-mail was brand new.... e-mail messages were also "claimed" not to be records.

It's just a matter of time, before someone is penalized legally for failure to produce SMS messages.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 2, Insightful) 181

by rahvin112 (#49359545) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

Portray as a nut? He IS a nut.

He had the gall to question Obama's citizenship (born in Hawaii to an American woman and Kenyan father), when Cruz was born in Canada (to an American woman) and has a Cuban father.

But now it's crazy to question his ability to run for the presidency because his mother was American, ya know just like Obama which he claimed meant Obama didn't meet the requirements because the birth certificate is a forgery and he was actually born in Indonesia, a foreign country, just like Canada. But most of the birthers will leave him alone because he's not Black. Though I can't wait to see how he defends all the crazy shit his Dad has said over the years. His Dad would fit in with the west-borough baptist church with some of the shit he's spewed.

Comment: Re:*sigh* (Score 1) 181

by rahvin112 (#49359517) Attached to: Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad Thinks He Doesn't Use E-mail

All politicians are emissaries of Satan but Hillary Clinton is only a 1st level Imp while all of the Republican candidates are first level commanders right below the Great Satan himself with a direct link to the orders of the dark lord.

I'd rather have GW Bush back in office again for 8 years rather than ANY of the republicans running for office these days.

But if a Clinton get's elected again, I know at least one thing for sure, that is that she won't start approving tax cuts while boosting spending (gotta boost that Military industrial complex or they might not get their checks at election time) like the Republicans want. You know Tax-cut and spend, the new Republican Motto since the NeoCons took over the party. I'll take a tax and spend Democrat over a tax-cut and spend Republican any day of the week.

This is a party that has made "no new spending without offsetting reductions elsewhere" their party platform under Obama but they get control of both houses and the first thing they do is write a bill to boost Defense spending 200 billion and don't pay for it. You also have the duplicity of groups like the Koch brothers that scream and yell about competition and free market but the first chance they get they get a law passed in Florida barring people from using any power that they didn't buy from the power company (because ideals don't count if it hurts the bottom line).

Comment: Re: Invisible hand (Score 1) 531

Since when did poor become a minority?

In many cities, there may be some correlation between wealth of an area and race composition of the residents, just like there is some correlation between race and having a criminal record. Therefore, if a broadband carrier isn't very careful about the manner in which they exclude "unwealthy" areas, they may consequently find themselves at the wrong end of a lawsuit at some point.

It's why the US government has suggested that employers discriminating against applications with a criminal record might constitute unlawful racial discrimination, if the employer adopts a de-facto blanket policy of refusing employment to criminals, then they are opening themselves up to lawsuits against discrimination through "disparate impact" theory.

Comment: The lack of debate (Score 1) 7

by Marxist Hacker 42 (#49356703) Attached to: Does #OccupyResoluteDesk Read Slashdot?

Was astounding. Especially since I heard at least three better plans- community sponsored healthcare (in which LOCAL taxes fund LOCAL facilities with LOCAL doctors, managed like schools used to be with a local hospital board), subscription based healthcare (in which the rich pay more to fund clinics for the poor, but everybody pays what healthcare really costs, not job based but rather what it costs to have doctors on duty in clinics and hospitals, whether you are sick or not), and finally, free market health care (with no middle man, but again, no assurance of care).

Of course, all three of these cut out the insurance middle man cash cow- who was Obama's cronies as well as the cronies of certain key Republicrats. Can't hurt the cronies, so once again any form of subsidiarity goes on the back burner in favor of federal control.

Comment: Re:This isn't a surprise. (Score 1) 242

by rahvin112 (#49356401) Attached to: How Professional Russian Trolls Operate

Fox News is the largest Psyops campaign ever run on the american people. You have an entire channel (actually several) whose news and stories are being scripted by one of the political parties.

It's amazing to me how many people aren't horrified by this. The old FCC regulation about fairness wouldn't have allowed that, but it was sunk years ago, and rather deliberately.

Comment: Well how will ULA survive if they don't? (Score 2) 66

by rahvin112 (#49355841) Attached to: US Air Force Overstepped In SpaceX Certification

How will ULA survive if the government doesn't force SpaceX to operate like a traditional defense contractor sucking at the cost plus fixed fee teet. The Airforce has to help them get there because this commercial competition non-sense will mean the loss of plenty of high paying executive jobs and ULA.

Comment: Other technical options (Score 1) 348

by physicsphairy (#49355461) Attached to: Modern Cockpits: Harder To Invade But Easier To Lock Up

What about a limitation on the locking mechanism that causes the door to unlock during significant course corrections and descents at low altitude? (If you really want to cover contingencies there could also be a date-based override code for keeping the cabin locked which the pilots would have to radio for.) That leaves the pilots free to secure themselves in case of an internal upset during a normal flight, but the passengers would be able to mob the cabin in most of these scenarios. You could also add, e.g., buttons in the back of the plane which have to be pressed to unlock the cabin. Not terribly difficult to do if all the passengers see the point of getting in, but might make the logistics of a hijacking significantly more complicated (and impossible for a lone actor).

Make it right before you make it faster.