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Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 1) 440

Please. Citizen complaints against cops go nowhere. These "accusations" that you refer to which result in the heavy-handed paid leave are often of the sort where the cop is filmed strangling, beating, or shooting someone. Were it not for cops being filmed I've little doubt that the guy who strangled the Brooklyn man would be back on the beat.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 5, Insightful) 440

Well, duh. Let's state the obvious. Police are not governed by the same laws that apply to you and me. *Technically* they are but time and again we see cops getting paid leave as their sole form of punishment for egregious crimes. Does anyone really think the cop that strangled to death the guy in Brooklyn who was pleading the whole time "I can't breath" is going to see a day in prison? Puh-lease.

The only way to reign in the renegade and abusive behaviour of American police is to apply the law to them exactly the same way it is applied to citizens. That psychopath in Ferguson who pointed an automatic at people while shouting "I'm going to fucking kill you"? He should be up on charges for that, not allowed to quietly resign with pension.

Anyways, that's enough day-dreaming.

Comment: Anyone surprised? (Score 0) 76

by Rigel47 (#47787541) Attached to: Study: Social Networks Have Negative Effect On Individual Welfare
How many facebook posts are "I think I married the wrong person," or "my IBS kept me up all night, couldn't stop shitting" ? It's a pathetic, edited version of people's lives that is sanitized, cherry-picked, and often outright fraudulent.

I did the facebook thing for a year, realized what it was, and never looked back. So glad I have not wasted another hour getting sucked into that artifice.

Comment: What a massive ass (Score 2) 338

by Rigel47 (#47724767) Attached to: FCC Warned Not To Take Actions a Republican-Led FCC Would Dislike

"It’s not hard, then, to imagine a future FCC concluding that taxpayer-funded, municipal broadband projects themselves are barriers to infrastructure investment.

Right, because we've all done so well under the monopoly of Comcast et al. If the private sector can't compete (*cough*strong arm a monopoly*cough*) versus a municipal project then golly-gee maybe there's a lesson to be learned. Not that I expect an evidently corrupt bureaucrat to fathom said lesson.

Comment: Re:Pray BlackBerry sticks around (Score 1) 72

by Rigel47 (#47670699) Attached to: The Biggest iPhone Security Risk Could Be Connecting One To a Computer
That's an issue with carrier code, not bberry.

And as to this line

Dependent upon device and carrier, when exploited the vulnerabilities in this control software may enable attackers to install malicious software; access data; add, delete and run applications; wipe a device; and remotely change the PIN for the screen lock, among other items.

I'm highly skeptical they could alter the OS. BlackBerry devices will not run firmware code that is not signed by BlackBerry itself.

Comment: And forget patches (Score 1) 141

by Rigel47 (#47658005) Attached to: Study: Firmware Plagued By Poor Encryption and Backdoors
Your typical "internet of things" plastic garbage will have firmware updates released by the manufacturer for three to four years after which you're on your own. Which, to the point of the article, is not to say you have a secure device at the outset.

You'd think by now some consortium would self-assemble to devise best practices and certifications. In all likelihood it will have to be non-industry parties that do so as the last thing Samsung, et al, want is another hassle to eat into their razor-thin margins.

We are Microsoft. Unix is irrelevant. Openness is futile. Prepare to be assimilated.