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Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 5, Insightful) 514

by Spamalope (#48581633) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

There should be an elevation of discipline that should start with a written warning and ending with suspension

This animal farm 'some animals are more equal' 'police union approved' punishment that we've actually been doing needs to stop. Any normal person caught on camera illegally committing assault, battery, and theft while armed does not get a strongly written letter as a reprimand. Police officers are citizens a need to be treated no better or worse than anyone else.

If you feel that a video record of your actions will be so damning that you consider an armed attack on anyone you spot with a camera is the best option really gives us an idea how you act the rest of the time, doesn't it?

Comment: Re:Getting trolled (Score 1) 716

by Spamalope (#48332063) Attached to: Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

The troll could have nothing to do with the "gamer community." Just write one nasty tweet and watch the neckbeards and SJWs scream at each other. Much lulz.

It'd be even better if the troll was a fake twitter 'follower' bot herder. Troll from a fake account with tens of thousands of followers and declare that you're a serious commentator because of your audience, then use other parts of the bot net to either agree, disagree or both to fan the flames.

Comment: Re:makes no sense (Score 1) 182

by Spamalope (#48299467) Attached to: Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

The thing is, the Australian court doesn't give a fat rats clacker about your personal perversions in a divorce proceeding. They only care about your financial situation.

Perfect. There's no way the soon to be ex will visit off shore banking and brokerage websites from your PC for 6 months while planning to divorce you, then claim you've hid money in court to get their half and yours. Nope, that'd never happen again.

They certainly wouldn't try to frame you for child porn to make the custody battle a slam dunk either. Everyone is always reasonable in a divorce. It's a bit like giving government bureaucrats unlimited spying powers. It's just never abused and always ends well. Just ask them.

Comment: Re:don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

I wouldn't be at all surprised. They'll find none. Don't assume everyone is like you.

I see you have hundreds of communications regarding Viagra in your email. That's inconsistent with personal use. Have you been illegally distributing prescription medication, or only conspiring to distribute it?

Comment: Re:don't use biometrics (Score 1) 328

build in safeguards against stupid judges, law enforcement officers, DAs, etc. And when I say "safeguards" I mean literal criminal penalties for this sort of stuff.

Penalties that judges would have to enforce? Let me know how that works out for you!

The blue wall of silence has nothing on lawyers protecting each other from misconduct charges, especially lawyers who are judges or prosecutors. (i.e. those who most need meaningful oversight)

Comment: Re:how does this work at all? (Score 1) 79

by Spamalope (#48142667) Attached to: Navy Tests Unpowered Exoskeleton
The attachment to the tool seems to be based on a 'steady cam', so search for that on youtube and you'll see the counter spring system in action. It has to be adjusted for the weight and balance of the tool in use. It isn't for picking just anything up, it's meant to ease the burden of using specific known in advance heavy tools and looks like it could well help. If it helps enough to be worth the setup and expense then it's worth it, and if they've got the weight transfer to the ground working they've probably crossed that hurdle.

Comment: Re:Wait a minute... (Score 1) 304

by Spamalope (#48098777) Attached to: The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made
Spray Krud cutter onto a paper towel, then wipe. If it's really dirty, unplug it; spray onto the keyboard; scrub with a brush and then wipe it down. I've got about a dozen Ms at work I keep for the touch typists, and it only takes a few moments to make them look new.

About every 5-10 years use a dry brush to get the dust bunnies out. You may need to pull the plastic cover off the keyboard, but usually the key tops can stay on.

Comment: Re:Oh good (Score 1) 907

by Spamalope (#47995439) Attached to: Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

The only downside to that is that it actually hurts your credit score to not have a car loan. Yes, it makes no fucking sense, but that's how credit works.

Mind explaining how that is remotely possible? Payinig in cash is anonymous... how would the credit company know whose credit score to ding?

You FICO score may be lower if you don't have a history of pay money to banks.

I pay cash for everything, and found that when I wanted to finance a portion of an older yacht I just had to find a lender who did a manual credit review instead of blindly using a FICO score. I've found lenders who only use FICO have terrible customer service in any case.

When I bought my house, I had no credit cards and only the paid off boat in my credit history. I had no problems getting a loan. None. I'd saved for a down payment, was buying within my means and had a stable work history. i.e. I looked like someone who could pay back the loan I was asking for. That's all you need.

Also - go to a credit union. JSC here in Houston is wonderful if you're in the area. You don't have to work at Nasa.

Comment: Re:So then they get another warrant ... (Score 1) 504

by Spamalope (#47938321) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

But I think this password intercept is how the feds would get access if they're monitoring you specifically.

This is to shut out low level snoops, so that over time the targets of the big players become careless with their data again. The powerful players have any number of methods to compromise a user device that accepts software updates...

Comment: Re:Nerd fight (Score 1) 216

by Spamalope (#47933295) Attached to: iOS 8 Review

It would sure be nice if this thread didn't devolve into an Android/Apple pissing contest. Can we at least give it a shot?

Ok, I'll try. Ars Technica for the article? After the gamergate SJW coverage there, I figured Conde Nast merged it with Jezebel. If the old Ars covered something Apple it would have been the tech in a new arm chip, display tech or the like. You know, news for nerds - where the 'technica' came from in the name. Now it's techinca the way MTV is music videos.

Comment: Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (Score 2) 97

by Spamalope (#47712395) Attached to: How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation
If it costs $1.95 billion to research a health problem; try possible directions to address the issue; find promising possibilities; run animal trials that have problems; modify the approach; new trials until; repeat until you have something good enough for limited human trials where some fail and the entire effort is for naught; broad human trials for the few that work; and plan for long term monitoring to identify problems that take years to show the company doing that work needs to recoup the investment or they'll go under. The commercial successes have to pay for all every failure and then some.

The next $0.05 billion that goes to testing and verifying that the manufacturing process is safe, effective and has good dosing regularity is the least part of the expense. You're proposing to let a second company who knows the answers duplicate only the last small bit of expense. Even including human trials the second company would have at least a 90% cost advantage they'd use to undercut the inventor.

Hell, this is the US. The CEO of the first company would form his own start-up, PillagerCo and feed it the winners with insider info to make sure his personal company most successfully raids the company he's CEO of. He wouldn't need to launder that behavior through an intermediary or two as they do now.

Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984