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Comment: This is nothing new. (Score 1) 656

by TigerPlish (#47398747) Attached to: TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

1991, leaving Franfurt towards Paris (just a short jaunt in a puddlejumper) I was asked by the security person working the line to demonstrate my camera was a real camera. So I uncap the lens, aimed at her, who quickly voiced her opposition to that idea, so I shot the ceiling instead. Wasted one frame of film to show her my tattered minolta x-700 wasn't some terrorists's bomb.

I suppose this was fallout from the bomb that took Pan Am 103 down over Lockerbie.

Comment: Re:This I didn't expect. (Score 1) 274

by TigerPlish (#47311291) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

The good thing about Musk (and guys like him) is that profit is not the sole and exclusive purpose of the company

This. We need more like this. But I fear even Tesla will fall to greed one day, when Musk cashes out and the MBAs take over and visualize, strategize, conceptualize and monetize every ounce of life out of that company.

Comment: Re:This I didn't expect. (Score 1) 274

by TigerPlish (#47308395) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

It makes perfect sense. After enough time of disparaging the factory life, Americans are finally realizing that it beats the alternative.

I can make sense of it at an intellectual level, it's just my gut reaction to go "WTF" -- it's a bit counter-intuitive.

The news is welcome, I just wish American companies would start making things in USA again. I know we can do it. I suppose in time, we will.

Comment: This I didn't expect. (Score 4, Funny) 274

by TigerPlish (#47308195) Attached to: China Starts Outsourcing From<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... the US

I was thinking some years ago "If all the jobs went to China because no one in the US wants the factory worker life, who is gonna build Chinese doohickeys when *they* get tired of the factory life?"

I was thinking India. Or Malaysia, or Chile or something..

But not the USA. I never even considered that possibility.

WTF. This world no longer makes any sense to me.

Comment: Political will and patience? (Score 3, Interesting) 308

by TigerPlish (#47298331) Attached to: Interviews: Ask Lawrence Lessig About His Mayday PAC

Mr. Lessig,

Yours is the first effort I've heard about revamping Government that makes any sense whatsoever. A hearty thank you to you and your staff!

In your estimation, does MaydayPAC have a decades-long plan, to replace as much of Congress as possible, and even reach for the Presidency?

I'm all for it. Even if it takes 30 years.

Comment: One thing Best Buy is still good for.. (Score 1) 210

by TigerPlish (#47216361) Attached to: Amazon Dispute Now Making Movies Harder To Order for picking up freshly-released movies. Don't have to wait for the postman. Just drive up, park in the mostly empty parking lot, go into the mostly-empty store, pay your monies, go home, stick in player, relax.

With all that empty, though, I can't think BB will be around much longer..

Comment: I'm totally for this (Score 1) 243

by TigerPlish (#47191779) Attached to: New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

It is a gimmick, and a welcome one. Makes the car feel like it turns like a plane or bike: by banking. Completely artificial but I'm tellin' ya, if I feel it I'll probably buy it.

I don't like how cars and boats go about bends. I live with it, I choose my cars to make short work of the bends and have fun doing so, but I'd much rather feel a turn like in a plane or bike.

Benz has been toying with this for at least 15 years, Some tv show had it, they also had a benz bike with four wheels which kinda scissored leaning you into the turn. But they also had a small four-wheel car doing it. Both got my attention... but now here's the car for-reals.

Comment: Re:It's more than mortgages. (Score 3, Interesting) 294

One thing is to have financial information about individuals and their families scattered across multiple entities with defined boundaries and different search mechanisms -- it's another thing entirely to have the same financial info in one nice, convenient, easy-to-search, easy-to-abuse place.

A convenient central financial info database with intimate detail. What could *possibly* go wrong, right?

Now that I've had some time to chew on the news and my post, it occurs to me that this is also a profiling tool. Perhaps predictive uses could also be found for it?

The ranting will continue, by the way, by myself and others, until either we're dead, or a dramatic change of course happens to this country. And yes, I remember the ranting 30 years ago. Vividly. Along with images of Carter and Shah, Reagan and Ayatollah, Bush and Noriega, Bush II and Saddam, Obama and bin-Laden, brought to us by talking heads and punctuated by the nodding of a million muggles' heads.

No one. Fucking. Listened. Now we're playing the same songbook again, only the music is much more sinister, faster and more intense.

Wake the fuck up, people.

Comment: It's more than mortgages. (Score 5, Interesting) 294

According to TFA:

Late car payment? It'll be recorded.

Late creditcard payment? Skipped a child support payment? Forgot to pay the water bill? It'll be recorded. Or so TFA says.

The database will also encompass a mortgage holderâ(TM)s entire credit history, including delinquent payments, late payments, minimum payments, high account balances and credit scores, according to the notice.

Really?! "high account balances?!"

The composition of your family? Feast your eyes on this little nugget FTFA:

The two agencies will also assemble âoehousehold demographic data,â including racial and ethnic data, gender, marital status, religion, education, employment history, military status, household composition, the number of wage earners and a familyâ(TM)s total wealth and assets.

Folks.. it *is* big brother. People are focusing on only the mortgage aspect, but if TFA is to be believed, it's a financial dragnet.

What the fuck are they looking for? People spending large sums on strange things?

It won't be for bureaucratic purposes. This will get tied in with law enforcement somehow. That's just my gut feeling, folks... but I do really think LEOs will want in on this.

"Mr Smith, we'd like to have a word with you.. every two weeks you withdraw $100 cash, then as you can see in these pictures, the city's automated license plate readers catch you visiting the address of a known marijuana dealer every time you make that withdrawal. Please step into the van, sir."

It's coming. Maybe not for a bag of sweet leaf, but surely for other things.

2001 was the year the US ended. We sold out to the Gov't and did so willingly; because Terrorism!, because Think of the Children, because War on Drugs! But mainly because Terrorism.

To hell with the federal government, might as well call it the Reich now.

"The greatest warriors are the ones who fight for peace." -- Holly Near