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Comment: I think you all missed something (Score 1) 926

by Vayra (#33375480) Attached to: GPS Tracking Without a Warrant Declared Legal

"The Ninth Circuit court has declared that attaching a GPS tracker to your car, as it sits in your driveway, or, by extension on a public street, and then using it to monitor every one of your movements, is totally legal, and can be performed by the police without needing a warrant."
This sentence can be split like this:
The Ninth Circuit court has declared that attaching a GPS tracker to your car, as it sits in your driveway, or, by extension on a public street, and then using it to monitor every one of your movements, is totally legal.
And it can be performed by the police without needing a warrant.

So, you can do it yourself.

Comment: Re:simply standing too close to an officer.. (Score 1) 299

by Vayra (#32057588) Attached to: Writer Peter Watts Sentenced; No Jail Time

What it means, is that when someone is abusing their powers (SAS shooting someone who does not have a gun, or border patrol beating someone who did not pose a threat) they are basically a civilian who broke the law and has no valid defense (ie should be convicted automatically of murder/assault/whatever is appropriate).

And there is no need for a beating to be a threat to life or health for it to be a crime.

Comment: Re:I hope Bilski invalidates them all (Score 1) 294

by Vayra (#31489638) Attached to: Nokia Claims Apple Does "Legal Alchemy" To Mask IP Theft

Except that VHDL and it's ilk is not something you can use on a big system if you want it to work well. Everything will simply be far too inefficient to be able to compete with those who do it by hand. Sure it may work for simple circuits but for anything approaching a complicated system it's useless to use synthesized circuits.

Designing circuits is still primarily a craft, not something automated.

Comment: Re:And the US is .. leading the PUSH for ACTA ... (Score 3, Interesting) 307

by Vayra (#31414396) Attached to: European Parliament Declaring War Against ACTA
Having too much freedom for the people and too transparent a government is endangering the power of individual politicians as they can more easily be held accountable for their actions. This they do not like, and so they came to the conclusion that going back to secrecy and less freedom for the people is the way to go, as that would help secure their powers. Sucks monkeyballs, but that's what you get when you have people who think of themselves instead of the people they represent in power.

Comment: Re:REMEMBER ME (Score 1) 793

by Vayra (#31238268) Attached to: When I die, I want my body to be ...
I disagree. The entire point of living is to enjoy it. A short or long life, the only measure of the quality of that life is how much you enjoyed it. Don't know about you, but personally I'd rather live a short, reckless and dangerous life that's immensely funny than slave away at a boring job and live a long, boring life. Who remembers me and what for doesn't interest me in the slightest as I won't be around to care.

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