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Comment: Re: HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by adamstew (#49264953) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

I never offered an opinion on the death penalty. I simply stated that the reasoning behind "why should it be our responsibility to support them" or "why should I, the taxpayer, pay for someone to sit around, get 3 meals a day, and watch cable TV", as it was put in another post above, was incorrect.

I am of a mixed opinion on the death penalty:

If you can prove beyond ANY doubt (not just beyond a reasonable doubt as currently required by the legal system) that they committed a murder, then I would be fine with the death penalty. I don't believe that the "beyond any doubt", as a legal standard, can currently be met by the current legal system.

Comment: Re: HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by adamstew (#49264885) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

Where did you get the $10 million number? Federal average to house a prisoner in the US was $31,286 per year in 2010. Certain states have higher costs than others, but the federal average was $31,286 per year.

If you even house every life-without-parole inmate for 100 years, that costs $3.1 million. I would suspect that the average number of years to house them is MUCH lower than that. If we assume that the average life-in-prison prisoner commits a crime at an age equal to 1/2 the average life expectancy and then lives until the average life expectancy, then the average life-in-prison prisoner will spend 39.35 years in prison. At a cost of $31,286 per year, it'll cost $1.23 million to house the average life. That is an order of magnitude less than your $10 million dollar figure.

Comment: Re: HOWTO (Score 5, Informative) 1081

by adamstew (#49259835) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

You do realize that it costs significantly more money to see a death-penalty case from start to finish than it does to see a case where the penalty is life without parole?

The trials are more expensive to run.
There are many more appeals steps that are expensive through the legal system.
It costs twice as much to house a death-row inmate during the appeals.

All-in-all, it costs nearly 3 times as much to see a death-penalty case from start to finish vs. a non-death-penalty case. Also putting a person in jail for life, without parole, means they are never "left to their own" since they will never see freedom again...very slim chance they will be a danger to anyone again.

Comment: Re:How could they? (Score 1) 179

by adamstew (#48825143) Attached to: Marriot Back-Pedals On Wireless Blocking

Except this wasn't done with them posting some sign and a guy at the door making sure no one brought it beer. This was done with a pretty advanced technological system that you simply can't buy off the shelf. A system that can tell the difference between their own hotspots and "rogue" hotspots. Someone actually had to do research on how to do this and set it up.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 448

by adamstew (#48759877) Attached to: Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

"I have to fly, and airlines have a monopoly there, so can exact a brutal vengeance upon all passengers."

I don't think you understand what a monopoly is? That's like saying "I have to drive a car, and automobile manufacturers have a monopoly there...". A monopoly is when a single entity controls all of the supply of something. You can't take an entire industry, which has dozens of competing providers, and lump them all together as a single entity to call it a monopoly.

There is actually quite a lot of competition in the air travel space. About a dozen major national air carriers and over 100 regional and specialty air carriers that do passenger service. I assure you, the cost of airfares are set at what the market will allow. Chances are good that your local cable company or phone company has a monopoly on internet or video services where you are...There is almost certainly not a monopoly on air travel.

Comment: Re: Apple Pay (Score 4, Informative) 355

by adamstew (#48161953) Attached to: Apple Announces iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, OS X Yosemite and More

your understanding is incorrect. Apple has explicitly stated that the transaction is 100% between The Merchant, Your Bank, and you. Apple does not receive a copy of the transaction, they don't know who you've shopped with, and that they don't know that any specific transaction has happened.

The only thing Apple does is act as the facilitator to getting the device-specific account number in to the phone. So Apple could know which credit cards you have setup in your device and that's about it.

Comment: Re:So everything is protected by a 4 digit passcod (Score 1) 504

by adamstew (#47940211) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

I'm not actually sure if this is entirely correct. I don't think the fingerprint chip actually has the encryption key. Whenever you power-cycle an iPhone with a passcode/password, you are required to unlock it the first time with the full password. You can't unlock it with just your fingerprint.

My guess is that it needs the passcode to decrypt the contents of the databases, and then it uses the fingerprints as a quick-unlock feature when the device was put to sleep, but the keys are still in memory.

Comment: Re:Downloading music for free? Scandelous! (Score 4, Informative) 323

by adamstew (#47917771) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

You never needed to give apple any money to get the music for free. All you needed was an iTunes account/password and you got the album for free. No prior purchase was necessary. In fact, if you sign up for a free iTunes account before some day in October, you still get the album for purchases required.

Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 4, Informative) 323

by adamstew (#47917731) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album

They can not. The only people who had the album pushed to their device are those who turned on the flag on their devices to download new purchases. The only thing Apple did was flag that album as purchased for all iTunes accounts. The device then dutifully did as it was told by it's owner and downloaded all purchases.

The album never showed up on my devices because I don't have that flag turned on.

Don't hit the keys so hard, it hurts.