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Comment: Re:It's tinfoil time! (Score 1) 232

by akgooseman (#47668855) Attached to: Fugitive Child Sex Abuser Caught By Face-Recognition Technology
Our government doesn't yet have enough political power to safely brutalize its general population (though it's doing an increasingly good job on minorities), but it can control most of us never-the-less. Their current interest is in ensuring we don't upset the current balance of power. Thorough surveillance is critical to knowing who, when and in which direction to nudge or blast opposition leaders to the sidelines. Subtle manipulation of current and potential opposition leadership is likely far more successful to entrenched interests' goals than more direct, physical options.

Comment: Re:Well, I've got a suggestion for next time at le (Score 1) 123

As someone towards the beginning of the comments said, sometimes stuff happens. Maybe there was and maybe there wasn't corner cutting and/or poor engineering in this tragic situation. The take-away here for me is that we simply should not put these big mines in ecologically sensitive areas. Stuff will happen without regard to the best laid plans and intentions of mine developers. The Fraser river salmon may take a terrible hit from this pond breach. The proposed Pebble Mine is threatening the Bristol Bay area of Alaska, home to the worlds largest red salmon run, with a 700+ foot tall earthen dam upstream from major rivers, holding back a 4 mile long tailings and leach pond.

Comment: Re:Municipal elections are *more* important (Score 1) 190

This! Most of our voices are lost in the noise of state-wide and federal elections. Local elected representatives are likely to listen to and act upon your input regarding fire, police, sewer, water, garbage collection, schools, zoning and platting, property assessing and taxation, sales tax, libraries, swimming pools, parks, street lamps, road maintenance and a host of other items that directly affect you and your daily life. Added bonus: they can amplify your message to elected/appointed/employed people in "higher" levels of government.

Comment: Re:WTF (Score 4, Informative) 179

by akgooseman (#46372705) Attached to: Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

No, you won't get those messages. As an former iPhone user who recently switched to Android I will attest to the fact messages from your friends who use iOS go into a black iMessage hole. The messages are not forwarded out of iMessage to a traditional text message. The iPhone must be reconfigured to opt out of iMessage before text messages will be delivered to a non-iOS phone.

iMessage fails over to text ONLY if you're using an iOS device. It doesn't fail over, as you might expect, if your mobile number moves to a non-iOS platform. It's a total pain in the ass. I can only believe it's designed this way to promote vendor lock-in.

Comment: Re:Um.... (Score 2) 562

by akgooseman (#45731125) Attached to: Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests
There is a huge amount of information to collect based on subjects' reactions to these requests for DNA. At the very least, the cops must be compiling a naughty/nice list indexed to license plate based on who accepts a cheek swab. Making the link from license plate to individual is pretty easy, especially if they're also taking video of their proceedings. People are forced to play the game and there's no way to win.

Comment: Re:How is this a surprise? (Score 1) 114

by akgooseman (#45397377) Attached to: Journalists Banned From Using Smartphones At 2014 Sochi Olympics?

It's far from the financial whirlwind everyone wants to believe it is.

Oh, it's a whirlwind alright. The big organizers, promoters and builders whirl in, scoop up all the money and whirl back out of town. Leaving the locals within some hundreds of kilometer radius holding out empty bags if not outright saddled with debt.

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