or "Crypt Locker"?
or "The Crypt-inator"
"the program formally known as 'TrueCrypt'" (and then have some unpronounceable symbol)
there is always "Data Information Crypt Keeper"
Some would claim that we ARE being invaded right now, along our southern border. While it may not be by an "official army", it is by a large group of people, some of them armed, and some not armed, but they are coming in fairly large numbers, are in more and more instances, are using force to get through. Numerous shootouts and confrontations have been had on the border, and some border patrol agents have died as a result of these "invaders".
Yet the government does practically nothing to stop it, and when militia's organized and deployed to the border, they are being treated worse than the "invaders" and they are now getting shot at by BP agents as well. There are over half a million of these "invaders" making their way here every year, year after year, to the tune of millions and millions over the last decade alone.
Latest reports, is that there have been several occurrences of actual Mexican Military encounters at the border, both on ground and with their helicopters in our air space, shooting as our agents. This is by their official army. Then there are the cartels, and their own army's that are shooting as us with
But, if you think Obama (or most of our government members for that matter) cares if citizens have the ability defend off foreign invaders, your delusional. He is practically inviting them to come, and putting as many restraints on the BP agents to not be able to do anything to stop it. The latest move, was to give them shelter, and buss them and distribute them among several states so that the states can share the burden and costs.
In fact, if memory serves correctly, when BP agent Brian Terry was killed by "invaders" from another country, Obama and others were quick to try to use that incident as a means to pass legislation to restrict guns here in our own country. Which is totally counter intuitive to citizen militias being able to help defend against foreign invaders, and not constitutional.
But by all the statistics put out by politicians, and police officer's groups, and the like, "texting while driving kills!!!". That's all we hear about, so why are cops allowed to do something that they themselves claim is the number one cause of accidents on the road way, especially if it wasn't related to a pursuit or other duty that they were actively involved in that was urgent AT THAT MOMENT. Clearly, him filing his daily paperwork via email while cruising down the road was not something that the 'electronic device exclusion' was written for. Nor was this urgent enough to justify doing it while operating a motor vehicle. He could/should have been off of the road parked while engaged in this activity. Us mere citizens are not allowed to even HOLD a phone or computer while driving, let alone actually type on it, without facing a ticketed offense. This is now even a standard entry on a crash investigation report, whether a cell phone or electronic device was in use at the time of the accident (so they can place fault of accident).
This goes along with Speeding, where you see police all the time speeding down the freeway doing 90+ without any lights or sirens on, because they aren't actually responding to a call at that time. The only time they should be allowed to break that law, is when an imminent call is being responding too, and only if they are following the protocols of code1/2/3... ie: lights or lights and sirens. Otherwise, it gets obviously abused by cops not wanting to sit in traffic and use the carpool lane without cause, speeding to get back to the station so they can get off work, or speeding to get to their lunch/coffee breaks so they can meet the other guys that are already there. Parking in Red Zones while they go in for a coffee break is something I see all the time as well. Why? Can a police cruizer not get parked in a regular parking spot due to it's size or ability of the driver, as it seems that RedZones are just another term for "Police Handicap Parking".
This issue of double standard is being addressed in CA recently from another angle. This being handguns allowed to be used by cops. You see, CA has a "Safe Handgun Roster" that is a list of handguns "that meet minimum level of safety requirements" which are allowed for purchase. Much has come of this "Roster", as many guns are falling off the roster lately, and are no longer able to be purchased by CA residents. Because of the stated intent of this Roster, the guns falling off (or never being approved) are considered by the State to be "unsafe" for use, failing to meet some politicians definition of a safe gun. However, since the beginning of the implementation of this Roster, cops have always been excluded. Meaning, LEO's can buy and carry any handgun they want (even for personal, off-duty use) and the gun does not have to be on the Roster, while everyone else can only buy the limited guns listed on the Roster. Now that the List of On-Roster guns is dwindling, many people are finally coming to the realization that the Roster isn't about safety at all, but about restriction and slowly banning hand-guns. If it were about safety, then why would LEO's be allowed to purchase and carry guns that are considered "UNSAFE" by the state of California? As it stands, according to the States own logic, cops are allowed to buy and carry unsafe guns. Many gun shops are now starting to silently protest this, by not selling "Off-Roster" guns to LEO's, since normal public can't get them either.
In the end, these are all examples of just another BS double standard, that helps to elevate police officers to a "higher class" of people above the public, and perpetuate the "Us vs. Them" mentality on both sides of the equation.
What if your like me, and am a freelancer (sole proprietorship), that doesn't have a regular employer. I work with many companies, who cut me a check, and don't take out taxes or anything else. If I were to pull all my money out of my bank, how would the government get access to my money or revenue stream coming short of physically coming to my house, raiding the place, taking me to jail while they confiscate everything I own. Even then, I could keep my "cash stash" somewhere else they cannot find, so they'd only end up with my immediate possessions.
If they tried to track down my bank, I could withdraw and close the account. If they tried to go to my employer, they'd find I don't have one. If they tried to track down the dozen or so "regular" client companies I have, ok, but as a freelance/contractor, I can just stop working for them, and look for new clients who didn't get the government memo, bypassing the levy.
Government: "Pay me a $1000 fine."
Government: "Offender's Bank- Give us $1000 from Offender's account..."
Offender's Bank: "Uhh, sorry he withdrew all his money and closed the account yesterday."
Government: "Offender's employer: wait what, he doesn't have an employer! damn! Find out who pays him all year long, he has to make money somehow. Ahh, here he works with a dozen or so businesses that pay him somewhat regularly"
Governemnt: "Offender's clients -- pay us instead of him when you pay."
Offender's Clients: "Uhh, ok, but he mentioned he wouldn't be able to work with us anymore due this, so we don't expect to be paying him for anything since he's not rendering services to us anymore."
Goverment: "Nooooo! Who does this guy think he is. We'll just have to go in full swat style and raid his home and arrest him then."
Agreed, projecting on the visor like a fighter pilot helmet would be the best IMO. That way you can flip it up and it's not in your face if you want. Plus the visor is bigger and a better distance from your eyes than a google-glass-like window. You also would have more real estate for projecting information and telemetry data. And both eyes could then see it instead of just one.
I'm still waiting for this feature in cars for the windshield. Heck, my 1997 Pontiac had a cheap HUD that displays the speed and radio stations on the front window, why aren't we putting GPS nav and other information projected onto the front window by now. It's freaking 17 years later (from when my car was built) and there are STILL only a handful of cars doing this today, most common being the Corvette. Even the ones doing it today are still only putting a couple pieces of info on the window, same as my car did 17 years ago (speed, radio, and maybe what gear your in?). With tech being cheap today, I want this as an option on normal everyday cars as well (obviously as an option, so your not forced to buying it).
How cool would it be to have a HUD version of GPS of where you need to go overlaid on top of what you are seeing, or have some augmented reality street signs projected as you drive around an unfamiliar city. Add in your speed and a couple other car operating status displays, maybe a rear or side camera views to help with lane changes, and you got some useful information that you don't have to take your eyes off the road for. You could even do a night vision/FLIR front cam projection, so at night, you can see better (like Cadillac did years ago), except projected in front of you.
This would have to be way more safe to have this information transparently floating in front of you that needing to look down at a dash mounted GPS, or at your cluster, or at your radio when changing channels etc.
Something like this: http://www.google.com/url?sa=i...
I work in the AV industry and see a good share of VTC technology that is the de-facto current industry standard, and the main turnkey systems are Cisco/Tandberg (C40/C60/C90 series) -or- Polycom (either the HDX series or RealPresence Group Series), -or- LifeSize.
Cisco (who bought Tandberg) and Polycom have been VTC leaders in the industry for over a decade, and make some of the best VTC hardware around. They can also be expensive, but both companies have more economic lines in the VTC codec line-up as well, that offer less features at reduced pricing. The Group300/500 from Polycom works fairly well, and is geared down from the HDX line (which is their flagship line).
There is also the LifeSize hardware that is reasonable cost compared to the Polycom and Cisco solutions, and gets the job done well enough. They are dedicated hardware boxes still, but aimed at lower cost than the previous mentioned solutions.
If you need to interface with other VTC systems that aren't H.323 compatible, you can use on of several bridging services available. They cost money to subscribe to a bridging service, but they basically act as a man-in-the-middle for disparate systems to communicate together, and aid in larger multi-point calls beyond what the hardware can support natively.
For a turn-key system, I believe any of the 3 mentioned solutions can be had in a stand-alone cart-based system, where the cart houses 1 or 2 LCD monitors, a single camera, the codec, and any other necessary hardware, and can be rolled around to different locations as needed. All the solutions mentioned are HD quality, support SIP/h.323 and some of the higher end ones can also use T1 and ISDN if needed (optional card required).
These dedicated codecs can also be controlled with either the provided IR remote control for establishing calls and such, or through a web interface. The Cisco C-series can also be had with a Cisco touch panel for user interfacing with all the UI controls located on a easy to use touch panel interface. Most of these systems can also interface with Exchange or other contact management solutions if needed.
Who the heck takes the equipment back to them when cancelling?!! I'm not wasting my time with that. Did I have to go pick it up at the office when I signed up for the service? If the answer is no, then you can bet I'm not driving it back and standing in line either.
If they want their equipment back, they can either send me a pre-paid box to load it into and ship back them, or send a technician out to pick it up off my porch.
When I cancelled DirecTV, this is how they got their receiver back, they shipped a prepaid box for the receiver to me when I cancelled over the phone. I got the box from them, and put my receiver in it, and dropped it off (without waiting in line) at the nearest UPS store. If I didn't want to drop it off at the UPS store, I could have called UPS for a pickup at my house.
that's how it should work.
I've read many articles already that suggests that there is a purge that is happening within the ranks of the military already. Over 200 top brass have been forced out over the past 5 years for various reasons. http://www.washingtontimes.com...
Combine that with the rumored questionnaire that surfaced at "29 Palms" training facility around 1995, and has made a comback in headlines, of the military personnel being asking questions like "would you fire on American citizens", and posing circumstances like "if guns were outlawed, and civilians were ordered to turn them in, would you aid in forceful confiscation of [aka shooting at] those who refused to voluntarily turn them in?"
I know many people pass this stuff off as 'tin foil hat' territory, but in today's political climate, with mass surveillance, government lying to us on a daily basis, half of the bill of rights being eroded down to mean nothing... I don't think it's out of the realm of plausible. I might have a 'tin foil' hat on, but if you think this is even remotely possible, then you would have to have your head in the sand.
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