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Comment: Re:What the fuck is wrong with you people ? (Score 1) 286

If anybody but a LEO does it, it is "searching for illegal pornography" and "trying to obtain illegal pornography" and a crime.

Neither of those are a crime in any jurisdiction I'm familiar with. Maybe there are some ass-backwards states in the US where that's true, but they would be the exception rather than the rule. Nice try though.

Comment: Re:Problem? (Score 1) 286

The better analogy in your case would be if the investigator had to enter someone's house (without a warrant) to view a potential crime while the homeowner had a sign out saying "come on in!".

FTFY. If you install P2P software and share files with the world, you are no longer operating in private.

Comment: Re:IS *NOT* ANONYMOUS (Score 1) 134

by c6gunner (#47884751) Attached to: Paypal Jumps Into Bitcoin With Both Feet

It at least takes a conscious effort to track public keys accros the blockchain and follow the money train until an actual identity can be matched.
But that's completely possible and well within the capabilities of governments.

Not really true. There are two things you can do to remain anonymous:

1. You can buy coins for cash from random people meeting up in coffee shops.

2. You can put the coins through a laundry; they get merged with coins from everyone else using the service, and spit out in a random number of accounts with random quantities all adding up to what you put in (minus fees).

Either one of those options provides a fair degree of anonymity. The two together make you untraceable, unless you've done something else to link those coins to yourself. Either way, there are definitely ways to remain anonymous while using bitcoins, even though they're inherently an open-book system.

Comment: Re:Wifi (Score 1) 183

by c6gunner (#47869319) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Depends on where you are, I guess. Being made"slightly sleepy" while driving down the Interstate would be more problematic than the same while sitting in an easy chair at home....

That would be more of an issue for 3G than WiFi. Unless the guy trying to kill you is in your back seat. Which seems like a bad idea.

Comment: Re:Wifi (Score 1) 183

by c6gunner (#47868953) Attached to: In France, a Second Patient Receives Permanent Artificial Heart

Yah, when I came to "it can be controlled by your cellphone", my first thought was "and it can also be controlled by the cellphone that that guy over there is holding. And he doesn't necessarily like you".

Well I dunno about you, but the first thing I would make sure of when shopping for a new heart would be that it doesn't have a remote-shutdown option. Who cares that the guy who doesn't like you can access it, if all he can do is make you slightly sleepy.

Anyway, probably the biggest cause of death with these things will be Slashdot users trying to install Open-WRT or something ....

Comment: Re:wow, shocking (Score 1) 188

Allowing someone to take full editorial control of your output does not equate to "Research". Try reading the article again, this time slowly.

Ok, let me try:

Dilanian has done some strong work and has at times been highly critical of the CIA. For example, in July 2012 he wrote a piece about sexual harassment at the agency that angered the press office. In reply to an email from a spokesperson, Dilanian said that complaints about his story were “especially astonishing given that CIA hides the details of these complaints behind a wall of secrecy.”

Hrm. Sorry, not seeing the "full editorial control" bit.

Comment: wow, shocking (Score 0) 188

Newsflash: Reporter covering CIA does actual research before publishing. More at 11.

Actually, given the state of the current media, I guess this is pretty shocking. Most reporters just make up whatever they want, or interview "experts" whose sole claim to fame is having a blog with 10,000 daily visitors. Doing real fact-checking is pretty rare these days. It figures that Slashdot would see it as "suspicious".

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 812

by c6gunner (#47849185) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Airlines' net profits increase twenty-fold (FTFY). :p

That's why I said airfare costs half as much :p Obviously I don't expect the entire savings to be passed on to the customer, but we would see a significant drop in prices. Even without any drop in price, though, it would be a huge improvement. No more uncomfortable seats. No more awkward conversations with complete strangers. No more screaming babies. No more crappy airline food. Fuck, I'd be willing to pay them EXTRA for it!

There are other potential benefits too ... imagine being able to get a shuttle that picks you up at your door, with the pod on it. You lay down, go to sleep, and wake up on the other side of the world. You don't have to worry about parking. You don't have to spend 2 hours wandering around the airport prior to boarding. You don't have to strip down and be scrutinized by TSA agents. All the downsides, completely avoided.

Why the hell aren't we working on this?

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 4, Interesting) 812

by c6gunner (#47849015) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

The solution is simple: load them up with tranquilizers/sedatives and stack 'em in like cordwood. ;)

I know you're joking, but I would absolutely LOVE that. We just don't have the technology for it yet ... but if we ever perfect safe and cheap suspended animation, this would be the perfect solution for everyone. Airlines can cram 4 times as many people on a single flight, airfare costs half as much, and your journey subjectively lasts a fraction of a second. It's a win-win proposition.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 812

by c6gunner (#47848985) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

When you look at how slave ships were packed, and if you compare that to passenger planes today, the main difference is that on slave ships the slaves were required to do some exercise on deck every day to keep them healthy so they would fetch a price.

If your flight spends more than 24 hours in the air, you're probably the victim of some elaborate hoax.

Comment: Re:Anthropometrics (Score 1) 812

by c6gunner (#47848965) Attached to: 3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

Most seats no longer have enough room to open a laptop.

Do people still use laptops on planes? I can't remember the last time I did. I bought a tablet 4 years ago and I'm pretty sure my laptop has been relegated to the cargo hold since then. I rarely see people with laptops on planes any more.

This is unfortunately the time where government needs to step in for the general well being of society.

That's one way to raise money for the military. I'm not sure you'd enjoy flying in the back of a C-130, though.

Comment: Re:Where are these photos? (Score 1) 336

by c6gunner (#47805957) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

If someone put their money in a reputable bank and it was stolen, would you blame them?

If their PIN was 1234, yes. Doubly so if they also happened to be a lucrative target thanks to the whole world knowing they were millionaires.

We don't yet know what exactly lead to these photos being leaked. Maybe it was a problem with the "bank", or maybe it was a problem with their passwords / security questions. Either way, celebrities should be far more careful about this kind of thing since they know (or should know) that their fame makes them a prime target.

Comment: Re:Where are these photos? (Score 1) 336

by c6gunner (#47805619) Attached to: Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

Let me make this simple in case there's a post-fap-clearer-head lurking around this area of the thread: No, you do not have a good reason to acquire those photos.

I don't need a good reason. I don't have a good reason for eating meat, either. Or for mowing my lawn. Or for going to the movies. Life isn't about "good reasons", nor is it about making excuses to placate self-righteous pissants.

Yes, you are a bad person for grabbing them and sharing them.

You're a bad person for commenting on Slashdot. You have no good reason to be commenting, and your actions directly hurted my feewings. Dick.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 1) 463

Nobody else would get away with breaking the law because they were following orders.

Cops don't either. In this particular case, there is an exemption to the law. Ergo his actions do not constitute a violation of the law.

But don't pretend he shouldn't be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

He absolutely should, but what extent is that? Making an incorrect lane change? At worst they could charge him with lying about the accident, but even that would be unlikely to stick; people misremember details about accident all the time. If we charged every drivers who incorrectly described an accident, half the country would be in jail.

Always leave room to add an explanation if it doesn't work out.

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