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Comment: Re:Sanity... (Score 1) 504

by centauratlas (#47941477) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

If your passcode was something like:
"IKilledMySpouseInSept2024" (assuming it was 2025), I believe that would be self-incriminating.

So, if you were to pick a passcode that is in itself incriminating the 5th Amendment would apply if you were forced to divulge it. (If you were forced to enter it, and no one was watching, that might be something different).

Comment: Re:Fucking Bullshit (Score 1) 303

by centauratlas (#35774122) Attached to: Twitter Tax Controversy Explained In Cartoon Form

This is exactly right and it is intentional. This is just like withholding taxes that hide from people the true cost of their tax burden.

The power-hungry politicians WANT to keep people ignorant of the true tax burden. Complaining about "corporate taxes" just confuses the ignorant and uninformed which serves only politicians. It is useful to them also to divide and conquer so that there are fights just like this. Where one side is arguing for higher corporate taxes "for fairness" while not understanding that THEY and everyone else are going to be the ones paying.

It is a great ploy from Washington (and other world capitals) to keep the un-educated upset and ready to follow them over a cliff.

The best solution is as you said - people pay taxes, and there is no withholding. There is no masking of the size of government and the tax burden. No hiding behind ignorance while allowing yourself to be manipulated.

Comment: Useful to whom? The racists who care about skin? (Score 5, Insightful) 902

by centauratlas (#31611400) Attached to: Will Your Answers To the Census Stay Private?

Useful to whom? The racists who care about skin color in Washington?

Skin color is about as much use as eye color or hair color, except to racists.

So much for Martin Luther King's wanting to be judged on the content of the character instead of the color of your skin.

Comment: Why TRANSCRIPTION is Critical to Google (Score 5, Interesting) 304

by centauratlas (#29152331) Attached to: Why AT&T Killed iPhone Google Voice

I haven't seen it discussed, but transcription is one of the most important features to Google and it is a large reason why they are willing to offer Google Voice for free. Why you ask? Training. Google voice's free transcription is a huge voice to text training database.

I have been using it since before it was Google Voice (e.g. grandcentral) and this was an important reason for Google to acquire it.

Google gets a LOT of value from every voice mail that comes in, is transcribed, and then is rated by users as to how useful it is.

Yes, it is good already, but not nearly perfect and they are working on it for one reason - voice search. And voice search is an up-coming Google killer-app that Bing/MSFT and Yahoo have no answer to.

(Neither does Apple, yet.)


+ - Dangerous Global Cooling is Concern 1

Submitted by chfriley
chfriley writes: A current article on states that "the mud at the bottom of B.C. fjords reveals that solar output drives climate change — and that we should prepare now for dangerous global cooling." It continues: "Politicians and environmentalists these days convey the impression that climate-change research is an exceptionally dull field with little left to discover. We are assured by everyone from David Suzuki to Al Gore to Prime Minister Stephen Harper that 'the science is settled.' At the recent G8 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel even attempted to convince world leaders to play God by restricting carbon-dioxide emissions to a level that would magically limit the rise in world temperatures to 2C. The fact that science is many years away from properly understanding global climate doesn't seem to bother our leaders at all." Apparently, the research isn't as settled a some would like to believe given that these scientists believe we are in for global cooling, and that is the main danger we should fear. To read the full article about Global Cooling, follow this link.

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