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Comment: Re:Pay with the pension fund! (Score 1) 514

by crtreece (#48585335) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

It's a shitty, thankless job where you get to enjoy the worst of human behavior.

They should get a different job then. When you find one that isn't shitty and thankless, let us know.

and occasionally your life is on the line

The job of police officer is not nearly as dangerous as your friends would have you believe. Again, if they don't like it, they can GTFO.

Many of them were soldiers who enlisted, had a gun put in their hand at 18 years old, and taught to kill other people.

If they enlisted, the gun wasn't put in their hands, they reached out and grabbed it. Yet again, their personal choice.

A lot of them are pretty nice work-a-day randos just trying to get through life like the rest of us.

Randos, with guns, authority, and an us vs. them attitude. If you are talking about the so-called "good cops", then show me the story where the "good cop" turned in his co-worker for corruption, violence, etc, and wasn't persecuted by his remaining co-workers. Until police end the Blue Code of Silence (Blue Wall, Blue Shield), then there is no such thing as a good cop. Police who won't enforce the law against other police are just as bad as the law breaker.

Comment: Re:Why (Score 1) 115

by crtreece (#48574111) Attached to: FreeNAS 9.3 Released
Did your "something usable" include jailed instances of Plex media server, DLNA server, OSX time machine service, and bittorrent client, all with web GUIs? I've done Solaris, FBSD, and linux admin, and probably could have set all that up, eventually. I set it up, plus CIFS, and NFS shares, in an afternoon on FreeNAS.

It's the plugins for all those that really sold me on using FreeNAS instead of rolling my own.

Comment: Re:Tort System (Score 1) 233

by crtreece (#48497927) Attached to: Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools
I don't think you are applying logic very well here, or possibly you are being intentionally obtuse. In all of your examples, the actor is in a situation where general safety guidelines are in place and expected to be followed. None of the described activities has any expectation of danger of injury.

A person goes to a restaurant

The expectation being that the restaurant is going to serve food that is not dangerous to eat. The food might not be tasty, the service may be poor, and the prices may be high, but there is an expectation that the person walks out physically unharmed.

they decide to go on the chair lifts

Again, the expectation is that the equipment is functional. The family is not guaranteed a fun time, but they at least expect to not be injured.

cinema in question had failed to meet the health and safety regulations

Same as above. The expectation is that established rules for safety will followed.

Football is inherently dangerous, and participants should have no reason to believe injuries are not a potential outcome. If there is a governing body that tries to downplay the chance of injury, tries to encourage participation while recovering from injury, or tries to discourage rules and equipment changes that would limit prevent injuries, they should be subject to scrutiny up to and including being sued, just as the restaurant, lift, and cinema owners in your examples would be.

Comment: Re:We already have laws to cover this (Score 1) 301

by crtreece (#48368711) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

you should want this same sort of camera on all of your senate, congressmen/women, judges, jury, and all the way down to local mayors and governors, and most importantly - the president.

I don't have a problem with those public officials being monitored while they are on the job. The police, who generally carry guns and have a growing reputation for abusing the powers granted by their position, seem like a good place to start.

Comment: Re:Truecrypt is random thief proof (Score 1) 220

by crtreece (#48140929) Attached to: VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better
I'm confused. Bitlocker is available starting with Windows 7, just not in all the consumer oriented releases. I'm not trying to suggest that Win7+bitlocker wouldn't be vulnerable to the problem of MicroSoft having the ability to decrypt the data, with suitable persuasion from a government, but just noting that MS does have encryption options available.

Comment: Re:So any 17 year old can screw their local bank? (Score 1) 274

by crtreece (#48111817) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?
I saw it, but didn't make the connection :-( You are correct that judges will often give instructions that make it seem as if jury nullification does not exist, and that the written law and judges orders are the only available options.

In addition, don't dare let on to the judge or DA that you know what jury nullification is during the voi dire (jury vetting and selection process) part of the trial. You'll NEVER sit on a jury if the judge and DA think you are going to judge the defendant AND the law.

Comment: Re:So any 17 year old can screw their local bank? (Score 1) 274

by crtreece (#48106929) Attached to: Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

the jury would have no choice in the matter but to find the teenager guilty

Not true. The jury has the ability to judge the law unjust, and acquit the defendant, even if they are shown to be guilty of breaking the letter of the law. This is known as jury nullification, and has been a part of western common law for centuries.

Comment: Re:Send in the drones! (Score 2) 848

by crtreece (#47778475) Attached to: Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine


It goes back further than that. See the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances. During the breakup of the USSR, Ukraine agreed to give up their nuclear arsenal in exchange for assurances from Russia, the US, and the UK that Russia would respect Ukrainian sovereignty. The memo doesn't require military intervention by the US or UK in the event or Russian hostility, but it does justify a military response if it comes to that.

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist