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Comment: Re:Bwahahahah! (Score 1) 73

by ewieling (#47919025) Attached to: NSW Police Named as FinFisher Spyware Users

Disclaimer: I have a female cousin who has served in the Victorian police for over 3 decades. I'm not claiming all Aussie cops are saints, but certainly the vast majority have their heart in the right place and are doing a tough job as best they can.

How do you tell the corrupt ones from the non-corrupt ones? You can't. I follow the example of law enforcement and assume they are guilty until proven innocent.

Comment: Re:How to get off scott free for any crime: (Score 1) 286

If law enforcement doesn't want these sorts of things to happen they can stop doing illegal searches and illegal surveillance. Problem solved.

We have gone from "It is better that ten guilty men go free than that one innocent man be convicted." to "It is better that ten innocent men get convicted than to let one guilty man go free".

It is disgusting.

Comment: Re:So nice to see the FCC focusing on the big issu (Score 1) 50

by ewieling (#47821535) Attached to: Verizon Pays $7.4 Million To Settle FCC Privacy Investigation
I can't tell if you are being sarcastic or are simply an idiot. I understand the desperate desire for some part, any part of government to protect privacy, but no matter how much you wish, the FCC was NOT created to protect "consumer freedom in the marketplace". One could argue the FCC prevented "consumer freedom in the marketplace" in the area of telephony by creating a telecom monopoly aka AT&T for around 40 years. The FCC was created by the Communications Act of 1934. To quote Wikipedia:

The stated purposes of the Act are "regulating interstate and foreign commerce in communication by wire and radio so as to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States a rapid, efficient, nationwide, and worldwide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges, for the purpose of the national defense, and for the purpose of securing a more effective execution of this policy by centralizing authority theretofore granted by law to several agencies and by granting additional authority with respect to interstate and foreign commerce in wire and radio communication, there is hereby created a commission to be known as the 'Federal Communications Commission', which shall be constituted as hereinafter provided, and which shall execute and enforce the provisions of this Act."

Comment: Watch Back (Score 2) 76

"Any tin-pot dictator with enough money to buy the system could spy on people anywhere in the world," said Eric King

Any tin-pot dictator or any person with enough money.
Governments love that surveillance technology is getting cheaper and cheaper. What they fail to understand is the same technologies are getting cheaper and cheaper for *everyone*. Mobile phone videos of police, customer service call recordings, etc are already starting to make a difference. There isn't much we can do to stop government surveillance, the best we can hope for is being able to surveil back at them.

Comment: Re:No public drug use (Score 1) 474

by ewieling (#47491389) Attached to: World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use
By the time you reach secondary school (high-school) you start to realize that everyone from your parents to your church to your school to your government has been lying to you, at least in some part. You start to distrust authority and the government and don't believe them even when they are telling the truth. If authority says marujuana has "no medical use and a highest potential for addiction" and you know that is not true, maybe they are lying about vaccines being safe? If they lied to you about masturbation, maybe they lied to you about STDs? If the authorities continue to lie, the citizens will continue to not believe anything they say.

Comment: Re:Government shakedown (Score 1) 153

by ewieling (#47251609) Attached to: Google Fiber Is Officially Making Its Way To Portland

How about because of equal protection before the law? The government should be negotiating on behalf of all the people it represents.

"The most common type of tax-exempt nonprofit organization falls under category 501(c)(3), whereby a nonprofit organization is exempt from federal income tax if its activities have the following purposes: charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering amateur sports competition, or preventing cruelty to children or animals. " from

When consulting I would often do work at discount rates for a medical clinic which had a sliding scale fee setup and for a law group which defended death penalty cases for indigent clients.

Non-profits do a lot of good stuff, people should help them. Stop being so miserly.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk