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Comment: Watch Back (Score 2) 73

"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.

Comment: Re:Or call your credit card company ... (Score 1) 228

by ewieling (#47173793) Attached to: AT&T To Use Phone Geolocation To Prevent Credit Card Fraud
A number of years ago I informed my bank I would be traveling outside the country and which dates I would be gone. On the way to the airport I stopped at the ATM to take out money. It ate my card because I had not left yet. Thankfully, I was at a branch of my bank so they could give my card back immediatly. If I had been at another bank's ATM I'd have been screwed.

Never, ever, ever, ever trust a bank to do the right thing.

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.