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Comment: Re:A sane supreme court decision? (Score 1) 399

Florida is the worst. I was detained because some other group was causing trouble in a store, and they decided it looked suspicious that I went to leave as they pulled up. Sat there for 30min waiting for a drug dog. My lawyer told me flat out the only way it could have even been challenged (and still unlikely to help) would have been if it was 45min or more. Of course the dog alerted to the front (0.01g cocaine residue on a surface, which unbelievably is a felony charge in FL, for everyone in the car (!) ), but also alerted to the trunk where there had never been anything whatsoever, ever. Good to see some common sense. Anyone know what the effect on past cases is when it hinges on something later found to be unconstitutional?

Comment: Re:Speed rarely matters (Score 1) 142

by fafalone (#49491243) Attached to: How do your actual ISP speeds compare to the advertised speed?
I judge my residential connection throughput by torrents. If there's anything the ISP would slow down other than competing VOD services, that would be it. And torrents with a good seed:peer ratio always saturate my connection, even at peak hours. Advertised is 50/50, observed consistent actual cap is 56/50 with FIOS in NJ just across the river from Manhattan. Had Optimum (Cablevision) before this, and that always met the 50/something advertising too (switched because Verizon actually came out cheaper, and gave us a free $200 tablet, and I was miffed because twice, without any hardware changes or service calls, Optimum mysteriously placed me on a lower bandwidth tier and had to talk my way up the support tier to someone who wouldn't just tell me it was the other networks fault despite the limit being listed on the modem's admin console- it's a scam, not a technical error like they claimed, and who knows how many people they do this to that aren't geeky enough to figure it out).
And I collect Linux distros, that's why I torrent so much!

Comment: Re:Missing features. (Score 1) 217

by fafalone (#49488365) Attached to: Google Sunsetting Old Version of Google Maps
The classic maps I'm look at has those 2 options, then a "I'm feeling geeky" link that shows the box with sumerian nippur cubit and all the other fun ones.

So anyone know if they're going to be messing with old versions of the android maps app? Because the newer versions of that suck with just as much intensity as on the desktop.

Comment: Re:These days... (Score 1) 892

Oh you can still negotiate here in the US. Recently the 3 subway vendors I walk by on my evening commute in one station here in NYC raised everything from $1 to $1.25. Since I stop by several times a week for one particular item no other store I've found besides the subway newsstands sells (besides wholesale-only on the internet), I was particularly enraged. Once I found that the vendor on the other side of the station, that is out of my way, would still sell them to me for a dollar, I told the price gouger he could sell them to me for a dollar too or lose my business. I now get my item for $1 without having to walk out of my way. Victory!

Comment: Uhh... (Score 2) 421

by fafalone (#49411563) Attached to: Powdered Alcohol Banned In Six States

You don't ban something because a few irresponsible people use it improperly," says Phillips. "They can snort black pepper. Do you ban black pepper?"

Actually we ban every single psychologically active substance *except* alcohol and tobacco for precisely that reason, those two being the lucky winners because historically the few irresponsible ones misusing other things were typically not the white male property owners responsible for determining whose favorite substance was allowed.

Comment: Re:Of course! (Score 1) 305

by fafalone (#49265801) Attached to: Prison Program Aims To Turn Criminals Into Coders
New York, at least, does have such a law. In addition to not being allowed to ask about arrests that didn't result in conviction, they can't use an actual conviction to disqualify a candidate unless it was a very serious crime that would represent someone legitimately dangerous to the public, or if the crime is directly relevant to the job (e.g. thieves handling cash, drug offenders working in a pharmacy, etc).

Comment: Re:HOWTO (Score 1) 1081

by fafalone (#49260137) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

So the State, having decided that murder is illegal, resorts to murder as "punishment". That is hypocrisy of the highest order.

Not that I'm advocating the death penalty, but that's a bad argument. It's quite illegal for me to put a gun to your head, drag you off to a tiny room, and hold you captive for decades (even if you murdered my family). If I do that to you, the State is sure as hell going to be doing that to me.

Comment: Re:It doesn't matter (Score 1) 284

by fafalone (#49214553) Attached to: UK Gov't Asks: Is 10 Years In Jail the Answer To Online Pirates?

I'm not even going to cite the near zero chance to actually get caught because the sentence for armed robbery of a bank is already at 10 years around here and the chance to get caught is near 100%. Still, people do it. Why? Because that's not on their list when they commit that crime.

Clearance rate for bank robbery is on the high side, but 100%? Try closer to 60. Bank robberies happen often because when you're desperate, those odds become acceptable. Not to mention the odds for a level headed pro vs. detoxing junkie on getting caught. I've met a bank robber before. He did get caught on 1 job but had been successful many times. Put a lot of thought and planning into it, was white and even had some college education. The police would certainly like to make people think youd never get away with it, but unless you screw up bad it's 50/50 for a reward of up to 1000s.

Comment: Re:Terrorists (Score 4, Insightful) 270

by fafalone (#49132937) Attached to: It's Official: NSA Spying Is Hurting the US Tech Economy
9/11 tore down the last bits of restraint for sure, but you need to look at the War On (arbitrarily chosen based on historical racism) Drugs for the foundations. 4th Amendment? Gone. Due process? Turned into a bad joke by a overflowed court systems coercive plea bargaining and the horrendous situation with assett forfeiture not requiring even being CHARGED, much less convicted**. Cruel and unusual punishment? I'd say years in prison just for having a drug that's not alcohol/tobacco, and decades to life for selling it to other consenting adults, it pretty damn cruel. And it's the original cause for the shift to militarization and war-like mentality for the police, because the only way to enforce this law turns people and communities against the police.

Oh, and guess what the vast majority of PATRIOT Act powers are used for, and what the 'anti-terrorism' grant dollars buy... the largest category is by far drug crimes, with terrorism coming in dead last. Law enforcement was foaming at the mouth over all the post-9/11 authority, but it sure as hell wasn't because it helped them fight terrorism- it let them make even more money, through grants and forfeitures, and superior-pleasing arrests, by fighting more drug crimes.

**And it was not 'ended' or 'reformed' by Holder, worst case of wholesale swallowing of media spin ever; it merely made it a requirement to only forfeit under federal law if you make it a joint investigation, makes it no harder to forfeit under state law, or for the feds on their own, or really at all since all it takes is putting a feds name on the paper to say it's joint)

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