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Comment: Re:Stingray detector? (Score 1) 181

by Archangel Michael (#49172597) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

There is already a plan for tracking every cell tower in the US (and possibly beyond) and identifying new towers as the appear. This would make it that any "new" tower would immediately be identified, traced, tracked and cataloged in a database, and not really trusted until such time as it is proven to be one added by one of the known carriers.

This would basically nullify the use of Stingray type MitM attacks on Cell towers.

Comment: Re:Default Government Stance (Score 1) 181

by Archangel Michael (#49172549) Attached to: Feds Admit Stingray Can Disrupt Bystanders' Communications

So, you're saying that the voters are against the people?

No, I'm saying the bureaucracy is unresponsive to the citizens (rights and needs) it is supposed to serve. The government is more bureaucratic in nature than it is anything else. WE only elect people when to change it when we are sufficiently pissed off. Only it never really changes, since it serves its own self interest.

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Journal: I owe Bill Dog continuation, Prius Hack ideas

Journal by Marxist Hacker 42

Bill's last set of answers, and my answers to his answers

>>1. The only reason to run the gas engine under 25 miles an hour [â Typical residential speed limit] should be for recharging and generating, period. EV mode only at low speed.

>And Toyota may have started out planning on along those lines, but may have gotten focus group research that indicated people preferred a little more acceleration.

Comment: Re:Insurance (Score 1) 158

Kickstarter is an investment platform.

OK, and digging loose change out of your couch cushions is you making use of a banking platform.

Everybody involved here knows that "investment" means something very specific when you're handing money to a company to use in the formation and growth of their business. What happens when you funnel money towards a favored project through Kickstarter is no more an investment than losing some change in your couch is you making a bank deposit.

There's nothing wrong with Kickstarter or with people on both ends of the gift-giving making use of it. But it's not an investment. If you're one of these people that thinks you've just "invested" money when you go to see a movie, then the term - to you - is so absurdly broad as to have no meaning, especially not in the context of an actual discussion about business finance and project funding.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 1) 285

I'm not understanding how anyone could consider this to qualify as "push[ing] the rules to their limits". The emails were never archived, which was required by law. PERIOD. If she'd used her personal email, but used Google backup or something* and dumped the archive to IT on her way out, that would be "push[ing] the rules".

* We'll ignore how insecure that may be.

Comment: Re:Politics aside for a moment. (Score 5, Insightful) 285

It also rings true that we have lowered the bar of expectation with regard to decency and morality from our politicians.


I've had a number of arguments against certain candidates because they quite obviously lied... and partisan apologists for that candidate would say "yeah, but all politicians lie!" This has happened, of course, for politicians from every party... but it shows that far too many of us not only accept it, but condone it. "It's OK because it's the one I support... but if your candidate lies I'll never stop mentioning it!"

I remember when Bill lied to a grand jury, and there were far too many people who said "yeah, but who wouldn't in that situation?" I wouldn't... I wouldn't have been in that situation, either. Which leads us to the fact that it's not just politicians, it's a large (and growing) segment of our society that believes that lying and deceitful behavior, immorality and selfishness are OK.

There is no sense or morality or common decency anymore. Sure, most kids lie about their bad behavior, but it used to be that parents would punish them even worse for lying about it. Nowadays so many people don't want to punish their kids - they want to be "friends," that kids get away with anything by lying about it... and those kids grow up, and breed more kids just the same; they grow up to be politicians, businessmen, police officers, and all manner of people that we are supposed to be able to trust. I even had an argument with someone boasting about screwing up someone else... their defense was "there's no law against it." I had to ask "since when to common decency and common sense need to be written into law?"

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