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Comment: Re:The cops and prosecutors love it (Score 3, Insightful) 144

by grumling (#49181523) Attached to: Technology's Legacy: the 'Loser Edit' Awaits Us All

Exactly why the various three letter agencies are hovering up all the digital data.

And if the case is somewhat sketchy, with a lot of circumstantial evidence, if they can pile on the flimsy evidence to overwhelm the jury they will. And of course that works the other way too, if there's good evidence that might introduce doubt or exonerate the defendant, if the defense doesn't have a good discovery mechanism, it will never be known.

If you've ever served on a jury you know that the DA will always have multiple charges against the accused. Some of them might not much of anything to do with the major reason for prosecution, but as long as the jury finds the defendant guilty of something, the DA counts it as a win.

Comment: Re: Live (Score 1) 233

by grumling (#49165753) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

Ignoring inflation, Wrath of Kahn was up against ET:


Star Trek Into Darkness was up against Well, not much:


And Abrams' Trek movies are more “tent pole” films than the old ones ever were. It’s well known that Harve Bennett had to beg Paramont for the money after the lackluster performance of the first film. I doubt it had the marketing and promotion of the reboots.

Comment: Re:You are the 1% (Score 1) 331

by grumling (#48978729) Attached to: Massive Layoff Underway At IBM

You mean those same people who set up the rules for 401(k) plans that prohibit shorting stocks, often times forbiding holding cash, and forcing all trades at the END of a day?

Mutual funds are great with an expanding economy and green heat maps. Not so good when some hedge fund decides to kill the market in a day. Nothing you can do but sit back and watch them take your money.

Comment: Smarter phone (Score 1) 217

Why can't my phone screen calls for me? It's supposed to be smart, right?

In fact, why do phones even ring? Why shouldn't Siri or whoever say "Excuse me sir, but your dentist's office is calling. Do you want to take the call or should I take a message?"

If the caller isn't authenticated, get more information before passing along the call. Sure, it would be somewhat simple for a telemarketer to fake their way in, but that's always been the case with salespeople. As the software evolves it would get better (along with sharing whitelists and other tools amongst users).

Comment: Re:Speaking of Radio Shack (Score 1) 61

by grumling (#48750153) Attached to: DuinoKit Helps Teach Students About Electronics (Video)

Yep, they bet that they’d become the 3rd party cell phone king. They forgot that in the US, the carrier is happy to extend credit for the handsets.

Bad bet, but hey, it happens. At the time, the other side of the bet was to start selling homebrew PC components, and look where CompUSA is now...

Comment: My new TV catchphrase based app (Score 2) 34

Just because something you said on a TV show became popular online doesn’t mean we need an app built around it. It would be one thing if it were a clever word or phrase, but it’s not.

So my new "Up your nose with a rubber hose." app might not be the next big thing?

For those of you under 40...

Comment: Re:Another view (Score 1) 57

The issue, at least in the US, is that we're expected to be self-policing. The FCC, as an extension of the IRU, puts severe limits on speech over the airwaves. I'm sure the UK is similar. When encrypted information is transmitted there's no way to know if the information is in compliance. For example, imagine an ambulance service installing ham radios in all their vehicles then instructing their drivers to get amateur licenses. They could start using the local repeaters for business communication and no one would be able to prove it. The ambulance company could say they were conducting a drill, or that the drivers were just rag chewing during their downtime because they enjoy the hobby, whatever.

BTW, in the US, amateurs have been setting up DMR repeaters. Most of these repeaters are capable of encrypted communications. It's just a setting in the software.

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