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Comment: Re:call me skeptical (Score 4, Insightful) 190

Well, either he did manage to access the flight controls from the entertainment system, or he didn't.

If he didn't, I don't think the FBI has much of a case.

I don't think that this has anything to do with whether or not the FBI actually has a case. I suspect that this is the federal government sending a message to security researchers that airplanes are off-limits. It's the same reason for the TSA's billions of dollars of security theater - it's not about safety, it's about making people feel like they are safe. If average citizens do not feel safe flying, they won't fly and we won't have an airline industry. This would have a tremendous effect on our economy. If average citizens believe that flight control systems can be hacked by a geek in his/her seat with a laptop, they will not feel safe, and may not fly.

I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist, and I'm not about to start now. However, given the fact that it seems other-worldly outlandish that a security researcher can gain control of any flight controls via the wi-fi entertainment system, I strongly suspect that this is the purpose of the FBI's heavy-handed tactics.

Comment: Re:One small problem (Score 2) 509

by j-turkey (#49638055) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them
Good post, I agree with every point that you've made. However, I'd like to add one thing:

When dealing with the police, avoid being black. This will greatly reduce your chances of being beaten, unlawfully being detained/arrested/searched, or otherwise having your other civil rights violated.

Comment: Re:How much is his investment in the company makin (Score 3, Informative) 482

by j-turkey (#49486913) Attached to: Seattle CEO Cuts $1 Million Salary To $70K, Raises Employee Salaries
No, that is not tax evasion, I believe that you may be confused about the terminology (or are doing it on purpose for the sake of hyperbole, which is even more unhelpful). This is a case of setting up earnings to be tax advantaged (or tax avoidance), either deliberately or as an advantageous consequence of something that is potentially very good. There is a very real difference (see the article heading where it says "not to be confused with tax avoidance"). One is criminal, the other is sound money management. To put it another way, are you suggesting that you do not take any tax deductions?

Comment: Not sure that TFA is comparing apples to apples (Score 3, Informative) 72

by j-turkey (#49483005) Attached to: Samsung SSD On a Tiny M.2 Stick Is Capable of Read Speeds Over 2GB/sec

...is capable of sequential read and write speeds of 2,260 MB/sec and 1,600 MB/sec respectively. Comparable SATA-based M.2 SSDs typically can only push read/write speeds of 540 MB/sec and 500 MB/sec,

Non-SATA M.2 drives are already on the market. Comparing the newest drive to SATA-based M.2 drives does not help much, I'd rather see it compared to what it supersedes. In this case, I'm more interested in a comparison with a PCIe 3.0 4-lane M.2 SSD drive that doesn't support NVMe. The drive specification for the earlier non-NVMe SM951 is not that far off of that of the new drive. The earlier drive is rated at sequential read and write speeds of 2,150 MB/sec 1,500 MB/sec respectively. Again, not all that far off.

That being said...I'm curious to see the difference that NVMe makes in real-world benchmarks, and where the difference is...especially because I just built a new system with a non-NVMe SM951 SSD. :)

Comment: Re:USB was no longer standard either (Score 1) 392

by j-turkey (#49230277) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

When I plug my iphone into my car it constantly resets as it tries to draw too much power and the car circuit breaker kicks in.

Your car has a circuit breaker? Do you drive a Vector, replace your fuse box with a breaker box, or something else that I don't know about? Seriously - I've always wanted to know why cars use fuses and not breakers, and if modern cars are switching over for some applications.

Comment: Re:fees (Score 2) 391

by j-turkey (#49151671) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

I fail to understand just why so many here want federal solutions to their local market problem, which greatly stems from your local gov't (PUCo and such)

There are a few reasons. First, a federal solution makes sense because the problem is systemic throughout the nation. Further, these abuses of local/regional monopolies are happening at the hands of a handful of national companies. Finally, I don't think that local PUC's are able to understand and manage the issue at hand.

Comment: Re:Old rules (Score 1) 391

by j-turkey (#49150865) Attached to: Verizon Posts Message In Morse Code To Mock FCC's Net Neutrality Ruling

Those are *really* antiquated, but they're not government regulations. These government regulations are even more antiquated than the common carrier Title II regulations, and we (Americans) are still forced to live by them.

The rules have only been modified only twenty seven times in over 200 years.

Silly, antiquated regulations.

Comment: Re: Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (Score 3, Interesting) 525

by j-turkey (#48498461) Attached to: Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates
I'd heard stories about that $5 fine, and if I remember correctly, it was an energy consumption fee. State police would give a receipt to people driving through the state and tell violators to hang onto it if they were stopped again, it was valid all day long.

Comment: Re:So it's like Colorado (Score 1) 398

by j-turkey (#48196299) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected
What increase in crime? What loss in productivity? You also fail to recognize the elimination of major cost centers involved with prohibition: namely enforcement, judicial, and incarceration costs. Not only is your post flatly off topic, but it is also incredibly short sighted, based upon both flawed logic and ridiculous reefer madness-esque misunderstandings.

Comment: Re:Go Ross, Go! (Score 1) 208

by j-turkey (#48122569) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

OK. Let's look at the articles that you linked me. The CCPOA (the California Guard's Union) has nothing to do with private prisons (not private prisons). CCPOA is a very powerful union, and they are guards of state run prisons. CCPOA is against the concept of private prisons (they state in the link that they "Successfully defended the basic incarceration function from privatization (contracting out)"). These are public employees doing what you're accusing private organizations of doing! It's no surprise that a powerful state correctional officer union doesn't like private prisons, the private prisons are a threat to the correctional officers' jobs.

In the third link, it discusses contracts where CCA requires states to have minimal occupancy rates or pay rebates. I can see how that might be objectionable, but that is not an example of using lobbyists to campaign stronger sentencing. The agreements essentially say: "We've invested dollars for infrastructure to build this prison under agreement with you guys. If we're going to continue to operate this facility, you need to fill our facility to x percent capacity". If private prison firms are getting paid at a capitated rate, there is no money in operating an empty prison...just like flying a plane with empty seats will lose an airline money. The only article of substance in your post basically says "see, those evil bastards are trying to make money from prisons!' Well duh, of course they are. That does not, in any way, point to their lobbyists pressuring lawmakers for harder sentencing. Further, none of these states are entirely privatized, believe me - the states don't need to incarcerate more people to fill prisons. California, in particular, really doesn't need more inmates - they were among the first to enact (what I believe are unreasonable) 3-strikes laws (which existed before private prisons).

Look, I have already said that it is in their best interests that incarceration rates are high. CCA said it themselves in the (mandated by law) risk profile of their SEC filing ("The demand for our facilities and services could be adversely affected by the relaxation of enforcement efforts, leniency in conviction ..."). But I've worked for a mental health company who had to put into our risk profile filing that if all mental illness were somehow cured tomorrow, the demand for our service would be adversely affected. It does not, in any way, suggest that this company would fight against a cure for mental health, if it existed.

You also complain that they exist solely because of lobbying. What public-private partnership does not exist (in-part) because of lobbying? Does that make the entire privatized government service industry shady, or just private prisons? Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Lockheed, SpaceX, Boeing...these all helped America build our space program with help from lobbying (among other things). I am not suggesting that the space program is the same as private prisons, or even remotely in the same ball ballpark, but these are private agencies who served the government with serious help from lobbying efforts, on the same level as companies like CCA.

I've said a number of times, I understand how higher incarceration rates are in the best interest of private prisons. I also understand how the idea of private prisons can be objectionable to many. However, my post effectively asked a simple question: Is there actual evidence to demonstrate that the private prison is actively lobbying to increase prison sentencing? Your 5 second trip to google did not provide any answers to the question that was implicitly asked. You provided links to more of the same conjecture. Conjecture does not equal evidence.

I also understand why many have a problem with private prisons on a fundamental ideological level. I am not a fan of the industry myself. I don't like the concept. But I'm not going to make up facts to support my fundamental problems with the industry. We both might really dislike Nazis, but if I made a blanket false statement like "all Nazis are child molesters", I'd like to think that you would call me out on it too. You're making an assumption due to the direction that the incentives run, but have yet to offer anything other than conjecture. If you have evidence, please share it.

Comment: Re:Go Ross, Go! (Score 1) 208

by j-turkey (#48103667) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht's Lawyer Says FBI's Hack of Silk Road Was "Criminal"

there's profits to be made in those private prisons... guess who does the lobbying to keep those drugs criminalised...

[Citation needed]. I know that it is in the best interests of private prison businesses to have more people in prison. I know that these companies also have lobbyists. Having spent over a decade in a government services company (who has also provided services to state prison systems), I know that most of us need to have lobbyists just to get business, and for things like helping state legislature write RFP's that will allow us to do business together (e.g. coming up with measurable and competitive proposals). However, I have yet to see any real evidence that these private prison companies are actually lobbying for stiffer penalties/drug criminalization, etc. Again, I know that the incentives run in that direction as most of these are run at a capitated rate, and I know that they lobby lawmakers, but these two things do no mean (in and of themselves) what you are suggesting. They've been accused of it, and have gone on record saying that they don't do this. Of course, just denying the charge does absolve them of the charge, but I've still not actually seen any proof of this. Not trying to start a nerd-flame-war with you, just asking if you can cite any evidence other than supposition.

PS, I love the Blues Brothers quote in your sig

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