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Comment: Obstruction (Score 1) 597

by k1mgy (#31962012) Attached to: Seattle Hacker Catches Cops Who Hid Arrest Tapes
Withholding or destroying evidence used to be called "Obstruction of Justice" which is a felony. Whether the police or a defendant does it, it's a crime. If a prosecution has evidence that would exonerate a defendant, they are obliged to turn it over in discovery. Failure to do so is, to my knowledge, not as clear-cut as Obstruction, but morally it comes close enough. While a case is active I should think the police ought to be under obligation to retain all records, including recordings. This case looks like one that should lead to legislation demanding these recordings be retained.

Comment: Rip and Read (Score 1) 1137

by k1mgy (#27872309) Attached to: Your Commuting Costs By Car Vs. Train?

The Globe "story" is a true "rip and read" (or in this case, rip and post) item.

The newspaper failed to do the math, and failed to include the enormous subsidies which the transit "authority" running the scheme up here sucks from the public revenue stream.

Case in point is an unwanted commuter rail line, built over considerable environmental and community objection, whose true cost is yet to be fathomed - but using the numbers when it was in work one organization determined that the transit authority could purchase a home closer to the city for each of the projected 1,700 riders and still have some cash left over.

The disparity between what is charged for what passes as service and the actual costs would be untenable in almost any public and certainly private business setting. But here, where the streams of revenue are always ready to be tapped, and where there are plenty of the otherwise unemployable ready and willing to loaf, we will have what somehow passes as "public transportation".

Comment: No worries (Score 1) 231

by k1mgy (#24533773) Attached to: US Warns Olympic Visitors of Chinese Cyber-Spying
When American citizens return from China to the Home of the Free, their laptops will be stolen (allegedly legally) by the US border guards. Spied upon in China by the Chinese. Spied upon in China by the US. And get your electronics confiscated coming back in. I'd say the current maladministration has nothing to crow about.

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