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Comment: Re:Idiotic (Score 4, Insightful) 591 591

If you can get an appeal. If the evidence against you wasn't fabricated or "overstated".

I can confidently say that there are crimes so horrible that the death penalty is appropriate for. The problem is you can't undo the punishment if the criminal justice system is found to have made a mistake. How do you objectively measure the level of perceived doubt of guilt between McVeigh and the innocent individuals who have likely been executed? Until we can prosecute with 100% certainty, I can't support executing a convicted criminal.

Comment: Re:I wouldn't call that a "surveillence society" (Score 1) 254 254

I think the problem with that part of history was the state involvement in the surveillance. Which is different than something like dashcams in Russia that provide evidence to defend yourself in court against widespread insurance fraud and police corruption. Or security camera footage that is used to publicly shame someone for being a horrible person-- in contrast to imprisonment and execution from information gained by threats of the same for being complicit if you are found not to report the information to the state.

The biggest difference between these types of surveillance is that, in the case of the state, it is a third party to the actions talking place. The most a person recording the footage is removed from the actions in a "surveillance society" is a role of eye witness.

Comment: Re:What's the voltage? (Score 2) 14 14

Relevant excerpt

For mobile applications, our prototypical controller uses a small driver IC (Model Durel D356B, sine wave, 220 Vpp, 230Hz to 390Hz). This driver IC generates the high-voltage AC signal from a 1.0-7.0V DC power source. If a higher luminance is required, a stronger 0-12.0V driver IC with a slightly bigger footprint can be used (Model Sparkfun DC12V10M, sine wave, 220Vpp, 800Hz to 3.5KHz). A microcontroller (ATmega2560) triggers optocouplers (MOC3063) for multiplexing the high-voltage signal between display pins.

Comment: Re: nice, now for the real fight (Score 1) 631 631

Netflix. That is ultimately what all the support is about. A fear that they won't be able to stream shows at will. Now a 5 member panel has started down the path of control of the internet. It's amazing how much complaint I have seen from proponents about the 2 members that voted against it. Calling them unintelligent fuckwits or shills for corporate interests. Well That's the quality of the people on the panel. There is a complete disconnect celebrating them having control on one hand and saying nearly all of them are not qualified to make decisions about the internet on the other. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for limiting these large corporations that are basically monopolies. But A five member unelected group is not who I want to do it.

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