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Comment: Re:Why the Linux Foundation? (Score 3, Informative) 73

I'm not aware of a FreeBSD foundation or a NetBSD foundation. The Linux Foundation, however, is a consortium that includes several large companies and has individuals experienced with bridging gaps between big corporations and communities. It's also worth remembering that the Linux foundation arose from the merger of Open Source Development Labs and Free Standards Group. When you take in that context, it makes a lot more sense.

Comment: Re:Empirical (Score 1) 429

by king neckbeard (#46826503) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
I don't know whether or not they smelled it, but I do have doubts, and I have personally experienced a cop adamantly claiming that he smelled marijuana in a vehicle that has never, to my knowledge, had any marijuana in it. My bigger point is doubting the credibility of this supposedly anonymous tip. The level of detail she had seems highly suspect, and there's no indication that he was actually impaired or driving erratically. I know that if I had 30 lbs of weed in my car, I would attempt to be an especially careful and courteous driver. So, it seems very likely to me that this anonymous tip didn't come from someone truly anonymous, but someone acting on the behalf of a three letter agency. We know that they do things like this, and it seems to have too much dumb luck involved to consider that the more likely sequence of events was some random woman being run off the road.

Comment: Re:Paranoid (Score 1) 429

by king neckbeard (#46826283) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
It's a technique known to be used, there's not a particularly good reason for her to remain anonymous, and she has an unusual amount of data that appears to be accurate. People who are actually almost run off the road are absolutely horrible at getting make and model, let alone license plate. It would be quite a coincidence that an unimpaired drug dealing driver ran a female Rain Man off the road while he was carrying 30 lbs of weed. However, we know that our government engages in this activity, and to keep as many hands clean as possible and reduce the risk of losing the case due to fruit of the poisonous tree, an anonymous tip on an unrelated crime would be a perfect seed for parallel construction.

Comment: Re:That wasn't the question (Score 1) 429

by king neckbeard (#46823829) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
I would think that someone with 30 lbs is taking measures to contain the smell, although in all fairness, I have never been in a vehicle with 30 lbs of marijuana. I would think that smoking in the car would be the sign that is actually triggered most of the time, followed by those with personal usage bags that are poorly sealed.

Comment: Re:Do you see the problem with this? (Score 3, Insightful) 429

by king neckbeard (#46823059) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips
The problem is that we know that this case seems likely to be one of parallel construction. There's a good chance this 'anonymous woman' worked for a three letter agency and had obtained unlawful evidence. Since that wouldn't be admissible in court, she called the local police, said that someone "forced her off the road *wink wink nudge nudge*", and she was able to present an unusual amount of detailed information for someone who was just run off the road.

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 194

by king neckbeard (#46822941) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"
I understand the industry a bit, I also understand that there's no technological reason why a peering relationship has to be symmetrical. I understand that, in practice, it usually is or is fairly close, and that business models work on that assumption, but there's no technologically compelling reason that they have to be, or why such a relationship would be an actual problem. It's largely a bizarre holdover from telephones when operators had to physically switch connections.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]