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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 76

by ganjadude (#47792275) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret
based on the SC and the EFF, it seems as if i would be well within my rights to set up some cameras to OCR plates myself than correct? I could even crowd source it, and post little trackers on particular cars when they pass the citizen cameras showing the routes and routines of anyone I want as well? Cops, federal employees, if i got down to chappaqua and set some up i could even monitor the clintons, all legally correct?? Hey if thats how they want it than i got to start writing a new android/iphone app

Im not against reasonable retention laws, 30-60 days is well within reason for the numbers not being watched on some list, any longer is too much (I feel the same way about internet logs and phone records, 30-60 days without a court order and it should be purged)

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 76

by ganjadude (#47791933) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret
illegal search and seizure. I have the right to move freely about in my country, without worrying about the government trying to stop me. By keeping a record of everywhere i go via my plate, (without me committing a crime) they are illegally collecting and retaining my information about my travels. Taking the photo is fine, keeping it IMO is not (and if it is, than we should be just as well within our rights to document all movements of the police in public, im talking a google map with a tracker on it showing where every last one is at any given time (or at least the last time it was "tagged" by a scanner)

Im no lawyer, but my main argument here is what right does the government have in collecting any and all data on us all? My beliefs are that if i am not a criminal, the government has 0 right to collect anything on me, and if they do accidentally, it should be destroyed, not stored away for someone to pull up and use against me for some unrelated thing that might happen down the road.

Comment: Re:Good way to make yourself ill (Score 1) 117

by sjames (#47791351) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

Actually evidence suggests 8 hours a night is NOT what we're supposed to do. In the middle ages people would go to bed shortly after dark and sleep heavily until somewhere around midnight. They would then be quietly awake for a couple hours and go back to sleep (the beauty sleep), then wake around dawn.

The problem for most people is they don't allow themselves enough sleep at all. Hopefully if they can at least be OK with naps, they'll be a bit better off anyway.

Comment: Re:perhaps men and women are different? (Score 1) 542

by Reziac (#47791315) Attached to: Why Women Have No Time For Wikipedia

A year or so ago an article on this very thing was discussed here on /. -- the upshot was that when you watch how kids behave, girls pack up as a dominant female, her immediate crony, and a bunch of hangers-on who are treated as underlings, while boys pack up as an amorphous group where all are more or less equal in status, despite one perhaps being the leader.

BTW it's pretty much the same with dogs, if you have enough to observe pack behavior.

Comment: Re:Simple (Score 2) 538

by Reziac (#47791207) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

Right now Walmart has 16GB Sandisk flash drives for $9 (look in the School Supplies section, same damn thing as in Electronics but in a garish case for half the money). Last year they had 64GB Sandisk flash drives for $8. Costco has 64GB drives right now for $24. This sort of pricing is tempting me away from DVDs as my backup medium, because flash is more reliable in long-term storage and takes up a lot less space. Yeah, DVDs are cheaper and faster to make, but reliability in storage isn't the best.

If you want to buy in real quantity, go to and you'll see what they really cost at wholesale.

As to old tech, I still have a machine with a 5" floppy and a QIC-80 tape drive. It often goes years unused, but when I need it, I'm glad to have it.

Comment: Re:Are there rules for retention and resale? (Score 1) 76

by ganjadude (#47791091) Attached to: Judge Allows L.A. Cops To Keep License Plate Reader Data Secret
you know this doesnt sound as crazy as it did the first time i read through it. I mean the truth is that we have to play the game, not just bend over and take it. if a bunch of people in this town set up a camera by their home, and with a little script had it pull the cop car data we could get a real time network of where all cops are.

we could take the rest of the plate data and sell it to google, who im sure would love access to that and make some money (which we will need due to the increased police harassment you know follows anytime someone stands up to authority)

I guess the point is to watch the watchers until they stop invading our rights.

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