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Comment Re:Well, that was surprisingly boring. (Score 1) 62

The narrative said at the top there was no return address, but then went on to say that he included a business card. So, the part you don't perform is the FBI investigation and the fingerprinting. You simply contact the person back via mail or phone using the business information and ask. It would be more appropriate for the Cash family to contact the letter writer back than the FBI if they were the ones who were concerned.

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Comment Re:Well, that was surprisingly boring. (Score 1) 62

Agreed, I read the whole thing and I am still looking for the threat. all this is is proof that the FBI pays its agents by the hour.

I read the whole thing and agree as well. No specific threat exists in those documents. There is 1) a narrative which interprets those documents as threatening or creepy, even when many other interpretations exist and no concrete proof of a threat exists outside of the FBI narrative. 2) Many positive statements, wishing whoever Merry Christmas and expressing love. 3) A text, that seems disconnected or vague in portions. Because those portions are vague, they can be interpreted threateningly, just as you could interpret a vaguely seen motion in a fog as threatening, but this should not be the default interpretation of anything that is seen in fog. In other words, the fact they they are vague does not make them threatening.

Politely asking the author the intent of the document would be reasonable. An FBI investigation wouldn't be.

Comment Career in prophesy... (Score 1) 174

by neoshroom on Wed May 29, 2013 09:17 AM (#43849329) Attached to: Apple Leaves Journalists Jonesing from: http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3795701&cid=43849329

...Until they release a TV with a kinect-like interface running iOS. And then Sony's PS4 and the Wii U crashes and burns, (which is sort of already happening...sales on the Wii U are very poor and Sony's electronics wing isn't doing well either), while everyone is playing Angry Birds on their new Apple TV platform and we get umpteen-million articles about the "New Console Wars," which are now between Microsoft and Apple.

I'm thinking about taking up a career in prophesy...

Comment Re:Counterexamples. (Score 1) 545

Education is also a right though. So, you have the right to an education, as long as we can take away the right to choose for yourself what you put in your body? Something sounds a bit off with that...

"Should the state be able to set admission requirements for public schools?", the controversy goes away because the answer is obviously yes.

No it doesn't. If the law required sub-dermal tracking implants to enroll in school, you'd be singing a different tune.

Comment Counterexamples. (Score 1) 545

There's a problem with this: you can easily come up with counterexamples to yours that make sense.

"My religion prohibits the ownership of slaves, so I can't turn over the underground railroad travelers to the authorities."
"My religion requires I uphold human rights, so I can't follow my sergeants order to firebomb the innocent civilians."
"I had to march in Selma; I sensed it was a turning point for the nation."
"My religion requires paying taxes, because someone said give to Caesar what is Caesars and give to God what is Gods."
"My religion requires I protect the innocent from their oppressors."

These are also real cases. Your argument tends to take situations where people are doing something ethically wrong, such as trying to kill or steal with religion as an excuse. That isn't the maxim being discussed here. The maxim is more like:

"People have a right to decide for themselves what they put in their bodies" or "The state should not be able to force people to put things in their bodies they don't want to put in them" or something akin to this.

Comment Absolutions & Repair-ations (Score 1) 436

If I were to publish an article in a newspaper claiming that you embezzled millions of dollars with no proof whatsoever

What?! You are going to publish an article in a newspaper claiming I embezzled millions of dollars with no proof whatsoever?!?! How dare you, sir!

If I read your comment as a threat to publish just such an article about me and then sue you, I only need to convince others that you meant it that way regardless of the truth -- even if the truth is you didn't mean it as a threat. Systems that don't uphold the truth as one of the principle values which are sought after in their systems of justice are not just systems. Such systems do not achieve justice, but instead enforce a false opinion. The justice system should be a just system.

Comment Garbage In, Garbage Out; Treasure In... (Score 1) 219

That's the whole point in throwing the book at someone and then extracting a plea deal.

Without plea deals the system would grind to a halt.

Without criminalizing forms of speech the system would be freer to deal with actual crime. The legitimate powers of government reach actions only, not opinions.

Comment Learning Resources (Score 1) 316

I would stick to Objective-C for the moment as there are more learning resources online.

I agree with this. As a new user, for the moment, Objective-C is likely the way to go due to their being more documentation out there. Swift documentation though is rapidly increasing.

As a developer in both Swift and Objective-C, the primary advantage of Swift is it is slightly faster to do many things as it doesn't require strict classing of variables, so you find yourself not having to spend as many lines of code swapping strings to integers as that kind of thing and end up with slightly more readable code.

However, these advantages likely aren't as important for a new user as having a wealth of documentation to learn from.

Comment A Solution (Score 1) 255

>such as mandatory criminal record checks, vehicle inspections and insurance

Allow drivers to send those in via taking pictures of them with their phones. Have the drivers maybe pay a small fee to get some kind of background check on their driving records which the DMV should have anyway (instead of a criminal background check, which does't seem relevant). Problem solved.

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