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Comment: I'm a law and order kind of a person (Score 0) 291

by p51d007 (#48845669) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime
BUT, investigators use all sorts of psy-ops on people to get them to confess to something. BEFORE any questioning, they must read you your rights (at least in the USA)... The part of "you have the right to remain silent", DO IT! Never answer any questioning until you get an attorney, EVEN if you are 100% innocent. Once your rights are read, and you say something, it is possible for them to build a case. Remember...those people sitting on a jury are the ones that couldn't figure out how to get out of jury duty. Do you want THEM to decide your fate?

Comment: Sometimes I curse technology (Score 0) 102

by p51d007 (#48845635) Attached to: Feds Operated Yet Another Secret Metadata Database Until 2013
We had way more privacy, before the advent of computers. Hey, I started with electronics as a hobby in the very early 70's as a kid, worked on televisions as a teenager, graduated from college with a degree in electronics, spent some time at TI in Houston, built all of my own computers, ham radio operator, so I LOVE technology & gadgets, but, with the advancement of said technology, we've seen a more than proportional drop in our privacy. With governments (at least in the USA, I have no idea about other countries), it is so much easier to ILLEGALLY collect data, but just scooping up EVERYTHING, and running it through server farms (like the huge one out west that takes so much water to keep cool, something the west doesn't have a lot of anyway), and then something pops out, and they will use THAT as a basic to get a warrant to "legally" spy on someone. In the USA, it's to the point that you are guilty, until proven innocent, and you have to exhaust all of your money & time to prove otherwise. Considering the unlimited resources the government has, that is a very hard task. And in some cases, WE are partially to blame. Fire up pretty much any app on a mobile device, because you want to find something, an address, an item, and we willfully "allow app to know your location". This is saved in a database, "for your convenience", so they can push things of interest to you. Oh how nice! All the while, you know good and well, the government is somewhere saving all of this, and using it for whatever means "they" find necessary. I know it would wreck civilization, but sometimes I wonder if the human race would be partially better off if an EMP due to the sun popped over us.

Comment: Not to mention... (Score 0) 121

by p51d007 (#48845353) Attached to: Cuba's Pending Tech Revolution
Car collectors dribbling all over themselves, at the chance to get their hands on some vintage automobiles from the 50's through early 60's. From what I have read, the Cuban's have become pretty creative at making parts from scratch, for cars they cannot get parts for. I'm sure some of them will try to find their way over here, as vintage autobody/mechanics, since if they lifted the hood on a modern car, it would be like having the Wright Brothers, looking at a jet engine of today.

Comment: "Reality channel" (Score 0) 166

by p51d007 (#48745885) Attached to: Finding Genghis Khan's Tomb From Space
That is what I call the former history channel...pickers, pawn, axe men, ice road truckers, all that other "non" reality garbage. ONCE in a great while, that will have an actual HISTORY show, but rarely. I knew the jig was up a few years ago when they started saying "history is made everyday" About the only time I tune to that channel, discovery, learning, is when they rerun an old series or by some miracle have something OTHER than this made up so called reality crap.

Comment: Bifocal (Score 0) 464

by p51d007 (#48722705) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
I'm in my mid 50's. I started wearing glasses at 8 years old due to "lazy eye". I made it to 44 before I was forced to wear bifocals. My dad had trouble with progressive bifocals, and I heard a lot of people having problems with them. Since I did a lot of work using a computer screen (volunteer 911 operator for over a dozen years) and personal use of a computer, I went with the standard "line" bifocals. Now, in my mid 50's, what works the best for me is I went to the expense of getting a mechanical swing arm, to mount the monitor. When I'm working with the computer, I keep the monitor around 12-14" away from my face and don't have to do the up down neck thing. Plus, to keep me from being "tunnel vision" focused on one spot, I move the monitor arm a few inches every so often to force my eyes to focus for a different focal length. For me anyway, I find the occurrence of headaches after a prolonged time, a lot less.

Comment: Movies are crap (Score 2, Insightful) 400

by p51d007 (#48716471) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low
1. Stop producing part 4,5,6 movies. How about something ORIGINAL 2. CGI & special effects won't negate a POOR SCRIPT. 3. Why would I want to pay that much in a theater (or theatre) for something I can watch on Netflix, Hulu, Redbox a month or two later for almost nothing. 4. With the advent of home theaters (or theatres), I can download/buy/torrent/rent the movie, pop my own popcorn, drink whatever I want, not have to drive to see it. Maybe if the movie "industry" would try to fix 1 & 2, more people would go to see what they produce.

Comment: Re: Shut it down (Score -1) 219

Yeah, unlike the billions given to ILLEGAL aliens, wefare queens so they can continue to pop out more & more children. The "welfare" et al budget is many times that of Veterans, military, senior citizens payouts. Both parties in some part stopped long ago doing "the business of the country", and instead, concentrated on doing whatever keeps them in power.

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