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Comment: Re:Powerpoint is not documentation (Score 1) 315

by preaction (#49788559) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

My team produces libraries that other teams use, and I keep having to tell my coworkers this: It is not our users' job to fix our documentation (though we can ask them to point out where our documentation is inadequate). Wikis are where documentation goes to die.

Good documentation starts with the author of the code.

Comment: Re:Love it (Score 1) 159

by preaction (#49757087) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

Specifying what I want leaves it open for interpretation (by whom?). Or, worse, reveals what I am actually looking for (making a targeted coverup easy). Allowing police the ability to make judgement calls as to what to give when an FOIA request comes in, or outright deny a request that they can consider unreasonable, is no safety against police misconduct, which is the entire point this exists.

Comment: Re:Love it (Score 4, Insightful) 159

by preaction (#49752835) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

No. They are working to serve the public. They should be prepared to get a bulk request for all data they have everywhere. Putting limitations on it will first clog up the courts, since a judge will have to decide whether it meets the law's requirements, which then involves lawyers. Then it will be used to cover up real crimes under the auspices of "not an official incident".

Comment: Re:Pay Settlments from Police Pension Funds (Score 4, Insightful) 201

by preaction (#49715005) Attached to: Baton Bob Receives $20,000 Settlement For Coerced Facebook Post

Police accountability? Are you joking? Then they might be afraid to shoot unarmed people to death, and they might be afraid that their fellow officers might also hold them accountable. And then they'd be scared of the people! And we can't have that, or else they might shoot unarmed people to death!

Comment: Re:Performing for other people (Score 1) 246

"Caused" is different from "Coerced". Entrapment is where a LEO says "do this illegal activity or we'll do X", X being some relatively terrible thing. A LEO, even undercover, cannot put a gun to your head, tell you to do something illegal, and then arrest you for doing the illegal thing.

But more subtly, a LEO can't, for example, repeatedly ask you for drugs, and then when you finally find some to sell, convict you of distribution because you had exactly and only those drugs. However, if you're a drug dealer, if you've got more evidence of illegal activity than just what existed to satisfy the LEO's request, then entrapment may not be a defense.

And so here, in the indictment (, Williams is quoted as saying how many times he has exactly helped people lie to the federal government, which is a crime. The LEO did not make him do those things, and did not force or coerce him even to admit them.

Which is why entrapment is not a defense here.


One can't proceed from the informal to the formal by formal means.