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Comment Re:Let's be clear here ... (Score 1) 86

That should be totally covered by

Officer, do you solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth?

Obviously, parallel construction does not lend itself to the whole truth. IANAL, but it sounds to me like your DEA Agent is perjuring herself.

Comment Re:Finally (Score 1) 178

A key is "what you have", whereas a fingerprint is "who you are".

Unless you're the Chinese government, and you've just stolen the fingerprint records of 5 million US Government employees.

Alternatively, the Chinese government has stolen who those people are and this case is now a mass kidnapping.

Comment Re: Glad to have it (Score 1) 451

In an experiment with ABS in taxis, that is exactly what happened. If I may reproduce (to the best of my recollection) a line from the report: "The drivers who received ABS systems increased their aggressiveness to match to their personally acceptable level of risk."

Comment Re:Good for him. (Score 1) 440

... which is a decent indication that either those other companies are overvalued or Apple is undervalued.

I agree with you all the way up to here. My understanding is that Amazon doesn't have a high rate of return because they are "grow[ing] the company" instead of "distribut[ing] the wealth back to shareholders." Does capitalization value (or some other metric) take that into account?

Comment Re:Bureaucracy (Score 1) 275

"We don't just buy stuff from Amazon as you suggested. You have to go to a source, i.e., HP or any reputable source where the city has a contract. And there's a purchase order that has to be submitted, and there has to be money in the budget."

And this, my friends, is how you end up with $6500 price tag for $70 hard drive. Bureaucracy, it's good for you!

And while we're at it, if they don't have "money in the budget," why'd they buy all those license plate readers in the first place?

There is no likelihood man can ever tap the power of the atom. -- Robert Millikan, Nobel Prize in Physics, 1923