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Comment: Re:Don't ask, don't tell (Score 1) 111

by insanecarbonbasedlif (#49382463) Attached to: SCOTUS: GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure

This ruling doesn't even have anything to do with planting a tracking device. It is in regards to an individual who has been convicted of multiple sexual offences who has served his time and is being required by the State of North Carolina to wear a GPS anklet for the rest of his life. He challenged that on 4th amendment grounds. NC argued successfully (at the state level) that this requirement is not a search. The SCOTUS disagreed and sent the case back to NC.

Jeez, RTFA.

Combative much? Let me rearrange your words so you can see how it relates to my original point, and you tell me how I did it wrong, and then I'll let you deal with the fact that you're chasing your own tail while barking at me...

NC argued [that] wear[ing] a GPS anklet ... is not a search

The SCOTUS disagreed

First line of the article:

If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment.

Jeez, what as that about reading the article again?

Comment: Re:Government would've jumped on them (Score 1) 82

by HBI (#49382197) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

By the time of Warp, the battle was over. OS/2 2.0 was IBM's only opportunity - a window between 3.1 and the release of Win 95. They got decent market penetration and even switched a few corporate shops over to OS/2. 2.0 had no TCP/IP stack at the time. I believe it came along with Warp 3.0 Connect, which was released in May 1995, too late to make a difference in the adoption of 3.1 and 95.

Comment: Re:Government would've jumped on them (Score 1) 82

by HBI (#49381301) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

I'll grant you that the OEM deals helped, but before even 95 came out, people wanted Office. There were WordPerfect holdouts and people who liked Quattro Pro. But it was fast becoming a Microsoft world and none of the competitors stood a chance against Office. IBM created a suite but it was too little, too late.

The OEM deals wouldn't have worked if people purchasing in the commercial space didn't want Windows. It made things easier than dealing with the licensing for different applications from different vendors, and buying Microsoft appeared cheaper at the time than being on an upgrade treadmill with multiple companies. "You mean I can get rid of Foxpro, Wordperfect and even Novell? Sign me up." This would have happened regardless of the OEM bundling. Reducing the friction of licensing is primarily what won that world for Microsoft.

What the OEM deals primarily did was to make sure home users ended up with Windows, which gave them the gaming market for a while.

Comment: Re:WWJD? (Score 1) 1146

An economic group that has far less influence than the much larger minority, based on percentage, of blacks in Montgomery. ""

Are you kidding me? As soon as this bill passed all i have seen on TV/radio/internet is a furious storm of outrage over what is perceived as persecution of gays, the Governor of a state has been forced to publicly debate this bill within days of it's signing... a plethora of sanctions have been instantly levied against the state of Indiana.

How many years of protests and murder happened over civil rights of blacks in the south?

The power and force of the LGBTt community is incredibly powerful, swift, and easily harnessed to put pressure or punishment against any perceived injustice to that community.

"I would rather not repeat those times with blacks replaced with "fags."

Well i guess that's the point of insisting homosexuality is not a choice, because if it was a choice then it wouldn't quite be on the same moral high ground as skin color would it?

Comment: Re:"Fruit of poisonous tree" does not apply (Score 1) 143

by Some_Llama (#49380527) Attached to: Silk Road Investigators Charged With Stealing Bitcoin

They might as well skip the formality and just escort DPR out of prison here and now. I'm not even a lawyer and I could get DPR freed with this. I'd just go in the courtroom and be all like:
"Your honor, I could waste every-bodies time going through every exhibit one by one and moving to suppress, but can we just get this over with so everyone goes home early? I request the juries verdict against my client be overturned in light of the government's/and their agents malfeasance and request that the case against my client be dismissed with prejudice. We can also do this the slow boring way, but the outcome of that process seems pretty obvious..."

"Yo homie, slow your roll, we alls know this guy ain't done nutin wrong but wees gotta examine evidence and suchizzle stuff to havs all the due processes down in this bitch".

Comment: Re:Government would've jumped on them (Score 3, Interesting) 82

by HBI (#49380167) Attached to: Microsoft Considered Giving Away Original Xbox

Every successful OS over the microcomputer age has had a killer app, something that it did that other competing machines did not. Something to sell it. Apple IIs had VisiCalc. The IBM PC had Lotus 1-2-3. Macintoshes had Pagemaker and later Quark. Windows had the Office suite, ultimately. OS/2 had nothing. Sure, it was great at running other OS' apps - it was a great DOS emulator and did Windows 3.1 pretty excellently, but it had no killer app of its own. This was mainly because IBM didn't consider it important to get people to write apps for its OS.

You can call that a lack of marketing and still be right. It's just not "marketing in general" but "marketing to developers".

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.