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Comment What could be gleaned from exact numbers? (Score 1) 117

What could the terrorists (as if it's even remotely about them anymore) glean from the exact numbers that they couldn't deduce from rounded numbers? I.e. what state secret goes out the window if we knew 1024 NSLs were sent to Google rather than 1000-2000? This is what bugs me the most about petty pointless crap like this. They graciously are "allowing" us to know the rough numbers but give no justification for the added secrecy.

Comment Re:simple (Score 1) 381

The trick with that is what was the ratio of attacks stopped versus the number of people "looked" at?

In the UK their is a current debate on random stop and search used by police. The noticeable point is that it is 9% effective in finding someone doing something wrong.

So if the police stop and search 100 cars they find 9 people who are breaking the law.

Sorry, but you're wrong with those numbers. If the police stopped and searched 100 cars, and all 100 of those people were breaking the law, they find 9 people who are breaking the law.

In reality you would have to stop 1000s of cars before you caught 9 people breaking the law.

Comment Re:Google Voice: Add PER CONTACT calling preferenc (Score 1) 172

Use an app called Voice Plus You can set area codes to be dialed with your regular number or groups within GV to be dialed with regular numbers. It's indispensable when using GV.

Comment Re:Miranda (Score 1) 768

I think the OP is assuming that the set of criminal *statues* is small and they are concretely defined. Just California has over 34000 intentionally ambiguos *statues* in its penal code. So there is absolutely no way for a common citizen to live a life that doesn't violate a single one of those *statues*. California passes statutes and then has a statue made to represent each of these statutes? And then those poor statues are violated as well? It's a good thing I don't live there. Also, they might be able to cut back on their budget problems if they just stopped making all these damn statues.

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