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Comment Private operators and traffic cameras (Score 2) 200

I don't know the case for Chicago, but Seattle's traffic ticketing cameras are run by a private contractor. It works like this: the city doesn't have to pay to install or monitor or maintain the equipment and doesn't even own it, but is assured of its accuracy and, of course, a substantial cut of the revenue. Reports roll in of notably increased 'safety' at the monitored intersection, (yet it's not clear who prepares this data). Does a private interest which understandably wants to maximize its profits being able to assess violation fines from the public concern you? it sure as hell does me.

Comment Re:Clearly a "flaw" they wanted to protect (Score 1) 103

(something tells me lacking all manner of references and affidavits this will be a fool's errand, but...)

Fluke and Tektronix for two. and I know one Boeing engineer who got a raise when he pointed out a major "flaw" in one of their QC servers. "controlled circumstance" in that it's an in-house discovery with no screaming clients demanding a fix yesterday (cf "zero-day")

Comment Clearly a "flaw" they wanted to protect (Score 3, Insightful) 103

Some (inspired) companies provide rewards for discovering flaws in their products; allowing them to improve them under controlled circumstances. Some (shorted-sighted) companies punish the discovery of product flaws, preferring the illusion of a pristine public image over the security of their clients. Yet this is clearly a third case: that of it being an intentional "flaw" which was intended to provide revenue. So, if there was such a thing as justice at this level (there isn't) then Facebook should be doubly embarrassed.

Comment whois (Score 1) 235

i guess someone in Munich is about to get rich(er)... maybe (geworden sein ab). "whois":
Registrant Name: Domain Manager
Registrant Organization: Bayerische Motoren Werke AG
Registrant Street: Petuelring 130, Dept. AJ-35
Registrant City: Munich
Registrant Postal Code: 80788
Registrant Country: DE

Comment Does it still record everybody around it? (Score 1) 45

That is the quintessential creepy aspect: if you are around someone wearing them, then your image, your speech, possibly the image of any object you're holding (e.g. credit card) becomes the property and use of a corporation. So, just like someone walking around with an leaf-blower full of anthrax, many of us don't want to be around anyone wearing one.

Comment Re:Sounds like he was arrested for shooting. (Score 2) 1197

If your theory is correct, then if he chose another means to bring down this drone he'd be in the clear? slingshot? bow and arrow? One of you tech bright-bulbs should really consider establishing a drone extermination service. "Let *us* handle your drone infestation: Drokin(tm): Armed with net guns and our patented seeker/killer drones our Drokin techs arrive within an hour of your text and quietly depart with the offending device."

Comment Re:And do what? (Score 2) 79

Where in the various treaties negotiated in the recent past has a "blind trust" as you term it, been an essential part? Seriously, you'd cast out all forms of diplomacy as being too trusting, and instead prefer war? Have you ever been in a war? Have you ever seen civilians killed because they had the misfortune of living nearby a perceived threat? If you had, then I believe that you would (eventually) prefer a flawed diplomacy to what promoters of war would profess to be the perfect solution.

Comment Re:And do what? (Score 1, Insightful) 79

Then, according to this inchoate treaty, (and many others like it), a demand would be made to inspect the site to prove no violation was underway. If there was no proof provided or allowed, then sanctions would be restored, or even military action taken, (as some warmongers desperately want already done immediately). But yet somehow i fear this simple honest reply wasn't the one that you were actually curious about?

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.