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Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by sociocapitalist (#48930419) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

If there were gangs out killing cops, they would not be in need of an application like Waze to do it. The two NYC cops that were killed a couple months ago were not tracked by anything. The killings were by what appears to be a vigilante that wanted to kill "any" cop.

They psychology behind that is a different thread and story, but the point about being "tracked" is valid. Cops drive in marked cars and wear uniforms. Someone actually "hunting" them would not need an application. In fact it would probably be stupid to do so, because of all the data the application tracking (it would limit suspects).

I also said that it wouldn't make any difference in reality, if you read my post to the end, to take the functionality out of waze.

That being said, such an app could be used to find isolated groups of police (i.e. middle of the night speed traps in the middle of nowhere) to attack which means that the idea is not completely invalid.

There is no shortage of stupid or tech ignorant people in the world so I wouldn't exactly use that as a proof that people would not use an app to find police to attack.

Comment: Re:And yet. (Score 1) 514

by sociocapitalist (#48922523) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Also what is in their annual report isn't necessarily accurate anyway, so don't just throw that link at me.

Apple wasn't even reporting its U.S. taxes accurately, either, the Senate subcommittee found. Its annual report disclosed it paid much higher U.S. taxes than it actually paid to the IRS. To investors, Apple said it paid $6.9 billion in U.S. taxes in 2011. But it actually only paid the IRS $2.5 billion, according to its tax return.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com...

Comment: Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (Score 1) 462

Ontario - Consumer Protection Act. After 30 days they can cancel the sale but they cannot charge extra for executing the sale that would not have been charged otherwise.

But they provided the product to you. The additional charge would be to provide the product to you again should you ever lose it. (ie lose the install software and whatever backup of it)

Ahh that's different than what was stated... 15 days after delivery is different than 15 days after purchase.

No, it's the same in this case as the product is downloadable upon purchase.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by sociocapitalist (#48922139) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Yes, but if someone really wants to kill cops then it should be obvious that you head to where they congregate. So the nearest place to get a meal near the precinct or the nearest precinct will get a large number in one place. Of course it will also lead to your death if you go in guns blazing but that seems to be the purpose behind many of the shootings.

Not at all. They target alone or almost alone cops and then they run away.

Comment: Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (Score 1) 462

Ontario - Consumer Protection Act. After 30 days they can cancel the sale but they cannot charge extra for executing the sale that would not have been charged otherwise.

But they provided the product to you. The additional charge would be to provide the product to you again should you ever lose it. (ie lose the install software and whatever backup of it)

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 2) 461

by sociocapitalist (#48914161) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

It's BS to say it's putting cops' lives at risk, for the most part.

Presumably anybody using this app to search for cops is going to be using it to deliberately avoid coming in contact with any cops. This outcome is actually the lowest risk outcome for any type of police encounter.

The way this has been phrased, you would almost imagine that there are anti-police death squads roaming the city, looking for isolated police units far away from backup and slowly picking them off with a sniper rifle.

The recent cop killings in France are enough to not laugh at the idea, though I doubt that taking cop spotting off waze would make any difference in reality.

Comment: Re:This is like (Score 1) 462

me in BC buying a car from a guy who bought/brought it in from Alberta and sold it through his car dealership in BC. Then Ford comes in and repossesses my car because I didn't get it through a dealer in BC and because the prices are lower in Alberta so it was unfair to the dealer in BC since it wasn't sold through an authorized dealer.

Don't think they wouldn't if they could and if they see your post they'll probably try and get some legislation in place to make it possible.

Comment: Re:Vote against Ubisoft with your dollars (Score 1) 462

So you're saying Microsoft went and remotely erased your games or did you? If it was the former, then you may have an argument. If it was the latter, then the blame is solely yours.

Actually, in my case I didn't even get a chance to download it. I purchased a game December 3rd, sometime between now and then it was delisted, when I went to download it less than 60 days after purchase it was no longer possible.

Bitdefender now charges for the right to download software more than 15 days after purchase.

Comment: Re:Domestic war (Score 1) 148

by sociocapitalist (#48873583) Attached to: Paris Terror Spurs Plan For Military Zones Around Nuclear Plants

Breaking up ghettos is very difficult if for no other reason than the people that live there want to live together.

France already has active policies to try and avoid such ghettos to start with, where new developments are obliged to provide a percentage of low income housing as a part of their project. The idea being to spread immigrants and other poor amongst wealthier native communities.

So long as the percentage of immigrants is low, this works. When it gets too high in a concentrated area, then we have a ghetto again just in a different place. The higher the percentage, the less integration.

Current immigration policy is far too open. Once one single person in a family gets papers, often by measures such as buying a spouse for the reason or, more common in my experience, tricking westerners into getting married (including trying to get pregnant by the westerner while they're there on holiday, for example - had that tried on me twice), then the rest of the family gets papers, and then more family and more family and more family, etc.

Islam needs to come forward through a renaissance age but it's not happening.

I'm not sure what perspective you propose to give people who blame us for anything that's wrong in their lives, whether it's our fault or not.

Where do you draw the line? Today it's our right to free speech, what follows? Our women having to be veiled? Our girls not having the right to go to school?

Comment: Re:Robotic warfare (Score 2) 208

by sociocapitalist (#48864333) Attached to: US Army Wants Weapon To Destroy Drone Swarms

No doubt, these drones will be more and more automatic, where commands from their human controllers become more and more abstract. Maybe now they're being flown like an RC aircraft, soon it'll be "go to this location, launch bomb to hit that location", or "fly search patterns in this area and shoot anything that doesn't respond to your coded signals out of the sky".

And so, step by step, we enter the era of robotic warfare. No matter how often the various militaries and politicians pledge that this will not happen.

Neil Stephenson brought this idea right down to nano level in The Diamond Age

A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems. -- P. Erdos

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