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Comment: Re:Nice to see all that African technology (Score 1) 133

You're flat out wrong. Kenya has a better pay-by-cell-phone infrastructure than the US or Italy do, and it's a completely homebrewed solution. Their government even has had to develop a proper legal framework for virtual subcurrencies.

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 1) 286

by spiritplumber (#47339179) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant
Nice! On the subject of weird immigrant stories, here's one -- when I moved to my current home, I introduced myself to my neighbors. One of them asked me if I was some sort of sex offender. That left me a bit puzzled, but it was an old lady, so I figured she was one of those paranoid old people. Then a couple units down someone asks me that again. I'm like "Oh crap, do I look like a known local crook or something". Turns out that nobody here introduces themselves to their neighbors when they move in, UNLESS they are a sex offender and they are obligated by law to do so. That was really odd.

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 1) 286

That's basically what I did :) the guy at first thought I was either doing a horrible job of bribing him, or I was quoting some stoner movie or other, eventually I explained that it's a religious thing and he completely changed attitude / relaxed. Anyway, turns out that they're not allowed to have any homemade food, at least in this area.

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 1) 286

It was a bit odd is all. I didn't know American police officers aren't allowed to share apple juice and cookies with people while on duty. The guy said that if he ate any of my food and got sick afterward, I could go to jail.

I don't know why any sane government would want to put me in jail in the first place, they'd have to spend a lot of money fixing holes in walls.

Comment: Re:What I say (Score 1) 286

I go by "be polite, be efficient, have a plan to kiss everyone you meet". With police, that means sound cooperative, but make it clear you don't really want to share information about anything unless you legally have to. If I'm asked why, my answer is that it's what my patent lawyer told me American custom is. If you do want to talk to the guy, remember to always talk to the person rather than the hat. If you're asked a question, answer it then ask something irrelevant/friendly right after. You want to interact with the quarter-italian guy who misses his grandmother's pesto and actually has a use for your pesto recipe, not with the law enforcement officer. I've actually gotten out of a parking ticket because the meter maid asked me what I did for a living, and I happened to have some prototypes in the car, and went into salesman mode until she told me to go away, her head swimming with way too much information about Android-based robotics.

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 4, Interesting) 286

This is hard to do if you've taken a vow of hospitality. I've had a very surreal conversation about that with a cop one time. On one hand, I specifically said that he did not have my permission to enter my house, on the other, since he knocked on my door, he'd get a meal out of me. Fortunately the guy was Catholic and eventually understood what I was saying or we'd still be there looking at each other funny.

+ - Supreme Court Unanimously rules that police need a warrant to search cell phones-> 1

Submitted by HunterZero
HunterZero (102709) writes "The Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that police may not search the cell phones of criminal suspects upon arrest without a warrant. By a 9-0 vote, the justices said smart phones and other electronic devices were not in the same category as wallets, briefcases, and vehicles — all currently subject to limited initial examination by law enforcement."
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Comment: Re:Awesome! (Score 1) 276

by spiritplumber (#47311721) Attached to: Federal Judge Rules US No-fly List Violates Constitution
Capt. Vasili Borodin: I will live in Montana. And I will marry a round American woman and raise rabbits, and she will cook them for me. And I will have a pickup truck... maybe even a "recreational vehicle." And drive from state to state. Do they let you do that?

Captain Ramius: I suppose.

Capt. Vasili Borodin: No papers?

Captain Ramius: No papers, state to state.

Capt. Vasili Borodin: Well then, in winter I will live in... Arizona. Actually, I think I will need two wives.

Captain Ramius: Oh, at least.

Prof: So the American government went to IBM to come up with a data encryption standard and they came up with ... Student: EBCDIC!"