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Comment: Re:Moot point... (Score 1) 191

by cold fjord (#47914613) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Like every other part of the Constitution and the law the 4th Amendment has specific meanings. Unfortunately many people here fail to understand that and think it has unlimited scope and whatever meaning they can dream up and ignore the actual law. You aren't going to get it right like that.

Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 1) 283

This particular fact is rife for abuse, because as far as the Courts are concerned it's very hard to be unsuspicious and black at the same time.

What a pity, I thought you had more on the ball than going there, especially since it is nonsense. Well, ... it's worse than nonsense.

The Check that keeps this power from being abused isn't that some third party with unique legal knowledge (ie: the Courts) safeguards the people's rights, it's that there's a paper trail and any officer who has a habit of arresting people for no damn good reason is gonna have to explain himself to his superiors.

I guess you haven't heard of the JAG corp, military judges and magistrates, military courts, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, review of sentences, or much else involving military justice. Would it surprise you to learn you might be missing out on some inportant details?

None of that comes from the Constitution proper. It comes from statutes. And the rights granted under the statute are much more limited.

Members of the mlitary have Constitutional rights.

Comment: A hundred times less? (Score 1) 64

by ScentCone (#47914447) Attached to: A 16-Year-Old Builds a Device To Convert Breath Into Speech
Grrr.

Sure if thing A is inexpensive, then thing B which costs a fraction of that price might indeed be said to cost X times less. Implying that thing A is already less than some other option, and thing B is even MORE less.

But if thing A is very expensive (as in the example cited in TFA), thing B would be better described as being not a hundred times less ... but one hundredth the cost.

Comment: Re:Moot point... (Score 1) 191

by cold fjord (#47914339) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

If the NSA and federal government didn't change after the info was released publicly, why are they acting like an internal complaint might have made a difference?

If Snowden had actually identified a genuine legal problem it probably would have. The problem is that he didn't, and that is why nothing really changed. Snowden compromised the national security of the United States and its allies (UK, UK, AU, NZ, CA, FR, GE, SE, ES, IT, others) because of his personal vendetta based on faulty ideas.

Comment: Re:Good luck with that (Score 1) 860

by cold fjord (#47914267) Attached to: Why Atheists Need Captain Kirk

You can play with punctuation all you want, but you are stuck with two clauses joined by an and. You're just traveling terrain we've already passed over, and nothing has changed.

I don't think you can identify what constittues honest discussion. What I bring to discussions is typically unwanted facts to puncture the BS coming from people like you. You are blinded to this by your fringe poiltics.

Comment: Re:Again? (Score 1) 191

by cold fjord (#47914163) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails

Presumably Snowden, being an intelligent guy, kept copies of those emails he said he wrote and will be able to produce them one day.

I doubt it. If he had he would have produced them by now. There is no advantage to waiting.

His claims about making complaints are nothing more than a cover story, a sugar pill to make his massive betrayal of his country palatable.

Of course he betrayed your country too, but you would cheer him for that given your politics.

Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 1) 283

Investigating his fellow Navy personnel he doesn't need warrants,....

You don't know what you are talking about. It is common for military investigators to need a warrant to search the property of service members. It isn't rare at all.

But you should be clear there isn't a universal requirement for warrants to search civilians even for civilian police. There are a number of exceptions in fact.

Comment: Re:When the cat's absent, the mice rejoice (Score 1) 283

Well, he didn't molest a child, did he?

Since this case is breaking new ground legally and it is working its way through the appellate process it may not be settled yet that what he did was meaningfully out of bounds.

When you milk it you shouldn't over do it.

+ - Extent of Antarctic sea ice reaches record levels->

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schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientists have declared a new record has been set for the extent of Antarctic sea ice since records began. Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometers covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent. Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.

"Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we've never seen that before, that much area."

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