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Comment: Re:In a Self-Driving Future--- (Score 1) 453

by suutar (#48459659) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

I'm just trying to remember the last time I saw as many as 3 people obeying the speed limit on the interstate in a day. Or more than one percent leaving enough room between them and the car in front of them to deal with an emergency stop. Or a day without at least 3 people changing lanes without signals.

There's a big difference between "accident-avoiding in normal circumstances" and "law-abiding".

Comment: Re:Bad precedent (Score 1) 301

by suutar (#48371651) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

So I request the footage and the cop says no. So much for oversight.

Or I request the footage and the suspect says no. Possibly because the cop intimidated him into refusing permission. Again, so much for oversight.

I don't see all civilians as being good. I do see civilians as being at the lower end of the power imbalance and I want to maintain oversight capability to keep it from getting more imbalanced.

Comment: Re:Bad precedent (Score 1) 301

by suutar (#48370695) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

There is a fine line. Without more info you don't know which side I'm on. For example, what if I want to examine footage from the time when a cop is alleged to have used excessive force when apprehending a suspect? Is that me being a busybody or reasonably wanting to keep an eye on those authorized to use lethal force? And how do you make the dividing line objective enough to codify in rules? Because if you can't do that, then you're stuck with picking someone to make subjective calls, and then you're forced to trust them to get it right. Given the levels of regulatory capture we've been seeing, that's not an option that bodes well.

Comment: Re:Buddy of mine (Score 1) 127

by suutar (#48366709) Attached to: FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Depends how you define free. Your question seems to be equating "free market" with what Wikipedia calls "laissez-faire", but for many people, "free market" means a market where the forces of supply and demand are free from manipulation by any large entity, not just the government. Which means no monopolies or monopsonies. The problem is that keeping someone who wants to build a monopoly from doing so can be difficult without adding other forces, and even if they don't want one, if nobody else wants to compete, they effectively have one and you can only hope they don't use their power for evil.

Comment: Re:In other words. (Score 1) 127

by suutar (#48366023) Attached to: FCC Confirms Delay of New Net Neutrality Rules Until 2015

Unfortunately that's also business as usual pretty much anywhere. The legislature passes a law saying "the people gotta adhere to these regulations" and the regulations are maintained and added to over time by a bureaucracy, with no need for the legislature to approve the changes before they go into effect.

Comment: Re:Bad precedent (Score 1) 301

by suutar (#48365999) Attached to: Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

If you'll explain how I, as a concerned citizen, can tell the difference between being refused access to footage because the subject is embarrassed about something that I really don't have any need to know and being refused access because either the police or the subject are embarrassed about something that I do have a reasonable need to know, then I'm fine with that.

But lacking the ability to make that distinction myself without having seen the footage myself, and having a lack of trusted disinterested parties who have seen it, I have to lean towards making it available. And yes, if I'm naked on the toilet and a cop busts in, I'm okay with that footage being released because I believe being able to prove whether the cop behaved properly is worth it.

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