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Comment: Yet another globbing (Score -1) 253

by theillien2 (#26340299) Attached to: Ubuntu Kung Fu
Ubuntu Kung Fu - Tips and Tricks for Exploring, Using and Tuning Linux? Actually, this would fall under Tips and Tricks for Exploring, Using and Tuning Ubuntu.

It's all well and good that Ubuntu is one of the most popular distributions out there but I'm getting fed up with people presuming that Ubuntu is Linux. There are other sturdy, proven distributions which deserve recognition. Ubuntu isn't the only one and it certainly isn't definitive of "Linux".

Comment: Re:sue Amtrak and JetBlue (Score 0) 675

by theillien2 (#26322699) Attached to: Amtrak Photo Contestant Arrested By Amtrak Police

I'll use it because it is a legitimate concern jackass.

The law might not exist but one of the tenets of law enforcement agencies is "to protect and serve". If they did nothing while someone was taking pictures and that person ended up being part of some kind of terrorist scheme people would be up in arms that nothing was done.

I always find it interesting when people have this Utopian view of things when in reality risks have to be taken to ensure the world runs smoothly. Get your head out of your ass. Your civil liberties don't always trump the good intentions of the well meaning.

What use is your argument, when Amtrak literally invites people to take pictures:

"Photo contest winner to appear on Amtrak's 2004 wall calendar

WASHINGTON - Do you have the perfect photo of an Amtrak train or are you ready to snap it? One that makes anyone who sees it yearn to climb on board and travel across America? If so, it could become a part of an Amtrak tradition -- the corporation's annual wall calendar."

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/am2Copy/News_Release_Page&c=am2Copy&cid=1081794202583

You did not even bother to read the summary, did you?

Please note that I acknowledged the lack of communication being the catalyst for this situation. Had the marketing department notified the Amtrak police of the contest we would likely not be talking about this right now. But, since the law enforcement was seeing things in light of the state of affairs they are working under, they did what they felt was the right course of action.

Now, had the marketing department informed the necessary parties and they still behaved this way after the facts presented themselves, I would have no love for them.

Comment: Re:sue Amtrak and JetBlue (Score -1, Troll) 675

by theillien2 (#26322661) Attached to: Amtrak Photo Contestant Arrested By Amtrak Police

And it doesn't always work that way does it? There are times when people with the authority make the decision that civil liberties are less important than the safety of the masses and rightly so.

Granted, this is often overdone(domestic wiretapping, for example) but if a law enforcement official asked someone to stop taking pictures, detained the person or asked them to delete the photos of public transportation I'd be happier than if they just sat idly by out of fear of stepping all over their precious dignity.

Comment: Re:sue Amtrak and JetBlue (Score -1, Flamebait) 675

by theillien2 (#26322479) Attached to: Amtrak Photo Contestant Arrested By Amtrak Police
I'll use it because it is a legitimate concern jackass.

The law might not exist but one of the tenets of law enforcement agencies is "to protect and serve". If they did nothing while someone was taking pictures and that person ended up being part of some kind of terrorist scheme people would be up in arms that nothing was done.

I always find it interesting when people have this Utopian view of things when in reality risks have to be taken to ensure the world runs smoothly. Get your head out of your ass. Your civil liberties don't always trump the good intentions of the well meaning.

Comment: Re:sue Amtrak and JetBlue (Score -1, Flamebait) 675

by theillien2 (#26322341) Attached to: Amtrak Photo Contestant Arrested By Amtrak Police
As much as I hate to use it as a excuse for them, since the Trade Center attacks photographing public transit has become a point of concern. A similar reaction could be expected of someone standing at the end of a runway taking pictures of the undersides of planes as they took off.

I agree that the lack of communication between the marketing and law enforcement departments is where things went wrong. However, it isn't the law enforcements responsibility to call every other department after an arrest to find out if something legitimate was being done. They were merely doing their jobs based on what they knew of current affairs.

Comment: This doesn't surprise me in the least (Score 0) 383

by theillien2 (#26321237) Attached to: Universities Patenting More Student Ideas
Schools are allowed to make all kinds of money licensing their sports images to videogame makers while students are the players making the name for the teams. But heaven forbid the players get any of that money. All this is doing is continuing the trend. Let's take advantage of the talent we've got but not give them the benefits derived from their work. In fact, let's charge them for the work they did.

Comment: Re:How about the iPod touch G2??? (Score 0) 186

by theillien2 (#26312719) Attached to: Hackers Finally Unlock iPhone 3G
I'm still waiting for my Nokia N810 WiMax. It's been on back order almost since they released it.

I keep looking for iPhone rumors indicating when they'll be available on other carriers. I don't see the point in switching networks just to buy a phone no matter how innovative it is. Likewise with the G1. I have no interest in switching to T-Mobile just for an Android-based phone. Though, I have no interest in switching to T-Mobile period.

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