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Comment: Re:The Windows Phone failed. (Score 4, Insightful) 165

by Defenestrar (#48186923) Attached to: Microsoft Gearing Up To Release a Smartwatch of Its Own

It seems as if an always on OLED display would be the major source of battery drain - and so I don't get why watch makers haven't used e-ink. Come into the market as Timex and not a Rolex. A simplistic device which displayed time and push notifications at a $50 price point seems like it'd quickly dominate the market. Heck, you could even make it an e-ink background to a nice analog watch for that matter (although that'd probably up the total price). This sort of thing wouldn't need the processing power (i.e. more battery drain) as the current giant glossy types either. Perhaps I'm being naive, but I don't get the high-end luxury approach.

Open API would be natural too; especially given a low price point this type of watch could quickly be a community favorite.

Comment: Re:Storage is not same as GUI Design (Score 2) 360

by TMB (#48180313) Attached to: Apple Doesn't Design For Yesterday

The one that drives me crazy is removing the ethernet port on MacBooks. Which wouldn't be too bad if Apple's USB or Thunderbird ethernet adapters lasted more than 6 months before breaking, but I'm on my 5th in slightly over 2 years now... finally bought a third party one in the hopes that it will be less frail.

Comment: Re:Prison population (Score 1) 407

by Reziac (#48176923) Attached to: As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

I note an amazing correlation between the rise in prison population and the 'war on drugs'. I wonder what the graph would look like minus all drug-related sentences.

About half the prisons in California, land of three strikes and tough-on-crime, are private for-profit entities. Draw your own conclusions.

Cellphones

Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant 110

Posted by timothy
from the let's-hope-it's-catchy dept.
SternisheFan writes with an excerpt from Wired with some (state-specific, but encouraging) news about how much latitude police are given to track you based on signals like wireless transmissions. The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that obtaining cell phone location data to track a person's location or movement in real time constitutes a Fourth Amendment search and therefore requires a court-ordered warrant.

The case specifically involves cell tower data for a convicted drug dealer that police obtained from a telecom without a warrant. But the way the ruling is written (.pdf), it would also cover the use of so-called "stingrays" — sophisticated technology law enforcement agencies use to locate and track people in the field without assistance from telecoms. Agencies around the country, including in Florida, have been using the technology to track suspects — sometimes without obtaining a court order, other times deliberately deceiving judges and defendants about their use of the devices to track suspects, telling judges the information came from "confidential" sources rather than disclose their use of stingrays. The new ruling would require them to obtain a warrant or stop using the devices. The American Civil Liberties Union calls the Florida ruling "a resounding defense" of the public's right to privacy.

Comment: Re:Analog displays are better in some situations. (Score 1) 155

by Reziac (#48168399) Attached to: Liking Analog Meters Doesn't Make You a Luddite (Video)

A damn good example of mechanical vs electronic is the controls for washing machines. Mechanical controls last until they break from fatigue in the metal or plastic, which usually takes 2 or 3 decades of heavy use. Electronic controls, given the damp environment of a washing machine, tend to go bad in just a few years regardless of use level.

Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 367

by Reziac (#48154501) Attached to: PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

Even if PETA doesn't directly participate in terrorist acts, they do support ALF and the like financially, and have done so consistently and for a long time, and it's not like they don't know what ALF uses the funds for. PETA has also said flat out that in their opinion ALF is not a terrorist group.

So I guess it depends where you draw the line on what qualifies as supporting terrorism. You don't have to be active yourself to cheer them on and help them behind the scenes.

Comment: Re:To their defense (Score 1) 314

The main way taxes on consumption are circumvented is through barter.

As to public records, they may be nominally public, but usually not free to view -- at the least you may have to pay for the clerk's time to retrieve them. I recall one locality that charged a $30 flat fee for access to the stacks. In my county, access to public records requires a $38/each fee or a $200/year subscription (otherwise you only get to see a PDF that's often too grainy to read).

Comment: Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (Score 1) 367

by Reziac (#48149059) Attached to: PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

There's all sorts of documentation on the fact that PETA collects every pet they can lay hands on, not just the "unadoptables". This whole story came to light because they scammed someone into placing a nice pet, and that person then followed up...and discovered a whole bunch of nice pets being solicited for adoption then killed, rather than being placed. PETA actually went to pet owners and veterinarians and talked them into handing over their pets -- these weren't just strays and turn-ins.

What's driving them to kill these nice pets instead of rehome them? As someone above pointed out, PETA believes animals are better off dead than associating with man. They don't love animals, they hate people.

They're like the serial murderer who believes he's sending his victims "to a better place".

"Animal rights" isn't about rights for animals. It's about making sure humans have no rights over animals. If you define an animal as equal in rights to a person, then owning an animal is slavery, and the animal has the right to sue you in court (albeit represented by a human...selected by an AR interest). That makes owning an animal too dangerous from a legal standpoint, and THAT is the goal of all these attempts to achieve legal "personhood" for animals.

But for the benefit of animals? Not hardly.

Incidentally HSUS is just PETA in a nice suit. Same beliefs in a more socially-acceptable wrapper and armed with better lobbyists.

Comment: Re:PETA won't be happy until all animals are extin (Score 1) 367

by Reziac (#48147303) Attached to: PETA Is Not Happy That Google Used a Camel To Get a Desert "StreetView"

It has nothing to do with the bodies, or the fact that they disposed of them illegally. It has to do with the deaths that provided so many bodies to dispose of.

An average dog pound euthanizes around 10% of their intake. Explain why PETA euthanizes over 90% of theirs.

Comment: Re:Why..... (Score 2) 259

by Burdell (#48146667) Attached to: "Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

The biggest issue with that is that most of these taxes are on profit, and profit can be shifted around pretty much at will. For example, Google(Ireland) could buy all the equipment needed for google.com, and "sell" it to Google(US), for an amount that just happens to resemble the profits of Google(US). So, Google(US) has no profit to tax, while Google(Ireland) has much profit (and little tax on it).

That's one reason some people favor sales/use/value-add taxes instead; it is harder to shift that around (although in the end, it is all shifted to the consumer).

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