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Comment: Re: call the library ? (Score 1) 246

by tomkost (#49421823) Attached to: Watching a "Swatting" Slowly Unfold
"What good are the police then?" That is an excellent question! Their role has changed mightily in last 20 years. They mostly serve to enforce traffic citations, DWI, and other revenue generating opportunities. They have never been much good at "protecting" you. When seconds count, they are only minutes away. Most reasonable people know they can't rely on police for protection. Here in Texas, we don't call 911 until after we have dealt with the threat. We protect ourselves and our families on our own first and foremost.

Comment: Re: call the library ? (Score 3, Interesting) 246

by tomkost (#49414949) Attached to: Watching a "Swatting" Slowly Unfold
While I agree they can't take chances with calling, you are unfortunately wrong about them being sued. Well, they could be sued, but there is not much chance of success. The SCOTUS has already ruled that the police have no obligation to protect you as an individual, merely "society at large"... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W...

Comment: Re:useful on a highway (Score 4, Informative) 215

by tomkost (#48240419) Attached to: "Police Detector" Monitors Emergency Radio Transmissions
What you said is correct only sometimes. Often, the police are hitting each car that comes by with radar, thus your device will detect them lighting up the cars in front. If traffic is low, you are in more danger of being hit without warning. Or occasionally there is an officer who understands this and he only lights up the cards he thinks are really speeding. In this case he has to watch you, so you might see him before he decides to light you up. All in all, the ordinary radar detectors do work and provide a worthwhile addition to your vehicle. I don't even speed that much, but I know mine has saved me a few tickets.

Comment: Questions (Score 1) 100

by tomkost (#47666005) Attached to: Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait
1. Does "password guessing" mean they are just trying to login using common passwords like "password" or is it more sophisticated than that?
2. Assuming these brute force methods were used against real accounts, they would presumably become locked. It seems this would have been tried many times already in the past and present and lots of accounts would be getting locked all the time. Thus the email sites must have some way to detect and prevent this?
Just curious about these details... thx.

Comment: Re:Smells like BS (Score 1) 176

by tomkost (#47560401) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance
that's why I never voted for Obama in the first race. He said he would vote against Patriot Act re-authorization but in fact voted for it. Luckily that vote came up before the election. That's how I knew all he said before was just talk. Exec branch should be more transparent, we need less war, more freedom. All the things he said and he did the opposite. You can know who to vote for by looking at the record on Patriot Act re-authorization and NDAA 2012 as well.

Comment: Smells like BS (Score 3, Insightful) 176

by tomkost (#47560185) Attached to: Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance
I'd like to see an analysis by EFF or ACLU. Laws these days are named so that people will think they do when thing when the often do something else or even the opposite of what they do. There's no details given. I'm betting there are no criminal penalties for breaking this new either. Without that, it's useless.

Comment: Re:well (Score 2) 557

by tomkost (#46933225) Attached to: Actual Results of Crimean Secession Vote Leaked
If anyone wanted to know how Crimean's felt about joining Russian Federation, they only had to google it. This poll from May 2013 shows the results and in fact, the percetnage of people supporting joining the Russian Federation has gone down since 2011 despite rough political and economic turns since then. Since the poll was done without the presence of occupying forces, I'm quite sure it's more valid. http://www.iri.org/sites/defau...

Comment: Re:Surprised? (Score 1) 149

by tomkost (#46817759) Attached to: VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control
Hence my use of the phrase "modern day". My belief is that power/and money were less concentrated here in the US in the past. Certainly the oligarchs in the US are more brazen and open about it. Is the US more fair and open than Russia and other systems. Possibly but not the extent it used to be. I suggest that the size and strength of the middle class is the best indicator of health and fairness.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04...

I still believe US is the best place to live all things considered, but we need to change course a bit or it won't stay that way for future generations.

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