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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.

Comment: Re:Rich, white hypocrites? Say it aint so!!! (Score 1) 317

by tomkost (#46326359) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch
So wrong. Teachers do have unions here in Texas and they do have pensions too. Not that they don't deserve them. My point is that if a union scored a big pension deal and we, the tax payers, could not afford to pay it, we via our elected officials should have the unilateral right to reduce it. We should NOT be forced to pay for it if it turns out later it can't be afforded. The pension should be cut or let it run out of money. Further taxes can not be a mandatory part of the picture is what I'm advocating.

This is why pensions are not necessarily a good idea in the first place. The idea that someone can guarantee you a certain payment level in the future is somewhat speculative to say the least.

http://teachersunionexposed.co... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

This is just one example, there are literally 1000s of others.

Comment: Re:Rich, white hypocrites? Say it aint so!!! (Score 4, Insightful) 317

by tomkost (#46324845) Attached to: Exxon Mobile CEO Sues To Stop Fracking Near His Texas Ranch
As a Libertarian, I can say that many of us are completely fine with Unions. People should be free to form groups to achieve common objectives. I do struggle somewhat with unions for public servant though. The reason being is that it's easier for them to be granted their wishes because their pensions and stuff are backed by the full faith and credit of the US or State government. If a company agrees to a certain pension, and then can't afford it later. It has options to either renegotiate the costs or go out of biz. That last option not being generally available or certainly much less desirable to government, means that future generation have to pay for poor choices of the past. The Unions btw, should be able to use their power and finances to influence elections, just as other large companies and groups are currently doing. None of this should be allowed. I'm much against Citizens United. The elections and the government are for the people. These larger groups can agree what they interested in promoting, but the actual funds should come from private citizens.

Comment: Re:Forgone conclusion? (Score 4, Insightful) 47

by tomkost (#46288731) Attached to: BREIN Gives Up on Dutch Pirate Bay Blockade
The fact of the matter is people believe they are entitled to take whatever they want without having to deal with the DRM, bundling of content, and other crappy service models of GREEDY record companies who earn nearly ALL the money from the recording sales. There, I fixed that for you.

The artists only make money from touring. Studies have shown that copying does not impact music sales. http://news.cnet.com/2100-1027...

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.

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