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Comment Re:Refuse the search? (Score 2) 923

The best way to do this in your home is to step outside and close the door behind you, giving the cop no reason to come inside. In a car, it's a little more difficult to do as all you can really do is just not roll your window all the way down (which you may or may not get away with).

Unfortunately, so few people are willing to exercise their rights simply for the sake of it (I believe a wise man said something along the lines of "rights are only meaningful if they are regularly asserted and tested") that the assumption that you are suspicious for asserting your rights is probably not even that absurd. Wrong in principle and law, but probably not wrong in practice.

Unfortunately, schools seem to keep spitting out more and more "if I'm not doing nuthin' wrong, what do I care?!" piglets, so I don't expect to see any sort of rise in regular innocent people doing this.

Comment Re:Using google... (Score 2) 923

DuckDuckGo doesn't change anything. People seem to keep making the mistake of assuming that the government is spying on people with the collusion of businesses at the other end of our communications who are providing them the data and mechanisms to search and filter it (or even directly reporting it themselves). While much of that is going on, it has also been made pretty clear that what is also happening is that the government is tapping and shunting main connections just on the "outside" of these businesses/data centers. DuckDuckGo can claim to be the best whatever in the world they want, but there is nothing (short of encryption and who even knows, then...?) that they can do when the government is just directly siphoning off data from a shunt just outside of DuckDuckGo's purview.

This is also why, theoretically, a company like Google could say "we are not helping the government in any way whatsoever!". Theoretically, the government could be sucking down all their data as it transmits, but from a source just outside of anything Google "owns" and therefore have no fucking clue it is going on. Even if there is collusion, this would be a sneaky way for everyone to go about achieving the same thing, while still technically claiming plausible deniability.

Comment Re:BAD article, better source, and other notes... (Score 1) 923

Huh? I thought we already knew the answer to what is going on here. The reason it is called "prism" is because of the tapping of fiber optic lines (or something along that line of thinking) that lead to big centers of data. It is very possible that Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and all these other companies have no hand in what is being done, because the government is piggybacking on the main pipe outside of their main servers. You don't need facebook's permission or assistance to gather this data. You just need to tap the connections feeding into their data centers and you have unrestricted access to everything that isn't encrypted. (Of course, this doesn't mean that I don't think that all these companies are totally in complete collusion with the government, either -- too many revolving doors and questionable staffings there).

Comment Re:Refuse the search? (Score 1) 923

Asserting your rights to remain silent or refuse to be searched are probable cause in and of themselves.

Also, I'm not sure I buy this whole story. There have absolutely been millions of google searches for backpacks and pressure cookers *together* in the last few months, as people searched for the actual news stories or discussions about how in the hell the explosions actually occurred.

Worse, just imagine if you visit any "subversive" sites. Maybe you read a lot of stuff at reason.com, have Three Felonies a Day (or almost any political stuff at all, other than the most recent Rush Limbaugh/Michelle Malkin/Whatever that fat dude's name is who does all the sketchy "documentaries" liberal guy) on your Amazon or library checkout record . . . AND you did a search on "pressure cookers". Now you're really fucked.

Comment Re:Not until Anti-Aliasing isn't a thing (Score 3, Insightful) 414

I'm really excited for 4k monitors, but it's going to be awhile before really high quality ones that are great for work (color accuracy and reproduction, no weird problems exhausting your eyes like a lot of gaming-specific monitors) as well as great for gaming (responsive, negligible lag/input-delay/ghosting) are available. Even longer before they are around $3,0000 (which is about the price at which I'd pull the trigger on at least one of them).

Hopefully, by the time those exist, GPUs will exist that can fully utilize a 4k display on a single GPU.

As for home theaters? I don't think we'll see much 4k content in a very long time. I bought my first 50" 1080p HDTV in 2001 but it seems like most of the population is only now finally moving to HDTV in 2013 (and most of those are still the people who say things like "I don't know why we need HDTV -- standard television is as good as it needs to get and I can't tell any different!". There will be a huge chicken and egg problem for the next decade. Plus, since most of the content will start to be delivered over the network, there will have to be significant improvements in speeds and data caps in this country. We can't even count on true 1080p digital distribution, yet.

Consoles will not make use of 4k this generation, so that is out of the question for the next decade, too. Yeah, the PS4 and XBOX ONE both support 4k, but I doubt that's going to be true 4k. It'll be upscaled. I just don't see how these dinky little consoles with only a few gigs of memory available will be able to push enough bits around for native 4k.

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