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Comment Re:What is the point? (Score 2) 340

Sorry, you're out-of-date. Federal Appeals Court last year ruled that border guards DO need probable cause to search such things as computers and phones under most circumstances. The only exceptions are circumstances which would also be exceptions away from the border.

The current legality of border searches of electronic property isn't fully settled (see e.g. wikipedia), but the case you're linking is completely unrelated to that issue. The decision doesn't discuss border exceptions -- from the court's perspective, it's a regular arrest and search, and they follow the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Riley v. California (requiring a warrant for searches of a cell phone found during an arrest).

Comment Decision details (Score 5, Informative) 934

Really sad that the links have few details, and more than 1.5 hours later, no one's posted anything more.

The decision text is available here. The decision is by Judge Edmond Chang, appointed in 2010 by Obama to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The case name is Illinois Association of Firearm Retailers v. City of Chicago (formerly known as Benson v. City of Chicago).

This link says that the lawsuit challenges five aspects of Chicago's law:

  1. the ban on any form of carriage
  2. the ban on gun stores
  3. the ban on firing ranges
  4. the ban on self-defense in garages, porches, and yards
  5. the ban on keeping more than one gun in an operable state

Comment Re:Jobs vision was Eberharts vision (Score 3, Insightful) 692

Needless to say, Goombah99, it's troubling that you've replied to your own comment, and that they've both been modded up, when you've repeatedly referred to Douglas Engelbart as "Eberhart". Additionally....

In other words we see eberhart as brilliant mainly because steve jobs wrought the lens that lats us see it for what it was. Jobs reduction of computer science to consumer devices was his brilliance.

This is overwrought, to put it mildly. What do Jobs' consumer products have to do w/ the technology demonstrated by Engelbart? That is, "computer [mice] as well as of video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, revision control, and a collaborative real-time editor."

I'll agree that the original Mac popularized the mouse, and possibly WYSIWYG word processing, but none of the other topics owe their popularity to (for example) the iPod, iPhone, etc.

Comment Re:What year is this? (Score 2) 559

Countries like Japan, America, and northern Europe, where factories often have the latest tech, have far fewer unemployed young people than countries in southern Europe or India. The biggest problem is inflexible labor markets that make it hard to hire/fire and modify jobs.

Labor laws in Germany and Sweden are among the most inflexible ones in Europe but both countries are doing pretty well compared to the rest of Europe regarding unemployment.

Spain and Greece didn't have a problem with inflexible labor market.

This doesn't necessarily invalidate your broader point, but Spain does, in fact, have an extremely inflexible labor market. The World Economic Forum’s 2012 Global Competitiveness Report ranked Spain’s labor market 134th out of 142 countries. For example, under a policy originally introduced during the Franco era, a company must pay a laid-off long-term worker 1.5 months of salary for every year he's been employed at the company. (If he's been there for 8 years, the company must pay him a full year's salary as severance pay.) Especially during the downturn, that policy has made companies loath to hire employees on anything other than temp contracts, contributing to Spain's massive 50% unemployment rate for workers under 26.

Comment Re:About those Russians (Score 2) 567

Depressing seeing this modded up to 5.

You also forget the AIR POWER that the Americans brought to bear on Germany's manufacturing cities and supply lines. Without manufacturing, the German war machine collapsed.

Completely inaccurate. The British began large-scale bombing of Germany in early 1942, while the US began bombing in mid-1942. Combined raids started in mid-1943.

What did German military production do during that time period? This chart (.pdf, page 32) shows production rising almost continuously from 1941 until it peaked in July 1944. Other sources show various production components also peaking in 1944, e.g. tanks. (This massive increase in production is typically credited to Albert Speer, who was appointed as Armaments Minister in early 1942, although the linked paper disputes that.)

In the meantime, on the Eastern Front, the Soviets won the Battle of Stalingrad in February, 1943, after which they relentlessly pushed the Germans back across Russia and Eastern Europe.

In fact, strategic bombing had a minimal impact on German production, and Germany's military reversals certainly weren't due to inadequate materiel.


Private Collector Builds Apple Pop-Up Museum 73

David Greelish, Founder of the Atlanta Historical Computing Society, has taken it upon himself to "tell the story of Apple.” Greelish partnered with Lonnie Mimms, a local computer collector, with a museum-quality exhibit dubbed the "Apple Pop-Up Museum." From the article: "...Mimms wanted to focus specifically on Apple—partly because of Steve Jobs' recent passing, but also because of Apple's 'overwhelming success and stardom.' And so the two teamed together to create the Apple Pop-Up Museum, which will be part of the Vintage Computer Festival Southeast 1.0 when it opens in Atlanta on April 20 and 21, 2013. In a twist of historical fate, the show will be held in an old CompUSA store, with 6,000 feet of the CompUSA regional corporate offices being used for the Apple Pop-Up museum. '[Mimms] and his staff are literally building a museum within the separate rooms,' Greelish told Ars."

Comment Re:Different from Ellsberg/Pentagon Papers (Score 2) 491

Now, I won't defend the Army's treatment of Manning after his arrest. But he shouldn't have been surprised he was charged with the crimes he is accused of.

This is different from the Ellsburg case, in that Ellsberg did not have an active clearance at the time he acquired and distributed the Pentagon Papers.

This false. Ellsberg had a clearance while working at DoD and then RAND Corporation, during which time he both contributed to the Pentagon Papers and later copied and distributed them. See, for example, here.

Bradley Manning was an active-duty serviceman, and as such was subject to the restrictions imposed on him by his security clearance. Every person with security clearance is required to sign a document stating that if you ever disclose classified material acquired in the course of your duties to anyone not entitled to have it, the government will prosecute you to the hilt. It's not an ambiguous or hard-to-understand document.

The above link explains that during Ellsberg's trial, the government did attempt to use the fact that he'd signed a security statement, like Manning.

Beyond these details, your broader suggestion that Manning's actions were different from Ellsberg's is contradicted by no less an authority than Daniel Ellsberg himself, who has said, among other things, that "I was Bradley Manning."

Comment Re:Good luck with that! (Score 1) 361

The way to preserve your savings over the long term is to dump the Federal Reserve Note, which they are steadily eroding in value, and switch to something else that the Fed can't run off a printing press.

Yes, like shares invested in the S&P 500, whose real value in 2010 was 50x (5000%) that of its 1950 value. (graph) Certainly an improvement over gold, whose real price compared to its 1950 value has ranged in various years from 55% to 450%. (graph)

Comment Re:Carter is Republican scapegoat for islam hate (Score 3, Informative) 812

I got my information from history books with a neutral point of view that were reviewed for accuracy.
Ronald Reagan is vilified for the Iran-Contra Scandal in which it is said that he traded weapons in exchange for getting the Hostages released. But if what you said was true, and Carter negotiated the release before Reagan took office, then the whole Iran=Contra scandal is false.

Good god. In Iran-Contra, the Reagan administration facilitated the sale of arms to Iran in the hope of freeing hostages in Lebanon taken from 1982 onward, years after the Iranian hostage crisis.

So what history books have you been getting your information from?

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