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Comment Re:What is it that you say? (Score 1) 445

You're not a taxi service but taxis are potential competitors. Are the like of Uber and Lyft starting to drop the veneer that they don't occupy the same service space as taxi companies? Or are they going to continue with the double speak?

It's not a difficult concept. If I'm a television broadcaster I'm not a movie theater, a video game, a chessboard, or the internet, but all of those are competitors for my customers' attention.

Comment Justice Dept wants to do something about this (Score 1) 1

Interestingly, the Justice Department has just filed an amicus brief in support of a lower court ruling in an appeal case of that ruling. The ruling said, “any bail or bond scheme that mandates payment of pre-fixed amounts for different offenses to obtain pretrial release, without any consideration of indigence or other factors, violates the Equal Protection Clause.” If upheld, it would mean that pre-determined bails for certain types of offenses are illegal.

Submission + - The Big Driver of Mass Incarceration That Nobody Talks About ( 1

schwit1 writes: If you follow media coverage of America’s mass incarceration problem, you are likely to hear a lot about unscrupulous police officers, mandatory minimums, and drug laws. But you are unlikely to hear these two words that have probably played a larger role in producing the excesses of the American criminal justice system than anything else: plea coercion.

The number of criminal cases that actually go to trial in America is steadily dwindling. That’s because prosecutors have so much leverage during plea bargaining that most defendants take an offer—in particular, defendants who are held on bail, and who might need to wait in jail for months or even years before standing trial and facing an uncertain outcome.

We reported last week on a study from Columbia showing that all things being equal, defendants in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia who were made to pay bail are much more likely to plead guilty. Since then, a separate study from researchers at Harvard, Princeton and Stanford has come out that reaches a similar conclusion. . . .

Of course, bail remains a vital tool for judges, and some defendants are too dangerous to be let out before their trial, period. But there are ways we might be able to reform the pre-trial detention system so as to reduce the number of defendants who simply resign themselves to a guilty plea out of desperation since they can’t come up with the money to buy their temporary freedom. For example, the average amount of money bail assessed should be reduced (it has risen exponentially over the last several decades) and courts should experiment with ankle bracelets and home visits to monitor defendants rather than holding them in a jail cell before they have been convicted of a crime.

The focus on policing and minimum sentences and drug laws in the public discourse is all well and good. But if they are serious about making our justice system more fair and less arbitrary, criminal justice reformers should devote more of their efforts to reforming what happens in the period after arrest and before sentencing. That’s an area where big progress can be made with relatively straightforward, and politically palatable reforms.

Submission + - Stealthy malware infects digitally-signed files without altering hashes (

An anonymous reader writes: Black Hat Deep Instinct researcher Tom Nipravsky has undermined the ubiquitous security technique of digitally-signed files by baking malicious code into headers without tripping popular security tools ..

One of three file size checks is not properly conducted by Microsoft's Authenticode allowing VXers to alter expected values so that infected digitally-signed files appear valid ...

Comment Re:They should be fined for acting like babies (Score 0) 170

This is a massive sector for unelected officials to rewrite.

It needs to be rewritten. It's past time to turn the internet (into a dumb pipe) and even cellular service into a public utility, just like the land line. If Congress won't do it, the courts must. And if they don't, we need to put the initiative on the ballot. We endure lousy service only because of public apathy.

I flew in the era when airlines were regulated. Fares, routes, it was all controlled by the federal government, and guess what? It cost a fortune to fly anywhere. Sure, it was great that my employer-paid seat was on a half-populated plane where I could stretch out on the seats, but if I were going somewhere on my own dime, I'd either be driving or Greyhounding it, because I couldn't afford the 'luxury' of flying. Those were also the days pre-Carterfone decision where it was illegal to attach your own devices to 'your' phone line, and long distance calls were expensive as hell. That's the kind of crap regulation was giving us: expensive, limited, and inflexible. And that's the kind of world you'll get if you attain your fantasy of internet and cell services treated as public utilities.

Comment Re: Question (Score 1) 519

150 years ago nobody had ever flown, ever. So stfu and accept that past performance is not indicative of future performance. If everyone was like you we'd all still be living in straw huts because at some point in time nobody had ever lived in a wood framed house, ever.

Except, unlike communism/socialism, once those things were tried, they were found to work and to be superior. You're welcome to keep trying to perfect that which so many others have failed at, but do it where those who don't want to participate have to suffer the consequences along with you.

Comment Re:So will they be passing that savings onto us? (Score 4, Insightful) 474

What's passed along is the cost of supporting the thousands of unemployed.

The old company went belly up, so those jobs were gone anyway. This is a new company and new hires, so nobody is "passing along" anything.

Even if that weren't the case and this had been accomplished by restructuring the old company, that's still good. Productivity gains are achieved by getting the same or more output using fewer resources.

Comment Re:I can see how this might be useful... (Score 1) 147

No need to kill the bad guys, In the event of boarding or link disruption just disable the engine and let the ship sit dead in the water until help arrives. If they can't run it, they can't steal it. The most they could do would be to start offloading the cargo, which would be pretty difficult and time-consuming at sea.

Comment Why? Because they can't do it themselves (Score 3, Informative) 95

The feds do a lousy job of it themselves, in fact a much worse job. The Office of Personnel Management leak exposed millions of security-cleared personnel's records, including mine. I've already had somebody try to get credit in my name, probably from that breach (but could be from one that my former employer suffered as well). The OPM leak contained exponentially more revealing info than this one. I haven't heard of anyone getting fired for it, either, just the director getting to "step down". BFD.

Comment Standard Oil (Score 4, Insightful) 246

I'm not a fan of regulation, but it might be required in order to break the stranglehold one company gets on a particular industry. The example I always think of is John D. Rockefeller and his company, Standard Oil, which was ultimately broken up into smaller companies due to its absolute domination of the industry which it used to destroy competitors. Google may be in line for at least an investigation into whether it's gotten too big for market competition. Facebook as well.

Comment Re:Zuckerman suppresses evidence? (Score 1) 346

So what? Again a non-fucking story. He can run that trending thing however the fucking company wants under current law.

You're right, it's his site and he can do with it what he wants. However, if he's going to make public pronouncements regarding its neutrality and objectivity, he needs to live up to that. At a minimum the processes involved should be public and completely transparent so that users can decide how much they want to trust what FB is doing. By the way, your argument needs more "fuck"s to really sound intelligent.

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