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Comment Re:So a useless 'bot, then? (Score 1) 180

The majority of the citations I have direct knowledge of were unfair in some way. I hope the prevalence of dash cams will make class action suits possible vs challenging individual tickets.


Teenagers in my city are targeted for fines as they're without the resources to fight unfair enforcement.

Ex: Install no parking signs on the streets surrounding the high school during the day and ticket all the students. Inform the students that they had a duty to move their cars upon installation of the signs as there is no grace period. Of course officers were standing by to write truancy tickets for any student who did.
Subtext: Begin requiring paid permits for the parking lot, which also require agreeing allow any property searches - waiving 4th amendment rights. Given that students whose cars were at home were singled out for searches because drug dogs alerted on their car (allegedly in the parking lot), it's clear why the considered probable cause an impediment.

In adult life, I use a dash cam because of the false traffic citations. The last one it saved me from was a 51 in a 40 zone ticket. I was driving 40, period - and have video. When I watched them afterwards, two patrol cars were literally ticketing the next car driving by after they finished writing the last citation.

Comment Re:The 'real market value of his work' is irreleva (Score 1) 254

... so obviously, the next logical step would be to demand $2M from the renter for the 10,000 miles driven.

Except the car is a one of a kind custom exotic car, and they've been using it for a exclusive high rollers limo service and claiming the car as their own creation. He's demanding a cut of the fares for the unauthorized limo use.

i.e. Claiming is work as their own, and transferring it to 3rd parties for publication is not the same as simply using it longer. If this were music or a movie, nobody has a problem understanding that each copy is a infringement. Count each copy printed in every unauthorized publication and I bet their not asking nearly what the MPAA or RIAA would for each violation.

Comment Re:Drop Apple (Score 1) 212

The both of them engaged in play acting. The FBI wanted to oblige Apple to respond to thousands (or tens of thousands) of FISA requests a year. Also, Apple was happy to have a PR image of being secure while the FBI was happy if dumb criminals thought the iPhones were safe to store incriminating information on.

Comment Re: Unbridled capitalism (Score 2) 605

the people of Switzerland own guns to protect their country as part of the militia, the exact same thing our Founding Fathers said in the Constitution.

Are you lying, or just parroting what someone told you? The Founding Fathers studied the failings of governments of the past, and identified private gun ownership a crucial tool for the preservation of freedom. They also saw centralized power as a threat, and sought to empower the states. Militias and private weapon ownership were both thought to be so important the right should be embodied in the Constitution that was already growing longer than desired. Some argued that they needed to spell it out or liars would pretend to misunderstand what 'Shall not' doesn't have exceptions. Others said that if you list specifics, those same liars will claim everything not specifically spelled out isn't protected, that only a fool wouldn't understand and that the document was too long already. It looks like that first group had a point. (it's not one guy, and there was a great deal of arguing)

Here is a hint: We have the letters and minutes from the meetings and don't need a crystal ball to divine the intent of the words in the Constitution. If it's unclear to you, you may read the discussion about the writing and adoption of that part of the document to gain a deeper understanding.

Comment Re:You can't will the free market to your desires (Score 1) 607

> Why would a customer pay 3x for your employer's output than they would the Indian company?

All but two of the Indians I have worked with in the last 3 years have been fucking useless. They have no drive, no curiosity, and no initiative. ... Anything that requires thought or reasoning skills? Forget it. When we saw just how terrible they were at everything, a back channel network was quickly established for when we need to get things done quickly and correctly.

The Indians working at the outsourcing firms are at the equivalent of a soul-less telemarketing job. They are rewarded for following a script, closing tickets quickly and are punished for any initiative that would take time. Of course your view of them looks like that. The management of the body shop trained them to do that to maximize profit under the stupid contract the US management signed. The Indian's themselves aren't stupid.(though the body shops may pay too little to attract the brightest) US companies could pay for better service, or open a 'support branch' in India so they could keep experienced people and train them to own problems while still paying lower wages.

It seems the US management doesn't care if the current support agreement doesn't work well and frustrates the US workers, and they're happy to try and turn employment at their company into share cropping. That's your problem.

Comment Re: Rocking With My Sony (Score 4, Informative) 188

Yes, right... Like you made any difference. When you boycott a giant like Sony, you're just one of an incredibly small number who will make no impact whatsoever.

Perhaps you've missed Sony's financial situation. Pre-rootkit I had a Sony TV; camcorder; reciever; digital camera; high end artisan monitor (21 inch - used at 2048x1536 when LCDs were 1024x768); SVHS; 100 disc CD changer... I was the decision maker for purchasing computer equipment at work, and had been buying Sony products in the mix. Since that time? My career has taken off allowing for much greater toy spending. $10k+ in photo gear, but no Sony. There are no Sony TV/entertainment products in the new house, another $10k+ loss for Sony; 65 computer systems at work, with no Sony systems or peripherals. I'm asked for recommendations all the time, and never suggest Sony. Sony's rootkit cost them a minimum of $50k in direct sales, plus lost referrals. I had preferentially bought Sony before then.

There are so many folks doing the same that it has added up, and Sony's bottom line has suffered.

Comment Re:What they really need (Score 1) 394

Cities without a geographical constraint spread out because it's cheaper than bundling all the people and pollution into one spot.

The greater Houston area is nearly the size of Conneticut. The whole state. Borders that prevent sprawl create cities dense enough that mass transit can work in. I'd love to see a 'just bike' person commute to the other side of town and back in August by bike. It'll be a 150 mile trip.

Comment Re:So which sensors? (Score 4, Informative) 153

Anti-lock brakes, computer controlled transmission shifting, variable assist power steering, fly-by-wire throttle and closed loop engine management all require sensors. Taken together, those sensors exceed what's needed to explain VW's cars ability to distinguish between active driving and a steady state test.

Comment Re:China learned the foreign aid lesson from the U (Score 1) 109

Also, it will be China's communication equipment. It will have intercept capabilities built in for the use of China's intelligence agencies. While they'd have little interest in Cubans, they anticipate American tourists soon. Corporate espionage may be profitable enough to offset China's costs...

Comment Re: Face facts, she is not going to admit anything (Score 1) 348

The laws are there to make it more difficult to conceal corruption or working against the interests of the administration (or people - in theory anyway).

Advanced knowledge of foreign policy changes or influence in setting policy can be *very* valuable. It currently appears she was in contact with folks who act to sell that influence, kept private so it could be for the benefit of the Clinton's vs the Democrat party or the current administration (with politicians of either party I'm assuming just adopting the best policy for the US without a quid pro quo at least isn't an option).

The emails to the defense department are only important in that the show Hillary was lying both about the date range she conducted official business on a private server and whether she turned over all emails relating to official business.

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