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Comment Re:Okay - that was quick. (Score 1) 892

I think it'd be amazing if the president vetoed every single bill, especially ones from his own party. If the House wanted to get anything done, they'd be forced to go across party lines to get sufficient votes to override the veto and eventually they'd even do it proactively once it was clear nothing would pass otherwise. It'd be one of the most bipartisan presidencies we've ever seen!

Comment I've worked with HoloLens (Score 4, Interesting) 56

By far the best thing about it was it's ability to rapidly construct meshes of the space you're in and track head movements so that holograms displayed in the scene remain stable as you move your head and move around. It seems to me, almost none of those strengths come to play when you're sitting in chair/cockpit of a tank. I wouldn't consider the IMU and transparent OLED screens to be the biggest differentiators of the HoloLens. Also, the viewing angle of the screens sucks balls and is by far the most limiting aspect of the HoloLens experience. Furthermore, the HoloLens is a stand-alone Windows 10 machine which limits the amount of processing power available. Again, if you're seated in a tank then you don't need a cordless experience along with all the handicaps that entails.

Comment Re:whats wrong with this picture. (Score 1) 41

It's publicly available is not a good argument or excuse to vacuum it all up and analyse/monitor childrens social media.

Helpful in an active shooter scenario? If your incidence of active shooter scenarios are so high as to make this a significant reason to spy on kids then maybe spend the money to actually solve the active shooter problem.

It could pick up cries for help or threats of self harm/harming others...There is a cost to benefit judgement here that I feel the cost (kids privacy) is way too high but YMMV.

The NSA and whoever else do worse so why not have schools do a subset on students is a terrible reason.

The phrase, "vacuum it all up" is interesting because the data isn't vacuumed by Geofeedia, it's sold to them by Twitter via Gnip. It's just like how websites sell your PII to advertising companies. Everyone who uses Twitter consents to this and the fact of the matter is this: the posts you make on Twitter are every bit as public as something you screamed at the top of your lungs on from the top of a building downtown. Certainly the users have *some* personal accountability? It wasn't my intent to argue that this, in and of itself, solved the active shooter problem. I simply mean to say that the folks interested in this tool are concerned with saving lives and responding as quickly to threats as possible. There are probably a dozen other things they are also doing to "solve the active shooter problem" and other issues, it's not like they are only allowed to do one thing at a time. If folks don't like it, they shouldn't use a product that is monetized by selling their data.

Comment Re:whats wrong with this picture. (Score 1) 41

A covert surveillance tool monitoring your nations children operated by police liaison stationed on school grounds. For their own safety of course. (Well "mostly" for their safety. No mention of what the other motivations might be).

This isn't a slippery slope. This is halfway down the mountain heading for a cliff sliding at full speed.

All of the Twitter info captured by the tool is publicly available and when an active shooter incident occurs, calls for help via social media beat any other form of communication. Furthermore, people in general but children in particular, say pretty disturbing things on social media. Cries for help, threatening to harm themselves or other students. Perhaps the idea of a public safety employee monitoring the information is too spooky for some and apparently the value prop isn't being realized according to the article but this pales in comparison to the PRISM stuff or other clandestine programs.

Comment Re:Funny thing is (Score 3, Informative) 120

Nine emails and multiple text messages so far from one vendor including notification of an account created for me on their site. All of this for a single purchase of some tea bags. I didn't expressly ask for this much follow-up and there's no way for me to turn it off. Even the text messages have a cost, however trivial, which I did not consent to (amazon never sends me texts because I turned off the shipment notifications feature, something this vendor has ignored).

Comment OpenStreetMaps is globally editable too (Score 2) 109

...the simple stupidity of using a globally-editable data source for feeding a mapping and navigation system is ... "awesome"...

Lots of services and organizations use OpenStreetMaps which is a crowd sourced GIS repository. I don't know how moderation of OSM compares to Wikipedia, but last I heard, Wikipedia is moderated pretty heavily. Isn't over-moderation a big complaint about Wikipedia these days?

Comment Re:It's your turn, Mr Assange (Score 2) 289

From the redacted emails that have been released, there have been numerous signs of separate crimes being committed surrounding both gross negligence and willful acts, including where she told her subordinates to remove origination headers, which implies classification (a crime to remove and separately to order others to do it), to send via fax (a separate crime). The same people that have been willfully blocking the investigation (yet another crime) assured the public that this was not classified content.

This is misinformation. Comey stated in the committee yesterday that it was well known in diplomatic circles that the particular phrasing she used meant making the material safe for a third-party and was not an instruction to remove classification headings. And I quote:

Comey said, “Actually it caught my attention when I first saw it, and what she explained and other witnesses did as well is what she meant by that is send it in a non-classified format," Comey said. “In diplomatic circles ('non paper') means something we could pass to another government.”

Comment Re:It's your turn, Mr Assange (Score 2) 289

Ok, how about this evidence:

She testified under oath that there was no classified information sent or received by her email server to the Benghazi Committee. The FBI just had a big press conference saying they found 100+ classified documents that were classified at the time of sending / receiving. The FBI director just testified under oath to the House Government Oversight Committee that there was classified material in the emails, which was classified at the time of delivery.

Pending perjury charges? Probably not, because no "reasonable prosecutor" has the balls to try it.

FBI director stated in the committee yesterday that none of the emails had the required classifications headers and that the only ones that had a classification (C) symbol were specified in the body, in a threaded discussion. There are no perjury charges because according to Comey, it is a "reasonable inference" that she didn't know the material was classified. But hey, don't let me interrupt the echo chamber.

Comment Re:It's your turn, Mr Assange (Score 3, Informative) 289

As compared to the president who thought there was 52 states?

Who was that? Obama looked to me to have started to say "all 50" states, but corrected himself down to 47 in mid thought/sentence, and said fifty-uh-seven. And didn't bother to redact his "fifty" before revising the number down to 47.

I'd hate to be a politician, a single slip of the tongue and a bunch of self-important twats will jump on for it. Here's the snopes that further elaborates on the event you are referring to in your comment. http://www.snopes.com/politics...

Comment I like my Windows Phone (Score 4, Insightful) 456

Not ashamed to admit it. I loved my giant yellow Lumia 1520 and the HTC One isn't so either. I find the Metro UI (whatever it's called these days) to be really pleasant to use. In a way I like being the black sheep of mobile users, my phone solves the problems I need it to solve handily and looks good doing it and it doesn't look like the phones of everyone else.

Plenty of iOS devices have gone through our household and I resent how there's still a lingering dependency on them because of old iTunes libraries requiring them. I resent the iTunes interface and how poorly designed it is; a miscarriage on a dinner plate is more appealing than that shitty software. It feels like the whole paradigm is a way to fuck over people.

Android strikes me as a mass consumer oriented product which is probably why it's been so successful. Conformal and uninspiring in every way.

It'd be a shame if the whole Windows Phone platform just died off. I've always told everyone good things about it.

Comment Re:State doing the CYA thing (Score 2) 261

"though they were not classified at the time they were sent to Clinton's personal email"

Legally, it doesn't matter that the emails weren't classified at the time they were sent. Classification doesn't depend on markings, classification depends on content. If you strip the classified markings from an item that doesn't mean it isn't classified anymore.

The article says that the classification was upgraded later, not that it was stripped from the version she received in her email? Your comments regarding classification and markings are interesting but are they really relevant in this case? Maybe I'm missing something but if the information was not classified, and was subsequently released into a public domain, then the information is retroactively upgraded... it's too late, all originator controls are gone? How could someone be held accountable for something like that?

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