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Comment Re: My tax dollars at work, coming to arrest me (Score 4, Interesting) 174

While now is a dubious time to load up on bitcoin (markets are shakey, looks like a price drop is incoming), it may be a good idea to start factoring it into your portfolio for future semi-anonymous payments.

Regardless what people say, you can have some form of anonyminity with bitcoin. It will require the use of a tumbler, but if you don't mind spending $100 on EC2 instances you can create your own very easily or use a decentralized mixing service like coinjoin.

I'm not saying move your life savings to bitcoin, that would be beyond stupid. But having 5% in bitcoin holdings may prove to be helpful if a modified version of this bill is passed in the future

Comment Re:He is lucky he did not get shot on the spot (Score 1) 235

It doesn't need to be clear case of murder to be a tragedy.

We have no idea if this man was really brandishing. From the video all you can establish is that this gentleman did not want to be put in handcuffs. I mean, race aside, would YOU want to be put in handcuffs simply because someone called the police anonymously and claimed you had a gun? Just turned out this man was black so it was justifiable that he may have a gun and he may use it. Because, you know, that's what they all do on rap videos.

As of now, the white man's terrorism is truly unstoppable.

I agree. It's the same problem we faced with the mob mentality in the 1920's, except we are funding this mafia.

Comment Re:He is lucky he did not get shot on the spot (Score 1) 235

Was he though? Or did this anonymous homeless gentleman say something to get this man who wouldn't give him $1 in trouble? Was there even an anonymous homeless gentleman? Finally, in what free American state can anonymous homeless gentlemen simply place an anonymous phone call to have police violate your rights? (hint: it's all of them)

Let me paint a different picture, based on reported facts so far.

Officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake were reportedly responding to a 911 call about a man threatening someone with a gun

This is a tough situation. Simply threatening someone has a gun will get a paramilitary response (did you see the officers that responded? they were MMA fighters)

before they arrived, but Muflahi said no one was waving a gun, certainly not Sterling.

Now what. A single phone call from an anonymous man claiming a gun can get a black man shot and killed. Read that again. I could anonymously call saying I saw you waving a gun around and a cop could be justified in shooting you if they find *something* on you that may or may not be a gun (i don't know about you, but I don't know what gun you can pull out of a pocket that you can conceal almost entirely in your hand.. check out the video again, freeze frame when the officer pulls something out of the dead man's pocket and try to tell me if that looks like a gun to you)

Also lets never forget this crucial eye witness testimony that was not even considered by the responding officers

Muflahi walked out the front door when he saw the officers talking to Sterling and said there was no “altercation,” as police claimed, until the cops tasered and tackled Sterling. That’s when Muflahi took out his phone and started recording.

You have the owner of the property telling you there was no altercation and yet here we have officers needing to taser and tackle. We see the gentleman slammed into the car and onto the pavement with the use of a taser as reports indicate. Then we see two big police officers on top of another big gentleman. We *HEAR* the police officers say "HE'S GOT A GUN" and then shots go off.

Let me paint a different picture for you.

Someone, not liking this Sterling gentleman, places an anonymous 911 call from a pay or burner phone. Peace officers arrive and engage in a tense and elevated manner leading to preemptive use of controlling tactics before talking to other witnesses at the scene. Once they have this Sterling gentleman on the ground, they are able to cover and shield his entire body for the safety of others as they claim he has a gun. They fire shots as they think this Sterling gentleman is reaching for a gun which an anonymous homeless person claimed he has previously brandished. The peace officers remove an object from his pocket leaving the sterling gentleman to bleed out and perish in front of said store owner who would call these same peace officers if any trouble occurred at his store (which he said, no such trouble existed at his store).

I will not speculate who this someone was that placed this 911 call, that is an exercise for the reader. But seriously think twice before walking near a homeless man with anything in your pocket, it may end your life. Also don't be black when walking around with things in your pocket.


Comment Re:I'm more surprised (Score 0) 143

What's really bothersome is not that they were collecting the data but that he had to prove his innocence instead of the State having to prove his guilt. It's a disturbing trend where we're proving innocence as opposed to relying on the State to prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.

By a jury of your peers. Most of your peers are gullible and hate baby killers.

Comment Re:Battery powered (Score 1) 84

During the release in New York they claimed the battery should expect 2 weeks of usage and takes 3 hours to charge. You can always remove the shoe because it defaults to an open circuit (if i interpret the patent correctly, it "ratchets down" the shoe to a snug size. without power you can manually "open" the sneakers)

Comment Re:Why does an Org Chart need a timeline? (Score 1) 246

sounds like you are not in management. back in the day you design your org chart with a plan over the next ten years in case someone left, transferred, or otherwise planned to stay with the company through retirement. today, there is such massive turnover that your org chart today looks completely different tomrorow as the article describes. you need to stay proactive on your business otherwise your entire company or department will suffer. maybe the timelines aren't xx years or xx months, but you cannot really sit here and say that technologies that existed 5 years ago continue to exist today. VoIP was major in the past decade which has been reduced to turnkey solutions that does not require a CCIE to manage. Storage has been ejected to the cloud, why hire multiple SAN engineers and a manager to manage them? Or do you just like to see empty boxes in your org chart? You need to plan, your strategy cannot be in years anymore, it must be in months. Until the cloud technologies are entrenched in our way of life, then we can revert to longer turnover cycles

Comment Re: It has begun! (Score 1) 145

depends on how smart your cruise control is. typically it switches off because traction control kicked in. the car has no way to detect if you're slipping because of bad road conditions or because you were just hit from a 90 degree angle. what it does know is that cruise control will try to accelerate if you are below speed. when the ecu detects differing speeds on wheels outside of the norm it should disengage as a safety feature. it just so happens the safety feature protects the manufacturer from liability as well.

now in your smarter nissan, maybe it knows to slow down to regain control and, depending on objects around the car, return to original speed. but there are not enough use cases where that would be even remotely safe so better to err on the side of caution.

Comment Re:Damn Ads! (Score 3, Interesting) 83

The problem is us low-uid drones keep coming back and reading (and some of us continue posting to the comment section). Ergo, nothing will change. Just like the anti-beta team that was slowly silenced by the developers forcing the problematic design on us all. Solyent News picked a horrible name and just faded into obscurity (yes they have very similar content but the comment section is desperately lacking). So where else do we have to go.. Reddit? ha. IRC? I know a few that have. But must that I've talked to have just given up. They never login anymore and continue to read slashdot and give into the ad viewership. Which, what is up with that ?autorefresh and waking up to blaring audio ads because I left slashdot open in a tab.

If my ADD didn't need a fix, slashdot would be dead to me now. At least OSNews hasn't strayed from it's path in over 15 years.

Comment Re:Still too much (Score 4, Insightful) 114

Your post advocates a

( ) technical ( ) legislative (X) market-based ( ) vigilante

approach to fighting spam. Your idea will not work. Here is why it won't work. (One or more of the following may apply to your particular idea, and it may have other flaws which used to vary from state to state before a bad federal law was passed.)

( ) Spammers can easily use it to harvest email addresses
(X) Mailing lists and other legitimate email uses would be affected
( ) No one will be able to find the guy or collect the money
( ) It is defenseless against brute force attacks
(X) It will stop spam for two weeks and then we'll be stuck with it
(X) Users of email will not put up with it
(X) Microsoft will not put up with it
( ) The police will not put up with it
( ) Requires too much cooperation from spammers
(X) Requires immediate total cooperation from everybody at once
(X) Many email users cannot afford to lose business or alienate potential employers
( ) Spammers don't care about invalid addresses in their lists
( ) Anyone could anonymously destroy anyone else's career or business

Specifically, your plan fails to account for

( ) Laws expressly prohibiting it
(X) Lack of centrally controlling authority for email
(X) Open relays in foreign countries
( ) Ease of searching tiny alphanumeric address space of all email addresses
(X) Asshats
( ) Jurisdictional problems
(X) Unpopularity of weird new taxes
( ) Public reluctance to accept weird new forms of money
( ) Huge existing software investment in SMTP
( ) Susceptibility of protocols other than SMTP to attack
( ) Willingness of users to install OS patches received by email
( ) Armies of worm riddled broadband-connected Windows boxes
( ) Eternal arms race involved in all filtering approaches
(X) Extreme profitability of spam
( ) Joe jobs and/or identity theft
( ) Technically illiterate politicians
( ) Extreme stupidity on the part of people who do business with spammers
( ) Dishonesty on the part of spammers themselves
( ) Bandwidth costs that are unaffected by client filtering
( ) Outlook

and the following philosophical objections may also apply:

(X) Ideas similar to yours are easy to come up with, yet none have ever been shown practical
( ) Any scheme based on opt-out is unacceptable
( ) SMTP headers should not be the subject of legislation
( ) Blacklists suck
( ) Whitelists suck
( ) We should be able to talk about Viagra without being censored
( ) Countermeasures should not involve wire fraud or credit card fraud
( ) Countermeasures should not involve sabotage of public networks
( ) Countermeasures must work if phased in gradually
(X) Sending email should be free
( ) Why should we have to trust you and your servers?
( ) Incompatiblity with open source or open source licenses
( ) Feel-good measures do nothing to solve the problem
(X) Temporary/one-time email addresses are cumbersome
( ) I don't want the government reading my email
( ) Killing them that way is not slow and painful enough

Furthermore, this is what I think about you:

(X) Sorry dude, but I don't think it would work.
( ) This is a stupid idea, and you're a stupid person for suggesting it.
( ) Nice try, assh0le! I'm going to find out where you live and burn your house down!

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