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Comment Re:Here's a better question (Score 1) 204

They have it for reading the mag stripe that is on your drivers license. Since that is encoded differently from a gift card, that is why they couldn't make any sense of the info when they scanned the card. legal or illegal gift card would have netted the same nonsensical info on their readers. And to be technical it is not their readers that are the problem, it is their software.

I work at a company that encodes membership/loyalty (mag stripe) cards. The software we have for this is very flexible and can read/encode almost anything on a mag stripe. It is probably a similar setup to what they were using to alter the gift cards in the first place.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

The cards, although illegal are not the problem. The were in an OPAQUE bag. I saw nowhere in 18 USC 1029, where the possession of an OPAQUE bag is illegal or even cause for a search or even reasonable suspicion. However; once the LEO got the information back on the passenger that he had an outstanding warrant, then and only dependent on the nature of the warrant could they have reasonable suspicion. eg... failure to pay child support = no reasonable suspicion of an opaque bag. Selling drugs = reasonable suspicion of an opaque bag.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

I agree with everything you say about the gift cards, but that is not the problem. The article stated it was an opaque bag that was spotted, not 143 gift cards. Unless the warrant of passenger had something to do with an illegal activity the could involve hiding stuff inside small opaque bags the how could there be reasonable suspicion? From my experiences with the courts, the only reason they defendants didn't win getting the search thrown out is that they did have enough money for a good attorney.

Comment Re:Right. (Score 2, Insightful) 222

How in the fcuk did this comment get modded as insightful? Out of the three you got 1 right.

Don't blame the States - Wrong, blame the States, it is the States (as through it's elected officials) that is taking the bribes (meaning the 'legal' lobbying).
Blame the big corporation - Correct.
Blame us- Wrong. The corruption of politics is so complete that if you believe your vote counts for anything then you are delusional.

Comment Apple and the EU tax (Score 1) 165

If England were smart they would lure Apple move from Ireland to set up shop there and move out of Ireland. Nothing against the Irish, they are not the ones that are giving Apple the screws. With an independent England they could grant the tax breaks and not have the commitment broken by a third party after the fact. That would help England with the perceived problems of Brexit and give Apple a graceful way to say FU to the EU.

Comment Does anyone remember..... (Score 2) 69

Slim Devices (RIP)

For those not familiar, way back in the early 2000's Slim Devices put together a hardware/software package for whole house streaming audio that is STILL ahead of today's current technology. Logitech bought them in 2006, actually made a few improvements until maybe 2009-10, but I am guessing that is while the most of the unit was still staffed with Slim engineers. In 2012 they discontinued the line, followed up with the EU Radio (stupid fucking name) which was in the same housing as the last version of the Squeeze radio. The only bright part about the EU radio is that you could flash the bios to make it work as a Squeeze radio. They then discontinued the EU radio. Trying to find replacment squeeze radios gets harder and harder (and more expensive by the month). I have 8 devices at home and that should last me..... Fingers crossed.

FU logitech, stick to making mice and keyboards. You never let me down there, but did you really fuck up the Squeeze line.

Comment STFU (Score 1) 416

How in the hell did this make it to the front page of Slashdot? Wait it is an attempt bash MS, so lets push it through. Oh my God, I can't believe the Xbox360 won't run Linux or do exactly what I want it to do. Get over it, it was not designed to be a general purpose device. MS made it to compete in the console arena not against the media center PC.

Wahhh I won a new car and it won't run the latest version of Debian... STFU and either sell your Xbox and buy something you can make work to your desire, give it away as a gift (which would make you the worlds coolest uncle) or buy some of the better Xbox games and enjoy it for what it is.

Comment Re:Ooozing sympathy ... (Score 1) 66

Seriously, did you watch the first 10 seconds of the video and come to your conclusion based on the fact that your car got rained on? You can see water rushing into the room from the hall. This is inside a building, I can't imagine how fast the water must have been moving outside.

Comment Re:Dodgy statesmen (Score 1) 681

They are still paying a slew of other WA state taxes. They are just not paying licensing taxes in WA. They are a big corporation, they are taxed in every jurisdiction they operate in. Are you so naive to think that all sales from MS come directly from WA and conversely use resources/infrastructure provide by the state of WA?

Comment Re:Microsoft Is the Epitome of Evil (Score 1) 681

Or instead of moving to Russia, they could just move to Nevada where there is no tax on licenses and they have all the utilities you seem to think only exist in WA. By the way, it is the license tax that the article is talking about. I work large commercial construction, guess who pays for all the infrastructure upgrades when you build big commercial/industrial projects. If you say the State or even the local government you will get a big fat F-. It is the company that is building.

Maybe you could pull your head from your socialist ass and suggest that the State exercise some financial responsibility.

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