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Submission + - Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress (

dpqb writes: "Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Itâ(TM)s ⦠a drone, and itâ(TM)s watching you. Thatâ(TM)s what privacy advocates fear from a bill Congress passed this week to make it easier for the government to fly unmanned spy planes in U.S. airspace.

The FAA Reauthorization Act, which President Obama is expected to sign, also orders the Federal Aviation Administration to develop regulations for the testing and licensing of commercial drones by 2015.

Privacy advocates say the measure will lead to widespread use of drones for electronic surveillance by police agencies across the country and eventually by private companies as well.

âoeThere are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance, by both government agencies and commercial entities,â said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists."

Comment I think you miss the point of privacy. (Score 2) 184

It's something to be preserved for it's own sake. It a way, it enables freedom and preserves the sanctity of the individual.

"Most people more or less figure that if you have been researching poisons and your spouse dies from one that you probably did it and deserve what is coming"

What you're saying that it's ok to have no privacy because someone who is researching *blank* and *blank* happened. probably did *blank* ... it isn't even an argument.

Comment Re:Error My Ass (Score 1) 1005

That escapes most people. In their mind, they just KNOW what happened. When in reality, they could never know... sure a murder motivated by racism seems convenient and that's the story they've been fed. But is there any evidence that Zimmerman was even a racist? How do we know what actually happened? I find the entire debate about this so tired and hollow, hearing emotional words like "child" "murder" "racist" thrown around, it's really a good example of what most the "debate" is in this world. - a bunch of people who can't think, only feel, but confuse it with thinking and begin screaming.


Submission + - Arizona Passes Sweeping Internet Censorship Law ( 3

scottbomb writes: It will be interesting to see how long this new law lasts until it's struck down in either the AZ courts or the US Supreme Court. I can't help but wonder just how the AZ legislature thinks this will pass Constitutional muster.
From the article:
"The law, which is being pushed under the guise of an anti-bullying campaign, would mean that anything communicated or published online that was deemed to be “offensive” by the state, including editorials, illustrations, and even satire could be criminally punished."

Comment Who here didn't teach themselves how to computer? (Score 2) 108

I'm not talking about majoring in computer science. I'm talking about basic knowledge of computers through using them and your own inquisitiveness?

  One of the misconceptions about education is that you can teach intelligence, curiosity or interest. Not everyone is the same nor born equal and on the same note, not everyone belongs in college especially not if it means going tens of thousands of dollars in debt, whichever humanitarian thought that was a good idea, good job. So, not everyone belongs on the computer and there's Windows and Mac for them :p

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