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Comment Blog vague on when, why ... and the problem (Score 1) 52

During the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver? The blog contains no information on the _one_ use of the Stingray. What is the blog hiding? They had the info since the blog writes:

"The VPD provided some context for its previous use of a Stingray and on the basis of the information they gave us, we can vouch for their past use (and they say there’s only been one) being legitimate, appropriate and properly authorized."

So, the time the Vancouver Police Force did use it (kept secret by the blogger?), it was legitimate, appropriate, and properly authorized ... from which the blog seems to conclude that obviously it has been and is being used illegitimately, inappropriately, and unauthorized. What?

Comment But ... the system worked. They already knew ... (Score 1) 660

... the shooter was a problem. They didn't know exact plans and timings, but they had successfully identified a potential problem.

As with so many previous incidents, the current 'spying' privileges allowed the identification of a potential problem.

What was lacking was funding to allow continued surveillance, NOT more in depth surveillance, just more surveillance. See the difference?

Is there a belief that deeper 'spying' will permit law enforcement to do more with increasingly less funding?

Comment Biology is not science, it's just 'collecting'. (Score 1) 48

If biology had any kind of 'first principles' like say physics or math, its researchers would not be constantly surprised by things like this.
There doesn't seem to be any "I wonder if ..." thinking in biology to push the boundaries of what is known, to intuit what might not yet have been discovered the way there is (again) in math and physics. And since medical research depends in large part on biological foundations, what is the real hope progress?

Comment Recruiting ... dead people? How hard is that? (Score 1) 119

Recruiter: "So Mr ... ah .. Smith. My final question for you is the important one. As for the previous questions, your silence will be interpreted as consent. So, Mr. Smith would you like to be part of our study? '

Brain Dead Person (Mr. Smith):

Recruiter: "Excellent! Welcome aboard, great to have you on the team. Our people will draft up the paperwork and we'll get right to work. Thank you for your cooperation."

Comment Because ... older people have been around (Score 1) 837

No surprise that older people are more skeptical. In fact, that's kind of a silly observation.

Of course they are! They've had decades more experience in being served BS and are more aware of the fact that some people will intentionally mislead other people for personal gain.

Once upon a time the phrase was, "[The young] are more impressionable." Well, yeah. There was another: "If you are not a socialist when you are young, you have no heart. If you are still a socialist when you are old, you have no brain." So be a climate activist when you are young, and when you get old well you'll be wiser ... and seen as the 'doubter' for whatever the youth issue of the future is.

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