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Comment Re:Not a fan of BBY, but some things need to be fa (Score 1) 389

BBY doesn't pay for turning over the kiddie porn, the FBI does. Did they not tell you about it when you were there? They told me at Staples, and that was in 2000.

He's just quoting the rule book, and not what the managers of the Geek Squad actually tell people unofficially. I have a friend who worked Geek Squad part time just to get all the free junk from Intel that Geek Squad members became eligible for. The unofficial policy at his Geek Squad was to look through everything, find everything, and make a copy of anything your fellow coworkers might enjoy looking at. I actually wanted to work there part time as well. Not to steal peoples nudies but because my friend was getting a free $300-400 SSD or a new CPU from Intel about once every 3-4 months.

Comment Re:This is about more than Best Buy (Score 2) 389

So either the informants (at least one, and likely all three) lied to the FBI under penalty of perjury, or the FBI agent getting the warrant perjured himself to the judge. Or both.

While it's clear that the Geek Squad agents are obviously acting as paid officials of the FBI in this case, they did not, even if they lied, commit perjury in any form. Just a claim from an anonymous tip can be enough to get someone's house searched and it'll stick in court. Even if the anonymous tip was found to be inaccurate. The police love tips that allow them to search the property of people whom they're interested in. The warrant has to be specific, but they can pick up any evidence of other crimes so long as the original warrant reasonably covered the area where the actual evidence is. I'm not a huge fan of this policy, as this is how the DEA and whatnot fake an evidence chain, but it is the way it works. The courts have operated this way for some time. You'd need a brave judge or some legislation changes to change this.

Comment Re:Defense contractor (Score 1) 259

Even though they usually are the same companies doing the work and there is a bit of overlap (say when NASA launches a DOD satellite), NASA and DOD work are totally different animals.

This is entirely true that the work is different, but the problem is that both industries tend to stay behind the technology curve by a significant margin. If you get stuck working with an old technology on a project that gets canned then you'll quickly find yourself without a job and will have difficulty finding a new one. I personally loved the defense work I was doing. It was challenging, interesting, and I got to "blow shit up" when I was testing my work. It's just not always dependable. I had the good fortune of being able to work on the most interesting parts of our projects and to participate in business development. That gave me the advantage of knowing what contracts we were hoping to win and what technology I needed to know to keep myself employed.

Comment Re:Defense contractor (Score 4, Informative) 259

Can't be outsourced to H-1B's.

While this is true, you have to be careful that you don't let yourself get pigeon holed into old and obsolete technology. I was doing defense work when they shut down the shuttle program at Cape Canaveral and I tell you, I have never see so many resumes from brilliant people who had almost zero chance of finding a new job without brushing up their skills. A lot of them had been at NASA and the Cape for 20+ years and we interviewed them out of professional courtesy, and to help them brush up on their interview skills and point them in the right direction on skills that were useful. But even my company was a solid 10 years behind modern industry in so many different ways.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1) 731

Counted one way, the US people favored Trump. Counted another way, the US people favored Clinton. Almost without exception, political observers now profess a clear preference for the vote-counting method that would have worked best for their favored candidate: Clinton supporters have discovered a new passion for using the aggregate popular vote, while Trump supporters see great virtue in the Electoral College. Politics as usual.

I have always seen great virtue in the electoral college despite the outcomes I have dealt with my entire voting life. What I do not see the virtue of is our two party election system that has so far managed to adroitly maneuver politics so that people generally will not vote outside of those two parties.

Comment Re:Less hiss and clearer sound (Score 1) 303

That was one thing I found interesting when TV went digital: a weak analog signal is just noisy, but easy for people to pick out the information from. a weak digital signal is chunky in ways my brain certainly isn't as capable of parsing through.

You should probably upgrade your MPEG decoder. When was the last time you upgraded your neural net?

Comment Re:In other words (Score 1) 190

You will see the compression artifacts, flickering and pixelation with more colors now. Awesome.

Face it, no matter how great the TV, as long as networks compress the signals badly enough to make YouTube look like HD in comparison, it will still suck.

I signed up for DirecTV Now to take advantage of the AppleTV special offer and I can honestly say that the streams look amazingly clear. They have about the same quality as OTA broadcasts and is noticeably clearer than Comcast or U-Verse. The only problem is that the streams often pause even with gigabit Internet. This leads me to believe that they still have some technical issues on their end (though perhaps, since the gig ethernet is new in my neighborhood the issue is at my ISP).

Comment Re:Don't worry, Trump has the solution (Score 1) 370

Turns out it's rather simple, really --- just ban computers. He's going to start by replacing computers with human couriers for the secure-messaging market, and move outward from there. By 2020 we should have most of the Internet replaced by the (now greatly expanded) Post Office.

Don't be ridiculous. There are not enough people in this world to hand deliver each and every packet of data that needs to be sent around the world. I propose that we use this standard in order to overcome this serious problem.

Comment Re:Some helpful context: (Score 1) 406

Yes that is my biggest objection to it. Those "islands" are so small that they're not remotely habitable without the additional work that China has done in an effort to claim more territorial waters. The fact that the water they're claiming is such a busy shipping lane does not help. If this were out in the middle of nowhere, I doubt anyone would remotely care. All in a bid to keep the US Pacific fleet from being able to pass through the area freely. I am sure they have economic reasons for it, as well, but this is mostly about being able to exert stronger force on their neighbors without the US being able to influence the region.

Comment Re:Some helpful context: (Score 1) 406

The article doesn't mention this, but I know it's been posted on Slashdot before, large swathes of the South China Sea are no longer clearly International Waters as the current article implies. For a couple of years now, China has been building artificial islands in the region. China appears to be doing this mainly to expand its territorial waters.

Ok so it is as clear as it sounds. China captured a ship in international waters. You can't just redraw your line on the map any time you want just because you say so. What are we on one of those TV sitcoms where the kids try to divide their bedroom in half and one of them starts moving the tape line? Come on here. The water has been international for decades and all of the sudden China tries to keep people out? There are international laws regarding this.

China's efforts have been centred largely in the Spratly and Paracel Islands regions. The Paracels are arguably within the Vietnamese territorial waters, while international treaties recognize the Spratly group as being within the Philippine exclusive economic zone.

Oh so now you're saying that in addition to trying to claim international waters they're trying to claim Vietnamese and Philippine waters as well? Oh this does sound oh so complicated.

Comment Re:Serious question ? (Score 1) 253


Bluetooth pairing is a pain in the arse, especially on small devices like these. Apple decided to simplify it with an extension to the pairing protocol and by syncing the pairing details across devices via iCloud.

Their phones don't have proper NFC so that's the only option.

The cynic in me thinks its to push people to iCloud. You can't breath on an iOS 10 device or a MacOS Sierra computer without it trying to force you into enabling iCloud sync. Seriously. I updated to iOS 10.2 on my phone and it enabled all kinds of iCloud sync shit I had specifically said no to when I configured the device. I also just updated my machine with the latest version of SIerra and of course i have to go through and tell it twice that I am absolutely positive that I want nothing to do with iCloud sync. It's annoying. Why do they prompt me for this crap every time I do anything with a device that is already configured and working? So no - I don't think this has anything to do with auto-pairing. The Apple Watch does not require iCloud to do a handoff to your desktop. It's a move to push iCloud.

Comment Re:Hearing Aid Batteries (Score 1) 253

Every time I ask Apple users about the non-replaceable batteries, their reply is **always** -- (ie. without fail) "you just don't get it", without **ever** being able to articulate exactly what I don't "get". I don't see how not being able to replace a battery is an advantage. Yes, I "get" that you can make the device smaller (and thus lighter), but only marginally so, and at the expense of functionality and serviceability. The non-removable battery is not any type of advantage to me.

I will say that Apple replaced the battery in my mid-2011 MacBook Pro for free when I took it in to have the motherboard replaced under that video card recall. The machine was 5 years old at that point and the battery was basically useless. So at least Apple isn't stingy with the batteries!

Comment Re: Basic small-government argument. (Score 1) 357

I just used the defense last month for a ticket of going 67 in a stretch marked 55 (ridiculously so since its a grade separated 8 lane highway). I didnt even have to speak a word. All I did was send a registered delivery proof required letter to the DA's office asking for the survey a week before trial date. On trial day the Officer turned up and told the traffic commisioner they dont have a survey and the commisioner dismissed the charge.

Yes. They have to have a survey showing why all speed limits exist. But the fact that "speed limits are suggestions rather than rules" comes from the basic speed law, which is only for speeds of 55 MPH and lower. If they had a traffic survey showing that the speed limit was set in accordance with federal and state guidelines then you could not argue the case. Under 55 MPH you can still argue that your speed was safe regardless of what the posted limit is.

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