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Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 1) 389

Since you ask:

US Constitution, Fourth Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 12:

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Anything else you'd like me to Google for you?

Well done! There is also the 9th Amendment to the Constitution: The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 5, Insightful) 389

Great. It should only require a few years of dealing with tough-on-crime prosecutors and judges to make use of that, whilst your name is being publically dragged through the mud.

Yes, exactly. Only people who have little first-hand experience with law enforcement or the courts would think that being innocent will make things easier. An innocent person can easily be bankrupted and have their lives altered by having to defend themselves against the criminal justice system.

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 1) 389

You trust strangers every time you hand someone your credit card or read the # over the phone. You trust your bank with the history of all your credit purchases. You trust other strangers when you hand over your car keys to the garage or a valet. You trust them when you give them your house keys so they can inspect something while you're at work. You trust, not just one doctor or one nurse, but an entire health care organization with your medical history and details when you go into a hospital to get a checkup or sick care.

People have to live their lives.

And every now and then we find out that some of those people are not worthy of that trust. That's part of living life.

Comment Re:Why "I" shouldn't trust Geek Squad? (Score 4, Insightful) 389

No, I don't mind. Because I don't have any illegal drugs or child pornography for the plumber to find.

Exactly what are you afraid of them finding?

There are currently over 10,000 federal statutes. Can you say, categorically, that you are not currently breaking any of them?

Ignorance of the law is not a defense. It is entirely possible to be breaking a law and have no idea you are doing so. Still want to let people, who are looking for wrongdoing, nose through all your stuff?

Anyone arguing that those with nothing to hide have nothing to fear really needs to reexamine their assumptions.

Comment Re:Then leave Silicon Valley (Score 1) 504

When I see what people other countries are doing to get away leaving California should be trivial. People are walking out of Syria with nothing more than what they own. If life in SV is that bad, leave.

Yeah, and a lot of those walking out of Syria are going to die. Are you seriously saying the problem with poor people in Silicon Valley is that they're not as desperate as those fleeing from a war zone? Maybe we should start shooting at them and blowing up their homes. Give 'em some proper motivation!

Comment Re: Economic refugees (Score 1) 504

Those would be services, not money. Don't have a car? You still pay for roads. Don't have lawsuits? Still pay for judges. Don't fly? Still pay for airports.

Yeah, and yet you still benefit from those things. Roads allow trucks to deliver the goods you buy at the store (that you walk to). Likewise, the airports facilitate commerce that you take advantage of. You may not have a lawsuit now, but if you ever are involved in one, the courts will be there. The future is uncertain, you know. You could be sued or require restitution.

There are good services that government can provide, but that has little or no relation to the question of whether governments should be in the business of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

How do you figure? Everything requires money in this world; it's the way it's set up. So how would a state or local government provide those services without "robbing Peter to pay Paul"? I really don't get this Libertarian viewpoint that a person should be able to be an island, completely independent and paying only for what they are immediately using. We are all interconnected and cannot live independently of all others. Fire departments used to operate on a subscription basis. They don't anymore. There's a reason for that.

Comment Re:Pirst Fost (Score 4, Insightful) 151

Fuck Uber

I will second this. It seems almost every time I see a car pulling some bonehead maneuver in traffic, it's an Uber. Almost every time some jackass is sitting in a lane, blocking traffic with their hazards on, it's an Uber. Almost every time I see someone jam on their brakes and dive for the side of the road, it's an Uber.

I know Uber is cool and cheap and convenient for its users. But the drivers are amateurs, and it shows. They don't know where they're going and will pull over anywhere, blocking traffic, to pick up their fares. Because of the draconian, passenger-centric rating system, the drivers are terrified of offending their passenger and will become a nuisance on the road to keep them happy. Taxi's are at least marked, so you expect them to be pulling over in traffic. But Ubers look like any other car, leaving other drivers to wonder why this guy is suddenly slamming on the brakes and double parking in the middle of a busy street.

Uber sucks for anyone not using the service. I'd like to see the taxi companies step up their game to counter Uber. But unfortunately, it's the taxi industry's fecklessness that made room for Uber in the first place.

Comment Re:Of course not. (Score 1) 432

He said he was happy, but he was not allowed to follow his dreams. Being alive was not enough, being able to do what you love to do is worth getting your entire family killed.

In this case, I'd have to question his definition of happiness. If I am not following my dreams and doing things that interest me, at least to some extent, then I can't really say I'm happy.

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