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

You seem to misunderstand what "reasonable doubt" means. This case barely meets probably cause, if the article can be taken at face value. It wouldn't even meet a preponderance of the evidence standard for a civil case. In all criminal cases, reasonable doubt is the null hypothesis. The defendant doesn't have to prove it. It is up to the prosecution to prove *beyond* reasonable doubt that a crime was committed by the defendant. So what several jurisdictions have done instead, is passed laws where it is trivial to prove they have been broken. Define the law in such a way that guilt is always assured, you just have to find the right law to charge somebody under. I'm probably breaking seventeen laws just by posting this.

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

You know it's possible for a website to serve any image to you computer, right? Some older web browsers would save those files as images in a folder whether you wanted it to or not. One of my coworkers had an unfortunate incident image searching a pillow block bearing, and when he later went to back up his computer to the company server, he inadvertently copied a whole host of unsavory (but not illegal) thumbnails. None of this was done by malware. It was 100% human interaction. Had one of the images been illegal, it would have been trivial for a prosecutor to show that he had "ownership" of the material, since he had to log into a password protected computer to move the files.

The bigger problem is that people have to prove their innocence these days. In Houston a guy was arrested on meth charges for having a sock full of kitty litter in his car. This poor bastard spent time in jail while the whole mess was sorted out. When prospective employers google his name, his arrest on drug charges shows up as the first dozen hits. (analogy would be if it were his auto repair shop that called the cops)

This whole country has become so ass-backwards when it comes to people's understanding of burden of proof. It's impossible to prove a negative. Hell, I can't even prove there's no bits on this computer that couldn't be misconstrued as CP. Let's see: one of my best friends from high school is on the sex offender list, I went to church with a guy that just got convicted of producing CP, a family member has been fired from a child care facility, and I am reading this article on how to evade getting caught by the FBI. Yup, I'm definitely a suspect. Better lock me up for life!

Comment Re:Everyone's saying it, so I will too... (Score 1) 119

- It's one-sided -- no one posts about the totally uninteresting, crappy boring parts of their lives. Unless you're rich beyond imagination or a celebrity, everyone will have down moments in their lives, periods of disappointment, and very sad things happen to them.

I remember back in the early aughts, when MySpace was still a thing. It seemed like you were just as likely to read an insightful post from an old high school friend about their struggle with cancer, or the mundane aspects of child rearing, or some inane rambling about traffic or global warming. There wasn't the focus on spinning oneself in a positive light. There was even a guy that would post anytime he had a particularly interesting poop (so maybe not civil conversation, but definitely not self-aggrandizing).

Also, I would posit that the ridiculously wealthy also have down moments.

Comment Re:laptops on the conveyor belt (Score 1) 170

I think the fact that they are actually catching a lot of stuff ... you know, the point of TFA ... proves the screening worthwhile.

Really? Catching a few knives and guns (not to mention the honey, fake grenades, and home electronic projects) is worth the $7,599,999,999.95 we spend on it every year? How many people planned on using these "weapons" on the aircraft? Oh that's right. None of them (except the lady with the hot sauce grenade, because airplane food sucks). We should be going after dangerous people, not dangerous things. But we know these are not dangerous people, because after the TSA finds the knife or gun, they confiscate it and let the person get on their plane.

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