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Comment Ps your sig is intriguing (Score 1) 422

Ps, I noticed your sig. For ten years or so I was planning to be an attorney and I studied law, especially Constitutional law. Then I fell into a career programming and doing network security for 20 years. I bet we could have some interesting discussions. Right now I'm looking at where I want my career to be in ten years. It would be cool if I could somehow indulge my interest in law while taking advantage of my 20 years of programming and information security experience.

Comment 100 years of coerced fingerprints (Score 1) 422

> the question of whether a password or fingerprint is "testimonial" and therefore cannot be coerced

In this case it's a fingerprint, not a password, so:

> the question of whether fingerprint is "testimonial" and therefore cannot be coerced

100 years of fingerprints being taken routinely has established some precendent.

Comment Rs could have run Mufasa against these guys (Score 2) 38

The Republicans could have run Mufasa and beat these Democrats who have been running things the last 8 years, despite the fact that Mufasa is a cartoon character. They did nominate a cartoon character, but somehow they ended up choosing the one who polls worse than Hillary.

Comment Good point, bad math (Score 1) 352

Okay, you make a fair point in the first half of your post. It had been a long time since I read exactly what he said. I'm assuming that your is accurate.

Quoting you, quoting him:

There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him

Then you say:

> He says 48-49% of American voters are going to vote for Barrack Obama, no matter what Romney does.

Well no, according to you, he said TWICE 47%. Assuming your numbers for undecided, 5%-6%, that would mean they were neck-and-neck.

Comment Target offers weekly/monthly grocery delivery (Score 1) 70

> choose how often I want a product and when I want it delivered.

Target offers something like that.

I was thinking Walmart did too, but I'm not sure. I do know that at Walmart you can shop online, then go pick it up when your order is ready, and they'll load it in your car.

Comment Like a key, used only with a (proper) warrant (Score 2) 422

> Surely a fingerprint taken for identification purposes is personal information, solely taken for that purpose. There are (at least in principle) increasing controls for the use of personal information and I can't see why a fingerprint taken for this purpose could be legitimately used elsewhere.

I think the "could be legitimately used" part depends very much on a proper warrant showing probable cause.

Suppose you leave your set of keys with a locksmith, for the purpose of getting copies made. The police, based on actual probable cause, get a warrant to search your safe deposit box for specific Top Secret documents which are probably in your box, and an accompanying order to the locksmith to hand over the key. I see no Constitutional problem there - they open the box because they have a proper, specific warrant showing probable cause. Using the key is not disallowed, there's no Constitutional protection of the key per se.

Where there would be a problem would be if they open the box without a warrant, or as in this case an overly broad warrant. If they warrant had been proper, they could execute it using a key, a pick, a fingerprint, or whatever other tool was appropriate.

Comment Homicides and suicides don't save lives, dummy (Score 1) 419

Why are you trying to compare the number of homicides to suicides? Neither homicide nor suicide saves lives, dummy. Self-defense and defense of others saves lives. When you're trying to run away from the bad guy and I'm running toward you both to take him down, that's saving lives.

90% of suicides don't involve a gun, BTW. You don't need a gun to off yourself, a Chevy will do the job quite well.

Comment Seems like violating the 4th amendment, not the 5t (Score 5, Insightful) 422

We have very little information to go on. I'd like to read the actual warant and know the cirumstances, but based on the article it seems like a violation of the FOURTH amendment. The cops are supposed to have a warrant, based on probable cause, describing what particular things they are searching for and where, and why they think those things are in that place.

I can't imagine a probable cause to believe that everyone in the building has some specific evidence on their phone. Thus the search itself is unconstitutional under the fourth, with or without a fingerprint.

The fifth says you don't have to testify against yourself. It doesn't say you can't be fingerprinted. Thus I see no *fifth* amendment violation, though it seems like a rather onerous *fourth* amendment violation.

Comment No right/wrong, no good or bad? (Score 1) 352

> Why is it that left-leaning groups do not seem as able to get right-leaning operatives on tape, admitting pretty bad things? ...

> If we assume that folks on both sides are up to just the same sort of things, to what should we attribute the reason?

Certainly some conservatives have done, and admitted some bad things. Former Democrat turned reality show clown Donald Trump certainly has. But you may have a point. The worst thing Mitt Romney said was that 47% of voters had already decided to vote for Obama, 47% had decided to vote Romney, and he was now focused on the 6% undecided. They had to try really to make that bad.

Perhaps a difference is that a significant portion of liberals believe that there is no such thing as right and wrong, no good and bad. Many others don't go quite that far, but halfway at least. It's not wrong for them to do anything if they decide it's okay this time (aka if they feel like it). On the other hand, the majority of conservatives can point to the same list of 10 right and wrong ways to act, and most agree on which of those is most important. It's probably easy to do "pretty bad things" when you've decided it's not bad, if you decide so. If there is no right and wrong, only preference, anybody can justify to themselves all sorts of "pretty bad things". In general, conservatives have a steady, objective standard they *try* to live up to. There's little wiggle room in "thou shalt not bear false witness." You can't justify why it's subjectively okay this time.

Comment Yes, selecting the US president isn't "gossip" (Score 5, Insightful) 352

Agreed. The article tries to cast this is "for gossip". No. Kim Kardashian's emails would be gossip. An inside look at the actions of the US Secretary of State, who is running for President, is far more important than mere gossip. As is bringing to public scrutiny the process used to select the candidates. The purpose of the DNC is to put people in charge of running a superpower nation, and to strongly influence the policies of the United States. How that's done, by whom, for what reasons and what the back room deals are is all information of importance to The People.

Comment One trusted model per hundred years. Model 1911 (Score 4, Insightful) 419

> You have NO IDEA how effective

That's a problem when your life, and the lives of your family and buddies depends on 100% reliability.

By far the most popular handgun ten years ago was the model 1911. So named because it was first made in that year, 1911. 20 years later, it had been proven extremely reliable so that's what professionals and careful civilians caried for almost a hundred years. Besides handguns, almost all trusted guns, from shotguns to ship cannons, were designs from John Browning or Samuel Colt. If you aren't Browning or Colt, we're not trusting our lives to your "clever", more complicated design.

  After about 75 years of different people trying, Gaston Glock came up with a design which might rival the 1911, so after it was proven in military and police testing and proven in the field for 25 years, a lot of people switched from the 1911 to Glock. That's the switch, from a model that stood the test of time since 1911 to somethinf better only 90 years later.

Take your "you have no idea if it'll work" and do the USMC testing to it - bury it in wet sand, pull it out, and see if it fires reliably, every time. Keep that up for 25 years and maybe we'll trust our kids' lives to it. Until then, save your "maybe it'll work, maybe it won't" for video games.

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