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Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

You won't hear much argument from me here. Modern capitalism is all about socializing the expenses while privatizing the profits. Just one more way to maximize the bottom line, and I do not agree with it in principle.

Regardless the fact remains, that with the system in place now, they were guilty of a crime and there was certainly reason for suspicion that they were.

Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 4, Insightful) 204

I am normally for extensive curtailing of search and aggressive interpretation of 4th amendment rights. But I do not see the problem here.

In case you do not know the scam, you go buy low value gift cards and empty them. You then imprint them with the card data from stolen gift cards of the same brand. The scratch off pin is supposed to help prevent this but does not. The stolen numbers may come from skimmers or data breaches. Now you can spend the stolen numbers.

In this situation, there was enough suspicion for probable cause to confiscate the cards. If the evidence is collected properly with PC or warrant, then it matters little if the officer can scan them or not. If he cannot complete an investigation on the materials with the tools at hand they will be sent for further analysis. This is no different than a white powder or green leafy substance on the dash. Maybe it is spilled and dried lettuce from a taco bell taco, maybe not (don't take that the wrong way, I think pot should be legal). However the same rules apply for any suspected illegal item that is confiscated legally.

Comment Re:Net neutrality be damned, I guess. (Score 1) 113

How does this have anything to do with net neutrality? NN is about treating packets the same, not search results. A company providing search results is under no obligation to fairly treat search results, as is evidenced by promoted results appearing above actual results.

The option here is to go to another search provider if you do not like it. With NN, the object is to protect network users from their traffic being deprioritized in ways they cannot control.

Comment Re:What part of this is hard to understand? (Score 5, Insightful) 181

Vote with my feet? Okay. I will leave comcast and their data caps and shitty customer service. I will walk over to CenturyLink DSL and get terrible speeds, shitty services, and probably data caps.

Or maybe I should vote with my feet and drop them all, set up some sort of packet radio link or use smoke signals.

Better yet, I will build my own network, it will be perfect, with cocaine and hookers, except the cost barriers and local regulation barriers are so high as to be impassable.

Tell me kind sir, how the fuck am I supposed to vote with my feet?

Comment Re:Simple reason.... (Score 1) 310

I can't believe this complaint. One, I advocated for a screen and API. I would prefer it to be open, but android auto was held up as an example because it exists now.

If someone needs to borrow the car and does not have an Android or even a phone to link to the display, so what. They just do not get to use that feature. The could get a dock and use their phone without the in car link, or for longer trips arrangements could be made.

There is no real problem here except one you are creating. The real question is, what agenda are you following to push a straw man argument like that.

Comment Simple reason.... (Score 4, Insightful) 310

These systems are built quickly, poorly maintained and the engineers have little UI experience. Then they are sold at a huge premium in the higher trim options for the car. Something like Android auto is better. Just give a touch screen and api that we can pipe apps to. Then you can use the app you are familiar with and have regular updates or switch to a new one if that stops being suitable.

Just about anyone who owns a car will own at least one smartphone, so it is wasteful in the extreme both in dev hours and materials to duplicate this functionality poorly. Take it out and give users the option to roll their own solution with Waze/Garmin/Whatever.

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