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  • Jun 29th, 2015 @ 11:23am

    Re: Re:

    > The piracy mention took up less than 30 seconds
    > of the 15 minutes of pre movie ads.

    Which is why I only patronize one theater chain here in Los Angeles-- Arclight. They do not have any pre-show advertising at all-- they just project soothing abstract color patterns on the screen while various film soundtracks play quietly in the background-- and they even limit the trailers to three per showing.

    And I've let the management know that I exclusively patrionize their business for that very reason, to reinforce to them that they're doing something right.

  • Jun 26th, 2015 @ 4:42pm

    Re: Re: Legitimate gun owners do more to stop mass shooters

    > Yet more fond gun-lover mythology, totally
    > divorced from the facts.

    Could you please explain how, if guns are to blame, that the city of Detroit which makes up only 9.8% of Michigan's total population, somehow accounts for 58% of the murders in the state, where all residents have the same access to firearms and are all subject to the same state and federal gun laws? (Despite neighboring communities literally sharing a border with the city having a murder rate that is only a fraction of Detroit's?)

    Because if guns are to blame, then the murder should be more or less equal throughout the state.

  • Jun 26th, 2015 @ 4:34pm

    Re: Dukes of Hazard

    > I just hope they don't ban Dukes of Hazard
    > because of the car...

    If you take the VIP studio tour at Warner Bros. Studios, one of the stops is a display of various picture cars used in movies and TV shows over the years-- everything from the many incarnations of the Batmobile, to the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine and Austin Powers' Mini Cooper. Last time I was there, they had one of the original DUKES OF HAZZARD hero car General Lees on display, but with no Confederate flag on the roof, which prompted one of the other guests to doubt its authenticity. The tour guide replied that they chose to deface this piece of television history by painting over the flag after someone on the tour complained about being offended by it.

    So to all those who say this isn't about sanitizing history and the flag is fine if confined to a museum, here's an example of how even museums are pressured to, and cave to, political correctness.

  • Jun 26th, 2015 @ 4:12pm


    > It gives me an heavy heart every time I
    > see such an horrible mangling of our language.

    They're literally decimating it!

  • Jun 26th, 2015 @ 3:43pm

    Five Eyes

    > As much as it claims to be righteously angered
    > by the latest revelations, it is likely in no
    > hurry to strain its "Five Eyes" relationship with
    > a powerful ally.

    France is *not* one of the Five Eyes, which are:

    United States
    United Kingdom
    New Zealand

  • May 18th, 2015 @ 1:30pm

    Re: Re:

    > I hope that abstinence is just their public
    > position and they're not actually denying
    > themselves access to digital communications tools.

    They're not abstaining. They're just saying they will keep their current phones (which are not subject to this nonsense) and delay getting a new one until they turn 19.

  • May 18th, 2015 @ 1:28pm


    > Some terms it monitors (both in text
    > messages and searches) would obviously raise
    > concerns in parents

    Why would the words "handicap" and "menstruation" obviously raise concerns in parents? And what kid is going to actually use the word "menstruation", anyway? They'll use "period" or "rag" or whatever the South Korean slang for it is.

    And it seems like the best way to get around this (especially the "nagware" part of the law) is to just not tell the retailer you're buying the phone for your kid. Just say it's for yourself or your spouse or something, and then give it to your kid when you get home.

  • May 14th, 2015 @ 10:47am


    This is so obviously unconstitutional, if I lived in Wyoming, I'd go out and purposely violate the law just so they could try and prosecute me and have it overturned by the court.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 10:16am

    Re: Panic room

    > Logically it sounds like I need to start
    > thinking of installing a panic room as the
    > only legal way to protect myself from this

    It's amazing how many millions of people manage to go their whole lives never having the cops execute a raid/search warrant on their home. Unless you're actually a dealer of illicit narcotics, you have a better chance of being struck by lightning than being raided by the cops, yet you believe the only *logical* way to keep it from happening to you is to install a panic room in your home?

    It's apparent that you and logic aren't even passing acquaintances.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 @ 10:12am

    Good Faith

    > The "good faith exception" triumphs again.

    No, actually it didn't, Tim. What triumphed was the part that you *didn't* highlight:

    "the police did not act in bad faith,

    A court can't grant relief that's not requested. The "good faith" exception might not have triumphed if it had actually been, you know, challenged by the defense.

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 @ 2:41pm

    Re: There's merit to the notion.

    That isn't what Christenson said. He said: "for the SUSPECT's words to be admissible in court, it has to be on camera. Otherwise, its presumed to be perjury."

    So he's not talking about charging the cop with perjury for off-camera statements. He's advocating charging the *defendant* with perjury for repeating anything in court that wasn't captured on camera at the time of the arrest.

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 @ 7:55am

    Re: sounds weird

    > if you cannot do your job right while recording, what you
    > really mean is you just cannot do your job at all.

    That's not true. As I mentioned above regarding the use of informants, the use of an always-on camera makes it impossible to do that (very important) part of the job at all.

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 @ 7:53am

    Re: Presumption of Violence

    > Oh, and if it is a suspect, for the suspects words to be
    > admissible in court, it has to be on camera. Otherwise, its
    > presumed to be perjury.

    That makes no damn sense. You're advocating charging someone with perjury because the cop didn't capture their statements on his camera when they made them?

    So under your system, a cop rolls up on me and arrests me for drug possession. I say I didn't do it but the cop hasn't turned on his camera. When we get to court, I testify that I claimed I didn't do it at the scene but since my words weren't caught on the cop's camera, now I get charged with perjury also?

    Every time I read the comments here at TechDirt, I'm continually grateful that these people aren't actually running anything of consequence in society.

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 @ 7:47am

    Re: Re: Privacy

    Yes, they do, for the reasons stated above-- just because your face is blurred doesn't mean you can't be identified.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 4:33pm

    Re: Re: What magic is this

    > If the city thought you were holding out on
    > them, they would come to your house and inventory.

    Not without a warrant they wouldn't.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 4:31pm

    Re: Re: Re: What magic is this

    > The issue is, most states won't let you
    > have a car registered out of state for very
    > long, if you stay there for x amount of time,
    > where x varies by state but is often only a
    > couple of months.

    California is absurd-- it's two weeks. They apparently expect you to be at the DMV** registering your car and changing your license before you're even done unpacking your moving boxes.

    **And now that we're giving drivers licenses to illegals, the lines at the DMV can literally last up to 12-14 hours long.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 4:28pm


    Sounds like people who owe vehicle taxes in Hampton Roads need to make sure they park their car inside their garage or some other private lot whenever possible.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 4:26pm


    > They can't wait up to one year to get their
    > money and back interest -- when the taxpayer
    > comes in to get their tags renewed they need to
    > use "valuable" LEO time

    I suspect these taxes are city/county property taxes, not state DMV registration fees, and as such won't show up in the state computers when the person renews their tags.

    When I lived in Virginia, not only did I have to pay my state DMV registration fee, but my county assessed a vehicle property tax on top of it. You had to go into the county office and pay for a special window sticker that proved you'd paid your yearly county vehicle tax.

    I drew the line when my city decided it didn't have enough money to spend and added a *third* vehicle tax on top of the other two. Since I was only going to be living in Virginia for two more years, I just ignored it and figured I'd deal with the consequences if they happened to nail me during that time. I knew the odds were slim that they would (and they never did) because I lived in a high-rise with a secure garage and my car spent 90% of its time off city streets and away from the eyes of the enforcers.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 3:09pm


    > A small amount of redaction (face-blurring, etc.)
    > would address the privacy concerns.

    No, it wouldn't. People's voices would still be on the recording. That combined with the content of what is actually said, and with a readily identifiable location in the background (street intersection, landmark, etc.) all would be more than enough to identify the person in the recording.

    Additionally, working informants is a key aspect of policing and way that a significant number of crimes are solved. If the cops can't turn off the cameras, no informant with half a brain will ever talk to a cop again knowing he's being recorded.

    > After all, reality TV pioneer COPS has run for years
    > with minimal privacy complaints and that's all it's
    > ever used.

    That's because COPS requires people sign waivers to appear on camera. Even the face-blurred people sign a waiver. You can choose to let them air the footage with the blur or without, but either way, you have to sign a release or they don't use the footage at all.

  • Mar 7th, 2015 @ 8:02am

    Re: Methinks...

    And the threat of a lawsuit is pretty dangerous if Cuthbert really did have an affair with the other player. If the station or the original tweeter call their bluff and say, "So go ahead and sue us", the players and the actress will open themselves up to discovery and have lawyers picking through their private lives with a microscope. If she really did cheat, not only will all that be made public, it will invalidate their defamation claim, since truthful information cannot be legally defamatory.

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