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  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 10:34am

    What about the financing?

    I've mentioned this every time the subject of the LAUSD iPad program comes up. The major crime is not incompetent vendors. It is how the LAUSD paid for the program. This article hints at this, but does not come out and say it.

    The district floated bonds to pay for this. In other words, they borrowed money. Let that sink in. They are financing consumer electronics with bond money.

    School bonds are for building schools, and other capital expense with long service life.

    I found this article about the bonds used in this program. In it, the LAUSD claims that they are allowed to use a blend of long and short term bonds to pay for technology. And they also claim that the bonds won't exceed the expected service life of the iPads, which they estimate at 5 years.

    http://www.bondbuyer.com/issues/122_153/los-angeles-schools-plan-bonds-for-ipads-1054488-1.htm l

    I get the sense that this is all smoke and mirrors, and that at the end of the day, the taxpayers are going to be stuck paying interest for years on iPads that no longer exist, or are usable.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015 @ 3:07pm


    You are referring to the Art Buchwald vs Paramount Studios lawsuit.


    Buchwald wrote "Coming To America" and was entitled to a percentage of the net profits. Yet somehow this successful movie never made one cent in profit.

    Sadly, the studio blinked and paid off Buchwald before their entire "Hollywood Accounting" scheme could be exposed.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 4:48pm

    Perhaps it wasn't the TSA

    So he has a busted up piece of luggage and the only clue is the TSA branded tape used to keep it closed. His article does not mention any other clues.

    What if some scumbag within the airline luggage system stole himself a roll of TSA tape?

    Then all he has to do is target promising bags, break it open, and close it with TSA tape. TSA gets the blame. He gets whatever goodies he finds.

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 6:43am

    Then what?

    So are their policies in place about what they may do with your data? And how long they are allowed to hold a copy?

    I'm assuming no.

    Once they copy your drive, they can share it with anyone, foreign or domestic? Government or private? Can they hold it forever? Think of the corporate espionage opportunities!

  • Mar 31st, 2015 @ 1:48pm

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    But we all missed the point. The GSP was planning on selling pizzas to drivers at the toll booths. Very clever. The plan is to order your pizza when leave work, and they will toss it in your car window as you roll through the toll both on the way home. Thus when you arrive home, dinner is served!

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Mar 31st, 2015 @ 1:37pm

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    I worry about the connection between a property record and a car registration record. Two different systems. Cars and houses are bought and sold all the time. How are these systems synchronized?

    God help you if you buy a used car from someone who money on property tax. You could find your car impounded. When you buy a used car, you file a form with the DMV letting them know that you bought a car and that you are not responsible for outstanding traffic tickets or parking tickets. I wonder if this same information protects you from property tax liens.

  • Mar 16th, 2015 @ 3:38pm

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    Sorry. It is not clear to me where the camera is going to be pointed. At the driver? Or forward like all those awesome Russian dashcams?

    If forward, like the Russian dashcams, then that actually makes sense. They can use it after an accident to determine who is at fault. You are renting THEIR car. They should have the right to see how you drive it.

    If it is recording the driver and passengers, then yea, that is problematic.

  • Mar 16th, 2015 @ 3:33pm

    Re: Re:

    You do realize that That Anonymous Coward was being sarcastic. Right?

  • Mar 13th, 2015 @ 1:36pm

    Re: A way to shut someone up

    Exactly right.

    Recall the insane situation where NSA employees are not allowed to view the information that Edward Snowden leaked. If any NSA computer touches such information, it has to be destroyed. Yet Joe Public is free to read it all he wants.

    This is because the security clearance permission of the NSA employees constrains what they are able to consume.

  • Mar 4th, 2015 @ 10:53am

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    This is too easy.
    Now that he has a judgement, he can ask the court for a debtor hearing. In the hearing, the dentist has to list all of her assets to the plaintiff.

    If she fails to appear to this hearing, he can ask the court to issue a bench warrant.

    Then the next time she shows up in the US, the will be arrested with an outstanding warrant before she can leave the airport.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015 @ 7:24am

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    Wow. Just wow.

    Perhaps the idiot "expert" who worked for the late Sen. Ted Stevens got a job working for Rajeev Suri.

    If you don't know who Stevens is, then Google "Series of Tubes".

  • Feb 17th, 2015 @ 12:05pm

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    So what happens when AT&T forgets to honor their "no tracking" pledge? Or they start making exceptions that it becomes worthless?

    In other words. They collect $30 a month, but we have no way to know that they haven't just tracked us anyhow. You can't sue them because they force no-suite clauses in their contract. And you can't prove that they failed unless some AT&T whistleblower gives them up.

  • Feb 13th, 2015 @ 3:28pm


    I would support this law being re-written for convicted pedophiles and see how that stands up to first-amendment scrutiny.

  • Feb 13th, 2015 @ 3:18pm

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    It would help if the legislators had the balls to decrease the scope of whom they label "sex offender". They should have limited this to pedophiles, which is what I, and I think the public, assumed it was meant to address.

    If you are convicted of taking a wizz on wall in an alley in the middle of the night, you are considered a sex offender.

    If you make the mistake of being a teenager and sleeping with a girl under 18, you are a sex offender.

    If you are a teenager, and a teen friend sends you a sext, or you send one, you are a sex offender.

    And so on and so on. The law makes no distinction between the monsters who really need to locked up for life, and ordinary people on the other end of the "sex offender" spectrum.

  • Feb 12th, 2015 @ 1:37pm

    City name

    What is funny is that he didn't trademark it because he didn't think he could trademark a city name.

    Tabasco, the sauce, is named after the Tabasco peppers that came from the state of Tabasco in Mexico. So really, the sauce is named after a place. Yet, it is trademarked.

    He is a smart guy. Letting the Tabasco Corp run all of those expensive ads for him.

  • Feb 5th, 2015 @ 7:19am

    WDJ Editorial

    In today's Wall Streek Journal editorial page, top letter from the WSJ was bitching about this move by the FCC and how terrible it was for the American way of business.

    I stopped reading it about half way through. Yes, they have a good point, that government rules always add friction. And in an ideal world, we would not have them.

    But the rest of the editorial was the same old BS. It works perfect now! Why are we breaking it then? No company would dare piss off if its customers by implementing discrimination (despite all evidence to the contrary).

    Man that letter ticked me off. I guess when Verizon buys full page ads in your paper, they get to write the editorials.

  • Feb 4th, 2015 @ 3:18pm

    Not smart

    I was thinking about this. These guys were busted because they had not learned the tricks of how to spy on love interest without being detected. They were newbies.

    I suspect there are a lot of very smart guys at the NSA who know how people who do this are caught, and how to do this without being caught.

    I thought of a way on the way in this morning. What about indirect look ups? We know the NSA is allowed to have 3 to 4 hops of relationships. So don't look her up directly. Instead, look up someone who knows someone she knows. Then *voila*, your girlfriend's profile comes along for the ride.

    The NSA analyst can honestly claim he had no knowledge of the person he asked to look at.

    I'm sure they have perfected methods.

  • Jan 27th, 2015 @ 11:35am

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    BS. If someone wants to find cops to hurt, then all they have to do is call 911 and wait for them to come. They aren't going to bother with Waze.

  • Jan 24th, 2015 @ 6:42am

    Sorry... this isn't the same

    I consider myself libertarian. But I agree with Utah on this one. You shouldn't be allowed to operate an uninsured vehicle.

    Here is California the uninsured vehicles are out of control. People can buy 1-day insurance policies, just long enough to get the registration past the DMV. It is total BS.

    A friend of mine was hit and seriously injured by a woman who bought insurance from the back of a van in the downtown LA Mexican market. Guess what? It turned out to be nothing but a worthless piece of paper. She was uninsured, yet the police let her walk. As far as we know, she is still driving around LA hitting people with her car.

    I really wish my state would implement a system like they have in other countries. You have to pre-pay 6 to 12 months of insurance in order to get your registration. You pay through the DMV. That way every car is insured.

  • Jan 16th, 2015 @ 5:03pm

    Are you sure?

    I don't think that he is requiring a conviction. I think now all the police have to do is claim there was a crime (that is file charges). I suspect that nothing will change. Instead they will just start filing the paperwork with the DA now. The DA will of course dismiss the charges, and the police get to keep the money/car/whatever.

    I wish Holder had simply said that a conviction was required.

    I also wish he had said that people don't have to sue to get their property back. Nor do people have to settle for less than 100%. If they fail to prove a crime, then they have to return ALL the property immediately. Right now they make you sue them and fight it for years.

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