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  • Oct 16th, 2017 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Re:

    But if everybody has a felony record, who could we elect as president?

    I'm sure the special interests would find someone. /sarc

  • Oct 5th, 2017 @ 4:11pm

    Not just sex toys

    I was playing around with an SDR and discovered that I could down load quite a lot of information from my pacemaker. Since I'm not suicidal, I didn't try to change anything, but I have (opinion here folks) little confidence that the security to change settings is any more secure than to download everything (EG: No security at all.)

    The frustrating things are:
    1. I researched the model of pacemaker before it was implanted and rejected two options because they were known to be lacking in security.
    2. If I want to have another, more secure pacemaker implanted, it would appear that it will not be covered by my medical insurance since my current one has a battery life of 11 more years. Just for giggles, let me tell you that just the wires used (2 or 3, depending) cost $5,000.00 each. Think about that. Less than 1 meter of copper wire, collect $5,000.00. Sucks to be me. The device itself runs around $80,000.00 USD.

    I don't know about you, but there are only so many moderately priced houses I can buy. In 2015, I paid out of pocket $110,000.00, in 2016, I paid out of pocket $102,000.00, and in 2017 to date I've paid out of pocket $77,500.00. And I have pretty good insurance, and I don't have complex or rare medical conditions.

  • Sep 15th, 2017 @ 10:29pm


    Mike's an OK guy. He can be a bit brusque, but that simply reflects he's got a lot on his plate and no time. Richard Stallman, on the other hand, is a complete - ahem -. But I guess he should be allowed to be, considering his contributions. When my CV can match his, then I guess I can be allowed to criticize.

    I remember this maxim from my childhood: "Always be polite. Being polite is a stock you never run out of, allows people to want to work with you, costs you nothing, and can enrich you through the good will of others."

    In my life, I've never had good luck in money, investments, jobs. The only area I consider I've been blessed with great fortune is other people. And I am very grateful for that. Some are rich in monetary terms, and I guess that's OK. But I am rich with my friends and acquaintances, and I consider that a treasure beyond price.

  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 11:33pm

    Re: Re:

    The close relationship with the local PD probably precludes any video coming from the casino of that quality, short of a court order.

    Having worked in the wagering industry for a decade, even if a court issues an order, the video will have been "aged off and deleted before the order was issued".

    Typically, they only keep 96 to 168 hours of video before deleting it.

  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 3:44pm

    Open to question?

    Whether racism was a factor or not is an open question.

    So - how may large white men have been running from gunshots, tackled, thrown to the ground, and told "I'll blow your F-ing brains out!"? And how does that compare to the percentage of each race in the population?

    I don't have any question at all that many police actions normally have an element of racism.

  • Sep 12th, 2017 @ 3:38pm

    Re: Voting machines will improve when the purchase contract improves

    With the machines retired, they won't need to provide any support for them

    Very likely the support costs are a year over year cost. It isn't like buying a computer where you'd get a fixed number of months of support, it's a cost built in to next years budget.

    Now, if there's an early termination clause to the support contract, then yeah, there's pure profit there.

  • Sep 6th, 2017 @ 8:20pm

    I'll bet...

    I'll bet that since they didn't post anything after this that they all went out for a pint. Big heads tomorrow!

  • Aug 30th, 2017 @ 4:28pm

    Gaming the system

    So, what the government's aim in fighting the FOIA request was to delay as long as possible the release of the information. They achieved that objective. The is no deterrent here for the government not to do the same action again as no government employee will be negatively affected by the tax payers picking up the tab all the way around.

    The only way to discourage this going forward are consequences for the person or persons that decided this was a good choice.

  • Aug 21st, 2017 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Fools or tools

    you almost have to wonder

    No "almost" about it. I do not wonder either. I'm pretty sure it's the case. What I'm not sure of is if it is intentional, or just run of the mill stupidity.

    "Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by stupidity".

  • Aug 11th, 2017 @ 2:02pm


    Course, China wouldn't appreciate us nuking their neighbor, but they would get over it.

    Just like America would get over it if Mexico nuked Ottawa and fallout poisoned Albany.

    Yeah, dude, I don't think so.

    China has two dogs in this fight.

    1. They don't want the NKPR rejoining the south. They want a buffer between South Korea and themselves.

    2. They don't want a refugee problem from the unrest should they attempt to oust KJU. They do not like Kim, never have, not any of them. But they wouldn't like the results they'd have if they took over NKPR, and they aren't too sure the US would not object if they tried that. (Although, with President Trump, I'm sure he'd miss the implications of that and wouldn't care.)

    In any case, it's not a certainty they have miniaturized their warheads to the point of being able to fly them on a missile. I would fear a nuke by UPS or FedEx more at this point.

  • Aug 8th, 2017 @ 1:11pm

    Like someone else noted earlier....

    "People still use AOL", I'll ask "People still have cable TV?"

    I think the last show I watched on cable TV was a Discovery show - I mis-remember which now. I haven't watched television since 2005 or so, when I got fed up with 99.9999% of the providers and Hollywood. These days, I read, study, or (rarely) watch hobby DVDs that are mostly self published or You Tube videos of the same.

    I'm in a club with others that purchases series DVDs of old programs and binge watch those, then pass them on.

    Seriously - a 40 minute episode with 20 minutes of ads? "Nobody got time for that!"

  • Aug 8th, 2017 @ 12:57pm

    Re: Not quite...

    Partly. It was illegally operating a mail SERVER

    For the purposes of FOIA, there's no difference from using AOL than in running a private mail server.

  • Aug 4th, 2017 @ 3:38pm

    Re: Fulsome support

    but make sure it also applies to the manufacture and sale of firearms.

    I'm surprised the howls of outraged gun supporters hasn't drowned out the conversation. In other fora they are quick to point out how much I wouldn't like it if they started regulating my 1st amendment rights. Next time I see that, I'll post "Well, when an offset press is used in the next mass shooing incident, we can look at that."

    If I have to show ID to drive, cash a check and vote, I see no good reason I don't have to show ID to purchase the 250 rounds of ammo I use every month for target practice.

  • Aug 3rd, 2017 @ 4:35am


    I don't know about you, but I'm beginning to think this might not be just one or two "bad apples."

    I work with LEO quite a lot in my job. In my previous job I worked with LE issues at least twice a day.

    My opinion is that 75% of LEO are willing to cheat to obtain "evidence".

    Are they evil? They don't consider themselves so. I believe that it is evil to plant evidence, to lie, and to cheat. Motive to me does not matter.

    Here's the thing: Justice is important to me, and is second only to mercy and understanding. Justice untempered by mercy is not justice, it's simply revenge.

    Yes, there are situations were mercy and understanding should be withheld. But the point of the rule of law is not to blindly apply the law, but to make a livable society. So there are times where we are better off setting aside the letter, and going with the spirit of the law.

    People fuck up. It's important to understand if that mistake is excusable, or if it should be punished.

    Lies by LEO should never be excused or covered up.

  • Aug 1st, 2017 @ 7:19pm

    Re: Re:

    Just speak in phrases from the Constitution.

    Or the Declaration of Independence; the right wing folks will object to it as "propaganda" as they did when NPR tweeted it out.

    Makes me very disheartened in some of my fellow "Americans".

  • Aug 1st, 2017 @ 5:01pm


    So if I have it on "good faith" that my target is a murderer I have every right to shoot him in the head prior to anything actually happening?

    Damn it! Quit posting what I was gonna say! :)

  • Jul 31st, 2017 @ 7:20pm

    Re: My, the response is a great exhibition of why I'm right! You'll just user your power to stifle any opinion to contrary!

    a power to remove or block comments is not a right to do so

    You seem to be confused. TechDirt isn't the government. The 1st amendment protects the people against government action.

    What TechDirt is is private property. They have as much right to show you the exit as I would if you came into my living room and left a "deposit".

    The solution to your comments being removed is to stop making comments that do not have a defensible point to make in an insulting way. Once you do that, even if folks disagree with your point of view, you'll stop having your comments removed.

    It really is a very simple thing to understand. Even my 5 year old great niece seems to grasp the concept.

  • Jul 31st, 2017 @ 2:21pm

    Lets turn this around

    Randall said the violation shouldn't matter because it was brief: just a 12-hour ban.

    So, If I told Randall "Just the tip, and only for a minute", would it still be rape if she says no? I mean, it's just for a minute...

    Violations, even if only for a short time, are violations.

  • Jul 28th, 2017 @ 8:16pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    It should be used as directed - which is determining whether to bother to send those leaves you found in the garbage to a REAL crime lab for accurate testing.

    Or you could flip a coin, which will be wrong 50% the time instead of these tests being wrong 70% of the time.

    Plus you can reuse the coin.

  • Jul 27th, 2017 @ 5:43pm


    queue Judy Garland singing "Somewhere, over the rainbow..."

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