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  • Jun 17th, 2019 @ 5:43pm

    I kind of like this sentence...

    I kind of like this sentence. So often, we see "white collar" criminals being sentenced to what sound like large fines, and they get no time, or a 'hand-slap' of time in prison. In the case of corporate criminals, the corporation (actually the stockholders) end up paying, while the executives who engineered and oversaw the crime stay free. The deterrence value seems really weak, when these criminals get caught at all. Sometimes, who knew, they end up going on to greater things... like the presidency.

    Now we get someone who probably stole ten or twenty times what the fine is, and has that stashed offshore somewhere. But they aren't going to get that time back. Seems like a stronger deterrent. Next time we get some corporate CEO or executive VP guilty in a "white collar" "no victims" crime, the fine needs to fall easy on the stockholders, and the CEO and executives need to do a few years inside.

    I like banning them from corporate leadership afterwards, too. It's time CEOs and executives have some literal skin in 'the game', so they respect 'the rules' a little more...

  • Apr 29th, 2019 @ 11:48am

    Republican politicians at scale...

    "it's difficult to separate Nazis from some Republican politicians"

    Or it could be that the AI works just fine, and sees things exactly as they are...

  • Jan 1st, 2019 @ 7:05pm

    sheriff is a 'Tillerson' moron

    So how does this sheriff feel about gun control? All this hyper-sensitivity about school shootings, but our 'leaders' are willing to do nothing about the root of the problem: too many guns in too many places.

    Maybe the only "solution" for gun control is to give in to the NRA. We all go around armed, all the time, and everywhere. We shoot if we think we see a 'bad guy with a gun' because we're all 'good guys with guns', aren't we. Too bad about any 'collateral damage'. In a few months, the people who survive will probably be so sick of the constant fearfulness, the constant ducking that we can get some really useful gun control enacted. Meanwhile, I suppose we can keep arresting kids for making videos. Maybe if they'd worn cowboy hats, and said "fu**ing injuns" instead of whatever other racist epithet they used, the sheriff would have chuckled and gone back to his Fox "News" show.

  • Dec 27th, 2018 @ 5:41pm

    Deputy Ortiz

    For the sake of the taxpayers of San Bernadino County, I sincerely hope that it is now "ex-Deputy Ortiz". Why continue the employment of a clearly under-qualified law officer? No matter how good his police skills, he's proven his judgement sorely lacking. Find a new career, former-Deputy Ortiz, for all your citizen's sake.

  • Jan 12th, 2017 @ 8:16pm

    some people just shouldn't be cops...

    There is always another one coming along, another 'tough guy' cop, proving that some people just shouldn't be cops. Police agencies usually have a slogan with some variation on "protect and serve"... but there are too many cops whose only interest is in proving how much better -they- are than the "dirtbags" they are supposed to be serving. These are the cops who beat people up, shoot unarmed people in traffic stops, and throw their authority around for entirely unrelated issues - like telling a person in a traffic stop to put out a cigarette. Abuse of power just to make themselves feel a little more important, a little better than the citizen they are supposedly "protect and serving". Some people just should not be cops... and the rest of the cops need to let them know it, instead of covering for them. This guy is one who should have been uncovered and convinced to change careers years ago, when he started smacking people instead of doing his job professionally.

  • Dec 13th, 2016 @ 9:37pm

    safety first?

    "The interdiction team was dismantled because of increased personnel demands, including increased focus to reduce Iowa traffic deaths..." Wait - what?! The Iowa State Police are going to stop collecting cash forfeitures in order to focus on "traffic safety"?! This sounds like smoke-screen spin to my cynical judgement. I doubt that a piddly $60K settlement is enough to make up for the reapings they must surely have grabbed over the years. Perhaps the judicial scrutiny (must not be giving the courts a big enough cut...) have something to do with it. Since when has law enforcement been about enhancing safety, and "protecting and serving" the public? Unless we perhaps consider a seizure to be a form of 'you've been served!'. Anyway, its nice to find one such illegal seizure forced back to the rightful owners by the courts, which are usually all too willingly complicit in this literal highway robbery.

  • Nov 24th, 2015 @ 6:53pm

    stem cells offer some potential as well...

    There has also been some research with using stem cells from various sources to treat the particular ailment I have somehow acquired, age-related dry macular degeneration. There have been some clinical trials that show improvements in vision capability for those who had severe degradations, and I personally hope this avenue is developed successfully before I can qualify for one of the 'severely impaired' studies. Of course, if there's no big profit potential in it, it doesn't seem too likely the new Pfizer will be pushing it.

  • Nov 13th, 2015 @ 6:52pm

    innocent until proven guilty...

    It seems clear that the Court is basically going to reinforce what has been a truth about the United States justice system for many years. You are entitled to the best justice money can buy, unless the justice system seizes all your money, in which case good luck. Clearly this is designed to encourage criminals to either spend all their money or hide it in offshore havens where the government can't identify it and seize it, even when the money is the result of legal activities. Is this a program by the government to encourage the use of offshore secret bank accounts by anyone with money at all...?

  • Nov 4th, 2015 @ 9:25pm

    What about my dope under the seat...

    Ok, so I left my laptop on the seat, and the cops opened up the car and 'saved' if from being stolen. But while they were in there without a warrant "caretaking", they saw my stash sticking out from under the seat... what happens? I was sitting in my living room when the cops walked in the door, "caretaking" without a warrant... I was watching Fox "News" and cleaning my guns, which I happen to have a machine gun, not registered of course. The cops saw my gun collection and expressed interest... What happens now?

    I can see a lot of problems with the proposed ordinance besides just "attracting a lot of unanticipated press coverage." Like voiding a big part of the Constitution. How long before some police agency somewhere tries this again?

  • Aug 6th, 2015 @ 8:41pm

    (untitled comment)

    But... but.. but... Terrorists!

    There, government gets everything it wants, citizens get bubpkis.

  • Jul 17th, 2015 @ 2:59pm

    you're not being quite fair...

    You're not being quite fair to Comcast. They truly are competing. In my area, Silicon Valley, they are offering gigabyte and faster speeds. They are quite competitive, you only have to pay about 3x as much as Google Fiber for installation and the monthly cost is only about $300. What's not competitive about that? Surely there's no need for intrusive government regulation in this 'free' market. Relying on competition or corporate shame for internet access speed improvements is just not going to work. Because there's essentially no competition nor does a corporation like Comcast even know what 'shame' is.

  • Jun 1st, 2015 @ 11:59am

    AT&T competition...

    "AT&T insists there's no way it could possibly impose aggressive caps because customers would leave AT&T". They're right, of course. I have the Uverse and while I haven't hit the 250GB cap, I am just hanging on waiting for Google Fiber to come, then I will be out of AT&T as fast as I can. Sure, I could go to the 'competition' right now... unfortunately 'the competition' is Comcast - need I say more?

  • May 28th, 2015 @ 10:41am

    things go 'boom'

    It could just be the cops like to blow things up.

  • May 13th, 2015 @ 5:49pm

    Let's start with him...

    I'm sure Sen. Corker has nothing to hide... so he should have no problem with the government and the rest of the country learning all about him. After all, privacy is overrated when it comes in the way of fighting "Terrorists". So perhaps we should let all of Sen. Corker's most personal information, financial, personal, health, employment, everything get out in public as well as in the hands of the government. After all, once the government has all our data its just one breach away from that kind of 'freedom and safety' for all of us.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 9:40pm

    (untitled comment)

    No No No No No. I'm not wearing ID on my forehead, and I don't want the government tracking my license plate and my travels constantly either. With probable cause, with a duly authorized warrant, OK, track away, just that person. Scan and discard for everyone else. We're going to end up all wearing masks because that's the only way to preserve privacy in the age of face-recognition programs. I don't feel safer knowing that the government is tracking my every move, and the travels of everyone else. No No No No No.

  • Mar 19th, 2015 @ 10:15am

    come on Google Fiber, get here!

    Speaking for myself personally, Google Fiber can't get to my neighborhood fast enough (and it actually should, Santa Clara, CA is 'on the list' supposedly). My alternatives are AT&T or Comcast (see FCC?! There really -is- "competition" in broadband... not!). A Comcast not-nearly 1GB connection would be three or four times the cost Google is charging... clearly Google must be dumping, it couldn't possibly a case of Comcast or AT&T overcharging. Look at that competition! The broadband internet industry in this country is shameful, and the way the big players have treated consumers is classically monopolistic/oligopolistic, they deserve everything the FCC will do to them and more.

  • Feb 10th, 2015 @ 9:51am

    more TSA folly

    Here's a TSA supervisor who isn't satisfied with having a job where he literally just has to go through the motions. This guy has a little authority complex, he's pretty full of himself and his sacred mission to protect the public through wasting their time and mild harrassment. He over-reacts, probably because he's only marginally qualified to do his job in the first place. Now, after he's harrassed and annoyed a law-abiding citizen, and been found wrong, the agencies involved, who hired this unqualified person, are getting sued. The agencies will settle, they can't risk a full loss in a court, and the cost of operating the agencies will be a little higher, with our taxes paying. The moron who cost all of us the settlement, like so many other 'officers of the law' who behave this way, may or may not be fired, but either way -he- won't be paying the settlement, we will. I don't begrudge Vanderklok his settlement, he should never have been harrassed and delayed as he was by this idiot abusing his authority. But I do think that Kieser should be paying the settlement, for as long as it takes, he should be paying back the government and we taxpayers for his stupidity.

  • Jan 30th, 2015 @ 3:10pm

    NSA cooperation

    Since Snowden, the NSA has been very open and cooperative. Of course, they haven't actually *changed* anything they were doing, nor do they plan to... they just figure that now everyone knows about it, even though they can't do anything about it anyway. Of course, if directly instructed to quit doing something, the NSA would be very responsive and cooperative, say "Of course, we'll stop right away!". And then they would just keep right on doing whatever they want to. What better secrecy is there than doing everything in plain sight, and just ignoring any contrary instructions...? It may or may not affect the efficacy or value of these invasive illegal programs, but the NSA doesn't care. They get the money to keep their bureaucracy growing and feeding whether the output of all their programs has any usefulness or not... and that's what is most important to any bureaucracy. The NSA is a force unto itself, and not subject to the control of the civilian authorities. Witness the ability of its head to outright lie to Congress, its ostensible civilian leadership, without penalty or censure. Since everything is secret, anything and nothing is being done, and whatever may or may not be being done is legal, whether it is or not. Kafka would appreciate it...

  • Jan 27th, 2015 @ 4:15pm

    take my money Google, please!~

    Because I live right here, I could just go over to Google HQ and throw the money in the front door... unfortunately, my choices are Comcast (need I say more) or even slower, maybe slightly better service AT&T. No monopoly there, eh? For $60 a month I get 'up to' 12Mbps downstream DSL. Google can't come to San Jose fast enough for me!

  • Jan 26th, 2015 @ 7:24pm

    competition is more than one seller

    Sure wireless is competitive! There's more than one seller, more than one company, so by definition its competition. Of course, they don't compete on price, service, quality, coverage, geography, or innovation. But they do compete a lot, really. Not a day goes by that I don't get a mailing from AT&T or Verizon, asking me to switch to them or upgrade. All the services, coverage, and prices are more or less identical, crappy, and much too expensive, but hey, they're fighting for my business every day.

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