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  • Jun 24th, 2017 @ 2:28pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Shouldn't have told the cop that he was armed...

    There is some debate about how Castille should have responded.

    In most CCW classes in MN (required for a permit), they tell you to say, "Officer, I have a concealed carry permit and I am carrying. How do you wish to proceed?" Then you're told to repeat back the officer's instructions before asking to proceed to follow them. All in all, it's meant to slow down the interaction to allow everyone time to calm down a little and to make sure that each side understands exactly what is to come next. You'll notice that Castille should have mentioned the fact that he had a permit before saying he had a weapon, although in theory Yanez should have known that Castille had a permit if he'd run the plate before the stop.

    Now, that's how the CCW instructors tell you to handle things, but that's not what the law requires. In Minnesota you are not required to tell the cop you're carrying unless the cop asks first at which point you are required to answer honestly.

    So there is a great deal of discussion on how this should be handled, and one of the problems is that despite requests from MN gun owners, Gov. Dayton(D) has refused to come up with a protocol on how CCW carriers should respond when stopped by police. That is contributory to the mess here. It would be awfully nice to get a standard so that cops could be trained in how to respond appropriately.

    Now, on a personal level, I think I can say that Yanez has no business being a cop and was very lucky to have skated as he did. How he handled things was just wrong, and he doesn't seem level headed enough to be trusted with a weapon. Even the NRA can agree with that, as you can see from Colin Noir's epic rant on what a disgrace this whole situation was from the point of view of a black man, lawyer and NRA commentator. The problem being, even if you believe that Yanez was a fool and morally deserved to be convicted, it can be hard to overcome the burden of "beyond a reasonable doubt" in a case like this, as Noir points out, no matter how much you might dislike the fact that Yanez was acquitted.

  • May 23rd, 2017 @ 6:43am

    Re: In the name of the Corp., for the Corp., and by the Corp. and keep the peons paying.

    But as the article points out, Delaware is now becoming even more troll friendly than East Texas. How will companies incorporated in Delaware react to that fact?

    I really suspect that you will now see jurisdiction shopping -- but on the part of companies seeking protection from patent trolls. Given Delaware's current configuration of laws and patent-troll friendliness, I expect to see some pushback on Delaware legislators from companies or an exodus of companies, especially tech companies, incorporated there.

  • May 3rd, 2017 @ 8:30am


    Some folks view this with doom and gloom.

    I, on the other hand, welcome this new technology!

    "Honey, I never said THAT! You aren't remembering our conversation correctly. Here, let me play the recording I made of it."

  • Mar 26th, 2017 @ 12:04am

    Re: Re: LOTR Warrant

    Please read the article, it states:

    More than 100 phones taken from arrested Inauguration Day protesters have had their data exfiltrated...

    It's not merely being in downtown DC, it's being arrested for being involved in an act that is being criminally prosecuted. If you were arrested at the scene of a burglary would you expect your phone to be searched? I sure would.

    As I guy who works on chips, I'll say this: unless your passcode is actually a passphrase and a long one at that, even perfect encryption software won't protect you if the phone is in my possession. Give me access to the hardware and I can almost certainly bring some industry standard tools to bear and read the data off the chips. (Yes, Apple does blow the JTAG fuse, but I can rebuild it and read all the data off the memory chips with some fancy but standard machines, just as an example.) Not that given the state of software today that I'd expect you'd need to go to those lengths, but they are available if you don't have a software crack in your back pocket and you have deep (government) pockets.

  • Feb 28th, 2017 @ 7:38am

    Re: incompetant government

    Incompetence? Probably. But it's also a sign of how screwed up civil service rules are that you can't fire folks for this kind of screw up. And the lack of accountability leads them to a sense of divine lordship over the hoi polloi; government goes from serving the people to ruling the people.

  • Feb 28th, 2017 @ 12:36am

    Re: Re: All news is fake if you know what you're talking about

    If you want the perfect example of your own bias, there's nothing more dangerous in this world than a software developer with a soldering iron.

    And of course, you missed the point completely. You understand a subject well. You see how well reporters cover that subject. You see how well their background has enabled them to cover things completely out of their competence. And you even begin to trust them to cover something arguably more complex than a software bug? Just what are you smoking?!

  • Feb 27th, 2017 @ 8:57am

    All news is fake if you know what you're talking about

    We're mostly technical folks here, and we've read the results of reporters trying to cover topics we know well. So why the heck do any of you trust them on anything as large and complicated and uncertain as the effects of economic policy? Of social policy? Of health policy?

    The first rule of trusting a reporter is to remember that they're the folks who were too incompetent to become English majors. Sure, there are a few who have learned enough to cover a particular subject well, but 99% of them give the other 1% a bad name.

  • Feb 21st, 2017 @ 6:54am

    John Deere to the rescue!

    Who would have thought that John Deere, of all companies, would be poster child of companies that would deny you the right to actually own and do with what you want for something you've purchased?

    In a completely honest way, I'm glad that we've got a non-tech company that's taken point on this. It makes it much easier to explain to the neighbors why they should care about this issue by telling them that they can't service their lawn tractor anymore if John Deere gets its way.

  • Feb 15th, 2017 @ 8:47am

    Re: No need to screw the residents

    It _should_ come out of the town officials' pockets, but ever heard of insurance? It's far more likely that the town will go to its insurance policy, the insurance company will fight them over the minor fact that this unconstitutional and then settle for a partial payment, at which point the town's denizens will owe something, but not everything.

    I've lived in a few states, but I'd have to say that Ohio probably has higher proportion of towns that exist solely to be speedtraps than most states.

  • Feb 9th, 2017 @ 8:51am

    Re: This ruling sounds more like...

    At least the court isn't demanding that Google delete the links. It's requesting it, which is a far different thing and something and honestly, not a bad path for them to follow. Compare that with how France does its right-to-be-forgotten cases.

    Still, I have to admit going to some of the indexes that curate RTBF cases just to see what's "forgotten" so I suspect that the Streisand effect is more prevalent than most petitioners think.

  • Feb 9th, 2017 @ 8:38am

    Re: She was warned and she persisted

    > McConnell has been around long enough to have some political savvy. This is a rookie's mistake.

    Maybe, maybe not. Wikileaks showed that the DNC did all it could to get Trump the GOP nomination figuring that nobody would vote for such a buffoon as part of their "deep strategy." McConnell is viewed by both sides as very politically savvy, so he may well be trying to make someone who is under 50% reelection preference in MA the national face of the Democrats in a similar strategy. As HRC found out, choosing what you think is your weakest opponent isn't always a winning strategy.

    But it should be noted that quoting King was not her downfall as others have done that in Sessions' hearings. Her reason for this rebuke was that she said she shared the same views about Sessions, which was what crossed the line. The whole rule is there after fistfights broke out in previous sessions over these kinds of insults.

    You get a bunch of power hungry narcissists together and what do think is going to happen? Expecting politicians to behave themselves is worse than herding cats.

  • Jan 26th, 2017 @ 2:47pm


    Nah, all politicians are the devils....

    If we could actually trust them to create a true Chinese Wall between their public and private emails, I'd be fine with them having two accounts. The problem arises when you have to trust someone like Clinton who turned over all her emails except her "yoga lessons and wedding plans." Right... 35K plans and yoga appointments... You interested in this [Cloth-or-Something]( I've got for sale?

    If you trust any salesman you deserve what you get, and politicians are salesmen at their core.

  • Jan 26th, 2017 @ 9:46am

    Re: Not your ordinary wrong, fractally wrong

    >One of the fundamental rights of every American is to live in a safe community.

    We have the right to live in a safe community. We have the right to healthcare. We have the right to be forgotten. We have the right to choose a bathroom based on our mental state. We have a right to be safe from hot coffee spilling on our crotches when we put coffee cups between our legs.

    When you expand your definition of "fundamental rights" to include anything that you think would be nice, you expect consistency from politicians as to what are "fundamental rights"? Seriously folks, much of this discussion of "rights" has been corrupted from overexpansion. You might as well call yourself a computer programmer because you managed to sum a column of numbers in Excel.

  • Jan 18th, 2017 @ 8:51am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Similarly, your fridge will probably last 20 years, but the "smart" part of it will be obsolete, or unsupported in 3 to 5 years.

    You haven't bought a modern fridge have you? Between the high speed compressors and the reliability of modern capacitors 20 years is a pipe dream. (FWIW, the NAHB reports that the average lifetime of new fridges in the last 30 years has declined to under 13 years.)

  • Dec 28th, 2016 @ 9:54am


    It's quite amusing to note the sites that are dropping comments. NPR, while one of my favorite outlets, isn't exactly fair and balanced in its reporting and was called out quite often by conservatives for both implicit and explicit bias.

    Similarly, BusinessInsider dropped comments this year the day after Trump's election. Their editorial staff was, again, very biased towards one ideology in their writings and many of their readers put some unwelcome corrections and different viewpoints to their stories, so their dropping comments the day after the election wasn't terribly surprising.

    I've basically stopped visiting both sites after their change.

    I believe that in general, the sites that are dropping comments tend to be those with a more partisan take on events, and they also tend to be the ones least willing to actually discuss the evidence and more insistent on lecturing their audience. The art of disagreeing and discussing without denigration is dying and more's the shame.

  • Nov 7th, 2016 @ 11:11am

    Re: Icon status of the FBI is irrelevant.

    Actually, the status of icon is relevant.

    The DoJ is the boss of the FBI. The DoJ is run by a political appointee and, frankly, is responsive to politicians. The FBI is supposed to be an independent investigative body. When the FBI ventures into the political arena, it is expected that the Attorney General will take the heat of the decisions, good or bad, and allow the FBI internally to avoid the political repercussions both internally and externally.

    That's when everything works well. But when you have an idiot AG like we do, who shows exceptional stupidity and meets with the spouse of someone under criminal investigation in a private one-on-one meeting bad things happen. That so offends sensibility that AG in this case has to publicly recuse herself of the responsibility of making the decision on whether to prosecute, in a highly charged political case.

    That leaves the FBI chief in a terrible position of having to play politics directly. And with a direct report into the DoJ of someone who is intimately linked to the chief of the investigation's campaign chair.

    Like it or not, Comey was screwed, and screwed hard, by Lynch's behavior. He knew what he had to find, and he knew that there would be bad blood inside the FBI no matter what his decision. Agents close to investigations nearly always believe the worst of their subjects, so there would a hard core of those who supported criminal charges. But there was another core who didn't believe they were warranted. And Comey had to take the heat directly, meaning both sides would leak like crazy if they weren't satisfied.

    So yes, the image of the FBI has been hit. There's massive internal damage as the veneer of non-political status has been ripped away by Comey making a political decision in the most half-hearted, idiotic way possible (she broke the law, but she didn't mean it?! who makes that kind of decision?). The internal FBI damage is Lynch's responsibility for putting Comey into this situation.

    The FBI could have maintained an internal illusion of non-political status if Comey had wimped out and said that there was enough evidence for grand jury. But Comey picked the worst of all possible paths available post-Lynch and has damaged any chance the next president has of uniting the country, has damaged the FBI internally, has brought open politics into an agency that should never have politics govern its actions, and has screwed this country massively for some time to come.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016 @ 7:36am

    (untitled comment)

    "Nerd HERDER"? I resemble that remark, as does nearly every tech manager!

    Herding cats has nothing on herding nerds.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016 @ 7:12am

    Re: updates

    So in other words, Walker's sidekick disobeyed the law and got arrested, while Walker obeyed the law and got arrested. The difference being that the cops had to apologize and release Walker, while they still got to charge the sidekick.

    All in all, this is a learning experience for the cops and the sidekick.

    And as for ""His main purpose was to be arrested." I think that's great! He's making a point on a law that he sponsored and it's rare to see a politician getting that involved in an issue. Normally they're so mealy mouthed that they're unwilling to take a stand, especially one for freedom and the accountability of authority (i.e. the cops).

    I guess it's the cynic in me in suspecting that since the election is only weeks away Walker didn't mind the additional publicity. But I'll squelch those thoughts since I approve of what he did.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016 @ 7:02am


    The First Amendment doesn't mean that the press isn't free to shoot itself in the foot. Gawker won on invasion of privacy under a state law, and it seems that the NYT is vulnerable on similar grounds.

    I'm not sure who I'm cheering for here. I like transparency, but at some point people deserve some privacy, even at the level of the Presidency. "It's just sex and everyone lies about that" was Clinton's excuse that got him off impeachment, but he still lost his license and was disbarred because he made that lie in a court filing and to me that was the appropriate punishment. It may be that the NYT is doing the public a favor about pointing out Trump's use of tax loopholes (although I will point out Clinton has used the same loophole), but in doing so it may well face serious consequences and I'm ok with that.

  • Sep 28th, 2016 @ 8:36am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Gentlemen, start your firewalls!

    That's not likely to be all that possible with IPv6 and IPv6 is likely to be even more required with IoT. Getting an IPv6 enabled router to filter your own devices properly right now is technically challenging even with things like OpenWRT, much less the crap software that's typically installed on a home router. Full statefull IPv6 connections with firewalls are tough on things like VoIP and require some finesse.

    Until these things become more accessible (i.e. automated), it's an issue for the average Joe.

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