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  • Nov 20th, 2013 @ 7:05am

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    Not that i'm defending the police or the kid but as to the statement about the kid's face looking like he was beaten or roughed up instead of just falling on his face, i disagree. My grandpa was an alcoholic and once passed out while walking to his car from the bar. He fall flat on his face, no hands in front to brace him as he was unconscious when he hit the ground. His face looked (a little) worse than the kid's, but with similar scraping and bruising, even around his eye, and he also had several broken bones and needed stitches. So in my opinion, its very possible that his injuries are a result from him falling on his face.

  • Nov 13th, 2013 @ 8:13am

    Re: Faraday cage

    you are definitely paranoid. (and cautious). But that's warranted given what we now know the gov't can do so, kudos. i do wish i had a faraday cage.. just to say i have one..

  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 8:48am



  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 7:46am

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    Was Lein's initial reaction unwarranted panic? the end of the video proves it was not. The gang was intentionally intimidating other drivers on the highway which is obvious by their blatant disregard for the lanes and other vehicles. Given this action, its reasonable to assume that this group would quickly escalate to violence in a high tension situation and Lein determined that almost immediately after he stopped on the highway. Driving off was his only means of self defense. Any single person that ends up on the opposing side of a mob that large is in a dangerous situation. I can't say i would have done exactly the same thing, i would like to think i would have tried to talk to them a bit more (and locked my doors) before deciding that it was too dangerous to stick around. I hope I am never in a similar situation but the results of this instance will certainly play a role in my decisions.

    All of the police officers involved thru inaction should be terminated immediately. All of the bikers who struck Lein, his vehicle or helped stop his vehicle should face criminal charges and have to pay for his medical and vehicle bills as well as compensation for stress, time off work, etc. Lein should sue the police department as well.

  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 7:15am

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    He can get a job without his social security card. Other forms of ID accepted are: Birth Certificate, Passport...Death Certificate... nope, that's not on the list. I wonder if he could even request a copy of his Birth Certificate since the records should show him being deceased? what does a dead guy need his birth certificate for?

  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 6:09am

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    Don't the vast majority of police cruisers record audio and video anyways? Even if he wasn't in view of the cruiser's camera, if he was in the general vicinity, the audio recording capability would have captured the dialog. If he was being recorded by the cruiser, that recording is public record which makes the conversation public record as well.

  • Oct 9th, 2013 @ 1:50pm

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    Doesn't anyone else think that if others had looked up at the gunman before the train stopped and saw him holding the gun, the guy probably would've shot a bunch of people instead of just one? Not to mention that the security cameras are on the train for more than just reviewing the tapes, they can be actively monitored and apparently the 'monitors', if they were in place, didn't notice the guy with the gun either and that's their job.

    I think he wanted people to look at him, that's why he kept getting the gun out. As if someone looking at him with his gun out would have been all the provocation he needed to start shooting. Its terrible that he shot and killed someone for no reason but if events had happened differently, a lot more people could've been hurt.

    What were the people on the train supposed to do even if they had seen the gun?

  • Jul 11th, 2013 @ 12:54pm

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    I wish TechDirt would do an article on wedding photography specifically, or if there is one out there, someone please point me to it. I've been married for almost 4 years but in that short time the trend of photographers retaining the rights to the pictures taken seems to be going to extremes. My brother got married a year ago and his photographer retained the rights to the images, only providing him and his wife with a CD of all of the photos. I believe she told them that other people who wanted 'copies' of any particular photograph should order them through her website, which only provided a way to buy prints. From what they told me, she implied that they were not allowed to distribute the digital files on the CD to anyone else b/c she owned the copyright and the CD was just providing what they paid for (they didn't buy any prints from her). It seems to me that even though copyright ownership belongs to the person who took the pictures, when you pay a person to take those pictures, you are buying the copyrights up front, before the pictures are even taken. Is this correct or do photographers retain the rights to their photographs even if they are paid specifically to take them?

  • Jul 11th, 2013 @ 9:59am

    Re: Re: Re:

    There have been two movies this year featuring detailed plans on how to over take the White House/government and both plans were moderately successful! The key is finding that seemingly random secret service member who was recently disgraced and taking him/her out before the rest of the plan goes into action. There's no way it can fail!

  • Jul 11th, 2013 @ 8:16am


    $100 million and immunity is the price to betray AT&T and Verizon customers' privacy. The cost falls on the government, which happily doled out $100 million dollars of our money to violate our rights.

  • Jul 1st, 2013 @ 11:00am

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    Next Step: Government decides that 'in-house' domestic spying programs are 'too hard' so they outsource them. Sarah Palin, head of the NSA at this point, says "Hey I know a country that has a better domestic spying program than ours, India, my old neighbor's neighbor!"

  • May 31st, 2013 @ 12:50pm


    **sigh**, should have clicked 'preview' on my OP instead of submit. correction: "..publishers would make more *money* that way than on reclaimed used game sales."

  • May 31st, 2013 @ 12:48pm

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    i haven't read all the other posts so someone may have mentioned this already but Sony's biggest concern with committing to maintain the current used games system with the PS4 has to be with the game developers/publishers. If Microsoft moves forward with their newfangled used games market strategy, publishers will have a new revenue stream and publishers like that. Even if you argue that the new revenue won't exist b/c ppl will essentially stop buying used games, that will still translate to more revenue from the publishers' perspective. If Sony doesn't have a way to match this added revenue, some publishers may stop making games for their console and/or Microsoft may get more exclusive games. That may not actually happen but Sony has to consider the possibility and take steps to ensure that it won't happen before they can commit either way.

    Of course the other side of the coin is that if Sony would seize this opportunity as suggested in the article their overall games sales would theoretically be much higher (and more immediate) than Microsoft's and in that case, publishers would make more many that way than on reclaimed used game sales.

  • May 30th, 2013 @ 2:02pm

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    I think the prank was good until they recorded it and sold it for personal profit. Perhaps if they recorded the call and contacted both guys again to let them know what they did and their intentions with the recording in an effort to get their permission to do so, this would've been a whole different story. As it is, i think an apt punishment is splitting the profit 4 ways, with each coach getting a cut and the two guys should also have to do 20 hours of community service each in the form of working for their local government's call center/information desk. Most importantly, this is not something that should be on their criminal/public records at all.

  • Apr 19th, 2013 @ 7:44am

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    If anything, you would think the feds would immediately back off all this CISPA garbage since obviously all of the invasive techniques they already have didn't alert them to the Boston threat at all. Giving the gov't a legal way to access the information won't make their use of the info more effective.

  • Apr 5th, 2013 @ 1:09pm

    Re: Re: (as Brent)

    gotcha. basically they don't want to have to go thru a middle man for their man-in-the-middle attacks.

  • Apr 5th, 2013 @ 12:45pm

    (untitled comment) (as Brent)

    Wouldn't the Stingray devices the feds use allow them to capture both SMS and iMessage data since both are funneled through carrier towers which the stingray's mimic?

  • Apr 1st, 2013 @ 1:16pm

    (untitled comment) (as Brent)

    i knew you guys would end up doing an article over the inevitable 'outrage' that arose from that footage. as soon as Greg Gumbel said "we're not going to show the footage here..." during the half-time show, i envisioned Fox News and Entertainment Tonight up in arms about a nasty injury on live tv and how it was 'inhuman' to show it (or something like that).

  • Apr 1st, 2013 @ 1:06pm

    Re: Re: (as Brent)

    that's what i thought but thanks for the confirmation!

  • Apr 1st, 2013 @ 12:45pm

    (untitled comment) (as Brent)

    so this business model is now viable in the rest of the US as well, correct? Or just New York?

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