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  • May 3rd, 2018 @ 1:14pm

    Pretty Standard...

    "I guess Alice Weidel only dislikes government censorship when it targets speech she likes."

    It is not like she is alone with this as this behavior is pretty standard and not just with politicians. For some really egregious examples pick just about any US University.

  • Apr 5th, 2018 @ 4:13pm

    If you do not help get rid of bad cops you are a bad cop....

    This is not an isolated thing. "Good" almost never do anything about the bad cops.

    I was reading a report from the Civilian Review board for NYC sometime last year (so the report was probably for 2016).

    I do not remember the exact percentages but I believe it was 80% of the cops did not have any excessive force complaints and I believe it was 84% of the complaints came from 7% of the cops (I could be off a percent or two).

    So yes it really is a minority of the cops but until the cops that are not killing and beating the living crap out of suspects do something about the ones that are then they deserve to be called bad cops.

    There is actually a very easy fix for the problem. Make all cops carry their own insurance. Give them all a raise to cover the average extra cost and have them buy their own insurance. The problem would be solve in a year or two at the most because cops that keep getting sued are not going to be insurable which means they will not be able to stay on any police force and have to go dig ditches or something.

  • Feb 1st, 2018 @ 3:03pm

    Re: wHY?

    The US screwing up the Middle East really goes back to 1953 when the US and UK overthrew a democratically elected Govt and installed a dictator in order to keep the cheap oil running.

    In 1951 Mohammad Mosaddegh was elected as the Prime Minister until 1953 when his government was overthrown in a coup d'état backed by the US and UK who installed Mohammad Reza as Shah.

    Is there any wonder that Iranians do not like the US? We basically killed democracy and handed them over to a brutal dictator for close to 30 years.

  • Jan 19th, 2018 @ 6:34am

    Re: BOGUS

    The Govt is not allowed to pick and choose. If the college had changed the rules to not allow ANY student group to use the school logo the results would have been more than likely quite different.

    However the school singled out one group who's political stand it did not like (or the politicians told them not to like in this case) and said that one group was not allowed to do what other student groups were allowed to do.

    You see this quite often with k-12 schools and religious groups. Once a school allows one religious group use school property they have to allow all of them.

  • Dec 21st, 2017 @ 9:13pm

    Sounds familiar

    Elect a pro-privacy, anti-war, open Govt presidential candidate and then have him double down on every fascist request from the pro-surveillance and pro-war crowd.

    I guess it is Canada's turn now...

  • Nov 8th, 2017 @ 8:41am

    Burying the Lead...

    "She was convicted in July by a jury"

    While thin skinned politicians and out of control cops are a problem the real problem is that over and over juries in this country are backing up all the stupidity that the Govt and its representatives engage in.

    Even in the few instances where cops are brought up on charges the juries let them get away with outright murder.

    Until juries stop backing up cops and the Govt when they overstep it is not going to stop.

  • Oct 2nd, 2017 @ 6:56am

    About those laws...

    I would think this ruling would affect all those anti-protester laws that states are trying to pass (not sure if any have been passed yet) to make and and all protesters responsible for any damage or costs that one or some of them caused.

  • Aug 28th, 2017 @ 3:22pm

    Re: Depends on the setup, doesn't it?

    The problem is not that IOT and smart devices can not be secured but that the majority of the population either does realize there is a problem or if they do have no ide how to fix it.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 7:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    Normally I would agree as they manage to do a good job blocking Google in enough locations that Google decided to start backing wireless.

    However any laws that get passed would have to be on the Federal level and I think that would be hard for them to do to Musk and keep it hidden in the dark like business as usual. He could shine a very bright light and make a lot of noise if they try underhanded tactics.

    Keep in mind we are talking at least 3 years before he gets this started and by then he will be launching who knows how many satellites a year and ferrying astronauts to the space station on a regular basis. The will give him an even bigger soapbox than he already has to make noise if other companies try to block him out.

    Not saying they will not try but I just have a hard time believing they will succeed.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 6:54pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    "I never understood why people believe that is all that is necessary to make a change. People literally develop Stockholm like syndrome with politics and the economy as well, not just with other people. You are most certainly underestimating humanities tolerance for greed and evil. In the vast majority of cases there are superior products and services all over the place by they are not taken advantage of because of the many biases that people develop. People LOVE maintaining the status quo because it is familiar and comfortable and are not quick to depart from it."

    You are not wrong, people tend to be creatures of habit even with it is not really in their self interest to be that way.

    However I think there are two things "fighting the inertia" in this situation.

    The first is the fact that many of the people who are cord cutters are already looking to make a change. They are actively trying to move in a certain direction and being blocked. As soon as there is another choice they will be on it like my dog gets on bacon.

    The second is that Comcast is a particularly horrible company and in my opinion a fair percentage of those slow to change have had enough to motivate them to do something. Obviously not all of the or even enough but it will be a big enough number to hurt.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 8:16am

    Par for the course hypocrisy

    It is not just "Cyber" that gets all the holier than thou hypocrisy. All the hair pulling about the election "hacking" where everyone is completely losing their minds.

    The US interferes in the politics of other countries more than any other Govt on the planet. Not only do we interfere with elections we actually have a long history of helping to overthrow democratically elected leaders if we do not like their policies.

    If we are going to do it to other countries do not be surprised when they do it us.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 8:06am

    Re: Re: Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    I would not bet on him not being able to beat the technological issues. If you had told me a few years ago that someone would be able to have two rockets take off and land in the same weekend I would probably have laughed.

    The big problem is cost and if he continues to bring down the launch costs it will work.

    As far as being "a man of the people" I never said that and do not even think that. I imagine that he plans on making a whole lot of money with satellite internet and I am OK with that. He can make all the money he wants as long as he delivers a service that is worth buying.

    The thing is he is not even going to have to undercut the existing companies on price because their service and contempt for their customers is so bad. I bet a lot of people would be willing to pay MORE just to get out from under Comcast and Verizon.

  • Jul 10th, 2017 @ 7:16am

    Hopefully not a problem in 3-5 years

    Hopefully Musk's internet satellite swarm will take care of this problem. He is saying 2019 but my guess from past experience is that it will take a bit longer to get there so probably 3-5 years is realistic.

    The thing is the cable/ISP companies will go from sucking us all dry to completely dying in a very short time once the satellites go live. All that bad customer service and price gouging is going to create a huge exodus once something else is available.

  • May 20th, 2017 @ 8:14am

    Re: FAA Dicktators

    I did not read it as him saying that the Chinese were not "authoritarian" but more a "people in glass houses"/hypocrisy thing.

    Face it we here in the US get all high and mighty when some other country does something bad even though we do the same or worse. It really time we got off our high horse because whatever moral high ground the US used to have is long gone.

    A perfect example is this whole Russia getting involved in our election thing that half the country is losing their minds over. Yes if other countries are trying to interfere in our elections that is a bad thing but all the outrage over it is just plain hypocritical to say the least as the US has a long history of not just interfering with elections but helping overthrow democratically elected leaders we do not like.

  • Apr 24th, 2017 @ 1:23pm

    Brickerbot author says...

    "The author of BrickerBot, which “bricks” IoT devices by rewriting the flash storage space and wiping files, has emerged to explain that the malware first attempts to secure the units without damaging them.

    Failing that, it reverts to “plan B”, i.e. actions that result in the device being rendered temporarily or permanently unusable."

    Killing IOT devices that people have bought and paid for is not really what I would call the best way to go about this. However this is going to force companies to better secure their products or they are going to have a hard time staying in business.

    Consumers will not notice (and most will not really care) if their devices are part of a botnet but they sure as hell will care that the IOT device they purchased quits working.

  • Apr 18th, 2017 @ 4:25pm

    uBlock is much better than AdBlock

    I have been using uBlock for quite awhile now and it is much better than AdBlock. Does a better job and does not suck up resources and leak memory like Adblock does.

    The fact that some sites do not realize I am blocking ads is just a added plus.

    Site owners have shown they can not be trusted to not crash my browsers by poorly designed and malicious ads. I honestly do not generally care about the ads themselves if they were not the spawn from hell. Well that and trying to track every move I make online so now I pretty much block everything except for a few sites I trust.

    No pity for them from me, they are getting exactly what they deserve.

  • Apr 10th, 2017 @ 2:26pm

    How is any of this constitutional

    I really fail to see how asset forfeiture ever passed constitutional muster. The complete lack of due process involved just makes the fact that anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together would defend it on constitutional grounds.

    I would weep for my country but I have almost become numb to the fact that we are sliding ever more rapidly into a police state.

    The question is not will we but what kind it will be. If we finally tip over and the Republicans are in charge we will get Iran. If we finally tip over when the Democrats are in charge we will get Venezuela

  • Feb 27th, 2017 @ 8:18am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Trump Lying More

    Trump is not lying more than the Democrats or the rest of the politicians.

    However you are correct that he is lying BADLY. Not only badly but just plain about stuff that does not even matter. Most politicians are much better at picking when and how to lie. Probably comes from all the practice they get from being called out on the stupid lies.

  • Feb 9th, 2017 @ 7:01am

    Re: Re: colaberation

    The Stasi were not not technically foreign occupiers either but that did not make cooperating with them any more acceptable.

    It is not a matter of the police "forgetting" they are not supposed to be special it is a matter of large segments of our society are telling them that yes they are special.

    When you are told over and over again that you can break the law, ignore the Constitution, and kill pretty much anyone you want with ZERO consequences by society and the court system then you are special.

    When your safety rather than the public you are supposed to be protecting becomes so important that you can shoot and kill children/the deaf/mentally handicapped/mentally ill/blacks/whites/other minorities/anyone who talks back to you/people running from you/people who look dangerous/"fill in the blank" because "Danger" then you are more than special.

    When you are someone who thinks that yes living in a police state is a good thing and the Constitution is for you but not other people than you are a collaborator.

  • Jan 26th, 2017 @ 6:02am

    The Problem

    The problem we now have is that there are few if any "Western Countries" that have any moral ground to denounce the actions of China and Russia and all the other "BAD" countries without freedoms.

    The US, European countries, and especially the UK have taken measures of the last decade that the East German Stasi could only have dreamed of having.

    It is kind of hard for the politicians to complain about a police state when they are doing their best to turn their own countries into one.

    It will probably not stop them though as hypocrisy and politicians are the best of friends.

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