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  • Sep 20th, 2018 @ 6:50am

    Supervision?

    Stupid cop doing something really stupid is bad enough but the fact that nobody in the chain of command bothered to stop this before sending out additional transportation to take all the girls to the police station is the most worrisome aspect.

    We keep hearing "not all cops" but until the so called "good cops" start doing something about the bad cops then yes it is most definitely is "all cops".

    The whole cops in every school thing really needs to stop. Somehow all the schools I attended managed to keep everyone in line without arresting students all the time.

    I am so glad I am not a kid today. Between schools losing their minds and social media pressures it sure sucks to be a kid in school today.

  • Aug 24th, 2018 @ 5:55am

    Recording is not the real issue.

    While the company recording the calls obviously should not have been doing so the real problem is that the used the information from the calls.

    What should have happened.

    Global: We recorded some calls we should not have.
    OCSD: You need to fix that but in the mean time go ahead and delete the attorney calls.

    If this had happened even if it was over a long time period there would not really be much of a story.

    With the volume of calls they are dealing with I can see some calls getting recorded that should not have. No not as many as were recorded and not for as long as they were recording them but the fact that some non-zero number of call were recorded is pretty much inevitable.

    The real crime however is that the cops and prosecutors used those recording to help prosecute those inmates.

  • Jul 17th, 2018 @ 4:01pm

    Why not sue the police union or the cops themselves?

    It seems if the police union was posting completely made up info then they should be libel.

    I know you have to go pretty far before someone can win a libel case against you but to this non-lawyer person it seems that there should be a case against the union and the cops themselves. The information was malicious and completely made up which you would think would be enough.

    Businesses are between a rock and a hard place when it comes to telling cops to hit the road. The percentage of citizens in this fair country that will drop to their knees and swallow before every cop they see no matter what they do is high enough that the blow back from refusing service is going to be pretty high.

  • Jul 3rd, 2018 @ 4:07am

    Moral stands are few and far between

    I see very few if any moral stands any longer with politicians or those who are politically active.

    Small Govt Republicans- The Govt should get out of our lives unless of course you are doing something we do not approve of like drugs, sex, gambling, or pretty much anything fun.

    Anti-War Democrats- Bombing and killing all the brown people around the world is horrible when Bush does it but when Obama doubles down all you hear is crickets

    Both sides- The First Amendment is great except when the other side uses it.

    Both sides- The President "ruling with his pen" is great when their guy doing is doing it but when the other party is doing it then it is an unconstitutional power grab.

    etc etc etc....

    All they care about is giving themselves and their party more power and money. The constitution and the actual citizens have no meaning and are just obsticals to run over when they get in the way.

  • Jul 2nd, 2018 @ 8:56am

    Re: Re: Pipes -- Why shouldn't Google be a "dumb pipe" too, then?

    Except that you can avoid Google if you put in a little effort.

    Do not use gmail or other Google services Check
    Do not use Google search Check
    Do not use Chrome Check
    Install tracking blockers on your browser Check

    Doing the above is not really that hard and will do a good job of blocking Google from tracking you as you wander around the internet.

    Now compare that to the situation where Verizon (or Comcast/ATT etc) is your only choice of getting connected to the internet because of a Government enforced monopoly. In this case you do not have the choice to use a different service as the Govt has taken that away from you.

    But yes they are the same....

  • 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."

    https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2017/04/24/brickerbot-damage/



    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.

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