This new device must have an internet connection: Ipv4 and Ipv6 capable, 802.11 a, b, n, ac, gigabit ethernet. This so newer, more intrusive firmware and DRM can be installed to defeat any hacks and provide more useful, controlled options. Control through a lan connected device, including lap top or desktop computer, iOS or Android phone or tablet. Optional 11.6 inch monitor and Bluetooth keyboard can be had. The March of Technology.
Seems to me that there was another case of police/sheriff abuse of a prisoner in the news recently. A man was tossed into a room for two years and basically forgotten about. Somehow he got some food but after he got out he looked skeletal with a long beard and hair and is clothing was in tatters. No toilet facilities were in the room, so you can imagine what that caused. I can't remember what it cost the jurisdictions in this case or whether it has been resolved. I'm not sure I want to travel through New Mexico under any circumstances much less live there.
Those Dell servers in use are now worthless - no one's going to buy them. Trust Dell in the pay of NSA to remove the offending malware, I don't think so. What about folks accessing those servers on the public Internet? Dell's been on the precipice for sometime and this may destroy their server business and cause them to fall over that cliff. I love my Dell laptop, but probably won't be getting another one any time soon. Good bye, Dell.
IIRC, in Sweden, fines are based on ability to pay. Some time ago I read about some gazzillionaire being fined 10's of thousands of dollars (maybe more?) for some traffic fine that perhaps a person of average wealth would be subject to hundreds of dollars or less in fine for the same thing. I'm not sure if the fine was based on total wealth or annual income, but apparently ability to pay the fine is decided by the justice system somehow.
In Colorado where I live, there currently is a major discussion about jail in lieu of a fine. It turns out the state constitution explicitly prohibits the imposition of jail time for failure to pay a debt and a fine is apparently considered a debt if someone can't or won's pay the fine. This is probably a response to the practice of debtors prisons. The discussion comes about because some not so well-off folks in a few counties were being jailed for 10 days for the lack of money to pay relatively small fines of a couple of hundred dollars. Of course the cost to the county for the jail time is higher than the fine. Perhaps unpaid community service would be a better choice. Anyway, today's Denver Post (12/19/2013) has an editorial on this situation.
"....have a brief interval where lights in both directions are red, rather than switching simultaneously to red in one direction and green in the other."
In my town this is implemented with about a two-second timing. The problem is that everyone knows this and many drivers run the red because they know those stopped at the red will not see green for at least two-seconds. Basically this interval has become an extended yellow. Also, in the downtown area on a very high traffic street the city put in its only RLC. It lasted about a year and was removed because of the incredible increase in rear-end collisions at that one intersection.
Many folks have posted an analogy involving stores selling knives and guns. I'd suggest as an analogy of a home owner whose house is broken into for a burglary or home invasion. Under the idea that the web hosting company should be responsible for what others post, the home owner should be held responsible for the break in. The home was not fortified enough to prevent the break in. Windows that can't be forced or broken and doors with locks that are 100% impervious to forcing open regardless of the kind of method used should be required. Should a break in occur, the home owner will pay fines, restitution and go to jail for allowing the break in. If the residents are injured or killed, too bad. They deserve what they got because the house was not 100% fortified against the bad guys.
Why is something this complicated necessary. Put the phone in your Faraday cage and give it a call and listen for a ring tone. If you can't hear the ring, put a small micro cassette recorder or other sound recording device in the cage. Presumably if the phone can't ring it's not connected to a tower. Not sure about GPS.
I'm not sure what technique or technology terrorists will use but they'll find some way of communication that can make them invisible to the NSA, FBI,CIA, TSA and any other three letter government spy agency. Super encrypted emails, anonymous prepaid cell phones, face to face meetings in a cave, ... and lots of other methods I can't imagine, but they will likely find a way to secretly plot their nefarious schemes.
Prank calls can have grave, unintended consequences. The two Australian DJs made a prank call to the hospital where Princess Kate was staying and claimed one of them was the queen. When the nurse found out that she had not given information to the queen but a couple of DJs, she committed suicide. The only thing that happened to the DJs is they lost their job. Not much of a punishment.
Let the networks drop Over the Air and think they're going to cable/satellite. When that happens and the cable/satellite companies show their middle digit to them they will hopefully go out of business, the local channels will soon follow and all that VHF will go to wireless carriers. Cable/satellite fees may not go down, but hopefully they'll not go up as fast as they have been lately.
Maybe a bit off topic, but this judge probably would would blame Kodak because they make film used in making illegal movies or the camera makers for the hardware use in such enterprises. Sad. Time for impeachment which is allowed by state or the federal constitutions.
The Innocence Project has estimated that 50% of persons convicted as a result of eyewitness testimony are actually not guilty of the crime they were charged with. So, just because the justice system convicted someone doesn't mean they did the crime. Some states provide compensation for the years wrongly spent in jail for a crime they didn't commit others do not. But if the freed inmate has been in prison for many years they likely will find it very difficult to integrate into society in many ways.
One of the reason profits are so small (2%) is that the overhead is so high. Pay the same salaries for similar jobs as are paid by the government, and either private insurance companies would be making 32% profits or cut premiums to keep profit at 2%. Your statistics are bogus when you don't include overhead costs which includes the extraordinary salaries and golden parachutes that are paid. If you're a true nonprofit you pay no taxes as well.
It's the insurance companies as well. The overhead to run a private insurance company in the US is about 30% of revenue. The overhead to run Medicare in the US is about 3%. Both organizations do the same thing - pay for medical care services, yet the overhead in percentage terms is 10 times as much for private insurance companies.
Some years ago the founder of one of the big health insurance companies retired with a $350,000,000 going away present. I assume he also got away with a lot stock that had appreciated in value during his tenure there. None of that money paid for any health care - not a single physical exam, not a single minor surgery, not a single life saving procedure needed due to an accident, it paid for nothing except for a nice retirement lifestyle. Who paid for that bonus? Likely the insurance company's clients who had money deducted from pay checks and the employers of those clients who paid it as an employment benefit. You might think the salaries paid the CEOs of big enterprises in the US are outrageous, the health care business is just the same.