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  • Dec 6th, 2013 @ 4:00pm

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    Having the pleasure of traveling by air last week, I of course opted out of being scanned and enjoyed a not-so-thorough pat down.

    I'm a little torn by the whole thing. On one hand, I truly appreciate that the TSA officer didn't come within 6 inches of my junk... on the other hand, it just shows how pointless the whole pat down process is if they aren't even bothering to check the most obvious and most ideal hiding place.

    Sure, he made certain I didn't have any razor blades taped inside the neck of my T-shirt or to the bottom of my feet.... but I could've had 2 hand grenades and a bottle of lighter fluid in my crotch and he'd never know.

  • Nov 14th, 2013 @ 11:16am

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    If only our tongues were made of glass, how much less careful we could be when eating really hot pizza!

  • Oct 19th, 2013 @ 11:46am

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    I'm confused....

    So, either there were 100 arrests and 9 cases based on information obtained through warrantless wiretaps, which was not presented to the defendants, therefore the DOJ lied to the Supreme Court about the FAA to avoid any chance of it being declared unconstitutional.


    There were no arrests and no prosecutions based on the FAA's warrantless wiretap programs.

    Would the government please pick one so we know which way to go? Either you did "A" and we now have what we need for the SCOTUS to declare it illegal and end the program. Or it was "B" and proves that the FAA's warrantless wiretapping has been utterly worthless and needs to be ended.

    Either one works, just let us know which one it is...

  • Oct 18th, 2013 @ 7:41am

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    Welcome to Philadelphia. If you think these two are the exception, you'd be wrong.

  • Sep 13th, 2013 @ 8:26am

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    Here in PA they also utilize EZ Pass readers for traffic monitoring, and have for quite some time. Its quite useful to know the average travel time and often the LED info boards over the highway help me to avoid backups.

    As long as the data is truly scrambled and wiped after a few hours and not stored or shared with the government, I'm ok with its use.

    Not sure if its in the EZ Pass terms.

    All that being said, "the government" could track vehicles just as easily with roadside license plate scanning cameras. And they could do that for nefarious purposes or just to get average travel times.

  • Sep 11th, 2013 @ 5:10pm

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    Which one of these is Treason?

    A.) Spying on your own government and releasing its secrets to "We the people"....


    B.) Spying on "We the people" and releasing their secrets to a foreign government...

    For reference:
    1. the crime of betraying one's country, esp. by attempting to kill the sovereign or overthrow the government.

  • Aug 19th, 2013 @ 5:17am

    Re: Re:

    I just hope that journalists here in the US, like those working for the Times, realize how serious this is, and what this means to them, their friends and their families. Freedom of the press is just one more freedom that has now been taken away.

  • Aug 19th, 2013 @ 5:13am


    According to the NY Times article, that is exactly what it was. He was apparently carrying encrypted thumb drives from Greenwald.

    "Mr. Miranda was in Berlin to deliver documents related to Mr. Greenwald’s investigation into government surveillance to Ms. Poitras, Mr. Greenwald said. Ms. Poitras, in turn, gave Mr. Miranda different documents to pass to Mr. Greenwald. Those documents, which were stored on encrypted thumb drives, were confiscated by airport security, Mr. Greenwald said. All of the documents came from the trove of materials provided to the two journalists by Mr. Snowden. The British authorities seized all of his electronic media — including video games, DVDs and data storage devices — and did not return them, Mr. Greenwald said."

    I'm not sure what the point of taking it was. Unless the NSA just wants to know what he has on them!

  • Mar 2nd, 2013 @ 11:36am

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    I'll tell you what the police can suck.....

  • Jan 9th, 2013 @ 9:43am

    Re: cosmological inflation

    I was going to comment on this myself.

    A) 100,000,000,000,000,000,000 would actually be 100 billion billion.

    B) There's an actual number for 100 million billion. Its called 100 quadrillion.

  • Jan 4th, 2013 @ 1:35pm

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    Pffft. With all the money Twitter is making they can surely afford to hire a few people to read the 500,000,000+ tweets per day to make sure none of them are offensive. Is that so much to ask?

  • Dec 6th, 2012 @ 8:01am

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    There's really nothing the UN or ITU can do if the US says NO. What can they do? They can't take the internet. The appropriate response is a simple "no, and if you don't like it go build your own internet."

    What is the UN going to do, try to pass a toothless resolution against the US? Ha! UN resolutions are a joke, and only the US and EU can do anything to enforce them. The US and EU are already opposed to this, and the US, France and UK have veto power anyway. What a waste of time this is, even for the waste of time UN.

  • Dec 4th, 2012 @ 5:39pm

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    I hate coins. I hate paying in cash and getting a handful of coins that I have to carry in my pocket. The second I get home they go in a bucket until the bucket is full....then it goes to the bank.

    I hate coins.

    Don't give me more, bigger, heavier coins.

    Find a way to make paper money cheaper to produce or longer lasting.

    Coins suck.

    More NFC please!!!

  • Sep 13th, 2012 @ 1:09pm

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    I see a similarity though, in the fact that both Apple (apps/music) and Amazon (books) have a somewhat captive market to sell to. I don't think the two are that different at all.

    Amazon entices its captive book audience to buy its inexpensive tablet in order to consume more books - and even as it may not profit on books, it hopes to profit on shoes, razors, and cameras.

    Apple entices its captive app/music market to buy an expensive tablet to consume more apps and music - and even as it may not profit on apps and music much, they profit on the hardware.

    So in the end, both companies are attempting to profit from their captive markets.... Apple on the Hardware, Amazon on consumer products.

  • Aug 7th, 2012 @ 1:04pm

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    Sounds to me like a great opportunity for an institution that encourages problem solving and innovation to step in. If I ran such a school I'd offer this kid a scholarship of some kind to transfer to my school.

  • Jul 30th, 2012 @ 10:53am

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    In retrospect, it would have been cheaper, faster, and easier for him to buy a plane ticket, fly to the US, record and release the parody here, and fly back home.

  • Jul 13th, 2012 @ 11:44am

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    Legally Purchase DVD:
    Go online and order the movie, then wait several days for it to come in the mail or drive to a local store, wait in line, and then drive back home. Then you get to open ridiculous plastic seals protecting the integrity of the contents, insert disc into proper regionally encoded DVD player, sit though 10 minutes of unskippable trailers, sit through 1 minute of anti-piracy warnings..... watch movie. All for only $19.99

    Torrent DVD:
    Click on a link, wait a couple of minutes..... watch movie. All for free.

    Which one is more consumer friendly?

    OK, maybe your PC isn't connected to your TV (Why isn't it?) and you have to rip it to DVD and then ... watch the movie. Still its much less trouble than the legal method. If only the studios would allow services like Netflix to actually stream new/decent movies online....

  • Jul 12th, 2012 @ 8:49am

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    What a good way to limit the number of people that will read your book, hear of you, or buy another book of yours.

    How many people have gotten a book from a friend, read it, enjoyed it, and then bought multiple books from that same author? I'd guess that number is a HUGE number. And disappearing ink, well that will only make that number smaller. So good luck with that. Tell the recording industry we said Hi!

  • Jun 22nd, 2012 @ 8:10am

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    1. I don't own any Apple products so I don't care. But, having owned a dozen cell phones and having bought multiple chargers for each until the micro USB became standard.... I don't feel too bad.

    2. Obviously adapters will become available so its not like every dock and charger becomes useless.

    3. Everyone who sells their iPhone 4 and 4s to upgrade to the 5 will simply include their chargers in the sale and buy new ones with the phone.

    4. Not EVERY iPhone owner is a lunatic who must have the next device immediately. Yes, many of them are, but more people won't upgrade than will. That means the change won't actually impact the majority of iPhone owners.

    Just for fun....

    Here's a crazy theory: Maybe Apple is changing the dimensions of the new iPhone...perhaps its wider and taller and wouldn't fit in some of the older docks.... so if the old docks wouldn't fit the new phones anyway, now is the perfect time to switch connectors. hmmm....

  • Jun 21st, 2012 @ 6:57am

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    I agree that a positive information campaign is the right way. Education is the key.

    But they're trying to educate the wrong people. Consumers don't need to be educated about legal music offerings. Its the recording and movie industries that need to be educated. They need to learn economics and to give the people what they want in a way that is easy to use and reasonably priced.

    That's the only education campaign that will do the slightest bit of good.

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