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  • Sep 29th, 2015 @ 4:26pm


    In addition to trying to starve the USPS, I wonder if Congress even thought to fund this mandate? I bet not. Well then, they get what they paid for. Nothing.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 9:44am

    (untitled comment)

    Has Superior Moving met Ms. Streisand?

  • Sep 17th, 2015 @ 4:52pm

    Slow going

    Does anyone remember that GM ad where they were tooting their own horn about implementing daytime running light? They were bragging that it took 10 years and millions of dollars of research.

    This was pre-bankruptcy, when GM was at their zenith of incompetence. I think mid 1990's or so.

    I remember watching that ad and my jaw hit the floor. The US Army managed to invent and deploy an atomic bomb in 4 years. We managed to get to the moon in less time.

    I remember thinking to myself "It look 10 years and millions of dollars to figure out how to leave a light switch on? And you want to brag about that?".

    I was embarrassed for them.

    If anyone knows a YouTube video of that ad, I would love a link.

  • Aug 27th, 2015 @ 12:27pm

    Dogs don't use RFID

    Here is an idea. Rather than use RFID tags, why can't they just put good audio microphones at road checkpoints. The same place where they planned to put the RFID readers.

    Anyone who has owned a dog knows that your dog knows when you car approaches the house within a block or two. That must mean that each car has a unique audio print that doesn't vary much. Perhaps it is a combination of the car and how the driver operates the car. In other words, not just the sound the car and motor make, but the pattern over a couple of minutes as you approach your own home.

    Anyhow. Seems like using an audioprint as a second factor to identify a specific vehicle might be a good idea.

  • Aug 13th, 2015 @ 3:58pm


    My god, its like reading a bad Hunter Thompson impression.

  • Aug 4th, 2015 @ 3:57pm

    Other constraints

    Working for them, or the NSA, also puts you under constraints that you don't have to worry about in the private sector.

    Specifically, they can't read about what Edward Snowden has reviled since it is considered classified. I'm pretty sure it was mentioned here at Tech Dirt about how NSA staff were ordered to never read any news about.

    That would suck being told by your employer that you can be criminally charged for reading something in a newspaper.

  • Aug 3rd, 2015 @ 1:25pm

    Mission Creep

    From what I've read, the TSA sometimes gets some success enforcing laws that have nothing to do with flight security. Specifically money laundering, narcotics, and immigration enforcement.

    Somehow these TSA idiots, who are NOT trained law enforcement officers, have either decided to, or were told to, enforce laws way outside of their core mission.

    I don't care that a passenger has some drugs on him/her. I don't care that a passenger is carrying $100K in cash. Nor should the TSA.

    I suspect this is the real reason the TSA is still here.

  • Jul 16th, 2015 @ 2:06am

    OK then. Lets try that!

    Regarding the liability question. If a crime is committed using technology (they made a phone call!), then the company is liable?

    If they do that, then they are going to hold every gun company liable for every murder done with a gun. How is that different? What if someone gets stabbed? Are they going to sue Victorianox for making a "weapon"?

    Are they going to sue Ford for making the car that that kidnapper used?

    The government better be careful what it wishes for. If if gets it, it is going to bit them in the ass.

  • Jul 7th, 2015 @ 4:46am

    Sounds like it will be a major CF

    All India has to do is look at the US and our Social Security numbers for a preview of the horrors they will face.

    You can't get a drivers license in the US without a SSN. Technically, you are suppose to be able to, but good luck with that. They make it almost impossible.

    Obama Care requires that your health insurance have and report you via your SSN.

    You can't open a bank account with a SSN.
    You can't get many utility services without a SSN.
    Your credit history is keyed on your SSN.

    SSN's are stolen, faked, and abused all over the place. The fact that they are the keys to interfacing with government services is almost criminal.

    Has any country managed to implement a national ID number system that hasn't gone sideways?

  • Jul 7th, 2015 @ 12:35am

    Trademark? Seriously?

    They sued over trademark?

    Don't trademarks have to be registered? Did they register "No one puts baby in the corner" as a trademark? If so, the how? What product do they trade under that name?

    I could see this as a COPYRIGHT infringement suit. They own the copyright to the movie. But I feel that this fair usage of copyrighted material since it is a creative derivative.

  • May 12th, 2015 @ 5:06pm

    Split the difference?

    Perhaps there is a kernel of trust to the claims. But Hersh's story exaggerates and extrapolates one small detail. However, it doesn't change the core facts.

    It is very obvious that ISI was hosting OBL in Pakistan. They didn't arrest him. He was their protected guest.

    It is pretty clear that the raid did happen as described. And it is pretty clear that Pakistan did not learn about it until after it happened.

    It is also obvious that OBL had a trusted courier network. OBL was involved with al Quaida while living in the compound. Yet he manged to avoid detection via signals monitoring and spies. He had to relay everything through a courier.

    So that only leaves the question of how the US learned of his location.

    The walk-in ISI agent selling the information to the US is plausible. Learning of and monitoring the courier is another plausible explanation.

    A rouge ISI agent could have sold the info about the courier. And the torture claim was just a cover to protect the agent. I think that this is the detail that was blown up into a new narrative by Hersh.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 @ 11:02am

    How is this news?

    I don't understand why Motel 6 is being picked on for this. This is not news. Nor is it unique to Motel 6.

    Many cities, states, and countries require hotels to track their customers and report them all to the police. So I always assume that my information given to a hotel is being passed directly to local law enforcement because in most cases, it is.

    For example: in Italy you are required by law to leave your passport with the innkeeper. They, in turn, are required to allow the cops to rummage through the passports and take whatever info they want.

    It sounds me to like Providence, RI is just late the game in realizing that they can demand this data. Motel 6 is very used to this, because they already do it any many, many other places. So do all the other hotels.

    And yes, the local vice squads are the LEO's that are most interested in this data.

  • Apr 23rd, 2015 @ 10:34am

    What about the financing?

    I've mentioned this every time the subject of the LAUSD iPad program comes up. The major crime is not incompetent vendors. It is how the LAUSD paid for the program. This article hints at this, but does not come out and say it.

    The district floated bonds to pay for this. In other words, they borrowed money. Let that sink in. They are financing consumer electronics with bond money.

    School bonds are for building schools, and other capital expense with long service life.

    I found this article about the bonds used in this program. In it, the LAUSD claims that they are allowed to use a blend of long and short term bonds to pay for technology. And they also claim that the bonds won't exceed the expected service life of the iPads, which they estimate at 5 years.

    http://www.bondbuyer.com/issues/122_153/los-angeles-schools-plan-bonds-for-ipads-1054488-1.htm l

    I get the sense that this is all smoke and mirrors, and that at the end of the day, the taxpayers are going to be stuck paying interest for years on iPads that no longer exist, or are usable.

  • Apr 22nd, 2015 @ 3:07pm


    You are referring to the Art Buchwald vs Paramount Studios lawsuit.


    Buchwald wrote "Coming To America" and was entitled to a percentage of the net profits. Yet somehow this successful movie never made one cent in profit.

    Sadly, the studio blinked and paid off Buchwald before their entire "Hollywood Accounting" scheme could be exposed.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 4:48pm

    Perhaps it wasn't the TSA

    So he has a busted up piece of luggage and the only clue is the TSA branded tape used to keep it closed. His article does not mention any other clues.

    What if some scumbag within the airline luggage system stole himself a roll of TSA tape?

    Then all he has to do is target promising bags, break it open, and close it with TSA tape. TSA gets the blame. He gets whatever goodies he finds.

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 6:43am

    Then what?

    So are their policies in place about what they may do with your data? And how long they are allowed to hold a copy?

    I'm assuming no.

    Once they copy your drive, they can share it with anyone, foreign or domestic? Government or private? Can they hold it forever? Think of the corporate espionage opportunities!

  • Mar 31st, 2015 @ 1:48pm

    (untitled comment)

    But we all missed the point. The GSP was planning on selling pizzas to drivers at the toll booths. Very clever. The plan is to order your pizza when leave work, and they will toss it in your car window as you roll through the toll both on the way home. Thus when you arrive home, dinner is served!

    What could possibly go wrong?

  • Mar 31st, 2015 @ 1:37pm

    (untitled comment)

    I worry about the connection between a property record and a car registration record. Two different systems. Cars and houses are bought and sold all the time. How are these systems synchronized?

    God help you if you buy a used car from someone who money on property tax. You could find your car impounded. When you buy a used car, you file a form with the DMV letting them know that you bought a car and that you are not responsible for outstanding traffic tickets or parking tickets. I wonder if this same information protects you from property tax liens.

  • Mar 16th, 2015 @ 3:38pm

    (untitled comment)

    Sorry. It is not clear to me where the camera is going to be pointed. At the driver? Or forward like all those awesome Russian dashcams?

    If forward, like the Russian dashcams, then that actually makes sense. They can use it after an accident to determine who is at fault. You are renting THEIR car. They should have the right to see how you drive it.

    If it is recording the driver and passengers, then yea, that is problematic.

  • Mar 16th, 2015 @ 3:33pm

    Re: Re:

    You do realize that That Anonymous Coward was being sarcastic. Right?

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