What's the chances
This poor sod gets pulled over a few times for random traffic issues over the next couple of years.
In my experience the police don't like it when you embarrass them publicly
558 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007
The Constitution applies to persons, if you take the Bill of rights, all ten amendments use either “people” or “person” and nowhere can you find the word “citizen”.
The 14th Amendment also prevents States from discriminating the application of law:
No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
There is a reason they used person, in that it extends the protections to non citizens. Given Corporations are seen as persons in the eyes of law and that's how the ISP's can claim they are covered.
Whether it's an infringement of speech is another matter, but they do have domain (sic) for raising the case.
When I worked for EY the German country practice insisted on additional encryption hardware before they sent any data onto the Global Network (GWAN) because it was managed by US companies.
Caused quit a kerfuffle at the time as it delayed the deployment of the 'new' equipment and AT&T were already behind schedule.
I was once the Incident Manager on duty one Thursday afternoon in Glasgow when we got a call an office in Cambridge had been evacuated due to battery fumes in the server room.
So far, so good, then we get another call from the onsite support lady coughing her guys up and saying she's going to hospital so could we cal someone else.
At this point we're immediately deeply worried, nice lady, hope she's ok etc.
Next day the story comes out, she'd ran back into the building, into the server room as she'd left her purse and car keys on a workbench inside - apparently she went past two fire brigade lads in full BA before they realised what the hell was going on.
Happened to me as a third party contractor at scottish Power back in the day. Access to their IT datacentre (which also had some call centre people weirdly) was via a tunnel from the main buildng and required a card to get in or out of. Pain in the arse if you knocked off a bit later than 6 and everyone else had legged it.
Was there for 5 months and they wouldn't give me an ID card
Around 2k, I was doing onsite support at a manufacturing company north of Glasgow and was asked to nip up to the on site engineers office to see why his CD drive wasn't working.
I get there and he shows me it's not working with his new copy of the RS Components catalogue on CD.
I eject the drive and there it is... he has scored his name into the top printed surface, so that he knows it's his copy in case someone nicks it.
Hold it up to the light and I can look clear through.
Asked him how he expected a laser to reflect off a transparent surface and he went a bright red as his colleagues laughed.
I'm married to an American citizen who lives in the UK.
She has to file a tax return for investments she has left in the US.
She has to pay for a third party to do her return, because if she attempts to use the free route they insist on attempting to assign me a Taxpayer Id Number, even though I've never lived or worked in the US.
"And given that HPE are chasing Autonomy and not KPMG or Deloitte, it appears that the auditors are in the clear. Maybe not innocent, but in the clear..."
Or they realise that the Auditors clearly covered their arse and acted on client instructions to the letter, including time constraints.
I was subcontracted onto a large Insurance company site near Stirling and they got hit by the LoveBug.
Cue several hours of internal IT running aroun like headless chickens wondering what to do.
Only by 10am I'd had a copy, opened the .vbs in Notepad and saw it was looking for a URL - told them first thing to do would be to drop internet access to desktops - they didn't listen, after all I was only seconded to deskside support.
Made sure I documented it in an email and sent it to my onsite manager as well as my manager at my own company.
Sure enough a meeting was held post lunch and the internal security people (such as they were) tried to give me a chinning over opening an attachment.
Many moons ago I was doing desktop support at a large insurance co. and a call came in from a rather irate PM who was insistent her Hard Drive was on the way out.
Off I went, ran the full set of checks, no issue - she was not convinced, said it was making a buzzing noise and she'd had that before when a HDD died.
I stood in utter silence as she tried to replicate the fault, nothing, not a peep.
Happened a few more times over the next day or so, and on at least two occasions the helpdesk did report hearing a buzzing noise while she was on the phone to them.
Off I went again, by this time fully expecting to be told how I was useless etc. and again, tested everything, and was out of options. Suggested we swap the base unit, after much huffing she agreed and as I dialled up the lads in stores there it was!
"See I told you it was making a buzzing noise"
Bit of poking and there it was, a pager down behind the CRT .
Not even so much as an acknowledgement...
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