* Posts by R42

7 posts • joined 3 Oct 2014

Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid



Except the smoking gun with his prints on it was stolen by the FBI from a house in another country.

The evidence should be thrown out and the case should be dismissed. There need to be consequences for the government performing an illegal search.

They could have tried to make it legal. They could have claimed it was swept up by a national security investigation, and gotten a FISA warrant, even a warrant after the fact! That would have been sneaky, and evil, but at least a better story.

As a US citizen, I see this as my government performing larceny. They either need to throw out the search, or send the FBI supervisor who authorized this to stand trial in Iceland.

Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama


Re: Be careful what you wish for...

The battle here is between the people and the ISPs. The role of Government is to represent the people. If it were left up to the ISPs, we would pay twice as much for half the speed. To do anything a vendor would need to pay several ISPs, just to make sure of delivery. This would be a huge barrier to access, stifling innovation. So, we have to regulate this somehow, and I would much rather have a civil servant collecting a fat government paycheck and good benefits, than a corporation, whose only legal responsibility is to it's shareholders, do the regulating.


Re: Why does Obama consistently appoint industry shills to positions of power?

This is the problem in a nutshell.

Of course, the best solution would be to have the U.S. Congress actually do something. That, however, has also been bought and paid for.

Siri ... why is this semi headed RIGHT AT ME? Phone apps distracting as ever – new study


Kids are easy. Siri REALY DOESN'T LISTEN.

I have 3 children. Two of them are identical twin boys, age 3. They fight, scream, laugh, beg, argue, and in general compete to make the most noise while I drive. I can tune it out, sort of. I can deal with talking to them while going faster than I can run in an aging minivan. But if I let me kids convince me to ask Siri to play "Let it Go" for the thousandth time, I better pull over. If I don't, eventually, after me (and then all the kids) screaming, "Play Let it Go From the Frozen Soundtrack You ----- ----- Siri," I pull over and just select the song, or am forced to pull over by an obstacle which the van has struck.

Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown


When questioning if it's incompetence or evil...

... it's usually incompetence.

But it would be fun to believe it was a failed test of the Super Belkin Bot Net Army.

Adobe spies on readers: 'EVERY page you turn, EVERY book you own' leaked back to base


This is a feature!

What I think the most likely explanation for this is not (just) that Adobe is spying. Most likely this is part of a portability feature which allows you to start reading on one device and continue on another.

Of course, being Adobe, they likely implemented half the feature, with plans to never finish it.

EDIT: Never mind. They implemented to be evil (DRM).

OMG! With nothing but machine tools, steel and parts you can make a GUN!!


Guns in America

I have always leaned toward the take all the guns away stance. It seems to me that there is no reason why anyone needs to possess a tool of murder. However, it is, clearly, a pointless position. When Jesus wrote the constitution, he plainly said that every American can, and should, posses whatever tools they need to protect themselves. (Clearly this was a needed thing in America. The 3rd Amendment says that a soldier has to ask permission before staying at your house.)

In light of that fact, I appreciated this article. It demonstrated the pointlessness on the margins of the Gun Debate.

I will say, however, that as an American there is one reason why many of us hate AR-15s. The reason is that in 2012, two weeks before Christmas, a mad man killed 20 children with one.


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