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  • Mar 22nd, 2021 @ 7:00pm

    Re: Re:

    How is your phone going to upload a video to offsite storage via a wire?

  • Mar 22nd, 2021 @ 6:59pm

    Re: Re:

    Your system just needs one more carrot/stick. Require that any department which receives federal funding has all of its badge and gun-carrying officers have a valid federal certification. Using federal funding as a lever has always been the commerce clause workaround.

  • Mar 22nd, 2021 @ 6:53pm

    Re: Now, that followup...?

    He resigned two days after the incident. Which is one day after the video was supplied to the state prosecutor's office and the police department. Fortunately, this victim was able to bond himself out of custody after only one day and canvas the street where the incident took place looking for people with surveillance cameras. If he'd taken any longer some systems would have started overwriting.

  • Mar 20th, 2021 @ 4:08pm

    Re: Re: Truth isn't about being "lovable", Thad.

    Firstly, I must ask, which "ordinary flu season" this century has killed over half-a-million Americans? Secondly, only two of the vaccines against SARS-CoV-2 use single-stranded mRNA as their active ingredient. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a modified Adenovirus to get double-stranded DNA into a cell in order to get the cell to create spike proteins for the immune system to recognize.

    The funny thing about many conspiracy theorists is that you constantly tell people to "do your own research" but, you don't seem to have the media literacy skills to do so yourselves. For example, it took me less than five minutes to find the full ingredients lists for each of the three vaccines. (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and Janssen) The mRNA ones you mentioned each include their active ingredients (two slightly different types of mRNA that each express SARS-CoV-2 spike proteins) along with lipids, salts, sugar, and preservatives to keep them fresh from creation to injection. The Janssen one is a bit different since its buffers need to keep a weakened virus alive until it enters a cell to kick off spike protein creation.

    Another issue I've heard involves people being frightened about these vaccines "modifying DNA." This is decidedly false. The mRNA delivered by the two mRNA vaccines simply uses the machinery of our cells to create spike proteins. A good analogy is this: assume you own a 3D printer. An mRNA vaccine is analogous to a(n odd) friend who comes by with a model of a wanted criminal and prints that model on your printer so that you know what the criminal looks like. The Adenovirus version works similarly by using the fact that viruses work by hijacking our cell machinery and modifying this virus to make the hijacked machinery pump out spike proteins instead of copies of said virus. Once you get beyond the "proteins belonging to the virus are now in the bloodstream" part these vaccines work just like all the rest in that the adaptive immune system takes notice of the foreign proteins and ramps itself up to be able to take down anything like it in the future.

    I've also heard the opinion that it's "strange" that a vaccine has become available so quickly. That's more understandable but, even then, there was a bit of a head start with SARS-CoV-2 vaccines since there were already abandoned SARS-CoV-1 and MERS vaccines just waiting for money to continue their studies. Also, mRNA methods for vaccination have been studied for decades mainly as a potential single-shot flu vaccine or later as a vaccination method for Zika. Once people realized that COVID-19 was a problem, and started dumping hundreds of billions of dollars into every promising arena of development, it shouldn't be surprising that novel vaccination methods were uncovered.

    Normally we (as a society) just don't spend enough on vaccine breakthroughs since they aren't very profitable. However, when the health of the world is on the line, the capital flows to the places where it's needed.

  • Mar 17th, 2021 @ 12:53pm

    Re: "GOP Sheriff"

    I don't know if you're American but, in many states, county Sheriffs are elected on a partisan ballot.

  • Mar 16th, 2021 @ 1:46pm

    Re: Re: Re: what? -- WHO is covered? "We The People"!

    The Constitution doesn't grant rights to people, it forbids the Government from performing certain actions. That being said, the American legal system is based on all things being allowed that aren't specifically made illegal. So, if corporations aren't specifically forbidden from doing something that a natural person is also not forbidden from doing then they can do that thing. If the law doesn't specifically remove a right from corporations that natural people have, then they still have that right.

    All of this is because the law created corporate personhood and hasn't limited it in the ways that you think it has. If you believe that corporate personhood should be limited, that's fine. You should speak with your elected officials about some changes. Until then though, corporations have most of the same rights that you or I have and many of them have the money to more easily afford to exercise those same rights. (For example, most of us can't afford to run political advertising ourselves but, we certainly have the right to do so.)

  • Mar 15th, 2021 @ 6:50pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    In the case of ebooks, the NFT would be your "proof of purchase" that a reseller would require (assuming that the reseller cared at all about copyright) if they wanted to buy your copy to sell on to yet another person.

  • Mar 11th, 2021 @ 8:09pm


    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

    Did you catch the part I emphasized there? "Congress shall make no law..." Google is not Congress. Twitter is not Congress. Facebook is not Congress. Since none of those companies is either owned by or a department of the government (either federal, state, or municipal), the First Amendment doesn't apply to them. This point has been made repeatedly by many people but I'll assume the best and assume that you haven't learned this little piece of Constitutional law yet.

  • Mar 9th, 2021 @ 5:42pm


    I've already seen comments that claim this is what's happening. As though people with service below this level (like my own 100/12 service) will lose their internet connections.

  • Mar 9th, 2021 @ 5:41pm


    In order to get either of your standards, we'd seriously need local governments to own and operate the last mile with ISP's simply providing service over municipally-owned fiber. Even then, there are gravel and dirt roads where burying conduits wouldn't be easy and I'm not sure about hanging long-distance fiber from poles. Imagine the infrastructure that would have to be added for houses that don't even have municipal water and sewer service (wells and septic systems are pretty common in my area) in order to pull this off.

    For example, I live in an apartment serviced by Charter Spectrum (and, of course, we have municipal water and sewer service.) However, if I look over the top of my computer screen at the single-family homes a few hundred feet from me none of them have access to broadband internet, municipal water, or municipal sewage systems. (I know this because several of them have been up for sale in the decade that I've lived here and their listings mention these things.) I'm not even that far outside of a city with two cities each about 3 miles to the east and west of my location.

  • Mar 9th, 2021 @ 5:31pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Many states have laws that make the public/private partnerships you're describing (where a private company builds the network and then sells or leases it to the city) illegal or incredibly difficult with tons of red tape.

    Wherever it can be done though, I completely agree with you.

  • Feb 26th, 2021 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Re:

    Are dolphins, whales, and fish immortal? If not, then they too die sometime after contact with dihydrogen monoxide.

  • Feb 26th, 2021 @ 12:01pm

    Re: We have to take what little improve we can get, at least for

    Don't forget, the Supreme Court isn't a monolith. None of the justices who established Qualified Immunity are still on the court. Even the Qualified Immunity decision was an 8-1 split with Justice Berger dissenting.

  • Feb 18th, 2021 @ 4:54pm

    Re: I wish Google had cut off Australian news

    Google was already working on a "News Showcase" program where they pay for access to complete articles from selected publishers. They aren't simply paying for links that show up in search or the current version of Google News. My guess is that they'll simply point countries who want to start charging link taxes to this program and if those countries still want to charge for links in search, they'll cut them off from everything.

  • Feb 13th, 2021 @ 5:28pm

    Re: Re:

    Does this cities SCADA software run on Linux? If not, then you're just replacing one expensive problem with another expensive problem. While there are F/OSS SCADA solutions (I just did a simple Google search and found three plus a site that claimed to have eight listed without even scrolling), they would still require funding to implement and train their employees.

  • Feb 11th, 2021 @ 11:05pm


    There are "Mom and Pop" ISPs, in fact, Tech Dirt talked about this one (that I can't find the Tech Dirt article for) last month.

  • Feb 11th, 2021 @ 10:48pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    There have never been any rules requiring content neutrality on television besides the "fairness doctrine" which was rescinded in 1987 and only applied to broadcast (OTA) television anyway. Net neutrality, on the other hand, is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) must treat all Internet communications equally, and not discriminate or charge differently based on user, content, website, platform, application, type of equipment, source address, destination address, or method of communication.

    All ISPs, including the cable companies you've mentioned, were covered by the net neutrality rules that were formerly put in place by the FCC.

  • Feb 11th, 2021 @ 9:55pm


    I've just learned that both CS:GO and DOTA 2 are free to play. Since it literally costs nothing I'm going to borrow your comment and post it as a review. Let's see what happens!

  • Feb 9th, 2021 @ 8:13pm


    Based on what I've seen offered to me to "boost" Facebook Page posts, they use the data they've collected to let advertisers target certain demographics for advertising. This way the actual data doesn't ever leave Facebook. My guess is that Google does something similar with their ad targeting programs.

  • Feb 3rd, 2021 @ 6:23pm

    Re: Not my problem

    When the CIA (or the US military for that matter) kills first responders by bombing an area that was recently bombed they are acting no better than Hamas or any other terrorist organization that does this. The only difference would be if the area attacked was an active warzone already and even then it would be questionable.

    On your original point, my understanding is that the ADL doesn't publicly dox people. They simply provide their identifying information along with evidence of any crimes to law enforcement agencies. Operating within the legal system makes the difference.

    Unless, of course, you believe that there's effectively an asymmetric war between the ADL and their detractors where the "other side" uses public doxxing the same way that the ADL uses the justice system. While I can see the logic in such a point of view, I can't agree with it.

    Finally, if I remember correctly, PaulT is from the UK so using an American agency probably isn't as effective in your argument.

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