commented on A Time of War
I used to wonder why Russian fashion always seemed to be 40 or 50 years outta date.
Now I realize it's not just the fashion, it's their whole culture that's lagging the rest of the world by a half century.
commented on Yet Another Subsidy: Cheap Car Insurance
In Washington State the minimums required are $50,000 in bodily injury and $10,000 in property damages, FYI.
But in a truly civilized, urban world, reporters would be doing that simple, elementary research for their posts, not unpaid commenters! (Alert: Subsidy! SUBSIDY!!!)
commented on Neighbours Nightclub Spokesman Frustrated With SPD Investigation of Arson Case
Did ya'all ever stop to consider that...
Maybe letting the "person of interest" know exactly what video evidence you have on him before you can question him --by stupidly leaking that video to the press-- effectively takes away a huge advantage you would have had during the questioning and blows to hell any chance you might have had of catching him in a lie & vastly improving your chances of getting a solid conviction at trial.
It's possible the Arson Unit may be more concerned with doing the investigation right --albeit slowly and methodically-- and getting the guy actually convicted, rather than just placating the hurried deadlines of an impatient, over-media-saturated public that thinks the case is always suppose to get solved before the next commercial break. (Because that's what happens on CSI, after all.)
commented on The Blackphone and Privacy as Commodity
This isn't secure. It's the paid-for illusion of security.
It simply marks the point in history where our market-driven Commercialization Ex Machina ingested Security Theater whole, then shat out Product*. Another shiny new way to further indebt yourself as suave for your ever-increasing insecurity & paranoia.
*Manufacturers Warning: Indebtedness and a tendency to seek salvation in the next shiny & new solution may itself result in an overwhelming, generalized sense of insecurity and paranoia in some or all users. We'll be offering a new Product to counter that in the next cycle.
Dec 23, 2013
commented on A Writer's Prayer
Sadly, I can't help but find the use of the term "video" in the first graph --in place of the more accurate & appropriate "newsreel" or "film"-- highly, highly distracting.
(He said from the front porch, shaking his cane at those damn kids that refused to get off his lawn)