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"Adult" Charged with Possessing Images of Naked Minor — Himself

prison bars hands The crime involves pictures of a naked minor, but he is being charged as an adult for possessing images of himself on his phone. Mark Horne has written about the "porn police state" before (also here). He has also written about how severe penalties are used due to moral outrage that, while justified, involves prosecuting a person for a crime he did not commit. It seems we have all of that as well as a bizarre mental self-contradiction in this post by Robbie Soave at Reason.com: “Teen Boy Read more [...] Continue reading →

The First Legal, Armed Police Drones Are Here!

drone Thanks to drone industry lobbyists, we now have armed police drones in one of our states. How long before other legislatures are purchased and pressured? It is a small start. The first armed police drones only have taser weapons. But it is still a start. Where will it end? The most disturbing element in this is the role of technology businesses in taking sides in the legislative process. Much of the Daily Beast article is taken up with the debate in the legislature about whether to require Read more [...] Continue reading →

Why Is the FBI Having Trouble Recruiting Cybersecurity Experts?

FBI-Logo Is it possible that cybersecurity experts don’t want to work for the FBI? Here is an interesting story from Reuter’s about FBI hiring problems: “FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog.” As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department's Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed. Although cyber task forces have been set up at all Read more [...] Continue reading →

Confirmed: War against Ridesharing is War against Poor

uber_logo Ridesharing is half as expensive and twice as fast. So politicians want to steal it from us. The study was paid for by Uber, so there will be plenty of denials. But the test looks valid to me: The design could hardly have been simpler; we sent pairs of riders to call for taxi service or use an app to summon UberX for travel along pre-planned routes. The riders recorded how long it took – starting from the moment of picking up the phone or opening the app – before they were actually in a car Read more [...] Continue reading →

Apple Pushing Transgender Propaganda on iPhone Users

jenner female Siri will now parrot transgender propaganda, but she can’t tell you Bruce Jenner’s sex. Wired loves it, of course: “Siri Corrects Users Who Don’t Respect Caitlyn Jenner.” Just to point out the obvious lie. People who are horrified that Bruce Jenner emasculated himself and pretended to be a pin-up model are not lacking respect for him. They alone respect him at all. They are the only real friends he has. Eventually, he is going to realize that. Hopefully, when he does so, he will courageously Read more [...] Continue reading →

National Black Chamber of Commerce: EPA Rules Will Impoverish Minorities

coal The National Black Chamber of Commerce wants to know how minorities will be able to afford energy after EPA regs spike prices. I realize that Liberals will probably scoff at the National Black Chamber of Commerce as a “conservative” organization. But they never care about bias when they get support from Liberal black organizations. Besides, their statement is just common sense. Poor people will be devastated when energy prices are forced upward. But another factor will be jobs. If power Read more [...] Continue reading →

Apple CEO Tim Cook is a Full Brownshirt Fascist

ultimate general gettysberg Apple has removed a Civil War computer game from their store because a Confederate battle flag is displayed in it. I thought Warner Brothers’ termination of “Dukes of Hazard” toys was insane (and it is!) but this is even worse. It showed up in my twitter feed and I assumed (or hoped) TouchArcade.com was some new satire site. If you've been watching the news recently, you'll know of the huge debate in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in contemporary America. Many see it as Read more [...] Continue reading →

Commission Destroys Uber as a Viable Business

uber_logo Uber is a rideshare app that the California Labor Commission has ruled is an employer that owes employment benefits. As the economy get worse, developing new ways of living more cheaply becomes more and more important. Ridesharing technology is one of those revolutionary innovations. I have argued that it has the potential to end the day to day torments that are behind the protests in Ferguson. Taxi Cab companies are even demanding bailouts because of ridesharing services. But now a judge in Read more [...] Continue reading →

A State Senate Wants Drone Use to Require a Warrant

drone In Connecticut the state senate thinks the Fourth-Amendment-type rules should apply to drone use. Not every issue is cleared up by the Constitution. While the Fourth Amendment states that we should be secure in our persons, property, and effects, etc, it doesn’t limit government agents on public property. If I drive from my house to the grocery store, the Fourth Amendment doesn’t necessarily apply to a decision by a police officer to follow me for whatever reason. That’s why drone use Read more [...] Continue reading →

New Revenue Shakedown: Texting While Walking

Police Tickt Texting while walking is now an offense in Fort Lee, NJ. Pedestrians can be injured and even killed if they don’t pay attention to where they are going. That’s why it isn’t too common to hear people cry for a law requiring pedestrians to pay attention to where they are going. If a person isn’t motivated enough to avoid injury or death, then why should a law with a penalty make any difference? But when there are opportunities to collect revenue, suddenly it makes sense to prohibit texting Read more [...] Continue reading →

Woman Decides Fixing Sexism Worse than Problem

fem button A woman who wrote about sexism in the tech industry says that fixing sexism can make things worse. I thought this report by Ashe Schow in the Washington Examiner was quite fascinating: “Woman who helped launch the current uproar over sexism in tech is sorry.” Fixing sexism, it turns out, is a bit complicated. In the first place, I’m not sure the problem was correctly identified, from what I read in the story: In 2013, Elissa Shevinsky wrote an article titled "That's it, I'm finished Read more [...] Continue reading →

How Silicon Valley Pays Off Hillary Clinton

hillary oligarchy Silicon Valley both fundraises for Hillary Clinton and “pays” her millions for short speeches. For awhile now I have written about how Hillary Clinton is essentially being lobbied, bribed, and/or paid off through insanely lucrative speaking gigs. Wall Street has been spending lots of money to buy her good will. Naturally, Silicon Valley is also bidding for her favor. As the Washington Post reports, “Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches.” In one of her last Read more [...] Continue reading →