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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
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  1. #1 |  Tolly | 

    Also for BB fans – Vince Gilligan discussing this season and the different parts of the storyline:
    http://www.avclub.com/articles/vince-gilligan-walks-us-through-season-four-of-bre,63013/

  2. #2 |  Mike T | 

    Modern advances in video codecs make the arguments against recording all government interactions with defendants and witnesses laughable. A 720p 2 hour, DVD quality video is only 700mb. At 480p it would likely be around 350mb-400mb. There’s no reason why each state government couldn’t simply contract with Amazon to have their S3 storage system made available in private clusters for each state. The pricing for 5000TB (yes, terabytes, not gigabytes) of data is practically a steal at less than $282,000/month for normal storage and backup.

  3. #3 |  Mike T | 

    Heck at those rates they could just do 1080p resolution, store them in the cloud and take them to court on BD-R disks.

  4. #4 |  Yizmo Gizmo | 

    Funny how the Commander in Chief, who makes decisions about wars, is on TV every night or out at some public event but every cop or DHS goon demands ultra-secrecy in his daily routine.
    What are they hiding?

  5. #5 |  Maggie McNeill | 

    Regarding the penultimate link: “Laws are like sausages. You sleep far better the less you know about how they are made.” – Otto Von Bismark

  6. #6 |  GSL | 

    Jerry Brown vetoes a bill to require police to obtain warrants before searching smartphone contents. And other bad news.

  7. #7 |  Bill | 

    In the FOIA story, did you also notice that a request for information from the Postal Service regarding how much time their employees spend on “standby time” was rejected, as it would involve regarding “trade secrets”?

    It’s a valid point; it might help to explain how a postcard I sent in September of 2009 came back to me in September of 2011.

  8. #8 |  C. S. P. Schofield | 

    Resign, hell! Run him for office! It’s about time we had a leader with some balls!

    *snerk*

  9. #9 |  celticdragonchick | 

    The fly geyser link seems to be broken. I found images here.

    http://www.google.com/images?sourceid=ie7&q=nevada+fly+geyser&rls=com.microsoft%3A*%3AIE-SearchBox&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&rlz=1I7ACAW_enUS346US346&oi=image_result_group&sa=X

  10. #10 |  Marty | 

    I guess a bear could tea bag just about anyone/anything it wants…

  11. #11 |  Marty | 

    any follow up on the West Virginia guy arrested for recording? I’d like to know the charges and the views of the prosecutor…

  12. #12 |  Greg Beaman | 

    As for DHS not releasing the office numbers of its employees, I think this could be remedied by accepting the fact that governments and their employees do not have any rights – they have powers. So DHS employees, and all government employees, have no right to privacy for their work-related information.

  13. #13 |  Mike | 

    While the bear has denied he sent the photos, he won’t say for sure whether that is his junk or not.

  14. #14 |  c andrew | 

    Judge rules that malicious prosecution takes place. Also uses 3 f-words.

    http://volokh.com/2011/10/10/district-court-awards-malicious-1-7-million-for-malicious-prosecutio-after-epa-agent-manufactured-evidence-against-suspect-with-the-apparent-goal-of-spending-more-time-with-his-mistress/

  15. #15 |  Barnes | 

    Jesus christ I just read the comments on Reason for the first time. What a shit hole. Was it always like that or has the occupy wallstreet thing just made that place go full retard?

  16. #16 |  omar | 

    Was it always like that or has the occupy wallstreet thing just made that place go full retard?

    It’s a shitstorm. Maybe 6 or 7 years ago it was enjoyable to read, but now it’s mostly snark. I think a few strong personalities clashed so hard for so long, that the clash became an inside joke only the regulars were in on. Throw in a couple of philosophical professor types who talk over regular heads and scorn said regular heads as brain-dead fools – it’s hard to want to participate. The conversations almost never evolve. While I’m enthusiastic about reading the articles at Reason, the comments on Hit and Run don’t offer nearly as much as The Agitator.

  17. #17 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    Gary Johnson does an AMA on reddit. Caution: you will love Gary, but you will instantly rage at the comments. High taxes are great! Yay! I am so going to take the socialists to the cleaners when they get their way.

    http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/l8utx/iama_entrepreneur_ironman_scaler_of_mt_everest/

  18. #18 |  croaker | 

    I like one of Carlos’ other items: Police dispatchers in Philadelphia reminding the uniformed thugs of their limited powers in beating up photographers.

  19. #19 |  The DHS Says ‘No’ To Requests For Public Affairs Contact Numbers; Hysterically Cites ‘Privacy’ Concerns | Greediocracy | 

    [...] (H/T to Radley Balko.) [...]

  20. #20 |  The DHS Says ‘No’ To Requests For Public Affairs Contact Numbers; Hysterically Cites ‘Privacy’ Concerns « waweru.net | 

    [...] phone number for a PR flack, all hope (and some of the change) is lost. Great job, DHS! (H/T to Radley Balko.) Permalink | Comments | Email This [...]

  21. #21 |  DHS Suddenly Keen on Privacy, Refuses to Release Office Phone Numbers for Public Relations Staff - Hit & Run : Reason.com | 

    [...] Via Radley Balko. [...]

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