AG Sort of Explains When and Why the President Could Drop a Bomb on You

"The good news is that Holder promised not to hunt citizens for sport."

In case you missed it, the Attorney General of the United States spent a little time yesterday discussing the circumstances under which the President could order your death without having a trial or even having charged you with any crime.

[...] The lowlights of the speech, I think, were Holder's promise that no citizen would be blown up unless the government had determined (among other things) "that the individual poses an imminent threat of violent attack against the United States," and his somewhat unusual definition of "due process."

First, it turns out that "imminent" doesn't mean what you think it means (or what the dictionary thinks it means). Rather, the concept "incorporates considerations of the relevant window of opportunity to act, the possible harm that missing the window would cause to civilians, and the likelihood of heading off future disastrous attacks against the United States." If you see anything in there that has to do with being "imminent," please let me know. The "future" is a big place, and just because something might be in it does not make that thing "imminent."

Second, Holder did promise that nobody would be killed without "due process." Comforting! But no! Because this also doesn't mean what you think it means. "'Due process' and 'judicial process' are not one and the same," Holder said, "particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process." Oh. So what process are we due? Executive process. But have no fear, you won't be put on a death list without a "thorough and careful review" of the (secret) evidence against you by the Executive Branch, Holder basically promised. So there's really no need to get those other branches involved. Let's just keep this between us.

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Pretty Driven

My friend made this. It's funny! Pretty Driven:

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WTF QR Codes

I have been enjoying the "WTF QR Codes" blog.

It is extensive.


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Epic Epoch Fail

I shit you not:

In the SQLite database in which Apple stores your iPhone text messages, each record has, among other things, a numeric field called 'date'.

If the message in question is an SMS, then that's what you'd expect: the number of seconds since the Unix Epoch, 1-Jan-1970 GMT. But if the message is an MMS or an iMessage, then it's the number of seconds since 1-Jan-2001 GMT. Same field. Same database. All interleaved.

$h->{date} += 978307200 if ($h->{is_madrid});

There is no emoticon for the feeling that I am having right now.

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How Very Web Two Point Doh.

If you've build a web site that allows people to log in and do things, but you have no "Send Feedback" email link -- if your idea of how you your users should communicate with you is, "make a wild-assed guess as to which of the seven pretty head-shots in the sidebar is the one who actually writes code, and then maybe try to find that guy on LinkedIn" -- please just kill yourself now, because you're killing the web.

No, I can't fit my bug report into 140 characters.

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