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"But we will all be taken down with it."
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Thursday night I'm trying to sleep and then at 12:15am there's all this noise downstairs in my landlord's apartment. Look out the window and there are about a dozen cops on the sidewalk and going in and out of my landlord's apartment. I go outside to talk to them and they want to look in my place. I let them, and they say that there are "nefarious" things going on downstairs and that they are looking for a guy named Oscar. They look in my closets and tell me that my back door was open. This is a lie, they just want to see what I'll say. They bang around downstairs until 2am.
Friday I call my landlord. She says that the cops broke down her door and put a gun in her face. They had a warrant to search her apartment, and to look for a guy named Oscar, two million dollars cash and some cocaine. The warrant shows her address, so seems like a mistake. Oops.
She called the police department on Friday to ask for an explanation. The police told her that there was no record of any officers at 1627 West 21st on Thursday night. It must have been someone else who broke down her door. She got Telemundo to come out and tape her crying and pointing to the dent in the door and asking "por que?"
Wanger v. Bonner, 621 F.2d 675 (5th Cir. 1980) looks like a kind of similar case awarding damages for the Fourth Amendment violation, except that there the police knew that there was about a one-in-four chance that the address on the warrant would be incorrect, whereas here we don't know why the police had that address on the warrant and what they knew about its reliability.
On the other hand, if Gibson means that "our grandchildren" will not see a meaningful distinction between things done in some sort of Second Life-type computer program and done in real life, such as the difference between having your avatar go to a dance club versus actually leaving your house, well, then I just can't agree that anyone could fail to make that distinction. As far as I can see, computer communications mostly just better facilitate non-computer-related life. Or am I missing something profound?
Gibson does make some interesting points about nuclear war, though. And little gadgets. The little gadgets comments are pretty interesting. But while we have all these consumer electronics, but the houses we live in are still pretty much the same as decades ago. We still travel in pretty much the same ways. Tiny computers haven't really changed the nature of our lives. Somehow I'm reminded of the Inca, who developed the wheel and then never used it for anything more than children's toys, though I'm not sure how that analogy quite fits.
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