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CHP Officers Steal, Forward Nude Pictures From Arrestee Smartphones

CODiNE Re:Prison time (236 comments)

I read the article on the hand grenade situation linked to by another replier to your post.

1. The cops were raiding a meth house, they had the right address according to the report.
2. They attempted entry via the front door with a battering ram and it was blocked. They thought it was a person pressing against the door so they tossed the flash grenade through the opening.
3. On discovering the infant they immediately go it medical care. Wished they knew it was there, would have used the side doors and no flash grenade.

Now unless that article is a total white-wash, it sounds like a tragic mistake. Like insurgents who hide their weapons behind children hoping to vilify their attackers, it seems quite strange someone would place a baby's crib blocking their own front door.

The way you post it... makes it like Officer Duke Nukem comes through the window... thinks "Where should I toss my grenade? Ahhh... that crib will do nicely!" and intentionally kills a child just to spite a criminal who doesn't even live in that house. I think most people imagine "hand grenade" and "flash grenade" to be very different things, it's interesting your choice of wording.

I agree that many officers abuse their authority and escape prosecution by cronyism. Exaggerating or twisting the facts does not help your argument. There's plenty of real and unquestionable abuse you can point to.

yesterday
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Italian Supreme Court Bans the 'Microsoft Tax'

CODiNE Solution for microsoft... (275 comments)

Hardware with only windows drivers. By requiring windows 8.1 computers to have a certain level of hardware spec, they can ensure incompatible components on every computer and argue that the OS is required by the computer chosen.

yesterday
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The Inevitable Death of the Internet Troll

CODiNE Re:Not just women (546 comments)

This reminds me of people who complain about slavery in the past, but have absolutely no concern about slavery in the world today.

It's more about perceived offense than freedom.

2 days ago
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OS X 10.10 Yosemite Review

CODiNE Re:Wait, what? (304 comments)

I can give a few points for the iOSification people out there.

1. Yosemite requires signed drivers. A bit more iOS like as you can't easily swap in hacked drivers for non-supported but basically the same hardware.
2. Such as 3rd party SSD disks which (afaik all Yosemite betas) do not have TRIM support in the official drivers. This makes people feel like Apple is discouraging self upgrading. Buy a more expensive OEM SSD, or just get a new Mac when you need a larger one?
3. RAM being soldered on more systems such as the new mini.
4. Built in video mode checks preventing retina scaling on 3rd party monitors and the driver signing limitations preventing workarounds.

There's a lot of people who have long feared Apple locking down hardware and making them more appliance like. It's looking like these fears are gradually becoming more realistic. With signed drivers in Yosemite, security has been improved but with another loss of freedom and apparently arbitrary hardware limitations. It's true the OSes at this point are quite distinct, the locking down trend can be easily argued however.

about a week ago
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Scientists Find Rats Aren't Smarter Than Mice, and That's Important

CODiNE YEAH it's important!! (154 comments)

It totally screws up the Secret of Nymh. :_(

Buuuut... They were genetically enhanced rats, so it still works.

It's ok everybody CRISIS AVERTED!!

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

CODiNE Re:Of course! (566 comments)

Fusion of the 3rd dimension into the 1st and 2nd.
Brilliant!
Once you repeat the process and fuse the 2nd into the 1st you get an exponential increase in power AND massive space savings.

about two weeks ago
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Apple Releases CUPS 2.0

CODiNE Re:Web server for printing... (178 comments)

There's a wifi enabled printer at the religious place I go, gets used every other week or so for printing out emails, forms and misc instructions, all from mobile devices. You may not print from mobile but it does have its uses.

about two weeks ago
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Rosetta Takes Stunning Self-Portrait 10 Miles From Comet's Surface

CODiNE Re:Miles? (62 comments)

That's easy!

A kilometer is 1000MB
A kibimeter is 1024MB
(Assuming a bitrate of 256mb/sec)

about two weeks ago
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How English Beat German As the Language of Science

CODiNE Re:German illegal? (323 comments)

Equally silly is the "things are better than ever" response to that.

Some things are better, some things are worse. Let's look at the evidence to see which it is in the case of $RANDOM_TOPIC.

about two weeks ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

CODiNE "Not the best experience..." (135 comments)

that'll teach those heathen "pill first" types to properly sip of the water and THEN put the pill in their mouths.

about two weeks ago
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Michigan Builds Driverless Town For Testing Autonomous Cars

CODiNE Re:The real test of driverless cars (86 comments)

You forgot school busses with the "No passing when red light flashes" signs on them.

Kids LOOOVE to just run around the front of the bus and into oncoming traffic.

about three weeks ago
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Test-Driving a $35 Firefox OS Smartphone

CODiNE Re:So, how does it work as a phone? (132 comments)

Who cares? The whole purpose of this phone is to get poor people online. It's reason for existence is it's computing abilities. The people who need this already have some dirt cheap Nokia they use to do money transfers with. Hence the 2 sim slots in this phone.

Given the review, I'd say it probably fails as a phone as well.

about three weeks ago
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Apple To Face $350 Million Trial Over iPod DRM

CODiNE Re:Old issue (135 comments)

I believe iTunes had an SDK for making device drivers to sync with as well. Many suspected they were either idiots or it was an intentionally manufactured controversy.

about three weeks ago
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Physicist Claims Black Holes Mathematically Don't Exist

CODiNE Re:Hmmm ... (356 comments)

Like flying bumblebees, if the math says they can't fly yet they exist, it leads us to a better understanding of reality. When math and reality don't match up it causes a frenzy of investigation to resolve the problem.

I hope the math is correct, because that's the more exciting scenario.

about a month ago
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jQuery.com Compromised To Serve Malware

CODiNE Re:They will never learn (103 comments)

Have you ever said "I don't run a virus scanner and I've never gotten a virus"?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

CODiNE Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Features don't come for free. But really Apple could avoid this whole problem if they didn't block downgrading. Let people try if they think it'll run fast enough on the oldest supported device, then let them change their minds If it doesn't.

But the problem is they want to prevent jail breaking and as a consequence downgrading is rare.

about a month ago
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The Future According To Stanislaw Lem

CODiNE Re:Maybe... (196 comments)

Nice story thanks. :-)

about a month and a half ago

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