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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Gr8Apes Re:This is wrong! (218 comments)

AFAIK, the statements of law enforcement are treated as fact, unless they can be proven false. So if an officer says he smelled marijuana, he smelled marijuana unless you can prove he did not. I'm not a fan of that either, but it is the way it is.

I can assuredly tell you that is not the case without corroborating evidence, at least not everywhere, even in the US. While an officer's word may unjustly carry more weight in a he said, she said situation, any secondary statement or evidence will negate solely the officer's word in my experience. And that is as it should be. I'm sure there are cases where this is not true, several I'm aware of are now being vacated because the officers in question have been charged with evidence tampering, calling into question every case they've been involved with.

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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Gr8Apes Re:This is wrong! (218 comments)

In a separate issue, upon pulling the truck over the officer could recognize a potent marijuana smell, which under the Plain View Doctrine (that includes smell) allowed them to search the truck.

Hmm, is there any proof of this smell? If not, it is equivalent to hearsay, wouldn't you say? And no, 2 policemen do not make 2 separate witnesses, especially for this case. You only have to point to lots and lots of historical lying by police to invalidate that argument on reasonable doubt grounds. But then again, "smell" by itself doesn't do much for them, they need something tangible. In this case, they found plenty.

1 hour ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Gr8Apes Re:That wasn't the question (218 comments)

While it may have worked out ok in this situation it is a very bad president.

It might be better than last few presidents we've had.

1 hour ago
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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

Gr8Apes Re:Bullshit - don't believe marketing materials (162 comments)

Sapphire is *not* the second hardest material known. Yes, it's written in the linked article, but it is also definitely wrong. It is hard, and it is harder than glass. That is all there is. Besides diamond. many other materials, such as some forms of boronnitride, rhenium and osmium borides, and a collection of carbon/boron/nitrogen mixed compounds are all far harder than sapphire.

But how many of those are transparent?

1 hour ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Gr8Apes Re:Snow Leopard (88 comments)

So the hackintosh community benefits us again. I'll have to see about the video drivers for my MBP. If they're available in 10.9, I'll upgrade it someday. For now, it's fine on SL.

1 hour ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Gr8Apes Re:Snow Leopard (88 comments)

On the other hand, I could never go back to Snow Leopard after Mountain Lion, and especially not after Mavericks.

Why? (I'm honestly curious)

Note: I'm running SL, ML, and Mavericks, and I have to say, SL is the most stable, followed by Mavericks, ML is "ok", and my brief experience with Lion was only because ML came out and I decided to jump directly to it even though I had had a Lion disk for a year. (Yes, the "bad" stories made me hold off long enough for the "fix" to come out.)

I'm still not 100% happy with the effects of Grand Central, only because the stability has not been returned to SL standards. However, Mavericks is quite usable. The occasional "crash" is mediated by a 500+MB/s SSD, so restarts are sub 15s and used to occur maybe once every 30-45 days. The 10.9.1 patch has actually allowed me to reboot for reasons other than a crash. Oh, and I should mention that these crashes do not come with a dump, just blammo - restart. That never happened in SL, at least you got the infamous crash screen, if you ever had a crash that is. (You will occasionally if you're running a slew of PPC software)

All that said, for me, the main benefit of Grand Central is better handling of messaging and performance for applications that have the ability to be run in parallel. This is a major plus. I have barely changed my interface habits since panther, primarily because I use QuickSilver for launching apps and Cmd[-SHFT]-Tab and Cmd[-SHFT]-` to navigate apps and windows within an app. So all the Launchpad, Mission Control, Expose, Dashboard, Dockbar etc garbage don't even figure in my daily computer use. I minimize and hide the dockbar right after installing QuickSilver, and pretty much never see it again.

1 hour ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Gr8Apes Re:Snow Leopard (88 comments)

Except the version of the OS on his machine isn't affected by that bug...

2 hours ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Gr8Apes Re:Snow Leopard (88 comments)

I was pretty sure that Vista was EOL'd already. W7 is scheduled for next year. Win8 is ended this year, all of course as far as "free" patches go.

Snow Leopard was still getting patches until Mar 2014. As for it being on sale, it's only there as a gateway for pre- Snow Leopard systems to get to Mavericks, however small that number may be. It's also a way to run PPC software on newer macs via Parallels or the like. Yes you can run that (accidentally) free copy of Adobe PS 2 you downloaded.

2 hours ago
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Apple Fixes Major SSL Bug In OS X, iOS

Gr8Apes Re:Snow Leopard (88 comments)

Yes, everything prior to the Santa Rosa machines circa 2009 I believe have essentially a hamstrung memory controller. Intel wasn't fully into the game yet, still playing catchup to AMD. I have a pre Santa Rosa MBP running SL still, because Lion/ML really aren't stable enough to warrant an upgrade. Yes, I have(had) machines running every thing from panther on up to mavericks, and Grand Central, while a great idea, was a massive architectural change that caused quite a few instabilities in the OS. Mavericks seems to be about as stable as Leopard, which isn't terrible, but even it isn't yet quite at the SL level yet.

2 hours ago
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Heartbleed Pricetag To Top $500 Million?

Gr8Apes Re:Low (79 comments)

True - being able to manage your browser recognized CAs should be a core function of IT anyways, along with cert replacements. The real cost will be born by customers who largely are unschooled and don't know enough to install new CAs (the worst case scenario where CA certs are replaced across the board and no SSL/TLS CA certs are valid.) On the other hand, it might be enough to do a quick browser check and get them to finally upgrade to a decent browser version that does include the latest CAs. Which, in retrospect, will wind up being a zero-cost item since they should be doing this anyways.

2 days ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Gr8Apes Re:Bloody Idiot (588 comments)

I definitely agree that we need to know more about what causes autism. The problem with the anti-vax crowd is that they are trying to force researchers to focus on vaccines (to some degree of success) which takes resources away from finding the real cause.

The anti-vax crowd should be segregated from society as a whole, and then exposed to everything they don't want to be vaccinated against "naturally" as there's still polio, measles, mumps, etc out there. Those that survive and are disease free may then rejoin society. I don't think too many would want to take that route.

about a week ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Gr8Apes Re:road side illumination (187 comments)

Technically you're allowed to use large A roads (not motorways) for all sorts of things because they're public rights of way, so you are allowed to walk down them, ride (either bike or horse) down them, even drive geese down them. The speed limit is 70mph, but generally people drive up to 80.

So I guess those that drive geese down them at midnight wind up with lots of pate if this is any guide to effective lighting distances?

about a week ago
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First Glow-In-the-Dark Road Debuts In Netherlands

Gr8Apes Re:road side illumination (187 comments)

Also, where ever practible, around on- and off-ramps.

I personally don't see the point in having lights on most highways given that cars carry around their own illumination, and going straight and changing lanes doesn't need too much effort without lamps. But given the shuffling about just before, and just after, ramps, it's worth spending the resources to improve safety.

For the rest of the length of most highways (even those through urban areas): meh.

The purpose of lights is to improve safety on high speed roads. Hence lighted highways. Otherwise, night time driving would have to be slowed significantly to be safe, unless you're driving with high beams. The oncoming traffic or the guy in front of you may not like that much, and even then, it's probably significantly slower max safe speed as compared to a lighted road.

about two weeks ago
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Jenny McCarthy: "I Am Not Anti-Vaccine'"

Gr8Apes Re:Bloody Idiot (588 comments)

As far as why are so many being diagnosed now? It's because of better detection, plain and simple. In the past, many with autism were written off as being "shy" or "weird" or (worse) "retarded." (NOTE: Don't use that last word around a parent of a child with autism. I'm only including it as a reference of what was used in the past.) Furthermore, theories of what causes autism have changed. In the past, mothers were blamed. The so-called "refrigerator mom" theory said that moms who weren't loving enough made their kids autistic.

Yes, more are being diagnosed now because it has a) become acceptable to be autistic and b) we have a more encompassing definition of what symptoms are to be called autism, but we still have little clue to the causation. In short, we still have little clue with ASD what it really is and what it's root causes are. Until we do, we're merely acting like the late 1800s physicians and throwing all people with a set of symptoms into a single ASD bucket.

about two weeks ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Gr8Apes Re:Only in America... (307 comments)

Sure it is, according to my map anyways, N America. Now, it is not the USA.

about two weeks ago
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MA Gov. Wants To Ban Non-Competes; Will It Matter?

Gr8Apes Re:Oh wow! Now I HAVE to type my own comment heade (97 comments)

Whether Apple paid for Xerox's ideas or not, the fact is, the flow of ideas from Xerox to Apple meant that the state of art moved forward. When Microsoft copied similar ideas to Apple, the state of art didn't stagnate either.

Nope, it went backwards.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast PAC Gave Money To Every Senator Examining Time Warner Cable Merger

Gr8Apes Re:This is how America ceases to be great (133 comments)

The easiest way to solve the 2 party issue is to disallow party affiliation on all ballots. Only names for the position, listed in alphabetical order on first or last name ascending or descending decided randomly per spot, and ideally per ballot with electronic voting. You either know them, or you don't. Voters can't just pull a red or blue lever. Instant destruction of the 2 party system for many of the lower level positions. As soon as that happens, you may see it bubble on up the hierarchy, as people realize that their segment of the party doesn't really match up with the "national" party view, and diversification ensues. Or so I would hope.

about two weeks ago
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The Amoeba That Eats Human Intestines, Cell By Cell

Gr8Apes Re:infects 50 million, eh? (71 comments)

Oh and I forgot, at least one treatment for it, Flagyl, actually makes you feel worse. But at least then you're done and can stop taking it.

As a bonus, while you're on Flagyl you can't even drink to forget your problems.

That's ok, you won't want to, as you'll be too busy moaning that you're dying already, provided it doesn't kill you. That is one of the "side effects" not listed there but was on the bottle I saw that you should immediately contact your physician for...

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Gr8Apes Re:Let it die (510 comments)

Hey, she might be a mexican immigrant with a Filipino ancestry, to Canada. How do you know?

about two weeks ago
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Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Gr8Apes Re:Not going to work... (408 comments)

Homeopathy is bunk, and throwing it out wholesale would be as big a leap forward as throwing out astrology. Studying the claimed effects of an item is actually medicine. Treating the entire person is now possible in western medicine, earlier they were concerned about actually fixing what was going to kill you tomorrow or the next day. We've solved many of those challenges, and are now looking for much longer term solutions.

about two weeks ago

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Virtual boss keeps workers on a leash.

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 3 months ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Hitachi has created a "perfect virtual boss"

"Hitachi, the big electronics company based in Japan, is manufacturing and selling to corporations a device intended to increase efficiency in the workplace. It has a rather bland and generic-sounding name: the Hitachi Business Microscope (paywalled).

But what it is capable of doing ... well, just imagine being followed around the office or the factory all day by the snoopiest boss in the world. Even into the restroom."

We may pine for the privacy of Orwell's 1984...."

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The First Cyber Super Weapon?

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "The realm of science fiction keeps shrinking. Those annoying viruses and malware that can interrupt your perusal of /. will now have to take a back seat to real cyber threats

From the article: Cyber security experts say they have identified the world's first known cyber super weapon designed specifically to destroy a real-world target: a factory, a refinery, or just maybe a nuclear power plant."

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Help the Galactic Census

Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN has a story about scientists needing your help in a galactic census. From the story: They are asking volunteers on the Internet to help classify the galaxies as either elliptical or spiral and note, where possible, in which direction they rotate. Astronomers say computer programs have been unable to reliably classify the star systems. With 10,000 to 20,000 people working to classify the galaxies, the process could take as little as a month. With /. alone, they might be able to do it in a week. Give them a helping hand by signing up at Galaxy Zoo."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  about 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD is upping the performance numbers for Barcelona by stating that "Barcelona will have a 50% advantage over Clovertown in floating point applications and 20% in integer performance 'over the competition's highest-performing quad-core processor at the same frequency'". AMD also claims that the new 3.0 GHz Opterons beat comparable Intel Xeon 5100 series processors in three server-specific benchmarks (SPECint_rate_2006, SPECint_rate2006, SPECompM2001) by up to 24%."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Listeners and Indies may rejoice according to a just breaking story. According to the AP story:

Four major broadcast companies would pay the government $12.5 million and provide 8,400 half-hour segments of free airtime for independent record labels and local artists, The Associated Press has learned.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "CNN is reporting that Walmart "fired a systems technician for intercepting text messages of non-Wal-Mart employees and recording telephone conversations with a New York Times reporter without authorization". The story further goes on to state that the recordings were in violation of their policy since they did not have authorization from their legal dept. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn't wiretapping illegal without court authorization as shown by the HP scandal?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "AMD has showcased their new 65nm Barcelona quad-core CPU. It is labeled a quad-core Opteron, but according to Infoworld's Tom Yeager, is really a redefinition of x86. Each core has a new vector math processing unit (SSE128), separate integer and floating point schedulers, and new nested paging tables (to vastly improve hardware virtualization). According to AMD, the new vector math units alone should improve floating point operation by 80%. Some analysts are skeptical, waiting for benchmarks. Will AMD dethrone Intel again? Only time will tell."
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "From an Associated Press article in the Boston Herald:
President Bush, again defying Congress, says he has the power to edit the Homeland Security Department's reports about whether it obeys privacy rules while handling background checks, ID cards and watchlists.
As this directly contradicts the law as passed by Congress, has Bush created the line-item veto by fiat?"
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "TomsHardware reviews Intel's new Kentsfield quad core processor From the article:
Compared with the already not-too-shabby Intel Core 2 Duo/Extreme, the Core 2 Quadro can give performance a mighty tweak — but only for specific applications. In the best-case scenario, performance can even be doubled.
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Gr8Apes Gr8Apes writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gr8Apes (679165) writes "Clear Channel wants ownership rules relaxed even further to allow it to own up to 12 stations in major markets. Clear Channel states that it has already hit the maximum number of stations (8) in most major markets. They further argue that this artificial limit impedes its potential for growth, and with the emergance of satellite radio that the terrestrial radio market has changed and should allow loosening of the restrictions.

Since Clear Channel owns a significant share of XM already and has stations on XM, this argument seems rather weak. Does anyone else feel like Clear Channel is attempting gain more leverage to drive you to subscription radio?"

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