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U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

Jarik C-Bol Re:I like... (620 comments)

Ok, stop being a dipshit and look some stuff up. here's a good starting point:
http://www.thewire.com/nationa...

If you're to lazy to read that, here's the condensed version: Most available "Body Cams" for cops use a system where the cop turns the camera on when responding to a call/situation via a double click on a single button on the device. (exactly when the cop is required to turn on the device is decided by department regulations) They can stop recording via the same input. The devices have no controls to erase data, and it is stored until the unit returns to base, at which time it uploads to a secure server run by the manufacturer of the device, which is essentially a digital evidence vault. In the vault, it can only be accessed by verified administrators, usually police chiefs. Now, you may say "well the cop can just turn off the recorder if they want to do something bad." Sure, and at that point, they would be violating department regulations, and subject the case to a lot MORE scrutiny. The online system logs who and when anyone accesses the video in the vault, and wether or not it is copied out of the vault. The point is, the infrastructure is already in place, with hardware available through at least 3 different companies, with extremely well thought out safeguards against the exact sort of asshattery everyone here is claiming will go on if cops are required to use body cams.

No mater what, going from a "this story versus that story" to "two stories, and some video" is an great step towards fair treatment and accurately administered justice.

about a week ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Jarik C-Bol Re:North Korea not listed? (158 comments)

Its hard to represent negative numbers in this sort of graph.

about a week ago
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A Horrifying Interactive Map of Global Internet Censorship

Jarik C-Bol Re:Doesn't work (158 comments)

The page the map is on first caused my browser to alert me that it has an invalid security cert, and then was blocked by the security settings in my DNS filter (which is set pretty wide open for the most part, i mainly use it for blocking content I don't want to see). Thats a cool place to store a internet censorship map.

about a week ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

Jarik C-Bol Re:Wouldn't it be rejected? (77 comments)

You missed the entire point of the project.
The idea is not to grow new organs in animals for transplant into people, but to develop the means to inject a 'starter kit' of cells into the patient, and have the patient grow a new organ right in their own body.
So, for someone missing a lung to cancer, or a kidney, or a thymus, (apparently this is what they grew in the test) maybe a spleen, those things you can live without for a bit, (aided by modern medicine obviously) while your body manufactures a new one using their starter kit of cells. I suppose, now that I think about it, they might even be able to eventually grow you a new heart while your body ran on an artificial heart for a bit. The end goal here is to end the need for transplants by being able to force the body to build a new part from scratch. They pointed out that, at this stage, the technique still has the risk of rejection by the body, because it starts with fetal cells (they did this in mice by the way) but their goal is to eventually produce the same results using cells from the end host, so there is no rejection issues.

about a week ago
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Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

Jarik C-Bol Re:I admit to putting too much time into Flappy Bi (112 comments)

Basically Nguyen has managed to commercialize the "deliberately worthless" control scheme of QWER that is "just" simple enough to make your brain say "hey, this is simple, so it should be easy!" QWER was magical because your brain says "I know how walking works, I can do this". same with Flappy Bird, your brain says "I get gravity" and you spend 30 minutes swearing at the screen, but sort of having fun. I tried Swing Copters, and it has none of the things that made the first two "addicting" because it lacks that little tiny bit of intuitiveness that the others had. While Copters has the same theory, in my mind, it lacks the core feature, thus making it infuriating, without any of the fun.

about a week ago
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Numerous Methane Leaks Found On Atlantic Sea Floor

Jarik C-Bol Or in other words: (273 comments)

Or to put it another way:
We still have no fucking clue how the planet works as a whole, so this new thing is scary.

about a week ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Jarik C-Bol Re:Come on, people! (239 comments)

No shit. Using change.org for this sort of thing is like bitching to the manager of a Walmart about how the McDonalds in another town screwed up your order, and you expect him to fix it.

about two weeks ago
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Swedish Dad Takes Gamer Kids To Warzone

Jarik C-Bol Re:Gettin All Up In Yo Biznis (419 comments)

I think I've developed a statement that may adiquately describe the correlation between FPS and real war.

"Killing in war video games is to holding your breath, as killing in real war is to holding your breath while someone holds your head under water."

Its a bit cumbersome, but it accurately describes it, as far as I can tell.

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Jarik C-Bol A better question (421 comments)

A better question might be; why is it that education is one of the few things we seem to be getting worse at as we advance? More hours in school does not seem to be translating into better trained, more educated, economically useful graduates, but rather the opposite.

about three weeks ago
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Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects

Jarik C-Bol Old news (91 comments)

I bought and downloaded and watched this almost two years ago, why in the world is it making the 'news' now? It's pretty, but the story felt kind of.. absent, like it was trying to riff off of some of the great sci-fi of the past and not really putting it all together. to make anything particularly coherent.

about three weeks ago
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Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

Jarik C-Bol Re:Hood over my monitor (75 comments)

Get a less glare prone monitor.

about a month ago
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Want To Work Without Prying Eyes? Try Wearing a Body Sock

Jarik C-Bol Re:There's this thing called a (75 comments)

Yes, but if you use one of those, you won't look like a complete lunatic in public, which will make people avoid you, so you can type your passwords in peace.

about a month ago
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Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

Jarik C-Bol Re:What? (200 comments)

Yeah, i don't see how their supposed 'netflix is going to extort us' scare is supposed to work. Everything I remember about how the internet works pretty much invalidates the idea.

about a month ago
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FTC To Trap Robocallers With Open Source Software

Jarik C-Bol Re:Can't you just solve it by government? (125 comments)

We in the US have the "Do Not Call List" where you can opt out of telemarketing. All telemarketers are supposed to abide by the DNC list. This particular endeavor is targeted at finding and eliminating the groups that ignore the DNC list, and also are scammers. The "Rachel with Cardholder Services" scam is, if I recall, about fixing your supposedly damaged credit rating, or paying off an imaginary forgotten credit card or some other financial woe they invent to strip the gullible of their money.

about a month and a half ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

Jarik C-Bol Re:Fusion? (81 comments)

I'm going to assume a 30/70 split, where 30% is better technique, and 70% my local jeweler not knowing to look for it.

about a month and a half ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

Jarik C-Bol Re:Fusion? (81 comments)

which translates to 'No one had to bleed in a mine for seven cents a day to get this lab made gem, and as you know, bleeding in a mine is the definition of romantic."

about a month and a half ago
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NIF Compresses Diamonds With 50 Million Atmospheres of Pressure

Jarik C-Bol Re:Fusion? (81 comments)

Because I'm mildly insane or something, I bought a lab made sapphire online, and when it came in the mail, I promptly took it around to the local jeweler, and asked him to take a look at this stone I had. He sits down, looks at it for a bit, goes "Huh." and moves to a more powerful microscope, looks for a bit longer, and finally says,
"I don't see any flaws or inclusions, but I also don't see and bubbles, so its not glass.... I guess we can send it to a lab in New York and find out what it is if you want?"
At that point, I said that it was not that important, and took my rock and left, because I was not really sure how he would react to being told I already knew what it was.
The point is, we can manufacture perfect gemstones, better than nature makes them.

about a month and a half ago
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Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills

Jarik C-Bol Re:666 (753 comments)

exactly, try dragging the crazy old bat's who still write a cheque for 11.79 at the grocery store into the 21st century with this cashless shit, and you will discover quickly why we're not even close.

about a month and a half ago
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Slashdot Asks: Do You Want a Smart Watch?

Jarik C-Bol Re:@CauseBy - Re:Yes (381 comments)

The argument that is going to get used against you next is something like:
" when I'm running, i can barely breathe, much less talk coherently enough to say 'skip' in a voice the computer will understand. "
and
the cord of the earphones with the controls is flopping all over while I run, i don't want to fumble for it. Proprioception on the other hand (sense of where the body parts are in relation to each other) will let me nail a button on my wrist really easily.

of course, the appropriate responses to those arguments would be:
"Get less fat, so you can breathe and talk while running, you stupid ugly lardo."
and
"Your momma flops around a lot also!" wait, that might be wrong, its probably "Well, run your headphone cords through an arm band or something to keep them under control."
to which I assume there is another layer of arguments and comebacks, ad infinitum, until the heat death of the universe.

about 1 month ago

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Scale of the Universe as a game

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "Newgrounds user Fotoshop has created a game which allows users to zoom in and out, exploring the scale of universe from the largest distances we can discern, down to quantum foam. Interesting descriptions and explanations abound as you travel through the range of measurements. Well worth a look."
Link to Original Source
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New Red Faction game in the works

Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "in a very short article, CVG released the fact they had been informed by THQ that a new red faction game is in the the making. article at : http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?i d=169331 we can only hope it uses the destructable environments better than Red Faction 2. Which many of us red faction fans considered a bit of a letdown after the original."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol (894741) writes "With the recent post about ebay in a lawsuit over its "buy it now" button against MercExchange L.L.C. (whom i had never heard of untill today) I pose the question. Has patent law become to lax, in that it allows the patent of "common sense" ideas? Honestly, I doubt anyone had any inkling that someone had patented the buy it now button when they added the code and functionality to ebays website. How far are we from an age where creating a web service, no matter how mundane, is 90% making sure you didn't violate someone's archaic patent of some menial detail. I say that this is an obvious case of how we need to take a serious look at what can and cannot be patented in this country."
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Jarik C-Bol Jarik C-Bol writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Jarik C-Bol writes "http://www.popsci.com/popsci/science/873aae7bf86c0 110vgnvcm1000004eecbccdrcrd.html Popular Science has a report on a machine that uses plasma to render anything short of nuclear waste down to is base elements, and use the results to drive generators that produce more power than the machine uses. Its creator has big plans to save the world, one landfill at a time. Hopes are that once in place, we will solve our garbage problems, and be producing cheep easy electricity from the junk we throw away. Here's to hoping, maybe this one will pan out, according to the article, it is being implemented in several cities across the country."

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