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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

Mike Buddha Cameras reduce problems for everyone (372 comments)

There was a story a few months back about a suburb of LA instituting a 100% camera policy and finding that the number of police brutality complaints dropping precipitously. The reasons for the drop were not as cut and dried as people will have you believe. A lot of complaints were dropped after the complainant was confronted with video and audio of the incident after the fact. Also, the officers were able to calm many situations down by simply stating that the entire incident was on camera and could be used as evidence in court.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04...

4 days ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

Mike Buddha Old news. (77 comments)

Animals have had whole organs growing in them for years!

about a week ago
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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

Mike Buddha Re:The Tools of Science (134 comments)

Since when is collecting samples and cataloging them not hard science? Not particularly difficult, but most definitely hard science.

about a week ago
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Latest Wikipedia Uproar Over 'Superprotection'

Mike Buddha Re:Agile can fuck off. (239 comments)

Agile development is the fastest way to organically grow your shitstorm.

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Mike Buddha Re: Probability of roll for advantage/disadvantage (200 comments)

I first learned about statistics from reading an article in Dragon magazine about doing a Chi-squared test to determine which of your dice rolls more favorably for you. I learned probability from playing D&D. Like it or not, the two are inexorably tied, and for some of us, that's part of the fun.

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Mike Buddha Re:Pathfinder? (200 comments)

I'd like to play Pathfinder adventures with 5e rules. Pathfinder has too many rules.

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Mike Buddha Re:5e: Best D&D, MHO (200 comments)

I really hated the paperwork involved with gaining a level in 3e & 3.5e. 3e was worse, though. What skills do you want to raise? Does that skill have any other skills that it synergizes with? Is the synergy active at this skill level? If so, do you want to spend less on that skill and more on another that doesn't have a synergy yet? Bah. I'm not interested in games that are as complicated as the tax code for no good reason. All the rules just slowed everything down. They added nothing to the gameplay. Nothing that couldn't be added by having a player make a DC modified by their class and level, that is.

about two weeks ago
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Fifth Edition Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook Released

Mike Buddha Re:Flaws? (200 comments)

IMO 5e is better than 0e, 1e, 2e, 3e, 3.5e, and 4e. It's a culmination of the best elements of all these editions, with none of the crap. It's a svelte paragon of the D&D genre that puts the gameplay back into the rolling of dice to determine success, without the irritating paperwork involved in 2e-3.5e. Most of 4e was pitched :)

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

Mike Buddha Re:Apple problem. (188 comments)

Oh but you know they're chomping at the bit to. Ever since they introduced their app store for OS X a few years back...

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Life Beyond the WRT54G Series?

Mike Buddha Re: sigh (427 comments)

It's not their fault. It's duck.com's ISP that's causing the problem.

about three weeks ago
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NVIDIA Launches Tegra K1-Based SHIELD Tablet, Wireless Controller

Mike Buddha Re:Nice on the aspect ratio (42 comments)

Not if you're reading comic books. 9:16 is perfect for that.

about a month ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:No. (502 comments)

No doubt that gold plated connectors don't oxidize, but does the oxidation cause real issues with sound quality, in any meaningful measurement? How much oxidation would be required before a noticable degradation in signal would occur?

about a month and a half ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:Sound Cards are good enough? (502 comments)

My experience with NewEgg has been impeccable as far as support goes. Try again.

about a month and a half ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:Sound Cards are good enough? (502 comments)

A quick glance over at Newegg would throw into question your statement that "most intel/amd sound chips don't support high range, 5.1 or 7.1 surround". Supporting 5.1 & 7.1 surround are de rigeur on even the low end motherboards that are available. As far as "high range", if you don't define it, I guess we don't know if they support it.

about 2 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:Back in the day? (502 comments)

I had a sound driver that could play digitized audio over my case buzzer. Worked OK on my laptop.

about 2 months ago
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Ode To Sound Blaster: Are Discrete Audio Cards Still Worth the Investment?

Mike Buddha Re:No. (502 comments)

Soundblaster cards don't have the imaginary qualities audiophiles look for?

about 2 months ago
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Avast Buys 20 Used Phones, Recovers 40,000 Deleted Photos

Mike Buddha Re:Where the fault lies? (231 comments)

IOS full device encryption is only activated when a passcode is added to the device. Android's works the exact same way. If you don't have a passcode on your iPhone, your device is NOT encrypted, and resetting your device will have the exact same vulnerability to these kinds of data restoration tools.

http://support.apple.com/kb/ht...

about 2 months ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Mike Buddha Re:2-year CFLs (278 comments)

Must be bad power or something. I have CFLs that have lasted so long that I took them with me when I moved.

about 2 months ago

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