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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Ol Olsoc Re:Does it also apply to homes? (140 comments)

If someone who doesn't like me makes an "anonymous" call to 911 to report that I'm running meth lab in my garage, does that also give the cops the right to ransack my house looking for a meth lab?

While the short answer might be yes, the officers will know pretty quickly, without ransacking your house, that you don't have a meth lab. At that point, the not really anonymous caller will be arrested and charged with filing a false report. You will also have civil actions against the perp. Their life has for all practical purposes been destroyed, and the evidence is solid.

Making false reports has been around forever. Using a modern phone to do that will document your crime, and will probably be the first piece of evidence

It's sad that "probable cause" has been diluted to the point that it has.

So what you are saying is that you do not think it should be legal to report drunk drivers? For Christ's sakes, this guy ran the woman off the road, was under the influence, and on slashdot - she is the bad guy. Now I want you to defend your statement. No one is anonymous on the phone, and your proposition that people shouldn't be allowed to call in crimes is only valid in slashdot world, where I swear half the posters need to stop watching the History2 channel for a few weeks.

about an hour ago

GitHub Founder Resigns Following Harassment Investigation

Ol Olsoc Re:The term "Sexual Harassment" is very misleading (166 comments)

The term "Sexual Harassment", - with the word "Sex" followed by another word "Harass", - sounds awfully serious.

But, like all other liberal creation (social welfare, for example) "Sexual Harassment" itself has been abused.

Fortunately no conservative constructs have ever been abused... couldn't resist - back to the topic

Nowadays you can be slapped with a "Sexual Harassment" lawsuit if you comment on the way someone dress herself or "itself".

In some cases, it was much worse before. In the 1980's, at the place where I worked, we had our first gender harassment seminars.

It quickly turned surreal. Your example of how the woman dresses was spot-on. The gender harassment rep told us that it was very dangerous to compliment a woman regarding any physical matter. That telling her "Those earrings are nice" was okay, but saying you look great in those earrings was skirting the edges of harassment.

Then when a man asked what the definition of sexual harassment was, she said "Sexual harassment is whatever a woman says it is". You could have heard the proverbial pin drop.

This draconian interpretation started a years long mess, where the men actively avoided all the women. Male supervisors would not engage 1 on 1 with female staff - there would always be at least one other person. Men quit talking to or socializing with women.

And the women absolutely hated it. Some of the ladies I worked with were dirty minded and flirtacious enough to make me blush some times, and the men were avoiding them like the plague.

One of the machinists had a nice photo of a young lady in a cheerleader outfit on his toolbox. A woman took offense to it, and he was told to take it down. It was his daughter. The pathetic part was this estrangement only alienated normal guys. The men who were actually harassing women still did all the same things, blocking doorways so the woman had to brush up against them, "accidentally" touching them in the places you might expect, they just kept on keepin' on.

Fortunately, calmer, more rational heads saw what had been created, and modified the rules. Instead of treating all men as rapists who just hadn't been caught yet, they focused on the guys - and women who were the real problem.

In the end, it did help, although a lot of the older guys were pretty set in their ways, and never did socilize much with the female staff.

In fact, I can be charged for "Sexual Harassment" right now, because of the term "itself" that I've used to describe people whom I do not know how to describe (they are not male, nor female).

I brought up the question one time, if a man avoids all contact with women in the workplace - except for the minimum to get work done - in order to not be accused of harassment, and the women know he avoids them because of that, is his avoidance sexual harassment?


The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

Ol Olsoc Re:Now you too... (158 comments)

Maybe this is how Jesus originally did it. If God's been around forever, He knows all sorts of cool stuff that we don't. The next question is whether or not alcohol could be powdered by someone with the proper knowledge, but only primitive technology.

This is beginning to sound like a job for Powdered Toast Man.


Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Ol Olsoc Re:Making a Safer World... (328 comments)

We're living in a NIMH mouse utopia,

A Nickel-Metal Hydride mouse?

Dude, you should use Litioum Ion batteries in that thing!


Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Ol Olsoc Re:Making a Safer World... (328 comments)

Kids aren't something to "get out of the way" - they're the most important thing in your life (if you choose to have them). I've already lived a great life with my spouse kid free, when I was young enough to enjoy it (and could focus what spare income we had on us) and now I'm ready to have a family. And now I have plenty of money and time to make the family the most important thing, not just something to get over with already.

Are you ready for your children to not have living Grandparents? Are you ready to be in your declining years, dependent upon them when they are trying to raise their own families.

And finally, if there is one thing that I have discovered about those who delay - Money is number one. Your self centeredness is number two. Children alomst never think of money. Yours will probably find it to be the metric of your love.

Then again, you might be the exception.


Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Ol Olsoc Re:Making a Safer World... (328 comments)

1) Live near family (ie, grandparents) that can care for your kids and assist with transportation

This will bite you in the ass... just as soon as your kids are ready to start college (probably at your expense) your parents will be calling dibs on their bedrooms so that you can support them in return... while keeping your kids' tuition paid. It might be worth it, or might not.

You sound like my sisters, and my wife's brothers and sister.

In both cases, they tossed off any responsibility for any of our parents, who managed to all die off within 7 years. So it was my wife and I who cared for them.

Anyhow, the siblings were surprised when my wife and I got the lion's share of all the inheritances.

The irony is that I'd told all the parents that I didn't like dead people's money, and our siblings are all about money.

Perhaps your parents will end up feeling the same about you.


Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Ol Olsoc Re:Making a Safer World... (328 comments)

Are your children going to be taking care of you and their children at the same time?

For some years now, way too many people are adopting the concept that they will live forever. Just about the time that my son got out of high school, my parents and my wife's parents started downhill, and needed a lot of help. If we were still raising our child, especially if he were pretty young at the time, it would have been a nightmare, and it was bad enough as it was.

We see this staying around forever disorder in wide ranging areas, from the old parenting trend, to people figuring they'll start saving for retirement tomorrow. Always tomorrow. But we should be out of that stage about the time we graduate from college.

I was a lot poorer when we started our family. Doing okay, but still a lot less money. My son has never once mentioned about how much he appreciated the financial security I provided. He often talks about how much he enjoyed when we both played on the same hockey team together.


Women Increasingly Freezing Their Eggs To Pursue Their Careers

Ol Olsoc Re:Making a Safer World... (328 comments)

Not sure if joking or trolling, but you're an asshole either way. Attending to career so they can provide well for the child doesn't seem like procrastinating to me. It sounds like good and reasonable planning.

Yes, because providing well is the only metric in raising children

Let us say, the woman makes the choice to delay having her children until age 50.

So when the child is in college, she is 70. Since their seems to be a 5-10 year difference in age between wives and husbands, daddy might be in his 80's or even dead by that time. Of course this might not matter if the woman does not need a man.

So here we have an 80 year old woman, with 30 year old children.

They might visit you in the nursing home. Maybe. and when your femal child makes your smart choice, you figure you will be around at 100 when she decides the time is right to have children.

That won't be the only thing your well provided for children will miss out on. Their grandparents stand a pretty good chance of being dead. You will not have the energy to interact with them in the way you would if you had them at a more normal time. There is joy in having still vital parents, and even grandparents. I would not have given that up for anything. Your well provided for children will not have this joy. I played on the same adult hockey team as my son.

And your well provided for children are probably going to be burdened with taking care of you in your decline, while trying to raise families of their own. Perhaps changing their child's huggies, then your depends. You are doing your well provided for children no favors. I think having children very late on purpose is subtle cruelty, the sort of "smart idea" that only the most self centered are capable of doing.

Beware of calling people assholes when you are being a smug, pretentious "The world orbit around me" person.


Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math

Ol Olsoc Re:So monkeys can do basic math, (85 comments)

WTF is with all the political bashing on this site lately? Never knew math was so political...

The crazies left the Yahoo message boards - guess they ended up here.


The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

Ol Olsoc Re:Now you too... (158 comments)

...can turn water into wine.

Moped Jesus is pissed.


Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Ol Olsoc Re:do they have a progressive view? (336 comments)

You do not know me, and yet you call me a bigot. I therfore call you a bigot. Only because you are exactly that - a bigot.

Stupid argument, and your quickness to accuse tells me more about you than you know about me. But it does show that you use one attack vector of bigots, which is to hurry up and accuse the other person of bigotry. Just like when a person says, "I would never lie tyo you, the next words coming out of their moths are likely lies.

That's okay - some of my best friends are bigots.

2 days ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Ol Olsoc Re:Nothing to do with hole size (397 comments)

It's a pity that joining a country club, paying the greens fees, and the expense of the clubs is the only possible way to do that.

Yes, some things in life cost money. It is unfortunate if you live in an area without a cheap public course, or if your circumstances don't let you buy less than $100 of used equipment and pay $10-20 a week to play a game with friends.


We really do need a sarcasm tag donchya think?

2 days ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Ol Olsoc Re:Nothing to do with hole size (397 comments)

Since I don't like to play computer games, it must be true that anyone who does is a time-wasting loser. Seriously? You're 'refuting' that this guy likes to play golf with this friends?

Seriously? you only read the last sentence that I wrote? Even then, show me where I refuted his enjoyment of the sport. Declaring enjoyment of golf as needing a high threshold for boredom is not refutation of it. I get bored very quickly, so it isn't for me.

And my exclusivity statement still holds. If he feels exclusive, and wants to be with others of similar exclusivity, then that is is right. But likewise, I find that boring.

2 days ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Ol Olsoc Re:Not a fan, but... (397 comments)

Rather than a lack of cursive writing, I'd say the main problems are rote memorization, useless standardized tests, and one-size-fits-all schools. Cursive is just another way of writing; inconsequential.

There are some things that are rote, spelling, basic math. Other stuff, let the creativity fly.

As for standardized tests, what they do is select for proficient test takers. I forsee the day when third graders are pulling all nighters, juicing up on the red bull and Rock Star, to prepare for the tests. Just like in college.

2 days ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Ol Olsoc Re:Not a fan, but... (397 comments)

Yeah, pizza-hole golf is the equivalent to dumbing down school kids by eliminating cursive writing (common core). Birdies are going to become very common. A whole bunch of (possibly evil) idiots are ruining everything out there.

Yeah, abandoning cursive writing will doom this country. Cursive has been dead for years. In my own case, the last time I wrote cursive was in 4th grade back in the 1960's, when I took my last test in penmanship. Might as well say that no one can write any more since we abandoned typewriters. But your ability to equate cursive writing with 15 inch golf holes does show creativity on your part.

You can do better with that than make false equivalences.

2 days ago

In a Hole, Golf Courses Experiment With 15-inch Holes

Ol Olsoc Re:Nothing to do with hole size (397 comments)

Then golf simply isn't for you, since the time spent on the course (and in the clubhouse afterwards) is what it's all about.

Really, do you think that the point of the game is to get a small white ball into a small hole several hundreds of yards away? That's the objective; the point is to spend a good time, basically going on an extended walk with other people (nice ones, hopefully), talking, and enjoying not worry about deadlines and performance metrics and the like for once.

How nice and romantic. It's a pity that joining a country club, paying the greens fees, and the expense of the clubs is the only possible way to do that.

Your :

going on an extended walk with other people (nice ones, hopefully)

Is true enough. Although is "nice" the metric? Everyone I know who is in a Golf country club is not there because the others are "nice" - they are there for the exclusivity, the companionship of others who value being better than other people. Some were nice people, some were definitely not.

I could have joined locally, but frankly golf is a game for people with a very high boredom threshold, I like being around interesting people, not ones who just happen to be wealthy, but are bores otherwise, and I had other venues in which to network.

2 days ago

Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

Ol Olsoc On the nature of depth of field (126 comments)

Circles of confusion. This ridiculously clumsy term is what makes for an images depth of field.

In it's simplest form, it is that at the plane of focus, the lens will be as sharp as the lens is capable of being. In that plane, the circles of confusion will be as small as that lens can make them

Moving closer to or further away from the lens, the circles of confusion become larger and larger, until they can no longer carry any worthwhile information, and are completely unsharp.

The circles of confusion can be controlled to an extent, by altering the size of the lens aperture, referred to as "F-stop"

There is a fallacy among many people that a telephoto lens has a smaller depth of field. It does not. Any image made with any lens, at the same main subject size - and the same lens aperture will have the same depth of field. Most people get the depth compression or expansion of the various lenses confused with depth of field.

The circles of confusion effect can be in principle nullified by very small apertures. This is the "pinhole" lens. At some point, a pinhole aperture negates the need for any glass lens at all. There are many pinhole video cameras, and most of the smartphone camera lenses approach pinhole aperture.

The problem with pinhole lenses, is that they are hampered by diffraction. The hole is so small - near in size to the wavelength of the light trying to get through it, that light cannot be brought into sharp focus because it is being bent out of focus.

Now in practical terms, in the early days of photography, film sensitivity was much lower than it was when film hit it's peak of quality and performance.

Since this could make for uncomfortably long exposures, the solution was to use larger aperture lenses. Which had that shallower depth of field due to that aperture.

Not surprisingly, this fault was found to be an advantage in many cases. It allowed the camera user to focus on what they wanted to viewer to see. Portraits tended to look much better, as someone here noted, having th eeyes in sharp focus, while the tip of the nose was leaving forward focus, and the background out of focus is a very positive effect.

Another nice effect is the ability to remove obstructions. Properly used, a photographer can shoot through obstructions like chain link fences using depth of field. The fence disappears, at the cost of some contrast in the final image.

So while some folks like to call laws of physics, "Hipsterism", they are simply laws of physics. They are in fact arguing for what they are arguing against. Because modern Smartphone cameras are up against their own laws of physics.

Smartphone cameras use very small, very sensitive pixel packed sensors. This requires very small, very short focal length lenses.

In order to end up with images that look normal in aspect to the human eye, you need to gather information to be included at certain angles away from the center of the image. Approximating the human eye, so to speak.

As the imaging area gets smaller, what constitutes a telephoto lens, normal or wide angle lens gets smaller. In 35 mm film with it's 24 by 36 aspect, a focal length of 50 mm is fairly close in approximating this. Sensors for many digital cameras are a bit smaller, which is why many lenses for digital SLR's are shorter focal length. They do however, have about that same imaging capability.

So this should be a good thing really. Lenses get smaller, lighter. It sort of is, sort of isn't.

Let's look at that smartphone camera. Very small lens, with an even smaller aperture. Due to the small size of the sensor, it must be a very short focal length lens. And to avoid focusing, it has what looks a loto like a pinhole in there. It is a very short focal length semi pinhole lens. Not as much diffraction as a true pinhole, which is good. Very small aperture, which is not so good for image control, and a very short focal length lens, with all the defects those short lenses inherently have.

All of which is to say that the smartphone camers have their own and very limiting set of laws of physics to work around with. So people need to spare the hipster designation - that can work both ways.

As for the effect in the picture in TFA, that looks like a really bad photoshop job.

If I were going to approximate DOF on that image, I'd marquee around her, smooth the edges, and move her to her onwn layer. Then I'd do a graded blur on the rest of the image, greatest at the top. Their job just looks like an even blur on everything not her image.

2 days ago

Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Ol Olsoc Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (396 comments)

Calm down and have a beer. I'll join ya.

This is another case of the law of unintended consequences. And as such, is certain to have a brewers exemption. I'd have to imagine that the spent grains have to be about as good and risk free a foodstuff as you can get for animals.

Which is to say that it wasn't intended to screw up things for brewers, it was intended to keep melamine out of your dog or cat's food or baby's formula, Or spinal flud from animals infected with spongiform encephalopathy diseases out of your food or other animals food. That kind of stuff.

Hard to imagine people thinking it's government over reach to keep those things out of the food chain.

So this is just how the process works. Laws are proposed, and people review them. Then if there was a bad unintended consequence, exemptions are made.

As an example, Texting while driving laws are often proposed in various state legislatures. As initially written, they often end up including trained operators, such as police, railroad engineers, and Amateur radio operators. So every time that happens, during the comment period the affected groups suggest changes, which are always made.

Another beer?

2 days ago

Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

Ol Olsoc Re:Not so different (336 comments)

You mean like how the rest of the country elected George Bush twice?

Once. The first time, The Supreme court elected him 5-4.

3 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Ol Olsoc Re:first post :P (389 comments)

Feed me!

College Diet:

1.Ramen noodles

2.Natty Light

3 days ago


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