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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

RevGregory Inaccurate, Costly to Maintain... (694 comments)

Trenton council rejects expansion of 'ShotSpotter' gunshot detection system
“That body was shot there in the head and it stayed there for five hours with ShotSpotter being only a few blocks away. This product does not work, at least not for Trenton.”
http://www.nj.com/mercer/index...

Shotspotter gun sensor technology halted in Birmingham after failed trial
http://www.birminghammail.co.u...

Gunshot detection system in Delaware comes up blank
600 reports of shots fired, 175 actual shootings, shots detected only five or six times, a camera only turned toward the shooting once and it was unable to see anything due to foliage in the way.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/...

Broward sheriff dropping gunshot detection system
"the system was picking up noises such as firecrackers or a backfiring car and registering those sounds as gunfire. The sensors were also triggered by helicopters and the roar of downshifting trucks from nearby Interstate 95...the problems at BSO with the gunshot detection system mirror findings of a 2008 report...called the system useful but took issue with an apparent high rate of false calls."
http://articles.sun-sentinel.c...

about two weeks ago
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Nevada Earthquake Swarm Increases Chance of Larger Quake

RevGregory Re:hm... (65 comments)

One would think that the quakes would be on the faults where the fracking sites in Nevada are rather than a completely unrelated set of faults 400 miles away where they aren't.

about two weeks ago
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New Jersey Auto Dealers Don't Want to Face Tesla

RevGregory Re:Feds... (342 comments)

If you think commerce across state lines is required for the Interstate Commerce Clause to be invoked, you certainly haven't looked at the 1942 Wickard v. Filburn decision by the Supreme Court and similar rulings. Federal limits for production had been put in place to bolster wheat prices during the Great Depression and Farmer Filburn assumed that because he was growing the crops for use on his own farm, which did not have a state line running through it, he was not obligated to abide by interstate commerce controls. The Supreme Court ruled that his overproduction meant he was not buying wheat on the open market to feed his animals and since wheat was sold across state lines his lack of purchasing had an effect on interstate commerce. So, essentially, Filburn was fined for NOT engaging in interstate commerce...

about 8 months ago
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Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

RevGregory Re:Simply put... (310 comments)

I cranked the numbers for Australia about a year ago. My start point was 1995, before one of their big gun banning sprees. The latest figures that I could find were for 2007. All crime data came from an Australian government web site. I adjusted for population, but the population numbers came from Google. My "crime" figures includes: murder, robbery, assault, and sexual assault. I excluded tiny categories like kidnapping since the numbers were so small. Here is what I found..

In 1995 the murder rate was 17.7. The overall violent crime rate was 7223.5 (once again, per million).

In 2007, the murder rate was 13.3. The overall violent crime rate was 10126.1.

In 1995 the US murder rate was 8.2 with a violent crime rate of 6845, in 2007 it was 5.6 and 4718...all while firearms sales soared to all time highs and evil black rifles became the most popular gun sold.

about 9 months ago
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Read Better Books To Be a Better Person

RevGregory Re:Correlation (158 comments)

...or reverse causation. It wouldn't strike me as odd at all if people who have already developed the qualities espoused by a certain type of literature would enjoy reading that sort of literature. In fact, it makes a hell of a lot more sense than the reverse.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Unveils First New Company Logo In 25 Years

RevGregory Re:Simon says... (378 comments)

1980s? Heck...the logo Apple adopted in 1976 had two more colors than the new Microsoft logo!

more than 2 years ago
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RIM Manufacturing Partner Pulls the Plug On BlackBerry Phones

RevGregory Re:So what does this mean? (100 comments)

What manufacturer would intentionally stop building devices at contract volumes and rates?

A manufacturer that has determined that the volume of manufacturing being requested no longer justifies the base cost of tying up resources in light of opportunities to contract with other clients whose outlook isn't as bleak as RIM's currently is. Also, if they aren't one of the companies that RIM is contracting to produce their last gasp BB10 handsets or they lack confidence in BB10, they are MUCH better off repositioning themselves to work with other companies now rather than riding RIMs decline even farther. If they have ANY opportunity to enter into production for someone else right now I'd imagine they'd jump given RIMs positively slothful response to changes in a market they once dominated.

more than 2 years ago
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Facebook, Zuckerberg Sued Over IPO

RevGregory What? (445 comments)

The numbers that were available BEFORE the IPO made it look like a terrible investment. The market valuation being projected was WAY too high for even the unadjusted income figures...did these people learn nothing from the IPOs of the dotcom bubble? Apparently not.

more than 2 years ago
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Schematics and Circuit Simulation In the Browser

RevGregory Re:Not Safari? (93 comments)

Same combination here (10.6.8 and 5.1.2) and no problems at all.

more than 2 years ago
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Fake Raspberry Pi Shops Pop Up

RevGregory Re:What the hell... (119 comments)

I not only follow /., I follow a few other tech sites...and Raspberry Pi is one of the most OVER reported stories out there. I'd be extremely happy if I didn't see another mention of it until it's released since the scads of articles out each week simply remind me that I can't have one yet.

about 3 years ago
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StreetScooter: The $7000 Open-Source Modular Electric Vehicle

RevGregory Re:Well (151 comments)

Yes, I do. And it's still about triple what the market will be able to bare in 2013.

Really? Is that due to the end of the world as predicted by the Mayan calender or some other supernatural event? And what does it say about the $40,000 Chevy Volt? Although, I will agree that the Volt is easily priced at twice what the market would bear (not bare) to actually make it a consumer item (were it not for .gov agencies being forced to buy these things it would make the Edsel look like a genius move.) In reality, if you could get the same tax break individuals get for buying the craptastic $40,000 Chevy Volt you'd actually MAKE $500 for buying a StreetScooter. Thanks to the "Cash for Clunkers" debacle 10-year old used vehicles are now running around $5k-$6k making $7k for a NEW vehicle pretty attractive. Even if after bringing it up to US standards the price is in the $10k-$12k region, it still looks like a winner in a market where it's only competition would be the "Smart Car" which gets worse mileage than my brother's 15-year old Honda he paid $3.5k for 5 years ago.

about 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You View the Wall Street Protests?

RevGregory Re:The 1% are insulated (1799 comments)

...and thank you for pointing out why the protesters should be in front of the White House, the Capitol, and choking off K Street. The behavior of companies is not the pressing problem, it is the government reinforcing those behaviors and making them viable and repeatable that causes the serious harm.

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Quis Custodiet, ipsos custodes.

more than 3 years ago
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Micro-SD Card Slot Abused As VGA-Port

RevGregory Re:Great-grandson of "Cheap Video Cookbook" (77 comments)

Don Lancaster did a pretty good job explaining raster-scan-generated-by-cleverness-of-using-main-CPU in the Cheap Video Cookbook. Back in 1978.

So slashdot is about, oh, 33 years late :-).

"Don Lancaster"...wow! There's a name that brings back memories of delving into 6502 machine coding in my high school years...or are they nightmares?

more than 3 years ago
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Assault Weapons Ban

RevGregory Re:One, two, three, four, I declare a flame-war! (386 comments)

I'd be the third well armed moron on this thread...and a latecomer because I spent the weekend at a machinegun shoot. All I have to say to the "moron" who bought a bunch of guns right before the ban is that has he sold them earlier this year before it was clear that the ban was going to sunset they would have been an EXCELLENT investment...I made on average about $800-$1000 on each pre-ban weapon I had owned simply because they could be modified in ways that post-ban weapons couldn't. Call me a moron...but i made out better than all the "smart" people who spent the 90's buying tech stocks!

more than 10 years ago

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