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Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Spamalope Re:Fire all the officers? (515 comments)

There should be an elevation of discipline that should start with a written warning and ending with suspension

This animal farm 'some animals are more equal' 'police union approved' punishment that we've actually been doing needs to stop. Any normal person caught on camera illegally committing assault, battery, and theft while armed does not get a strongly written letter as a reprimand. Police officers are citizens a need to be treated no better or worse than anyone else.

If you feel that a video record of your actions will be so damning that you consider an armed attack on anyone you spot with a camera is the best option really gives us an idea how you act the rest of the time, doesn't it?

about a week ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

Spamalope Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (525 comments)

As I found out when I bought a sports car, when you're driving exactly the speed limit they can pull you over for a 12mph over the limit ticket. (and that's why I have a dashcam that overlays GPS data now!)

about three weeks ago
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Major Performance Improvement Discovered For Intel's GPU Linux Driver

Spamalope Re:I liked the original headline better (96 comments)

"How A Mom Found A Secret Bit That Improves Her Video Driver Performance By Twenty Percent! Intel Hates Her!"

Using one weird trick? I'll never believe what happened next!

about a month and a half ago
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Bounties vs. Extreme Internet Harassment

Spamalope Re:Getting trolled (716 comments)

The troll could have nothing to do with the "gamer community." Just write one nasty tweet and watch the neckbeards and SJWs scream at each other. Much lulz.

It'd be even better if the troll was a fake twitter 'follower' bot herder. Troll from a fake account with tens of thousands of followers and declare that you're a serious commentator because of your audience, then use other parts of the bot net to either agree, disagree or both to fan the flames.

about a month and a half ago
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Australian Courts Will Be Able To See Your Browsing History

Spamalope Re:makes no sense (182 comments)

The thing is, the Australian court doesn't give a fat rats clacker about your personal perversions in a divorce proceeding. They only care about your financial situation.

Perfect. There's no way the soon to be ex will visit off shore banking and brokerage websites from your PC for 6 months while planning to divorce you, then claim you've hid money in court to get their half and yours. Nope, that'd never happen again.

They certainly wouldn't try to frame you for child porn to make the custody battle a slam dunk either. Everyone is always reasonable in a divorce. It's a bit like giving government bureaucrats unlimited spying powers. It's just never abused and always ends well. Just ask them.

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

Spamalope Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

I wouldn't be at all surprised. They'll find none. Don't assume everyone is like you.

I see you have hundreds of communications regarding Viagra in your email. That's inconsistent with personal use. Have you been illegally distributing prescription medication, or only conspiring to distribute it?

about a month and a half ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

Spamalope Re:don't use biometrics (328 comments)

build in safeguards against stupid judges, law enforcement officers, DAs, etc. And when I say "safeguards" I mean literal criminal penalties for this sort of stuff.

Penalties that judges would have to enforce? Let me know how that works out for you!

The blue wall of silence has nothing on lawyers protecting each other from misconduct charges, especially lawyers who are judges or prosecutors. (i.e. those who most need meaningful oversight)

about a month and a half ago
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Navy Tests Unpowered Exoskeleton

Spamalope Re:how does this work at all? (79 comments)

The attachment to the tool seems to be based on a 'steady cam', so search for that on youtube and you'll see the counter spring system in action. It has to be adjusted for the weight and balance of the tool in use. It isn't for picking just anything up, it's meant to ease the burden of using specific known in advance heavy tools and looks like it could well help. If it helps enough to be worth the setup and expense then it's worth it, and if they've got the weight transfer to the ground working they've probably crossed that hurdle.

about 2 months ago
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The Greatest Keyboard Ever Made

Spamalope Re:Wait a minute... (304 comments)

Spray Krud cutter onto a paper towel, then wipe. If it's really dirty, unplug it; spray onto the keyboard; scrub with a brush and then wipe it down. I've got about a dozen Ms at work I keep for the touch typists, and it only takes a few moments to make them look new.

About every 5-10 years use a dry brush to get the dust bunnies out. You may need to pull the plastic cover off the keyboard, but usually the key tops can stay on.

about 2 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

Spamalope Re:Oh good (907 comments)

The only downside to that is that it actually hurts your credit score to not have a car loan. Yes, it makes no fucking sense, but that's how credit works.

Mind explaining how that is remotely possible? Payinig in cash is anonymous... how would the credit company know whose credit score to ding?

You FICO score may be lower if you don't have a history of pay money to banks.

I pay cash for everything, and found that when I wanted to finance a portion of an older yacht I just had to find a lender who did a manual credit review instead of blindly using a FICO score. I've found lenders who only use FICO have terrible customer service in any case.

When I bought my house, I had no credit cards and only the paid off boat in my credit history. I had no problems getting a loan. None. I'd saved for a down payment, was buying within my means and had a stable work history. i.e. I looked like someone who could pay back the loan I was asking for. That's all you need.

Also - go to a credit union. JSC here in Houston is wonderful if you're in the area. You don't have to work at Nasa.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Spamalope Re:4 digits = impossible? (504 comments)

If 0000 is good enough for ICBM launch codes it's secure enough for me.

about 3 months ago
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Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

Spamalope Re:So then they get another warrant ... (504 comments)

But I think this password intercept is how the feds would get access if they're monitoring you specifically.

This is to shut out low level snoops, so that over time the targets of the big players become careless with their data again. The powerful players have any number of methods to compromise a user device that accepts software updates...

about 3 months ago
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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

Spamalope Criminal's phones (64 comments)

This just in: If you track the location of criminal's cell phones you can predict areas at higher risk for crime.

about 3 months ago
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iOS 8 Review

Spamalope Re:Nerd fight (216 comments)

It would sure be nice if this thread didn't devolve into an Android/Apple pissing contest. Can we at least give it a shot?

Ok, I'll try. Ars Technica for the article? After the gamergate SJW coverage there, I figured Conde Nast merged it with Jezebel. If the old Ars covered something Apple it would have been the tech in a new arm chip, display tech or the like. You know, news for nerds - where the 'technica' came from in the name. Now it's techinca the way MTV is music videos.

about 3 months ago
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How Patent Trolls Destroy Innovation

Spamalope Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (97 comments)

If it costs $1.95 billion to research a health problem; try possible directions to address the issue; find promising possibilities; run animal trials that have problems; modify the approach; new trials until; repeat until you have something good enough for limited human trials where some fail and the entire effort is for naught; broad human trials for the few that work; and plan for long term monitoring to identify problems that take years to show the company doing that work needs to recoup the investment or they'll go under. The commercial successes have to pay for all every failure and then some.

The next $0.05 billion that goes to testing and verifying that the manufacturing process is safe, effective and has good dosing regularity is the least part of the expense. You're proposing to let a second company who knows the answers duplicate only the last small bit of expense. Even including human trials the second company would have at least a 90% cost advantage they'd use to undercut the inventor.

Hell, this is the US. The CEO of the first company would form his own start-up, PillagerCo and feed it the winners with insider info to make sure his personal company most successfully raids the company he's CEO of. He wouldn't need to launder that behavior through an intermediary or two as they do now.

about 4 months ago
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Machine Vision Reveals Previously Unknown Influences Between Great Artists

Spamalope Re:Similarities seem kind of tenuous (74 comments)

Exactly. If you analyze enough art done by artists who understood composition and the rhythms color, form, space and lighting should take for a pleasing effect you'll see those things repeated. It's not too surprising that two 100 year old inside scenes would both include a doorway, chair, stairs, stove - any common interior furnishings - or that they'd be arranged for the best compositional effect.

Show me how Bazille's paintings recognizably show their his work, then demonstrate Rockwell including those elements into his work and you've got something. Rockwells visual story telling is a telling part of his style, for example.

about 4 months ago
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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

Spamalope Re:Why (203 comments)

There's just no reason to handcuff him and make him dictate something that you're typing. Why not cut out the middleman?

So it's in his own words, phrased the way he would. If he's a bit crazy, then they wouldn't get that right themselves.

about 6 months ago
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Lyme Bacterium's Possible Ancestor Found In Ancient Tick

Spamalope Re:No, you don't have "chronic Lyme disease" (30 comments)

It is a fact that a significant amount of people chronically suffer from symptoms that are perfectly in line with the symptoms of Lyme, after having definitely had Lyme. So, that is 'a thing'. Whether the cause is indeed recurring Lyme, a yeast infection or damage to the body doesn't really matter all that much to those with the symptoms. Being dismissed as 'kooky' or being told to 'get over it' by assholes as yourself does matter.

Lymes triggers a body-wide continuous red-line overload of the immune system. That's the source of the majority of the horrible symptoms. Adrenalin 24/7 and an immune system on such a hair trigger that it attacks *you* at the least excuse - or without one.

Anything that provokes the bone marrow mast cells can cause that to happen. Chronic infections (lymes), damage to the immune system, genetic defects, and some cancers can (one very rare leukemia is know for it).

So the classic 'lymes' symptoms aren't specific to lymes at all. And that symptom set is 'whatever your immune system is attacking today' so it's everywhere and nowhere, but a least part of the time presents as clearly auto-immune damage or as adrenal fatigue. Our current medical system does a terrible job for these kinds of problems. I know a doctor with those symptoms who was getting a 'there is nothing wrong with you, you just have bad allergies' run-around. It took her 10 years (!!!) to get a correct diagnosis because even as a doctor she couldn't get taken seriously. (The rare leukemia was her problem)


So the symptoms are real, but most are down stream results of breaking the volume knob on an auto-immune system feedback loop. Treatment requires finding the individual cause for each patient.

about 6 months ago
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EFF Tells Court That the NSA Knowingly and Illegally Destroyed Evidence

Spamalope Re:So... to summarise: (269 comments)

The destruction of that data is required by law.*

*only when it conveniently helps the government.

Report any data harmful to the NSA as having been destroyed by an automated process per policy. No person is took any objectionable action, and 'policy' is responsible.

Actual destruction of data is optional. Archive it on another classified system and nobody else can reach it.

about 6 months ago
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US Secret Service Wants To Identify Snark

Spamalope Re:What? (213 comments)

Or, why not just allow free speech? Why do we have to identify sarcasm? Maybe part of the expression of the message is its ambiguity.

Automated propaganda. Sheep herding shouldn't have to be work.

about 7 months ago

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