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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Pathetic (1088 comments)

^This.

Also, the sooner all police have cameras on them the better - for all concerned. Assuming Wilson is giving a completely accurate account, a video would make his life *massively* easier.

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:I just don't understand (1088 comments)

I'm not going to rant about how guilty Darren Wilson was. To tell the truth, I don't know if he was guilty. But I just don't understand how there wasn't enough evidence to at least take this to trial. There were multiple witnesses saying that Mike Brown had his hands up and was not attacking Darren Wilson when he was shot. This alone to me is enough to at least take it to trial and see all the evidence to try and figure out exactly what happened.

It's Incredibly Rare For A Grand Jury To Do What Ferguson's Just Did, as in it basically never happens. So how "lucky" is Darren Wilson?!

The National Bar association doesn't seem to impressed with the decision either!

Interesting reads here (How Darren Wilson avoided criminal charges for killing Michael Brown) and here (New photos of Darren Wilson released as 'secret' letter written by police officer is revealed).

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Moderate BS (1088 comments)

Oddly though, the Medical Examiner, who normally takes photos of the deceased, did not take photos of Brown. His/her reason? The battery was flat on his/her camera.

Sometimes these things happen, but it strikes me as a little strange that he/she didn't have a spare battery, spare camera, or even a camera phone... and presumably didn't ask if anyone else at the scene had one either. Thus leaving a _slight_ evidence gap... which someone far more suspicious than myself might suggest is the kind of gap you need if you want to [ahem] massage the facts after the event.

Someone did manage to find a working camera to get photos of Darren Wilson's injuries though. Wilson has said that he had been hit twice by Brown and was of the opinion that a third punch "could be fatal if he hit me right". IMHO his injuries don't look... well, they're practically invisible, let's be honest! That's not to say he wasn't in a compromised position and felt in fear of his life, but I'm not completely convinced he was in any danger of being punched to death.

Interestingly, immediately after the Browns death, a photo was circulating on the intertubes purporting to be of Wilson's injured face, apparently worded to discredit the idea that Brown was a "Gentle Giant". This picture has itself since been discredited... but I only just found out today, so I thought it was worth mentioning!

For what it's worth, I am really really not taking sides here. I'm perfectly happy to believe that Brown wasn't exactly a pillar of society... his apparent intimidation of a local shop owner and, I believe taking of goods without paying, immediately prior to his encounter with Wilson, do kind of suggest that. But I am very firmly of the opinion that officers of the law must be held to higher standards than the general public.

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:The "Protesters" (1088 comments)

You have a problem with people being allowed to protest?

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:The "Protesters" (1088 comments)

One question: Why can't the "majority" reign in the "minority" that are looting/etc? All it would take is the 'majority' of peaceful protestors to grab the looters (should be easy, remember, they vastly outnumber them, right?), and turn them over to the cops. (Or at the very least, rough them up and send them home.)

But this never happens. Just like the 'majority' of "good" cops never arrests the tiny, tiny minority of "Bad" cops. And the reason is simple: the "good" ones are really bad, too! They may not show it as... violently, but they are still on the same side as the 'bad' ones. There is no other excuse for not turning in the bad ones.

Complete and utter pure speculation on my part, but I'm guessing the looters are opportunistic criminals anyway, so they're good at spotting a chance to break in, steal, and get out quickly and whilst no one is really looking. And if you're a peaceful protester, you're not likely going to be looking for trouble, and likely you'll avoid that because you don't especially want to either be injured or arrested.

I did see one video clip of a bunch basically rioters... and it looked like probably 30 people, all with hoods up and faces covered, basically on a rampage. Probably a mix of looters and disenfranchised youth. They're moving quickly. Breaking what they can.

Despite my disgust, I know there's not a chance I'd be leaping in there to stop them, mostly because there's too many, all on a charge. They'd probably not even notice me... and they'd be gone in a minute, moving on to the next target.

3 days ago
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Apple To Donate Profit Portion From Black Friday For AIDS Fight

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:A good deed will never go unpunished (102 comments)

Would there be a similar /. backlash if, say, Ubuntu would do a similar effort this week?

[cynicism...en-gage] Canonical would probably invent a new disease rather than just use an existing one! ;)

4 days ago
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Customers Creating Fake Amazon Pages To Get Cheap Electronics At Walmart

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:wont last (284 comments)

Simply "save as" the HTML and then modify to your heart's desire.

You don't even need to work that hard - just press F12 and edit the live page and print! I can't believe how dumb Walmart are... or maybe I can.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Please put down your weapon. (140 comments)

Four... three... two... one... I am now authorized to use physical force!

More like:
K5: You have 20 seconds to comply.
K5: You have 19 seconds to comply.
K5: You have 1 hour 48 minutes and 34 seconds to comply.
K5: You have 4 minutes to comply.
K5: You have 29 days, 6 hours and 13 minutes to comply.

about a week ago
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Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

Zaiff Urgulbunger Last time I looked, Ubuntu does something similar (327 comments)

I've not checked if things have changed, but I seem to recall that Ubuntu only enable TRIM on known good drives. The reason being that there were a number of problematic drives that would result in data-loss if TRIM was used.

So.... maybe Apple are being cautious?

about two weeks ago
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Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Amazing (188 comments)

How did they know the harpoons would be able to remain lodged in the target?

Like moons are made from cheese, comets are made of whale-meat.

about two weeks ago
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Eben Upton Explains the Raspberry Pi Model A+'s Redesign

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Web server (107 comments)

I use mine primarily as a wireless router, but also as a Transmission bit-torrent client, and there's also Apache and NodeJS running albeit not dealing with much traffic. Oh, and it's doing DNS duties too. My record uptime is almost 200 days... I decided to power it down before going on holiday!

Funny the things you notice running slow though - for me, it's how slow PHP syntax highlighting is in Vim. JS is fine, but with PHP you really notice it lagging.

about two weeks ago
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CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Could have been worse (236 comments)

I know it's not really a fair comparison, but it is interesting that MS have now released a freemium tablet/touch version of Office for iOS and Android, but not for Windows 8. Obviously, it does make sense for MS to produce iOS and Android versions first since Win8 does already have the full desktop version, and there really aren't that many Win8 tablet users (relatively speaking)... but on the other hand, how much market share does Surface need? The Surface 3's are solid machines, but they're unlikely to win on price-point over Android or on desirability (at least to consumers) over iPads. So MS *really* needs businesses to buy in to Surface. If they don't... then that'll be that I guess?

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:I would never give Home Depot my address... (99 comments)

always use an address like yourid+companyname-year@example.com.

You don't think spammers can learn to strip out the characters between the + and the @ ? If I was a spammer, I'd do that automatically. Hell, I'd probably keep the original, but also create the stripped version, and then spam them both.

I have my own domain, and my personal email goes to a traditional firstname.lastname@domain.tld, but when I sign up for anything, I'd prefer to use a unique address, so I have a prefix for such things, let's call it "xyz" and then +supplier-name, so xyz+amazon@domain.tld. When I sign up for something, I add a white-list entry for that address. Anything not white-listed (e.g. xyz-foobar) goes straight to spam.

I *do* forget to add white-list entries sometimes, but that's fine because I do check and manually clear my spam. If anything is in spam, I know to be extra cautious.

Anyone removing the plus from one of my email addresses won't get anywhere because it won't be a valid address. Anyone replacing the bit after the plus with something random will end up in the spam bin, so I'll be more likely to spot.

The only snag is the bit after the plus does tend to be obvious, e.g. "amazon", so I prolly should use something a bit non-guessable. But in practise, spammers aren't being that clever so it's not been a problem for me.... thus far at least!

about three weeks ago
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Home Depot Says Hackers Grabbed 53 Million Email Addresses

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:I would never give Home Depot my address... (99 comments)

It's staggering just how many websites don't allow plus-addresses. In the UK alone, I have these on my plus-address shit-list:

  • carphonewarehouse.com
  • ebuyer.com
  • novatech.co.uk
  • whsmith.co.uk
  • racbenefits.co.uk
  • parking-quote.co.uk (APH Airport parking)

And a load of smaller sites that I can make exceptions for 'cos they're small businesses and all... but that said, their web-devs are still crap.

I keep meaning to build a plus-address name and shame website just to highlight the amount of derpy devs there are.

about three weeks ago
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LG's 0.7mm Smartphone Bezel Is World's Narrowest

Zaiff Urgulbunger Can only display peppers (63 comments)

It's limited to displaying peppers though. If you like viewing your peppers with hardly any bezel, then this is your lucky day!

about a month ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Think About the Children... (46 comments)

I can't help thinking, that just for the comedic value, it would be worth having a box full of AOL CD's just so you (and by you I mean *I*) could prank mail them to someone. Everyday. For a year! Oh the fun!!

about a month ago
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Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:If they put a stick on it (443 comments)

and launched it from a giant bottle, they wouldn't have this problem.

Ironically, if you look at the initial explosion and then follow on explosions, you can see quite clearly that the cargo being delivered was in fact fireworks!

about a month ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:Riight (226 comments)

Wasn't unity supposed to be really relevant and outlast other similar products?

The hilarious thing is that XFCE seems to have come on in leaps and bounds and is probably better than Gnome 2 was when Ubuntu used it, and than Unity is now! (IMHO that is)

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

Zaiff Urgulbunger Re:MS qubits (39 comments)

But Balmer is no longer in a superposition. Satya Nadella got that job!

about a month and a half ago
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Biofeedback Used To Make People Anxious

Zaiff Urgulbunger Sensors being added to devices (33 comments)

Makes me wonder if having all these heart rate monitors, and other sensors being added to consumer kit that is also connected to advertising networks is really such a good idea.

about 2 months ago

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Classic BBC sci-fi series Blake's 7 to return on Syfy channel

Zaiff Urgulbunger Zaiff Urgulbunger writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) writes "According to the BBC, "Cult classic sci-fi series Blake's 7 is to be remade for the Syfy network, it has been announced.

FremantleMedia International said 13 hour-long episodes will be written by Heroes writer Joe Pokaski."


Here's hoping the special effects budget will be higher than for the original series! Also, hoping that the Liberator is of similar design and includes Zen — the ships computer."
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Google introduces Chrome OS

Zaiff Urgulbunger Zaiff Urgulbunger writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Zaiff Urgulbunger (591514) writes "After years of speculation, Google has announced the Google Chrome OS which should be available mid-2010. Initially targeting netbooks, it's main unique selling points are speed, simplicity and security — which kind of implies that the current No.1 OS doesn't deliver in these areas!
The Chrome OS will run on both x86 and ARM architectures, uses a Linux kernel with a new windowing system. According to Google, "For application developers, the web is the platform. All web-based applications will automatically work and new applications can be written using your favorite web technologies. And of course, these apps will run not only on Google Chrome OS, but on any standards-based browser on Windows, Mac and Linux thereby giving developers the largest user base of any platform."
Google say that this new OS is separate from Android as the latter was designed for mobile phones and set-top boxes, whereas Chrome OS is designed "for people who spend most of their time on the web".
In other news, chair sellers in Redmond are expecting an increase in sales."

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