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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

almitydave Re:"Accidentally" (202 comments)

Yeah, I did too :)

Slashdot cracks me up
"Beware the surveillance state!"
"Give all cops cameras!"

As for the poll topic, I voted "It's not needed" because it was the closest to "It's not always needed all the time". Specifically, it's generally only needed when officers are interacting with the public (which is a lot of the time, but not 100%). Supposedly the Ferguson police chief had ordered body cameras, but they hadn't been deployed yet (that article cites unnamed sources, so the info is questionable).

But there are many times when cameras can help, both in protecting citizens from abuse, and protecting cops from false claims of abuse, and this is more important in some areas than others.

12 hours ago

Russian Military Forces Have Now Invaded Ukraine

almitydave Re:WMDs! (691 comments)

Dammit, clicked the wrong mod. +1 Funny.


Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

almitydave Re:Just proves the point (1048 comments)

These comments reminded me of this story, where even sending exceptionally creepy stuff to the guy's house, and making specific threats against his family weren't actually indicative of genuine intent to do harm. This is what I think of when I see stuff like this. Not that there couldn't be some genuinely disturbed person who would cause harm; but I suspect that in all or nearly all cases of sick trolling like this, it's just "a game thing."


$75K Prosthetic Arm Is Bricked When Paired iPod Is Stolen

almitydave Re:Hmmm ... (194 comments)

Stop hitting yourself! Stop hitting yourself! Pay me $10,000 to stop hitting yourself.

2 days ago

Ask Slashdot: Where Can I Find Good Replacement Batteries?

almitydave Re:For 3rd party batteries, I've had good luck wit (131 comments)

I just checked, and the laptop battery I bought last December for our Toshiba is an Anker, with a higher mAh rating than the OEM battery. It's still working great with a decently long battery life, so consider that yet another recommendation. I didn't know anything about the brand at the time - I bought it because it offered longer life than OEM, and it was highly rated on Amazon.

As for cell phones, I bought a couple EC Technologies batteries for our Samsung cell phones one year ago that are still going strong. I get two full days of life from a charge with moderate usage on my Exhibit 4G.

3 days ago

South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"

almitydave Re:Mandatory panic! (420 comments)

wouldnt you escalate things if you were being accused of something ridiculous?

I'm imagining a scene where a typical 16-year old boy, having written an obviously nonsensical, nonthreatening comment, is corralled in the principal's office. There are a couple of stern, serious police officers staring him straight in the face, asking in all seriousness about shooting his neighbor's dinosaur. How could he possibly react EXCEPT for an irate "are you f-ing kidding me?!?" I'm not sure that I, with 20 years of life experience on this kid, could react very differently.

Do it - imaging yourself, sitting in a chair surrounded by a bunch of stern authority figures, some in uniform, asking you: "why did you want to shoot your neighbor's dinosaur?"

Sure, maybe he was unruly towards the officers, which is never a good strategy, but some people are provoked to anger by (accurately) perceived lunacy on the part of people who should know better, which would include teachers, principals, and officers of the law.

Of course, I wasn't there - perhaps he actually did something criminal, but I haven't seen it mentioned yet.

3 days ago

It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

almitydave Crosswalk hacks (144 comments)

Reminds me of the time when that list of crosswalk-button hacks was published - it created quite a stir.

about a week ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

almitydave Re:$230 (609 comments)

Regular expressions make everything slightly better :
Now works even if v is not the first argument, and add a pointless & at the end of the url if it is.

FWIW, I originally had a regular expression to try to extract the video id parameter (something like v=([\w\d-]{11})), but it didn't properly preserve other parameters. Yours is better! I was going to say you needed to change the first & to a ?, but apparently youtube doesn't care. Also the last ampersand doesn't matter, but in case someone is as needlessly pedantic as I am, here's the version that makes them all pretty, which passed all my test cases:


The way these can all fail is if youtube introduces a different URL parameter that ends in the letter "v".

about a week ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

almitydave Re:$230 (609 comments)

In Linux, I have this problem. The performance of Flash is fine. More generally, the toolbar bookmark allows the video to be sized arbitrarily based on the browser. This is nice in Chrome, which has a minimal GUI, and allows a really flexible video window.

about a week ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

almitydave Re:$230 (609 comments)

Assuming how many ads per page? One? If most pages have more than one, that 200 could come down to a more reasonable number. I'd think less than 50/day is achievable for the average internet surfer.

about a week ago

Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

almitydave Re:$230 (609 comments)

Totally with you. FWIW, YouTube offered to let me "monetize" my videos - I assume by showing annoying ads - but I've declined because I hate YouTube ads so much, and also because it'd probably net me a whopping $0.05/year.

Anyway, I created a toolbar bookmark in all my browsers with the following in the URL field:
If you click it while watching a video on YouTube, it causes the video to fill your browser window (for better resizing control, also to get [nearly] full-screen Flash in Linux), but also has the unintended but welcome side effect that it skips the preroll adds. Obviously this won't work if the "v" parameter in the URL doesn't come first, but that's rare enough that doing it by hand isn't a nuisance.

about a week ago

The 2014 Hugo Awards

almitydave Re:It's not an attempt to "game the system"... (180 comments)

You're giving me a conspiracy theory with a fuckton of assumptions and unsupported allegations.

That's redundant. Like Mel said, if you can prove it, it wouldn't be a good conspiracy now, would it?

about a week ago

How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

almitydave Re:10+ Easily (259 comments)

1 "Smart" TV (not too smart IMHO)

I've got a "smart" tv too, but it's not smart enough to count to 10 without skipping numbers. Volume control is hdmi-cec to a reciever, start from zero going up 1 increment at a time it's like 1,2,4,5,6,8,10 but the receiver can keep track of #'s...Goes like that all the way up.. by the time the receiver is at 30ish, the tv thinks it's at 50 something...

Looks like your TV uses Imperial volume, like your receiver, but is displaying metric units.

about a week ago

Wheel Damage Adding Up Quickly For Mars Rover Curiosity

almitydave Re:Duration??? (162 comments)

For a three month mission, this rover is performing fantastically beyond expectations.

Save it, nobody's buying it. Spirit and Opportunity set a higher bar than that.

Hey, Spirit and Opportunity went beyond expectations... way better than Hope and Change, that failed almost instantly.

Well, the leading alternative was Smith and Wesson, but voters weren't quite ready to pull that trigger.

about a week ago

Comcast Training Materials Leaked

almitydave Re:Is there an counter to this? (249 comments)

I didn't see anyone else post this info, but in the doc displayed in TFA, right there on page 11 of the S4 Quality Program manual under the section titled "Transition to Offer is not Applicable in the Following Scenarios" is the bullet point:
-Customer volunteers a "Do not sell to me" statement

So there're your magic words. Just finish your initial statement with "...and don't sell to me."

about a week ago

I'd most like to (personally) explore:

almitydave Re:Jungles, but I'm too scared (246 comments)

I like to interpret YOLO the other way. You should be really careful, because you only live once!

That was SNL's take, too: YOLO. (If you can't see it, it's a music video advising extreme caution and paranoia because, well, you only live once)

about two weeks ago

T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

almitydave Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

I could see it working out for some people - I get around 5 Mbps at home over 4G, and if my typical home data usage per month were low enough that the corresponding mobile data plan cost less than wired home internet, it could very well be cheaper. I imagine this would be true for many people who use the web lightly, and don't stream much video.

Comcast cable internet here is >$60/mo, and equivalent DSL is near that (although slower plans are much less), and T-Mobile's data plans range from $10 for 2GB (what I have) to $60 for 13GB of LTE data (after your data cap the speed is throttled, but you still get data). It wouldn't work for me, but for someone who used the internet mostly for surfing, facebook, etc., but not much video; it could pay off.

about two weeks ago

T-Mobile To Throttle Customers Who Use Unlimited LTE Data For Torrents/P2P

almitydave Re:This is going to end so well for them! (147 comments)

When I first got my smartphone, the T-Mobile salesman in the T-Mobile store said she used her T-Mobile phone as a hotspot for all her home internet access. Is this no longer allowed, or are you exempt if you pay the sucker tax for Wi-Fi tethering? (I say sucker tax because you can do it for free if you root your phone, and there's no technical reason they should care).

about two weeks ago


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