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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

fahrbot-bot Re:yet if we did it (334 comments)

Or bleeding on the officer.

You jest, but... From: Sept 2009 in Ferguson, Mo: Ferguson Police Beat Up Wrong Suspect Then Charged Him For Getting Blood On Uniforms In 2009

...police officers allegedly slammed his head against the wall, hit him and kicking him in the head, .... Davis was eventually taken to the emergency room.

He was charged with property damage, ... with the charging documents stating that Davis "did transfer blood to the uniform."

The local prosecutor later dropped the property damage charges, ... because of conflicting reports from the officers involved.

5 hours ago
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Deputy Who Fatally Struck Cyclist While Answering Email Will Face No Charges

fahrbot-bot Re:yet if we did it (334 comments)

No, actually, willingness to believe tends to have very little to do with facts.

You've been watching CSPAN, I see.

5 hours ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

fahrbot-bot Re:Here they come... (218 comments)

To be fair, there's the good Cloud and the bad Cloud.

... and the ugly Cloud. (Worst of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti westerns.)

5 hours ago
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Reported iCloud Hack Leaks Hundreds of Private Celebrity Photos

fahrbot-bot Re:Where are these photos? (218 comments)

Where are these photos you speak of?

I guess the internets are dead.

Ya. "Pics or it didn't happen."

6 hours ago
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Google Introduces HTML 5.1 Tag To Chrome

fahrbot-bot In addition ... (87 comments)

... the use of the new "picture" tag which is a container for multiple image sizes/formats ...

... I hear each one can take the place of a 1000 words.

2 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

fahrbot-bot Re:What's so American (525 comments)

What is this Cold War obsession with misrepresenting Marxism in as many ways as possible just to make it seem ridiculous (or evil)?

Okay. Not trolling, just stating a (possibly, to some) undesirable opinion...

The Koch brothers are old and are pandering to the demographic of old people who watch Fox News - who still vote - like (sigh) my mother (don't get me started). I wager that most youngsters forgot about Marxism five minutes after their high-school social studies final exam. The whole Communism / Socialism / Marxism is "evil" is nothing but cold-war propaganda used by people like the Koch brothers, Dick Cheney, etc... to try and scare / control the (older) unwashed masses - who might have actually been adults throughout the cold-war.

about a week ago
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California Passes Law Mandating Smartphone Kill Switch

fahrbot-bot Re:The worrisome part (233 comments)

Oh no, they might killswitch a phone thought to be a bomb trigger.

Pretty sure bombers typically don't advertise the phone number of the trigger device. I'm more worried about the case where Siri gains sentience and decides to kill all humans. Then I might be in "“immediate danger of death or great bodily injury" from a cell phone.

about a week ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

fahrbot-bot Re:Which means... (251 comments)

It will still be god awful for anyone with a keyboard/mouse, on a desktop PC, sitting further than 30cm from their screen.

Don't be silly. Every new OS install will come with a WiFi tablet for all your desktop I/O needs via a RDP connection. No more gorilla arm as the tablet will be in your lap and you can sit where ever you like.

about a week ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

fahrbot-bot Great, but... (77 comments)

... I need a new piano.

about a week ago
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13-Year-Old Finds Fungus Deadly To AIDS Patients Growing On Trees

fahrbot-bot Re:It's a right-wing government conspiracy! (134 comments)

Damnit - I forgot the part where we nuke the whales.

Better to it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

about a week ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

fahrbot-bot Re: The world we live in. (585 comments)

I'm willing to bet strait alcohol is the most common one.

Which reminds me...

"They're trying to put warning labels on liquor saying, 'Caution, alcohol can be dangerous to pregnant women.' That's ironic. If it weren't for alcohol, most women wouldn't even be that way" - Rita Rudner

about a week ago
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Major Delays, Revamped Beta For Credit-Card Consolidating Gadget Coin

fahrbot-bot Re:Won't work with new chips (78 comments)

Given that the newest credit/debit card I have doesn't expire until 2017, and none of mine have chips, it would seem to me that registers will still need to be accepting cards like mine for at least another 3-4 years...

Of course, your Bank (whoever) could send you new Chip and Pin cards before your old ones expire.

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

fahrbot-bot Re:$230 (610 comments)

you do not need flashblock. just tell noscript to block flash on trusted pages as well and you have flashblock like placeholders.

Although, using both allows me to white list or temp allow a site and still have the Flash blocked, until I specifically select it. Sure it's then two clicks to see it, but many times I want to see the other content on the page and not the Flash.

about two weeks ago
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Google's Driverless Cars Capable of Exceeding Speed Limit

fahrbot-bot Re:A limit is a limit (475 comments)

It's just such a shame that some people on the road believe they are in a perpetual state of potentially being run over by a semi.

Similar logic of some carrying guns everywhere. [Not trying to start an argument, just sayin' ...]

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Re:Duh. (235 comments)

No it doesn't, and I'm sure when you think you're doing that, people find you utterly obnoxious and just want to strangle you.

Sorry. I wasn't aware that you knew everything about everyone.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Re:Duh. (235 comments)

(a) I have my own office. (b) I'm a senior engineer and spend much of my time mentoring junior people and helping other senior people. I believe in good knowledge transfer so in case I get "hit by a bus" other people aren't fucked.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Re:Duh. (235 comments)

I can see that as being useful. On the other hand, a voice conversation allows me to talk and work on the actual task at the same time, instead of switching between the task and typing in IM.

wow, quality. I can't wait to have conversations with you.

I don't know if you were being snarky, but the parent post mentioned using IM to collaborate on a task with someone remote and my response was intended as a comment that I'd rather talk to that person while working together on the task than use IM. That way, I can use my ears, voice and keyboard together on the actual task rather than having to spend time typing into the IM client. I did not mean to imply that I wouldn't be paying attention to the caller.

I once spent 6 hours on a conference call with two remote team members working to solve a time-critical software issue for a delivery. Using IM would have been cumber/tiresome and would have probably been much less efficient than voice.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Re:Duh. (235 comments)

i mostly agree sometimes IM is still useful in the work place but i don't just sit there monitoring it i use it when i need to work on something with someone not right next to me for more than just 5-10 minutes

I can see that as being useful. On the other hand, a voice conversation allows me to talk and work on the actual task at the same time, instead of switching between the task and typing in IM.

about two weeks ago
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Email Is Not Going Anywhere

fahrbot-bot Duh. (235 comments)

Email Is Not Going Anywhere

Duh. Instant messaging and email often serve different purposes and priorities. For example, at work, I don't use IM because *my* time is more important than your time. Email allows me to respond according to my schedule. Call me if something's really important.

about two weeks ago

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Sound Waves as Effective as Brain Surgery at Treating Essential Tremor

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about a year ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Scalpel-free surgery using focused sound waves appears to be as effective in treating essential tremor as traditional surgery that requires drilling into the skull, a groundbreaking clinical trial at the University of Virginia Health System has found.

All 15 participants in U.Va.'s trial saw a substantial reduction in their involuntary shaking after undergoing the experimental focused ultrasound procedure. The rate of side effects was similar to that of traditional brain surgery. The patients were able to leave the hospital the next day."

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Saudi Royal Backs Imam and Fox News

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "In an awkward moment on Fox News this week, a pundit suggested that a member of the Saudi royal family who has supported the bridge-building work of the imam behind a planned Muslim community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan “funds radical madrasas all over the world.” The awkwardness came from the fact — unmentioned by anyone on the Fox set — that the same Saudi, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, also happens to be the second-largest shareholder in News Corp., the parent company of the Fox News Channel."
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Computer Engineer Barbie coming soon...

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register is reporting, well, the title says it all... From the article and Mattel website:

To ensure the doll accurately reflects this occupation, Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer. Looking geek chic, Computer Engineer Barbie® wears a t-shirt featuring binary code and computer/keyboard icon along with a pair of black knit skinny pants. Computer Engineer carries a Barbie® smart phone, fashionable laptop case, flat watch and Bluetooth earpiece. With stylish pink-frame glasses and a shiny laptop, she is ready to conquer the day’s tasks on the go or from her desk."

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Couple stranded 3 days after GPS leads them astray

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "A couple's SUV gets stranded in deep snow for three days on a remote Forest Service Road after they blindly followed the directions from their GPS-enabled cell — don't worry, they got rescued using the very same phone. Now, I don't have any GPS devices — I use printed maps (ask your parents) — and am curious about the circumstances. Have or would you blindly follow your GPS unit — anywhere?"
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Jet-fighter raygun soon, sharks next.

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 4 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Register reports: HELL-beam project now one step from jet-fighter raygun, DARPA fridge laser. Advantage: Shark. From TFA: The US military will shortly issue a brace of contracts for "refrigerator sized" laser blaster cannons. One of the deals will see a full-power ground prototype built which will be the final stage prior to America's first raygun-equipped jet fighter.

If it scales down far enough, this would seem to put handheld HELL-guns within an order of magnitude of the striking power offered by conventional small-arms. A 9mm pistol bullet has about 750 joules muzzle energy: a 5kg portable HELL-ray weapon would put out this much energy in a blast less than a second long.

A dolphin can carry a human being weighing up to 100kg along for a ride. A thoroughbred shark in good training can surely match this. Thus, we seem to be looking at practicable head-lazor output in the 20-kilowatt range..."

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Vatican Endorses Darwin, but not ID

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Times Online (and others) are reporting that:

The Vatican has admitted that Charles Darwin was on the right track when he claimed that Man descended from apes.

A leading official declared yesterday that Darwin's theory of evolution was compatible with Christian faith, and could even be traced to St Augustine and St Thomas Aquinas. "In fact, what we mean by evolution is the world as created by God," said Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, head of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

The Vatican also dealt the final blow to speculation that Pope Benedict XVI might be prepared to endorse the theory of Intelligent Design, whose advocates credit a "higher power" for the complexities of life."

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Palin: Africa is a continent?

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "The Guardian, and others, are reporting the following Newsweek story: Palin Didn't Know Africa Is A Continent

Fox News, a channel that had been generally flattering in its coverage of the "Palin phenomenon", reported that aides were astonished when they learned she was unaware that Africa was not a country but a whole continent. She was also said to be unable to name the countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the US, Mexico and Canada. ...

The most colourful new information concerned Palin's spending spree on the campaign trail. Newsweek reported that she ended up spending far more than the $150,000 (£93,000) that was already known about, with up to $40,000 being lavished on her husband, Todd.

A wealthy donor who had offered to pay was shocked, Newsweek said, when he got the bill from the high-end retailers Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. One McCain aide characterised the episode to the magazine as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast".

Google +Palin +Africa +"Fox News" for many, many links..."
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Court: US can block mad cow testing

fahrbot-bot fahrbot-bot writes  |  about 6 years ago

fahrbot-bot (874524) writes "Apparently the USDA is keen on protecting the profit margins of the Beef Industry.

The Bush administration can prohibit meat packers from testing their animals for mad cow disease, a federal appeals court said Friday. ... Larger meat packers opposed such testing. If Creekstone Farms Premium Beef began advertising that its cows have all been tested, other companies fear they too will have to conduct the expensive tests.

(A slightly longer article can be found on Reuters: Court bars meatpacker tests for mad cow.)

While extra testing may be unnecessary, if Creekstone believes they can perform these extra tests, assume the increased liability for any testing failures and succeed in the market place, then why should the Government interfere? I thought the "Free Market" was suppose to sort these things out. In addition, perhaps the market pressures of increased testing will drive the development of less expensive and more reliable testing, and 100% testing may provide assurances to foreign markets wishing to import U.S. beef. Then again, perhaps the Government doesn't actually want to test more than the current 1% of all cows..."

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