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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

gatfirls Re:Moderate BS (1085 comments)

"Wilson: Um, they had been walking in the middle. I remember seeing two cars I believe go around them and they moved. I pulled up to them, stopped with them about at my hood as they kept walking towards me. I told them, “Hey guys, why don’t you walk on the sidewalk.” The first one said, um, “We’re almost to our destination,” and pointed this direction. So, I guess that’s northeast.

Detective: Okay.
Wilson: Um
Detective: So, you’re pointed into the complex there?
Wilson: Yes.
Detective: Okay.
Wilson: I said, “Okay, but what’s wrong with the sidewalk?” And then that was as they were passing my window the second subject said, “Fuck what you have to say.”

Detective: Okay.

Wilson: And, then after that I put the vehicle in reverse, backed up about ten feet to them, ah, attempted to open my door. Prior to backing up I did call out on the radio. I said, “Frank 21, out with two, send me another car.” Um"

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Only later did he try to make the association to the cigars. He initially says the reason he went back is because of what they said, not because he ID's them as suspects.

As to grand juries *routinely* opting to not indict:

"According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them."

I wouldn't classify %0.0006% a routine.

Not saying that he should have been indicted or if he should have even been sent to the GJ. Just that the prosecutor clearly did not want to go to trial with this case. He presented evidence that a defense attorney would salivate over, and a lot of it. That's not what prosecutors do.

As for his motivations for not wanting to go to trial, we can only guess but having people who rely on police officers all day every day and work with them closely be in charge of building a criminal case is probably not a good idea.

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

gatfirls Re:Moderate BS (1085 comments)

Wrong, in his statement he went back because they talked smack as he drove away. He only mentions the cigarillos in passing later. Might want to ease up on calling people liars when you don't have your facts straight.

https://www.documentcloud.org/... (page 4)

As to the GJ *routinely* not handing down indictments:

"According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. attorneys prosecuted 162,000 federal cases in 2010, the most recent year for which we have data. Grand juries declined to return an indictment in 11 of them."

Simply put by an ex-prosecutor: "The only reason a prosecutor will not get an indictment is becasue they don't want one."

I'm not saying there should have been a GJ hearing at all or if Wilson is guilty. Just that this prosecutor did not want an indictment. He produced evidence of an eyewitness who completely lied and recanted and a lot of other evidence that the defense in a criminal trial would produce.

2 days ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

gatfirls Completely agree (301 comments)

There needs to be an office with access that reviews requests for their validity and type that is completely unrelated to the entire legal system.

To much FOIA information is used solely for the purpose of entertainment at the expense of *suspects*.

Merely being accused of a crime regardless of the merits is pretty much a life sentence when your mugshot is plastered on 500 websites and magazines. It's definitely something that needs to be dealt with in a very careful way. Allowing the PDs discretion is the worst case scenario.

about two weeks ago
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Zuckerberg: Most of Facebook Will Be Video Within Five Years

gatfirls *active users* (206 comments)

And usage per active user. It's declining and has been for a while.

No it's not going anywhere anytime soon but younger users are the life blood of these sites and they've been peeling off for a while.

about three weeks ago
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Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

gatfirls Impressive? (110 comments)

Isn't this just taking two existing technologies and bolting them together? Asking seriously because that's what it seems like to my know-nothing self.

Find the place that's fired when the left finger is pressed and then via the internet tell the TMS to fire on the region in that person that will cause the finger to flex.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

gatfirls Uhhhh (588 comments)

That's not the way I have ever seen it work. Usually as part of the hiring/on-boarding process they will instruct you to go (usually immediately) and get a test. I have never heard of them waiting 30 days from any point to test you. The whole point is the element of surprise from what I have seen.

I actually know someone who had a job offer rescinded because they misunderstood and waited a couple days before going to take the test.

Drug testing is another one of those things that has been perverted by lawyers and insurance companies. Most employers could care less what you do in your off time.

about three weeks ago
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Pirate Bay Founder Gottfrid Warg Faces Danish Jail Time

gatfirls "not me" did it! (89 comments)

Really dude? Why not at least say you had a virus/botnet on your machine. At least that gives a reasonable doubt.

about a month ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

gatfirls Walmart. (631 comments)

This should be dead in the water but walmart customers have proven they do not care about anything more than saving a buck. If they incentivize its use, because they are saving so much from credit/debit transaction fees, I could see it taking off there. Just a fraction of their customers using it would give it mainstream status and other stores will start doing the same to compete.

Yes people educated about the flaws in the payment method see it as a terrible idea and not use it. People who will abandon their local stores, who offer their employees (neighbors) a livable wage, and drive 10 miles to a circus of terrible people, underpaid employees, and terrible customer service to save 5-10% have already sold their soul so this is just another benefit from the walmart to them.

I wouldn't care but I hate to see good ideas get shelved for bad ideas. Whoever can get the biggest userbase first is going to win ultimately and I can see walmart doing that easily.

about a month ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

gatfirls Disregard (323 comments)

In the link it says they only deleted it after they filed the lawsuit.

about a month ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

gatfirls Re:Why is the school involved? (323 comments)

Was any of this done on school grounds or using school equipment? From what I read it was all done at their homes.

The school has absolutely no business mediating online shenanigans, or really anything at all that happens off school grounds that don't directly affect the school. That's a massive slippery slope and them compelling him to make a statement is now a legal problem for him and his parents.

We have courts and police for this stuff. Schools need to be focused on what happens on school grounds.

about a month ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

gatfirls Re:I don't get it. (323 comments)

It doesn't say when they did, just that they did and that it was taken down.

" It wasn’t deleted until Facebook deactivated the account at the urging of the girl’s parents, "

I have a feeling the parents are rich lawyer types.

about a month and a half ago
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Court Rules Parents May Be Liable For What Their Kids Post On Facebook

gatfirls Why is the school involved? (323 comments)

That is all.

about a month and a half ago
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Internet Companies Want Wireless Net Neutrality Too

gatfirls Fundamentally different. (38 comments)

"fiercely competitive,"....aww.

"Give us monopolies and then you can regulate us. Deal?"

about a month and a half ago
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Amazon Robot Picking Challenge 2015

gatfirls Billions (106 comments)

Easily.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Takes the Fight With Oracle To the Supreme Court

gatfirls Feel sorry for the lawyers on both sides (146 comments)

They will have to use sock puppets and crayons to argue this case with these judges.

about a month and a half ago
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No Nobel For Nick Holonyak Jr, Father of the LED

gatfirls Waaaaaaahhhhhh (276 comments)

National Academy of Engineering (1973)
National Academy of Sciences,
IEEE Edison Medal (1989)
National Medal of Science (1990)
National Medal of Technology (2002)
IEEE Medal of Honor (2003)
Lemelson-MIT Prize (2004)
National Inventors Hall of Fame (2008)

No one cares about my contributions! :(

about a month and a half ago
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Could Maroney Be Prosecuted For Her Own Hacked Pictures?

gatfirls This is what happens.... (274 comments)

...when you codify morality.

All of our criminal code in the US with regards to sex crimes needs to be scrapped and rewritten by people from another planet who haven't been influenced by religion and/or tradition.

about 2 months ago
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Will Windows 10 Finally Address OS Decay?

gatfirls Not OS decay, service/app bloat (577 comments)

Pretty much every app wants to have some update service or helper or whatever. Most of the time "cleaning" a PC that's dragging is a simple as running msconfig and unchecking most of the startup app and services.

I usually get a "b-bbut the last guy/tech/business said I have to reformat and reinstall! :( "

about 2 months ago
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Obama Administration Argues For Backdoors In Personal Electronics

gatfirls 'Truman show' surveilance is the answer. (575 comments)

True security will happen when we have law enforcement monitoring everyone everywhere all the time. I mean we're 1/2 way there anyway, why not go the last mile and commit to absolutely zero personal privacy.

about 2 months ago
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Seattle Passes Laws To Keep Residents From Wasting Food

gatfirls Yay more profit for Waste Connections (385 comments)

Maybe they could streamline the whole process and have members of the public be required to serve on sorting duty at the dumps, kind of like jury duty. I mean it's for the environment so who cares that it's at the behest of a for profit company?

about 2 months ago

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