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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

halexists Discretion in police matters isn't always good (467 comments)

Actually, some research suggests that police utilize discretion unjustly. When there are too many laws to enforce every case, police must use (you guessed it) discretion in deciding which cases to pursue.

That could involve "just" discretion, i.e. ignoring minor infractions that don't impose harm to anyone else. It could also involve unjust discretion, such as ignoring infractions by people of your own race and throwing the book at people of other races.

See for example: http://scholarship.law.duke.ed...

Oh, and F*ck Beta. (Why, you ask? Because just a week or so after Dice publishes their mea culpa, we're slowing things way down and we won't push this out because it's not ready yet... the default dns record of slashdot.org redirects to beta. Also, Beta ate this comment the first time I tried posting it.)

about 7 months ago
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South Carolina Woman Jailed After Failing To Return Movie Rented Nine Years Ago

halexists Re: Statute of limitations (467 comments)

Actually, some research shows that the more laws there are to enforce, the more selective police get in enforcing them and (you guessed it), they use discretion in doing so.

Sometimes that discretion is "just" (i.e. ignoring small infractions that don't present a danger to others) and sometimes it is not (i.e. doing the above for people of your own race, and throwing the book at people of other races).

See for example: http://scholarship.law.duke.ed...

about 7 months ago
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Engineers Invent Acoustic Equivalent of One-Way Glass

halexists Prior Art (114 comments)

My bathroom fan already does this! If I'm standing in the bathroom talking, my wife can hear me from another room. If she talks, however, I can't hear her at all.

I guess they just built a higher resolution version of my bathroom?

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

halexists Re:Why? Umm, let's do some math (723 comments)

for reference, Minneapolis (a much smaller city, but one that gets more severe storms) spends about $9 million a year maintaining:

"39 tandem-axle dump trucks with sander units and plows
15 tandem-axle dump trucks with plows
15 single-axle dump trucks with sander units and plows
3 motor graders
12 front-end loaders with spade-nosed buckets or plows
To round out the fleet, 15 motor graders and four front-end loaders equipped with front and side plows are rented for the winter season and staffed by City operators
Finally, to accomplish the alley plowing in the shortest time frame, 20 front-end loaders with operators are contracted on an as-needed basis"

From http://www.minneapolismn.gov/s...

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

halexists Re:Learn to freaken drive. (723 comments)

Semi trucks are what blocked the roadways. A cluster of semis that can't make a grade brings all the cars behind them to a... wait for it... dead stop.

about 8 months ago
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Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

halexists Re:Salted in advance? (723 comments)

You must have missed what clogged all the roads in Atlanta: semi trucks that couldn't make slight grades. Personal vehicles were certainly having trouble too, but this doesn't all fall on "inexperienced in the snow" Atlantans. I lived in the upper midwest for several years, and I DID see pre-emptive salting.

about 8 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

halexists Re: "post-food consumers" (543 comments)

I think you get that as an added benefit to the Soylent diet -- it's a 2 for 1.

(That's a pun, because you're eating a liquid based diet without much refuse, so you exchange 2... for 1...)

about 8 months ago
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Global-Warming Skepticism Hits 6-Year High

halexists Re:Count on every Warmist... (846 comments)

That's because Google is in on it too.

(removes tongue from cheek).

about 8 months ago
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Neiman Marcus and Other Retailers Breached, Credit Card Details Stolen

halexists Cookies (151 comments)

It was probably just that lady trying to get her money back for the cookie recipe.

about 8 months ago
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Searching the Internet For Evidence of Time Travelers

halexists Adapted Obfuscation (465 comments)

Silly researchers. Don't they know that Time Travelers take a course on Adaptive Obfuscation in their junior year of Time Traveler School in which they are taught all the methods history has every come up with to detect time travel? All they've done is added an inset to the course textbook in the chapter on the late 20th/early 21st century.

But wait, maybe they SUSPECT this is the course of history, and the researchers have invested heavily in industries that will be involved in time travel textbook publishing!

about 9 months ago
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GM's CEO Rejects Repaying Feds for Bailout Losses

halexists Re:Welcome to the stock market (356 comments)

Whereas as stockholders come behind creditors in bankruptcy proceedings. So if a loan left the with "nothing," stock would have left them with less in such an event.

about 9 months ago
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A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

halexists Re:Paragraphs (1030 comments)

Like I said, "woosh" :)

I had much more fun fixing the sentence while preserving the "biggest" error. I only posted to have fun with that. I have no complaint with your point or your mild mistake. Just having a little fun with what correcting it could look like.

about 10 months ago
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A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

halexists Re:Paragraphs (1030 comments)

Umm, woosh?

about 10 months ago
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A War Over Solar Power Is Raging Within the GOP

halexists Re:Paragraphs (1030 comments)

I hate to be a grammar Nazi, but...

Paragraphs make text readable. You, giant paragraph, are completely unreadable. Please be written in such a way that people can even have an opportunity to read you.

There, FTFY.

about 10 months ago
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Meet Slashdot 'Super Submitter' Esther Schindler (Video)

halexists Re:Thanks (53 comments)

Such equanimity, to smile and respond graciously to a hideous ass-freshly-pulled-talking-head!

about 10 months ago
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Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden

halexists Re:At which point (504 comments)

He'd be kept quiet one way or another.

Agreed. To fix Feinstein's quote: "He’s done this enormous service to our country, and I think the answer is no clemency."

I understand why he can't be offered clemency by the overseers of the system he has revealed. But the state is insular, the security apparatus more so. To suggest that whistleblowing within the ranks would have produced the sort of system review that's been going on is intentionally naive on her part.

Snowden did what any honest president with a backbone could have (legally) done upon learning about the overreach of the US security apparatus. Reveal the key abuses, start a public dialog about how the abuses came to be, and initiate reforms to correct the abuses. It's hard to remember, but this is the course of action you would have expected from Obama's pre-election rhetoric. He was for transparency and reigning in the constitutional abuse brought on by the war on terror.

The difference between a president and an underling doing it is that the underling is not authorized, and therefore by definition is revealing state secrets, and his mechanism is solely public pressure. Snowden has accomplished the first two objectives (reveal and start a public dialog). It's up to us to push the third.

about a year ago
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Cow Burps Tapped For Fuel

halexists So it's finally happening? (85 comments)

My dad used to joke about studies done in the 1970s about the viability of capturing methane from cows. I guess those cows showed him...?

about a year ago
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The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying

halexists Bundling and Price Discrimination (318 comments)

Hey Esther -- Bundling and Price Discrimination. Read up on it, and watch all your questions about such fees melt away.

about a year ago
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Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?

halexists Re: How I see it... (1144 comments)

Now let's talk about what "Congress" means. Oh, it's a decision-making body, in which, generally speaking, "it's" decisions are those reached by the majority of voting members.

And how would a majority of the members vote if the clean CR came to the floor, now or before the shutdown? And there you have your problem. The phrase "power of the purse" is not meant to solely apply to John Boehner.

about a year ago

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