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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

ihtoit Re:Unintended consequences? (200 comments)

it's situations like that where passersby with mobile upstreams to Youtube are uber useful. Kinda hard to argue with that.

6 hours ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

ihtoit Re:Unintended consequences? (200 comments)

that would be the same bias with which he chooses who to draw his sidearm on, who to fire at, who to shoot seven times in the head and chest?

Letting someone off with a warning isn't using discretionary powers, it's dealing with a misdemeanour without the inconvenience of paperwork. Dealing with a felon, that's something different, arrest and detention is pretty inevitable. Whipping out your pistol and emptying it into some kid, that's neither. That's just pure fucking psychosis.

6 hours ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

ihtoit Re:About things "accidentally breaking" (200 comments)

there is no expectation of privacy for a public servant in the performance of his duty, period. Therefore, the "nothing to hide" argument is moot.
Public oversight begins and ends with a truthful account of a public servant's actions. Such accounting can ONLY be achieved technologically with a camera, because we KNOW FOR A FACT that public servants LIE. If they are confronted with the truth, then their only defence to breaking the Law by which they expect to hold us to, is smashed by the facts as presented on that which *they* so vehemently (and perhaps ironically) oppose.

6 hours ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

ihtoit Re:Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? (200 comments)

exactly! Take your fifty Dollar compact camera, stick it in your pocket, carry it around with you, make THEM into paranoid fucking wrecks for a while.

6 hours ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

ihtoit Re:"Accidentally" (200 comments)

destruction of footage *after* being informed that it would be required, is spoliation even for a police force. That should've gone to SCOTUS for a review, as it's clearly an illegal decision if it in fact happened.

6 hours ago
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

ihtoit Re:Rule of thumb (89 comments)

something about bricked fingers but I'm sure one of those ACs that I can't see has already brought himself and no bottle to that party.

7 hours ago
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No, a Stolen iPod Didn't Brick Ben Eberle's Prosthetic Hand

ihtoit Re:Rule of thumb (89 comments)

I have one of those.

It's a keyed 16mm 12-point triple square bolt driver. Mine wasn't from the Mercedes-Benz or Audi kit though, it's part of a generic garage set.

7 hours ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

ihtoit Re:Ahh...so this strikes again huh? (69 comments)

oh give me back the super socket 7, those boards were amazing. I was doing obscene things with K6/II processors, things that would turn your hair white. At 575MHz.

7 hours ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

ihtoit Re:Not faked GPUs... (69 comments)

whose fucking bright idea was it to install the BIOS on a fucking EEPROM??
What happened to hardcoding it?

Jusssayin'

7 hours ago
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

ihtoit Devil's Advocate (148 comments)

OK, if someone claims to be able to find water with a stick, takes your money then doesn't find water, are they committing fraud?

Let's test this: Did they *guarantee* to find water? If yes, then fraud happened.
If no, then fraud did not happen.
Why? Because they only claimed to be able to find water, they did not guarantee that there would be water under the test area.
HOWEVER, if it is known that water is under the test area (and this can be proved contemporaneously with the dowsing), then fraud did occur because that would prove that either the stick operator knows the stick is broken or someotherhow malfunctioning, or his method is hokum as either way he FAILED to detect what he claimed to be able to detect yet it was present at the material time.

(up until 1951 witchcraft was illegal in England, since then it has been the burden upon the accuser not to apply an ambiguous label to someone's behaviour, but to prove that his actions were of a malicious and criminally fraudulent nature, ie a medium stacking tarot cards).

7 hours ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

ihtoit Re:Media (200 comments)

tell that to the dead.

7 hours ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

ihtoit Re:Ahh...so this strikes again huh? (69 comments)

PIII "E"* series processors always annoyed the fuck out of me, every time I came across one I was like "Oh, here we fucking go again!" because that "E" guaranteed trouble.

*"E" being early Coppermine stamps, not the Core series Pentiums.

yesterday
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

ihtoit Re:Media (200 comments)

lol I just fucking love that "less lethal". Death is a binary condition, not one of scale. You're either DEAD or YOU'RE NOT.

yesterday
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

ihtoit from the PoV of someone who has actually studied (200 comments)

...the problem, this is not only totally feasible, it is also absolutely necessary.

I prototyped a video recording device that started recording the second it was popped out of its charging/data cradle and kept going for thirty six hours straight during longevity testing - on a cellphone battery, through a HD (720p) sensor, at 30fps, with audio, onto a 64GB memory card.

Hardware can be had for less than £75 per unit. That includes the memory card.

POLICE LIE. THEY BULLSHIT THEIR WAY THROUGH COURT CASES TO SECURE A CONVICTION, AND THEY FABRICATE EVIDENCE AND FORCE CONFESSIONS. So called "public oversight" is nothing of the sort. IA are POLICE. In England, we now have Police Commissioners, who are themselves serving police officers. We are in the process of winding down the IPCC (the Independent Police Complaints Commission) which is also staffed by serving police officers. They all piss in the same fucking pot!

And get off your privacy high horse, per Judge Munby in the Stafford case: PUBLIC SERVANTS IN THE COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES HAVE NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY. If you have a compact camera, keep the battery charged and carry it with you! RECORD every interaction you have or observe with police officers. I guarantee you, you will record evidence particularly when they "order" you to delete the file! (that's called "spoliation" and the mere mention of requiring someone else to do it is a criminal offence).

yesterday
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

ihtoit Re:Quarantine the whole city (359 comments)

I say we dust off and nuke the entire site from orbit.

It's the only way to be sure.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

ihtoit Re:Niggers. (359 comments)

*A* person is smart.
*PEOPLE* are dumb, panicky animals and you know it.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

ihtoit Re: Niggers. (359 comments)

kill tens of millions to save millions?

That'll work ::coughcoughsneezeGODZILLA:coughcough::

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Quarantine Center In Liberia Looted

ihtoit Re:Nah... (359 comments)

You just called half of fourteenth Century Europe racist.

The half that survived - most likely were. They went on to perform the most horrible atrocities on each other and throughout the rest of the known world over the next six hundred years.

about two weeks ago

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Leon's Law: Police Cam Pilot Commences In London

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 7 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Following the death of Leon Briggs in police custody last November, public calls for police to wear recording body cameras have at last borne some fruit: a pilot scheme on East London has beat officers wearing switchable video cameras for them to record interactions with members of the public. However, some are not as thrilled about the idea of being surveiled while going about their public duty as those members of the public asked and responded who said that public accountability is the only way to restore public trust in the police. Supporters of "Leon's Law" have already expressed concern that these cameras have switches that allow the officers wearing them to turn them on and off at will when the technology exists on a commercial basis to equip officers with continuous-recording HD cameras.

More on this, continually updated with media links."

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Stars In His Eyes: New England Electrician Takes 14kV, Shrugs It Off

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 7 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "An electrician was let with stars in his eyes after an electric shock left him with some unusually shaped cataracts.
The 42-year-old man from New England went to doctors a month after he received a 14,000 V shock to his left shoulder, when his eye sight deteriorated.
He has since had the cataracts removed and although it is believed the cause was damage to his optic nerve doctors are not sure why they were star-shaped.
Sources: New England journal of Medicine, ITV"

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John Doe Lawsuits Baseless, So Says DC Federal Judge

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 7 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Four people accused of sharing illegal copies of the movie "Elf-Man" persuaded a federal judge there is not enough evidence to support copyright infringement claims against them.
          Elf-Man LLC, producer of the direct-to-DVD release "Elf-Man" sued Eric Cariveau et al. in Federal Court a year ago, accusing them of sharing a peer-to-peer file of the movie.
          Elf-Man claims the defendants illegally copied and distributed the movie online.
          "Despite the industry's efforts to capitalize on internet technology and reduce costs to end viewers through legitimate and legal means of online viewing such as through Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, there are still those that use this technology to steal motion pictures and undermine the efforts of creators through their illegal copying and distribution of motion pictures," Elf-Man's attorney Maureen VanderMay wrote in the complaint.
          U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik granted Elf-Man's motion to initiate discovery on the IP addresses of defendants, but noted that "the risk of false positives is very real."
          "It is not clear that plaintiff could ... make factual contentions regarding an Internet subscriber's infringing activities based solely on the fact that he or she pays the Internet bill," Lasnik wrote in the order.
          Elf-Man named 18 individual defendants in its first amended complaint. A default judgment was ordered against two of them; claims against the Doe defendants were dismissed. Claims against four other named defendants were also dismissed on the grounds of their implausibility."

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New views of famed supernova reveal giant dust factory

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 8 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Astronomers using the ALMA radio telescope in Chile have released images and data showing the oft-postulated but unobserved (until now) dust shell ejected by the supernova remnant SN1987A. "We have found a remarkably large dust mass concentrated in the central part of the ejecta from a relatively young and nearby supernova," astronomer Remy Indebetouw, of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the University of Virginia, said in a statement. “This is the first time we've been able to really image where the dust has formed, which is important in understanding the evolution of galaxies." SN1987A was the first catalogued supernova event in our Galactic neighbourhood in 1987. It lies 168,000 light years (987 quadrillion miles) away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which means that at the time of the explosion, woolly mammoths still roamed Europe and Mitochondrial Eve saw her first sunrise."
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Cancel the eulogy: ISON survives brush with Sun

ihtoit ihtoit writes  |  about 8 months ago

ihtoit (3393327) writes "Comet ISON flew through the sun's atmosphere on Nov. 28th and the encounter did not go well for the icy comet. Just before perihelion (closest approach to the sun) the comet rapidly faded and appeared to disintegrate. This prompted reports of ISON's demise. However, a fraction of the comet has survived. Spaceweather.com has an animation captured from satellites showing the emergence of what remains of our visitor."
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