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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

internerdj Re:Statistics and.. (403 comments)

I'm not finding very good data but it looks like California is possibly responsible for as much as half of the drop in prison population assuming the numbers that I'm finding are actually using the same definition for prison.

2 days ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

internerdj California (403 comments)

Hasn't California been under a federal order to reduce its prison population because the overcrowding situation was considered at a level to be cruel and unusual?

2 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

internerdj Re:Why Not???? (358 comments)

Apart from the other excellent reasons. It is optional and beneficial so it will cost money. That means you are going to have some that will participate and some that won't and that will at least loosely be tied to existing intelligence between the couple. You aren't going to have zero dumb people after this. You will have a generally dumb group maintaining their birth rates. Some super rich folks who will have more intelligent kids at the same rate. Some middle income folks who will have fewer kids who are more intelligent.

3 days ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

internerdj Re:What's the big deal with intelligence? (358 comments)

Where do you live/work that intelligence is more important than social skills for success in professional and personal endevours? I'd like to be there.

3 days ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

internerdj Re:More feminist FUD (238 comments)

My brother worked construction with a guy who used pink tools because pink tools won't walk off with the other guys on the crew. Other than that, what difference does handle color make?

5 days ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

internerdj Re:Does that mean they'll get to vote? (385 comments)

I'm confused. I was pretty sure the chimps were specifically bred to hold political office. What have I been voting for all this time?

about two weeks ago
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Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated

internerdj What was automated? (236 comments)

The problem with that scenario is that unless the machine has to call over a person then I have never gone through a self checkout line that is slower than going through a clerk's line. A clerk has zero incentive to get you through the line as quickly as possible.

about two weeks ago
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Study Weighs In On the Reliability of Eyewitness Testimony

internerdj Re:Recommended documentary on eyewitness testamony (102 comments)

I read a very interesting piece just this morning where a man who was not talking to police without a lawyer ended up having his silence used to prove that he was lacked basic human empathy in a fatal hit and run. Of course, now I can't find the article.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's "RoomAlive" Transforms Any Room Into a Giant Xbox Game

internerdj Re:uhm (66 comments)

Not sure I want a living room that is completely white unless I have an Xbox on.

about two weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

internerdj Re:$1000!? (278 comments)

The story specifically is about Nashville. I've been places like this but the Opryland Gaylord is not one of them.

about two weeks ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

internerdj Re:$1000!? (278 comments)

I'm sure it is. I support a customer every few years at a 4 day convention there. Last time they bought a brand new dyson vaccuum for less than the price of the cleaning crew vaccuuming the booth at night. Another vendor bought a full set of very nice folding chairs for their booth for the price of chair rental. The service prices are just absurd.

about two weeks ago
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When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone

internerdj Re:When Everything Works Like Your Cell Phone (175 comments)

From what I can gather, the features of most peoples' phones are good enough that they don't want to talk to the people around them much less people who aren't around them.

about three weeks ago
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Popular Wi-Fi Thermostat Full of Security Holes

internerdj Re:Customers for Wi-Fi enabled thermostats (103 comments)

And that is solved by airgapping my thermostat either by removing its wifi settings or setting up a local wifi network. I've got a spare router sitting in a box and I don't even have any connected devices to need a dedicated network. I'm just not seeing any reason that any effort at malice here wouldn't be exponentially more time consuming that what it would take to thwart it.

about three weeks ago
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The UPS Store Will 3-D Print Stuff For You

internerdj Re:3d copiers!! (144 comments)

I got an ad from Walmart/Sam's Club yesterday saying they could scan my kids' faces in store and make a custom action figure with their faces on it at select stores as part of a pilot program.

about a month ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

internerdj Re:What? (185 comments)

So if I just sever all legal means of communication then I should be free to skirt the law? I'll have to remember that.

about a month ago
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Hundreds of Thousands Turn Out For People's Climate March In New York City

internerdj Re:Just in time for another record cold winter (200 comments)

The climate change folks set the public expectation with the original wording of this discussion. There is a significant amount of the population who don't understand the issue any deeper than the two words "global warming." You can rant and rave about the idiodicy of people, but until you actually tackle the grammer nazi issue then you won't make it anywhere with policy changes.

about a month ago
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Tesla's Next Auto-Dealer Battleground State: Georgia

internerdj Re:Ah, how heartwarming... (157 comments)

Well then there is a difference between the colloquial and the academic uses. That in itself is probably a big reason for the divide between positions on the issue.

about a month and a half ago

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RIAA claims it is owed $72 trillion dollars by LimeWire

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes ""The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimates that filesharing website LimeWire owes it over $72 trillion dollars (£46 trillion) in damages." NME reports this is 120% of the combined estimated wealth of the entire planet.
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NJ Girl arrested for posting pictures of herself

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes "A New Jersey girl, age 14, has been arrested for posting over 30 nude photos of herself on Myspace. She is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. If convicted she can face up to 17 years in prison and of course life on the sex offenders list. Interestingly, the mother whose daughter is the reason for Megan's law, Maureen Kanka, had the following to say about this application of the law: "This shouldn't fall under Megan's Law in any way, shape or form. She should have an intervention and counseling, because the only person she exploited was herself." NJ girl, 14, arrested after posting nude pics"
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Zombie warning road signs

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes "Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about Nazi zombies and raptors. And highway safety officials aren't amused."

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