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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

maz2331 Re:Carrot and shtick? (262 comments)

Brown was hit with 4 non-fatal shots that would have stopped probably 95% of attacks, and kept coming. Remember, he was high as a kite at the time on weed and adrenaline. He didn't stop his attack until he took a round in the brain. Pistols are not really that effective at putting someone down quickly if they aren't afraid.

No amount of training would change the outcome in this case.

about three weeks ago
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10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

maz2331 Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (246 comments)

I did see where a guy managed to put a Chevy LS3 engine into a late-model 328i. That thing was a beast!

about three weeks ago
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Montana Lawmakers Propose 85 Mph Speed Limit On Interstates

maz2331 Re:Montana used to have no speed limit at all... (525 comments)

In Pennsylvania, it is codified as 10 MPH over in areas where the limit is under 65, and 5 MPH over in 65 zones. However, that tolerance doesn't apply in school zones or active construction zones.

about three weeks ago
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Class-Action Suit Claims Copyright Enforcement Company Made Harassing Robo-calls

maz2331 Re:Does rights-corp have anything to take? (67 comments)

That's why the suit also names their clients, who are also ultimately responsible for the actions of their "agent". Those are deep-pocket record companies who DO have assets, and lots of them.

about a month ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

maz2331 Unlikely (454 comments)

Self-driving cars aren't likely to dominate, simply because many people actually LIKE to drive. At most, it will be used as an autopilot cruise control.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What's the Most Hackable Car?

maz2331 BMW (195 comments)

BMW's are very hackable - there's hundreds of little settings that can be coded in nearly every module of the car, there's 3rd party ECU firmware available as well to boost power, especially on the turbo models.

about a month ago
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US Army May Relax Physical Requirements To Recruit Cyber Warriors

maz2331 Re:Good luck with that (308 comments)

Why not simply hire them as civilian employees?

about 2 months ago
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BBC Takes a Stand For the Public's Right To Remember Redacted Links

maz2331 As a US Corporation... (113 comments)

Google should just flip the EU their middle finger and close all operations there. No personnel whatsoever in the EU, and all advertising business through US brokers.

about 2 months ago
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Chimpanzee "Personhood" Is Back In Court

maz2331 On Grounds of Standing Alone.... (385 comments)

...this case should have been tossed. One can't file on behalf of another (unless they are a legal guardian or hold a power of attorney), and the plaintiffs also can't show any personal harm to themselves.

If they feel strongly enough about the issue, the remedy is political. Convince enough people that 2/3 of Congress and 3/4 of state legislatures will agree, and pass a Constitutional amendment.

about 3 months ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

maz2331 Re:Driving style (403 comments)

Interestingly, I average similar figures with a 3.0 liter naturally-aspirated inline 6 - if I am easy on the accelerator.

about 3 months ago
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Tesla Is Starting a Certified Preowned Program

maz2331 Re:Leasing a car... (126 comments)

As a CPO buyer, I don't care why they do it, but do like that I can get a 2 or 3 year old car at a substantial discount, while facing a much shallower depreciation curve. A BMW dealer mentioned to me that about 1/2 of their business is leases and about 1/2 is CPO & Used sales. Relatively few people buy outright new.

about 3 months ago
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Alice Is Killing Trolls But Patent Lawyers Will Strike Back

maz2331 Re:Patent Attorney chiming in (92 comments)

The Alice decision itself has a strong admonition to the lower courts about avoiding the "draftsman's art problem". The Supremes are tired of getting cases that have no actual merit due to a subset of patent attorneys just playing language games.

about 3 months ago
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Publishers Gave Away 123 Million Books During World War Two

maz2331 With Inflation... (121 comments)

6 cents in 1943 was roughly the same as 83 cents now, and $2.00 then would be a whopping $27.54 today.

about 3 months ago
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The Documents From Google's First DMV Test In Nevada

maz2331 Re:Too chaotic of a system (194 comments)

A hybrid could sill be useful as a cruise control that handles steering.

about 3 months ago
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DMCA Claim Over GPL Non-Compliance Shuts Off Minecraft Plug-Ins

maz2331 Bass Ackward (354 comments)

A derivative can't affect the licensing of that from which it is derived or adds to. It does work in the opposite direction - an original can force derivatives to follow the same license as the original, but that is a one-way thing. He has no leg to stand on here.

about 4 months ago
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Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

maz2331 Re:Probably not. (546 comments)

If you actually want to make software, then yes it does. If you want to make money in a corporate job, it doesn't.

about 4 months ago
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Oregon Suing Oracle Over Obamacare Site, But Still Needs Oracle's Help

maz2331 Mistake #1 (116 comments)

Using Oracle. Even their flagship DBMS product is a nightmare to configure and try to get decent performance out of - unless one hires a 6-figure DBA to constantly babysit the damn thing.

about 4 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

maz2331 Re:Marxist? Really? (531 comments)

It is more akin to UPS charging both the sender and the recipient of the package for the same service.

about 4 months ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

maz2331 Re:Not Net Neutrality (531 comments)

Another reason why the US won that race was that the extreme antisemitism in both the USSR and the Nazi regimes caused them to experience a major brain drain as a lot of scientists emigrated to the US, or were killed/imprisoned/repressed at home. Add to that the fact that US had the only industrial base that wasn't damaged by fighting and bombing, thus making it pretty close to inevitable that it would be first.

about 4 months ago

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