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Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

perpenso There are still political consequence (180 comments)

Why would Obama care about lobbyist money? As of two weeks ago, he's been freed of all political consequences to any of his actions. He can finally do what he thinks is right.

He was personally freed from all consequences once re-elected. As he told the Russian President he would never have to face another election so he would be more flexible once re-elected.

As for consequences to the democratic party he is no more free before the recent midterm election than after. What he did and what he will do will effect the party, be it helpful or hurtful.

3 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

perpenso Re:IQ of congress (159 comments)

Vauge requirements and design are par for the course.

Shipping without any testing and bug fixes at all are not.

5 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

perpenso Re:IQ of congress (159 comments)

you do know how parliamentary procedure works with you know amendments to motions :-) id suggest reading Citrine and Roberts rules as background than the standing orders and rules of debate for the congress before making that assumption

Did you ever watch CSPAN when Obamacare was being drafted? I watched one night. Something drafted in the backrooms by who knows who was brought out. Democrats offered zero amendments. Some republicans offered BS amendments and were rightfully voted down. Other republicans offered constructive well thought out amendments with explanations for the problem / unintended consequence they were addressing. Every single one of these amendments were voted down **without** discussion. No questions. No debate. No discussion. Nothing. It was as if the current text of the bill was negotiated somewhere else behind closed doors and **zero** changes could be made.

Textbooks, and Electric Company videos, about bills ... meet the real world.

5 days ago
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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

perpenso Re:IQ of congress (159 comments)

I'm good with coders in congress; as long as they have debugging experience, and most of the bugs were in code written by their peers.

The problem is these coders will never see the 1.0 release before they are asked to vote on it. There are no opportunities to debug the first draft.

5 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

perpenso Re:How much does the device weigh? (166 comments)

The camelback is 0.8L itself but as I pointed out it can carry everything, snacks, tools, spares, rain jacket, etc. The model I'm referring to is a 24L backpack with a 3L bladder. No need for any other bag or attachment devices on the bike.

5 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

perpenso Just a demonstration platform (166 comments)

It really is not a real problem that needs a solution.

Its a technology that needs a demonstration platform. I wouldn't read too much into cycling being used for these demonstrations.

5 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

perpenso Re:I have a revolutionary idea.... (166 comments)

If in an undeveloped area the coastline may have anything from small streams to rivers emptying into the ocean (well small steams generally disappear at the sand, or a little earlier, and go subterranean but are often visible from the coastal trail/road). Backpacking water filters (mine is roughly 1 pound / 0.5 kilo) work quite well under these circumstances to make the water potable.

5 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

perpenso Re:How much does the device weigh? (166 comments)

I guess if 1 liter is all you'll ever need. There are people who do distance biking and 1 liter is a joke.

I used 1L in the example since the device was claiming 0.5L an hour under ideal conditions. The weights I used for the camelback itself were actually for a 3L model. Personally I always fill it to 3L despite normally consuming 1.5L on rides and hikes. I'd rather have extra than go without, plus its a safety margin. If I think I'll need all 3L to get from one fill to another I'll bring a second 3L bladder.

5 days ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:Perception is a tool ... (328 comments)

How do you refute a polygraph result? Some guy doesn't like you and just says that this set of wiggly lines means your lying. While what it really means is the guy interpreting wiggly lines for a job is just an asshole.

Re-read my post. Its making no claim about polygraphs spotting a troublesome candidate. Its pointing out that the government could see value by troublesome candidates self-selecting to avoid jobs that involve a polygraph, or a candidate cracking under pressure and making an admission. Refuting is a 3rd case, it provides no value, but it does not change the fact that the other 2 cases may provide value from a government perspective.

5 days ago
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Bicycle Bottle System Condenses Humidity From Air Into Drinkable Water

perpenso How much does the device weigh? (166 comments)

How much does the device weigh? A camelback with 1 liter is about 4 pounds / 1.8 kilos?

Plus the camelback is multipurpose and can carry snacks, tools, etc.

5 days ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

I did not reply to your first comment but to another one of your countless comments ...

A demonstrably false statement on your part. You in fact started this subthread in response to my post where I began "He entered into a conspiracy ..."
http://slashdot.org/comments.p...

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

He's charged with conspiracy, he knew the intent of the training was to conceal criminal activity by a law enforcement officer from an agency investigation. Whether the training was effective or necessary is not relevant. All that matters is that he was willing to assist in such concealment in any manner.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

Prop in a mind game? That's just finding an excuse after the fact for an expensive long running scam.

Placebos are not a scam when they produce a desirable effect. To the government, tricking a person with a questionable background into avoiding jobs where a security clearance would be necessary is beneficial. As is tricking a person into not attempting deception during an investigation. The government believes they experience a benefit by such trickery.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

The quack science argument kicks right back in the moment someone is accused of lying "because the polygraph says so". Guarantee to me that's never happened. Go on. Dare you.

No problem. It never happens in the venue where the former police officer in question is headed, in court.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

This question is a moot one.

Please. Your dodge is going beyond ridiculous. *You* wrote "If there's no damage to society, there's no crime". *You* implied there was no damage to society. Now faced with the actual charge, "training a federal law enforcement officer to lie and conceal involvement in criminal activity" all of a sudden damage to society is a moot issue?

Your repeated dodging constitutes a quite clear answer, you have essentially admitted that you were wrong to imply there was no potential damage to society in this case.

If court, judge and jury can be made to believe in polygraph ...

Doubling down on the absurd I see. Polygraphs are not allowed as evidence. The charges must be proven using other methods.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

Stand on the corner with a sign that says "You can buy potent illegal drugs in this alley for cheap" and you will be arrested. Stand on that same corner with a sign that says "Bad people are selling cheap illegal drugs in this alley, stay away" and you will be fine. Seems strange, in both situations you are giving people the same factual information, that drugs are beign sold in the alley but in one you are adding some opinion to that fact. Your opinion in addition to facts should not be the difference between illegal and legal.

I do not believe it is as simple as you suggest. First of all this case involves indictment (prosecution) not arrest. Arrest only requires that a reasonable belief exists that a crime has been committed. Indictment comes after investigation of the required elements of a crime, one of which is intent. With respect to your hypothetical first sign it would have to be established as to whether the intent of the statement was a warning or a solicitation for purchase, only in the solicitation case would there be an element of a crime.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

IMHO the much large "conspiracy to lie" is those who pretend polygraphs work and fleece a lot of taxpayers money by selling the props and the "services".

The subtlety of the government's actions are that it works in a way you are not contemplating. Consider the placebo effect. An item does not actually have to deliver on its stated promise in order to yield a desirable effect. The desirable effect from the government's perspective in this case being a person avoiding circumstances where one may be polygraphed (ex security clearance) or a lack of deception when questioned (which would include silence if honesty is not an option).

In short, its a prop in a mind game.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:You don't have it straight ... (328 comments)

Another prop could be police brutalitu, are you pro that too, or are your fascist tendencies limited to quack science?

Your ill-informed childish attack isn't helping your argument. May I suggest attempting logic rather than emotion.

Speaking of logic, here is where the "quack science" argument fails. Its called the placebo effect. An item does not actually have to deliver on its stated promise in order to yield the desired effect. The desired effect in this case being avoiding circumstances where one may be polygraphed (ex security clearance) or a lack of deception when questioned (which would include silence if honesty is not an option).

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:Perception is a tool ... (328 comments)

By the way, the ends don't justify the means.

I said no such thing. I'm explaining to those who are confused why the government would employ such an unscientific tool. In short, its because perception trumps reality. The government has the right to trick us into admissions, we have the right to remain silent.

about a week ago
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Former Police Officer Indicted For Teaching How To Pass a Polygraph Test

perpenso Re:Freedom of Speech, not "some speech" (328 comments)

Perhaps if you re-read this thread and noticed that I said it was "conspiracy" not "speech" that got the guy into trouble it might be helpful. My quoting of the indictment was an attempt to help you with that.

about a week ago

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