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In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

pkinetics Re:transfer the ID information to the police (207 comments)

Wait, how many states associates a driver's license with the vehicle registration?

Granted, it could be loosely inferred / deduced based on other relateable elements.

Additionally, as states are not required to share DMV records, or at least I don't think they are, lost my train of thought... Something relational data missing content, etc.

about a week ago
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Australian Target Stores Ban GTA V For Depictions of Violence Against Women

pkinetics Not surprised (310 comments)

They've banned violent video games in the past. Phantasmagoria 1 and 2 were banned.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Inattentiveness?

pkinetics Re:Change your state of mind (312 comments)

Tai-go-lates?

Sounds like a drink.

Tai chi - yoga - pilates

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

pkinetics Hollyweird called (262 comments)

They missed your script proposal. They were too amazed at how you shot the pen out of their fingers.

Sorry, I can't get past the concept "of shoot to wound" or "Let the assailant get closer to you" fallacies. What the hell is "toughed up" even supposed to mean? Get into a physical confrontation and possibly get your weapon taken away, etc? And if it was a female cop should she have "toughed up"?

You aim for the biggest part of the target, not the smallest that moves in unpredictable patterns.

Like police officers are being trained to take down opponents who outweigh them by 100 lbs.

You don't train one group of officers with one set of criteria, and another group with a different set. That creates more confusion in the deployment of force.

And I guess that is another "what if". What if the Wilson had been a female officer? Would the expectations have been the same? Would there have been rioting?

about two weeks ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

pkinetics Re:corporate win fall? (262 comments)

Most likely outcome is some big shot company will develop some special super deluxe government must have for security safety reasons, that doesn't do a quarter of what it promises to do. Like you said, huge windfall, bunch of fat cats robbing from the people all in the name of "security". And 5 years down the road will prove to be a huge failure, but government will keep forcing it down our throats. In the mean time, people will prove it doesn't work, and government will counter whatever they can to shut them down because "national security / terrorism".

Rinse / repeat. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

about two weeks ago
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Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

pkinetics Curiosity (652 comments)

If these people were on the EPA science advisory panel, would their study have to be ignored too?

about three weeks ago
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How the World's Agricultural Boom Has Changed CO2 Cycles

pkinetics And the problems with academic research (186 comments)

If the scientists are on the EPA panel, heaven forbid the research is valid or even useful and can be discussed.

about three weeks ago
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Preferred smartphone screen size?

pkinetics Re:Phones getting too big .. (258 comments)

Or... by egg are sidesing my memory, developing pneumonic algorithms, or other memory intensive strategies, or just simple memory, I recall which books I already have.

Or quite simply, I've written down which book I wanted to get before going to the store.

Or, quite daunting for some, I ask the sales clerk.

about a month and a half ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

pkinetics An an app was just launched to solve math problems (553 comments)

so that kids didn't need to learn how to solve them.

And people wonder why our higher skill jobs get outsourced to other countries...

about 2 months ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

pkinetics Re:as the birds go (610 comments)

Depends on if it is a European or African swallow

about 2 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

pkinetics Re:He didn't deny them in the hospital. (478 comments)

Oh never mind link to news article

RTFM - in a computerized system, the nurses enter some information about the patient, but that information is not relayed back to the screen that the doctor sees.

Brilliant.

That also explains why we have to repeat to the doctor(s) everything we just repeated to all the attending nurses.

about 2 months ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

pkinetics Re:He didn't deny them in the hospital. (478 comments)

I'm really wondering how this information would get recorded in a patient's notes.

I mean its not the usual check box run of the mill question.

The attending nurse was smart enough to ask it.

How was it logged on the patient records?

There is a big difference in a sticky note attached, illegible chicken scratch, or the big giant red text that says TEST FOR EBOLA

about 2 months ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

pkinetics Re:weev (728 comments)

put him in Club Fed, but make misleading and completely false statements about his crime.

I don't know whether he was or wasn't a pedophile, but he sure molested a lot of little kids...

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

pkinetics Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

From what I can tell, one of the big reasons this has become much larger than past situations is the constant shuffling of dead bodies back and forth, especially across borders. All this to allow bodies to be buried in their home countries and families. I get the emotional connection. Everything from trucks to taxi cabs are being used. None of them are being decontaminated. The end result random hot spots keep cropping up with absolutely no containment.

If this gets to a big city down there, it will reach pandemic levels.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

pkinetics Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

on top of the "you probably shouldn't touch those person's liquid wastes including anything that might have sweated on without a bio haz mat suit that is properly sealed and has a proper decontimantion process so you can get out of it"

this is kind of overwhelming in relation to just about every norm form of influenza

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

pkinetics Re:The Conservative Option (487 comments)

That question I'd really prefer to ask to the people on the ground and in the trenches of this thing are recommending. Not the people thousands of miles removed. While they may have the "big picture". They are the ones who were so far removed, they took months to realize the magnitude of the problem.

Is isolating the realistic? Probably not.

Is it part of the tools available. Yes.

Should it be used? Debatable. It is ineffective if not everyone does it for all people, regardless of "declared point of origin". You have to assume the person trying to gain access is lying.

On top of it, every point of entry has to be capable of handling the ones that fall through the cracks.

about 2 months ago
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Former Department of Defense Chief Expects "30 Year War"

pkinetics Re:You Forgot One (425 comments)

Because it will work this time!

Insanity, do the same things over and over and over again, and expecting different results.

The other point is: Those that don't study history are doomed to repeat it.

Unfortunately, those decision makers are taking lives and resources away to do it, guns vs butter.

And the on the other hand, the not doing of anything will only lead to big mess. We can't unmake the disaster, so now we must figure out how to minimize the danger of it.

Damned if we do, and damned if we don't.

about 2 months ago
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Microsoft's "RoomAlive" Transforms Any Room Into a Giant Xbox Game

pkinetics XBox One - Play Kama Sutra (66 comments)

Game keeps track of all positions utilized.

Achievements can be awesome

Could also backfire if achievement includes count of different partners. I guess that would be a different game....

about 2 months ago
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Google Threatened With $100M Lawsuit Over Nude Celebrity Photos

pkinetics Suspicious law firm? (225 comments)

Claim to be filling on behalf of "celebs" in hopes of actually drawing celebs to actually sign up. Throw a number so large out there the celebs will think "Hey, I can benefit from this."

Law firm may not have even a single client yet. Threatening to sue is not the same as actually filling.

about 2 months ago

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