top U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
You need citations for Congressional use of the "power of the purse"? Really?
Here in the United States, the term
Power of the Purse refers to relationship between Legislative and Executive branches of the same government.
The relationship discussed in this sub-thread is between different governments: Federal vs. local ones...
An excellent example is that of the federally mandated minimum drinking age:
Briefly, Congress threatened to cut specific funding to states unless they followed the federal government's leadership in setting the drinking age at 21. This despite Congress having no direct authority in the Constitution to make the states obey them. It's a pretty clear-cut case of federal overreach.
top Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'
p>Laptop: Asus Zenbook UX41LA
After pissing around for half an hour with bios settings, I finally managed to get it to get farther than the grub bootloader. Things seem to work, but KDE crashes randomly, Cinnamon and Unity don't remember window locations and have their own oddities. None of them let me control screen backlighting, even after trying all the 'hacks' posted around the net.
Then I find out that video performs even worse with the open source Intel video drivers.
I know this won't help you now, but in the future you should know that Lenovo Thinkpads have some of the best out of the box linux support I have ever seen. All the little details work seamlessly and effortlessly.
top Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office
And how do you propose to do this, given that the article is about teleworkers ?
top After 12 years of Development, E17 Is Out
If you're on Exherbo(or even Gentoo since the packages can be adapted pretty easily), the packages are in the works, and I'll mail anyone a copy of my work(running fine on two computers) if one asks.
about a year and a half ago
top Analyzing Long-Term SSD Failure Rates
Based on numbers, the study shows SSDs to be more reliable than HDDs. The best data I have seen in that article is the following:
SSDs: 1.28--2.19% over 2 years
HDDs: >=5% over 2 years
The HDD data comes from:
The SSD data comes from the table on Page #6.
I don't think any of this data is particularly surprising, HDDs are mechanical so the curves for failure would not be linear. The most interesting part of the article for consideration with SSDs is that SMART is going to be near useless for them. Since most failures are random occurrences in electronics which SMART isn't good at detecting, we may need better technology for detecting SSD failures.
top Debian Wheezy To Have Multi-Architecture Support
Wait isn't that what Gentoo was doing since well, forever?
Not really, Gentoo has native multilib support, not native multiarch support. And as I understand it, Debian's multiarch support is much more integrated than Gentoo's crossdev efforts at multiarch.
top Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US
As a native South Jerseyan, I have not once seen a mode of controlling entrance into a traffic circle, other than a constantly blinking yellow light to indicate a yield. It's a fair distinction for traffic engineers to make, but it's misleading since at least in NJ those "guided" circles just do not exist. This is true even on some of the crazier traffic circles, like the Somers Point circle which has 5 individual roads leading into it.
top Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US
And it's certainly no coincident that there is an auto repair shop on the southeast edge of the circle, now is it?
top Magnetic Nanoparticles Fry Tumors
Because these magnetic particles are less mobile than drugs, there is a good chance they'll tend to stay put and only damage the tumour and local tissue, rather than harming the organism as a whole.
The solution to this is to use guided magnetic targeting. Basically, drugs are encapsulated in a magnetic nanoparticle and injected into the bloodstream relatively close to the cancer site. A magnetic field focusing on the cancer site
attracts these particles and the drugs for the most part do not reach non-cancerous parts of the body
top Just Months After Jeopardy!, Watson Wows Doctors
You mean a giant computer is going to rely on science instead of back whacking and cracking? Gasp!
Ex-Trapolate! Ex-Trapolate! The Daa-leks are supreme!
top Linux 3.0 Will Have Full Xen Support
But will it run Linux?
top A Peek At South Korea's Autonomous Robot Gun Turrets
I'm fairly certain (I recall seeing these before?) the turret CAN run autonomously, however they are supposed to be supervised and do not engage unless an operator confirms it. The operator(s) have access to zooming cameras in the unit under both visible and infrared spectra.
This just means we need a tank squadron to come in and shoot the cameras up with paint. Problem solved.
top Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School
I have a feeling that parent is going on little more than contrived ideas unsubstantiated by fact.
Homeschoolers get plenty of socialization(I was co-captain of a mock trial team in high school, and was homeschooled). I also was a member of three amateur sports teams and as far as instruction goes, nobody fed me information that wasn't right(if I disbelieved what I read, I'd do research to find the truth). I also got to a top-rated public research university on a full academic scholarship for a technical degree so what I learned couldn't be too opinion-based. I am doing fine at university and am involved with several clubs which sort of means your sweeping statement about an "inability to cope with society at large" is bonkers. Nor am I atypical. Tons of people I know follow a similar academic and social arc.
This is just BS intended to spread FUD about an experimental, but effective and age-old way of learning that works for some people who are motivated and driven(and have parents who care).
top The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally
Mod Parent up. I haven't seen something more insightful on slashdot in a while.
top Where To Start With DIY Home Security?
Zoneminder works flawlessly here with multiple cameras, despite not being updated for a year.
As to its features, it is very good at detecting motion, even when the area of motion is small compared to the whole frame. And you can playback all activity so you can know for sure if anyone has been acting suspicious so as to keep your guard up. I'd definitely recommend it, but with other security, because 1) a camera can't see everything 2) a camera won't stop a breakin.
top Indian Police Using Facebook to Catch Scofflaw Drivers
I can't wait to see pictures/videos of police officers flouting the law, which is what this will surely turn into.
top Windows vs. Ubuntu — Dell's Verdict
Wow, so one of only two reasons to choose Ubuntu is if you don't plan on using Windows? It's either-or, their users hopefully aren't stupid enough to realize that. This puts Ubuntu at a disadvantage since it is portrayed not as an equal choice but as something you use if you don't want to use Y, rather than a product useful on its own merits. Lame
top The worst I've ever been in trouble w/ the law ...
I never had a lick of trouble with the law. As for speeding, I'm traveling at 80 typing this with my phone, safest thing in the wor&@#*!%@ #^! NO CARRIER
top Traffic-Flow Algorithm Can Reduce Fuel Consumption
This is not a particularly groundbreaking development, and Audi/BMW definitely are not geniuses for implementing it. I had this idea two or three years ago (except the part involving cruise control changing.) My brother and I, in highschool, did a science fair project and implemented the algorithms, with interfaces and communications to let the light know there were cars coming. Guess where the project ended up: 3rd place at regionals. Turns out judges are not interested in projects without the proper scientific terms and mandatory use of laboratories. Bonus points if you manage to solve cancer in a way that has already been done.
Revolutionary research is not appreciated. Sigh
top Guess My Speed and Give Me a Ticket, In Ohio
It's doubtful that you could show an appropriate chain of evidence with the GPS. It's easily argued that you tampered with any such evidence.
Not exactly. Chain of evidence only applies to state-aquired evidence. Your evidence does not need a chain of evidence to be brought into court(or else no defense evidence would be available -- No one has the police officer or access to an evidence locker that is required for appropriate chain of evidence). Now, that doesn't mean that you can't be cross-examined on the veracity of that evidence or whether you had the opportunity to tamper with it. But establishing that you had opportunity to tamper with it is a far cry from establishing that you did. You're still better off with that evidence, especially coupled with a respectful attitude and appropriate demeanor at court.
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