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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

techno-vampire Re:Paper Vote Count on Site... (108 comments)

Back when I worked the polls in the '80s and '90s, California was using the punched cards. Not only did we have to keep and return all of the stubs, we had to destroy or deface all unused ballots as part of closing down the station. If there was a low turnout, this could be the longest part of the job as we used pencils or pens to write a big X across the face of each ballot to render it unusable.

13 hours ago
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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

techno-vampire Re:Paper Vote Count on Site... (108 comments)

I think you replied to the wrong post, but thank you anyway. FWIW, I too have worked the polls, back when we still used the punched cards. I won't say that it would have been impossible to stuff the ballot box back then, but I will say that the procedures required to run the precinct and close it up properly would have made it very hard, especially as members of the public were always allowed to watch it being done. My feeling is that as long as there's a verifiable paper trail that can be re-checked, the exact method isn't that important. I'd only be worried if voting were by touch-screen or something similar, with no other record kept.

yesterday
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Voting Machines Malfunction: 5,000 Votes Not Counted In Kansas County

techno-vampire Re:Paper Vote Count on Site... (108 comments)

They do the same thing here in Ventura County as well. I'm not sure, but it might be state-wide by now.

yesterday
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

techno-vampire Re:Federal Sentencing Guidelines (198 comments)

Federal sentencing guidelines almost never ask for "fully stacked" sentences.

The term you're looking for is "consecutively." Most of the time, all sentences are served "concurrently," or at the same time. On rare occasions, as you write, a judge will specify that the sentences be served consecutively, to keep an exceptionally bad felon behind bars for as long as possible. Of course, the prosecutor can always threaten to ask for consecutive sentences to bulldoze the defendant into accepting a plea.

yesterday
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Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

techno-vampire Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (198 comments)

...pleading innocence also doesn't prove said innocence...

No defendant ever pleads innocence, and I don't think that such a plea is even allowed. The plea is "not guilty," and for good reason: in order to avoid conviction with a plea of innocent, you'd have to prove that you didn't commit the crime, and it's exceptionally hard in most cases to prove a negative. "Not guilty" is used instead because you only have to persuade the jury that there's a reasonable chance that you are not, in fact, guilty. And, as far as the value of a confession, IANAL, but my understanding is that once you confess under oath, the law presumes that you did, in fact, commit the crime and that fact can be used against you in any later civil case. That's why some plea bargain agreements allow the defendant to plead "no contest:" they accept the punishment but don't officially confess to the crime, giving them a better chance in later court actions because they haven't either been proven guilty nor confessed to having done the crime.

yesterday
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Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

techno-vampire Re:Shyeah, right. (273 comments)

The idea is that your backups should be far enough apart that they won't be caught in the same natural disaster. As an example, I live in Southern California, just north of Los Angeles. If I had data that I really needed to protect, I'd have two off-site backups. One would be far enough away from home that a flood, tsunami (My home is about 170 feet above sea level and within a few miles of the coast.) or wildfire wouldn't get both of them. The other one would be far enough away that I'd not have to worry about it after the next big quake, possibly in the mid-west. Simple common prudence, no need for paranoia.

2 days ago
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Regin Malware In EU Attack Linked To US and British Intelligence Agencies

techno-vampire Re:How surprising (129 comments)

Kind of makes me wonder what happened to that "land of the free" part of the national charactor.

Well, at least we can still claim to be the "home of the brave." Of course, that just leaves us on a par with Freedonia.

2 days ago
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Eizo Debuts Monitor With 1:1 Aspect Ratio

techno-vampire Re:Rotated (329 comments)

You're probably not old enough, but there used to be something called the 80 column mind. This was something that affected programmers who had learned how to use computers back in the days when the punched card was king, and were still writing programs that expected all input and output to fit into that medium's 80 character restrictions. I worked for JPL for a few years in the mid-80's, and even then many of their newer programs used what were called "cardimages:" computer records that were designed to mimic a punched card either because they received input from a program that was a legacy from the old punched card days or who's output would be fed to one. And, of course, sometimes both were that way. I'm sure that they've moved past that by now, for the most part, but I know that their main space probe navigation system was written with cardimages in mind and I doubt that they've ever gone to the expense of having something that works so well re-written.

4 days ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

techno-vampire Re:Global warming is bunk anyway. (366 comments)

Yes, there has been rapid heating over the last 150 years, as the Earth recovered from the effects of The Little Ice Age. Nothing particularly unusual or exiting about it, because the one thing that's known for sure about the Earth's climate is that it's always changing.

5 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

techno-vampire Re:Half the story... (246 comments)

And because President Kennedy died in 1963 (before he could completely back away from the commitment)...

Do you have any evidence that he intended to do that, or are you just looking for an excuse to blame everything on LBJ and Nixon?

about a week ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

techno-vampire Re:Where will Uber dig? (169 comments)

Rob Ford? Wasn't he the dirty little coward who shot Mr. Howard and laid poor Jesse in his grave?

about a week ago
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NYC To Replace Most of Its Payphones With Free Gigabit WiFi In 2015

techno-vampire Re:Not Free... (106 comments)

So what you're saying is, NYC is deep in the heart of taxes.

about two weeks ago
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The Dutch Village Where Everyone Has Dementia

techno-vampire Re:Group homes vs nursing homes (231 comments)

Of course no female mates want to marry me (still never had a date and a virgin).

Maybe if you got outside once in a while and learned how to interact with the rest of society this problem would take care of itself.

about two weeks ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

techno-vampire Re:Sounds like bullshit to me (323 comments)

My understanding is that what's stockpiled is raw cocoa beans, still in the shell. As long as you keep it dry and away from insects, it's about as perishable as wheat, which is to say, not very. You can keep it for several years before you have to worry about it deteriorating, so that when there's a good year, you can stock up the excess to sell later. Now, the demand is up and production is down, so we're using it up faster than we're replacing it.

about two weeks ago
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Real Steampunk Computer Brought Back To Life

techno-vampire Re:Mechanical computers are awesome (81 comments)

Back when I was in the Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club in '72, our ship carried a 5"/54 gun, which was aimed using a mechanical analog computer. I know that the Iowa Class Battleships all used mechanical fire control both because it was more than accurate enough for the job and because it was specifically designed to ignore the shocks caused by firing the main battery, as well as the bigger shocks caused by incoming shells, bombs and torpedoes.

about two weeks ago
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Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17

techno-vampire Re:If I was running counter-intelligence for the C (340 comments)

My guess is CIA/Mossad.

Just out of curiosity, what would Mossad have to gain from something like this? I could see them trying to give Al Queda or ISIL some bad press, but what would they have to gain from making Ukraine look bad?

about two weeks ago
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No, You Can't Seize Country TLDs, US Court Rules

techno-vampire Re:There's only one solution (120 comments)

And if that's not enough, there's always OADS for when you really want to be sure, but don't want to worry about fallout.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

techno-vampire Re:Yet I'm The Racist (438 comments)

I get my medical care from the VA and am very happy with it. My current Primary Caregiver got his medical education at a university in Egypt, and I'm perfectly satisfied with his abilities. Among other things, I like the fact that when he didn't like the way my Type II diabetes was reacting to my current medications, he referred me to Endocrinology because he knew his limits and didn't find anything wrong with asking for help when he needed it. I'd much rather put my health in his hands than in somebody who went to a more "western" medical school who wasn't willing to admit that he didn't know everything.

about two weeks ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

techno-vampire Re:Exams are bullshit (438 comments)

Exams generally try to determine how you have memorized some subject, not how you can adapt what you've learned.

Really? Let's say that you're taking the final exam for a course in Trig that consists in nothing but solving problems (and showing your work) that aren't in the text book. If all you've done is memorize the material but haven't learned how to use it, how are you going to pass the test?

about two weeks ago
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I expect to be conventionally alive ...

techno-vampire Re:To quote Salvor Hardin ... (187 comments)

I'm sure that there are many people who'd be much happier if you were, "Not merely dead, but really most sincerely dead."

about three weeks ago

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America's first police auto-gyro

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 3 years ago

techno-vampire writes "The auto-gyro isn't a new idea; the first successful flight for one was in January 1923. What is new is that police in Tomball, Texas are experimenting with them for aerial surveillance. With a price tag of only $75,000 and operational costs of $50/hour, they're considerably more cost-effective than helicopters."
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Another AGW alarmist rescued from Arctic

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "The Herald Sun reports that TOM Smitheringale wanted to prove the world was warming. Now he's another alarmist with frostbite.

It goes on to say that this is actually now the fourth year running that warming alarmists have had to be rescued from expeditions to prove the Arctic is warmer than it actually is. It's a metaphor.

According to the article, AGW alarmists have repeatedly needed to be rescued during publicity stunts trying to raise awareness of the melting Arctic ice cap because of brutal sub-zero weather conditions on the currently thickening ice sheet."

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Charles Darwin's best-kept secret

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 4 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice.

Today, its peaks are covered by lush tropical "cloud forest".

What happened in the interim is the amazing story of how the architect of evolution, Kew Gardens and the Royal Navy conspired to build a fully functioning, but totally artificial ecosystem.

By a bizarre twist, this great imperial experiment may hold the key to the future colonisation of Mars."

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Which Linux distro should I choose?

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "Currently, I'm using Fedora Linux on my desktop, and Puppy Linux on my very old laptop. I do tech support for my sister, who uses Ubuntu Linux. Now, I have a chance to get a brand-new, modern laptop and it occurs to me that this is a chance to broaden my Linux knowledge. The new laptop will mostly be used for browsing, email and wordprocessing, with gaming a minor consideration. If you were me, which Linux distro would you install, and why?"
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Ocean Circulation Doesn't Work As Expected

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 5 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "The familiar model of Atlantic ocean currents that shows a discrete "conveyor belt" of deep, cold water flowing southward from the Labrador Sea is probably all wet. New research led by Duke University and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution relied on an armada of sophisticated floats to show that much of this water, originating in the sea between Newfoundland and Greenland, is diverted generally eastward by the time it flows as far south as Massachusetts. From there it disburses to the depths in complex ways that are difficult to follow. A 50-year-old model of ocean currents had shown this southbound subsurface flow of cold water forming a continuous loop with the familiar northbound flow of warm water on the surface, called the Gulf Stream. "Everybody always thought this deep flow operated like a conveyor belt, but what we are saying is that concept doesn't hold anymore," said Duke oceanographer Susan Lozier. "So it's going to be more difficult to measure these climate change signals in the deep ocean.""
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Using DNA to identify soldiers MIA

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 6 years ago

techno-vampire writes "According to an article at Military.com, the Army is trying to get DNA samples from about 6,300 families of soldiers MIA from WWII, Korea and Vietnam. These will be put in a databank and used to (they hope) identify the remains of servicemen who would otherwise remain nameless. The article includes both a phone number and an email address for contact."
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New rootkit from Sony

techno-vampire techno-vampire writes  |  more than 7 years ago

techno-vampire (666512) writes "An article in The Register reports that a new USB fingerprint authentication device from Sony repeats the CD rootkit exploit of two years ago. The MicroVault USM-F fingerprint reader software bundled with the stick installs a hidden directory under Windows. Either they didn't learn from the PR nightmare last time, or they really thought they'd get away with it this time, but in either case, smooth move, Mr. ExLax!"
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