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Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

tinkerton Re:With taxes you buy civilization, remember? (289 comments)

I said such a thing in a recent post (http://slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=6696045&cid=48782413), but much less eloquently .

3 days ago
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To Avoid Detection, Terrorists Made Messages Seem Like Spam

tinkerton Re:I wonder, how much REAL spam these guys receive (110 comments)

It's a public secret that the reason NSA 's billion dollar program doesn't intercept any terrorist communication is their spam filters

about a week ago
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Carnivorous Pitcher Plant "Out-Thinks" Insects

tinkerton Re:It's the opposite of my wife's pussy! (111 comments)

My wife: Her pussy was always wet until we got married; then it dried up.

Maybe you just haven't noticed the followup part of the metaphor...

about two weeks ago
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The Mystery of Glenn Seaborg's Missing Plutonium: Solved

tinkerton Re:Safety? (85 comments)

Could be, I don't know. Dissolve and spray? But you really need very little to close the place because the actual extent of the danger doesn't matter much. Perception runs its own course.

about two weeks ago
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The Mystery of Glenn Seaborg's Missing Plutonium: Solved

tinkerton Re:Safety? (85 comments)

Alpha emissions are easily shielded too. On the other hand, if the sample is broken and dispersed they can't avoid closing the whole place down. Small amounts of plutonium function great in dirty bombs.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

tinkerton Re:What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

To be honest I don't really think there are any black flag operations involved in whatever you think..
But I do think it's about the money.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

tinkerton Re: What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

The real problem is

No.

no matter what the situation, no matter the result, there will always be a segment of the population that is unhappy with how a cop handled the situation

Yes.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

tinkerton Re:What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

for those involved 10 billion per year that is redirected to the right pockets just means a huge success. To maintain a budget like that you'll hire terrorists if necessary.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

tinkerton Re:What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

Then maybe I should rephrase it. I'm talking about militarization in the sense that you treat the other party as an enemy who is trying to kill you and whose life has very little value in comparison to yours. Not in terms of structure and discipline.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

tinkerton Re:What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

I suppose you'll have kneejerk reactions in both directions. The thing that's popping up now and then is militarization. That they're moving towards warlike thinking and warlike methods.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

tinkerton Re:What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

Recall that for a recent shooting of a 12 year old kid in the park the police released video footage. The footage was used in defense of the police actions. They showed a police car driving right up to the kid, getting out and shooting the kid. The cops thought that was perfectly alright because the kid had a gun and they couldn't know the gun wasn't real. But ask any cop in a european country how they would have handled it. First, it's suicidal because if the kid had really been dangerous the cop would have been dead with that maneuver. Second, they should have stayed at a distance and ordered the kid to put the gun down.

Now those cops and taser footage? Any action that the cops don't approve of would be seen (with sincere conviction) as a reason for tasering.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

tinkerton Re:After the taser is used is too late.... (219 comments)

You'll need a solution for all that footage of shoes :) But it's an idea. It's also possible to put things in a constant recording loop . Then at any time you have a recording of the last half minute but it gets overwritten all the time unless you pull the taser out of the holster. Then it gets extended.

about two weeks ago
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LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

tinkerton Re:What happened before the tazing? (219 comments)

That's right but I wonder to what extent the argument of self defense is still being dragged in. I recall that in the beginning tasers were being presented as an alternative to guns. That was not a credible argument and I would like to see statistics about whether guns have been used less since introduction of tasers. I think that tasers have just become a new way to force people to are no credible danger but who are just not obeying orders . Or not fast enough.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Thinks You'll Pay $1200 For a Digital Walkman

tinkerton Re:Not expensive for an audiophile device (391 comments)

Actually a lot of audiophiles have always stuck to vinyl . It was the CD they scoffed at. Then later on they got a new reason to despise CD when record companies started to use more compression on CD while the dynamics on vinyl was left intact.

about three weeks ago
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Anthropomorphism and Object Oriented Programming

tinkerton Duh! (303 comments)

A new article fleshes out Dijkstra's statement, providing a good example of where an anthropomorphized analogy for Object Oriented Programming breaks down when you push it too far.

Yeah well, don't push it too far then. Are there a lot of people who are pushing it too far?

about three weeks ago
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How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy

tinkerton Re:Why? (272 comments)

If you can provide external propulsion (some kind of laser thing or whatever) it would make a large difference. Then you just need to brake. So
- step one: mission with unmanned replicating robots that starts with external propulsion, takes an awful long time to get there
- it brakes by itself.
- it builds a braking system
- a manned mission is sent with external launching and braking.
- profit

about three weeks ago
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US Slaps Sanctions On North Korea After Sony Cyberattack

tinkerton Re:i heard that Sony hack was insiders (231 comments)

I've seen video though that shows that the planes flew in from the outside.

about three weeks ago

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