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Comment Re:Well, there goes the 4th Amendment again... (Score 1) 204

I'm not a lawyer but I think this is how the reasoning goes: A bench warrant is actually broader than a search warrant. A judge has ordered the defendant be taken into custody. The cards were in the defendant's possession. The police have the authority to search anything in his possession while he is in custody. And yes, that would include opening a closed container to peruse it's contents. Probable cause is not required because the defendant is already in custody.

Comment Closer to true than you might think (Score 4, Insightful) 121

What Al Gore actually said was "I took the initiative in creating the internet". In context his statement is true. No, he did not invent the internet. But he was the first politician to recognize that interconnecting computers could have benefits far beyond improvements in science. He realized that the network should opened up to everyone. As far back as the 1970's Gore was involved in legislation involving technology and he worked tirelessly to educate other politicians about technology. He wrote bills that funded research in robotics, magnetic leviation, biotech, image recognition, speech recognition just to name a few. He wrote the bill that funded Mosaic and also wrote the bill that essentially privatized the Internet.

If you want to know more about how Gore "invented the internet" take the initiative and find a book. It's a fascinating story.

Comment This isn't what I was imagining (Score 1) 48

I expected this to be a scooter for the handicapped that's equipt with robotics. Being able to have your wheelchair come to you would have all sorts of practical applications. I was thinking about this the other day when I saw Walmart's carts sitting out in the rain. How much would retailers save in wear and tear if those things parked themselves? They already use electric motors. How hard would it be to automate them?

Comment Re:They disarmed him? (Score 2) 129

Not according to the chief who recommended termination or the city manager who actually fired him. They say it had nothing to do with the shooting.

This officer is wrong about one thing. He should find a decent lawyer. In PA you can fire someone without giving a reason but if you fire someone for cause it has to be legal. The city now says the officer was fired for the two earlier incidents, but he was never reprimanded. The letter of termination had two pages detailing what the officer did wrong in the shooting and two sentences each that mention the other incidents.

One of the incidents was a failure to report a DOA. That incident involved the same two officers involved in the shooting. They had 14 and 11 years of experience. This officer had 11 months. None of the three officers reported the DOA and the more experienced officers were not disciplined.

The other incident was a complaint from a citizen who's husband was arrested. She accused the officer of swearing. Give me a break, if every cop that cursed were fired we wouldn't have any police at all.

Look, I don't have a problem with the shooting. These officers had every right to defend themselves. But I do have a problem with a police chief who fires a cop and then lies about his reasons. This chief even gave a press conference where he told the public that all three officers were back on the job. That was less than 24 hours after he fired the rookie.

Comment Re:Worse (Score 2) 429

I'm with you on the deer and wild horses but let me introduce you to an Indonesian feral cat. My childhood nightmares were filled with these filthy creatures. They had mange, fleas and ticks. They were often deranged from rabies and would scream and fight at all hours. Oh, and they have a habit of pouncing on people. Get bitten or scratched and you had to get vaccinated for rabies. That required multiple injections in your belly. I have never understood my fellow American's tolerance for feline vermin.

On the other hand, the rats in Indonesia can reach 16 inches or about twice the size of an American city rat. But I don't really mind them. Just drop a python under the house and it's taken care of.

Comment Antibacterial vs antibiotic (Score 1) 248

Antibacterials are antibiotics used to treat surfaces rather than being ingested. This article predates the ruling but the scientific explanation is still relevant. Note the following text:

Additional experiments found that some bacteria can combat triclosan and other biocides with export systems that could also pump out antibiotics. It was demonstrated that these triclosan-resistant mutants were also resistant to several antibiotics, specifically chloramphenicol, ampicillin, tetracycline and ciprofloxacin.

Comment The FDA does have jurisdiction (Score 1) 248

You may have missed the following text from the same page:

If a intended not only for cleansing but also to cure, treat, or prevent is regulated as a drug, or possibly both a drug and a cosmetic. Examples include antibacterial cleansers.

From the FDA announcement:

Antibacterial hand and body wash manufacturers did not provide the necessary data to establish safety and effectiveness for the 19 active ingredients addressed in this final rulemaking. For these ingredients, either no additional data were submitted or the data and information that were submitted were not sufficient for the agency to find that these ingredients are Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective (GRAS/GRAE).

Having classified these products as drugs, the FDA does have jurisdiction. The ruling was proposed in 2013, subjected to public review, subjected to congressional review and finalized last week.

Comment Maybe we should give them what they're asking for (Score 2) 74

China wants the internet on their terms. Instead of finding ways to work around the firewall perhaps we should just block China completely. Let them choose between living in the free world or living behind an iron curtain. I'm guessing they want trade more than they want control.

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