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Comment: Re:Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 1) 29

You might be able to solve the problem(at the expense of a great deal of additional workload) by larding the caseload with samples specifically constructed to be non-matches; but then blinded and packaged the same as any other sample, to identify people who just lean positive; but that would probably require a lot of additional work to do in enough quantity to counteract the obvious pressure.

Comment: Re:Easy to fix (Score 1) 29

Why on parity?

In their capacity as (ostensibly) trustworthy, neutral, expert testimony, they both victimize the defendant and betray the public's trust in the criminal justice system and the duties of their office.

Punishment-on-parity seems like the absolute bare minimum, with no acknowledgement of the aggravating circumstances of abuse of authority, the corrosive effects on rule of law and public trust in the existence of rule of law, and so on. I am sympathetic to arguments that mounting their heads on spikes outside the courthouse might constitute a public nuisance, because of the smell of decay; but that would bring the requisite gravity to the situation.

Comment: That's a...polite...way to put it. (Score 1) 29

Is there any reason, aside from the reflexive deference to allegedly legitimate authority figures, why they use the phrases 'gave flawed testimony' and 'overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors' rather than the more honest 'committed a fuckton of perjury'?

Comment: Re:Too busy to rip the radio out of my car (Score 1) 157

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49503511) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017
I don't know why anyone bothers, given that DJ spew is one of the most insufferable aspects of radio, without even the crass-but-compelling monetary justification of ads; but odds are good, on many channels, that there isn't even necessarily a DJ specific to that station. Once you can their obnoxious chatter, you can programmatically sprinkle it into the playlists of multiple stations in different markets. You only really need to be more specialized if the chatter is supposed to have some 'local' flavor, in which case you do need recordings matched to the appropriate market.

Comment: Re:Oh FFS (Score 2) 157

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49503479) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017
If you want to be pedantic about acceptable variations choosing something with such a long history and such wide use in various disciplines is a terrible plan.

"Percent" is probably the most common flavor currently; but 'per cent', 'per cent.', 'pct', 'pc', and likely others are still within the realm of accepted use. Hell, the '%' sign isn't even entirely settled, unicode has something like four defined variants. And that doesn't count the archaic, but historically used and still recognizable, specimens that cropped up between Latin and the present day.

I take it that you were exposed to basic literacy and only basic literacy, none of that messy intermediate stuff.

Comment: Re:So much for long distance Listening (Score 1) 157

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49503395) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017
It also doesn't help that digital transitions are when broadcasters usually give in to the temptation to squeeze in a bunch of extra channels. When they get really greedy, the results are so bandwidth starved that they sound like horribly compressed crap(because they are) even under ideal circumstances. Even if they don't push it that hard, they haven't typically been very conservative about building in a lot of margin for degradation.

Comment: Re:Less accessible (Score 1) 157

by fuzzyfuzzyfungus (#49503367) Attached to: Norway Will Switch Off FM Radio In 2017
This probably has something to do with the fact that 'HD Radio' is a proprietary non-standard that is whatever iBiquity Digital Corporation say it is, and costs whatever they say it does. They obviously want it to be adopted, because they get nothing if it dies; but that's pretty much the only incentive encouraging them to cooperate on licensing or keep prices reasonable.

There is a pitiful veneer of 'standardization', courtesy of the NRSC; but 'NRSC-5c' is more or less a very lightly de-branded generic descriptions fleshed out by the incorporation-by-reference of the iBiquity documentation.

It makes the various MPEG standards and dealing with the MPEG-LA look like some kind of FOSS hippie commune by comparison.

Comment: Re:Is banishment legal? (Score 1) 262

by Shakrai (#49503159) Attached to: Gyrocopter Pilot Appears In Court; Judge Bans Him From D.C.

*shrug*, in New York State they have six months for all felony charges except murder, where they have a year. It takes time for both sides (defense and prosecution) to prepare their cases. 70 days seems reasonable to me, particularly in the case of someone (like the subject of TFA) who isn't being held pending trial.

Comment: Re:Pioneers get arrows in back (Score 1) 124

Does it make calls? No? Then what the fuck does it do that the smartphone I already have to carry already does? I bet you can't think of a damned thing...and THAT is the problem in a nutshell. Every other Apple hit? Were things that people were already using that had bad UIs, MP3 players had menupaloza, tablets had itty bitty desktops and right and left clicks, phones had awful screens and bad apps, its the same story across the board.....until you get to the iWatch which has ZERO reason to exist as it does nothing that the phone you already have to carry already does and it doesn't make calls so it can't replace the phone...lame.

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