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Comment: Nanny State (Score 1) 364

by GrBear (#47870931) Attached to: Text While Driving In Long Island and Have Your Phone Disabled

It's pretty sad that situations like this lead down the road to a nanny state.. but the people texting and driving don't seem to realize they're the driving it in that direction.

Also, to the comments about the popo getting a free pass, in some places LEO's and emergency response are specifically exempted under the law to use their data terminals and conversely their GPS apps.

Comment: Crap hardware (Score 3, Informative) 643

by GrBear (#47768257) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

As someone in the business of selling law enforcement equipment, I'll tell you right now, most of the body cams available for law enforcement are compete and utter crap.

Not only that, they don't have an effective back office solution to manage all that video. Sure you can dump the video onto a hard drive, but it needs to be indexed somehow so it can be searched for later by officer name, date, etc.

A few companies are trying to make body worn cameras that don't look like blair witch recordings, but at this point, there's still at least a year away before anything usable arrives.

Comment: My experience this past month with Linux (Score 1) 727

by GrBear (#47716669) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

PC: Gigabyte GA-Z97X-UD5H, i7-4770K, 16GB RAM, GTX 780 Ti.

Tried Mint Linux 18 Cinnimon & KDE, Ubuntu 14.04, Debian 7.6

None of them would even boot on my computer, even after dicking around with bios settings for an hour.

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'm all for Linux on servers, I own and run several, but damn, it shouldn't take a bloody engineering degree to get a GUI OS to install and work properly.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982

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