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+ - City issued speed camera ticket to motionless car-> 1

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SternisheFan
SternisheFan writes: "The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone —and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction. But the Mazda wasn't speeding. It wasn't even moving. The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street.
    Since the articles' publication, several lawmakers have called for changes to the state law that governs the way the city and other jurisdictions operate speed camera programs. Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday that state law bars contractors from being paid based on the number of citations issued or paid —an approach used by Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and elsewhere. "The law says you're not supposed to charge by volume. I don't think we should charge by volume," O'Malley said. "If any county is, they need to change their program.""

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Comment: Increasingly typical police behavior (Score 5, Insightful) 936

by Hagaric (#42273293) Attached to: New Hampshire Cops Use Taser On Woman Buying Too Many iPhones

It seems the concept that violence is a last resort has disappeared from policing.. Increasingly, even quiet, cooperative people are pinned down, handcuffed and manhandled as a matter of course. Violence has become one of the "perks" of policework, and the evil cycle of abuse and intimidation means fewer and fewer people object. Can anyone see any reason whatsoever for the violent treatment of this woman, who at worst is guilty of conspiracy to illegally export some telephones?

+ - NASA considering L2 outpost->

Submitted by mknewman
mknewman writes: NASA has secretly been working on a plan to develop a manned outpost on the far side of the moon, but the lofty plan has been kept quiet until after the presidential election, according to media reports.

According to Space.com, the plan has probably already been cleared by the Obama administration. Officials kept the plan under wraps in case Mitt Romney won the presidential election.

The plan would set up a manned station in an area of space called the "earth moon libration point," CNN reported. The spot is a point in space where the gravitational forces of the moon and Earth are roughly balanced.

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+ - In Space, everyone can hear you giggle!->

Submitted by Hagaric
Hagaric writes: I was surprised to see no mention of today's spacewalk, which is some of the best space entertainment I've seen in a long time. It seems to me that the style of spacewalks has relaxed an awful lot compared to earlier efforts where every move of hand & foot was choreographed. Today we see several people doing some outdoor plumbing work (got a radiator problem) in zero-g. The difference is, they seem to be enjoying themselves massing about with thermal covers & wireties, and there is a definite vein of humor in the comms, both ground-to-space & between them.

Is it just me, or have times changed in space?

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Hardware

+ - Apple offers to pay Google $1 per device-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Motorola feels that Apple is infringing on several FRAND patents that have to do with how every smartphone in existence connects to WiFi and cellular networks. Since Apple makes smartphones, and Google is looking to use their newly acquired Motorola as a weapon, the two companies are only a few days away from the courtroom.

Apple has conceded that the Moto patents are valid by offering to pay Google/Moto $1 per device, but only going forward. Motorola wants 2.25% per device and for it to cover all Apple devices (back dated). If Motorola pursues the case and the court issues a per device rate that is higher than Apple’s offer, Apple promises to pursue all possible appeals to avoid paying more than $1. Motorola could end this quickly, or watch as Apple drags this out for what could be years.

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Movies

+ - All five Star Trek Captains together-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Just after half past seven on the evening of Friday 19th November, history was made at the Destination Star Trek London event at the capital's ExCel centre; when Captains Archer (Scott Bakula), Janeway (Kate Mulgrew), Sisko (Avery Brooks), Picard (Patrick Stewart) and James T. Kirk (William Shatner) appeared together on a European stage for the first time.

This momentous event, which had occurred just once before, at the Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, USA in June, not only lived up to the expectations of fans who had dreamed of this moment for years, but exceeded them by a good light-year.

[Recap of the event at the link]

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