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Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 1) 134

That's not an answer. Slashdot headline says, "Driven largely by oil price weakness." Where's the evidence for that statement? It makes no economic sense that renewable energy investment increases because its competition gets cheaper unless 1) It's due to subsidies, and/or 2) It's due to the coming on line of projects that were in the pipeline before oil took a dive.

Comment: Re:why start after the fact? (Score 1) 219

They should do what traffic cams do and keep a constant feed that overwrites itself, then if it triggers that it needs to keep the recording it has the last 30 seconds already. Seems stupid to start recording after they're already suing a taser...

If the LAPD uses the same policy as other departments with body cams, the officer will be instructed to activate the camera whenever about to interact with the public. In which case, the Taser activation would be backup just in case that didn't happen for some reason.

Comment: Detection? (Score 1) 303

Couldn't one write a program to detect Stingray presence by having a database of all possible cell tower IDs and matching the ID of the one to which you're connecting against that list? Since the Stingray relays your intercepted call to a real cell tower it presumably doesn't spoof a real ID. Now that I think about it, I guess in order to prevent the Stingray just using an ID for a cell tower that's out of range but real, you'd have to add in knowledge of your geolocation so as to exclude distant towers.

Comment: Re:Can you say... (Score 1) 266

by John Jorsett (#48594765) Attached to: Judge Rules Drug Maker Cannot Halt Sales of Alzheimer's Medicine

yes, requiring a company WHO IS IN THE HEALTH-CARE BUSINESS to continue saving lives and not taking profits as the first thing.

yes, makes sense to me. but then again, I'm a human being, not a pycho CEO or politician.

there should be a law: if you are in the healthcare business (which is your choice) then you MUST put patients first above all else.

doctors have to swear this. why not the makers of drugs and such? it would fix a LOT of what is broken with the western world, if we did that. think of how much GOOD would be done to humanity, as a whole!

Why stop there? Let's force more companies to GO INTO the health care business, and sell the products the government mandates at prices government specifies. Google and Apple have a lot of cash on hand, let's make them put it to work for the benefit of "humanity, as a whole".

Comment: Re:Time to openly admit... (Score 2) 187

by John Jorsett (#48594705) Attached to: Last Three Years the Quietest For Tornadoes Ever

Nothing new here. Everybody in the field (and most people outside it) know the limitations of weather forecasting.

And yet we're hectored continually that we need to implement costly and Draconian programs based on the predictions of models that don't match observed reality. That's not science, that's some unholy amalgam of politics, fear, profiteering, and insanity.

Comment: Re:Loss of context and common sense (Score 1) 116

by John Jorsett (#48539837) Attached to: NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

a) Strawman. No one is arguing that the expenses should just get a pass.

b) The article says "there was no legal wrongdoing, DCAA director Anita Bales told the hearing".

c) The cited expenses, which the parent refers to, are all in the range of categorization error rather than corruption. However, the article say that "36% of NEON’s budget proposal was questionable or undocumented". The article was silent on how much of the budget spent to date was questionable or undocumented, or whether the problems with the budget proposal were very many instances similar to the cited expenses or larger unmentioned problems were needed to get to the 36%. SO the article fails to give insight on whether the proximate problem is sloppy budgeting or something more nefarious (though you can make the case that sufficiently advances incompetence is indistinguishable from malice).

My late father, an accountant, always said that if you lack controls, it's a virtual certainty that you'll have people stealing from you. The description of the chaos in their bookkeeping, in which a third of their expenditures were unallowable or couldn't even be determined by an audit, is just the sort of situation he was describing. It's also reasonable to think that if they were that sloppy/incompetent/crooked in one area, that other areas of the project were equally affected, like the engineering.

Comment: This has the smell (Score 0) 132

by John Jorsett (#48377395) Attached to: Drone Sightings Near Other Aircraft Up Dramatically
This has the smell of a government agency putting out a story to justify the actions it has taken or is about to take. The FAA is obviously getting concerned that there's too much loose talk about reining in its rulemaking in this area, or circumscribing it, and wants to get out ahead of that. What better way to achieve that than to portray drones as endangering the public's lives every time they fly?

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