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Comment Re:Or just make the diesels hybrids (Score 1) 184

Or possibly even pure electric depending on whether we can get the range. Milk floats - which have a fairly similar life - have been mainly electric for decades.

We either need batteries that can last all day, or that can be replaced quickly as part of the daily schedule, but those are technically achievable.

Comment Re: Humn.... That one is hard. (Score 2, Interesting) 316

Crom, I have never prayed to you before. I have no tongue for it. No one, not even you, will remember if we were good men or bad. Why we fought, or why we died. All that matters is that two stood against many. That's what's important! Valor pleases you, Crom... so grant me one request. Grant me revenge! And if you do not listen, then to HELL with you!

Comment Re:Comedy of errors (Score 1) 815

Right because somone who does not possess electronics knowledge can tell the difference between a PCB for a cheap electronic clock and one that is some kind of detonator.

The school officials, and the police, all asserted that they had exactly that ability, as none of them actually invoked a single procedure that they had in place for dealing with a suspected bomb.

Schools get evacuated on the basis of a single anonymous phone call which says there's a bomb in a locker. It happens on a regular basis. Yet when they had the device IN HAND, they very obviously made the determination that it was in no way, shape or form dangerous. They did not evacuate the school. They did not call in bomb disposal. The teacher kept it in a desk drawer for a fair length of time. The police transported the 'device' in the same vehicle that they used to perpshame Ahmed.

They didn't just believe it wasn't a bomb, they made a specific determination, at every level and at every point in the debacle, that it wasn't a bomb, and SPECIFICALLY CHOSE to not invoke the procedures that all start with 'If there is ANY possibility that there is a bomb, do this....'

Comment Re:No! (Score 2) 815

Being arrested requires that charges be filed.

Incorrect. You're 'detained' of the officer stops you for any reason. You're 'under arrest' if you don't feel free to leave, if the police transport you anywhere, or uses force to prevent you from leaving. The officer requires 'reasonable suspicion' to detain you, and requires 'probable cause' to arrest you, but it DOES NOT need to lead to charges. The officer can reasonably believe you were commiting a crime, then turn out to be wrong, or have new evidence come to light without it having been false arrest.

Your twenty minutes is plucked out of the air and meaningless.

Actually, it's a rule of thumb applied by the SCOTUS. Google it a bit and you'll find all sorts of case law, opinions, and the like.

Otherwise, google 'detention versus arrest' and you'll find all sorts of legal jurisprudence about it. Like this. Or this. Or even this.

TLDR: You can be 'detained' on suspicion. If you're not free to go, if the officer moves you, or if the officer starts calling in backup, drug sniffing dogs, and the like, you're under arrest. If he develops 'probable cause' to believe you've committed a crime, he can arrest you.

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 1) 815

The article doesn't go into a lot of detail about the justification for the lawsuit. It looks like they're after punitive damages for wrongful arrest discrimination and whatever else they can get to stick. No idea how successfuk this would bel

2) once the jury hears about his overly-activist father and the lawyer's insinuation that the whole thing was a set-up?

I seriously doubt that they expect this to get anywhere near a jury. These things are usually settled out of court. Lawsuits are expensive for the defendant even if you win.

Comment Re:That won't last long... (Score 1, Insightful) 815

Ahmed was not detained. He was arrested. At no point would he have felt that he was free to go. Also, 'twenty minutes' seems to be the rule of thumb for how long somebody can be 'detained' before it turns into a de-facto arrest.

Ahmed was hauled off in cuffs, for zero reason. The American legal system specifically puts a dollar value on damages, as well as having the idea of putative awards. Ahmed deserves both.

Comment Re:Must be nice to be at a wealthy company (Score 1) 164

These benefits should be at the federal level. In my country Venezuela here's what happens:

You get paid vacations, 15 days per year, one additional day per year worked
Maternity leave is paid and up to 8 months, and can be divided in pre maternity and post maternity. Women mix them up with their vacations to extend the time with their babies.
Companies must provide a daily food allowance benefit (sounds good on paper, but inflation is so high, it doesn't do much)

Every company with at least (20 employees i think) must do this

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