Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive


Forgot your password?
For the out-of-band Slashdot experience (mostly headlines), follow us on Twitter, or Facebook. ×

Comment: Boy's Dominance in Computer Classes? (Score 1) 779 779

Say what? Is this yet another solution looking for a problem? When I was taking computer classes in high school the hands down top performer was a young woman named "Marjorie" who went on to an Ivy League school. WA has lost its collective mind again...

Comment: Funding (Score 1) 455 455

You do realize where the money is coming from, right? Our tax dollars. Nevertheless my position is an honest police officer should welcome the cameras because they cut both ways. If they screw up it'll go on record and if a suspect is making allegations that are false it will be recorded.

Comment: Cuts both ways. (Score 1) 643 643

I happen to be very pro law enforcement and I agree with the Senator. If body cams had been in place in Ferguson I would imagine the extremes in the story of what happened would have been cleared up over night. Video from the policeman's vest would either exonerate him or convict him. No grey areas there. If I were a policeman I'd want a vest camera.

Comment: Loose Lips Sinik Ships (Score 1) 248 248

For the safety of the country there are certain things that need to remain secret. Some complain our government doesn't do enough to protect us. Others see the boogeyman behind everything the government does. Criteria for no-fly list? I imagine there is an element of secrecy there and it would largely depend on intelligence generated through a number of sources. Are there mistakes made? Of course. Unfortunately the process is administered by human beings who are flawed vessels at best.

Comment: Two sides of the coin (Score 2) 534 534

As much as it pains me I see two sides of this issue: 1) Anyone who is a public employee is subject to oversight in my humble opinion. Especially folks that wear badges, carry weapons and have arrest powers. It effects several of the rights of US citizens. 2) I understand the need for operational security, especially where organized crime (drug cartels, for example) are involved. If SWAT is used, for instance, in taking down a major drug dealers "safe house" and the probable cause they had was the result of undercover police then I'd say that is an example of records that need to be sealed for the safety of the undercover police involved. Undercover cops hang their skins over the line enough just doing what they do. There needs to be a fair balance between allowing law enforcement to do their jobs and the public "right to know." Some secrets I don't believe should be public knowledge if the safety of the lives acting on good faith are involved. Remember: law enforcement is done by human beings. I shudder to think of a "Robocop" scenario playing out in this country.

Comment: OK... so the devil is in the details (Score 4, Informative) 297 297

Drones are not the only way to get in trouble with the FAA. If you are into LDRS (Large Dangerous Rocket Ships) there is a maximum altitude your rocket can go and if you expect it to exceed that altitude you need to clear it with air traffic control before launch. It only makes sense given the obvious potential for havoc. The person cited in this article did commit some questionable acts. Crashing into buildings and crash landing the drone were people were milling about and going about their day is not cool. It only takes one "oops" where property damage or personal bodily injury occurs and the hobby will end up being heavily regulated.

A fail-safe circuit will destroy others. -- Klipstein