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Comment: Re:And It's Illegal to Videotape Police (Score 4, Insightful) 489

by SailorSpork (#49437377) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"
I don't think it is illegal to record police in the open, but that doesn't stop a lot of cops from intimidating citizens into stopping and attempting to confiscate / delete said recordings, especially if the cop did what this guy did. And if it comes to it, it takes a lot more courage to respectfully decline an intimidating request from a man in uniform holding a gun who just shot another man in the back. It didn't happen in this case, but I wonder in how many similar cases police have deleted such recordings? It seems to be standard practice for certain cops.

Comment: Re:in further news show tanks (Score 1) 662

by SailorSpork (#49345807) Attached to: Jeremy Clarkson Dismissed From Top Gear
I think BBC may take the opportunity to just clean house and bring in a new set of 3 hosts. The chemistry that those 3 had was great, so just lugging in a new replacement with the 2 remaining would be a disaster. But it could work with a set of 3 completely new hosts.

Also, I'm betting this was just the last straw with BBC, not the first offense. In the show, Jeremy would constantly make reference to the fact that he was doing things his way and not how producers wanted him to do it... which likely was not always the joke people thought it was. The irreverence to the BBC and its producers was a big part of the show's popularity, but was probably also a thorn in the BBC's side. I await more Stigs driving tanks in protest but don't think it will matter.

tldr; Jeremy kept pissing off BBC so they're probably happy to be rid of him, ratings be damned. We'll all miss him.

Comment: Re:Not Planets (Score 2) 219

by SailorSpork (#48279631) Attached to: Most Planets In the Universe Are Homeless
Don't mod this guy down. He's at least going by the definition from wikipedia (or a similar reference material), which states:A planet (from Ancient Greek (astr plants), meaning "wandering star") is an astronomical object orbiting a star or stellar remnant that (1) is massive enough to be rounded by its own gravity, (2) is not massive enough to cause thermonuclear fusion, and (3) has cleared its neighbouring region of planetesimals.

I'm sure what this article is calling a Planet meets these 3 criteria but do not meet the "circling a star or stellar remnant" apparent pre-requisite. What I cannot tell you is whether or not Wikipedia is wrong about that "needing to orbit a star" bit - I'm sure someone will respond with a reference defending or refuting that point.

+ - xkcd at it again, Turtles all the way down in "Pixels"-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Go to xkcd and do what the comic says, start scrolling to zoom into the picture. Keep going even when you think it just keeps repeating as you will find planets, rocket parts, rocket assembly, blast off, and then a server being shutdown, and some other odds and ends. I am not sure if I got to the bottom as scrolling in my browser died.
Link to Original Source

Comment: Recording Apps (Score 4, Informative) 368

by SailorSpork (#47654983) Attached to: Comcast Drops Spurious Fees When Customer Reveals Recording
Here is an article from Lifehacker on how to record incoming calls on your smart phone. It looks hard unless you use Google Voice, and GV only records incoming calls (fear of grey areas around wiretapping laws it seems). Free Android apps seem to record all sound coming in the mic and end up being lower quality recordings.

Comment: Re:And it's already closed (Score 1) 81

by SailorSpork (#47575435) Attached to: Nevada Construction Project Could Be Tesla/Panasonic Gigafactory
So this site, which according to the article was behind schedule and missed every major milestone, is basically closed as soon as the Panasonic partnership was announced. Maybe this site (and its mismanagement) did not meet Panasonic's needs, as they are supposed to be contributing major amounts of capital and equipment, so much so that this site had to be scrapped. /end speculation

Comment: Re:Could be worse (Score 2) 234

by SailorSpork (#47556563) Attached to: Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM
This same version of Sims 2 DX was given to anyone who has registered any Sims 2 software on Origin. It, in fact, replaced any pre-existing Sims 2 version(s) you had as they were "no longer supported." As one of these people, this is basically bait-and-switch because my old version of Sims without drastic DRM is "no longer supported."

Or to use a car analogy, if the fact that it was given away to everyone else when I already owned it was kind of a slap in the face, the DRM was a slap in the face with a smelly fish that had a nail bat hidden in it.

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