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Comment: Old news (Score 4, Interesting) 151

by SoCalChris (#48304489) Attached to: Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving
Over a decade ago, Siemens offered a system that offered all of this. It would automatically alert dispatch if a vehicle left a specified area, the shotgun was dismounted, lights were on, vehicle was exceeding a certain speed without lights on, etc... I worked with the public transit version which had similar features, but the local PD was there with us for quite a bit evaluating how we were using it to possibly start using it on their fleet. This was in 2004.

Comment: Re:Google has 20 apps? (Score 1) 427

But why should they be a part of the OS? They can be, and frequently are replaced with third party apps with different functionality. Having those remain apps that are separate from the OS allows this, as well as allows people to keep their phones up to date easier since they're not as reliant upon the manufacturers and carriers to push out updates to the OS. This is Google's way of dealing with the version fragmentation that has plagued Android. This is a good thing, in my opinion.

Comment: Re:Google has 20 apps? (Score 1) 427

Camera, calendar, chrome, hangouts (messages), clock, google+, dialer, people (Contact manager), photos are all apps that are a pretty central part of an android phone. Not to mention the suite of Play apps (Movies, news, store, music, etc.) and other google services that aren't required but are very useful such as translate, google+, sky map, goggles, etc.

Comment: Re:Anti-math and anti-science ... (Score 1, Interesting) 981

by SoCalChris (#47928435) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

The problem with your oversimplification is that the holy book of Christianity encourages pacifism

Have you actually read the Bible?

Matthew 15:3-7

John 15:5-6

Genesis 6:6-7

Numbers 31:15-41

As a side note, the Awkward Moments (Not found in your average) Children's Bible that these illustrations came from are great books.

Comment: Re:Shuttle was OK, I suppose. (Score 1) 48

by SoCalChris (#46508691) Attached to: Endeavor Launch Pad Being Rebuilt Piece By Piece

This is a textbook illustration of trying to get people, and especially kids, interested in science. If people can't see things like this, they will lose interest. Kids won't study with aspirations of doing things like this. Adults won't approve taxes to help fund the sciences. Our economy will continue to lose ground to the countries that are making science important.

Seeing pictures and videos of the shuttle in action is impressive. Actually seeing it in person, and the displays set up at the Science Center are even more impressive.

Comment: Re:FIRE! (Score 1) 457

by SoCalChris (#46167829) Attached to: Judge Says You Can Warn Others About Speed Traps

About a year ago, I was pulled over for speeding. (Incorrectly, a similar vehicle had driven past me at the speed that the officer said I was going). While I was pulled over and the CHP officer was talking to me, someone who was driving past reported the police there. It piped up and helpfully told me that police was reported ahead, in 0 feet. The officer found it kind of amusing, and I was able to talk my way out of the ticket.

Comment: Re:Participation not exactly "voluntary"... (Score 2) 562

by SoCalChris (#45731419) Attached to: Police Pull Over More Drivers For DNA Tests

California has mobile SMOG checks that are also "voluntary". Vehicles are flagged out of traffic by a CHP officer, at which point you're allowed to choose whether you want to have your car smogged. Although if you refuse to have your car checked, your license plate is recorded and logged for later analysis.

-Section 4.3

"The license plate numbers of vehicles whose operators decline to participate in the Roadside Inspection Program are recorded and entered into a laptop computer for later analysis."

http://www.epa.gov/otaq/regs/im/roadside.pdf

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