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Comment: Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

by akamad (#42294123) Attached to: 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting
You can't compare the stats of gun deaths at schools with stats of deaths of other causes at all locations. You will probably find that if you compare the number of school deaths caused by guns to the number of school deaths caused by lightning, or to the number of school deaths caused by sharks, or to the number of school deaths caused by box cutters, the guns would have killed more people.

Comment: Re:As if... (Score 1) 147

by akamad (#41185713) Attached to: Pinch-to-Zoom and Rounded Rectangles: What the Jury Didn't Say
I think the issue is that the pinch-to-zoom patent that Apple has is more limited than most people think. Here is a write up on the patent: http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/13/apple-awarded-limited-patent-on-pinch-to-zoom/ So the patent seems to be for pinching and zooming, then letting go and pinching and zooming again as one action. I'm no patent expert, but I'm not sure if that's the same as doing those two things separately as two actions.

Comment: Re:Aside from hype, Apple's real policy... (Score 1) 601

by akamad (#36394740) Attached to: Apple Bans DUI Checkpoint Apps

Question: where speeding is (in most cases) not criminal, and the purported goal of speed traps is for safety, not revenue collection, drivers flashing their headlamps achieves the oft-stated goal: getting drivers to slow down.

I have to disagree with this. Flashing the lights only gets drivers to slow down for 5-10 seconds. For example, they are going 100 in an 80 zone, someone flashes coming the other way flashes their lights, so the driver knows there is a speed trap and they slow down to 80. Then, right after they pass the police, they'll start speeding again. So, like I said, flashing your lights at oncoming drivers only causes people to stop speeding for about 10 seconds max. However, if that speeding driver were to get caught speeding, there is more of a chance they won't speed at all next time since they'll be concerned about a fee or loss of license. So not knowing where speed traps are acts as a deterrent.

Comment: Spideroak is a good alternative (Score 1, Informative) 265

by akamad (#36136278) Attached to: Dropbox Accused of Lying About Security
Spideroak is a better choice. All data is encrypted on the client side and sent to the server. The Spideroak servers do not store your passphrase, thus it is impossible for them to access your data . The obvious downside is you can't afford to forget your password as you cannot reset it.

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