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Comment: Re:Any Memory?? what judge will go on just that? (Score 1) 415

by augahyde (#47398801) Attached to: Police Using Dogs To Sniff Out Computer Memory
The overall responses to the entire article are ludicrous at best. The intent is not to bring police dogs to your local post office or airport to sniff out memory sticks. The intent is that police can find hidden memory when implementing a search warrant. The search warrant will still require probable cause. A friend of mine was conducting a search of a house and it turned out that there was a NAS in the attic. It would have been found quicker had a memory dog been available.

Comment: Re:Illegal and Dangerous? (Score 1) 200

by augahyde (#47390899) Attached to: The View From Inside A Fireworks Show
Actually, they have. It falls under other rules for model aircraft. FAA limits model aircraft to a height of 500 feet and, if within 5 miles of an airport, the airport must be notified. Many commercial fireworks go as high as a 1000 feet. My guess is that the copter flew to at least 1100 feet for some of the shots.

Comment: Re:But the real question is.. (Score 1) 315

by augahyde (#47022145) Attached to: You've Got Male: Amazon's Growth Impacting Seattle Dating Scene
According to this article, there are roughly twice as many gay men than there are lesbians. Regardless, the argument of homosexuals skewing the results is nearly baseless. The number of homosexuals in the US is about 3.4% so that for every 100 people, less than four would be homosexual. Granted San Francisco has a higher homosexual population per capita, but I am not sure that there are more homosexuals applying for jobs with Amazon.

Comment: Re:Hmmm... (Score 1) 138

by augahyde (#46996075) Attached to: Can Google Influence Elections?
So anecdotal then. Neither Google or a peer reviewed publication shows that Google News presents a purely unbiased look that ignores my preference for articles. The articles that are presented to me again focus on topics that Google believes I am interested in. The closest you get to unbiased selection is from the spotlight and editor's picks -- and those are necessarily biased, particularly the editor's picks.

Comment: Re:Hmmm... (Score 2) 138

by augahyde (#46987861) Attached to: Can Google Influence Elections?
Search engines are already implicitly biased based on their search and display algorithms. Google provides results on your past search history attempting to identify those items that you're more likely to read. If you're liberal, you are more likely to get results that include MSN, CNN, etc. Conservatives are more likely to get Fox, etc. These results are already helping to polarize us politically because more inclined to read things we agree with.

Comment: Re:Paid editing is fine for Wikipedia (Score 1) 55

Not at all. This is a legitimate line of traffic between Wikipedia and me. I probably should have deleted the ad link, but it didn't cross my mind at the time. Unfortunately, I can not edit my entry so there it is... Out of curiosity, how could this be used to get someone to do my end-of-semester paper? For grins, I teach at a college; I am not a student there.

"I've seen the forgeries I've sent out." -- John F. Haugh II (jfh@rpp386.Dallas.TX.US), about forging net news articles