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Comment: Re:Not good enough (Score 1) 282

by cyberchondriac (#47919635) Attached to: Say Goodbye To That Unwanted U2 Album
I have no idea what they sound like now, but I got tired of them in the late eighties, everything just started sounding so whiny.. almost emo. "Still can't find what I'm looking for", yadda..
That said, I think highly of Bono, he seems a good dude, and doesn't let biases determine who he'll talk to or work with, and has done a tremendous amount of good.

Comment: Re:Poor comparison... (Score 1) 59

by cyberchondriac (#47918473) Attached to: New Data Center Protects Against Solar Storm and Nuclear EMPs

in the US the range is 535-1605 khz ... of course any one who isn't from the US could tell you that 1000 khz is equal to 1 mhz.... w

Is that an anti-american dig? Just because we don't use metric for everything doesn't mean we're clueless about it. Most people I know would know that 1000k=1M, and millions of us work or study in IT or other scientific fields where kilo, mega, giga, micro, pico, tera, etc..prefixes are common knowledge, despite our continued use of the Imperial system. Anyone who's graduated from a decent high school should know that.

Comment: Re: Great one more fail (Score 1) 578

by cyberchondriac (#47902757) Attached to: High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

What I will say is I don't understand why folks are against the development of these sorts of things. As long as it's not government mandated as the only way to get a usable tool then let it compete in the market. If it is reliable and functional enough it will succeed if it isn't it won't depending on what people want.

Well, that's exactly the whole question; how reliable and solid can such a thing be with current tech, especially without raising the price out of reach? It's just another thing under control of a cheap consumer grade microprocessor. If it actually works flawlessly and as intended, great.. if not, the false sense of security could cause even more accidents or fail to allow someone to defend themselves.

Comment: No pun intended, but (Score 1) 290

by cyberchondriac (#47881093) Attached to: Link Between Salt and High Blood Pressure 'Overstated'
I'll take this with a grain of salt. Many years ago, "they" said the same thing about chocolate and greasy foods regarding acne breakouts. It was pretty evident to me and every single person I've ever known, including my own dermatologist (back in the day) that this was totally off-base wishful thinking, and the old "myth" was absolutely correct, whatever the biological mechanisms involved. The study was seriously flawed.

Comment: Re:Parole? (Score 1) 258

by cyberchondriac (#47872715) Attached to: Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

The vast majority of people who go to prison for weed are non-violent offenders.

Can you provide a citation for that? I've known a few guys that got busted for minor possession, not a one resulted in even an overnight jail stay.

Frankly, non-violent offender shouldn't go to jail. They should be fined, work weekend crews and be monitored. But they didn't hurt anyone, so don't lock them up. It's just a huge waste of money and potential. The goal should be to get them so they don't do it again.

Totally agree here. Jail should be for violent offenders who are a physical danger to society. That said, what do we do with the Bernie Maddoffs of the world?

Comment: Re: Wise up, man. (Score 2) 184

by cyberchondriac (#47871995) Attached to: Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi
There's a huge honking difference between someone taking a casual photo or video in public (and remember, you are out in public, not private), and following you around all day. The latter could be legally be construed as harassment, or possibly even assault, among other things.

Intent is the key thing, here. If they're all over your shit, then yes they're overstepping their bounds and harassing you. OTOH if they're simply wearing google glass at the same cafe you're sitting in, you've no right to shut them down, you're judging them guilty until proven innocent, which infringes on their rights. It's a free country, what right have to you to deny someone else to take a video of their environment when when all concerned are out in a public place? In a sense, their eyes and brain are already doing the same thing, it's why we have eye-witnesses testify in crimes. I've never yet heard a criminal defense say, "that witness had no right to observe and remember my client's actions in public, he didn't give them permission".
And how can you defend the citizen's recording of police if you're going to shut down citizens who record in public?

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