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Comment: Re:The important bits (Score 1) 81

by dwye (#49366403) Attached to: Citizen Scientists Develop Eye Drops That Provide Night Vision

Are we not all citizens?

Yes, but some people are licensed professionals who would be sued if they recommended a treatment like this and it did not work out too well. These are not considered merely citizens.

but I'd rather we word that as "science for the masses" or something.

Thank you, but I would rather be a self-responsible citizen than one of millions of ant-like creatures to be ruled by a self-declared elite. Stalin ran the USSR for "the masses", no matter how many of them had to die for their own good.

Comment: Re:Not very effective. (Score 1) 134

by dwye (#49122745) Attached to: Pakistanis Must Provide Fingerprints Or Give Up Cellphone

Seriously, the clerk is likely to say, "I, for one, support our Talibanic overlords!"

Well, if he reads Slashdot enough to pick up the old cliches, he does. Anyway, more likely the Taliban use live hostages, or relatives of hostages. Dead fingers cause comments more than trembling ones.

Comment: Re:Is this his first veto? (Score 1) 437

by dwye (#49122479) Attached to: Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

There is a simple cure for the filibuster threat - demand that they actually hold one. You try speaking for 12 or more hours straight with no bathroom breaks and no sitting down. Supposedly, back in the 1960s when Southern senators were holding them fairly often, it took the designated speaker a week to get ready and almost as long to recover.

Comment: Re:I got a butt chewing for giving my daughter hon (Score 1) 243

by dwye (#49122199) Attached to: Study: Peanut Consumption In Infancy Helps Prevent Peanut Allergy

Why hold off on cow's milk? Granted that human breast milk is better for human children, but lots of us were raised on cow's milk (frex, I was adopted as an infant) and there did not seem to be a plague stalking us other than polio, for which they were just coming out with the Sabin and Salk vaccines. UNPASTEURIZED milk, I could understand, but it is illegal to buy that in the USA, except commercially to pasteurize and resell.

Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 311

by dwye (#48797039) Attached to: Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

So what? I (and most of the non-French-reading world) never heard of Charlie Hebdo before the massacre, either. Does this mean that the Paris attacks never happened, or wouldn't have mattered if it hadn't happened to members of the chattering classes, instead just to of the patrons of the kosher deli where the last male attacker was killed?

Half-pint Hal's thesis was that there was outrage and calls for banning the video, and that "the Internet" is therefore hypocritical for supporting Charlie Hebdo's right to publish what they did. I would suggest that the problem is that the Internet is not a thing, but a large collection of unrelated (intellectually and culturally so, especially) individuals, and that HpH's complaint was like pointing out that some drivers drive drunk and some belong to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or that cat's do not herd.

Comment: Re:Too Late Except For The Coroner (Score 1) 219

by dwye (#48781309) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

When I started typing my comment, I would have been the first post, when saved there were 41 comments before me, almost all saying the same basic thing. Either great minds think alike and LAPD didn't, or the original article should have gone into more and better details.

Yeah, I know. I must be new, here :-)

Comment: Re:Subject Cop To Same Spying They Use On Us (Score 1) 219

by dwye (#48781295) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

Because the people they deal with on a day to day basis should have privacy, That domestic incident and many other things cops have to deal with should not be public to everyone.

If the domestic incident turns into an Officer Use Of Force incident when the couple turn on the intruding officer, it certainly should be public info.

Comment: Too Late Except For The Coroner (Score 1) 219

by dwye (#48781207) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

Turing on the camera AFTER the taser hits only lets us (the cop-cam viewers) see if the cop then refuses to call in the subject's distress when a pacemaker goes on the haywire or if the subject suffers an epileptic fit.

The point of the body cam is to record the actions before the use of force, to determine whether on not excessive force was used, and secondarily whether alternate tactics would have had a better outcome. At a minimum, turn on the camera when the officer exits the vehicle so as to get context; if necessary, the camera can erase non-force exits after vehicle re-entry to prevent using up all the recording time.

Of course, my algorithm fails for foot patrol officers. Perhaps for them, record minute long segments and discard and record over any too long before a triggering event like the taser discharge, then convert the (timestamped, of course) segments into a continuous record as needed. This requires a bit of controlling intelligence on either the body cam or a worn pack, but shouldn't require too heavy a controlling unit, I should think.

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