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Comment: Re:Hmm (Score 1) 1038

by gcalvin (#45994365) Attached to: Controversial Execution In Ohio Uses New Lethal Drug Combination

This argument has always perplexed me. Lock the guy up for life without parole, and we don't need to offer him all these appeals, and we don't need to be so careful about getting it right. Sure, it may be cheaper, but do we really think it's more just? Seems to me if I were falsely accused of a capital crime, and couldn't afford to hire a top-notch attorney on my own, I'd much rather the prosecutor was seeking the death penalty. I'd want all those appeals available to me. I'd want a whole swarm of activists watching the process and making sure they got it right.

Comment: Re:Don't you have anything better to do? (Score 5, Insightful) 393

by gcalvin (#37503742) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?

Who memorizes phone numbers anymore? Twenty years ago, I probably knew 100 phone numbers, and now I know maybe 10. My phone knows the numbers of the people I call, not me.

The calculator layout is much more important in terms of spatial memory than the phone layout. Data entry operators and spreadsheet power users have been using the 10-key format for many decades. If you need to make a change, make it on the phone, not on the calculator.

Comment: Re:Doesn't Matter (Score 1) 758

by gcalvin (#36530254) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do I Scrub Pirated Music From My Collection?

This looks right to me too. IANAL, correct me if I'm wrong, etc. but I'm pretty sure that copyright law covers 1) making copies, 2) distributing copies. There's nothing there about possession of "illegal copies". The RIAA have sued on a theory that "making available" is equivalent to "distribution" with varying success. They have not sued anybody making copies for personal use (though I'm not sure that's actually been pronounced as "fair use" by the courts -- again, I could be wrong). Possession of files could conceivably be used as circumstantial evidence in a "making available" suit, but they still need to prove you're sharing, and if you're not, how can they prove you are? And if you were, it wouldn't make a bit of difference if you had ripped the files yourself or got them from somebody who was illicitly distributing them.

Comment: anyone with an email account? (Score 1) 257

by gcalvin (#34898228) Attached to: Man Mines Facebook For Security Questions, Nabs Nude Photos From Email

"This case highlights the fact that anyone with an email account is vulnerable to identity theft,"California Attorney General Kamala Harris said in a statement.

And this quote highlights the fact that California has elected an idiot to the office of Attorney General.

Comment: Re:Mac vs. PC (Score 1) 453

by gcalvin (#33868108) Attached to: The Hackintosh Guide

At the risk of getting way off-topic and pedantic, I'm pretty sure DSL is indeed modulated and de-modulated, so "modem" is perfectly appropriate. I'm not so sure about cable, but I would suspect that many cable network interfaces still involve modulation and de-modulation.

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Justice Department Seeks Ebonics Experts 487

Posted by samzenpus
from the my-mama-no-raise-no-dummies-I-dug-her-rap dept.
In addition to helping decipher their Lil Wayne albums, the Justice Department is seeking Ebonics experts to help monitor, translate and transcribe wire tapped conversations. The DEA wants to fill nine full time positions. From the article: "A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a 'DEA Sensitive' security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of 'telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media.'”
Cellphones

iPhone-Controlled Helicopter With AR Games 51

Posted by Soulskill
from the get-to-da-ichoppa dept.
andylim writes "Parrot has unveiled a remote-controlled helicopter that boasts augmented reality games. The helicopter is controlled using an iPhone or iPod Touch's accelerometer and touchscreen. There's a camera on the front of the helicopter, which you can use to navigate and to play augmented reality games, including a game that involves fighting a gigantic robot."
Science

Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Posted by timothy
from the ice-tractor-cometh dept.
Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

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