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Comment Re:They don't store your actual fingerprint (Score 3, Informative) 578

I've installed systems that work like this. They store afew statistical points of your fingerprint. If someone actually got those points that they stored, they still couldn't make a complete fingerprint.

This type of system is usually implemented due to former employees punching in for each other. This is a way that makes that more difficult.

Comment Re:Outstanding. (Score 1) 454

The officer had probable cause. Someone called in a suspicious activity at the house.. Someone trying to force their way into a house. If you don't consider that suspicious, or probable cause, then this discussion is pointless..

If all I have to say is "I live here" and the cop has to leave at that point, or I'm free to leave as I'm not under arrest, please let me know where you live.. I could use some new stuff.

Comment Re:Outstanding. (Score 1) 454

I was thinking about that NV case, but for some reason thought it was found the other way. I was incorrect.

"if they have a reasonable suspicion that you committed a crime. You do not, however have to present any written identification."

Personally, I'd consider the police receiving a call saying they see 2 guys trying to force a door open as "reasonable suspicion" that someone was breaking into a house. So if they think someone has broken into a house, the police show up and they could just say "Yeah.. I live here" and the cops have to leave? They can't hold you at the house, unless you're under arrest, so you'd be free to leave.. I may have to try that next time I see a nice plasma TV through a house window..

Comment Re:Outstanding. (Score 5, Insightful) 454

Actually, you are incorrect. There are court cases saying you have to present ID if demanded by a cop.

The cop was responding to a possible house break in. He had to "cross the threshold" to verify this, and he had to verify the person he was talking to was the actual owner. If they believe that a crime is/has occured, there are lower thresholds to entering a possible crime scene. Their job, at that point, is to verify that a crime hasn't occured, and hold anyone who may have committed the crime.

It wasn't an anonymous tip. The woman who made the call has been harassed and ridiculed for the call. I don't see how that's an anonymous tip.

I'll throw in that the professor shouldn't have started by showing the cop his college ID. That doesn't verify that you live at the house, and not everyone knows all the professors at a school.

Comment Re:You can Do that? (Score 2, Informative) 445

Heated sidewalks are not that outrageous in the midwest. Its cheaper to heat them and keep them ice free vs the possible liability of someone slipping and falling. Lots of older sidewalks in downtown st paul are heated. They put the steam pipes close enough to the surface that the steam basically heats em.

The nicest thing about the Alto is that it doesn't run faster at night.

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