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Comment: Re:What About The Innocent? (Score 1) 143

by halivar (#49753037) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

> No one should be subject to a trial of public opinion, period.

Nobody should get infirm, nobody should suffer from addiction, nobody should starve, blah blah blah. It's drivel.

The comparison is disingenuous. Those things aren't anything alike, and you know it. The behavior of government actors is neither inevitable nor incurable; all you have to do is change the regs.

Comment: Please, no. (Score 4, Insightful) 143

by halivar (#49752661) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

I am 100% for body cameras on all police. But when that footage goes public, it becomes a possible intrusion into my civil liberties. What if I get arrested on a bogus child sex abuse charge? Facebook provides a good model of what will happen. The perp goes up on a police blotter for mug shots, it goes viral, and even after he is cleared, FB stalkers turn into real life stalkers, pulling up into the driveway in the dead of night and flashing their brights into the living room, or publicly commenting that if they see them on the street, they're as good as dead. Such a thing happened to a friend of mine, and this bullshit mob justice has to stop.

The only way to protect the rights of the accused is to hide police-public interactions behind an wall of secrecy. Want body cam footage? Or a mug shot? Or an arrest history? Get a subpoena, and it better be relevant.

Comment: Re:Compelling? (Score 2) 243

by halivar (#49729231) Attached to: Why Apple Ditched Its Plan To Build a Television

Apple nor Google are particularly well known for being fond of supporting tech that, on average, would not receive a hardware upgrade for 11 years for any user.

No one in tech does that. But the insinuation that Apple is a worst offender here is demonstrably false. Backward compatibility for both iOS and Mac OS X go back as far as the hardware itself will allow, and Apple is, for all its other faults (and they are many), a role model in this particular instance.

Comment: Re:Why the hell is this on Slashdot? (Score 1) 263

by halivar (#49721071) Attached to: Book Review: The Terrorists of Iraq

My first thought was Dice clickbait; but on second thought, I realized that Slashdot's readership is becoming more and more hyper-political and hyper-partisan, and that's why pure science and nerd culture posts have only the title displayed on the front page, and political, religious, or other contentious posts go in the "Top of the..." list. I blame an influx of people from 4chan and Reddit.

Comment: Re:cover everything with mirrors (Score 2) 185

by halivar (#49719259) Attached to: Navy's New Laser Weapon: Hype Or Reality?

No mirror is 100% reflective; a fraction of light energy is absorbed by the material making up the mirror. The reflective portion of a mirror is a metal film. A high-energy laser will overcome its reflective properties and burn the metal film. There are metals (like beryllium) that will reflect up to 98% of light energy, but the cost to cover an entire vehicle or structure in thick enough beryllium to negate the effects of the laser would be stupendous (and you would have to cover everything; lasers are intended to be surgical weapons; an operator would strike un-mirrored targets when possible, assuming mirror armor becomes a real thing).

If it's working, the diagnostics say it's fine. If it's not working, the diagnostics say it's fine. - A proposed addition to rules for realtime programming