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Comment Re:Hyde Park, Chicago (Score 2) 330 330

I was going to mention something along these lines - this concept really isn't that unusual. I worked in the public safety sector (EMS, though, not law enforcement) in the Cleveland, Ohio area for a few years. I was amazed at the number of distinct law enforcement agencies that had overlapping jurisdictions. In addition to the individual municipal departments, county sheriff, and state agencies, here's a set of a few I remember, just in the Cleveland area:
  • University Circle Police - a private department funded by the businesses they serve. University Circle is a neighborhood housing many significant educational, medical, cultural and historical facilities, which is bordered on all sides by very high-crime neighborhoods
  • The Transit Police, which I believe may be the largest department in Ohio - polices the public transit buses, trains and terminals
  • CMHA Police - serves the public housing projects in the county
  • CMSD Police - serves Cleveland's public school district
  • Cleveland's three largest hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MetroHealth, each have their own police forces (though apparently not web sites)
  • Metro Parks Rangers - basically park rangers with police authority
  • Most of the colleges and universities in the area (even the small schools and technical colleges) have their own campus police forces

That's obviously in addition to all the private security services that lack full law enforcement authority. And I'm probably leaving a few out in my list above - it's been a few years since I've lived there or payed real close attention. But the point is, it's by no means unusual for a private organization to form it's own full-fledged police force.


Painting The World's Roofs White Could Slow Climate Change 712 712

Hugh Pickens writes "Dr. Steven Chu, the Nobel prize-winning physicist appointed by President Obama as Energy Secretary, wants to paint the world white. Chu said at the opening of the St James's Palace Nobel Laureate Symposium that by lightening paved surfaces and roofs to the color of cement, it would be possible to cut carbon emissions by as much as taking all the world's cars off the roads for 11 years. Pale surfaces reflect up to 80 percent of the sunlight that falls on them, compared with about 20 percent for dark ones, which is why roofs and walls in hot countries are often whitewashed." (Continues, below.)

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 2, Insightful) 629 629

How about this: I'm a paramedic, I work on an ambulance. One of the cities I work in has red-light cameras (that will also get you for speeding) setup along the main roads leading to two of the largest hospitals in the state. In ambulance, when we are running lights and sirens, the law permits us to proceed through a red light after stopping at the intersection, and confirming that other traffic is yielding to us. However, if one of our ambulances proceeds through a red light with a camera, we will automatically receive a ticket in the mail. So far, we've been able to get it dropped by mailing in a copy of our run report, and explaining that we were in an emergency response, but that's still a hassle for our office staff, and then there's the issue where we're being ticketed for an offence that is not even against the law! I'm not entirely opposed to red light cameras; however, I'd like to see a more accurate process for issuing tickets.

Submission + - How to erase your Facebook data?

0ffTheGr1d writes: My 'mate' found something and now needs to drop off the grid. I have searched far and wide, for a method to remove 'my friend' from Facebook. Is a time machine required?

I am not the only one to see that if you need to be found, your presence on facebook will make it very easy to be found/targeted by anyone with means. Any privacy statement counts for very little in this day and age. Never mind the fact that this opinion exists.

Or am I just paranoid?

Submission + - Implementing OOXML: One Developer's Nightmare->

Just Some Nobody writes: "While Microsoft likes to play up just how well-documented the 6,000+ page OOXML specification is, the independent developers implementing it don't have things so easy. Stéphane Rodriguez, one of the top non-Microsoft experts on the binary Excel file format, has been documenting the difficulties in working with the new OOXML format for Excel. It seems that one of the biggest difficulties is that Excel-produced documents don't even conform to Microsoft's own OOXML standard, ECMA 376."
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Submission + - Users Bash and Trash Wal-Mart on its Facebook Site->

hhavensteincw writes: "Only two weeks after Wal-Mart launched its latest forway into Web 2.0 land, Facebook users have hijacked a page aimed at selling back-to-school supplies to college kids to instead post a tirade of rants about the company's labor practices. Computerworld has the scoop mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9032718&intsrc=new s_ts_head about the latest battering the company is taking from Facebook users. Of the 100-plus comments, none relate to dorm decorating as Wal-Mart had originally envisioned."
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Submission + - Wine 0.9.44 released->

jshriverWVU writes: "This is release 0.9.44 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. What's new in this release: — Better heuristics for making windows managed. — Automatic detection of timezone parameters. — Improvements to the builtin WordPad. — Better signatures support in crypt32. — Still more gdiplus functions. — Lots of bug fixes."
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Submission + - Lunar Eclipse Next Tuesday Morning->

Raver32 writes: "Tuesday morning, Aug. 28 brings us the second total lunar eclipse of 2007. Those living in the Western Hemisphere and eastern Asia will be able to partake in at least some of this sky show. The very best viewing region for viewing this eclipse will fall across the Pacific Rim, including the West Coast of the United States and Canada, as well as Alaska, Hawaii, New Zealand and eastern Australia. All these places will be able to see the complete eclipse from start to finish. Europeans will miss out on the entire show, as the Moon will be below the horizon during their mid and late morning hours."
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Submission + - How SBC (AT&T) pillaged South Africa's economy->

Kifoth writes: For 8 years, SBC and Telekom Malaysia controlled South Africa's only telecommunications company, Telkom. Telkom had a government granted monopoly in order for it to connect the large parts of South Africa which had been neglected under apartheid. Instead of helping, SBC abused their position and raised Telkom's prices to amongst the highest in the world. The billions they made here ultimately went to fund their AT&T merger.

"SBC, described as "congenitally litigious", is said to have played a major role in the failure of South Africa's telecoms policy to develop a competitive telephone service. Under SBC's control Telkom not only failed to meet its roll-out obligations but behaved "as a tax on industry and a drag on economic growth"."

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Submission + - Develop multitasking applications with PHP V5

An anonymous reader writes: Many PHP developers believe that because standard PHP lacks threading capabilities, it's impossible for a practical PHP application to multitask. Not true... PHP doesn't support threading in the way other languages like the Java programming language or C++ do, but the examples in this article show that PHP can exploit in-process multitasking and has more potential for speed-ups than many realize.

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