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+ - Holder Severely limits Civil Forfeiture->

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc (621217) writes "As most people know, the US has for quite some time let police steal pretty much anything they wanted to, forcing you to (expensively) go to court to get back your stuff. Most of the problems came about because the Federal government let the local cops keep most of what they took.
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, has changed the rules of that program, making it more difficult for the police to do it under the federal program. They can still use local state programs, but that accounts for only about 57% of the cash taken. Note he did not end the program entirely, he left in some excepts that amounted to about 1% of the current federal program. Still with this action he will have struck a serious blow to a despicable practice that serious newspapers and comedy TV shows decried as nothing more than legalized theft."

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+ - Sewage sludge could contain millions of dollars worth of gold->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "If the holy grail of medieval alchemists was turning lead into gold, how much more magical would it be to draw gold from, well, poop? It turns out that a ton of sludge, the goo left behind when treating sewage, could contain several hundred dollars’ worth of metals—potentially enough to generate millions of dollars worth of gold, silver, and other minerals each year for a city of a million people."
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+ - Verizon Vehicle Aims to Bring OnStar-Like Service to the Rest of Us->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "While you may or may not be a fan of General Motors vehicles, the automaker's OnStar roadside assistance service certainly looks like it could be useful at times. Well, US-based consumers with other makes of cars should soon be able to take advantage of a similar setup, when the just-announced Verizon Vehicle system launches."
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Comment: Plain Readers are what you want (Score 2) 464

by jsrjsr (#48718563) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
I have a pair of bifocals (non-progressive, as I don't wear them often). My opthamologist recommended normal bifocals over progressives as I usually wear contacts (only need glasses for reading). He said that the progressives take quite a while to get used to.

I use a single-prescription pair of reader glasses (-1.5) for computer work -- and they are less than what I use for reading books and newspapers (-2.0) as I usually sit further from the monitor than I hold printed material for reading. My opthamologist recommended the cheap ones from the drug store as opposed to a custom made pair. He said that's what he generally recommends unless someone has a dramatic difference between eyes.

Comment: Re:Why bother? (Score 1) 421

by jsrjsr (#48649249) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is an Open Source<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.NET Up To the Job?

More like a .NET / C# / C++ / C developer in a mostly .NET group. There is plenty of non-.NET code that we have to maintain and interface with. Most of the rest of the company does not use .NET at all -- yet.

My group began using .NET. Other groups have followed. Some groups are just now beginning to move to .NET. Not all will, depending on the products they develop. But not even the groups that do not use .NET talk about "weeding out" .NET.

Comment: Wedding Photography (Score 3, Insightful) 152

by jsrjsr (#48264239) Attached to: Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters

My wife and I own the copyright to our wedding photos taken over 25 years ago and have the negatives. Nearly all of the photographers we talked to at the time were still in the old model where they owned the copyright -- especially the older ones. The younger ones were beginning to switch to the new model where the customer owns the copyright.

There are still numerous photographers that stick to the old model because they think it makes them more money. Kind of an interesting belief given the number of people who never have more prints made. Seems to me that you'd make more money just by charging extra for the negatives or digital files.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. - Edmund Burke