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Comment: Think! His father saved by a mismatch (Score 1) 163

by maxwells_deamon (#49227601) Attached to: On the Dangers and Potential Abuses of DNA Familial Searching

Michael Usry Sr. was ONLY ONE ALLELE away from going to jail for the rest of his life!!

His father is the case you should be thinking about.

You think they would have paid attention to any alibi short of him being on live national TV or in prison at the time of the murder?

Part of the "validity" of DNA matching is that it is generally used as a method of confirmation: "Bob was seen have having an argument with the victim 20 hours before the body was found, He was having an affair with the victim's wife, there is only one chance in three billion that a random stranger has the same DNA profile...."

This is vastly different from collect and type the DNA. look in some databases. Then prove the person did the deed! .

Comment: Re:The "what?!" is reaction time (Score 1) 304

by maxwells_deamon (#48894307) Attached to: Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

So I am stuck on the freeway in the center of 8 cars. We have not moved in so long that people are getting out of the cars to see if they can see what the problem is. But if I put my car in park and then send a text message to say I will be late I should have a fine of hundreds of dollars and get my license yanked?

Comment: Re:income redistribution, shorter work hours (Score 1) 628

by maxwells_deamon (#48642641) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

When the industrial revolution occurred there had been a trained labor shortage for thousands of years. As things were automated the amount of demand for trained (white collar and skilled trades) went up and companies were willing to train workers and support efforts by governments to upgrade skills.

We had laws established which ensured safe working conditions (which reduced productivity per worker) , prohibition of child and slave labor, establishment of the 40 hour work week, unionization of some industries and a progressive tax policy.

Because of the fear of communism and union activities the world economy boomed,

Now we have companies and oligarchs who wish to return us the serfdom that was prevalent in the middle ages.

We need shorter work weeks. Higher progressive taxes,

Penalties for keeping a person in a single contracting position as a way of avoiding liability and benefit costs. Even the government does this now and we should be ashamed of this practice.

If your primary motivation in business is to be a scrooge have you not watched a "Christmas Carol" lately? They knew back then that behavior was wrong

Comment: I have used the exemption (Score 1) 1051

Yes but I am not a nut, here is why we did it.

We had a foster child and kept his shots up to date.
When adopted, all his medical records were sealed and under his old name
The next year the state would not allow him to start school without the records
His doctor (who had given him the shots and knew he was up to date said we should not just give him a second set)
so we signed the exemption to get him back in school

he was never out of date but on paper he was

Comment: I wonder what the all network block is (Score 1) 184

by maxwells_deamon (#47866637) Attached to: Device Boots Drones, Google Glass Off Wi-Fi

If I was going to implement something like this I would try the following:

Request for DHCP address detected:
            is it from a prohibited MAC address range?
                          Give a bogus Gateway address (packets from the device are lost)
            Else give legitimate address

Comment: Perfect Breakout player (Score 1) 231

by maxwells_deamon (#47848879) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

The Apple II had just come out when I started college. I got a job in the computer center. I had a hacked copy of the breakout game. I just set the paddle position to be the same as the position of the ball in the code.

When I knew someone was coming into the computer room, I would fire it up and then turn around and talk to them while still moving the paddle in my hands. I was facing away from the screen so I could obviously not see the ball.

People got shell shocked and stuttered but almost no one would ask how I was that good at the game.

Comment: Re:I am not colorblind (Score 1) 267

by maxwells_deamon (#47631311) Attached to: My degree of colorblindness:

Cataracts and issues with the vitreous (the "clear" fluid in the eyes) can cause color vision issues. She might want to talk to a eye surgeon if it interferes with her ability to work.

Most eye doctors will ignore such issues as a normal part of ageing unless specifically told that it causes work problems
 

Comment: Re:Not radiation free (Score 2) 146

I was thinking that the only way they could do this would be mass spec processing to remove all the radioactive elements (like carbon 14) from the soil and air before supplying this to the plants, They would be the most expensive plants ever harvested but in theory possible.

Then I noticed the plants were being grown in a building that is "totally free of chemicals" must be virtual food or uneducated people writing the article.

Comment: Re:bonus (Score 2) 664

I think that is the problem. they need to get a real warrant. If they just show up and demand the phone and cuff the jerk, A half way awake person will refuse the search and then destroy the phone. They need probable cause to narrow it down to a specific apartment and then go to a judge and then look like idiots if the they don't find 10 out of 10 of the phones they look for.

Also it does not earn any revenue for the city like traffic fines do

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