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Comment: Re:Why a police caution ? (Score 1) 282

by maypull (#36681184) Attached to: Geocaching Shuts Down British Town

Why was he given a police caution ? He did nothing illegal, nothing that police had previously been asked to be told about, so why a caution ? Yes what he did accidentally caused some disruption; but this was not intended.

They probably mixed up the Simple Caution (that is a form of mild wrist slapping) with the warning, also called a caution, that the Police give you before talking to you about anything in which you could by any stretch of the imagination be considered a suspect or witness. The equivalent of the Miranda Rights in the US.

"You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned anything which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence."

When I was in the (UK) cops we were trained to dish this out to anybody we spoke to even semi-formally. If nothing comes of your conversation then no problem; if you fail to caution somebody prior to speaking to them, and then their testimony becomes a big deal, the lack of a caution at the start can be a case-breaker. So you basically say it to everybody to be safe. But it is NOT something that is recorded (other than in your pocket notebook) or otherwise appears on anybody's record.

Comment: Re:This is actually pretty scary (Score 1) 344

by maypull (#27339897) Attached to: Cotton Swabs are the Prime Suspect In 8-Year Phantom Chase

Having personally watched a CSI (or SOCO as we called them then) collect samples at a crime scene, I can categorically tell you that at least in the UK, it is standard practice to collect controls as well as specimens.

For example, there is blood around a broken window: the CSI will collect samples of the blood and also swabs from the other side of the room, and from the wall outside. This allows them to exclude various bits of contamination that aren't related to the crime but are present at the crime scene.

Don't let me get in the way of your assumptions though.

Comment: Re:People of the UK - just give up! (Score 1) 262

by maypull (#27049941) Attached to: UK Government Wants To Bypass Data Protection Act

I absolutely agree with the sentiment, especially drawing attention to Dame Stella Rimington's breath-of-fresh-air comments. However, I would clarify your first point: Britain's senior police officers (the Chief Constables of their respective forces, who together make up ACPO), are appointed by the Home Secretary, "Wacky" Jacqui Smith.

As such, they owe their positions to falling in line with the Party (capital P pun somewhat intended). The rank and file police officers I know just roll their eyes at stuff like this and carry on as normal -- much like the government's frankly despicable reclassification of cannabis as a class B drug, contrary to a heap of scientific advice.

The Courts

iPhone Antitrust and Computer Fraud Claims Upheld 273

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the everybody-hates-the-big-guy dept.
LawWatcher writes "On October 1, 2008, a federal judge in California upheld a class action claiming that Apple and AT&T Mobility's five-year exclusive voice and data service provider agreement for the iPhone violates the anti-monopoly provisions of the antitrust laws. The court also ruled that Apple may have violated federal and California criminal computer fraud and abuse statutes by releasing version 1.1.1 of its iPhone operating software when Apple knew that doing so would damage or destroy some iPhones that had been 'unlocked' to enable use of a carrier other than AT&T."
Graphics

Getting Away With a Cheap Graphics Card 290

Posted by timothy
from the time-value-of-money dept.
theraindog writes "High-end graphics cards get all the glory, but most folks have a difficult time justifying $300 or more for a single PC component. But what if you could get reasonable performance in all the latest games from a budget card costing as little as $70? With game developers targeting the relatively modest hardware available in current consoles and trickle-down bringing cutting-edge features down to budget price points, today's low-end graphics cards are more capable than ever. To find out which one offers the best value proposition, The Tech Report has rounded up eight graphics cards between $70 and $170, comparing their game performance, Blu-ray playback acceleration, noise levels, and power consumption, with interesting results."
Programming

What To Do Right As a New Programmer? 662

Posted by timothy
from the give-your-coworkers-good-nerf-guns dept.
globeadue writes "My company just tagged me for full time App Dev — I've essentially never coded for money, but the last 3 years of support desk gives me the business sense to know the environment I'll be coding for. Now my company will be training me, so I think the technical side of things will be covered, what I'm looking for is best practices, habits I should/shouldn't develop, etc as I take on my new craft."
Robotics

+ - Robot helps preserve ancient Japanese dance->

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Will
Will writes "I thought you guys might like to read about humanoid robot being developed by researchers in Japan to help preserve ancient dance routines. Motion-capture is used to record a human dancer's movements, and the HRP-2 robot reproduces these movements. It seems like a very practical application for robotics and perhaps one-day only robots will remember how to do the twist or the foxtrot. Although the full article is behind the barrier, it includes a video of the robot in action. Also, there are some images here"
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Announcements

+ - Possible Design Flaw Identified in Bridge Collapse->

Submitted by
Pcol
Pcol writes "The New York Times is reporting that investigators of the bridge that collapsed in Minneapolis last week have found what may be a design flaw in the gusset plates that connect girders and raises the possibility that the bridge was structurally deficient from the day it opened. Although officials said they were still working to confirm the design flaw, in making their suspicion public, they were signaling that they considered it a potentially crucial discovery. Federal authorities said there was added stress on the gusset plates from the weight of construction equipment and nearly 100 tons of gravel on the bridge, where maintenance work was proceeding when the collapse occurred. A construction crew had removed part of the deck with 45-pound jackhammers, in preparation for replacing the two-inch top layer, and that may have also altered the stresses on the bridge, some experts said. If the engineers who designed the bridge in 1964 miscalculated the loads and used metal parts that were too weak for the job, it would recast the national debate that has emerged, about whether enough attention has been paid to maintenance."
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The Internet

+ - Is the mobile Internet going to change our lives?

Submitted by Richard Denoles
Richard Denoles (666) writes "In a recent blog post by CNET's mobile phone editor, it is stated that 'there will be over 1.2 billion people using mobile broadband on mobile phones and laptops by 2012.' What interests the author and myself though isn't the huge number of people that will be browsing Google on their phones but how 'not being chained to a cable or wireless hotspot will create a real/virtual parallel so closely knitted it might be difficult to detach yourself from your phone or laptop even when interacting with other people or objects.' As someone who uses the Internet at home quite a lot I do wonder how high-speed mobile data access is going to affect my day-to-day life, and more importantly whether it will improve my relationships with other people or make the 'real' world seem more detached?"
Media

+ - Was Reuters submarine photo lifted from movie?

Submitted by onnellinen
onnellinen (303528) writes "Finnish paper Iltasanomat reports that Reuters photograph of Russian submarine expedition was actually lifted from the movie Titanic. The story is only in finnish, but you can compare the images there. The Russian expedition used two Mir submersibles on the expedition. The same submersibles appear at the beginning of the movie. Reuters obtainet the photo from russian RTR television channel. Both submarines of the expedition are visible in the photograph. I wonder how no-one thought to ask: Who took the picture?"
United States

+ - Pirate Party US announse Utah registration drive-> 1

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neuron2neuron
neuron2neuron writes "The Pirate Party of the United States announces it is now accepting statements of support in the State of Utah. These statements are the first step in the registration of the Pirate Party as a political body in the State of Utah.

This registration is part of the continuing growth experienced by Pirate Parties all over the world. We feel that Utah is an ideal state to begin registration of the Pirate Party as a political body, says Andrew Norton, spokesperson for the Pirate Party of the US. Utah has a strong history of political diversity, and technological progress.

http://www.pirate-party.us/node/370"

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