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Comment: Re:Not much different than the fire starting laser (Score 2) 179

by meerling (#47913397) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons
Believe it or not, those military conventions restricting certain weapons are also done because of an often ignored military logistic. Rather simply put, a bad public perception of your activities will have a strong negative impact on your military capabilities in the long run, and sometimes in the short run.
People get killed in wars, that's been pretty much understood and accepted by the populace. However, there is that little phrase "worse than death". Exactly what it means may vary by culture and time period, but it's very important. In general, if the public finds out you are doing things they consider too abhorrent, they will withdraw their support. That means less recruits, less funding, less access to other resources, and politicians trying to deal with the masses calling for your resignation and/or prosecution for war crimes.
Every military leader through out history that has ignored those very factors has ended their career in disgrace if they were ever in a position to act upon it, unless they got killed first. It's been going on since at least the Roman times. Just look at some of the politics their generals had to put up with. Although admittedly, there wasn't a lot you could do back then that would piss off your people without going out of your way to do it, but still, it did occur at times.

Comment: Re:Double-edged sword (Score 1) 118

by meerling (#47892793) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court
And here I thought having to pay for patent lawyers to research if an intended project might infringe upon a pre-existing patent, and then ending up 2-12 years later getting blindsided by patent trolls with a half dozen other patents that weren't found in the previous search being used to leach millions from the company would sure as heck seem to be a bigger disincentive than not being able to patent software.

Comment: Re:tldr; why is blood the perpetrator's? (Score 2) 135

by meerling (#47847173) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper
Yes, and as we all know, there were no other missing persons in that region of the country during the time of Jack the Ripper was active and that the only male that could have gotten blood on a shawl obviously had to be Jack.
I guess Jack sent sent that womans shawl to police after autographing it in his own blood with the words "This is Bloody Jacks, don't touch it gov".
</sarcasm>

The provenance of the shawl is very questionable. If it is the shawl found near the body of a ripper victim, it may very well not have been hers. Even if you make the assumptions that it is the one found at the crime scene, and it's hers, you then have to make the huge unsubstantiated conclusion that the blood on it is Jacks.

Now, you aren't done yet. The DNA analysis is rather unlikely to be able to pin down someone exactly when dealing with someone from many generations ago that you don't have any samples of. About all you can do is follow lineage and say the blood is related to known ancestors of that suspect. Of course, there are bound to be a lot of other relatives that held that mitochondrial dna alive at that time, especially when dealing with close knit communities that intermarry far more than breed outside their group. Something very common, including with Jews in Europe at that time.
Still worse, the sample wasn't preserved in a fashion to reduce contamination and decay. At an age over a century, it's value for making such wild accusations against another unknown dna is absurd.
To top that all off, someone else has previously claimed to have done a dna identification, and they fingered an entirely different suspect.

This whole thing is a farce. It was probably done to sell books or something, because from a scientific evidential standpoint, it's composed more of fiction than Moby DIck.

Comment: Re:Both a perfect match (Score 3, Insightful) 135

by meerling (#47847063) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper
Only if you accept that the results are accurate despite the decay and age of the sample that hadn't been stored in an appropriate manner to preserve the integrity of the dna as well as avoid contamination by other source which include bacteria that like to eat it, and that the blood was actually from Jack The Ripper and not from someone else, possible another victim.

Run on sentence of the year award? Nope, still too short. :P

Comment: Re:Mitochondrial DNA? (Score 1) 135

by meerling (#47847037) Attached to: New DNA Analysis On Old Blood Pegs Aaron Kosminski As Jack the Ripper
One of them is both fictional, and causes more groans and horror faces than 2 girls 1 cup, not too mention completely superfluous and unwanted.
The other is the little chemical energy generators in your cells that you can't live without. (Really lousy description on my part, just go read a wiki or something.)

Comment: Easy viewpoint (Score 1) 206

by meerling (#47842023) Attached to: Should Cyborgs Have the Same Privacy Rights As Humans?
Once something is part of your body, as opposed to something you can drop or take off without surgery, it is no longer a separate object and is immediately part of you, only being subject to the same laws that someone that has no cybernetics is subject to.

So no, the police could not download the data from your cybernetic memory anymore than they could from your biological memory.

There, see, easy solution just by recognizing one simple idea, your body is your own, no matter where it came from. That also applies to someone with transplanted organs or other parts from someone else, as they are nut subject to any benefits or penalties that the previous owner of that tissue once had. So you can't inherit from your heart donors rich aunt, you can't be thrown in jail for the robbery and murder committed by your face donor (yes, they've done a couple of those now), or the like.

Comment: Re:"Accidentally" (Score 1) 455

by meerling (#47811067) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?
Here's something that just happened a few days ago out here.
If you want a synopsis, guy with obvious injuries claims to have been felonious assaulted without provocation by multiple police, police defend themselves by saying "nuh-uh" and declaring that all 3 dash cams were inoperable.

Yes, missing footage is suspicious, as it should be.

http://www.eugenebrewerydistrict.com/2014/08/police-jump-and-injure-21yr-old-with-no-cause-claim-3-dashcams-are-broke/

Comment: Re:The guidelines used to be paywalled (Score 1) 132

by meerling (#47808865) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps
Don't forget there have been devs totally freaked out for having followed all the "guidelines" that apple would tell them about, then still be refused multiple times because it "violated their guidelines", and apple refusing to even tell them what guideline was even violated.

Me personally, I suspect that they have a listmonkey do the preliminary check, then another monkey throws a dart.

Comment: Re:Mandatory panic! (Score 5, Insightful) 421

by meerling (#47737899) Attached to: South Carolina Student Arrested For "Killing Pet Dinosaur"
Irate? Yeah, I'd have become "irate" if some blithering idiot was accusing me of violating the law for a piece of fiction written for class in which his character (modeled as himself) hunted a species that became extinct millions of years ago. (Of course, being a "pet dinosaur" you could probably classify it as fantasy.)

As to fiction including guns. Oh no! Go arrest EVERY AUTHOR ON THE PLANET!!!

The ones disturbing the school were the police and the idiots that panicked over the short story/assignment. At least one person deserves to be fired.

When I think back to the stories I wrote for class back in high school, morons like the ones at his school would have called out the police, fire department, FBI, NSA, NASA, Marines, Air Force, and MIB!

Comment: An Oregonian (Score 3, Interesting) 212

by meerling (#47737625) Attached to: Oregon Sues Oracle For "Abysmal" Healthcare Website
I'm an Oregonian, and there has been very little information about what actually happened other than the corporate/govenment spin weasels point fingers and whining about the other guy.

To be honest, our state can certainly screw up just like all the rest and on various levels. Just google Dynamite Whale for one example.
On the other hand, my experiences with Oracle and what I've heard from other people that had to deal with them, are far less than stellar.

Right now I'm betting some politician made some stupid mistakes that Oracle didn't bother to even attempt to correct because all they could see was $$. Which of course was compounded by Oracle then going on in a slipshod milk the government cash cow way. The end result being this F-N mess.

How to recover from this? Honestly, I don't really know, especially because we haven't been told what the exact problems are with the system. Sure, we've been told lots of the symptoms, but not the actual problems. (The difference between someone saying my car makes this "kchunk-wnnnng noise", vs "my car's timing belt is slipping".)
One suggestion that might be necessary is to throw out the old code, and go talk to someone with a good working version and license that one for a reasonable fee then rebrand and localize it. (Maybe Kentucky's version.) And no, a reasonable fee isn't what they paid for it if it's something they had developed. Maybe there are other states with lousy versions, and they could all license a good working version. It would sure as hell simplify things going forward for all of them.

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