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Comment: Re:What about the prisoners in the US? (Score 1) 386

by merlock18 (#35489434) Attached to: Internet-Spreading American Gets 15-Year Sentence In Cuba
Looks like Mr Iqbal was actually convicted of "providing material support to Hizballah, a designated Foreign Terrorist Organization." Not just showing their material, as the NYTimes reported. http://www.militantislammonitor.org/article/id/3773
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/08/24/AR2006082401461.html
Apparently he was "supporting" them simply by promoting these broadcasts? Not sure how I feel on this one. If DVRs are questionable, simply because ads can be skipped, as ads are the only support for television broadcasting companies, how much is something like Mr Iqbal is doing, support?

Comment: Re:That time of the month? (Score 1) 97

by merlock18 (#35478294) Attached to: Laser Scribing Promises More Efficient Solar Cells
Thats a nice off-topic dance you did around my points. I found a nice little article to bakc me up here. "At, say $10 a watt, you're looking at a $46,000 cost for a very small solar power system. " http://www.ehow.com/about_5347941_average-put-solar-panels-house.html
No date on when this estimate was made. :(

"I still don't own a car: does that prove that cars are useless and unchanging?" Do you see new cars on your way to work or in your neighborhood? Do you see them changing and improving? My personal lack of ownership was a small portion of my argument. I also noted everything else I see as a source.

Comment: That time of the month? (Score 1) 97

by merlock18 (#35477468) Attached to: Laser Scribing Promises More Efficient Solar Cells
Wow. Has it been a month already, since the last amazing breakthrough I heard about, concerning solar panels. Seems like i've been hearing stories like this since the late 90's. And, yet I still cant afford them. Sure, they are in my calculators... They are not in my car nor my house, nor any other car or house I see. I live in a pretty average middle-class neighborhood. What gives? I must have read over 30 articles like this in the last 5 years. (One every two months, I know) Why do I see rolls of these things in home depot for the price of a cheap carpet?

Comment: Respect (Score 1) 298

by merlock18 (#35474212) Attached to: Tech Expertise Not Important In Google Managers
I thought a major point was made recently in a slashdot post about techie employees. They dont respect ignorant people. This often would be people ignorant in their field. I personally would hate my boss if I couldnt talk to him about my work. Argument: Well, he understands about how to manage people. Drawback: He doesnt understand how to manage the project, though.
Am I right?

Comment: Re:All offenses (Score 1) 316

by merlock18 (#35470200) Attached to: DNA samples should be on record for...
This is a valid concern, i would say. http://www.sharinganswer.com/2010/03/07/featured-on-unsolved-mysteries-identical-twin-was-convicted-of-murder-but-swears-his-brother-is-guilty/

I would say if the DNA evidence is the ONLY evidence and the individual has a twin... hope this guy has a good defense. This is going to happen regardless of mandatory DNA filing though. I wouldnt expect to see an increase of wrongful arrests/convictions. Not that we would necessarily know. Unfortunately all it may take is you having no alibi "I was at home alone" and your close relative paying some friends to say he was somewhere else. This is getting a little too specific and crazy for such a general topic, though. Im fairly certain only identical twins (not even siblings of the same parents) are difficult to impossible to tell apart genetically. I dont have a source :( Couldnt find anything on how different siblings DNA is. All i found was that identical twins are from the same zygote, thus have identical DNA.

Comment: Re:All offenses (Score 1) 316

by merlock18 (#35461536) Attached to: DNA samples should be on record for...
How did you come to that conclusion?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2004/sep/09/sciencenews.crime
This sort of backs up your argument. But basically increasing the number of markers in DNA increases the chances of a false positive. According to this article "The chances of two unrelated people having the same details for all these 10 markers - and hence the chance of a false identification - is said to be about one in a billion." There are only 6 Billion people in the world. Stop making up bullshit. Thanks.
The jury will be given sufficient background into what DNA evidence actually says, as far as it not being 100% accurate. The jurors will have to decide whether or not DNA evidence is enough along with whatever other evidence there is (if any) for their vote of guilty or not guilty. Yes, you are still relying on uneducated CSI watchers and morons. Guess it sucks to be an American. Hope you have a good defense.

Comment: Re:All offenses (Score 1) 316

by merlock18 (#35452056) Attached to: DNA samples should be on record for...
Whatevs. Ill gladly submit my DNA if pulled in.
Im an avid reader of 2600. The Patriot Act still scares the shit out of me. There are a lot of large governmental things going in here and abroad that I disagree with and wouldnt take part of but this isnt something Im against.
Point taken on Arrest != Conviction though. But Arrest + DNA may equal exoneration. I realise we are talking about arrests for minor convictions. Say I get arrested for heavy speeding in a school zone. Why are they taking a DNA sample? Oh, this matches the DNA of the child rapist/murderer. Case closed. The streets are safer. I have no fancies or disillusionments that this would be some sort of cure all nor do I subscribe to the theory that once the government has your DNA they own you or other such conspiracy theories and nonsense. The government has all of my information. I had to give up my fingerprints to be a security guard for a Wal-Mart (true tory). *gasp* So what?
I welcome a rebuttal. Thank you for your reply.

Comment: All offenses (Score 1) 316

by merlock18 (#35450940) Attached to: DNA samples should be on record for...
If you are arrested you lost your right not to have your DNA sample taken and put on record. That's how i woudl have it. I figured a lot of people wouldn't agree but I am a little suprised Anybody who is Arrested came in dead last even after Everybody but me, and Everybody. Im just as willing to side with everybody. There was an "artist" who recently publicised his (fulll?) gene sequence. I dont see big deal. What the hell is anyone going to do with that? Stop being paranoid. Scared to give out your full name, birthday and SSN onine? Of course. You can take that info and do anything with it, especially screw up my entire life. You have my exact sequence of genes? You can... what? Make a clone of me with about a hundred years of genetic and biological research? (Note: You dont actually have the cells/samples. Just the sequence.) So who cares, and why?
Please enlighten me.

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