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Comment: Not that bad (Score 4, Informative) 85

by n0ano (#44842315) Attached to: Boulder's Tech Workers Cope With Historic Flood

When did this story get written, the worst is pretty much past. At 11:30AM local time I'm looking at blue sky, the streams around Boulder crested last night, we're now in restoration mode (I'm lucky, my basement flooded out such that the hallway carpeting is soaked but there's no standing water, unlike my neighbors who share a wall with me and had about 2 inches of standing water throughout their basement).

Things are bad but, at least in Boulder, they're not catastrophic. Some of the surrounding communities, especially up toward the mountains, got it worse, there are some serious evacuations going on up there, but Boulder is fine.

Comment: What happened to probable cause? (Score 4, Interesting) 432

by n0ano (#44479919) Attached to: DEA Program "More Troubling" Than NSA

What I find most troubling from the article is this:

"You'd be told only, ‘Be at a certain truck stop at a certain time and look for a certain vehicle.' And so we'd alert the state police to find an excuse to stop that vehicle, and then have a drug dog search it," the agent said.

(Bold emphasis mine.) The casual way that a law enforcement agent advocated violating laws relating to probable cause is astonishing. Subconciously I know that they do this but to actually come out in print and admit it is really sad.

Comment: Broken terminology (Score 1) 235

Obligatory Princess Bride quote - "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." - I. Montoya.

The problem is we keep using the term health `insurance' when we are not buying insurance, we are buying health care coverage.

As you say, `insurance' is supposed to provide compensation when something unexpected happens - a rock breaking your windscreen is unexpected and auto insurance correctly pays for that event. Let's face it, if your `insurance' covers yearly health checkups and monthly prescriptions (e.g. insulin) then you are getting a benefit, not insurance.

Unfortunately, words have power and the terms we use to describe a thing winds up having a large impact on how we view that thing (abortion vs. choice anyone, why isn't that pro-abortion vs. anti-abortion)

Comment: Re:It's a legal problem, baby, got me on the run.. (Score 3, Informative) 178

In re: misrepresent the truth.

You need to take a legal ethics class (go figure, lawyers are required to take an ethics class). A lawyer is not allowed to lie to the court, either in what they say or the documents they file. It makes it very hard for lawyers when they `know` that a client is guilty. Yes lawyers have to represent their clients as best they can but, at the same time, they cannot lie to the court. I believe that this is why there is an unwritten law that a lawyer never asks a client if he is guilty, there are some things it's just better not to know.

PS: IANAL but my wife is and I still remember when she took her ethics class.


+ - Toddler shocked by USB cable->

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n0ano writes "To quote from a story in the local paper "A Longmont toddler remains sedated and with an uncertain future at Children's Hospital in Aurora after she apparently was shocked by an iPod USB cable connected to a laptop." I'm no hardware expert but, from my knowledge of the voltages and currents provided over a USB cable, this seems extremely unlikely. Anyone have any ideas on what really happened here?"
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Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

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trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

+ - Windows Live Toolbar collecting user paswords

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n0ano writes "Now that I have your attention the actual article Microsoft plays 'Detective' to determine phishing frequency claims that Microsoft is not collecting user names and passwords but I don't understand how they can check for password re-use without collecting that data. Plus, even if they are respecting your privacy the opportunities for abuse from this experiment are very troubling. Also, it would have been nice if Microsoft had warned people before they collected this data."

Never put off till run-time what you can do at compile-time. -- D. Gries