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Comment: Re:Short version ... (Score 3, Interesting) 86

Law enforcement is, first and foremost, a job not unlike the one you and I do. It is filled with employees of varying degrees of competence and honor.

From the moment the young LEO is put into a cruiser to enforce traffic laws he himself doesn't have to obey, there is an expectation of the "rules do not apply to me."

This is the way of it. Thanks to the FOIA, conscientious questioners of authority like Ars, and the Courts, we are not beholden to live in a police state unless we choose to sit around and accept it. Legislation to restrict the use of these Stinkrays has already been employed in Washington State and a bill is brewing in California.

Comment: Re:Wouldn't the new cells have the same diseases? (Score 2) 35

by rmdingler (#49762931) Attached to: Nerve Cells Made From Blood Cells

I'm unclear as to why the new cells wouldn't be subject to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Wouldn't they just get the same diseases as the existing cells? Same genetics and environment should lead to the same result.

Both diseases often overcome a patient later in life, leading us to believe the degenerative effects might be forestalled further by the introduction of healthy young nerve cells.

It seems like this would be more helpful for trauma treatments where the neurological damage was caused by an event that will not be repeated.

It is helpful for the study of all human neurological problems, as human neural cells are difficult to acquire for research purposes. FTA: most research is done with a line of rat neural cells.

Comment: Re:Butt hurt... (Score 1) 119

by rmdingler (#49760241) Attached to: Oculus Founder Hit With Lawsuit

Sounds like they're a little butt hurt because their product... well, I've never heard of it.

Wow, really?

Their name is Total Recall Technologies. I've heard about them decades ago.

Right. After they borrowed their very name from some prior art, it seems a bit like the pot calling the kettle a gateway kitchen accessory.

To be fair, (FTA), Senior Luckey was hired by the plaintiff to build a head-mounted display, which is seemingly word-for-word the letter of his Kickstarter.

Comment: Re:Hillarhea! accomplishment outside who she marri (Score 1) 231

by rmdingler (#49755687) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails
Or. Bill and Hilary pulled over driving in rural Arkansas to refuel. Hillary bounded out of the car to hug the man who came out to pump her gas.

"What the heck?" asked Bill.

"Used to date him years ago," replied the Missus.

"Hmm... " he chuckled, "so if you married him, you be the wife of the owner of a service station."

"No," she replied quickly, "if I married him, he'd be the President of the United States."

Comment: Re:Such a sad low for a once great paper (Score 1) 231

by rmdingler (#49755439) Attached to: WSJ Crowdsources Investigation of Hillary Clinton Emails
Just another tabloid rag.

How many once proud and reputable representatives of the news media have gone this route, simply because it's what drives the ratings that fill the advertising coffers?

By and large, the general public will lay out money for the Enquirer and People an order of magnitude more frequently than for a Time, Newsweek, or US News.

Comment: Re:This is good (Score 1) 1082

by rmdingler (#49731925) Attached to: Los Angeles Raises Minimum Wage To $15 an Hour
Profiling is what we call it when it's accomplished by members of law enforcement, though truth be told, it is just how people's brains work.

We have so much information to store away, each and every second, that our organic computers need to classify and file away as much input as possible.... Quickly, even if that sacrifices some accuracy.

FWIW, your abhorrence of over-generalization is not without merit, but recognize that it occurs often without malice.

"For the man who has everything... Penicillin." -- F. Borquin