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Comment: Re:Great news! (Score 1) 158

by sir-gold (#48918507) Attached to: Opera Founder Is Back, WIth a Feature-Heavy, Chromium-Based Browser

I did the same thing (switched from Opera to FF+boatload of extension) and I STILL can't get the tabs to behave the way they normally did in the older versions of Opera

I didn't have a problem with Opera switching to chromium for the rendering engine, but they didn't have to adopt the "our way or the highway" mentality that Chrome has. When they got rid of opera:config (about:config) it was the last straw.

Firefox might be bloated and slow, but at least it's not trying to be a clone of Chrome like every other browser out there (including the "new" internet explorer)

Comment: Re:Jackpot! (Score 0, Flamebait) 146

by sir-gold (#48904013) Attached to: Secret Service Investigating Small Drone On White House Grounds

Considering that Al Qaeda itself was a false-flag operation (Trained and armed by the US military, supposedly to fight the Russians) which lead to a massive budget increase for military and law enforcement, I wouldn't put it past the Secret Service to copy the same trick (on a smaller scale) now that they have seen how effective the technique is.

Comment: Re:Simpson's did it!!! (Score 1) 162

by sir-gold (#48888849) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

It depends on how commonplace the event is.

A few hundred years ago, if you saw someone jump from a great height you would assume they died on impact (even if you don't see the impact).

Now you see people jumping off cliffs all the time, and you just assume the backpack they are wearing is a parachute, and they will land safely.

Once teleportation becomes somewhat common (or atleast common knowledge) people will just assume that the person they saw getting vaporized is still alive in some distant location.

Comment: Re:The (in)justice system (Score 1) 291

by sir-gold (#48847597) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

That was the point I was trying to get at. The shear number and complexity of laws means that laws get broken all the time without anyone even knowing it.

The only thing that has saved us from this problem so far is that it's not (currently) possible to enforce 100% of the laws 100% of the time.

Red light cameras made it possible to achieve 100% enforcement of only a single law, and look at the mess that created.

The fact that it's possible to make a profit from catching crimes (for governments and contractors) only makes the problem worse, because it provides an incentive to make it easier for people to accidentally break the law (by shortening the yellow lights for example), in order to extract more value from their investment.

Comment: Re:The (in)justice system (Score 1) 291

by sir-gold (#48844821) Attached to: Innocent Adults Are Easy To Convince They Committed a Serious Crime

I don't know about Georgia, but in some states, if the cop who pulled you over ISN'T the the same cop that actually measured you speed, (one cop on an overpass, one cop on the road, for example) and only the ticket-writing cop shows up to court, you can get the ticket thrown out as hear-say

(Because the ticket-writing cop who showed up to court up isn't the person who actually measured your speed, he can't testify how fast you were going, he can only testify how fast he was TOLD that you were going.)

When it is incorrect, it is, at least *authoritatively* incorrect. -- Hitchiker's Guide To The Galaxy