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Comment Forensic evidence should not be subjective (Score 5, Insightful) 173

The same thing happened some years back with fingerprint evidence. The people who are responsible for the analysis of forensic evidence should be 'blind', i.e. they should not have access to the context of the case. If they are given two fingerprints to match, they should merely be asked whether or not they are a match, and not told where they come from or even which case they pertain to. Then there would be far less bias. Also, they should not testify in trials, merely issue an affidavit of their results.

Comment Re:All of us who were around back in 1960 ... (Score 1) 311

It was the then Victor Verster prison (now Drakenstein) in Paarl; it wasn't the Chief Warder's house; and it was only for a small proportion of his imprisonment--the rest (19 years) was spent on Robben Island, working in conditions that permanently damaged his eyes, and, incidentally, on a diet to which he attributed his longevity. The prison in which he spent a very brief time (weeks) was Pollsmoor.

Comment Re:Yes! (Score 1) 470

Programmers don't really understand good design and usability.

This statement is absurd. Do you think all programmers are identical and have identical skillsets?

without resorting to reading manuals and other crap like that.

Having to do some work? Shocking! CLIs are actually a faster and more productive method of working once they have been mastered.

That's because programmers cannot think logically like most people do.

Oh, good grief! Or are you trying to be funny? And the rest of your post is also worthless drivel.

Comment Re:Ken Murray's blog (Score 2) 646

Cold turkey, whether cigarettes or caffiene is murderously stupid.

Nonsense. As a smoker for 41 years, I tried almost every conceivable method of quitting: slow withdrawal, NRT, other drugs. Nothing worked. Then I read Allen Carr's book in which he recommends cold turkey as the most effective method of quitting, so I tried that. I had a few days of quite severe discomfort, followed by a week or two of intermittent cravings, but I was able to get through that, and I have now been smoke free for three years. It's a question of mental preparation.
As for coffee addiction, I don't have it. I drink 4 cups of Italian roast every working day because I like the taste and the ritual. On weekends or vacations I don't drink it at all, and have never experienced any discomfort. I suppose it's a matter of individual metabolic idiosyncracy.

A right is not what someone gives you; it's what no one can take from you. -- Ramsey Clark