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Comment: Re:Drug and alcohol use and driving (Score 1) 608

by stubob (#42058909) Attached to: With Pot Legal, Scientists Study Detection of Impaired Drivers

Half of 16% is 8%. The quote says " 16.3% having used alcohol or drugs, with half them (them being the 16 percent )high on marijuana"

But the concept of a voluntary, no consequences roadside survey would seem sketchy to me, and most likely skew results one way or the other.

Comment: Re:It's not Entrapment. (Score 1) 573

by stubob (#39867883) Attached to: NY Times: 'FBI Foils Its Own Terrorist Plots'

1)That the FBI/informants came up with the plan, they avoid this by asking the suspect how would they want to commit the crime or simply let them share their plans.

Take the Stinger missile defendant James Cromitie... Mr. Hussain proposed the idea of using missiles, saying he could get them in a container from China. Mr. Cromitie laughed. It took 11 months of meandering discussion and a promise of $250,000 to lead him, ... to plant fake bombs at two Riverdale synagogues.

2)The FBI/informants persuaded the suspect to commit the crime, they simply facilitate the crime not coax the person into committing it.

When an Oregon college student, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, thought of using a car bomb to attack a festive Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in Portland, the F.B.I. provided a van loaded with six 55-gallon drums of “inert material,” harmless blasting caps, a detonator cord and a gallon of diesel fuel to make the van smell flammable. An undercover F.B.I. agent even did the driving, with Mr. Mohamud in the passenger seat.

3)The person was not ready and willing to commit the crime before FBI involvement, again they just give the opportunity.

Typically, the stings initially target suspects for pure speech — comments to an informer outside a mosque, angry postings on Web sites, e-mails with radicals overseas — then woo them into relationships with informers

Comment: Re:Too Many Movies... The troops are the good guys (Score 2, Insightful) 405

by stubob (#38666774) Attached to: Who's Flying Those Drones? FAA Won't Say

The same soldiers who followed an illegal order into Iraq? The same soldiers who follow illegal orders to abduct, torture, and hold without charge people, including American citizens? The same soldiers who follow illegal orders to execute anyone declared an unlawful combatant? Need I go on?

Comment: Re:It'd better happen quick then (Score 1) 311

by stubob (#38214316) Attached to: Is the Time Finally Right For Hybrid Hard Drives?

That's my problem with it. I have a previous generation Momentus XT 500GB, and you described what I want it to do. Sure, it's great that the cache learns what you're doing, but I rarely do the same thing repetitively. Some days I'm running VMs, some days I'm working on video, some days I'm just messing around on the web. If I could tweak to say "optimize for boot time" or "optimize for application loading" and tell it what to keep in the cache, that would be great.

If we could look at it like a traditional HD with a small, dedicated SSD, that would be ideal. Just let me tell it what to put on the SSD and leave it alone.

Comment: Re:Failures, what a surprise... (Score 2) 451

by stubob (#38016418) Attached to: Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System

I think that's kind of the point. Eight million people were affected by 9/11. What possible sort of disaster, natural or otherwise, could necessitate notifying everyone from Alaska to Hawaii, California, Texas, Florida, Maine and Minnesota? I can see maybe a huge earthquake needing notification of the entire West Coast, but at that scale, what are the odds that the radio station towers will still be operational?

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