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Comment A lot of wrong information in this thread (Score 2) 66

Despite what other comments say, no one is paying for Westlaw or LexisNexis per hour, and attorneys aren't forced to search as quick as possible. Most firms will have things like all the cases and statutes in their jurisdictions in their subscription, which allows them to search/view them as much as they want, with no additional cost. Occasionally you'll want to view something that isn't part of your subscription, in which case you go "out of plan" and pay to access that content. From there you can either pay per piece of content accessed, or by the hour, but everyone who is cost conscious just pays per piece of content. A lot of junior attorneys don't realize that they can change their settings to pay per piece of content accessed rather than per hour, but that changes once they get their first huge bill for going out of their subscription.

You're not just paying for the cases, you're also getting access to secondary sources like treatises and law review journals. The real value in having Westlaw or Lexis is that they have attorneys summarize the cases, classify them as touching upon different points of law so you can easily find more cases that deal with the same issue, and also let you know if the case has been distinguished or overturned by a newer case.

Source: I'm an attorney who uses Westlaw

Comment Re:I Must Be Missing Something Here (Score 1) 332

Except it isn't uncommon for ISPs to cache the DNS records longer than the TTL says (I'm looking at you, Charter). Of course Charter also returns their own IP to any DNS query that doesn't resolve, along with a "helpful" search page with ads to try and make more money. You can opt-out, but that just sets a cookie in your browser, which still fucks up everything else (like ping).

Comment Typical for Samsung (Score 1) 333

Samsung has a history of not upgrading its Android phones. I got a Samsung Moment the day it came out (November 2009), and Samsung stopped updating the phone less than a year after it was released. It's ridiculous to have a 2 year contract on a phone and not get the newer versions of Android that come out during the 2 year period, unless there is a hardware based issue for not being able to upgrade. I ended up rooting my phone and getting an update from the xda developer forum. but it's ridiculous that I'd even have to do that.

The Moment also a GPS issue, which relates to poor hardware design. I decided I'm never getting a Samsung phone after this whole experience, especially when friends who had a Motorola Droid or other similar phones were getting the new versions of Android pretty soon after they were released. I get the impression Samsung just wants you to go buy a new phone every year, and don't care at all at keeping the existing users happy. Nothing tells people they made the wrong choice like EOL'ing a product that is less than a year old.

Comment Re:So True. (Score 1) 244

Good garbage collectors manage locality of reference, copying and compacting objects together to ensure cache hits when possible. This is nothing new, and you can find papers from the early 1990s talking about this. This is one of the reasons given for the many times when Java does run faster than something like C++.

Comment Re:Passcode (Score 1) 367

Except when it doesn't require a warrant, as in this case. It's helpful to read the PDF of the case as the court will go over all the exceptions to requiring a warrant to search a vehicle (and there are a lot of them).

From page 32:
in permissible warrantless search, police may search 'every purse, briefcase, or other container within' the car's passenger compartment]

Now the real question is was this a permissible warrantless search, as the reasoning was:
Cop thinks guy is under influence of stimulants, cop says "drug users often sell drugs to support their habit", "people who sell drugs often have evidence of it on their cell phone", "evidence of the crime of which Red was arrested (DUI) may therefore be found on his phone", "Im going to search the phone". In the end, Reid wasn't even under the influence of stimulants, however the car was littered with energy drink cans, so that might explain his getting pulled over (along with being nervous as he had a handgun illegally under his seat)

Comment Re:Silly (Score 1) 452

When I updated to Firefox 7 it said Java and some PDF creator software I had didn't upgrade. about:plugins still shows the java plugins though, so I have no idea what the Java addon was (it actually said 2 java addons weren't able to get upgraded).

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