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Comment Re:The cops who wrote those emails should be fired (Score 1) 340

If I'm black or Muslim in Friendswood, Texas...

If you were black or Muslim you wouldn't be in Friendswood: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friendswood,_Texas

The racial makeup of the city was 90.09% White, 2.70% African American, 0.40% Native American, 2.39% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 2.79% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.79% of the population.

Although seriously, ignoring this current story, Friendswood is a really nice city with good schools and I'd happily live there if I could afford it. (I live nearby.)

Comment Re:Good Idea (Score 1) 172

Walmart has carried CR123A batteries for well over 10 years. You should also easily be able to find them at Target, Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc. Heck all the grocery stores around here (Houston) carry them as well.

From what I've seen the CR123a actually seems to be a pretty standard battery for use in flashlights. I think all of the Surefire flashlights use them: http://www.surefire.com/ Tactical gun lights by Streamlight use them as well: http://www.streamlight.com/product/class.aspx?cid=10

Comment Re:NCIS (Score 1) 1200

I'm actually going to disagree with you here. I'm a news photographer in a large metroplex and deal with police and crime scenes fairly frequently. Every single "crime scene investigator" I've ever met carries a gun. They are all commissioned police officers and are armed while out collecting evidence and documenting scenes.

Now we may have a slight sticking point between "technician" and "investigator" but in the real world, the folks out at the scene have guns and several of them I know actually out-rank detectives.

Comment Re:Idle computer resources (Score 1) 295

My experience isn't quite so dramatic.

With normal internet usage (web/email/IM/MP3s) my power draw hovers around 210-215 Watts. Same activity with Seti@Home running, processing 8 work units, and power draw hovers around 250-255 Watts so I'm not seeing that much of an increase.

(For reference I have a 2009 Mac Pro, 2.26 GHz 8 core with 8 GB of RAM)

Comment Re:Whatever happened to replacements for the shutt (Score 2, Interesting) 65

your average laptop has considerably more computing power than the first shuttles had, and while the electronics have been updated, the engineering behind the overall superstructure, propulsion, etc are equally dated.

We were interviewing Buzz Aldrin on Friday and he brought up the fact that everyone mentions how his cell phone has more processing power than the computer they had on Apollo 11. He said something to the effect that he'd still take that Apollo computer over a newer off-the-shelf computer because it was built specifically for the job and they knew every little thing about it. (I was taking photos not conducting the interview so that isn't exact but is pretty close.)

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