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Comment Re:Why we have a 5th Amendment (Score 1) 871

it's simply rewarding honest behavior.

No, it rewards blagging, it rewards *acting* honest, regardless of whether the person is actually being honest.

It also gives the police more scope than they should have, for example sometimes police will let people off for drink driving, because they get sweet-talked, that's not right and it isn't a fair system where the people best at persuasion and brown-nosing get let off.

Comment Re:What country? (Score 1) 472

within 5 years, the first (partially) self-driving cars will become available.

Partially self-driving cars are already common: Cruise control, ABS, traction control, parallel parking assist, lane assist, auto-braking etc.

I would expect rich people to be better informed and more likely to let others take the risk of the early technology.

I would expect the poorer countries to be more likely to allow the risk especially countries that already have atrocious road safety records - it would be easier for these vehicles to be safer than the bad drivers.

requires predicting when the majority of the world will become "developed", which may very well be never.

"developed" is an ever moving target, the poor people in developing countries already have technologies that we didn't have 50 years ago. And it is often the west that prevents countries from developing by controlling banking and allowing futures contracts.

Comment Re:Murder (Score 1) 608

Your comment is fallacious because

(2) have no control over the situation

is wrong. The police had other options, like shoot the tyres, shoot the engine, block the car, use spike strips, smash the windows, use bean bag guns, use taser, use pepper spray etc.

They say there was a child in the car, that child most likely just saw their mother being shot to death by police, do you really think this was the best option?

Comment I'll visit less, a lot less (Score 1) 1191

If this gets implemented, Slashdot will lose it's appeal, I'll lose interest and I'm not threatening to leave, I just won't like the site anymore and won't have any reason to visit.

If this goes ahead, it'll be the end of slashdot :-(

The commenting system is what makes slashdot what it is, without it as it currently is, there will be nothing here for us. We won't come here anymore.

Gut slashdot and it will die.

Comment Re:Sorry, but you are wrong... (Score 4, Informative) 187

There are now approx' 200,000 bald eagles.

"Only nine bald eagle collisions with turbine blades have been recorded nationally" Ever?

So, what is your point?

"Of 1,428 individuals from across the range necropsied by National Wildlife Health Center from 1963 to 1984, 329 (23%) eagles died from trauma, primarily impact with wires and vehicles; 309 (22%) died from gunshot; 158 (11%) died from poisoning; 130 (9%) died from electrocution; 68 (5%) died from trapping; 110 (8%) from emaciation; and 31 (2%) from disease; cause of death was undetermined in 293 (20%) of cases."

Windmills are the least of their problems.

Man-made structure/technology Associated bird deaths per year (U.S.) :-
Feral and domestic cats : Hundreds of millions [source: AWEA]
Power lines : 130 million -- 174 million [source: AWEA]
Windows (residential and commercial) : 100 million -- 1 billion [source: TreeHugger]
Pesticides : 70 million [source: AWEA]
Automobiles : 60 million -- 80 million [source: AWEA]
Lighted communication towers : 40 million -- 50 million [source: AWEA]
Wind turbines : 10,000 -- 40,000 [source: ABC]

Submission + - World's Most Efficient Solar Cell Unveiled by French-German Team (inhabitat.com)

oritonic1 writes: In the increasingly fast-paced race to create the most efficient solar cell possible, a team comprised of French and German companies has created a unique design that yields 44.7% efficiency, beating the previous record set by Sharp just three months ago. The multi-junction cell, created for use in concentrator photovoltaics, was developed in a little over three years, and its creators hope to reach 50% efficiency by 2015.

Comment They wouldn't. (Score 1) 147

This just makes it too easy, too easy to turn off AdID or install a plugin which truly muddies the waters by giving back a random AdID every time it is requested.

It's much harder to turn cookies off because of all the functionality they provide. AdIDs on the other hand - no functionality for us.

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