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Comment Re:I suspect he's wrong. (Score 2) 580

There's no requirement to be a physicist other than practicing physics. To be called a Doctor, you need a doctorate, sure. But there's no such requirement for physicist like there's no degree requirement to be a manager or a programmer.

Webster defines it as: "a specialist in physics"
Oxford defines it as: "an expert in or student of physics."

So by those definitions, it could just be someone studying physics book or extremely learned in the field of physics.

Comment Re:This is pure security theater (Score 1) 380

We've had a few of these alerts in the Ohio area and people here pretty much ignore them now. They go off in a conference room, everyone knows what it is and they just keep on doing what they were before. Most don't even read them. "Oh, another Amber alert"

It's not that people "don't care". It's that the alert isn't going to amount to anything to someone sitting on a conference or the office. I certainly don't remember what kind of car the alert mentions on my drive home let alone a license plate number.

Comment Re:Local coordination not terribly likely (Score 1) 154

Wouldn't it be acceptable to put these plate scanners around high profile locations like banks/schools/etc. so that when something is reported, the cameras can then dump that data to a local alert system that places all patrol cars on alert? The problem I see is getting the hands of the authorities off those cameras unless that data is needed. Perhaps the banks and schools could retain the rights to that data until they voluntarily release it to the authorities to deal with. It would require standardization of reporting and storage. In this case, the bank would report a getaway car and the case is opened. All data collected in this case is retained for as long as the criminals are on the run. When tried and release/committed, the records could then be purged. If no incidents are reported, the data is purged in a few hours.

Comment Re:Local coordination not terribly likely (Score 2) 154

IMHO, 40 days is too long. The data should exist for as long as the investigation occurs. With plate scanners, that should be measured in seconds. While I disagree with plate scanning in general (people should be held to their driving habits, not their registration practices...) Holding on to that data for longer is just assuming that everyone is guilty of something and until you out what, you retain that data.

Comment Re:that explains something that happened to me (Score 1) 154

Really, it's a matter of being guilty until proven innocent. It doesn't matter if you have the registration paperwork in your car and you are coming from the BMV. If you don't have that registration on the car... guilty. It's assuming that everyone out there is trying to skirt the law and assuming they are all guilty so "scan them all". It's not about waiting until someone does something bad enough to warrant pulling them over. They can be the safest driver in the world, but holy hell... if they forget to update their registration right away they are no better than a common criminal!

Comment Re:This is the dumbest idea ever (Score 1) 478

Search seems broken though. ... puts you out in the middle of the ocean, but the words are "readable.aahing.everywhere" ... sucks to be Battle Mountain, Nevada ... but the words there are "ledge.punks.nets" ... "drama.ambulances.dice"

I can't figure out how their search works if you don't put in precisely 3 words divided by periods.

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