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Proposed NJ Law Allows Cops To Search Phones At Crash Scenes 397

New submitter WML MUNSON sends this quote from "License, registration and cell phone, please. Police officers across New Jersey could be saying that to motorists at the scenes of car crashes if new legislation introduced in the state Senate becomes law. The measure would allow cops — without a warrant — to thumb through a cell phone to determine if a driver was talking or texting when an accident occurred. It requires officers to have 'reasonable grounds' to believe the law was broken. There were 1,840 handheld cell phone-related crashes in New Jersey in 2011, resulting in 807 injuries and six deaths, according to the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. 'Think about it: The chances of the cop witnessing the accident are slim to none,' said the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. James Holzapfel (R-Ocean), who has worked as a county and municipal prosecutor. 'He’s dispatched, and by the time he gets there — unless they’re unconscious and the phone is in their hands, or some passenger says they were on the phone — then he’s got to do what? Subpoena the service to see if the phone was actively used or not?'"

Comment Re:21st Century Lobotomies (Score 1) 385

Which drug are you referring to here? The SSRIs, which increase feelings of well being and lower inhibitions, without impacting cognition? The benzodiazepines, which are short acting and are a mild sedative without long term effects? Those are the most commonly prescribed psychoactive drugs, and comparing them to lobotomies is like comparing a piece of apple pie to a chunk of rat poison.

If you're thinking of anti-psychotics, those are quite over prescribed, but you'd be overdramatazing the point in a Godwin-like manner.

Comment It's about the walled garden (Score 1) 1110

At first, I hated Windows 8 because of the "fuck desktops, you're gonna use a tablet!" interface. Now I hate it for a much bigger reason.

Metro Apps, which Microsoft refers to as "modern" and intends to replace desktop apps, are only available through Microsoft's walled Windows Store. This could put an end to, and Microsoft intends it to put an end to, both free and Free software. It's an anti-consumer powergrab.

Comment Re:Complain to the Bar (Score 3, Interesting) 153

Um, no. Unless you're question is privileged(asking for confidential information about their clients "Did Joe Smith tell you if he robbed the bank?"), they aren't prohibited from answering it. Also, there is no "the Bar", each state has it's own bar association, and it does not necessarily certify lawyers. In some states this is done by the supreme court.

So, not true.

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