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Submission + - Virginia spent over half a million on cell surveillance that mostly doesn't work (

v3rgEz writes: In 2014, the Virginia State Police spent $585,265 on a specially modified Suburban outfitted with the latest and greatest in cell phone surveillance: The DRT 1183C, affectionately known as the DRTbox. But according to logs uncovered by public records website MuckRock, the pricey ride was only used 12 times — and only worked 7 of those times. Read the full DRTbox documents at MuckRock.

Comment Re:Good then bad then good (Score 3, Insightful) 172

Sugar free. First good. Then bad. Then good. Now bad again.

This article doesn't say a word about sugar. It's not sugar that's good, it's aspartame that's worse.

And it was always a questionable ingredient, despite an overwhelming amount of sponsored research claiming that it's all ok.

Comment Re:Next up: (Score 1) 667

Invented computers? I presume you refer to about those well known American innovators Charles Babbage, Konrad Zuse, and Alan Turing?

True that, the initial work and fundamental concepts came from elsewhere, but it's still Americans who brought computers from proof-of-concept stage to something present in many homes. (The last stage, present in every home and every pocket, was done by China and Korea with USians merely slapping a label.)

Comment Re:Next up: (Score 1) 667

You're too late. Today he announced an evangelical woman who hates public schools as the Secretary of Education.

This is like in Civilization IV where the game tells you, "Your Golden Age has now ended".

Newsflash: the Golden Age of the USA has ended a generation ago. You had a generation that got us to the moon, then one that invented computers... followed by a generation that done nothing but designed rounded corners while other countries made all the improvements to electronics and so on.

Obama isn't any better than Trump here: instead of funding STEM fields, colleges and universities teach "gender studies" with negative signal-to-noise ratio. Trump's defunding of climate research is in at this point literally a crime against humanity, far worse than if he murdered a few mere millions, but so is not continuing our way to space after the Apollo program (the few gems like Mars rovers stay in contrast to a general regression). Trump wanting to get us into space for real is good news, it's sad that it's offset by terrible news of taking that money from climate rather than bullshit spewers.

Comment Re:And Obama once again is a blatant liar (Score 1, Insightful) 534

I'd say Obama is, as of today, the single worst US president in history, beating even his predecessor (an immense accomplishment!). What other presidents usually considered the worst have done? Failing to be omniscient, wiretapping a single hotel, giving unfair handouts to a single oil company. Compare this with wiretapping every single American and most of the world, letting the Mother of Lies start multiple wars, ensuring the very financial institutions who caused the crisis retained most of the power by bailing them out with taxpayer money while lesser competition had no safety net, massive racial and gender discrimination (like, asians are at -140 SAT score penalty while blacks get a +310, hispanics +130 bonus for college admissions) , forcing a series of international agreements that push takeover of "intellectual" "property" all over the world, etc, etc.

As for Trump, we have yet to see. His first appointments show that his promises for draining the swamp were even less truthful than expected so he's on a good track of joining the worst presidents club, but let's wait till he at least starts his term. Unless you're one of those who give Nobel Prizes for nothing.

Comment Re:"Planet?!" (Score 1) 52

Another issue: why is "orbiting a fusor" even a requirement? Two identical balls of rock, with same atmosphere and what not, one orbiting the star directly, one orbiting a big chunk of gas, makes one a "planet" and the other one a mere "moon". Same for a freestanding planet going through the galaxy or even outside.

Comment Re:futurist (Score 1) 522

I don't think our knowledge of physics is likely to be that much off where it comes to relativity. On the other hand, with a lot of non-fundamental research we can get to a nearby star system within a few tens thousands year. Yeah, we can make a flyby in a tiny fraction of that time, but having to decelerate at the destination makes the whole affair enormously harder. This might sound like needing generational ships which would require a large population to stave off degeneration, but I think we can defeat aging within 50-100 years then get rid of yet-unknown maladies that happen once you're 200 or 1000 years old (which might need a few iterations, so real immortality is a few thousands years away). Once we're there, taking tens of thousands years to travel a single hop is not a show-stopper -- just remember to take a pack of cards to spend time during the journey.

Another option is hard AI which can be considered a form of earthlings. In that case, after sending a receiver the slow way you can transfer "people" at the speed of light.

Comment Re: Welcome to the future! (Score 4, Funny) 140

it took them 20 years to add mp3 support, how long do you think it takes to fix the init system which was taken in 5 years ago? Hint: do not hold your breath while waiting.

I don't expect systemd to be fixed, ever, but in 5 years you can expect the CADT team to invent a yet another init scheme, with even more regressions, and force everyone to transition to it.

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