Nethead writes: On Salon.com Alex Halperin talks with Radley Balko, the author of Rise of the Warrior Cop. They discuss [TFA] the rise of police SWAT teams, even in small towns. Balko show the political mechanisms behind why it is almost impossible to stem the tide of militarized police forces and the effects it is having on our communities. Though US centric, I'm sure that these same mechanisms play out worldwide.
Nethead writes: "Why don't we have a cents and degree keys on our modern keyboard? I know that on a typewriter one could hit lower case c, backspace and then hit / to make the cent symbol, and one would often move the platen back a half notch to make the degree symbol with a lower case o. But to be honest, if it wasn't for getting back to my home directory I would hardly ever use the ~ symbol. That keyspace (literally, key space) could have been used for the degree symbol. With 100+ key keyboards, that have many redundant keys (think number pad) and symbols that are seldom used, or only used in programming because they were on the keyboard anyway, what symbols would you replace?"
Nethead writes: "As noted by myself and TmoNews T-Mobile UMA service is down nationwide at this time. Calling T-Mobile support found that due to an "enhancement" that went awry service could be down for the weekend."
Nethead writes: "At TAM 2011 presented by The James Randi Foundation (JREF) a panel with Pamela Gay, Lawrence Krauss, Bill Nye, and Neil deGrasse Tyson, and moderated by Phil Plait, discussed our future in space in an environment where they could freely express their opinions. This is an hour video (so lay off first-posts until you've watched it) with humor, depth and frank realism. Where do we spend our dwindling monetary science funding, manned or robotic exploration?"
Nethead writes: "Alex Peder, the president and director of X10.com, know for their pop-up ad reign of terror, will make his first court appearance Friday in connection with a crash that killed two teenagers. Investigators said the Honda Civic that the teens were in was rear-ended by a Ford Explorer. The Civic had become disabled and had its emergency hazards flashing. Police arrested the driver, Alex Peder who they say hit the teen's car. Troopers say they could smell intoxicants on the suspect. Peder has a history of DUI arrests."
Nethead writes: "Due to some down-time I'm looking for some Linux games to pass the time. I've been playing BattleMaster, a PHP web game but it's only two turns a day and I'd like something a bit faster. I've not really played PC games since the Doom era so I'm really out of touch here. I don't have a real gamer box, just a simple video card. What do the slashdotters think I should try? A simple FPS or some type of networked game would do. What's out there for Linux?"
Nethead writes: "'Cold' is a relative term says this article in the Alaska Daily News. "The coldest temperature was 68 below in Chicken, AK yesterday." "I've been trying to drive a little bit into town, and as you drive, you can feel your steering wheel freeze up," a listener told NPR this week. Gasoline turns to a slushy pudding in your gas tank. "You can actually scoop it out,""
Nethead writes: "The Everett (Washington State) Hearld reports that tribes could gain trademark control over all future use of native plants. Tulalip Tribes claim that the Treaty of Point Elliott guarantees their world patent rights on native trees, flowers, shrubs and even weeds — the DNA of every plant that naturally grows on tribal land. The tribes already have put the case before the United Nations.
If the tribes have their way the future could hold virtual borders through which the plants — and their genetic codes — could not pass without tribal permission. "We not only have a property right to the plant, but also an intellectual property right to the use of the plant," said Terry Williams, a Tulalip tribal leader on environmental issues.
"Any breakdown of that plant to look at what generates medicinal purposes of that plant in the genes, that's our right as well.""
Nethead writes: "Ignoring ClamWin, Seattle Times Patrick Marshall suggests in his technology column that users pay for antivirus software. He states that paid software is "especially critical in protecting yourself from emerging viruses.""