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?"