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Comment Re:Retaliation? (Score 1) 393

Protect themselves above all else. That's just not the mentality a poloce officer needs to have.

If you really think this, you're an idiot. You mean to tell me that in a potentially lethal situation I would choose my own safety first? Wow... so, why don't you share your wisdom on what they are supposed to do in a potentially lethal situation?

I would wager that most people would choose to see their family instead of incurring more unknown potentially lethal risk.

Good point. I always assumed the police motto was "serve and protect [the public]", but I guess maybe it's just "serve and protect [ourselves]".

Comment Re:what a wonderful program (Score 1) 565

Conservatives don't hate Obama because "Black" or Hillary because "Vagina". They hate them because of the shitty job they've done and the horrible direction this country is headed.

Bullshit. Conservatives hated Obama before he was even elected. You didn't see any liberals among the birther idiots, and that was a straight-up racist movement. And the conservatives have been hating on Hillary Clinton for over 20 years now - for no apparent reason, so one can only conclude that it is, in fact, because of "vagina".

Exactly! Conservatives only hate people based on race and sex. That's why they hate Bernie so much, too.

Submission + - FBI may be able to get your emails without warrant (theintercept.com)

mi writes: A provision snuck into the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals’ email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers using those beloved "National Security Letters" — without a warrant and in complete secrecy.

Submission + - When DNA Implicates the Innocent (scientificamerican.com)

schwit1 writes: The criminal justice system’s reliance on DNA evidence, often treated as infallible, carries significant risks.

In December 2012 a homeless man named Lukis Anderson was charged with the murder of Raveesh Kumra, a Silicon Valley multimillionaire, based on DNA evidence. The charge carried a possible death sentence. But Anderson was not guilty. He had a rock-solid alibi: drunk and nearly comatose, Anderson had been hospitalized—and under constant medical supervision—the night of the murder in November. Later his legal team learned his DNA made its way to the crime scene by way of the paramedics who had arrived at Kumra's residence. They had treated Anderson earlier on the same day—inadvertently “planting” the evidence at the crime scene more than three hours later. The case, presented in February at the annual American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting in Las Vegas, provides one of the few definitive examples of a DNA transfer implicating an innocent person and illustrates a growing opinion that the criminal justice system's reliance on DNA evidence, often treated as infallible, actually carries significant risks.

Submission + - Twitter abuse - '50% of misogynistic tweets from women'

mrspoonsi writes: Half of all misogynistic tweets posted on Twitter come from women, a study suggests. Over a three-week period, think tank Demos counted the number of uses of two particular words as indicators of misogyny. It found evidence of large-scale misogyny, with 6,500 unique users targeted by 10,000 abusive tweets in the UK alone. Twitter boss Jack Dorsey has said that tackling abuse is a priority. The Demos study also looked at international tweets and found more than 200,000 aggressive tweets using the words, "slut" and "whore", were sent to 80,000 people over the same three weeks.

Submission + - E Ink goes full-color (mashable.com)

SkinnyGuy writes: The reflective display company finally figured out how to make those ultra tiny balls produce 32,000 colors in one super-low-powered display. It's a breakthrough for E Ink, display advertising and, maybe someday, e-readers and digital photo frames.

Submission + - Programming Languages We Love to Hate But Can't Live Without

snydeq writes: Tools masquerading as languages, maddening syntax, dusty code that won’t die — InfoWorld's PeterWayner discusses seven programming languages we love to hate even though we can't live without them. 'From Gödel and Turing, we’ve learned that logical mechanisms have edges where scary things occur. Sure, maybe it’s our own fault, we humans, for misusing or misprogramming. But if the programming languages force our brains into weird yoga poses, it’s hard not to blame them for our ills,' Wayner writes. 'And we often can’t do anything about it. The installed base may be too large for us to jettison the language that irks us. The boss may love a stack so much he can’t hear the screams coming from the cubicle farms. The cruel truth is that there may be no better options.' What languages have you shaking your fists at the console?

Submission + - IBM says it's designed a molecule that could fight off any human virus (sciencealert.com)

schwit1 writes: Part of the difficulty in tackling viruses like Ebola and Zika is that they're all so different, and each one can regularly mutate to create different strains within the same virus.

To address this, scientists have been busy looking at common characteristics of viruses that could be used to develop an all-powerful vaccine capable of fighting off any infection, and researchers over at IBM say they're getting close.

It's exciting stuff: a macromolecule – a giant molecule made up of smaller units – has now been developed that could have the potential to block multiple types of viruses, despite the many variations involved. It's still early days yet, but the results could lead to drugs that aren't tricked by mutating virus strains.

The macromolecule has another method of attack too – a sugar called mannose, which attaches itself to healthy immune cells and draws them closer to the virus, speeding up the fight against the infection.

Based on the tests already carried out by the team on viruses such as Ebola and dengue, the macromolecule works as intended. It binds itself to the glycoproteins, disabling viral ability to infect healthy cells, while the mannose was also found to be effective in stopping viruses from infecting immune cells.

In the short term, the researchers think the macromolecules could be used in antiviral wipes or detergents, Gizmag's Chris Wood reports. With further study, we could see vaccinations that are capable of protecting us against a whole range of viruses.

Comment Re:Informative Article (Score 1) 329

The last Mac I owned was the first Intel MacBook. It was junk. The trim peeled off, the ethernet port wouldn't connect reliably unless you held the cable just right, the keyboard had keys that behaved funky and then the CD drive stopped working.

Worse, was taking it into Apple under warranty and finding out it'd be gone a 1-2 weeks to be fixed. Are you kidding me? 2 weeks for that? I *might* give you 24 hours if you really needed it but I would expect that kind of parts swap could be done in 2 hours or less.

Interestingly, I recently retired my 1st gen MacBook after nine years of daily use. The CD drive stopped working, and I had the case replaced once under warranty. The battery no longer holds a charge for more than 20 minutes, but plugged into a power cord it was still working well. I just wanted something faster.

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