meh. Back in the 80s when I had a VCR, unless there was a timed program I wanted to watch, I didn't consider the time worth my while. To dig out the manual, or to try and figure out the programming of the device. Total waste of time when I was learning a new assembler language, as opposed to IBM's assembler. Obligatory: Get off my lawn!
Once upon a time, I saw an old drunk piss on a bus's tire at a transfer point/bus stop where I lived, while middle and high school kids were around. Grossed everyone out and he was arrested. Sex offendor? not imho but needed a long time away from kids until he learned appropriate behaviour in public. Lifelong sentence? Perhaps, if it happened multiple times.
from the news-junkie-overload dept.
An anonymous reader asks "What information sources and social networking sites will you be using to supplement the election coverage on TV next Tuesday? I am ready with a big HDTV with Comcast, a Mac mini, and and an Xbox 360. I also have two laptops (one good for websites and one for streaming video), an old-school Blackberry, a 'regular' cell phone, a Nokia N810, a Squeezebox, and finally Sirius Satellite Radio. Which websites should I watch for live county results? I already know about the Twitter Vote Report for tracking and reporting voting issues and I already watch 'CNN Reporters' on Friendfeed for the national flair. What other Twitter accounts should I follow? Which urgent ones should I send to my phones? Which YouTube accounts or keywords I should subscribe to in Miro? What are the most popular sites for posting 'on-scene' videos — iReport, Flickr, something else? I know most local Fox affiliates are great about streaming, but is there a page that lists all of the streams, in case I need to quickly focus on one city or area? Basically, how would you configure all those gadgets?" This reader might find some guidance in what to focus on from a video produced by reader (and data modeler) Bruce Nash that lays out a predicted timeline for when the media will call each state, depending on when the polls close and how tight each race is expected to be.
dprovine writes: According to a joint investigation by series of articles in The Washington Post and
60 Minutes, a forensic test used by the FBI for decades is known to be invalid. The National Academy of Science issued a report in
2004 that FBI investigators had given "problematic" testimony to juries. The FBI later
stopped using "bullet lead analysis", but sent a letter to law enforcement officials
saying that they still fully supported the science behind it. Hundreds of criminal
defendants — some already convicted in part on the testimony of FBI experts — were
not informed about the problems with the evidence used against them in court.
Does anyone at the Justice Department even care about what effect this will have on
how the public in general (and juries in particular) regards the trustworthiness of
netbuzz writes: "A New York orthopedist's essay carrying that headline sets out to make the point that patients who rely more on their Web browsers than the expertise of their doctors are likely to be ill served by both. It's a valid enough point, but the doctor in this case so savages the patient he puts forth as Exhibit A — a 40-something Mom with an unruly 3-year-old — that he's likely to send even more skeptics of modern medicine scurrying for the Internet.
An anonymous reader writes: It looks like Toronto is trying to become Canada's #1 filming location.
City News reports that, "almost every person using Toronto's transit system will be photographed" because the TTC will be adding a nice little camera in ever bus, subway car, streetcar and sub-way station that they have.
Of course they claim that they will only release the video and audio in the event that an event occurs. Are we going to extend this to hospitals, police stations, government access centers, libraries, public parks and sidewalks as well?
I'm totally against having public service companies do this to us — even for the reasons and under the conditions they are presenting them. I think that once the infrastucture and public acceptance that these devices are there is when the corruption starts. When will some elected body twist around the reasoning or the laws to do more with the devices?
A Slashot Poll would be nice but — What is the general public view on these things?