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Comment Re:They disarmed him? (Score 2) 129

Not according to the chief who recommended termination or the city manager who actually fired him. They say it had nothing to do with the shooting.

This officer is wrong about one thing. He should find a decent lawyer. In PA you can fire someone without giving a reason but if you fire someone for cause it has to be legal. The city now says the officer was fired for the two earlier incidents, but he was never reprimanded. The letter of termination had two pages detailing what the officer did wrong in the shooting and two sentences each that mention the other incidents.

One of the incidents was a failure to report a DOA. That incident involved the same two officers involved in the shooting. They had 14 and 11 years of experience. This officer had 11 months. None of the three officers reported the DOA and the more experienced officers were not disciplined.

The other incident was a complaint from a citizen who's husband was arrested. She accused the officer of swearing. Give me a break, if every cop that cursed were fired we wouldn't have any police at all.

Look, I don't have a problem with the shooting. These officers had every right to defend themselves. But I do have a problem with a police chief who fires a cop and then lies about his reasons. This chief even gave a press conference where he told the public that all three officers were back on the job. That was less than 24 hours after he fired the rookie.

Comment Re:Worse (Score 2) 429

I'm with you on the deer and wild horses but let me introduce you to an Indonesian feral cat. My childhood nightmares were filled with these filthy creatures. They had mange, fleas and ticks. They were often deranged from rabies and would scream and fight at all hours. Oh, and they have a habit of pouncing on people. Get bitten or scratched and you had to get vaccinated for rabies. That required multiple injections in your belly. I have never understood my fellow American's tolerance for feline vermin.

On the other hand, the rats in Indonesia can reach 16 inches or about twice the size of an American city rat. But I don't really mind them. Just drop a python under the house and it's taken care of.

Comment Antibacterial vs antibiotic (Score 1) 248

Antibacterials are antibiotics used to treat surfaces rather than being ingested. This article predates the ruling but the scientific explanation is still relevant. Note the following text:

Additional experiments found that some bacteria can combat triclosan and other biocides with export systems that could also pump out antibiotics. It was demonstrated that these triclosan-resistant mutants were also resistant to several antibiotics, specifically chloramphenicol, ampicillin, tetracycline and ciprofloxacin.

Comment The FDA does have jurisdiction (Score 1) 248

You may have missed the following text from the same page:

If a product....is intended not only for cleansing but also to cure, treat, or prevent disease...it is regulated as a drug, or possibly both a drug and a cosmetic. Examples include antibacterial cleansers.

From the FDA announcement:

Antibacterial hand and body wash manufacturers did not provide the necessary data to establish safety and effectiveness for the 19 active ingredients addressed in this final rulemaking. For these ingredients, either no additional data were submitted or the data and information that were submitted were not sufficient for the agency to find that these ingredients are Generally Recognized as Safe and Effective (GRAS/GRAE).

Having classified these products as drugs, the FDA does have jurisdiction. The ruling was proposed in 2013, subjected to public review, subjected to congressional review and finalized last week.

Comment Maybe we should give them what they're asking for (Score 2) 74

China wants the internet on their terms. Instead of finding ways to work around the firewall perhaps we should just block China completely. Let them choose between living in the free world or living behind an iron curtain. I'm guessing they want trade more than they want control.

Comment Re:Ignorant Posters (Score 1) 117

The article has been up for over 1.5 hours with 40 posts and no one has noticed that the first link isn't actually a link.

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Comment Re:Adblock (Score 2) 212

Perhaps. But the biggest vulnerability in Windows computers (for home users) comes from users running as an administrator. The Windows install process should really be changed to setup an administrator account as well as a standard user account. Very few users get viruses when they have to elevate privileges.

I currently have 117 home and small business clients that I've educated about this. I create a new administrator account and change their original user account to standard. Only one of my clients that made the change have had a virus infection in the past three years. Almost all of my clean-up business comes from the people who continue to run as admin. And yes, I sometimes wonder how much money I'm losing by doing this.

Comment Re:Usage is consent (Score 1) 118

Setting aside the legitimate security and privacy implications, if the vendor can avoid the credit card processing fee that is good for consumers. When you consider that grocers have a profit margin between 1 and 3 percent the credit card company is making as much as the retailer. And to cover the fee retailers have to raise prices for everyone. Even the threat of new competition has forced the credit card companies to negotiate better terms.

Comment Re:Here it is (Score 1) 43

Most of the features are redundant in Windows

Being notified that your warranty is about to expire is a good thing

Perhaps. If you're likely to renew a warranty. Otherwise you only need to know if the warranty has expired after a failure.

Being notified that you haven't done a backup recently is a good thing.

This is built into Windows.

Being informed that the battery in your laptop is degraded is a good thing

This is important. I get a lot of users who notice that their battery doesn't last as long as it used to. I think they expect the battery to just stop working and don't really understand that they degrade slowly. But Lenovo doesn't just warn you that the battery is degraded. They tell you the battery is degraded after (I think) two years whether it is or not. They want you to buy another battery. Besides, true battery monitoring is also built into Windows.

Having something run scheduled tests of basic peripherals is better than not doing so, even though typically you'll know when there's a problem because your system stops working.

This is rarely true. With the exception of the hard drive every component I can think of will either fail or not. Being warned after it happens is not helpful. As for hard drives, they should not be tested. Stress tests, as used in the Lenovo software will accelerate degradation. Users should monitor the S.M.A.R.T. status for warning signs. I prefer to use HDD Guardian. It's licensed MPL-2.0 and the results are easy to understand.

Comment Re: Slow them with real traffic (Score 4, Interesting) 767

I have lived in both China and Japan, where they set up giant illumination lights, and work around the clock in a bustle of activity until the project is done.

In and around DC road construction is done just as you describe. We also have a mobile factory that can pave a lane of the highway at about 10 miles per hour. It's actually pretty impressive.

Comment Re:That's just too damn bad. (Score 1) 767

To correct the original summary, it's the City of Takoma Park, MD. For the most part the road network dates from before the Civil War. Until sometime around WWII the area was served by a streetcar network, passenger rail, and bus service. The roads were paved with brick and were designed to handle pedestrian and equestrian traffic. Today the city is served by a metro station and most residents do not commute by car. Maintenance of the road network is paid for with city taxes. Commuters passing through the city contribute nothing to the maintenance of infrastructure.

I tend to agree that people shouldn't be allowed to close off public roads but sometimes it's not so simple. We have people driving in to work in DC from their homes in Frederick and even West Virginia. These old communities are being destroyed so that people can have their 3 bedroom townhouse in the suburbs. People are leaving for work at 5 am in Gaithersburg to get downtown by 8. If you wait until 5:10 you won't get to work before 9. If I'm not mistaken the average commuter in the DC area now spends nearly 4 hours a day driving.

As someone whose roots in DC pre-date the Revolutionary War these are sad changes. My extended family used to own a house two doors down from Thomas Jefferson's in Georgetown. It was lost to fire during the crack epidemic. One of the cornerstones of DC was on a property owned by my family. It was the first property registered after Montgomery County was carved out of Frederick County. In fact at one time our family owned a tract of land that extended from the state line to the north border of Rockville. It was called Valentine's Folly and it didn't stay in the family for very long. :-) We lived through the civil war, the riots in the 1960's and then the crack war. The Capitol City is finally starting to recover and many of the old neighbourhoods have become liveable again. But for my family the traffic was just too much. Over the last ten years almost every one of us has moved away.

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