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Comment Re:No one should be blamed for the spread of virus (Score 1) 330

As an example the percentage of people with HIV has increased in Austin, Texas by 41% or so from 2006 to 2012.

Proving nothing.
1 - Austin population has grown by 15% in that time
2 - A proportion of those people with HIV will be heterosexual
3 - Between 1990 and 2010 the number of same-sex couples in Austin grew at a rate of three times the city population growth rate. Yep, Austin got more gay.

Add those three together and I'd say it's rather likely that the extent of HIV infection in the gay community in Austin has probably dropped, thus entirely fucking disproving the ignorant shit you were claiming.

Submission + - How Police Body Cameras Fail (

tedlistens writes: Since the shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown in 2014—an incident that was not captured on camera—activists and city governments have stridently fought for more police oversight through body-worn cameras, and cities are responding, with the help of millions of dollars in body camera grants from the White House. But the public is discovering that the technology isn't foolproof: Cameras fall off, officers fail to record, and the video itself can be kept largely out of the public record, in deference to privacy laws, police policies, and the challenges of managing massive amounts of footage. But, critics worry, when video collected for oversight purposes isn't shared publicly—or isn’t collected at all—citizens might become more suspicious about police misconduct, amplifying mistrust amid an effort to fight it. An article at Fast Company details ways in which body camera programs are falling short of their goals, and ideas for improving what some have called the most rapid technology upgrade in policing history.

Comment Re:Can't we sue Comcast to cut off thier Internet? (Score 2) 92

I too am an original customer from @Home. When AT&T bought it out and turned it into ATTBI the service went to absolute crap. With @Home I originally had 10Mbps down and 10Mbps up, which was the limit of the modems at the time. Later it was reduced to 10Mbps down and 1Mbps up, which at the time was still extremely good.

Then AT&T bought it out. AT&T decided to change it to 10Mbps down, 128Kbps up but they screwed up badly. Rather than limit each customer to 128Kbps, which was pretty bad, they throttled ALL of the customers on a node through the same 128kbps. At the best of times, like 3am, I saw 40% packet loss with my only traffic being ping. My old 28.8kbps dialup modem was faster than my 10Mbps down cable modem because all of the TCP ack packets were getting dropped. Basic services like email were unusable. It was like this for 9 months! AT&T support were completely useless, their best answer was asking if I rebooted my computer. It wasn't just me but everyone I know in my area who was on that service.

When Comcast bought out AT&T it was like a breath of fresh air. Comcast immediately upgraded the performance and as bad as it is, their support is orders of magnitude better than anything I got out of AT&T. When people complain about Comcast, they don't realize just how much better they are than AT&T.

Comment Re:You have the right to remain silent (Score 2) 114

I suggest you use it. There is never anything to gain from talking to the police. Ever. The idea of the policeman as keeper of the peace is dead in Canada as one by one rights in the charter are ignored "for the public good".

Fortunately the right to remain silent is still valid.

True, there is a possibility that in talking to the police you will inaccurately draw some suspicion towards yourself.

However, the stronger possibility is that you will accurately direct some suspicion towards the guilty party, and perhaps prevent future crimes.

I, for one, believe in motives other than pure self-interest.

Comment Re:Transparancy (Score 2) 58

@ techno-vampire

And now we know what Obama meant when he claimed that he'd run the most transparent administration in history: absolutely nothing.

You realise that you're being totally ridiculous as well as having your partisan bias show though, right?

It's insane (and party-political) to suggest that an ongoing counter-intelligence operation, that has been confirmed by a judge to meet the criteria agreed on by law, should be splattered on the front page just to satisfy your idle curiosity.

It's insane because counter-intelligence operations are needed to prevent spies and/or terrorists from being effective when they work here and in doing so and thereby to protect our security.

We have laws and procedures in place to ensure that snooping is done only when warranted. They are being followed and it has been determined that in this case the snoop order is warranted. Even the House Intelligence committee has been briefed (as it should), and apparently they agree too. So much for your smear that it might be "unconstitutional".

Yet there you are posting unjustified, snide, and derogatory comments. Well, that's your right. But it makes your comments squarely party-political because you're trying to make a government, that is simply doing its job, look bad just because you don't like it.

In a word: deplorable.

Comment Re: Nothing of significance (Score 1) 225

We had those when I was in college. They were popular for certain games because the escape sequences for things like cursor positioning were shorter than VT100s, though they tended to have certain keys being broken like (T)orpedo. They were a bitch to type on with extremely stiff keys and they looked terrible with a 5x7 character matrix.

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