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Comment Re:What is Justice (Score 1) 287

Yeah, the cops screwed this one up. Even when the evidence in hand is a recording of events, protocol has to be followed. There should have been enough other evidence (photos of the victim, victim testimony, etc) to get something to stick too, which it looks like the cops neglected to collect.

And (not aimed at you!) why is it better for a guilty person to go free rather than even one innocent person go to jail? Because it is highly likely that a guilty person would commit a similar crime again. Which is what happened in this case. It does create more victims unfortunately, but it also removes a lot of doubt.

And if they were guilty, and they don't commit another crime - then at least they have been rehabilitated for whatever reason they chose (feeling bad, fear, etc).

Comment Re:SJW (Score 1) 287

As for police randomly raiding homes without warrants, if they do find incriminating evidence then fair enough; if they don't, then prosecute the police for intrusion.

Are you actually serious about this?

You would legally give the police the right to hassle whoever they wanted, go on fishing expeditions, plant evidence and then find it, and so on, just because they *may* find something?

Seriously.

Now, on the other hand, this video is quite different. It is a recording of events rather than a tool used in the events. In addition, what is 'siezing' a video when it could be deleted if not siezed. Seizure is surely taking AND viewing. Taking, and getting a warrant post-taking but pre-viewing, should surely be a viable situation here. There is still a judicial oversight prior to the viewing, preventing the fishing expedition. Obviously, in this case, they took it, and once they had it viewed it and didn't get any judicial oversight.

Comment Re:SJW (Score 2) 287

Surely taking the video, but sealing it unviewed until the warrant to view (or instruction to return it) would be adequate in this case?

It is clear that erasing the video whilst waiting for a warrant is a strong possibility, I don't see how that can be dismissed so easily by the judge.

Maybe a golf course deal...

Comment Re:How do you take a turn? (Score 1) 176

It's cheaper to refactor roadside equipment (even installing concrete barriers for the self-guiding bus wheels) than to install a subway.

IIRC the bus has lighting underneath for road traffic.

However the bus would surely be blocking the view of the signs and lights for the cars, although as it would leave first that might not be a big problem.

Comment Re:How do you take a turn? (Score 1) 176

Most likely at stops the elevated bus would proceed before the vehicles underneath.

Still, there are so many issues with the concept and design apart from turning when the vehicle is blocking your exit that this will likely only ever live in select cities that match the use case.

  - existing straight city grids (otherwise you would new-build with trams/light-rail, which has a benefit of being able to turn corners).
  - no subways (as these work and don't block the roads).
  - a city government willing to ban tall vehicles from the routes they run on - i.e., these would be car-only routes, until people design low-height freight transporters to feed the city's retail and food outlets.

Comment Anything to get to that sweet final release (Score 1) 202

"Men get fatter to die earlier and escape" would be a better title.

Single men go to the gym. Married men get fat.

The evidence is clear. Sweet death is the ultimate desire for many many men, and they will do all they can to achieve this in the most enjoyable manner possible - namely overeating. They can then escape the mental torture of their relationship.

Comment Re:Useful lifetime? (Score 1) 109

I thought it was commonly understood that solar panels were likely to be useful for way longer than 25 years. All this does is increase that useful lifetime - and given that it's 25 years (now apparently 35 years) for 80% of the power generation, I think it's likely that houses may not need to replace their panels for many decades after installation. Especially if the power used by a household drops due to efficiency gains in that same period.

I doubt the panels are that different really in terms of lifespan, it's just the other manufacturers were being conservative.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

I'm guessing that's 20% every year, i.e., most people get a car on credit and have to repay it monthly.

You're saving for the next car for presumably several years, and then you buy it without any form of credit. In effect you've done the same - put money aside each month - but you've earned interest on it instead of paying interest on it.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

Exactly.

The only reason to buy a new car, in my opinion, is if you drive in it every day for over a couple of hours, whereupon having mod cons actually improves your quality of life. Although IMO you might be better off buying an older, but better car second hand still, for less :-)

Of course most people will do it to keep up appearances with the neighbours. I.e., vanity.

My car is the 15 year old dented Honda Civic, and I earn in the top 10 percentile (or better, I just checked the government stats). But that's London, I drive it maybe 15 minutes a day on average, I have to park on the street (hence the dents, other drivers suck), it cost me about £2300 five years ago (cash) and I guess I pay £1200 a year to run it (insurance, tax, MOT, petrol). Even if I give it away, that's under £1700 a year for freedom and time saving ability (if I didn't have a child to drop off at nursery, etc, I could drop the car and just hire a vehicle for when I really need it).

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

This is the reality everywhere.

It's how the car market works - the top 10-20% earn enough to buy or finance a new car, maybe on a rolling replacement schedule every so often.

Everyone else buys second/third/fourth hand according to what they can afford. The cars simply make their way down a list of owners as they get older, maybe changing hands every 3 to 5 years depending on the owner's whims.

Some people stretch themselves further to get a better car than they can really afford, and others scrimp on the car (often because they're in a city with decent public transport, often because housing in their city is very expensive). Many households don't own cars, although I guess that's more common outside of the US.

In your example, 20% of $50K is $10K, so on a 5 year finance cycle you could probably stretch to a new car. But in my opinion that's a large percentage to pay for a car, then again I don't need to drive every day, I get the train to work (UK).

Comment Re: Java Script? (Score 1) 70

CPU is cheap. Memory is cheap.

Developer Resource (especially that which knows how to write efficient decent C++ code) is expensive.

This is why most code is really a shim over a massive framework (e.g., in Java that framework would be Spring), even developing a better (i.e., better suited for the task at hand) framework would take too much time.

And Java bytecode is just an IL, a mature IL with legacy, usually running a legacy runtime and frameworks on top. So what if the final step of compilation occurs on the client machine - CPU is cheap after all. And then you can optimise that compilation to the code that actually needs it because you have runtime statistics, and you can optimise it for the client hardware rather than a generic compatible baseline. Apple have taken that on-board with C and LLVM - iOS apps' final compilation step is in the App Store now, developers just upload IL - and Apple can compile device specific optimised versions (and in most cases they could silently switch architectures if they decided and it would be fine - this is likely how Macs will transition to ARM in the next few years).

Yes, properly written C++, Asm, etc, will be better than compiled code in most cases. But most people can't write properly written C++ or Asm!

Comment Re:pointless brute force super computing (Score 5, Informative) 247

Yeah, the Chinese Supercomputer is using 1.45 GHz 260-core custom-ISA 64-bit RISC chips.

Yup, 260 cores. Each with a 256-bit FMAC SIMD unit. It's not a traditional CPU architecture, it clearly uses some aspects of Intel's Larrabee/Knights Landing platform, and GPU architectures (in particular the cache arrangement).

Each chip can process 3 TFLOPS of double precision floating point.

Comment Re:Okay but what executes js externally to mail? (Score 1) 96

And so we get to the cause of the problem.

Windows and Microsoft.

Why isn't the downloaded file tagged as "downloaded from the internet". This seems to be a capability that Windows has.

Why doesn't wscript.exe look for that and refuse to run the script or run the script in a locked down sandbox. Although I guess Windows would just pop up a "Run this malware as administrator? Yes / Yes" UAC box anyway.

The sooner that operating systems containerise every application the better. Limit the damage - I'd rather erase a malware-encrypted container of an app and its data than my entire system.

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