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Submission + - The War on Science: Forensics (washingtonpost.com)

hondo77 writes: Thought the Trump Administration's War on Science(tm) was just about climate change? Think again. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions will end a Justice Department partnership with independent scientists to raise forensic science standards and has suspended an expanded review of FBI testimony across several techniques that have come under question, saying a new strategy will be set by an in-house team of law enforcement advisers." The National Commission on Forensic Science, "jointly led by Justice and the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has prompted several changes," including "new accrediting and ethical codes for forensic labs and practitioners" and the FBI abandoning "its four-decade-long practice of tracing bullets to a specific manufacturer’s batch through chemical analyses after its method were scientifically debunked."

Comment Re:Ignorance of the law is no excuse (Score 1) 209

Google "Georgia OCGA" and the first link that comes up is "LexisNexis(r) Custom Solution: Georgia Code Research Tool". Click it and a "Code of Georgia - Free Public Access" page comes up. Click "I Agree" and you get complete access to the Georgia Code for free. The opinion mentions that Lexis/Nexis is obligated to maintain this free site.

One might argue about the annotations being missing but the opinion shows precedent for those being copyrightable, even for laws.

Comment Re:You make your own bed (Score 1) 244

When there is no way to catch up on missed episodes the only choice is pirated or stop watching altogether.

You could always wait for the missed episodes become available. I know, I know, that would involve delayed gratification...

I'm not exactly poor but I'd never ordinarily pay $1.99 just to watch one episode of one show.

Ah, so you're just cheap. And the content companies have themselves to blame for that because...?

Comment Re:ethics/governance contact (Score 4, Informative) 102

Have you ever actually tried to USE one of the ethics hotlines?

I did once. About a year after ethics training. The hotline had been disconnected and no longer existed. It no longer appeared in the company directory. I figured the training and hotline were setup as part of a court settlement and that once the terms had been fulfilled, it was all dismantled.

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