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Submission + - Smart Phone Gets Driver Out of a Speeding Ticket 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Sahas Katta writes in Skattertech that a traffic cop pulled him over while driving home and gave him a speeding ticket but thanks to his Android, he ended up walking out of traffic court without having to pay a fine or adding a single point to his record. "I fortunately happened to have Google Tracks running when an officer cited me for speeding while heading back home from a friend’s place," writes Katta. "The speed limit in the area was a mere 25 miles per hour and the cop’s radar gun shockingly clocked me driving over 40 miles per hour." Once in court Katta asked the officer the last time he attended radar gun training, when the device was last calibrated, or the unit’s model number — none of which the officer could answer. "I then presented my time stamped GPS data with details about my average moving speed and maximum speed during my short drive home. Both numbers were well within the posted speed limits," says Katta. "The judge took a moment and declared that I was not guilty, but he had an unusual statement that followed. To avoid any misinterpretations about his ruling, he chose to clarify his decision by citing the lack of evidence on the officer’s part. He mentioned that he was not familiar enough with GPS technology to make a decision based on my evidence, but I can’t help but imagine that it was an important factor.""
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Journal Journal: Walgreens is having a sale on nuts

A jar of unsalted dry-roasted peanuts for $1.99. I think she mis-rang me up the first time, and only charged me $1.99 for two of them. The whole cashews were on sale, but only as two for $7. She asked me if I still wanted them, because I guess a lot of people would think it was supposed to be cheaper, and that was the only reason they'd buy it.


Submission + - Google shows major improvements with Android 2.2 ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Google has used the I/O developers conference to launch the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo. Google claims the operating system will be from two to five times faster thanks to advances made in the compilers and the Dalvik virtual machine it uses, and how it is ported to new processors and platforms. On the enterprise front the new operating system comes with full support for Microsoft Exchange, including access to the global address book and the ability to translate native security features to mobile handsets. APIs have also been added to allow controls such as the automatic wiping of missing handsets and other remote management features. Google is also making its voice translation and search APIs open to developers, and showed off an application developed for the handset that allowed real time translation from English to French.
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Journal Journal: At Taco Bell

There was a bunch of kids standing at the beginning of the guide rails that mark where the line for the registers is. The cashiers at the registers were free. They weren't doing anything. The guide rails mark off about 8 feet of floorspace where you're supposed to line up for your turn at the register. They weren't standing in line inside the guide rails. They were all standing outside of them. Nobody would assume they were standing in line. So I walked right through them, properly wal

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