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Submission + - Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Terrified Of Citizens With Cameras

JustAnotherOldGuy writes: NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton recently criticized what he calls an ‘epidemic’ of citizens recording arrests amid the backlash over Harlem cop caught punching man who filmed him. "There is a phenomenon in this country that we need to examine," NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “This has become very serious. I would almost describe it an epidemic in this country,” Bratton added. As the NYPD continues to investigate a disturbing video of a Harlem cop pointing a gun at a group of onlookers armed only with smartphones and then punching one of the men recording him, the New York top cop's comments verged on the surreal. Since the advent of cellphone cameras, citizens have recorded an unending series of incidents showing police misconduct and brutality, up to and including murder. As the police are so fond of saying, "If you have nothing to hide, what are you afraid of?" So what is Police Commissioner Bill Bratton afraid of?

Submission + - Wikipedia Is Nearing Completion 5

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Rebecca J. Rosen writes that it may seem impossible for an encyclopedia of everything to ever near completion, but at least for the major articles on topics like big wars, important historical figures, central scientific concepts, the English-language Wikipedia is pretty well filled out. "After an encyclopedia reaches 100,000 articles, the pool of good material shrinks. By the time one million articles are written, it must tax ingenuity to think of something new. Wikipedia," writes historian and Wikipedia editor Richard Jensen, "passed the four-million-article mark in summer 2012." With the exciting work over, editors are losing interest. In the spring of 2012, 3,300 editors contributed more than 100 edits per month each — that's a 31 percent drop from spring of 2007, when that number was 4,800. For example, take a look at the Wikipedia article for the War of 1812 which runs 14,000 words cobbled together by 3,000 editors. Today, the War of 1812 page has many more readers than it did in 2008 — 623,000 compared with 434,000 — but the number who make a change has dropped precipitously, from 256 to just 28. Of those original 256, just one remains active. The reason, Jensen believes, is that the article already has had so many edits, there is just not that much to do. Jensen says that Wikipedia should now devote more resources toward getting editors access to higher-quality scholarship (in private databases like JSTOR), admission to military-history conferences, and maybe even training in the field of historiography, so that they could bring the articles up to a more polished, professional standard. "Wikipedia is now a mature reference work with a stable organizational structure and a well-established reputation. The problem is that it is not mature in a scholarly sense (PDF).""

Comment Re:Reason? GNOME3 (Score 1) 535

There ought to be an extension for this... (One thing that bugs me about Gnome is there is so much potential in the extensions, but no one is writing them!)

This may be useful:

Comment Re:Reason? GNOME3 (Score 1) 535

I tried for a while to find a way to have a CPU and Network monitor like you could have it docked on a panel in gnome 2 but finally gave up.

I also often use more than one terminal window, but when you click on the terminal icon in the apps list, it just takes you back to the terminal you already have open.

Ctrl-Shift-n from terminal opens a new window. Ctrl-Shift-t opens a new tab, which I prefer.

For vitual desktops, I personally prefer a fixed layout... email and web browser in upper left, work vitrual computer in lower left, etc. The ever-changing dynamic list doesn't work well for me.

There ought to be an extension for this... (One thing that bugs me about Gnome is there is so much potential in the extensions, but no one is writing them!)

The worst is that I can't get it to behave right with my laptop and external monitor. Laptops today come with shitty short screens, so when I work at home, I keep the lid closed and just use my external monitor. Gnome3 can't seem to grasp this and always assumes the laptop's monitor is the primary monitor, so I can't reach the widgets, menus, etc. Sure, I can muck with the display settings to fix it during a session, but I have to do it all over again if I reboot or need to open the lid for some reason.


You just have to edit the file: ~/.config/monitors.xml

(Notice that this it's a "personal" config, so you have to do this inside of every acount you like this behaviour... That's why the ~/ wich means "my personal home dir").

where you can see an XML text detailing all displays configurations. Each one have a "primary" config line like this:


Just put "yes" wherever you like to be your primary display and "no" in the other one(s)...

Comment End-to-end encryption? (Score 1) 138

Why aren't the connections with card processors encrypted end-to-end with SSL/TLS? Then the wifi security, which is outside the card processors' hands, would be irrelevant, and the card numbers would not be exposed to internet routers either. This is the responsibility of the card processors IMO. Everyone knows you don't send credit card numbers over the internet without TLS.

Comment Android is not threatened (Score 1) 292

Sure, there may be some grey areas as to exactly when copyright applies and the GPL comes into effect. But the real risk Android takes by operating in this area is that the copyright holders themselves will feel violated enough by their actions that they will spend the time and money to sue you with no clear-cut probability of winning. Are any Linux copyright holders feeling that violated by the Apache-licensed Android? Do they have enough resources to take on Google over a legal grey area?

Submission + - Study finds that valuable patents lose in trial (

perapuikkonen writes: Patents deemed most valuable by analysts seem to be quite worthless. The almost always lose in the court.
Quote from a paper linked in the TFA:

We designed this study to explore the effects of repeat play on litigation behavior, contributing to a literature on the economics of civil procedure as well as the substance of patent law. But what we found was dramatic and unexpected: The patents and patentees that occupy the most time and attention in court and in public policy debates – the very patents that economists consider the most valuable – are astonishingly weak. Non-practicing entities and software patentees almost never win their cases. That may be a good thing, if you believe that most software patents are bad or that NPEs are bad for society. But it certainly means that the patent system is wasting more of its time than expected dealing with weak patents. And it also suggests that both our measures of patent value and our theories of litigation behavior need some serious reconsideration.

Comment Single Transferable Vote (Score 2, Interesting) 375

I think the system they're looking for is the single transferable vote. With cumulative voting, various interests have to figure out how many candidates they have the numbers to elect and then organize their voters ahead of the election. With STV, the system itself does this all for them and gives fair, proportional results.

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