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  • Jun 22, 2022 @ 01:16pm

    Gotta give it enough time for that water pipe to burst and damage all of the equipment and paperwork.

  • Feb 08, 2022 @ 09:46am

    Porn Storm

    This is going to eventually lead to a version of a porn storm, where instead of un-tasteful ads, it will be a flurry of consent declarations.

    “The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.”
    ― Robert Jordan

  • Jun 23, 2021 @ 09:11am

    Why not make a $0 subscription tier that only enables Just Run. Maybe just put the warranty registration info into that subscription tier and mail them a letter with their temp username and password and incentivize them to sign in? Maybe 3 months of free full subscription as a trial.

    There are much better ways to do this.

  • Jun 04, 2019 @ 06:48am

    Experts on law

    Cops don't have to be experts on law.
    Citizens must be experts because of the "ignorance of the law is not a defense" theory.

    Does this mean that the courts believe that putting on the uniform makes police less than a normal citizen?

  • Apr 25, 2019 @ 01:12pm


    I've only ever seen chalking where the officer places a chalk line on the road right behind the tire, rather than on the tire. It accomplishes the same thing, why not just do it that way?

  • Mar 11, 2019 @ 02:19pm

    Re: 'Look, lots of money, now won't you please go away?'

    I don't know. Government agencies also routinely dig in their heels, because how dare someone question the way they do business. Especially with the strongly worded critique of their actions, I wouldn't be surprised if someone gets mad and decides to fight.

  • Aug 08, 2018 @ 08:42am

    If only..

    If only we had backdoors into the encryption on people's phones, we could have overheard him talking to his friend face to face or over the internet and prevented this from becoming an embarrassing moment for Dianne Feinstein. Dang it Apple. (Please note it has not been confirmed he had an Apple device, but it's Apple's fault either way.)

  • Aug 26, 2016 @ 10:42am


    Remember when copyright law was supposed to be about furthering knowledge and learning -- and not locking it up so that one company could extract all profit from it?

    No, I don't remember it EVER working that way. Exclusive rights, and all.

    Constitution of the US, Article 1 Section 8, Clause 8

    To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries

    Emphasis mine. That's the way it's supposed to work. That's not the way it does work anymore, if it ever actually worked that way to begin with.

  • Jul 18, 2016 @ 12:02pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Edit previous comment: paragraph 3: but a somewhat different second step.


  • Jul 18, 2016 @ 09:01am

    Re: Re:

    Agreed. The people I teach are more likely to become lab techs rather than officers, so I try to remind them to remember that even though all they see is a sample and a number, that it represents a real person and can affect their life.

  • Jul 18, 2016 @ 08:57am

    Re: Re:

    I can't comment on if anyone will get arrested on a positive test, false or otherwise. What the Scott's test is, however, is a general chemical reaction. Multiple different compounds can cause similar reactions. That's why this test is meant to be a screening test, ie is it worth pursuing for the more expensive but more specific lab tests?

    However, it appears that in the interest of saving money, time and perhaps increasing win ratio's prosecutors are pushing defendants to plead only on that info. I have no problem with police officers trained to use the kits performing the test in the field as intended. The problem arises when perhaps untrained or under trained officers use these tests for trace evidence, and/or the results being treated as gospel.

    As for the results of the test, it is a 3 step process, with potentially different colors at each step. Diphenhydramine will give similar first and last steps, but a somewhat different third step. It's similar enough that only but a few of my students have ever caught it, as they tend to focus on the more vibrant first and last step. I chose it on purpose for that reason, so that the ultimate lesson will hit home, hopefully. I just use this as an example, as there are multiple compounds that can either yield a false positive or be interpreted as a false positive.

  • Jul 18, 2016 @ 06:09am

    Re: So the old TV cop shows had it right.

    Actually what they are testing by doing that is if their tongue feels numb. Cocaine is similar to lidocaine in that it will produce a numbing sensation. It's also the reason John on Person of Interest put a bit of it in a bullet wound on one episode.

  • Jul 18, 2016 @ 06:16am

    I teach a forensics lab every year, and the first lab I do is a Scott's test to test for cocaine, which is likely the test performed here. One of the possible unknowns I give them is a sample of Diphenhydramine, aka Benedryl, which shows a positive similar to cocaine. We then later perform tests of increasing specificity specifically to show that screening tests are just that, screening. I then break into a lecture of how important their jobs will be and that they have to remember, while their jobs will seem routine and boring after a while, that everything they do will have consequences for people's lives and freedoms.

    Perhaps some of these people need to take my class.

  • Apr 07, 2016 @ 02:42pm

    Here's the problem with exploits, once it is known one exists, it's only a matter of time before someone else goes looking for it and finds it. That's why it's important to apply security patches as quickly as possible, because the updates are reverse engineered to discover the flaw and new exploits created from that. Now that it is known that a 5c, at least, can be cracked, the clock is ticking.

  • Mar 29, 2016 @ 06:45am

    Of course they don't want to help. Every phone that is out there that a LEO want's into, is another chance to find a judge willing to order Apple to do it. At which point they get exactly what they wanted in this case. If they keep throwing it at the wall, eventually one will stick.

  • Mar 22, 2016 @ 11:42am

    Encryption=terrorism. That's why I only login to my bank portal at Starbucks over an HTTP connection. Now I have nothing to worry about anymore.

  • Mar 10, 2016 @ 10:47am

    On that same note, the states require seat belt use. If there are terrorists in the US, the government has taken steps to keep them alive long enough to carry out an attack. Isn't that supporting terrorism? If we're going to go crazy, we might as well dive in head first.

  • Feb 24, 2016 @ 10:00am

    I've no doubt Techdirt will rise to this challenge.

  • Jan 13, 2016 @ 11:11am

    I've just assumed that this was just to give traditional media a chance to stay ahead of new media in reporting stories.

  • Jan 06, 2016 @ 02:41pm

    Honestly, just consider the minority of users who use ad blockers as loss leaders. Odds are, if the article is good enough, it may be shared and bring in other users that would not have normally come to the site and probably don't use an ad blocker.

    Either way, there are enough news sources these days, if they want to actively encourage people not to use them as a source, somebody else will be welcoming.

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