Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Linkee-poo runs for the hills

There's another link sheriff in town. Tor.com sets up a page to keep up to date with all the links they generate.

Because it's being talked about in certain circles, here's a link to an article on the Santa Cruze police using predictive software to help fight crime. I'm not one for some things like this, but so far I don't have many disagreements with the use of this software. They are using it to identify potential hotspots and adding enforcement in those areas. There's no personal identification information, nobody is being arrested for just being in those areas. And it's not the only place where predictive software is being used (Grokked from Jay Lake). What will be interesting when people attempt to slew results, or that we have a hacking incident to distract police, or criminals get their own software to out fox the police (like they used to do with police scanners).

Just because you didn't get your way in elections doesn't mean there's voter fraud. While, yes, prosecutors don't take up all cases, if the Secretary of State gives you a case, I doubt any savvy prosecutor is going to say, "No thanks." What will cause them to say that is when there is no actual evidence, or at least no evidence that can be corroborated and rises to the level of being introducible in court. Also, given the previous administration's directive to the federal prosecutors, the firings, and that cases were brought and they couldn't convince judges of the validity of their claims, I'm willing to go with labeling it "Bogus". Thanks for playing.

In case someone is still belaboring under the illusion that non-traditional remedies have "no real effect". Yes, many of those over the counter products can have some serious effects (here, it's fish oil - typically sold as Omega 3 - bricking the effects of chemo drugs) You may also remember the St. John's Wart and antidepressants, or noticed new products coming on line which are basically the same thing as the herbals they used to sell, but now packaged with trade names. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

And, another nail in the stories we were told about the Tea Party. Turns out that yes, they are pretty much the hard core conservative Republicans they told us they weren't. Granted, there are always exceptions, YMMV, etc. (Grokked from Jay Lake)

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