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How laws meant to protect children can fail mothers
He got 11 years for child abuse. She got 20 years for failing to stop him.
law  via:reddit  evil 
2 days ago by mcherm
Growing Evidence Says People on Easter Island Were Still Okay When Europeans Landed
Looks like the end of native Easter Island civilization may have been due to Europeans, not due to chopping down all the trees.
via:reddit  sociology  environment 
3 days ago by mcherm
Life Insurance Policy Locator Service
Site to use if you think there might have been a life insurance policy but you don't have any paperwork on it.
law  insurance  via:reddit 
4 days ago by mcherm
Why the Presidency Can’t Just Go Back to 'Normal' After Trump - POLITICO
Several good government practices are only 50 years old. Now that Trump has demolished them they may well never return.
DonaldTrump  politics  via:reddit 
4 days ago by mcherm
Michigan County Sued For Stealing Cars From Innocent Car Owners Via Civil Forfeiture | Techdirt
In this county police sieze three cars a day for reasons like "slowed down in an area known for prostitution". They don't charge the person or, in some cases, even file forfeiture thus making it impossible to contest the seizure.
forfeiture  law  techdirt  via:reddit 
8 days ago by mcherm
How we scaled AI Dungeon 2 to support over 1,000,000 users
They built a text adventure game run by an AI. It was popular. Then it cost too much to run. They deployed as APIs in the cloud and made it work affordably.
cloudcomputing  ai  via:reddit 
8 days ago by mcherm
Every Single Cognitive Bias in One Infographic
More of an insightful view than a mere list, this catalogs cognitive biases but also explains the underlying reasons for each.
brain  psychology  via:reddit  datavisualization 
8 days ago by mcherm
Copyright implications of brute forcing all 12-tone major melodies in approximately 2.5 TB. : programming
They generated all (12-note long single octave major scale) melodies and "published" them as a hack on the legal system.
law  ip-law  copyright  music  via:reddit 
9 days ago by mcherm
Windows 10 Warning: Anger At Microsoft Rises With Serious New Failure
Something happened to a Microsoft search server and all local searches of the hard drive in Windows stopped functioning.
microsoft  privacy  via:reddit 
10 days ago by mcherm
Colorado district attorney 'incredibly frustrated' he's unable to prosecute cop found drunk in patrol car - ABC News
The cops did an internal investigation; a law prevents the results of police internal investigations from being used in prosecutions.
via:reddit  policeimmunity 
13 days ago by mcherm
Java Streams are great but it’s time for better Java Collections
He makes a pretty good case that the library "eclipse collections" has a better set of basic collection classes than those in the Java standard library. (And it is interoperable.)
programming  via:reddit  datastructures  java  libraries 
14 days ago by mcherm

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