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In dramatic Third Circuit argument, prosecutor concedes relief in death penalty case | CA3blog
In oral arguments before appellate court prosecutor reverses position and withdraws the case.
law  via:reddit  personal_net 
yesterday by mcherm
In case anyone doubted there was racial bias in the U.S. judicial system. : law
After a new law set thresholds for crack sentencing (but not before) a huge spike in convictions for blacks cluster at the minimum triggering amount. A much smaller spike exists for whites.
racism  law  via:reddit 
3 days ago by mcherm
Oregon black exclusion laws - Wikipedia
It used to be illegal for a black person to be in Oregon. The last of these laws were repealed in 1926.
racism  history  via:reddit 
5 days ago by mcherm
Hey Lore Masters- Tinder Box take 2. Leave room for players in your lore. More info in comments. : loremasters
Cool idea: specifically plan for the players to fill in some of the backstory; the example illustrates how.
GamingIdeas  via:reddit 
6 days ago by mcherm
Police arrested an innocent man for murder using Google location data | Daily Mail Online
AZ police arrest a man for murder based only on his Google location plus the color and make of his car. He lost his job and can't get a new one.
privacy  gps  police  via:reddit 
7 days ago by mcherm
The DEA seized her father’s life savings at an airport without alleging any crime occurred, lawsuit says - The Washington Post
It is an almost-suspiciously perfect case: his life savings was in cash because he survived bank runs during the depression and the government seized it with no reason whatsoever to suspect drugs or foul play.
law  police  forfeiture  via:reddit 
8 days ago by mcherm
Impossible Requirements
"Make it so the floorboards squeak when a stranger walks in the bar, but not for a regular." Carpenter: OK.
programming  softwaredevelopment  funny  TalkIdeas  via:reddit 
8 days ago by mcherm
Miss. Supreme Court upholds 12-year sentence of man convicted for having cellphone in jail
He apparently didn't even know there was a rule against having a cell phone (which he had because they did not take it from him when they booked him). For that he received 12 years.
law  injustice  via:reddit 
11 days ago by mcherm
The Church of Scientology Says Danny Masterson Stalking Suit Must Go to "Religious Arbitration" | Hollywood Reporter
Scientology says it's members signed an agreement to use arbitration, an arbitration service created by the church which follows the church's regulations not the law. They say this means their former members cannot sue them in court.
law  arbitration  via:reddit 
13 days ago by mcherm
My world record marshmallow challenge spaghetti tower – 65 inches tall : geek
Not only does he build a spaghetti-and-tape tower to hold up a marshmallow, he analyzes the design to optimize it. Also, tape is really powerful.
engineering  via:reddit 
15 days ago by mcherm
SHA-1 is a Shambles
SHA-1 can be "broken" (a chosen prefix attack) for around $45,000 and dropping.
security  cryptography  via:reddit 
17 days ago by mcherm
Oracle copied Amazon’s API—was that copyright infringement? | Ars Technica
ArsTechnica points out that Oracle has built things compatible with Amazon's S3 API. Which would be unremarkable except that Oracle is arguing in court that Google does not have the right to build things compatible with Java's API.
ArsTechnica  via:reddit  law  programming 
20 days ago by mcherm
Neomi Rao's efforts to place Trump above the law must fail.
One federal judge holds (1) Congress can't demand to see any information related to the president unless they are performing an impeachment and (2) courts cannot review anything regarding an impeachment.
slate  via:reddit  politics  law 
21 days ago by mcherm
I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left.
A highly placed, long-term leader within Google speaks out about why he felt it has lost its way ethically so badly that he was forced to resign.
google  ethics  via:reddit 
22 days ago by mcherm
The History of Asbestos - Importing, Exporting & Worldwide Use
(1) The Romans wove napkins out of asbestos, which they cleaned by throwing them into the fire. (2) The Romans also figured out that it caused lung disease. (But they had slaves to do it.)
history  materials  via:reddit  science 
24 days ago by mcherm
A Mimic in Sheep's Clothing: An Easy, Low-Level Puzzle for Travel : DnDBehindTheScreen
A shepherd lies dead; his flock blocks the road. Turns out one of the "sheep" is a mimic.
GamingIdeas  via:reddit 
26 days ago by mcherm
LEGO Block Structures as a Sub-Kelvin Thermal Insulator | Scientific Reports
This paper in Nature discovers that off-the-shelf LEGO blocks are actually BETTER thermal insulators (at microkelvin temperatures) than the fancy materials available commercially.
science  materialsscience  via:reddit 
4 weeks ago by mcherm
Why A Judge Made Uber Create An Email Address
Uber refused to provide a reasonable way for people to opt out of arbitration; a judge ordered them to allow it via email.
law  uber  arbitration  via:reddit 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
Deputy who slammed N.C. middle school student to floor is fired, charged with assault
The police abuse did not stand in this case -- the deputy is being charged with assault.
police  policeabuse  law  via:reddit 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
Google Terminated My 5 Years Old AdMob Account - Venkatramanan Ramasubramanian - Medium
Another developer who spent years developing on Google's platform and was eliminated in an instant with no explanation and no (real) chance to appeal.
google  appstore  via:reddit 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
2019 Finalists | Best Illusion of the Year Contest
Some really cool ones, the winner especially stands out.
opticalillusion  via:reddit 
5 weeks ago by mcherm
Divisibility by 7 is a Walk on a Graph, by David Wilson
And efficient (linear in the number of digits in x) test for divisibility by 7.
math  algorithm  via:reddit 
8 weeks ago by mcherm
Chika's Test for divisibility by 7
Multiply the last digit by 5 and add to the rest of the number. Rediscovered by a 12 year old.
math  invention  via:reddit 
8 weeks ago by mcherm
Google Just Terminated My Google Play Publisher Account In One Hour After 10 Years Of Loyal Service
Apps he had written years ago violated a brand new policy. He received a series of warning emails in the middle of the night, and less than an hour later his account was permanently closed. Of course all appeals were rejected.
appstore  google  evil  via:reddit 
8 weeks ago by mcherm
Cop stalls his child sex abuse trial by claiming to be dying
I can't believe this happened (is still happening)! He raped a child, was convicted but got it overturned because the (then rare) female prosecutor was "too emotional", then spent 25+ years lying and claiming he was dying.
law  evil  policeimmunity  via:reddit 
9 weeks ago by mcherm
What is the wildest argument you've ever seen on [pro/anti feminism]?
A collection of wild, wild statements made for or against feminism.
sexism  via:reddit 
9 weeks ago by mcherm
AI wrote fake Trump speeches and 60% of people couldn’t tell the difference
Trump supporters had a harder time than non-supporters which actually makes me trust the study more. But it's quite weird that rather than approaching 50%, the average is actually worse than that.
via:reddit  DonaldTrump  ai 
10 weeks ago by mcherm
Research: Telling Why a Post is Removed Improves Outcomes
An analysis from Reddit shows that users who were informed why their post was taken down were less likely to make new posts that needed to be taken down.
socialcomputing  via:reddit  science 
10 weeks ago by mcherm
Trump Admits Misusing Trump Foundation Funds to Settle Lawsuit | Law & Crime
Donald Trump actually admits fault when settling a lawsuit over his misuse of Trump Foundation monies.
DonaldTrump  fraud  via:reddit 
11 weeks ago by mcherm
Whats your favorite implementation of Exception handling? : ProgrammingLanguages
What's better than exceptions? Conditions (from common lisp), which are similar to exceptions but can also be restarted.
languagedesign  toread  via:reddit  programming 
11 weeks ago by mcherm
The 52-Card Challenge : mathriddles
A challenging, surprising, and interesting math puzzle. A variant of the 100 prisoner problem.
math  puzzles  via:reddit 
11 weeks ago by mcherm
These Machines Can Put You in Jail. Don’t Trust Them. - The New York Times
Studies show that breathalyzers are often extremely unreliable. Yet it is very rare that can be brought up in court.
via:reddit  nytimes  law 
11 weeks ago by mcherm
How oral contraceptives may affect women’s minds | The Guardian
A few comments on how the birth control pill affects women's brains.
medicine  sex  TheGuardian  via:reddit  brain 
october 2019 by mcherm
Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Fed wants to know
Perhaps the current unexplained economic expansion is due to GDP failing to count the value of free internet services. Surveys of people rank search as the most valuable by FAR.
economics  google  search  via:reddit 
october 2019 by mcherm
As Hong Kong goes, so will our future : TheMotte
A strange tale about freedom, in-between people, and Hong Kong.
via:reddit  freedom  HongKong 
october 2019 by mcherm
Overwatch hero Mei is becoming a Hong Kong protest symbol - Polygon
A clever solution to a company that fires/bans people for offending China: use that company as a symbol of protest against China.
china  censorship  activism  via:reddit 
october 2019 by mcherm
Trs. of the Clarendon/Warren Condo. v. Cotto, 970 N.E.2d 815 | Casetext
A homeowner whose house was ordered sold by a judge for a $60,000 fine for feeding birds down the street from the HOA property. Fortunately, a law firm took his case on pro-bono and overturned the summary judgement on appeal.
law  HOA  via:reddit 
october 2019 by mcherm
Painting 'Zebra Stripes' on Cows Wards Off Biting Flies | RealClearScience
It sounds simple, but since we believe zebras have stripes to deter biting flies, these scientists tried painting stripes onto cows. It reduced flies by a lot, leaving cows 20% less bothered. It is more effective than bug repellent.
science  animals  via:reddit 
october 2019 by mcherm
Binary tree.
An actual tree, branched like the data structure.
TalkIdeas  via:reddit 
october 2019 by mcherm
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