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U.S. Judges Admit Enhanced Interrogation Is Torture | Boston Review
For 11 years now the person for whom the "torture memo" was written has been in court. No decision of any sort has yet been made.
law  torture  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
Ismael Lopez, undocumented immigrant killed by police, lacks constitutional protection, city argues - The Washington Post
After police burst in the wrong home and murdered him, Mississippi claims illegal immigrants HAVE no right against illegal search or seizure.
law  via:reddit  4thAmmendment  immigration  washingtonpost 
september 2019 by mcherm
How America Lost Its Religion - The Atlantic
Starting suddenly right around 1970 "none" became a growing religious affiliation. This author speculates the political Christian right was a cause.
sociology  via:reddit  religion  TheAtlantic 
september 2019 by mcherm
How did MS-DOS decide that two seconds was the amount of time to keep the floppy disk cache valid? | The Old New Thing
They couldn't swap disks quite as fast as 2 seconds so they decided they could trust the cash as long as the disc have been read within the past two seconds.
history  hardware  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
Forward-Backward Induction | Brilliant Math & Science Wiki
An unusual induction: base case is any positive number. Induction is P(k) => P(k*2) and P(k) => P(k-1).
math  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
By my scoring, over half the items in the generic conspiracist scale are literally true – DePonySum
He is literally right: except the stuff about aliens, most everything in this list of conspiratory thinking has actually happened at least once.
sociology  via:reddit  philosophy 
september 2019 by mcherm
FAIR Act: House passes a bill to ban mandatory arbitration - Vox
The house actually passed a bill against mandatory arbitration!
law  arbitration  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
Kindness Is the Trait College Students Want Most in a Mate | Time
Cross cultural survey on expressed mate preferences: kindness is #1; #2 for men is looks, #2 for women is ability to provide; beyond that it varies by culture.
sociology  dating  via:reddit  science  psychology  EvolutionaryPsycology 
september 2019 by mcherm
United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden | USAO-EDVA | Department of Justice
The US sues Edward Snowden claiming he didn't get his book reviewed by the CIA before releasing it so they want 100% of the profits.
law  ethics  snowden  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
Your $220 million to the ALS bucket challenge made a difference - Business Insider
Remember the "Ice Bucket Challenge"? The money it raised funded research that actually made meaningful progress on ALS.
science  socialcomputing  upliftingnews  medicine  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
Now Open! - Queen & Rook (Board Game Cafe in Philly)
A nearly opened board game Cafe in Philly. That's in addition to "Thirsty Dice" and "Basement Board Game Cafe"
local  boardgames  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
Why I Failed to Flip My Classroom - RETHINK Math Teacher
He wanted to have kids watch lecture videos the day before then do the practice in class. But his low income students didn't have internet or said they didn't to get out of work.
teaching  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
US-Canada Border Slash – United States / Canada - Atlas Obscura
The average American taxpayer pays half a cent a year to maintain a narrow clear-cut through the forest marking the border between the US and Canada.
via:reddit  geography 
september 2019 by mcherm
States Hit Electric Vehicle Owners With High Fees - Consumer Reports
Many states actually charge MORE for electric vehicles to use the road than they do for gasoline cars.
environment  evil  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
A Breakthrough for A.I. Technology: Passing an 8th-Grade Science Test - The New York Times
AI can now pass an 8th grade science test (if you take out all the questions that have pictures or diagrams).
ai  nytimes  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
The transgender student at the active shooter drill
They held an active shooter drill, but couldn't decide whether the transgender student should large with the girls or the boys so they simply kept her outside of the shelter. Fortunately, a year later the county has established protocols for transgender students.
gayrights  transgender  securitytheater  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
It’s not wrong that "🤦🏼‍♂️".length == 7
How should a language measure the length of a string? Count UTF-8 units? Count UTF-16 units? UTF-32? Grapheme clusters?
via:reddit  languagedesign  unicode  programming 
september 2019 by mcherm
The origin of Time-Turners in HPMOR.
How the time turners were invented in Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.
HPMOR  timetravel  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
Jessop v. City of Fresno PDF - QI granted to officers who stole property while executing a search warrant : law
9th circuit says that qualified immunity protects officers who simply stole money while executing a warrant; one concurring judge seems to claim that would be 100% legal even without QI.
law  4thAmmendment  qualifiedimmunity  via:reddit 
september 2019 by mcherm
Child pornography charge upheld against teen for texting friends a graphic video of herself - The Washington Post
Here the Maryland Supreme Court finds a girl guilty of producing pornography for taking a video of herself.
sexoffenders  law  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
The Amazon Is on Fire, but Earth Has Plenty of Oxygen - The Atlantic
Photosynthesis binds hydrogens on carbon chains leaving oxygen. But breaking down the carbon chains always re-consumes the same oxygen. Burn every living thing and we'd still have ~20% oxygen in the air -- it is balanced by buried carbon chains.
science  via:reddit  TheAtlantic 
august 2019 by mcherm
Your Pa$$word doesn't matter - Microsoft Tech Community - 731984
Choosing good passwords doesn't even matter. If the attacker does not download the password file then they only get to try a few guesses before they're blocked. If they do download the password file high speed cracker hardware is cheap.
security  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Harvard Student Says He Was Barred From U.S. Over His Friends’ Social Media Posts - The New York Times
He says immigration denied his visa because he had friends on Facebook who had posted anti-American slogans although he had not posted forwarded or even "liked" those statements.
immigration  law  nytimes  via:reddit  DonaldTrump  freespeech 
august 2019 by mcherm
Delegated Inheritance
This is part 3 of a 5-part series analyzing inheritance in language design. It makes the case for a particular alternative which boils down to interfaces and composition plus some syntax sugar.
languagedesign  programming  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
How the Unchecked Power of Judges Is Hurting Poor Texans – Texas Monthly
In Texas, systems for the legal defense of the poor vary by county. In many places judges assign all cases to a few lawyers who are good at being fast but not good at defending clients.
law  personal_net  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
A White Woman Was Caught On Tape Selling Heroin, But Police Arrested A Black Woman Instead - The Appeal
She alleges (plausibly) that she had absolutely no resemblance to the woman caught on video but was arrested and had an impossibly high bail set.
police  overprosecution  law  bail  racism  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Sunsetting Mercurial support in Bitbucket - Bitbucket
No! The version control system that I think is best has now practically died.
versioncontrol  mercurial  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Executive Power Doesn't Mean Much - The Atlantic
The historical record shows the founders did not intend for the President to have broad unspecified powers.
law  constitutionalLaw  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
A Beginner’s Introduction to Python Web Frameworks : Python
The current state of affairs with python web frameworks. Flask looks good for my purposes.
python  programming  webdevelopment  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Public defenders to use generous plea deal offered to billionaire Henry Nicholas as model for future plea deal requests
Public defenders plan to request for their poor clients the same deal this billionaire got (except with the donation scaled according to their net worth).
prosecutorialdiscression  law  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Ohio State seeks to trademark the word 'The'
Um... apparently at least some lawyers think you can actually trademark the word "The".
law  ip-law  trademark  trademarkabuse  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Court Sides With Prison Guards Who Forced Female Inmates To Expose Genitals During Training Exercise –
Court says it is not an illegal search for guards to order women prisoners to strip naked then pull open their body cavities while men ogle them from the adjoining room, simply for the sake of a "training exercise". (A different jury found the guards innocent of inflicting cruel and unusual punishment.)
law  prison  4thAmmendment  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Katy Perry Liable for $2.8m for Dark Horse Copy Right Infringement
A basic set of descending notes in a minor key is ruled to be a copyright violation. Hopefully the appeal will be successful.
law  ip-law  copyright  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
The Revolt of the Feminist Law Profs - The Chronicle of Higher Education
A lengthy and detailed article on the erosion of legal principals in the prosecution of sexual crimes and those who have argued against it
law  overprosecution  feminism  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Banned behind bars: 20,000 books can't be read by Florida inmates
Some states, especially Florida, use unreasonable or baseless policies for banning books in prison.
prison  books  freespeech  law  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Samsung pulls own ads after ditching headphone jack - Android Authority
Ads about headphone jacks (and other iPhone flaws) that Samsung pulled after their latest release has the same flaws.
hardware  mobile  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
U.S. Economy: Personal Bad Behavior Isn't What Causes Poverty - Bloomberg
Bloomberg Opinion: "US conservatives say poverty is the fault of the poor for doing drugs, having kids out of wedlock, and not working hard. People in Japan do all these things, yet Japan has a high poverty rate."
economics  personal_net  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Patent Application Names AI as Inventor
They decided to push the legal system. For obvious reasons, I'm sure that they will get a precedent that an AI cannot be an inventor. Also they'll get publicity.
law  ip-law  patent  ai  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Cloudflare is Terminating Service for 8Chan
I keep being impressed by Cloudflare's policies. This is no exception.
cloudflare  ethics  freespeech  via:reddit 
august 2019 by mcherm
Mathematician Solves Computer Science Conjecture in Two Pages | Quanta Magazine
For 30 years the brightest minds in computer science tried this easy-to-explain problem and failed. The proof is beautiful and incredibly short (1.5 pages written out carefully; abbreviated fits in a tweet).
math  computerscience  via:reddit 
july 2019 by mcherm
Stompie: The Mandela Way T-34 Tank – London, England - Atlas Obscura
If you ever get upset at local government, just think of this -- perhaps the best revenge possible.
funny  via:reddit 
july 2019 by mcherm
The Village Where Every Cop Has Been Convicted of Domestic Violence — ProPublica
It could be worse... at least most places in the country don't have a police force that is entirely staffed with recently convicted criminals.
police  via:reddit  personal_net 
july 2019 by mcherm
How are heavier-than-iron elements created?
In the "bounce" when a star collapses, forms a neutron star, and rebounds. Also when two neutron stars collide.
science  physics  via:reddit 
july 2019 by mcherm
Excessive fines? Florida city hits homeowners with massive penalties
Cities are imposing absurd fines on homeowners. One case: $100,000 to someone whose home had bern taken over by the bank because the grass wasn't mowed short enough.
law  via:reddit 
july 2019 by mcherm
The First Complete Brain Wiring Diagram of Any Species Is Here
The physical structure of all 307 neurons in c-elegens (sp) has been mapped much better than it was before.
science  via:reddit 
july 2019 by mcherm
The Damage Donald Trump has Done to the US Abroad
Everyone else is allying to avoid depending on us. Also we drove off all the qualified diplomats.
DonaldTrump  politics  via:reddit 
july 2019 by mcherm
'Things have changed': Pa. considers repealing outdated Sunday laws | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pennsylvania has lots of blue laws. The Republicans in the state legislature want to get rid of them.
law  local  via:reddit 
july 2019 by mcherm
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