* Posts by Lee Griffin

5 posts • joined 24 Oct 2008

US to export riot-roasting raygun

Lee Griffin

Two things

Of course, by using it to boil people, crowd control via "kettling" will have a whole new meaning.

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Hubble back in form with stunning new images

Lee Griffin

Stephen's Quintet

IIRC Stephen's Quintet is five galaxies, (one, as noted in the article not really part of it), but two of them (see on the right) have "crashed into" each other. I would imagine that if one could hang around for a few million years it would be most interesting to watch all those stars shake out in some form of bizarre gravity war.

Clearly hanging around at a safe distance would be preferable.

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Post-Vista Windows flaw creates Blue Screen risk

Lee Griffin

Who needs an exploit?

In my experience Fallout 3 seems quite capable of inducing a BSOD, and now I discover I can go and get one for free.

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Home Office to keep innocent DNA samples

Lee Griffin

Two things

I understood a post from amanfrommars, and agreed with it. What is going on?

@AC 0930 “Not strictly innocent”

I understand your point, but the thinking is backwards.

Here are the options:

“Should we

(a) improve our Criminal Justice system such that we can properly prosecute and punish all offenders, or

(b) should we profile the DNA of the entire country?”

Having the DNA of these people who keep on being released without charge despite doing something criminal is pointless – all it means is the rozzers can arrest him faster without any detective work and then release him without charge again. The point of all that being, well, what exactly. We’ve spent money on keeping his DNA to be back where we were anyway. Then we spend more money fighting the EC. Why not just spend it sensibly.

Meanwhile genuine innocents caught up in events are on the database forever.

All it takes is the Government to sort out the criminal justice system, and remove the problem you highlight.

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Police poison speed debate with fuzzy figures

Lee Griffin

This is more complex than you would think...

Related to the “flowers” post above, is part of human behaviour. If you have a near miss whilst driving, you will be especially careful for a while. As a result, in theory, dangerous bits of road decrease accidents in the surrounding area (you drive away concerned about the state of your underwear, and if your heart still functions. You are careful not to do that again). A reducto ad absurdum argument would be that the safest road safety measure would be to remove ABS, seatbelts, airbags, crumplezones and whatever, and stick a four inch metal spike in the middle of the steering wheel. Very few people would take any risk at all - no road incidents whatsoever.

The book “Risk” by John Adams (ISBN 1857280687) is worth a read on this. It’s a little old, but a fascinating study into how useless most of the statistics mentioned in this article and comments are for making decisions.

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