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Last updated 2017-11-20 15:57:52.531977+00


got 18 months
Dan Lyke:

CNN: 15 men exonerated in one day -- and 7 Chicago cops taken off the street

Watts and then-Officer Kallatt Mohammed pleaded guilty in federal court in 2013 and 2012, respectively, in connection with stealing money from a drug suspect who turned out to be an FBI informant. Watts was sentenced to 22 months in prison; Mohammed got 18 months.

Dan Lyke:

(image) If you're gonna sell us premium tickets to a multimedia show, seems like a clear view of the screen should be included...

Feds: Philly officer sold drugs stolen by corrupt Baltimore police squad
Dan Lyke:

Feds: Philly officer sold drugs stolen by corrupt Baltimore police squad:

Prosecutors say that Eric Troy Snell, 33, earned thousands of dollars serving as a conduit between corrupt members of a Baltimore police task force who stole the drugs and his brother, who sold them in Philadelphia.

Investigators also have accused Snell of threatening the children of a Baltimore officer who pleaded guilty in the case.

$20 wireless remote 0-10v LED dimmer controller
Dan Lyke:

Just ordered this $20 wireless remote 0-10v LED dimmer controller because I think those LED panels are gonna go everywhere, and I don't want to pay $80 for the panel and $90 for the controller...

Slate: Pseudoscience in the Witness Box — The FBI faked an entire field of forensic science.
Dan Lyke:

FBI admits flaws in hair analysis over decades:

Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.

See also: Slate: Pseudoscience in the Witness Box — The FBI faked an entire field of forensic science. Rounding up hair analysis, bite marks, and arson analysis.

Dan Lyke:

(image) "If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them...."

Well, I found them...

Dear ebook/music/whatever providers
Dan Lyke:

Dear ebook/music/whatever providers: Please give me a "last used" time for every device. I have had 3 LG V10 phones brick on me, and need to know which ones I can disable in Kindle, etc.

Dan Lyke:

HAMs: Where do I get a cable to do USB (sound card+PTT) to BaoFeng, so that I can use Direwolf for APRS? The whole packet radio BBS scene makes a whole lot more sense to me than most of the other HAM usage, and I'd happily pay $35 for a pre-soldered cable.

Dan Lyke:

(image) Bunches of these dudes waving their claws on the trail beside the sewer treatment ponds

Dan Lyke:

(image) Waiting for the bus in SF

Obituary for John I. Finney III
Dan Lyke:

A long time ago (late 1980s, early '90s), in a place far, far away (Chattanooga, TN), there was an online community. Some members of that community left their computers hooked up to phone lines so that others could dial in and leave messages (a "Bulletin Board System", or "BBS"), and those computers talked to each to send messages between users who frequented one or the other.

Many, perhaps most, users of those systems used pseudonyms. "The Old Man" was central to that larger community, he was also very active in connecting those computers to the outside world: we pooled together and paid phone bills to the computers which dialed out to other areas to exchange messages with the larger world, and I remember John coordinating the reimbursement of monthly thousands of dollars long distance bills to expand this community to the broader world.

John was incredibly welcoming and helpful to new people coming into the community. He was cranky and curmudgeonly and an old softy, who bore the trauma of his Vietnam war experiences without complaint, though sometimes the hurt leaked through. He gave selflessly to coordinate this vibrant space, which was then wiped out into irrelevance when the Internet came through.

I lost contact with him when I left Chattanooga, and actually thought he'd died some years ago. I remember him fondly.

Obituary for John I. Finney III

Houston Chronicle: Speed limits lowered in residential areas
Dan Lyke:

Houston Chronicle: Speed limits lowered in residential areas:

Residents with children playing in or near the street had asked law enforcement agencies to serve them by positing 20 mph speed limit signs in neighborhoods to protect their children. Many felt that, with or without children, the 30 mph speed limit set by the state was just too high for neighborhoods. Many of the 20 mph signs, which could not legally be enforced, were set in place.

Lower speed limits got enforced anyway, causing the DA to complain to police. Luckily, there appears to be legislative relief, lowering residential speed limits.

LA Cops Allegedly Film Themselves Planting Cocaine on Suspect With Their Own Body Cams
Dan Lyke:

Another case of officers forgetting that their bodycams record from 30 seconds before they punch the "start recording" button: Only On 2: LAPD Bodycam Video Appears To Contradict Officer Testimony, Investigation Discovers:

In video from another angle, LAPD Officer Gaxiola picks up Shields’ wallet from the street and shows it to Lee, who points to the suspect as if to say it’s his.

He then puts it back down, steps to the street, bends over and picks up a small bag with white powder. It eventually tested positive for drugs.

Gaxiola goes back onto the sidewalk, picks up the wallet, motions to Lee and appears to put the bag into the wallet.

LA Cops Allegedly Film Themselves Planting Cocaine on Suspect With Their Own Body Cams.