* Posts by Clark Coffman

4 posts • joined 4 Mar 2008

Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

Clark Coffman
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Re: Dear Land Of Liberty...

Thank you, thank you for posting the facts on that particular case with the students, I just love it when people raise things like this event and purposely leave out very important details.

I have to say that The Register has done a total dis-service to this story. They make it sound like if you are stopped for anything in the US, you can be strip searched, not so but if the incident goes far enough that they are going to lock you up for some period of time, they are definitely going to search you and they have the right and the bloody responsibility to do so.

I speak from personal experience, when I was 18 I was arrested, not the first time but the first time as an adult in the US. They had to put me in a cell because the booking rooms were too busy to handle any more folks at the time. (I had an unpaid minor under consumption fine from three months previously, a drinking under age fine basically and I was hauled in after being stopped for a tail light that was out on my van.)

While they did not strip search me they did do a very complete pat down search and then locked me up for about an hour. I can totally understand why since I was being put into the city jail cells with others. It's only prudent and even at that age I understood. What if someone takes a pocket knife off me in the cell and hurts me or others, what if I'm carrying something else that ends up being used to cuase harm? Do you think I'll be held responsible? Not likely, instead someone will sue the police for not making sure I didn't bring in something dangerous or something coveted by another being held with me.

I'm 49 now, just to be clear that this has been a standard practice in the US for a very long time. This is exactly what the justices were debating too, not whether you could be strip searched at the airport, or in a public place, or strip searched outside your car on the highway. Jeez is there any common sense among folks anymore? Do we have to have knee jerk reactions to everything and every mistake a human makes?

I feel for the guy, he shouldn't have even been locked up but dang it people make mistakes and to drag in a practice like searching someone before locking them up as some nationally important event seems bogus to me.

Also what we probably don't hear here is that this guy was probably right in the cops face or something similar, I'm not saying that is the case, I don't know but neither do the others posting here. I had friends when I was younger who were oh so verdant about their rights and often got into a cops face when we were stopped while walking around the town at 3 am in the morning.

These idiots often came close to getting us all arrested over nothing but a request to see our ids. I learned a very long time ago, from a wise uncle, never, ever, piss off a cop, it's simply not smart nor is it going to get you anything but trouble. Be calm, do what they say and if you have problems with it, deal with it later if you feel so inclined. My wisdom to you younger geeks out there. Hope you're listening. :-)

Google needs a very thorough frisking, say antitrust senators

Clark Coffman

I'm sorry but I'm so tired of seeing comments like your last part from people who make a statement that from my own experience is completely false. I know that's your opinion and you certainly are welcome to it but your main point was that we shouldn't lose site of the fact that Google works, apparently better then Yahoo from your own experience and better then Bing though you must lack any real experience with it since my own experience completely contradicts what you say above.

I also used Google for many, many, years and two years ago decided to switch everything to Bing. I've always figured you really have to use something before you know whether it's any good or not and use something for some time. It's the same reason I own Windows, Linux, and Mac OS machines.

I have a friend that visits from time to time and he often wants to show me something he discovered on Google and when we don't find the same thing using Bing he used to say go use Google it's better, only to find that using the search string he gave me to use in Bing and then Google returned almost the exact same results. Once he remembered what his original search string was when he used Google, we found the same results on Bing using that search string.

My own experience is that they are both great search engines and both actually work.

Spread the love for Microsoft, Apple, and Google.

A merry and happy Yuletide to all.

RadioShack franchises go gunning for business

Clark Coffman
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Good demographics based marketing here IMO

Earlier today I was reading an article else where about Arizona allowing hand guns on college campus' and that sort of bothered me, then I see this article's headline and thought "No way" until

I started reading the article and see we're talking Montana and Idaho here.

Then my thought's changed to "Smart marketing dudes". Montana and Idaho are very rural, mountainous states. Their residents in general grow up using firearms. North Dakota where I currently live is similar.

I own no guns though I do like to fire them. A girl friend, on the other hand, who was born and raised in North Dakota own's two different 22 pistols, a Glock and a 22 rifle. She knows how to use them and enjoys taking them to a gun club to shoot.

If you were in New York city you'd probably offer a free iPad or iPod or something along those lines that your customers find of value, in a place like the middle northern states in the US offering guns is actually perfectly logical and good marketing, as the results of their sales seem to prove.

The situation sounds strange if you don't know the locales that are being mentioned.

iPhone may sidestep rubbish caller ID suit

Clark Coffman
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Thank you Anonymous Coward 2

Thanks for posting that review of the psuedo code. I read so many comments in tech blogs about how it would be SO easy to fix some companies brain dead software or sub-routines for some function. These software developers are talented folks whether they be from Apple, Microsoft, IBM, etc or some open source project. If the solutions were actually so easy then the problem probably wouldn't exist. The fact that other phones might seem to be able to figure this out is probably due to the fact that the person using the phone uses it in a location that its rules work in. I'm not saying that Apple shouldn't have tried harder with the iPhone's caller ID functions just that it isn't as easy as some would suppose.


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