Drunk Driving Suspect Demands Source Code

Submitted by: buddy 9 years ago in Tech
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070809-im-not-drunk-officer-you-just-have-poor-source-code.html

He wants to try and prove there are bugs in the breathalyzer programming code.
There are 28 comments:
Male 334
lol D0Ze, i wouldn`t be surprised if it was like that >.>
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Male 593
Good because it`s an original idea, bad because he was probably drunk and he`s just trying to get away now.
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Male 118
Having spent a day of my life on jury duty for a drunk driving case, I have to say the lack of source code wouldn`t have changed the guilty verdict. Still, just give up the code and get the dangerous driver off the street. I`m shocked by the number of responses who actually want the public menace to "win".
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Female 761
I remember when the school security cop came in to our driver`s ed class and made me do all the demonstration crap. He made me do a breathalizer thing, and he was pressing a button so the numbers kept going up and up and up and was showing it to everyone. Made me question if they could really do that to people.
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Female 1,832
I think its a great idea! I have always wondered if they do maintenance on those kind of machines. I mean, he/ll, if a computer can go wacky than why can`t a speedometer or breathalizer too?
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Female 2,084
good for him.
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Male 9
hmm I say blood tests for all
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Male 2,781
I`M PRETTY SURE A LOT OF PEOPLE NOW WILL FIND THIS EXCUSE HANDY.
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Male 126
"If he was Drinking and Driving he needs to go to Jail. Exploiting a loop hole to avoid punitive action incurred by one`s stupidity, denies society an effective system of regulated justice."

Likewise, basing a person`s guilt or innocence on the readout of a potentially flawed device could send thousands of innocents to prison or let the guilty walk away scotch-free (no pun intended).

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Male 3,431
If he was Drinking and Driving he needs to go to Jail. Exploiting a loop hole to avoid punitive action incurred by one`s stupidity, denies society an effective system of regulated justice.
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Male 107
Look out for the newest series, "When Drunk Nerds Attack!"
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Male 880
I prefer Thomas Jefferson`s quote, "When the people fear the government, tyranny has found victory. The federal government is our servant, not our master! "
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Male 880
They dont need to see the source code, just the audit logs from their quality assurance department. Assuming they have a good QA depoartment, they need simply look over their scripts to determine if the machine needs its source codes checked.

Then both sides win.

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Female 1,264
"People should never live in fear of their government, a government should live in fear from it`s people."

V FOR F*CKING VENDETTA prolly not where it originated but still a good movie/comic

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Female 1,264
sueing a breathalyzer..... sounds like a drunken mistake
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Female 1,264
ok uh sure a possible theory could be that they needed a trusted unopionated emotionless source for proof of drunk..en..ness just to make the officers claim a little more believable. ie creating a this-things-as-digital-as-your-calculator device and raising the metre to suit wether they think theyre drunk or not.....

... but saying that its randomized.... if that were true theyv been pretty damn lucky so far

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Male 316
Boo at old news. This was funny when it first came out, now it seems just plain stupid. I really hope they give him the source code and the prorammers really wanted to f*ck with people by making about ten pointers that point to the same variable and using a complex algorithm to choose the correct pointer needed in verifying the legitimacy of the alcohol content...yeah...something like that...
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Male 4,246
I`m inclined to agree with jjcruiser13, but with Zeritel also. (I dunno what the hell custom_hobo is talking about. 911? )-| ) Besides, the article even says the code could *potentially* screw up somehow; who`s to say it didn`t screw up that time?

I had to LOL when I read this part: `His attorney told the paper, "The problem is, the manufacturer of the thing thinks they can hold it back and not tell anybody how it works. For all we know, it`s a random number generator."
That seems... unlikely` :-D

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Male 206
Man everything is happening in minnesota now.
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Male 737
lol. HaXXing teh 911.
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Male 147
you want the source code? ok here it is.

1 print "being test"
2 IF alcohol_level < 5 THEN GOTO 4
3 IF alcohol_level > 5 THEN GOTO 6
4 alcohol_level + 1
5 GOTO 2
6 print "Suspect is drunk"

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Male 2
In a situation like that it doesn`t seem like there would be many ways out, this guy has a very good point though, and I fully support what he`s doing.

Sulu - you asked if you should question authority, of corse you should. You shouldn`t break rules just because you don`t like them though, you always however have the right to ask why and challenge an idea. That is a right preserved by our US Constitution.

People should never live in fear of their government, a government should live in fear from it`s people.

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Male 994
Looks like he`s just trying to buy time.

But it does bring up a point. Are you allowed to question authority?

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Female 706
it sounds like some dick trying to grab any random loophole to get out of driving while drunk. Woot.
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Male 410
lol, That would still be neat to find out that it doesn`t work properly. Imagine how many lawsuits might ensue from people in jail from DWI because of those things. It would be complete chaos!!
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Male 216
NO I WASN`T DRINKIN` YOUR MACHEEN THINGEE IS BONKERS *hic*
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Female 3,727
We should all do this...

**No, officer, I was not speeding! Your chip/code in that gun must be wrong..***

YEA!

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Male 10,115
Link: Drunk Driving Suspect Demands Source Code [Rate Link] - He wants to try and prove there are bugs in the breathalyzer programming code.
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