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Anonymous' Airchat Aim: Communication Without Need For Phone Or Internet

Entropius Re:Best/worst part is (136 comments)

In Huntsville, AL, there is a Seventh-Day Adventist college called Oakwood College that plays shitty gospel music on a radio station nominally on the lower part of the FM band, but their (large) transmitter is so badly tuned that it shits all over the lower part of the FM band -- and on people's land lines within a few miles. It's located in a very uneducated section of town, and some of the locals have said that they thought the gospel music was "something the phone company did, y'know, to be nice and give us something to listen to."

I haven't been back with my car in a while, so I have no idea if they've fixed it.

2 hours ago
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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Entropius Re:If they were interested in upholding the law... (155 comments)

I am white, but two or three of the four cops were Hispanic, as is almost half of Tucson. (Many billboards are in Spanish, for instance: not only are there a lot of folks who speak the language, they are wealthy enough that it's worth selling them things.) That's why I included that coda about racial politics in Arizona to my post: it's a) the Border Patrol, and b) the nutters in Phoenix that make a habit of haranguing folks for "driving while Mexican"; the Tucson PD, keeping watch over a city with a large Hispanic population with a force comprised of many Hispanic people itself, tends to treat folks rather more fairly.

6 hours ago
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NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Entropius Re:If they were interested in upholding the law... (155 comments)

Good cop story: I was accosted by four cops in squad cars one night in Tucson about midnight. I'd gotten hungry and decided to go to the local burrito joint. I wanted to read while I was there, so I took my netbook. It was cold, so I jogged the few blocks to the Taco Shop.

'Course, the cops see a guy running down the road with a laptop, and go "huh, we'd better see what the hell is going on here."

Cop says "Eh, what're you doing?" I tell him I'm headed to the Taco Shop for a burrito, and ask him what the problem is. He says "Is that your computer?" I tell him "Yeah ... now that I think about it, I do look suspicious, I guess. Look, can I boot the thing and show you documents with my name on them, and that it matches my driver's license?"

The cop tells me to go ahead, so I do. He says "Well, looks like it's your computer -- have a nice night" and they leave me alone.

Unfortunately, in a lot of places trying to do what I did (talk to the cops, rather than say "I do not consent to any searches and would like a lawyer") ends badly. But Tucson PD is pretty relaxed. I just wish police in more places could be trusted to treat citizens like citizens rather than "criminals they haven't caught yet"; I imagine they'd be better at preventing crime if they did.

(For those not well-versed in Arizona geopolitics: the place with the out-of-control xenophobic sheriff is Phoenix, north of Tucson. There Hispanics are regularly harassed by the police. In Tucson a big chunk of the police *are* Hispanic; it's a city that is far more tolerant.)

yesterday
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You Can Now Run Beta Versions of OS X—For Free

Entropius Re:WANT! (191 comments)

Until running cat on a large text file doesn't crash the terminal (blowing up all open terminals) and the built-in PDF viewer doesn't hang the OS for ~1s sometimes when scrolling through a static PDF (provoking the spinny color thing of doom), I'll stick to KDE or Cinnamon.

yesterday
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Entropius Re:DUI checkpoints (431 comments)

That's a weird law: smelling marijuana is reasonable suspicion of illegal activity which ought to trigger a search. Why, in this case, doesn't it? Smelling a decomposing corpse is reasonable suspicion, no?

It seems to be a tacit acknowledgement that marijuana prohibition is stupid but liked by Puritanical elements: "okay, we'll keep this illegal, to mollify you lot, but restrict how that is enforced." Why not just make the law consistent by getting rid of prohibition?

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Entropius Re:This is completely absurd! (376 comments)

Smartest guy in my class in my physics PhD program was Mexican.

yesterday
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Entropius Re:DUI checkpoints (431 comments)

DUI checkpoints don't get to search your car. (But they are also a bad idea...)

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Entropius Re:Ban Affirmative Action (376 comments)

It's funny: you say "anti-white", but in California at least it is strongly anti-Asian. There was a referendum that turned out much worse for affirmative action out there than expected because Asian voters, who are normally reliably Democratic-leaning, broke ranks with the party because affirmative action winds up screwing them over the worst.

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Entropius Re:Justice Sotomayor... (376 comments)

It means that if you live in fairyland where universities have an unlimited number of spots. But accepting an unqualified black student often means rejecting a qualified Asian student...

yesterday
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Supreme Court Upholds Michigan's Ban On Affirmative Action In College Admissions

Entropius Re:Not really needed anymore. (376 comments)

It also makes teaching university classes very, very difficult -- when some of the students clearly don't have the background to be in university but are there anyway and in my class, how am I supposed to handle them? I could just assume that they have whatever background they really should have had, but I feel like if the university stuck 'em in my class there's some expectation I will do my best to help them. If I do that, though, I'm stuck explaining what a sine wave is to the affirmative action kid while the rest of the class is studying the effect of sample rate on the Nyquist cutoff. (It's a physics of music course.)

yesterday
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Experts Say Hitching a Ride In an Airliner's Wheel Well Is Not a Good Idea

Entropius Re:What I want to know is ... (234 comments)

If you want to make the airport folks even more paranoid, why not just set off a wheelie-suitcase containing explosives, shrapnel, and warfarin powder in the security checkpoint line?

2 days ago
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Scammers Lower Comcast Bills, Get Jail Time

Entropius Re:Something smells fishy here (99 comments)

When dealing with Comcast my moral compass doesn't read accurately because of all of their bullshit.

2 days ago
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Expert Warns: Civilian World Not Ready For Massive EMP-Caused Blackout

Entropius Re:What's the range of an EMP? (270 comments)

I was under the impression that it was something of an either-or: if you're trying to EMP people with a nuke, the thing to do is to set it off in the ionosphere so you create large currents.

3 days ago
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RCMP Arrest Canadian Teen For Heartbleed Exploit

Entropius Re:Mischief in Relation to Data (104 comments)

Are my students guilty of "mischief in relation to data" by 1.1b after the garbled lab reports they sometimes hand in?

about a week ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Entropius Re:Kim Philby II (395 comments)

We *did* see revelations in the press: WaPo and the Guardian know more stuff than they've published, and redact things. They won a Pulitzer recently.

about a week ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Entropius Re:Useful Idiot (395 comments)

Yep -- if the US wanted to not give Putin a propaganda tool, they could have welcomed him back home with a guarantee of safety.

We made our choice, and he took refuge in the only place he could.

about a week ago
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Industry-Wide Smartphone "Kill Switch" Closer To Reality

Entropius This is a good idea... (139 comments)

... if and only if it involves me having the option to generate a public-private key pair when I get the phone, putting the public key on the phone, and telling it "melt yourself if someone gives you the private key". Then I can guard that private key however I like -- I can give it to the police, to the cellphone company, or to nobody.

I am fine if *I* have a killswitch. I'll be damned if I'm going to give someone else one.

about a week ago
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Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy

Entropius Re:Revolt? (816 comments)

Hogwash. The US government controls the media very little here. Go read about what's happening in Russia, or the recent hubbub when the Turkish government banned Twitter because someone called him a doodoo head. And Turkey and Russia are pretty liberal compared to the real authoritarian regimes: North Korea, China, Zimbabwe, etc.

No, the US isn't perfect. But we are far from a totalitarian hellhole compared to the real totalitarians out there.

about a week ago
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Commenters To Dropbox CEO: Houston, We Have a Problem

Entropius Re:Justice (448 comments)

Indeed -- but that doesn't matter.

When Bush pushed Colin Powell to do something unethical, he pushed back. He lost his job and kept his integrity.

Condi made the opposite choice.

about two weeks ago

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RawTherapee goes GPL, improves GUI

Entropius Entropius writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Entropius (188861) writes "RawTherapee, a flexible geek-friendly RAW converter for Linux and Windows, has just released its new version (with major UI improvements) under the GPL; it was previously proprietary but free. It uses selectable, unique demosaicing algorithms that are both resistant to Bayer artifacts and produce sharp, detailed results; see the comparison page. I've found it in the past to be the best Linux RAW converter available. The new UI improvements mean that its combination of usability, geek-friendliness, and sharp results is strong competition for ACR/Silkypix/whatever on Windows, and further improvements should no doubt follow now that the community can hack on it."
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