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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Entropius Re:Crazy (1088 comments)

The cop here said that his intent in making the jaywalking stop was to stall for backup in order to effect an arrest for the felony murder that Mr. Brown had just committed.

3 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Entropius Re: Civics class (474 comments)

I would hope men and women would carry guns if needed to protect their family, and that men and women would like respect at work.

(At work today, a physics professor asked a lady in the conference room "Ah, are you someone's wife?" No -- she is an English professor.)

4 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Entropius Re:Evolving world... (474 comments)

Remember: In the same way a Fireman runs into a burning building; this Officer is going to be running towards the gunfire if there's trouble, not away from it like the average youth on the street.

If my experience with the "youths on the street" in Baltimore is any indication, they'll be running toward the gunfire, fumbling for their cellphone cameras, chanting "World Star Hip Hop".

4 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Entropius Re:police are good (474 comments)

I know this advice, but I wound up not following it, and it turned out okay for me -- in one situation. I wish we could come around to a policing culture where every story could end like this one. Sadly, we don't, and in many places the police have made themselves out to be the enemy.

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I got hungry for a burrito one night at midnight in Tucson (a city of about 800,000; mixed white/Hispanic). Good thing, too, since there was a burrito shop three blocks down the road. I was reading an e-book on my netbook, so I grabbed my netbook and tucked it under my arm, and headed for the Taco Shop. Well, it was colder than I expected, so I started jogging down the road. It didn't occur to me, of course, that I looked suspicious, running down the street with a laptop under my arm.

Well, four cops confront me in the parking lot of the Taco Shop, wanting to know what the deal was. They were professional, and didn't make any aggressive moves toward me, put a hand on weapons, or touch me, but made it plain that I wasn't free to leave. They asked where I lived and what I was doing, and I told them. I said "I guess that does look suspicious. But this is my laptop. Can I show you some documents on it with my name on them, and show you that they match the name on my driver's license?"

The cop tells me to go ahead, so I do, and he says "Huh, guess it is your computer, then. Enjoy your burrito" and leaves along with the others.

Thing is, this is exactly what you shouldn't do when stopped by police in many places, since as you say their goal (often) is to find people and put them in jail. I could have said nothing, been detained, called a lawyer, and wasted a whole bunch of my time and a whole bunch of theirs. But, thankfully, I was able to take a risk that the Tucson police were better than that and try to demonstrate my innocence on the spot, and it paid off.

(Three of the cops, incidentally, were Hispanic; this wasn't a "white cops let the white guy go" situation. But there is far less racial animosity in Tucson than there is in places like Washington DC.)

4 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

Entropius Re: Civics class (474 comments)

And let's teach today's men to stop behaving like women and today's women to stop behaving like men while we're at it.

In what ways do today's men behave like women that you'd like to stop, and in what ways do today's women behave like men?

How would you like to see men and women behave differently?

4 days ago
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How 4H Is Helping Big Ag Take Over Africa

Entropius Re:Chemicals! (377 comments)

Well, if your assortment of leptons includes positrons, some of them will hit the neutrons and undergo inverse beta decay, and then the electrons in your Mixed Lepton Soup will bind with them and make atoms, and then chemistry. So you're not safe.

about two weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

Entropius Re:Seiko Kinetic (415 comments)

It's hilarious that smartphones, operating in data mode, can give me nearly transparent audio in a voip connection to the other side of the planet... and yet in "phone" mode, people in the same city can't hear each other.

"Hold on, let me call you back on my Skype app" is something that should never be uttered over a voice call.

about a month ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Entropius Re:Another failure of ZAW!!! (347 comments)

How could anyone competent ever call scripting obsolete?

It is no more or less than a tool to tell the computer wtf you want it to do in precise terms. If you don't have that you're reduced to hoping someone already thought of the things you're trying to do and implemented the correct clicky bit for you to click on. If not, you're SOL.

about a month ago
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The Classic Control Panel In Windows May Be Gone

Entropius Re:And... (347 comments)

The Registry.

Oh, god, the Registry.

Those of you know more than me can maybe advise: why the hell does this thing even exist? Why not stick with ordinary text files containing things like

# set the preferred meaning of life
meaningoflife = 42

like sane OS's? Yes, okay, sometimes they're hard to find, but if you want to mimic the "registry" idea, make it standard practice to name them "foobar.ini" and symlink them into a central location.

about a month ago
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Microsoft's Asimov System To Monitor Users' Machines In Real Time

Entropius Re:Start menu usage dropped in lieu of what? (269 comments)

Why not give users the option to use both?

The dumb thing is pinning a run command to the task bar: this requires both mouse input and keyboard input to do anything. It's far more sensible to use a keyboard shortcut for "run"; I can type alt-f2 (linux) or meta-R (windows) and then a program name and get it without reaching for the mouse.

about 2 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Entropius Re:A few things... (545 comments)

Good call -- I was using "grandma" as a proxy for "people who aren't that computer-savvy", but I imagine my mother who's in her 60's runs Lubuntu just fine :)

about 2 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Entropius Re:A few things... (545 comments)

No -- and, thus, I am not going to like Windows 9. I will hold my nose and use it for a few programs, but Microsoft's agenda is fundamentally incompatible with making the sort of OS I want to use.

about 2 months ago
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What To Expect With Windows 9

Entropius A few things... (545 comments)

What's your litmus test on Windows 9?

I want an OS that:

1) Doesn't attempt to hide the workings of my computer from me -- in particular, don't hide the way that paths and directories really work. (As a bonus: remove the spaces from system directories, dammit, because I get real tired of escaping them when I access my NTFS partition from a real OS.)

2) When something goes wrong tell me what the fuck it was. "The internet connection has limited connectivity" doesn't tell me a damn thing. "DHCP timeout" tells me something. Include both messages, by all means, for the benefit of Grandma -- but Grandma likely can't fix her internet connection on her own anyway.

3) Don't be patronizing. Copying .mp3's to a phone shouldn't give a "Your phone might not be able to play this file, copy anyway?" message, and there are a thousand things like that in Windows.

4) Get rid of file locking, or at least allow an override. I can decide whether a file is sufficiently "in use" that I shouldn't delete it.

5) Don't attempt to push other MS products (cloud services, "stores", and the like) on me, and don't keep spewing Windows Media Player etc. icons around after I delete them once.

 

about 2 months ago
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Sapphire Glass Didn't Pass iPhone Drop Test According to Reports

Entropius Re:Ion strengthened? (207 comments)

Is that $3 to replace a scratched screen, including all the AR coatings? At that price they might as well include three spare glass plates with every phone in case you scratch one.

As far as the rounded glass: I had a Nexus 3 with a curved screen and it was a good idea -- wish they still did that more.

about 2 months ago
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FAA Scans the Internet For Drone Users; Sends Cease and Desist Letters

Entropius Re:Responsible Agency Enforcing Law (222 comments)

We put multi-ton vehicles on the roads whizzing around a few feet from sidewalks, and out in the middle of people trying to ride bicycles. Sometimes people get hurt by them but by and large the utility of cars outweighs the risks.

Drones are likely to be far safer than cars on roads. Imagine the utility of replacing all those news helicopters with news drones to report on, say, the protests and riots in Ferguson?

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Free speech but not trade (312 comments)

Well, it depends. If you're in a place with limited government (like most places in the West), that's not really a freedom. In the US, you don't have the right to vote in a law that says that redheads can't own property, no matter how much you'd like to: the scope of things up for a vote isn't unlimited.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

So, in other words, any law is a good law, even if it exists for the protection of a cartel?

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

Well, good -- but this shouldn't extend to banning Uber or services like it.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

I live in a large US city (the District of Columbia) with both a conventional regulated taxi service and Uber/Lyft.

Let me look at your points one at a time:

--Insurance: The auto insurance market is developing insurance policies for these sorts of drivers. In any case, I imagine that the average Uber driver is a better driver than I am (it's her job, and just a means of transport for me); when I accept a ride from a driver, I know she might wreck and hurt me. If she does, her personal liability insurance (which she's required by law to carry, like any driver) will cover some of the cost, and my medical insurance will cover the rest.

--Technical inspections: Uber drivers' cars have to be no more than two years old. Technical inspections are required for *all* cars here.

--Reliable costs: Reliable costs mean unreliable service. Once there was an unexpected snowstorm and my mother needed a ride to the airport. There were no city taxicabs anywhere, but we could get her a ride on Uber, albeit for double the cost. Price signals let buyers and sellers communicate supply and demand, and are a good thing.

--Proper filing of taxes: Uber drivers have to report revenue earned from their work to the American tax authorities, just like the fellow selling fruit out of a truck by the side of the road. Nobody wants to shut down fruit stands because they might cheat on their taxes.

--Drivers can indeed form a labor union if they want -- they can get together and collectively bargain with Uber through a representative. They haven't yet, but they could if they wanted.

--Many employees in the US don't get health insurance, Social Security payments, or pensions. As independent contractors, the drivers are responsible for taking care of themselves; many have second jobs that do have these perks, and all of them know that there's no health insurance going in. It's no different than someone who owns a small business: if they want health insurance they can buy it separately, and if they want a pension or social insurance they can save money.

about 3 months ago
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Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany

Entropius Re:Uncompetitive? (312 comments)

Then haul their asses to court for fraud (hoax bookings) and the other real crimes they've committed, if they've committed any. But these problems have nothing to do with Uber's business model.

about 3 months 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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