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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Almost dropped on side of HWY by my local 5-0 (313 comments)

That you don't consider what happened to you completely insane, just speaks to how aggressive and violent your society has become.

Not that mine is any better. The other day, police were on a veritable manhunt with automatic weapons drawn, to search for an alleged "terrorist with a bomb". Turns out it was a middle-eastern looking dude with a beard, on his way to his English exam on the subject of terrorism. He was already nervous because of his upcoming exam, so when his bag got knocked over, he made sure to check the contents. He was also reading a book about 9/11, the subject of his studies. Some busybody on the train called the police and all hell broke loose.

That the common reaction to all of this was "well, he shouldn't look like a TERRORIST, then!" saddens me enormously.

yesterday
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Almost dropped on side of HWY by my local 5-0 (313 comments)

So you're perfectly OK with the police drawing guns and aggressively approaching people, just because they happen to fit some vague description of a presumed criminal?

yesterday
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:"Accidentally" (313 comments)

Because a police officer walking around with his/her eyes open wouldn't be able to spot you doing something possibly illegal, completely unlike a camera?

yesterday
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (523 comments)

There are divided opinions on the subject, and almost everyone who considers it anti-Semitic is looking at it from a very modern perspective, influenced by the happenings of the 20th century in particular.

Quoting Francis Wheen on the subject: "Those critics, who see this as a foretaste of 'Mein Kampf', overlook one, essential point: in spite of the clumsy phraseology and crude stereotyping, the essay was actually written as a defense of the Jews. It was a retort to Bruno Bauer, who had argued that Jews should not be granted full civic rights and freedoms unless they were baptised as Christians"

Even the chief rabbi of the UK, Jonathan Sacks, regards calling Marx anti-Semitic as an anachronism at best. What Marx wrote about the Jews was no worse (or better) than just about any other philosopher at the time. "Anti-Semitism" wasn't even an expression and no one had any idea of the horrors that would later befall the Jewish people.

Please don't interpret historic texts as if they were written only yesterday.

2 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (523 comments)

"The Jewish Question" was written by Bruno Bauer, not Karl Marx. Among other things, it agues that jews should give up their religious identity (presumably along with other religious people), to facilitate the creation of a truly secular state.

In "On The Jewish Question", Marx criticizes this idea, and argues that a secular state does not necessarily require individuals to give up their religions. Any number of religions can easily exist within a secular state with no state religion, in fact it is the best possible solution.

3 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (523 comments)

And what, pray tell, is honest about exploiting the workers for personal gain?

The über-rich will need to be forced to accept a better society, but that's ok. They've had it coming for a long long time.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (523 comments)

You are aware that Marxism talks of the process towards a post-capitalist state with communal decision-making and limited government bureaucracy, right?

Totalitarianism, top-heavy management and the like are the polar opposites of what Marxism stands for.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (523 comments)

Again, come back when you've actually read Das Kapital, rather than just the Communist Manifesto (which was deliberately written to be provocative).

The end of private ownership of the means of production is the way forward, as is the move to collective ownership where instead of profits lining the pockets of a few fat cats, workers are fairly compensated for their work.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Not Net Neutrality (523 comments)

No, what I'm getting at is that every packet should be treated the same, and not receive preferential handling in relation to other packets based on which subnet it originated from, and how much cash the content provider put in the pocket of the ISP.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Urgh (523 comments)

You're talking about totalitarianism under the false guise of socialism. For instance in the case of the USSR.

Come back when you've read up on what Marxism really is. Hint: It's not the same as USSR-style communism.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:What's so American (523 comments)

Learned, used and discarded. It is not worth the effort to argue in a civil manner with blithering idiots. They deliberately misunderstand everything.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Not Net Neutrality (523 comments)

As long as you're not (willfully or otherwise) specifically dropping 50% more Wikipedia packets than Facebook packets, you're not violating net neutrality.

The whole point is to treat all data equally, no matter which device, OS, application, source or destination is involved. It is the ONLY way to ensure an open and innovative Internet.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Not Net Neutrality (523 comments)

"Net neutrality (also network neutrality or Internet neutrality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication."

That's what Net Neutrality is, as opposed to whatever it is you're describing in your post.

4 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

KozmoStevnNaut Re:What's so American (523 comments)

Are you stupid, or just ignorant?

Net neutrality isn't about giving everyone the exact same internet connection speeds. Net neutrality is about securing that everyone gets equal access to services. Most importantly, it means that ISPs can't artificially create "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" for various services, depending on how lucrative of a deal they strike with content providers.

4 days ago
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Linux 3.17-rc2 Release Marks 23 Years of the Linux Kernel

KozmoStevnNaut Re:Kinda amazing (105 comments)

Red Hat used to hand out a poster with the complete Linux 0.01 source code, at trade fairs etc. It's pretty neat.

4 days ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

KozmoStevnNaut Re:$230 (609 comments)

I see, that's a very odd issue. Obviously I haven't encountered it since I run a single monitor setup.

about a week ago
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Study: Ad-Free Internet Would Cost Everyone $230-a-Year

KozmoStevnNaut Re:$230 (609 comments)

Your comment about fullscreen Flash in Linux caught my eye. I've had proper hardware-accelerated fullscreen Flash for years, it works perfectly apart from not automatically disabling my screensaver (but that's a really minor annoyance. I'm using an nVidia GPU with the proprietary driver, though. That probably makes a difference.

about a week ago
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Is Dolby Atmos a Flop For Home Theater Like 3DTV Was?

KozmoStevnNaut Re:2.1 (197 comments)

Only one subwoofer? I guess that's OK, if you want to live with the peaks and nulls created by room nodes and standing waves.

Two identical subwoofers set up and placed correctly to even out the peaks and nulls will make an enormous change to the sound quality of low bass content, as well as expand the 'sweet spot' greatly. It's still only 2.1, since the subs are fed a mono signal (stereo is meaningless below 100Hz or so).

Running two subs also buys you 3dB more headroom by effectively halving the needed amplifier power in each sub for the same volume level. It's not much, but every little bit helps when you're dealing with bass.

about two weeks ago

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MIT flow battery tech could benefit electric cars

KozmoStevnNaut KozmoStevnNaut writes  |  more than 3 years ago

KozmoStevnNaut writes "Researchers at MIT have developed an improved version of flow battery technology, which they claim could provide at large boost in usability for electric vehicles.

From the article: "Solid particles are suspended in a carrier liquid and pumped through the system. In this design, the battery's active components — the positive and negative electrodes, or cathodes and anodes — are composed of particles suspended in a liquid electrolyte."

The researchers claim this could enable recharging times for electric cars on par with refueling times for conventional ICE vehicles. They envision replacing a vehicle's spent battery liquid with freshly charged liquid using conventional pumping technology. The spent liquid can then be recharged and reused."

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