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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

Lord Kano Re:So what if they do? (237 comments)

BTW, most commuter routes in urban areas don't have many examples of the stereotypes you list.

I don't care what most commuter routes are like. Where I live, that's how they are.

My recommendation is to get either a "music player" or a "tablet computer" if you don't have a "smart phone."

No thank you. I have an automobile.

LK

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

Lord Kano Re: So what if they do? (237 comments)

That makes me feel better about the traffic situation in my city. I live 15 miles from the heart of downtown and on evenings, it's a 20-25 minute trip. Though, I only really go downtown for work.

In the morning it's a 35-45 minute drive. If I took the bus, it would be come a 75-90 minute trip. I have no desire for that nonsense.

LK

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

Lord Kano Re:So what if they do? (237 comments)

I can read quite well, I'm just not going to do it on a bus full of strangers. I read to learn and relax, I can't focus on learning or relax when I'm surrounded by screaming children, unshowered hipsters and the downtown oddballs who frequent public transportation in this area.

LK

about two weeks ago
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Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

Lord Kano So what if they do? (237 comments)

Public transit is a necessary evil.

It turns an 8:30 work day into a 10-12 hour work day.

LK

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Lord Kano The problem isn't racism in tech (459 comments)

A couple of years ago, I met the guys from thedailywtf.com and as the only black guy at the table, I was asked my opinion on what should be done to get more "diversity" in technology. My answer was "Nothing. The last thing we need is to have more people getting into this field if they don't have a love of it."

There are two problems, as I see it.

First, there is the racism that exists in western society.
Second, there is the anti-intellectual facet to some parts of African American culture.

Racism is complex. It takes many forms, on one hand you have the outwardly hostile racist who just plain doesn't like people of #Race and then you have what Michael Gerson dubbed "the soft bigotry of low expectations". That is manifest where many people, who think they're progressive, automatically assume that a black person is less skilled than his white or asian counterpart. I have a very Anglicized name. It's not Demetrialis or some other ridiculous nonsense like that. When people get emails from me and speak to me on the telephone, they almost never assume that I'm black.

Occasionally, when I meet someone who has only seen my resumè or spoken to me of the phone, I can see the surprise in their face when instead of a skinny white guy, they find a 6'2" 250 pound black dude.

In September, there was a teacher strike at the local district and I addressed the school board. You wouldn't believe how many left-handed compliments I received about "how well spoken" I am.

The anti-intellectualism present in African American culture is extremely destructive. I have experienced it. In large parts of the US, any black kid who is smart, who achieves academically, who has college and career aspirations is derided as acting white. I have been accused of "thinking that[I'm} white". Fortunately, I had strong parents who gave me a much different message at home and reinforced it constantly.

I traveled in different circles, I had many groups of friends, all of them distinct. Of the core group of black guys with whom I hung out when we were growing up, two of us have never been to prison; three have and one is still there. Of the white guys who were my friends, none of them have been to prison.

We all grew up in the same area. At most, five miles separated all of the various neighborhoods. There's a reason why there's such a high rate of incarceration among the black guys. There's a reason why most of the white guys went to college. We were all middle-class. None of us had particularly wealthy parents. The white guys usually heard the message that education or training was important. It was necessary to go out there and be the best person you can be. A lot of the black guys, not all and certainly not most but a lot, were primarily concerned with getting money and bitches. Fast money and lots of bitches.

These things have consequences that last far beyond childhood.

I have a M.S. degree and I work a good job in tech. I'm the only black guy in my department. I was the only black guy in my last department and the one before that(I replaced the previous only black guy when he went back to school for his Doctorate) and the one before that and the one before that. It's not the industry's fault. It's mostly not the fault of racism. It's mostly the fault of a society, subculture and families that don't impress upon young black people, the value of education.

I love tech. I love the people. I love spending my entire day surrounded by geeks.

I find far more camaraderie in that than I do among people who share none of my interests or life experiences beyond being black.

LK

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

Lord Kano Re:Yeah, right... (459 comments)

You either misunderstand or are mischaracterizing the situation.

Virtually no one says that all white people are racists.

There is an element of racism in western society and in general white people benefit from it.

I'm not saying that it's an excuse for failure or that it makes certain bad decisions any less bad but let's not kid ourselves about the fact that it's reality.

LK

about two weeks ago
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Washington Dancers Sue To Prevent Identity Disclosure

Lord Kano Re:This should be interesting (461 comments)

How do you prove standing unless you disclose the identity of the client?

I can't sue to assert your rights.

LK

about three weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Appropriate Place For Free / Open Source Software Artifacts?

Lord Kano Re:I know! (46 comments)

Message Jon Katz,
Maybe he'll tell him how to get in touch with Junis to install linux on his old Commodore.

LK

about a month ago
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Law Lets IRS Seize Accounts On Suspicion, No Crime Required

Lord Kano This was the intent. (424 comments)

People need to understand that when law enforcement invokes the images of drug traffickers, money launderers and international criminals to demonstrate a "need" for new powers, those people aren't really the targets.

Regular, every day, citizens are who they want to go after.

Remember how they sold the USAPATRIOT act as an anti-terrorism measure? Remember how they sold CALEA as a tool to enforce the laws?

Law enforcement powers are intended to be abused, that's why they're always so broad and with no oversight.

LK

about a month ago
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OwnCloud Dev Requests Removal From Ubuntu Repos Over Security Holes

Lord Kano So they should fork. (126 comments)

Call the Ubuntu specific version PwnCloud...

Thank you, I'll be here all week.

LK

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:good (331 comments)

Obviously getting stabbed or strangled is just as bad as getting shot, but before somebody can stab or strangle you, they need to get up close first, and you can only get close to one person at the time.

Most of the people out there shooting people aren't exactly what you'd call marksmen. They're still getting pretty close most of the time.

And if that person happens to be bigger and stronger, there's no guarantee that it will even work. With a gun, against an unarmed opponent, it's a lot easier and quicker, even if the opponent is bigger and stronger.

That's precisely why guns are important. A 90 pound woman is not going to be able to fight off a 250 pound man with her bare hands. She'll be able to do it with a pistol.

LK

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:good (331 comments)

I read the same idea elsewhere earlier today, Ebola is not wildly contagious like the flu, using it as a biological weapon is about as practical as plastic guns.

They don't need to spread the disease, they only need to spread the fear. In other words...terror.

LK

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:good (331 comments)

Or even more specifically, having an item that was too easy to turn into a gun without a license.

LK

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:good (331 comments)

Even if it comes to pass that metal 3D printers become cheap enough for people to start whipping up high quality guns at home, people will still be willing to pay for new and innovative products.

I suspect that you do not have much personal contact with the American gun culture. I am deeply immersed in it. I see guys selling their Third generation Glocks to buy Fourth generation versions of the same model.

Despite the fact that the 1911 is old and proven technology that nearly any manufacture can copy, people are will willing to pay more money for a Kimber because they make a really high end product.

If you're going to argue that eventually 3D printing will be able to produce pieces that are identical to those that can be made by high end manufacturers, how can any law be enforced against them? Once they're out of the printer, there's no way to tell where it came from.

LK

about a month ago
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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Lord Kano Re:gun laws (331 comments)

You cannot possibly understand the US murder rate without looking at race and guns.

How do you explain the fact that Japanese-Americans have a lower homicide rate than Japanese in Japan?

LK

about a month ago
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No More Lee-Enfield: Canada's Rangers To Get a Tech Upgrade

Lord Kano Re: May I suggest (334 comments)

Not a bad idea. Mosin Nagants are still cheap, plentiful and there's still a bunch of ammo available.

LK

about a month ago
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Kickstarter Cancels Anonabox Funding Campaign

Lord Kano Fuck Kickstarter (76 comments)

I'm never giving money to anything that is funded via that method.

LK

about a month ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Lord Kano It's cool but of limited utility. (130 comments)

In 2011, I couldn't reach my sister for over an hour after an earthquake. It would have been awesome if I could have just checked her page.

LK

about a month ago
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"Double Irish" Tax Loophole Used By US Companies To Be Closed

Lord Kano Re:Why..... (259 comments)

No. They're not lying. They are telling the truth. They structure their business models to make sure that the money is earned in the least taxable manner.

It's common sense. A for-profit corporation exists to maximize shareholder value within the confines of the law. To do anything less is a breach of fiduciary responsibilities.

LK

about a month and a half ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Lord Kano Re:HAZMAT Theater Coming To The Airport Nearest Yo (478 comments)

social conservatism isn't going to survive the next 3 decades.

Prognosticators have been predicting the end of social conservatism for 50 years.

You will not live to see our end.

LK.

about a month and a half ago

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Lord Kano Lord Kano writes  |  more than 8 years ago

This journal entry is for metamoderators.

I hold some political beliefs that are unpopular. For several years, there has been a campaign to destroy my karma because of them. Approximately once per week, someone gets mod points and goes back and mods down my posts. I'm not saying that every one of my posts is brilliantly insightful or informative. I am not above occasionally being flippant or stooping to the level of a troll, but many of my on-topic posts are moderated as off topic and many serious discussions are moderated as trolls.

If you see such an example, please metamoderate it as unfair.

Thank you.

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George W Bush!

Lord Kano Lord Kano writes  |  about 10 years ago

I couldn't be happier about the presidential election. GWB is the winner. With one supreme court justice in poor health and several others who are well past the average life expectance for Americans, it couldn't be more important to have him in the White House and a Republican majority in congress.

We can get a clear majority on the supreme court. We can get Roe V. Wade reversed and let the states decide for themselves on the issue of abortion.

It's going to be at least 4 more years before anyone tries to ban any guns.

We can breathe a breath of fresh air because the issues that are important to us are on the table.

The thing I like best about President Bush is that he's our Bill Clinton. No matter how much the other side hates him, it only makes them look worse. I was a dedicated Clinton hater. I even bought a bottle of wine that I'm saving until the day he dies. Now I can be as smug as the democrats were on Nov 3 1996.

Talk about a mandate to lead.

LK

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