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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Lord Kano Re:"Binders full of women" was bullshit. (479 comments)

Fair point but I'm talking about a real "tail, horns and cloven hoof" demon.

LK

about a week ago
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Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

Lord Kano "Binders full of women" was bullshit. (479 comments)

I despise Romney, I have never voted for him and unless he's running against a demon I won't ever vote for him.

That being said, the "Binders full of women" controversy was bullshit. It was a manufactured controversy. It was in line with the Alinsky method of turning your opponents strength into a weakness and using ridicule as a weapon.

Romney has spent the past 30 years making himself acceptable to the center-left contingent of American politics and I have no doubt that he seriously looked at every qualified female prospect when he was recruiting. The operatives in service to the Democrat National Committee had to do something to de-emphasize the fact that Romney was much better on women in the workplace than they were.

LK

about two weeks ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Lord Kano Re:Gotta stop all those law abiding terrorists... (329 comments)

No, The thinking is consistent , not sound.

It's a good thing when law enforcement officers have to take time to do their jobs. The power of the state is a terrible and awesome thing. The last thing a free society needs is law enforcement with spare time.

An idle cop is a cop who will find something to do. If his job is to arrest people and present cases for prosecution, he'll find new and creative ways to make that happen.

In the UK, they're doing random searches for knives...That's unthinkable in most of my country.

Mandating the use of compromised cryptography doesn't benefit the citizenry. It makes it possible, and arguably inevitable, that the government will use the knowledge of people's private communications to quash legitimate dissent.

For example, it's alleged that the FBI had knowledge of MLK cheating on his wife. How do you think the department of justice would have used that information if they had captured emails or naughty text messages proving it?

I'll take risky freedom over the safety of an overpowering government, any day.

LK

about three weeks ago
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KDE Frameworks 5.3 and Plasma 2.1 – First Impressions

Lord Kano KDE 5.3 (84 comments)

I'm just over here talking about how thankful I am that 3.5 is still available via TDE.

LK

about three weeks ago
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Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000

Lord Kano Re:Rare? (138 comments)

I take it you liked shitty games then? After all, they did develop a lot of terrible games for Acclaim and LJN.

Killer Instinct, motherfucker!

That is all.

LK

about three weeks ago
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CIA on UFO Sightings: 'It Was Us'

Lord Kano Re: I'm not saying it was aliens... (197 comments)

I'd like to see the CIA claim credit for the "Flying earthenware vessel" spotted over Edo Japan in 1180 AD.

I guess they were doing really early recon for WWII. Just to make sure the Japanese weren't hiding anything...

LK

about a month ago
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CIA on UFO Sightings: 'It Was Us'

Lord Kano Re:I'm not saying it was aliens... (197 comments)

I saw something in the early 80s. I'm not trying to ascribe them to an extraterrestrial origin but they were peculiar.

What I saw wasn't a group of U2 planes in formation. I suppose it could have been A-12 Avenger IIs, but there's no evidence that they ever fielded airworthy aircraft. So, they're still unknown to me and thus it's accurate to call them UFOs.

What's funny to me is that even though I didn't know it at the time, they were moving away from an area with a nuclear research facility that employs a fair number of people in the area. I was a kid, I didn't know anything about the lab or what they did there so the significance of their path didn't occur to me until I was an adult.

LK

about a month ago
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Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

Lord Kano Re: Wolves among sheep (880 comments)

And here, mass shootings tend to only take place in areas that prohibit or have severely curtailed the carrying of firearms.

LK

about a month and a half ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

Lord Kano Re:No (545 comments)

I suppose that it depends on the employer. I'm salary so I get no overtime but if I work over 40 hours in a week, I can take time off during the next week.

I like that arrangement. I make a good salary so I don't care about earning slightly more money and having it taxed at a higher rate. I'd rather reclaim some time during the next work week.

If the need arose, occasionally, I'd be willing to put in an 80 hour week in exchange for having the next week off.

LK

about 2 months 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)

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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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  |  more than 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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