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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Maxo-Texas Re:Did at least one black vote not to indict? (1087 comments)

Never admit to knowing what jury nullification is.

The prosecutor will ask. It's not really a fair question for them to ask so you should ignore the question. Any honest answer means you lose your right to jury nullification as a counterbalance for unjust/unfair laws.

Likewise, if you are actually on a jury and decide to use jury nullfication...
Do not tell any other jury about it.
Do not say you have decided on nullification. Simply say based on the facts, you have reasonable doubt. Stick with it until the judge ends the case due to a hung jury.

2 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Maxo-Texas Re:Did at least one black vote not to indict? (1087 comments)

Different people with different personal experiences can look at the same facts and come to different conclusions.*

If you are part of a group who regularly sees and reads about the police beating and killing other members of your group including 12 year old children (and a 7 year old girl was shot in the head and killed by police in a raid on an incorrect address in the last couple months) then you are going to WEIGHT facts regarding the GOOD INTENT of the police officer differently.

Also, our entire system is based the trust of the governed. Why the hell should blacks trust our system when they are under represented and when black st louis police officers say in interviews that st louis police are racist?

Why should they trust police when the police pick up a mixed group of young black and white children and then arrest the black children while calling the parents of the white girl to pick her up tell the black children that "trash goes in the back." (again recently within the last few months).

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*(also consider discussion be tween religious and irreligious people who view the same facts and come to wildly different conclusions).

2 days ago
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Slack Now Letting Employers Tap Workers' Private Chats

Maxo-Texas Re:Discovery nightmare (78 comments)

I think this is a new level. Considering they can see pre-drafts, edits, etc. which previously were lost and all you saw was what was sent or saved.

It may be suitable for banks, but it is going to raise the cost of business for everyone.
It's probably overkill for many businesses AND will simply drive people who have ill intent to other communications methods.

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Maxo-Texas Re:Did at least one black vote not to indict? (1087 comments)

You said: "I am plenty white, and the assertion that I am unable to listen to evidence and come to an impartial decision is ridiculous."

That's not the point man. and it's not what I wrote.

If all blacks on the jury voted to indict, then the white votes against indictment will have no credibility with the population. Especially if ALL of them voted against indictment.

Use your head, man.

3 days ago
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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Maxo-Texas Did at least one black vote not to indict? (1087 comments)

Because otherwise, I don't think the answer of a 67% white grand jury is acceptable to a town that is 67% black and patrolled by a police force that's about 94% white and which hires people who are from other police departments which were shut down because they were too racist.

If at least one black voted not to indict then it gives the process some legitimacy.
If all three voted not to indict then the answer will probably be accepted eventually.

3 days ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

Maxo-Texas Re:Standing (203 comments)

If you are wealthy and conservative, it's just to be expected as it is in your own self interest.

If you are poor and conservative, what the hell are you thinking? Why are you cutting your own throat so a few wealthy people can have lower taxes, lower estate taxes, and ship your jobs overseas if not ask you to build a stage so they can climb up on it and fire you?

about a week ago
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Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

Maxo-Texas Re:Owning stock (203 comments)

Stock prices are ultimately related to related earnings than demand.

If a move like this suppresses stock prices such that the stock price vs earnings returns a predictably higher annual rate of return, then others will buy the stock until it returns to an the stock price vs earnings returns to an average annual rate of return.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Unblock Email From My Comcast-Hosted Server?

Maxo-Texas Re:First step is to collect data. (405 comments)

I think you misunderstand him.

If person "B" sets up a rule saying your are spam (or "enough" person "B"s) then general heuristics of their spam filters may filter you as spam from all yahoo users.

about two weeks ago
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Study: Body Weight Heavily Influenced By Heritable Gut Microbes

Maxo-Texas Japanese can't digest seaweed without microbes (297 comments)

So this just makes sense.

You can get various illnesses that will devastate your microbes but not really affect you much. The only thing you can do is to repopulate using some kind of active culture.

Yogart has some strains but not all that many. You can get a couple dozen from health food store culture pills. They sell them in bottles but unless you have an ongoing problem, one will do.

Some autistic children appear to respond favorably to ongoing doses of probiotics.

I think I read some people are being treated successfully with fecal mater pills. Kinda disgusting but sort of like the parasitic worm treatment which permanently fixes people's stomach problems (sterile worms).

about two weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

Maxo-Texas Re:Well, let's criminalize Du Pont Nylon now. (588 comments)

In 1937, Hearst (who owned a chain of newspapers AND a company that made wood based paper) felt marijuana was a threat. He ran a series of "Yellow Journalism" articles demonizing marijuana as the "killer weed" associated with mexicans and backed laws to ensure that hemp was made illegal. There are many credible books on this subject. It's well known.

Until recently, the US had a huge portion of the entire world market and if you wanted to trade with them, you couldn't risk hemp products.

Given a high income for 80 years and 80 years of research, paper products have had many improvements and a lot of paper mills are paid off and have resultant low costs.

Given a small market and no economies of scale, hemp paper is currently ridiculously expensive. However, hemp fabric is comparably priced to cotton fabric so as soon as you had a large hemp paper plant, it's reasonable it would have similar cost to wood pulp paper.

As far as hemp vs cotton-- today's cotton isn't equal to even 20 year's ago cotton. It is very fragile compared to what used to be sold as cotton.

Don't get me wrong tho. I agree with your underlying point that some hemp supporters may exaggerate it's qualities.

But it's a pretty good product if we can remove the legal and image burdens.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

Maxo-Texas Re:Well, let's criminalize Du Pont Nylon now. (588 comments)

Hemp isn't a threat today any more than buggy whips are a threat to automobile makers. Or mechanical calculators are to electronic calculators.

Man... read some history.

Here's the wiki. The source materials are referenced below [21] to [25].

In 1937 Hearst used his papers to push for the passage of the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937. Hearst was commended by a conference of judges, lawyers and politicians for "pioneering the national fight against dope" for the anti-marijuana editorials and articles in his papers.[21] In later years, however, Hearst's "pioneering" has been widely viewed as mere pandering to the corporate interests of DuPont, as well as protecting his own substantial forest products interests against the industrial use of hemp.[23][24] Hearst's editorial efforts with respect to the ban on hemp coincide with the court-ordered reorganization of the Hearst corporation's non-publishing assets, mainly mining and forest products, in 1937.[25]

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Today, it's not a threat. In 1937 it was a threat. Today, it could be a competitor.

A hemp plant can produce fiber and oil in large quantities on crappy soil under comparatively arid conditions. You don't have to cut down huge numbers of trees and watch all the soil wash away next heavy rain.

It's a potential competitor for cotton fiber and wood fiber. It's a potential competitor for corn for ethanol and diesel.

about three weeks ago
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Marijuana Legalized In Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC

Maxo-Texas Re:Well, let's criminalize Du Pont Nylon now. (588 comments)

This is true. Hearst demonized marijuana because hemp fiber threatened his tree based paper products.

about three weeks ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Maxo-Texas You don't praise them for being smart but (273 comments)

You don't praise them for being smart but for trying hard.

If they think they are smart and the new material hard, they assume they are not smart enough. And you can't get smarter.

If they try hard and the new material is hard, they assume they have to try harder. And you can always try harder.

about three weeks ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Maxo-Texas Re:Active imagination (583 comments)

NOBODY expects an effective AI! Its chief weapon will be surprise...surprise and fear...fear and surprise....

Its two weapons will be fear and surprise...and ruthless efficiency....

Its *three* weapons will be fear, surprise, and ruthless efficiency...and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope....

Its *four*...no... *Amongst* its weapons.... Amongst our weaponry...will be such elements as fear, surprise....

I'll come in again.

about 1 month ago
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Elon Musk Warns Against Unleashing Artificial Intelligence "Demon"

Maxo-Texas Person of Interest is exploring this now. (583 comments)

It basically posits that 43 of 44 AI's were homicidal liars and the status of the 44th is not all that certain.

It was a well written show but since they picked up this topic two seasons ago it has become thought provoking.

about 1 month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Maxo-Texas Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

It's a bit of a chicken or egg thing. If women made up 90% of minecraft players, this probably wouldn't be happening/be permitted.

I hadn't seen that on the servers I played on (Madrealms) but maybe that's because I felt like I was with peter pan and the lost boys. There were no female players.

I was introduced to minecraft by a female player but she clearly couldn't comprehend the way I liked it. She was still spending 4 hours a day and building stuff when I was making redstone devices and spending 8+ hours a day on it. It was a serious addiction! (and it's running right now while I test some things for an adventure area in our survival server).

about a month ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Maxo-Texas Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (786 comments)

Actually it's both.

Sexism is a huge issue. Both sexes do it too. In female dominated fields, they abuse and sexually harass the men. It's not about sex per se as much as it is "my group is in the majority and yours is in the minority".

But... minecraft has so many 9 year old male redstone programmers. And very few female redstone programmers. Etc. for the java side.

If you don't find programming entertaining- you are not going to excel at it like people who do. You are going to put in your 6 hours programming and go home while the other person puts in their 6 hours programming, goes home, and "plays" programming for another 6 hours.

In 30 years, I've worked with exactly 1 female who enjoyed programming. I worked with dozens who did it for a living. Some were quite good but they still didn't like coding per se. It was just a job. Many went into management. 70% of our team leads were female at my last corporate job.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Maxo-Texas Re:Dear Liza! (399 comments)

hehehe. clever.

about a month ago
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Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Maxo-Texas Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (398 comments)

It varies by state. In oregon, you must technically stop at the yellow and then may proceed if it is safe. In texas, you may proceed thru the yellow but have been warned that a red is coming.

If your rear wheels cross the line before the light turns red, then you did not run the light. If your rear or front wheels cross the line after the light turns red, you ran it. My experience as a juror in a red light case also backs this up.

If you have a trailer, it's wheels also count.

Here is a big one that I wish more people knew...

In most states, when desiring to turn and facing a green light, the first car should proceed into the intersection. Then it may turn when safe or the light turns red.

Note-- this guarantees at least one car gets to turn per signal change!

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Interesting bits here:
http://www.popularmechanics.co...

Red light camera contracts are very expensive to exit early.
Red light cameras are inaccurate even when the city's not cheating (ticketing a parked car shown to be parked).
Red light cameras trade T-Bone collisions for increased rear end collisions.
Red light cameras generate a lot of false positives from legal right turns on red. This overloads the court system or creates the need for employees to pre-check each ticket before it is sent out. Which wipes out the income or creates losses.

Finally, if you google "red light camera fast yellow", you'll find numerous examples of cities that cheated by making yellow lights shorter (in some cases too short to humanly react before it turned red). Apparently florida has had a lot of problems lately.

about a month ago
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NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

Maxo-Texas Re:Dear Liza! (399 comments)

I would care more if slashdot let us edit our posts.

All this hassle over beta and we can't even edit our posts for short period after posting them to fix them.

about a month ago

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GPL risk shown when popular Minecraft plugins shut down by DMCA.

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  about 3 months ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "One of the primary programmers, Wesley Wolfe (Wolvereness), who contributed over 23,000 lines of code to the Bukkit project which enhances Minecraft server performance and allows others to write "mods" and "plugins" submitted a DMCA request September 5th, preventing use of his code in the popular Bukkit or Spigot (and numerous other Minecraft plugins, mods, and other open source enhancements that depend on them). This has the effect of freezing all further development for multi-player server Minecraft based on these addons until the issue is resolved.

The programmer says that Mojang must release the Minecraft server code to the public domain since decompiled, deobfuscated versions of the java code are included in the Bukkit project before he will withdraw the DMCA. Mojang has never released the real source code and has stated they will not opensource the server code to meet the GPL and LGPL licensing requirements.

Read more here:
http://www.spigotmc.org/thread...

This approach might be a risk for other GPL and LGPL projects out there which are derivative of or enhance non GPL programs or products."
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How Cohen & Grisby helps avoid American Worker

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "http://youtu.be/TCbFEgFajGU
As it says "Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explains how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a "shortage of skilled U.S. workers." Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week.""

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High Radiation Levels 35 kilometers from reactor.

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "Video showing very high radiation levels in Japan was posted on Youtube yesterday. The video is not dated. It appears to show the ground is at over 2000 microseverts at multiple locations.
The alarms on the geiger counters are eerie. At 3 minutes, they state that at some areas people are getting a years radiation every 4 days and that these areas should be evacuated.
If this is like the chernobyl site, the random vagaries of the wind will have created some intense areas while leaving others relatively untouched."

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Wikileaks: Shell Corporation runs Nigeria

Maxo-Texas Maxo-Texas writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Maxo-Texas (864189) writes "The Guardian's analysis of wikileaks documents has revealed that Shell Corporation has inserted employees into every aspect of the Nigerian government and basically runs the company. In what is a view into our corporate controlled future, while the country has billions of dollars in oil income, 70% of the population lives below the poverty line.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-nigeria-spying

"The company's top executive in Nigeria told US diplomats that Shell had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew "everything that was being done in those ministries". She boasted that the Nigerian government had "forgotten" about the extent of Shell's infiltration and was unaware of how much the company knew about its deliberations.""

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