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

RabidReindeer Re: Good luck with that (165 comments)

Nope.

Obama got his peace prize for not being George Bush.

However it does seem that he got it under false pretences, as he seems to be George's harder working brother.

He talks smoother, the skin's darker. But the ears are a giveaway!

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

RabidReindeer Re:Just promise to do so (165 comments)

Eh, you can just SAY you'll do something good in a few to get your nobel peace prize. Worked for Obama.

BS. He got the prize for Not Being Bush.

A container of yogurt could have done as much.

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

RabidReindeer Re:Education versus racism (165 comments)

I can assure you 95%+ of the time the person with the badge and gun will be reasonable if you are courteous.

And white.

But definitely, "standing up to the Man" isn't going to help. The primary difference skin color will make at that point is how many bones you have left intact afterwards.

about half an hour ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

RabidReindeer Re:Notice how LEOs assume they are criminals (165 comments)

Some law-enforcement experts say the NYCLU is going beyond civics lessons and doling out criminal-defense advice.

So wait, we're assuming that they're all criminals to begin with?

Welcome to post-1984 USA. Now take off your shoes and drop your pants and be prepared to show your papers.

about half an hour ago
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Blame America For Everything You Hate About "Internet Culture"

RabidReindeer Re:that's because (313 comments)

The French do enjoy longer annual leave, but I suspect that in the US, the productivity gains resulting from a little more rest at certain points in the year would more than make up for the lost working time.

21st-Century business axiom:

"If you have time to rest, we need to lay some people off and add their job responsibilities to yours".

3 hours ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

RabidReindeer Re:Nope... Nailed It (181 comments)

I'm sure that they learned a valuable lession from that and will never do anything like that again. I'm also sure that pigs fly and cows routinely jump over the moon.

This is a good illustration of the folly of top-down "waterfall" methodology. Too much micro-planning in advance, no action.

Well, they also think that they're "agile". And have another expensive trendy tool to ensure it.

2 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

RabidReindeer Re:Nope... Nailed It (181 comments)

Couple of big shops in my town. Take one for example. They had a 2-year window for a very important project.

Bought (expensive trendy tool) from (major software vendor). Spent 18 months drawing stick-figure diagrams with (expensive trendy tool). Realized they only had 6 months for implementation and panicked. Basically tossed the stick-figure diagrams because they had to drastically modify expectations to make it in 6 months of 100-hour programming weeks. Using contract laborers who didn't know the company and how it operated, because they'd taken a chain-saw to the ranks of the in-house experienced staff.

I'm sure that they learned a valuable lession from that and will never do anything like that again. I'm also sure that pigs fly and cows routinely jump over the moon.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

RabidReindeer Re:Robot tipping! (138 comments)

Surprise! That activates the Corbomite unit!

3 days ago
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Amnesty International Releases Tool To Combat Government Spyware

RabidReindeer Re:Don't bother. (94 comments)

The problem is, since they're using statistical methods, you can become "interesting" without actually being interesting. Which is precisely why people need to be involved at all levels, not merely from some dark lair at the top.

3 days ago
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Does Being First Still Matter In America?

RabidReindeer Re:Amazon Elastic Cloud? (233 comments)

When a weather service runs a simulation, they need a lot of compute nodes that can communicate with very little latency and very high throughput. As far as I know the interconnects in a supercomputer are much more exotic than the networks in your average data center.

The Cloud is based primarily on PC technology. PC technology has its place, but it differs from mainframe technology (designed for robustness and data throughput) and from supercomputer technology (designed for multiple rapid concurrent computations).

To give an example, decades ago, Cray Computers were assembled by people (housewives) who were allowed to spend no more time than they could be maximally effective in, using wires cut to millimeter-precise lengths. Because the speed of light (electricity) through the wires was a critical part of the architecture and too long or short a wire would screw up the signal timing. No "more work hours equals more productivity" there!

Good joke, though. Weather. "cloud" computing. Yuk, yuk, yuk.

Seriously, the Earth doesn't go through weather ups and downs that you could jack in more nodes for. When it's hurricane season in one hemisphere, it isn't in the other and vice versa. Jet streams shift, El niños and their relatives come and go - something's always happening somewhere, and sooner or later it spreads everywhere. The massive early snowstorms of this past week started out as monster tropical storms on the other side of the planet.

3 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

RabidReindeer Re:Math is hard (544 comments)

Advanced maths is hard

You know, Barbie said the same thing!

3 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

RabidReindeer Re:So close, so far (544 comments)

Where do you find actual chemistry sets with actual chemicals in them that can actually make interesting things?

At junk/antique stores. Those made in the 1960s and earlier, generally haven't been crippled for safety.

In the 21st Century Land of the Free and Home of the Brave, only terrorists study chemistry. So they can make bombs to destroy our Freedoms.

Besides, the liability lawyers wouldn't let us have them even if the Feds would.

3 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

RabidReindeer Re:So close, so far (544 comments)

I guarantee you, by the time the day is through, 2/3s of the posts here will say something along the lines of "What's the problem with the book? It's just like real life!"

Well, if you replaced Barbie with Zuckerberg...

3 days ago
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"Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer" Pulled From Amazon

RabidReindeer Re:LOL ... w00t? (544 comments)

Barbie is based on a doll who is based on a cartoon about a prostitute. She's a whore turned housewife. So she's actually an abusive stereotype to a number of groups and subgroups...

That's a terrible thing to say about Barbie.

Before she became a computer engineer, she worked at McDonalds. And drove a brand-new pink corvette. And lived in a Malibu beach house. And I'm sure she was paying her way through the IT program in college. All on her salary from McDonalds.

3 days ago
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Is a Moral Compass a Hindrance Or a Help For Startups?

RabidReindeer Re:Capitalism does not reward morality (195 comments)

You say a lot. I say a little. It has the virtue that there are less moving parts that have to function properly for it to work.

There's an old adage: "Nothing succeeds like success". It has variants like "Nobody got fired for buying IBM (Microsoft, or whatever the current 800 lb gorilla in the industry is).

Microsoft and IBM didn't reach monopoly size because some government passed a law favoring them or restricting their competitors. They reached it because the bigger they got the bigger they could get. Most free markets are what engineers call "positive feedback loops". Once you're big enough, you can certainly buy government, but once you're big enough, you can buy just about anything at wholesale rates.

4 days ago
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Joey Hess Resigns From Debian

RabidReindeer Re:DebianNoob (450 comments)

No need to peek, if your interest is piqued you can just look, it's pretty public.

Who gave you free reign? You need to tow the line!

5 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

RabidReindeer Re:Systemd Is Inevitable (535 comments)

As the tentacles of systemd reach out and penetrate more areas of the system, more applications will inevitably require systemd which means that a Linux installation without systemd will only be able to run a small subset of Linux apps. Even though there are alternatives currently in the works for the init portion of systemd, applications are beginning to depend on the tightly-coupled processes that systemd requires which means that the only viable replacement for the entirety of systemd is another implementation of tightly-coupled procs which defeats the purpose of writing an alternative in the first place.

This isn't how it should have to be.

One of the major faults with init scripts was that when you had inter-dependent systems you had to modify scripts to allow for the mandatory and optional pre-requisite processes and resources. What systemd could have been was an Inversion of Control framework where the initscripts morphed into wireable components so that the system administrator could define whatever network of dependencies he/she required.

Instead, the components are limited in functions compared to init scripts, and the binary logging subsystem was jammed in whether it was needed/wanted or not. Which it wasn't.

5 days ago
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Debian Votes Against Mandating Non-systemd Compatibility

RabidReindeer Re:Systemd works OK in Fedora (535 comments)

Systemd works OK in Fedora, so I don't see a serious need to run to Slackware, but if I was running a server, then I would probably use FreeBSD anyway, not Linux.

Not.

I got reminded why I didn't like this idea yesterday.

System wouldn't reboot. Flipped to the alternate consoles to see the logs and command shell. GONE.

Finally figured it out. It was a USB device and it had to be unplugged or the whole boot process would hang without any information displayed.

I've said it before and I'll say it over and over. I like the concept of a wireable process management system. But what systemd did to logging is an abomination. I didn't like binary logs in OS/2 and I still despise them.

5 days ago
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Sweden Considers Adding "Sexism" Ratings To Video Games

RabidReindeer Re:More detailed ratings are a good thing (635 comments)

Ever read a credit card agreement, insurance contract, or mortgage agreement?

There's a huge difference between a private contract you willingly enter into, and a government edict that you are forced into and cannot opt out of.

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You mean like the Microsoft EULA?

When there's no alternative to the private contract - and especially when it's a contract by fiat, defined solely by someone bigger and better-funded than you are, like it or lump it, then the main difference becomes what sort of pressure little ant you can place on big gorilla.

At least with a government, you can vote the bastards out. And someday maybe we even will.

Or maybe you thought you could buy 100 shares of a company and expect to carry equal weight with the guys who hold 10,000 or so.

about a week ago
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The Downside to Low Gas Prices

RabidReindeer Re:Stupid, trucks cause the problem (554 comments)

They can convert to using biofuel, and grow their own.

Well, if it's french, er "freedom" fry oil, then the oversized SUVs will be toodling around the cities and the farmers will be sitting high and dry.

about a week ago

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