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Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Reverberant Re:I just don't understand (1087 comments)

The physical evidence on the scene was that Brown's blood was on officer Wilson, on his gun, and in his car. That disproves many of the witnesses stories that Brown stayed at a distance and did not approach officer Wilson.

No.

There has never been a dispute that there was some king of altercation at the car, and that a gun went off. The evidence of Brown's blood on Wilson, the gunshot residue on Brown and the bullet inside the car all corroborate that. The issue is what happened after Brown ran away - was he running away when Wilson fired his last shots, was he running toward Wilson, or was he standing still? That's what the witnesses disagree about.

2 days ago
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How Tim Cook Is Filling Steve Jobs's Shoes

Reverberant Re:He's not filling Steve Jobs' shoes ... (209 comments)

so when Google released their 7" tablet in July 2012, I bought one.

Then, in October 2012, Apple did a "me too!" and announced the iPad mini. I still think it was a reactionary move and I doubt the iPad mini would have surfaced at all if someone else hadn't released it first.

Wait, you think the iPad mini was approved, designed, engineered, mass manufactured and released in four months?

about 5 months ago
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Sound Engineer and Entrepreneur Amar Bose Dead At 83

Reverberant Re:took his class at MIT (129 comments)

The two notable things (other than the quality of teaching) about his class: infinite time is given to take exams (exams started at 7pm and a teaching assistant would stay until the last student left - the record during my tenure was 5:00am, or so I heard) and he provide free Tosci's ice cream during the exam.

During the Bose factory tours, he showed off Project Sound a decade before it was revealed to the press. And inevitably a student would challenge some of the concepts the Bose company popularized (direct/reflecting, lack of tone controls, etc) and Dr. Bose would gently, but convincingly slap down the student using a blizzard of engineering arguments (rumor has it that Ken Kantor was the only student that could successfully go toe-to-toe with Dr. Bose).

RIP Dr. Bose.

about a year ago
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Paul Otellini: Intel Lost the iPhone Battle, But It Could Win the Mobile War

Reverberant Re:The girl you should've asked to prom... (117 comments)

The original iPhone was an iPod Touch enhanced with the 3G network and a camera. My wife was looking at getting one but we didn't want the data network. My cousin (an Apple employee at the time) suggested the iPod Touch instead, and then use WiFi+Skype for calls..

I think it would be more accurate to say "the original iPod Touch was and iPhone without the phone" given the iPhone came to market first (June 2007 vs September 2007).

about a year and a half ago
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Hand-held "Sound Camera" Shows You the Source of Noises

Reverberant Re:Locating snipers (114 comments)

A portable version would be a help. Hooked to an aiming system, it could ruin a sniper's day.

A portable (well, vehicle-mounted) system also exists, although it could always be smaller.

about a year and a half ago
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Rapiscan's Backscatter Machines May End Up In US Federal Buildings

Reverberant Re:I almost hope they do it... (171 comments)

None of the pro-gun folks want to send *you* to jail for being a douche, after all.

So long as we're going to resort to generalities...

No, they would just rather project your right to confront and shoot kids for the heinous crime of playing their music too loud (or the even more heinous crime of wearing a hoodie in rainy weather while carrying a can of iced tea).

about 2 years ago
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Andrew Auernheimer Case Uncomfortably Similar To Aaron Swartz Case

Reverberant Re:This has been going on for a long time (400 comments)

Note that no security, physical or electronic, was ever broken.

That attitude is one of the reasons that DRM still exists.

about 2 years ago
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Edward Tufte's Defense of Aaron Swartz and the "Marvelously Different"

Reverberant Re:Poor young people (152 comments)

I suspect that if Swartz had stopped the first couple of times MIT tried to block him, that would have been the end of it.

(No, Swartz did not deserve years in jail for what he did and the whole situation was a tragedy. I'm just noting that you were warned and you stopped. Swartz was warned and he kept at it).

about 2 years ago
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Edward Tufte's Defense of Aaron Swartz and the "Marvelously Different"

Reverberant Re:Poor young people (152 comments)

Then we were politely told by security to cut it out. Enough fun. We weren't arrested.

Now what would have happened if you kept doing it?

about 2 years ago
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Search Tracking Purports To Show Effect of Racism On '08 Election

Reverberant Re:Both Ways (511 comments)

But would you vote for an ignorant Republican and throw the people to the wolves?

Well, no...I'd not vote an 'ignorant' Republican...but from what I've seen, I don't think Romney has shown himself to be an ignorant person.

At the very least, he seems to have much more on the ball than, say...Joe Biden, who can't seem to keep his foot out of his mouth...and is only one heart attack away from the presidency.

Obama is a center-right president, which of course upsets both the left and the extreme-insane-fallen-off-the-map-right. There's a real danger that we could wind up with wingnut throwbacks in charge just because modern people aren't quite satisfied with Obama.

I have to heartily disagree with you in my view of Obama. Perhaps you are describing him from a European point of view, not the US view on liberal vs conservative.

I think Obama is one of the most left leaning, divisive and ideological people I've ever seen in power in the US, much less in the presidency. I think he is so very stuck to his ideals based agenda, that he cannot truly compromise or even see when things he tries and supports just do not work. I think he is so bent on going with fundamentally changing the US, its principals...etc...that he wants to keep pushing it even to the detriment of our country and its people.

Really? Really?

Let's look at some of his more signature accomplishments:

  • Health care legislation: based on ideas from a Republican Governor and the Heritage Foundation (although both of those had public option aspects).
  • ARRA: half tax cuts
  • Immigration: has set records for deporting illegal immigrants
  • WoT: continued and expanded Bush policies for internet-warfare, targeted killings, warrantless surveillance and indefinite detention
  • Gun bans: nothing proposed, enacted or even discussed
  • About the only thing he has been to the left on is gay rights, and even that was basically half-hearted until very recently.

more than 2 years ago
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Search Tracking Purports To Show Effect of Racism On '08 Election

Reverberant Re:Both Ways (511 comments)

Following up - another post reminded me about the 2007-2008 Democratic primaries. Hillary Clinton had a significant lead among black voters in the early going. Things started shifting when Bill started running his mouth in South Carolina.

more than 2 years ago
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Search Tracking Purports To Show Effect of Racism On '08 Election

Reverberant Re:Both Ways (511 comments)

Every single survey, poll, etc that was on the news at the time had between 96 and 98% of american black voters voting for him. That means they ignored all policy, all politics, all financial plans, all qualifications, all personal history, all things in general he said he'd do, and just for him based on the color of his skin.

What you mean is "96 and 98% of american black voters" voted for the Democrat - the 96% Obama got is consistent with the 90% that Gore got, the 88% Kerry got, the 90% Mondale and Dukakis got, the 94% Johnson got etc.

If blacks were voting overwhelmingly based on race, than you should see overwhelming support for Hermain Cain, Alan Keyes, Ward Connerly, etc. That's not the case.

more than 2 years ago
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The Shortage of Women In IT

Reverberant Re:To stop being sexist, stop being sexist (697 comments)

What the governments shouldn't do is announce specific groups of people protected, and enact quotas and other ways to promote those groups ahead of other groups, on the basis that they have been historically discriminated against, and now need an unfair advantage in order to "even out" things. That is segregation and discrimination, and it is no less evil when it's done in favor of the minority rather than the majority. That is what affirmative action is.

Uh, no it isn't. Quotas (in the USA) in particular have been illegal since the 1970's.

about 2 years ago
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Apple and Google Face Salary-Fixing Lawsuit

Reverberant Re:a nice whopper of an evil by Google (402 comments)

Since incorporation means that you obligate yourself to the pursuit of profit over all else, it is not much of a stretch to say it also effectively obligates you to evil.

Uh, no. Maybe you can argue that an IPO or accepting outside investment obligates yourself to the pursuit of profit over all else, but not incorporation in and of itself. If my LLC cared about profit over all else, I'd be charging a lot more for my services.

more than 2 years ago
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How To Crash the US Justice System: Demand a Trial

Reverberant Re:Your "tool" is broken (897 comments)

BULLSHIT The segregationist racist laws of the US South were passed by DEMOCRATS

Yes- conservative Democrats. Liberal = Democrat and Conservative = Republican is a recent turn of events, before the 1960's there were conservative and liberal Republicans, as well as conservative and liberal Democrats.

more than 2 years ago
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X-Prize Founder Wants Ideas For Fixing Education

Reverberant Re:Unions (479 comments)

Personally, I think parents and teachers unions are the biggest parts of the problems, or are certainly high on the list.

If the problem were "unions" you would expect that states without collective bargaining requirements would outperform states with those requirements.They don't.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs Awarded Posthumous Grammy

Reverberant Re:Oh goodie. (176 comments)

iTunes may be a household name, but the award states "career in music" and "significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording." Steve Jobs fails on both of those requirements. He may deserve an award of some technical nature for the field of access to purchase music, but iTunes does not merit a Grammy for Steve.

It's not "career in music," it's "during their careers in music" which changes the context some. In any event, looking at the effect Jobs had on the music industry, I'd say he was at least as deserving of the award as Dick Clark, Don Cornelius, and Walt Disney (previous recipients).

more than 2 years ago
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Labor Activist: Apple May Be Terrible, But All Others Are Worse

Reverberant Re:Even Korean brands? (218 comments)

I would have guessed that Korean brands like Samsung [,,] still do a lot of manufacturing in Korea, under better conditions than what China usually has.

Tell that to this guy.

more than 2 years ago
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India Mobile Handset Backdoor Memo Probably a Fake

Reverberant Re:recant. i recant it all (151 comments)

Pretty sure my Nokia N900 and N9 (consumer version) weren't. My N950 (developer edition) wasn't either

You say this based on...? Nokia is a Foxconn customer

more than 2 years ago

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Thoughts on the Boston Lockdown from the edge

Reverberant Reverberant writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Reverberant (303566) writes "A lot of people are angry, upset, or worried about the “Boston Lockdown” as a sign that Freedom Is Over. One thing almost all of these people have in common is not having been in Boston at the time. An information worker living in Boston, who is cognizant of privacy issues, explains that the police acted in good faith, they did the best job they could, and this was not, as it may have appeared from the outside, some sort of martial law terrorizing the citizenry."
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Violent Video Games Do Not Create Violent Children

Reverberant Reverberant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Reverberant writes "In a recent On the Media segment (podcast), a Director from the Center for Mental Health and Media at Harvard addresses the concern that violent video games result in gamers engaging in violent behavior real life. After a two year study, the Center came to the conclusion that there is no overall relationship between youth violence and violent video games. More interestingly, the study indicated that children who almost exclusively played violent video games shared the same greater risk toward violent behavior as children who did not play video games at all. The researcher speculates that an excessive tendency toward violent games or an excessive tendency to abstain from video games may both be symptoms of social problems that could lead to violent behavior."
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Reverberant Reverberant writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Reverberant writes "NPR's On the Media ran a segment on Google. While the segment touched about the widely reported story of Google's low privacy ranking, the segment also examined Google's growing influence on national politics by way of YouTube. The correspondents speculate that, in the not-to-distant future, candidates may have to make visits to Google's Mountain View headquarters in the same way that candidates today have sit-downs with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register "
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