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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

The Rizz Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

You want it both ways

You want surveillance when it may be to your advantage
You do not want surveillance when it may work against you

You're missing the entire point of cameras on the police. If the police are there, you're already being watched - by the officer, if nothing else. In the absence of a camera, what the officer "sees" is whatever he says he sees.

The camera is not there so much to watch you, as it is to watch the officer. In any court, if you and an officer disagree on a series of events, the officer is always assumed to be telling the truth, not you. The purpose of a camera on every cop is to know what actually happened - the point is to put a control structure back in place so the police cannot make ridiculous claims, or plant evidence, or whatever other dirty tricks they can use when unsupervised. Not all cops do this, but enough do that it has undermined the public's trust in the police in general. The point is as much to document police corruption and abuse as it is to have evidence for use at trials.

about three weeks ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

The Rizz Re:"Accidentally" (455 comments)

Slashdot cracks me up
Red faced and angry about the coming Surveillance State
Damned happy to have every cop be a walking surveillance unit
Anybody else see the irony?

No. The cop's entire presence is one of tacit surveillance.

You're equating a camera on every corner, in every business and (where possible) even in people's homes with the concept of agents of the government, while on duty, having a camera with them. With the former, everything is recorded all the time; with the latter, you're only recorded when you're in the presence of the cop/his car. You know when you're being recoded, and when you're not, so unless there's cops and cop cars everywhere it is not the same thing.

about three weeks ago
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The 2014 Hugo Awards

The Rizz Re:Informative winners list (180 comments)

I picked up a collection of Hugo Award winners, as edited by Isaac Asimov - I found the writing incredibly pretentious and the stories almost seemed to take a back seat. They were a massive disappointment to me.

Hugo winners are often incredible stories - I've read a lot of them, and while some of them are crap, a lot of them are very, very good. Really, it depends a lot on the year they were written - if the collection you read was from the 70s, then I can see why you thought they were crap; the popular scifi writing style in in that decade was ... well ... pretentious. It's also possible that you just don't like the same kinds of stories Asimov likes - as editor, the stories were chosen by him.

about a month ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

The Rizz Re: Dimmable LEDs (278 comments)

Some dimmers are on sliders (like old-style equalizer controls).

about 2 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

The Rizz Re:The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

Yes, but none of them modified the game itself in any way, and were not implemented as one-time-use codes. You could easily get most of the items cheaply on eBay or Amazon Marketplace right after the game came out (and still can). Try to reliably get a one-time code (that most people put in right away), and if you do, trust that it's unused (and try to prove that you didn't use it if it's not).

about 2 months ago
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Gamestop's Ludicrous Idea: Require Preorders To Unlock Custom Game Content

The Rizz Re:The only pre-order bonus (86 comments)

Actually, the pre-order bonuses should be something outside the game, like the ones Dishonored did. Tarot cards, a game-themed USB lamp, etc.

Give us something tangible, none of this "exclusive content" crap that's either pointless (different in-game clothing, a slightly-better starting weaon that you won't use past 15 minutes into the game, etc.), or is cool but will be available in DLC/GotY/etc. in six months.

Make it T-shirts, skinned USB sticks, or something else that we might still give a crap about by the time the next game comes around.

about 2 months ago
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Ikea Sends IkeaHackers Blog a C&D Order

The Rizz Re:Confusion? Really? (207 comments)

Blame trademark law. They have to go after everybody or lose the mark.

Incorrect. They have to stop people from using the mark in a generic way, such as using it to refer to all similar styles of products. You cannot lose a trademark because someone unassociated with you refers to your products by that name; that is specifically what trademarks are for - identifying the origination of a product.

about 3 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

The Rizz Re: Useful Idiot or Russian Agent (346 comments)

The US government is doing everything it can to make him a martyr.

Actually, they're doing everything they can try to NOT make him a martyr. If he's a martyr, it's makes the PR issue even worse, and can lead to others taking up his cause. They want to discredit him, turn public opinion against him, and then destroy him. (See: Julien Asagne)

They're the good guys, he's the bad guy, mission accomplished.

about 3 months ago
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In the year since Snowden's revelations ...

The Rizz Re:secure by default (248 comments)

The only reason this is a "scandal" is because scandal-addicts have been starved for one.

No, it was a scandal because we were given actual proof that it was happening, and on a larger scale (and across more countries) than we thought.

about 3 months ago
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Happy 95th Anniversary, Relativity

The Rizz Re:I don't believe in relativity (120 comments)

Not sure what a British rock group has to do with a German/Swiss/American physicist's work, but whatever...

about 4 months ago
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Report: Verizon Claimed Public Utility Status To Get Government Perks

The Rizz Re:Corruption (140 comments)

Decentralization isn't the solution to this. If you think the system is a clusterfuck now, just think about how much worse it would be if instead of one law there were 50+ (states + DC + territories) - or, thousands (county/city level). It would keep small businesses from easily doing work outside of one area, while allowing mega-corps the ability to even more easily venue-shop for their headquarters.

You want a solution that gives more authority to regional/etc. agencies? Simple: Allow each agency, at each level, to throw up a challenge to this type of shenanigans. Verizon pulled some bullshit costing NYC $4.4billion? Then NYC can turn around and enforce the Type II requirements, and send a ripple up the chain to have the feds declare it so nationally. However, you have to be able to stop some in-Verizon's-pocket federal agency from telling NYC, "no."

about 4 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

The Rizz Re:No, YOU'VE got it backwards. (462 comments)

Taxes on businesses are *always* passed on to the consumer.

I never said they weren't. I just said that the zero-emission cars were the tax levied against the non-zero ones. Consumer-, dealer-, or manufacturer-level tax, it's all the same in the end.

about 4 months ago
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Fiat Chrysler CEO: Please Don't Buy Our Electric Car

The Rizz Re:Indirect tax (462 comments)

You've got it backwards. The zero-emission cars are the tax. They're how CA is "taxing" the car manufacturers for the emissions their vehicles cause, while simultaneously reducing those emissions.

about 4 months ago
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What qualifications should the 'driver' of a fully autonomous car need?

The Rizz Re:They need to learn to let it go (301 comments)

Hack the software and you're suddenly 100% liable for any crashes or other problems instead of the car company - regardless of whether your hack could have caused the problem.

about 4 months ago
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Why Darmok Is a Good Star Trek: TNG Episode

The Rizz Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (512 comments)

All I can really think to say about your post, and your understanding of the episode, is "Shaka, when the walls fell".

about 6 months ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

The Rizz Re:Without her permission? (367 comments)

Most school boards have a mandate to prevent bullying, and the facebook comments probably fall under this category since it was made by a student of the school about an employee of the school.

1) It's almost impossible for a student to "bully" a school staff member. You've got the balance of power reversed here.
2) Even if you consider it "bullying", you just give the student detention or something.
3) The school called in the cops and severely intimidated her - i.e. bullying. (So all those administrators and the cop should have to give their FB passwords to the girl now, according to your logic.)
4) The school flipped shit over what amounted to a public declaration of "I don't like that person". No threats. No conspiracy. Clearly free speech. Massive overreaction.
5) In order to investigate a public statement, they found it necessary to read her private correspondence!?

about 6 months ago
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Minnesota Teen Wins Settlement After School Takes Facebook Password

The Rizz Re:Without her permission? (367 comments)

Citation: Every baby ever.

about 6 months ago
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Amazon Hikes Prime Membership Fee

The Rizz Re:Still worth it (276 comments)

The Netflix streaming player is much more mature than the Amazon streaming player (Amazon's is basically a half-step up from YouTube).
Netflix will save my spot and I can get miniscreen previews as I'm selecting where I want to be in a film.

I get those same features from Amazon on my PS3. My friend's TV plays Netflix, but cannot choose subtitles/languages. What device you're using makes a big difference, as different ones have different feature support.

about 6 months ago
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Website Simulates Amiga OS

The Rizz Re:I'm waiting till 2055 (45 comments)

Or maybe I have to wait for 70 years after the last author of the ROM is dead, I dont know much how copyright on software expires.

It doesn't. New legislation will ensure it.

about 6 months ago

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