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The downside of police having cameras

UnknownSoldier Authority + Accountability (3 comments)

When ordinary citizens have the power to arrest other people then there needs to be accountability.

With all the corruption of police the public is starting to demand accountability.

10 hours ago

How Red Hat Can Recapture Developer Interest

UnknownSoldier Re:No offense to Unbuntu but.... (231 comments)

No you aren't biased -- it is the average. Ubuntu tends to be used by those new to Linux. :-/ Ubuntu LTS is decent.

At least they _are_ using OS as opposed to Windows.

The experienced sysadmins would be using OpenBSD. Hell even something such as FreeNas.


U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

UnknownSoldier Re:I like... (593 comments)

The only people making excuses are those that:

want Authority without Accountability.


Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

UnknownSoldier Re:Because of _censorship_ (300 comments)

Making excuses for X never works.

Either we are consistent, or we quickly slide down that slippery slope of banning X, Y, Z.

At what points does it stop?

Do we ban hentai, futanari, computer-generated / Computer-Graphics child porn, etc., etc.?? Who decides?? Why should we pretend that person _A_ morals are the ones everyone has to follow??

America was founded upon the principle of open toleration. "I may not agree with what you say but I will defend the right for you to say it."

If you don't want to watch images or videos that you find offensive, here is a novel idea, don't watch them.

The correct solution is tag videos, much like movies already do, so people have an IDEA of what to expect. I already skip NSFW emails, pictures, videos. I don't have the right to stop others from watching that and don't pretend to. I may not like what they see but guess what -- I don't have to. I only need to tolerate their choices as long as it effecting others negatively.

Censorship isn't the solution. In /. we allow people to post -- groupthink just moderates them down so they are less visible. Why? Because of one little fact:

ALL man-made laws are RELATIVE.

"Only cowards censor."

2 days ago

New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

UnknownSoldier Re:Doesn't need much to make it right (251 comments)

Excellent analysis. Spot on.

That's because Microsoft doesn't have a fucking clue about UI -- how to design a good consistent UI. They half-ass everything.

Not that Apple is (much) better, but at least the Apple System Preferences has been consistent from OXS 10.1 .. 10.9.

2 days ago

Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

UnknownSoldier Re:Like most games ... game dev is hit or miss (112 comments)

Edit: Or Notch's "0x10c" ... or whatever Notch is working on these days ...

"Game tuning" is always an on-going process. Witness Blizzard with WoW, and Star Control 2, GGG wtih Path of Exile, etc.

3 days ago

Is Dong Nguyen Trolling Gamers With "Swing Copters"?

UnknownSoldier Like most games ... game dev is hit or miss (112 comments)

This is a non-story ...

As it was already pointed out on ... Dong Nguyen got extremely lucky with Flappy Bird. The game is cheesy but it has focused game design making it a "good" game.

Of course everyone will be watching if he can replicate his success with Swing Copters. The controls aren't that great but everyone is waiting to see how it will do.

Trolling? No, just another game dev trying to follow up on his success. Just like Notch "failed" at his "Scrolls" project.

3 days ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

UnknownSoldier Re:Because of _censorship_ (300 comments)


"Name & Shame" is definitely one way to go about this. It has been used successfully. See:


7. The Harvard Man

For the cops on the front lines of the War on Drugs, the federal government's fixation with marijuana was deeply perplexing. As they saw it, the problem wasn't pot but the drug-related violence that accompanied cocaine and other hard drugs. After the crack epidemic in the late 1980s, police commissioners around the country, like Lee Brown in Houston, began adding more officers and developing computer mapping to target neighborhoods where crime was on the rise. The crime rate dropped. But by the mid-1990s, police in some cities were beginning to realize there was a certain level that they couldn't get crime below. Mass jailings weren't doing the trick: Only fifteen percent of those convicted of federal drug crimes were actual traffickers; the rest were nothing but street-level dealers and mules, who could always be replaced.

Police in Boston, concerned about violence between youth drug gangs, turned for assistance to a group of academics. Among them was a Harvard criminologist named David Kennedy. Working together, the academics and members of the department's anti-gang unit came up with what Kennedy calls a "quirky" strategy and convinced senior police commanders to give it a try. The result, which began in 1995, was the Boston Gun Project, a collaborative effort among ministers and community leaders and the police to try to break the link between the drug trade and violent crime. First, the project tracked a particular drug-dealing gang, mapping out its membership and operations in detail. Then, in an effort called Operation Ceasefire, the dealers were called into a meeting with preachers and parents and social-service providers, and offered a deal: Stop the violence, or the police will crack down with a vengeance. "We know the seventeen guys you run with," the gangbangers were told. "If anyone in your group shoots somebody, we'll arrest every last one of you." The project also extended drug treatment and other assistance to anyone who wanted it.

The effort worked: The rates of homicide and violence among young men in Boston dropped by two-thirds. Drug dealing didn't stop -- "people continued what they were doing," Kennedy concedes, "but they put their guns down." As Kennedy reflected on the success of the Boston project, which ran for five years, he wondered if he had discovered a deeper truth about drug-related violence. If the murders weren't a necessary component of the drug trade -- if it was possible to separate the two -- perhaps cities could find a way to reduce the violence, even if they could do nothing about the drugs.

In 2001, Kennedy got a call from the mayor of San Francisco that gave him a chance to examine his theories in a new setting. The city had experienced a recent spike in its murder rate, much of it caused by an ongoing feud between two drug-dealing gangs -- Big Block and West Mob -- that had resulted in dozens of murders over the years. Could Kennedy, the mayor asked, help police figure out how to stop the killings?

Kennedy flew out to San Francisco and met with police. But as he researched the history of the violence, it seemed to confirm his findings in Boston. Though both Big Block and West Mob were involved in dealing drugs, the shootings were not really drug-related -- the two groups occupied different territories and were not battling over turf. "The feud had started over who would perform next at a neighborhood rap event," says Kennedy, now a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. "They had been killing each other ever since."

Such evidence suggested that drug enforcement needed to focus more narrowly on those responsible for the violence. "Seventy percent of the violence in these hot neighborhoods comes back to drugs," Kennedy says. "But one of the profound myths is that these homicides are about the drug trade. The violence is driven by these crews -- but they're not killing each other over business." The real spark igniting the murders, he realized, was peer pressure, a kind of primordial male goad that drove young gang members to kill each other even in instances when they weren't sure they wanted to.

Given that police departments had already locked up every drug dealer in sight and were still having problems with violence, Kennedy thought a new approach was worth a try. "There's a difference between saying, 'I'm watching this, and you should stop,' and putting someone in federal lockup," he says. "The violence is not about the drug business -- but that's a very hard thing for people to understand."

But in the early days of the Bush administration, police departments were in no hurry to experiment with an approach that focused on drug-related murders and mostly ignored users who weren't committing violence. Kennedy's efforts proved to be yet another missed opportunity in the War on Drugs -- an experience that made clear how difficult it is for science to influence the nation's drug policy.

"If ten years ago the medical community had figured out a way to reduce the deaths from breast cancer by two-thirds, every cancer clinic in the country would have been using those techniques a year later," Kennedy says. "But when it comes to drugs and violence, there's been nothing like that."

3 days ago

Put A Red Cross PSA In Front Of the ISIS Beheading Video

UnknownSoldier Because of _censorship_ (300 comments)

Hiding the truth is not the solution -- it is the _problem_.

Many geeks care about censorship.

3 days ago

ACM Blames the PC For Driving Women Away From Computer Science

UnknownSoldier Re:why can the world (329 comments)

> Is it that there is a biological difference that guides men and women to different career choices, or is there some social prodding that causes men and women to self regulate?

You do realize the answer is not mutually exclusive, right?

Men != Women for biological and social reasons. Film at 11.

4 days ago

What's After Big Data?

UnknownSoldier I predict "Big Code" ... (87 comments)

... distributed across a multiple heterogeneous platforms.

about a week ago

New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

UnknownSoldier Re: So what they need, then... (185 comments)

No he's not. He _knows_ _nothing_ about the facts. She _already_ has been checked by several doctors.

Only those completely ignorant about channeling claim it is some sort of "medical condition"

about a week ago

New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

UnknownSoldier Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

And your medical degree is _where_ again?? It is always amazing how someone is an armchair expert on someone they have never even met but I guess it is easier to look like a fool then to learn the facts.

about a week ago

New Research Suggests Cancer May Be an Intrinsic Property of Cells

UnknownSoldier Re:So what they need, then... (185 comments)

Your first mistake is assuming the Mind == Brain. That is incorrect. The mind doesn't depend the physical.

A poor analogy would be:

* Brain = Hardware
* Mind = Software

Your second mistake is assuming that it is not possible to transfer your mind. My wife channels other consciousness for a short time. The point is, whatever consciousness is (or isn't), consciousness is NOT physical as Peter Russell correctly points out in his The Primacy of Consciousness

Your third mistake is assuming you consciousness dies when the body dies. This is also incomplete. Your mind is not confined, nor defined by, the limits of space or time.

If you have ever had an OBE you would understand these fundamentals about the mind.

about a week ago

C++14 Is Set In Stone

UnknownSoldier Re:Still... (192 comments)

The 'x' in 0x stands for hexidecimal

I picked 'z' because:

a) it is not a hex digit
b) it close to x to type
c) it is a mnemonic for zero
d) it stands just enough out
e) it has an hint of symmetry about it -- z is the last character in the alphabet so using it for the lowest number base seems appropriate.

Considering some assemblers have used the dumb '%' percent sign to designate binary, having a consistent form with C's hex literal leaves a little choices:

Using a .. f is retarded because they are hex digits. 'x' is taken. Using I, L, O is dumb because lowercase they blend in.

That leaves: g, h, j, k, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, u, v, w, y , z

0g110101 looks dumb
0h110101 looks dumb, some languages use 'h' for hex
0m110101 blends in
0n110101 blends in
0r110101 blends in
0t110101 blends in
0u110101 used for unsigned -- not appropiate
0v110101 maybe
0w110101 too verbose
0y110101 maybe

So which symbol would you pick??

about a week ago



Quantum Levivation

UnknownSoldier UnknownSoldier writes  |  more than 2 years ago

UnknownSoldier (67820) writes "Wired reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University have discovered you can "lock" a magnetic field into place with a semiconductor. They have a very cool demonstration of a frozen puck and some of the neat things you can do with it while its orientation remains locked but its location is movable. Might someday we see high speed trains that will be "impossible" to tip over or a new generation of batteries with this technology?"
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