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Two Years of Data On What Military Equipment the Pentagon Gave To Local Police

astrodoom Re:College and school police involved (264 comments)

The majority of the stuff in this database is boots and other gear, not guns and armored vehicles. You even get stuff like printers and fax machines from this program. If you scroll through Alaska's list almost all of it is cold weather gear.

This program is used to get a second use out of any military surplus, it is not some sort of "arm the cops" program. That's just what people are focusing on right now because it's news-worthy. This program has almost jack-squat to do with how police forces are armed (they buy most of their stuff new), it just has the combined words "military" and "police" which gets hits on websites.

about 2 months ago
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Prosecutors Push For Anti-Phone-Theft Kill Switches

astrodoom Re:Shouldn't cell phone thefts help police? (257 comments)

That exists already for most phones. Police do not attempt to recover stolen phones. They just don't care (they say they don't have the time resources to do that, remember that next time you're getting a speeding ticket for going 8 over the limit).

about a year ago
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Majority of Americans Say NSA Phone Tracking Is OK To Fight Terrorism

astrodoom Re:Bull Shit! (584 comments)

Look, I don't mean to be a prick, but moral relativism by definition says wrong is subjective. Whatever you're trying to talk about, it's not moral relativism.

about a year ago
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Hacker Exposes Evidence of Widespread Grade Tampering In India

astrodoom Re:and how many people just cramed the test (304 comments)

What do you mean by integer rounded? His graphs are of score on the x and # of that score on the y. Both his axes are integer values. Do you mean it's possible the test had fractional scores and he (or the scorers) rounded them in the analysis? Otherwise I don't understand your point.

about a year ago
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How Colleges Are Pushing Out the Poor To Court the Rich

astrodoom Re:Goodbye (668 comments)

Well, with your 31 years of experience as an independent country, I'm shocked we haven't all followed your example...of partial governance...of your own "country"...

about a year and a half ago
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Steve Forbes: Bitcoin Not Money

astrodoom Re:Fiat Currency (692 comments)

Actually savings at that level are almost always tied up in the market somehow, which (assuming no large crashes) tracks with inflation as much, if not better than, your salary does.

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

astrodoom Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

I'm not twisting anything, this was my point to begin with. You have to tie the action to the belief system. You can say "Jesus said" in front of anything, but unless you can tie it to the belief system in some meaningful way (in the case of Christianity, the bible), you're just spewing smoke.

"Go back to kindergaten"

Obviously Christians don't control the market on intolerance. Hypocrisy is a human condition, not a christian one.

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

astrodoom Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

I have a question then. If I say "there is no God, no higher purpose, it does not matter if I burn this village". Does this mean atheism is at fault if I burn the village? Because that's what you're saying about Christianity.

about a year and a half ago
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

astrodoom Re:Maybe... (1121 comments)

Like many other tyrannical governments, the Nazis twisted the religion of the country to their own means. The III Reich did not grow out of the church, it took over the church in 1933, after the rise to political power. The problem with statements like yours is that they make it seem as if anyone who says they are a christian automatically gets whatever actions they take attributed to the religion. If you want to say that Christianity is responsible for the crimes in Nazi Germany, then what you are really saying is that the Nazi argument for the holocaust, world wars, etc is a valid argument within the precepts of Christianity. If you'd like to argue that, then go ahead, but otherwise the crimes can't be attributed to Christianity any more than I can attribute every crime committed by an atheist to atheism.

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: CS Degree While Working Full Time?

astrodoom University of Maryland, University College (433 comments)

I'm getting my CS degree from them right now, while working full-time. It's not great for learning, but if you already know how to program, you can definitely check the box there (and probably get a 4.0 to boot).

about 2 years ago
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Confidential Police Documents Found In Confetti At Macy's Parade

astrodoom Re:How to shred (180 comments)

My guess is one of the floats had confetti or someone in an apartment wanted to take part in the parade. Why was it police documents? There are lots of ways that could have happened. Explanations start with an apartment owner who works at the station taking home a bag of "confetti" to throw out their window, and go all the way to a conspiracy. Also the possibility of a recycling company that shreds stuff and sells it as cheap confetti (I personally think this is highly unlikely).

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

astrodoom Re:Really? (821 comments)

That's a fair point, but the driver's license is to show you're the registered voter you say you are. In the U.S.A., registered voter = citizen.

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

astrodoom Re:Voting only works if really unique (821 comments)

You don't need to force people to "show their papers" to avoid the problem of voting multiple times. One man one vote is easy enough to enforce even without Gestapo tactics.

How?

about 2 years ago
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U.S. Election Day In Progress: What's Been Your Experience?

astrodoom Re:Really? (821 comments)

Except when you need to do something like, I don't know, prove you're a citizen of said country...

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code?

astrodoom Re:any questions? (360 comments)

Your tone conveys an attitude that your employees shouldn't be interested in how the company is run, that's a huge red flag from my experience.
It's not prima donna to inquire about the history of the position. You should want employees who think they can succeed where someone else has failed.
I don't understand employers who think company operations are of no business to their employees. I may work for you, but I'm putting my livelihood and that of my family in your hands. You don't have to justify all your decisions, but some explanation of the direction and plan goes a long way.

about 2 years ago
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SpaceX Launch Not So Perfect After All

astrodoom Re:Whats the problem? (272 comments)

*facepalm* the sensors are integrated with the engine. That's like saying your oven blew up but the broiler is fine.

about 2 years ago
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SpaceX Launch Not So Perfect After All

astrodoom Re:Whats the problem? (272 comments)

Actually, according to SpaceX engineers, it did not explode as they were able to continue to communicate with it. The current theory is the outer covering blew off because of the change in pressure.

From TFA: "We know the engine did not explode, because we continued to receive data from it. Our review indicates that the fairing that protects the engine from aerodynamic loads ruptured due to the engine pressure release, and that none of Falcon 9’s other eight engines were impacted by this event."

about 2 years ago
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Nokia Keeps Quietly Mapping The World

astrodoom Re:AAPL could buy NOK (197 comments)

That, my friend, is an over-simplified concept of business. No-one "withholds", "refuses", or "adds" any functionality to another company's product without some form of licensing agreement being reached. Apple did not want to give Google what Google wanted for the features. This is not in any way the same as saying Google "refused" to give them turn by turn navigation.
Here's a link to an article talking about some of the insights from sources. Sadly with things like this, there's no such thing as source data, so we'll just have to go with the sources and articles. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2209539/Apple-replaced-Google-Maps-iPhone-5-controversial-app-wasnt-pleased-Android-turn-turn-voice-navigation.html

about 2 years ago
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Apple Acknowledges iPhone 5 Camera Flaw

astrodoom Re:That's more like it! (472 comments)

Okay, there's no purple in the 4S picture, so you've definitely lost me. The iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 have the same camera spec-wise, the only difference is the glass vs sapphire cover. I don't think it's a fair statement to say that aside from the obvious flaws in the photo, the sapphire cover is better. That's like saying the car runs great except it stalls every so often.

about 2 years ago

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Apple Files Patent for Display Mouse

astrodoom astrodoom writes  |  more than 2 years ago

astrodoom (1396409) writes "AppleInsider has posted a story detailing a new patent application by apple that hints at the possibility of adding a touchscreen to the company's magic mouse. At a basic level this could mean things like customizable colors or artwork displayed on the user's mouse, but the possibilities extend much farther to fully customizable mouse layouts and program controls. Apple Insider comments on the possibilities: "The display on the mouse would change according to what the user may be doing on their Mac. As an example, the application describes displaying a number of icons for quickly selectable options when a user is running Apple's Pages word processing application. Switching over to the spreadsheet software Numbers would reconfigure the buttons on the screen to allow for commands in that respective application.""
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