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

bussdriver Mod parent up. (474 comments)

This is the 1st time I've heard of a public school teaching something practical in government. Most American's don't know what the 3 branches are, what the 4th estate is, or even bothered to vote. Not voting led to the arguments against it becoming stronger.

Not volunteering for police is EXACTLY what the ACLU should be teaching kids before they find out the hard way that real world police only care about the statistics used to measure their job performance. They can't waste time doing real work because they get punished for having low performance stats; they have to give you tickets over stupid shit because otherwise management thinks they are sleeping in their squad cars. Plus YOU the public vote for officials who tout empty stats like arrest numbers going up and crime going down .... NYC gained nothing from stop and frisk, the lower crime rate was national and the higher arrests were for stupid shit. The higher abuse, murder, etc didn't harm politicians because everybody thinks "that isn't going to happen to me" and "the victims probably deserved it."

2 days ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

bussdriver Benjamin Franklin + mod parent up (110 comments)

Benjamin Franklin's speech that ended the constitutional convention is often cut short but you will like it. He basically says all democracies fall to despotism and lets end the debate because what we have is good enough for now.

I don't have much faith that if Americans had to read some history that they are capable of learning from history enough to prevent it from repeating. Look at Vietnam and how easily Iraq happened despite a couple generations living thru that history.

The fall of Rome probably has many parallels given it took 100s of years to collapse while the USA is going to do it in less than 100. As far as functional democracy, that already is gone. Widespread success increases the rate of downfall as the citizens shirk their duties for selfish escapism. I bet TV would have tripled speed of Rome's demise.

4 days ago
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Rooftop Solar Could Reach Price Parity In the US By 2016

bussdriver PERMITS ! everybody forgets permits! (516 comments)

Many places in the USA have corrupted permit schemes. You don't pay a permit for an expert to verify your changes and protect the public-- you pay a % based upon the cost of the renovation. It is a home change TAX under another name and that is why you need permits for the most basic stupid things and why inspectors ignore checking most of the BS stuff; plus they are running around justifying the tax checking things that do not need it or enforcing the stupid rules (along with the good ones.)

I just got finished paying a 15% permit tax on top of the 7.5% sales tax for changes I made which were not inspected other than asking what the general plan was. On a huge solar installation that would be crazy just to have them make sure a few wires were connected properly.

about a week ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

bussdriver Re:Possible (258 comments)

He could be an authoritarian thug with a nice image who actually wants to kill the internet. In which case, saying 1 thing while doing another will fool simpletons and the more sophisticated people who are biased by his message and history will think he was forced to compromise.

Also he might not care at all, which is often the case for politicians. They must appear to have a position on everything because the public expects leaders to fit silly ideals. Polls say he should sound 1 way and political conditions say he should act another way... Sometimes you go with the people against the money and most the time you do not; it's a trade off all the time on everything.

about two weeks ago
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Comcast Kisses-Up To Obama, Publicly Agrees On Net Neutrality

bussdriver Possible (258 comments)

I am not an Obama apologist; however, politics is not a simple game. A great many deals are made behind the scenes. His about face appointment of FCC wasn't unusual. The horrible and obviously corrupt looking choice of somebody who publicly appears to contradict him looks to experienced eye looks like a DEAL. He made a deal with somebody or some group to appoint their man to the position despite the political costs to himself... which means they had something quite valuable to trade. but what? Could be anything from an NSA blackmail (who was tapping him before he was a senator) to a huge "donation."

about two weeks ago
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Multi-Process Comes To Firefox Nightly, 64-bit Firefox For Windows 'Soon'

bussdriver Sea Monkey (181 comments)

Use Sea Monkey - Netscape Communicator theme and related extras supported forever without change.

http://www.seamonkey-project.o...

about two weeks ago
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GNOME Project Seeks Donations For Trademark Battle With Groupon

bussdriver if you don't fight you lose (268 comments)

Can somebody confirm the old line I've heard forever about trademarks?
If you do not defend your trademark, you lose it.

about two weeks ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

bussdriver Re:It did happen in USA (529 comments)

Dear fox news dolt, I was saying that they couldn't do the conspiracy thing because the man was not shot. Had he been shot quickly and especially if he was killed, they would have had conspiracies about it. Fox loves conspiracies. I admit they are not as bad since firing Glenn Beck.

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

bussdriver Re:H1B Visa Indentured Servant argument #3 (553 comments)

1) Not enough tech workers
                --so we train more--
2) Not enough sufficiently skilled tech workers
            --so we train more? or just debunk BS requirements--
3) Not enough critical thinkers (aka citizens are too stupid)
            --they profit. we lose. any metric of intelligence can be manipulated--

my prev post -> typo of "Servant" somehow corrected into "student".

about a month ago
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Employers Worried About Critical Thinking Skills

bussdriver H1B Visa Indentured student argument #3 (553 comments)

1) Not enough tech workers
        --so we train more--
2) Not enough sufficiently skilled tech workers
      --so we train more? or just debunk BS requirements--
3) Not enough critical thinkers (aka citizens are too stupid)
      --they profit. we lose. any metric of intelligence can be manipulated--

about a month ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

bussdriver Re:Ignorant arm chair critics + propagandists at F (421 comments)

BTW, since we are talking about a virus from Africa, why not mention the obvious one:
AIDS. We can delay it for a long long time but we can't cure it yet. 100% death (although it doesn't directly kill you does it??)

At least with this one you get a fever and it doesn't incubate for many years while you spread around your bodily fluids...

Swine flu was weaker but more contagious; it probably will kill more people in the USA. How deadly is not just death odds but how many people can be infected. We have plenty of incurable unsurvivable diseases which thankfully are RARE. On the other side we have the common flu kills plenty of older weaker people every year...

Don't forget about Hepatitis... B has a vaccine but it still kills millions per year... (likely to go up due to anti-vaccination people) C has no cure but is the cause for liver transplants-- it's slow which is why like a quarter billion people have it already.

about a month ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

bussdriver Re:Ignorant arm chair critics + propagandists at F (421 comments)

OK
I hinted to antibiotic immune bacteria when I alluded to how we are creating new diseases with industrialized farming we are not allowed to criticize, regulate, etc (it's even against the law to criticize it, remember Oprah? she only got off on a technicality.) If you are unaware of the problem, I suggest you educate yourself about it. There is not just 1 kind of bacteria and as we continue what we are doing there will be new kinds (because evolution is real and it works.) I knew a nurse at a hospital which routinely found such bacteria and as a result they greatly increased their procedures. I myself was almost killed by a common bacterial infection where some new drug was the only thing we had time to try out... obviously it worked, but conventional drugs did not and luckily they knew this beforehand because I'd be dead by the time we ran thru all of those.

I was infected simply by walking around outside barefoot... not near a factory farm either. No foreigners required.

I should rant about cancer... but I won't other than to say in the USA you have a 50% chance of getting it and we DO NOT KNOW clear cut causes for it! No sick foreigners; simply owning a Chinese made product where they dumped radioactive waste into the plastic vat... (that has happened, but i can't disclose the details.) Or it could be many things which impact industries bottom lines so they'll keep it under FUD for decades just like easier problems like LEAD poisoning, tobacco, global warming etc. Plus you don't beat cancer-- you mitigate it; the numbers are quite bad when it comes to getting it back again... you "win" if you don't get it back in 5 years but the odds for your lifespan are so much worse than the baselines they commonly refer to that you'll probably get it back and die eventually--- unless you mitigate it until something else kills you 1st. (a friend who died last year got a new kind of terminal cancer as a result of the "safe" treatment of the 1st cancer she "beat." That isn't winning, it is mitigation; at best.)

about a month ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

bussdriver Re:Ignorance is the biggest problem. (610 comments)

I was trying to recall that German town which needed approx 50MW more power which was going to result in the building of a coal generator out of town. The size of the thing didn't matter; their demands were leveled off by installing an industrial sized battery as a power station which cut their whole town's demand to 1/10 or 5MW which was going to probably eliminate the construction because they can import that amount of power from the existing grid. It might not stop it; however, it cuts down on demand for the construction of such things and their town illustrates how little actual base load power we actually require.

We should be moving move over a better designed grid -- more like how the internet functions -- instead of investing in more water boilers which have to constant boil water just in case we need it hot at any given moment (but likely during daylight hours... and if solar takes up that then we have a relatively miniscule demand for baseload at night.)

about a month ago
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Shooting At Canadian Parliament

bussdriver It did happen in USA (529 comments)

Short memory? A crazy man stormed the white house.

They were complaining we didn't shoot the man 6 times as soon as he hopped the fence but after the dog had chewed on him a while so then Fox couldn't talk about conspiracies involving the "victim."

The difference here is we have a black democrat president. If it was Bush it would be another situation. If it was the amazingly unpopular congress that does not represent the public, the government would freak out while most the public would be disappointed no congressmen died.

about a month ago
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Wind Power Is Cheaper Than Coal, Leaked Report Shows

bussdriver Ignorance is the biggest problem. (610 comments)

It is not a strawman. dead bats is a problem (not birds.) It is difficult to calculate many problems the coal causes, plus we don't seem to get a great deal of information on the many government subsidies the coal industry has - it is more than solar or wind receive; might even be up there next to OIL in the gov welfare scale? The hypnotic wind turbines have been proven to NOT cause real medical issues. COAL on the other hand is why I can't eat much fish from my local lakes, I'm better off with the less healthy farmed fish because they don't have mercury pollution the coal plants gave us. Plus we get more radiation exposure from coal than nuclear. There are other health issues. Global Warming shouldn't even need to be required to motivate change.

The good part of COAL is that it contributes to global dimming which reduces the impact of global warming (which it also contributes to greatly... I found it comical for that short period where the self branded "skeptics" cited global dimming as if it was a kind of rebuttal. Now they say humans didn't do it and the hypocrites totally forgot their previous dimming propaganda. ) Another plus is that coal seems to help increase the wind energy ;-)

1) Wind power doesn't kill birds. If you want to get picky, they kill less than a long list of things people don't think kill birds, like houses or office buildings which kill MORE birds. It is a non issue. Getting that picky you may as well start complaining about meat eaters since the chicken and duck numbers are really high. How about pet cats?? Wind power does kill a lot of BATS which are unable to avoid them like the birds largely do. Work is being done, it is a real and legitimate problem especially given that most bats are at risk or endangered. Wind's medical complaints have been disproved.

2) An actually smart grid (the non scam kind) or simply a modernized grid where the existing techniques we've had for generations of switching power sources (since coal power has a fair amount of down time) and make the grid capable of similar but more dynamic power allocation. The sun may not shine here today but it was one state away which BTW, is where some of our power comes from when our local sources are not up to the task. A high voltage DC grid needs to be developed... you step down anyhow so we have little reason to continue century old tech...eventually it needs repair anyway. COST: power is cheap during the day, expensive at night... the inverse of today. this is starting to show up in Germany's power market.

3) Nothing is perfect but coal really sucks! If I was for nuke I'd be against it on economic grounds. Nuke power costs more than solar power and takes a decade to build a plant! By the time those two new plants in the USA get built (if they don't end up way behind) you could have built 100s of solar plants of comparable size and output significantly more power for the price years ago! in 10 years solar and battery storage will be even cheaper and better!!! Spend 50% now and in 9 years spend the other 50% plus a battery and probably get twice the output plus the 10 years of partial output. (ignoring all the hidden costs of regulating nuclear and insuring it which government pays for.) All the uranium the USA had (#1 in world) is all dug up and now the USA imports the stuff, rising costs and demands will not lower prices unless you can find quicker, faster, cheaper nuke power.... and those are all STILL 5 years away... Fusion will probably come 1st!

4) Base load demands are not a simple problem. Coal plants on idle are still burning way more than they need just to be READY for baseload. They run way over capacity even if only 1% load is required and they can't switch to meet demand quickly. That adds cost to coal, nuke, and gas power. The overhead cost is mitigated using many techniques that ALSO would apply to other kinds of power, which solar and wind would benefit greatly from (and are in need of advances.) I read about a German town putting in an industrial sized battery to buffer power needs which eliminated their need to build a coal plant-- I couldn't find the link but it was something like 10x LESS power demand because it's a battery, not an idling coal plant which lacks an ability to spike to reach momentary high demand. You build a 50MW coal plant to handle 50MW spikes; but you really only need maybe 10MW or 5MW plus a grid connection to the next city. Again, a better grid helps. Plus putting the bulk of power close and distributed you cut down on that base load demand as well as the huge 10+% losses you get from the old grid. Even maintaining old power as a backup, using battery tech greatly minimizes the need for those. Higher costs also will drive demand for a power storage market. Biogas turbines are supposed to kick up better than coal... peoples with hydro shouldn't need any backup.

about a month and a half ago
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Co-Founder of PayPal Peter Thiel: Society Is Hostile To Science and Technology

bussdriver Re:Hollywood reflects and shapes our culture. (238 comments)

Well, you might also be enough of a freak to be immune to advertizing and propaganda but most people are not. One doesn't need to fool everybody all the time, just a portion and in politics just 51% of the voters or revolutionaries.

I might seem like I'm making absolute statements to which your anecdotal evidence is sufficient enough of a rebuttal, but I am not and therefore your counter statement is not enough.

Furthermore, working control is not absolute control. When I said control I was being vague but not incorrect. Plenty of people feel free while they choose which item on the Star Bucks menu unable to break free of the cycle; which they could... but do not. Potential doesn't matter if it is never utilized, just as free will doesn't exist if it is not used (and even then there are plenty of unresolved debates on the existence of free will in the world of philosophy.)

I'm in a midwest city. Just about everybody here agrees community is dead or doesn't even really know what it means... I didn't, it took conversations with old people to get a grasp on it. In your small town you might still have it, but most people live in cities today. A church community or similar niche community formed around a common topic are about all that is left but those are not full communities (as defined by the elderly who educated me on the topic, who also had membership in sub-communities. Which is all I had for a reference because like I said, community is dead here.)

Most people I know and many here on /. block out advertizing using software and the bit that remains they easily can ignore. I hadn't realized how bad /. was until last week when I went to the site on a newly installed browser before adding ad protection. It's really obnoxious and hard to ignore plus quite upsetting at the amount of bandwidth being used for video ads.

about a month and a half ago
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Despite Push From Tech Giants, AP CS Exam Counts Don't Budge Much In Most States

bussdriver Mod parent up. (144 comments)

The stable jobs will be IT and not CS. Why would somebody bound for IT take the CS AP certification?

The AP system is almost pure BS. What a joke. Their metric for measuring the number of majors is by how many high school children ignorant enough to take the AP for it? If it were offered to me when I was in school I would not have taken it and I knew far more than it covered... I still learned something in taking CS courses in things I already knew; not as much as I paid for, but it was still useful information that filled the gaps.

I attack the AP BS system because I did it for calculus. Tested out of 2 semesters but I took them anyway and saw first hand just how incredibly poor the AP system was and my math high school teacher's negligence by only teaching to the AP exam-- no wonder we did well on the exam, we had only been preparing for it instead of actually learning the subject.

This is what happens in a meritocracy! The metrics and systems are gamed by the superior human brain which can always out smart a static system lacking active intelligence. (the only solution is to be evaluated by another human brain who can adapt as quickly as you can.. and who knows the topic better than you do. They are only somewhat susceptible to politics, blackmail, bigotry, hypnosis, etc. on an individual level. )

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

bussdriver Ignorant arm chair critics + propagandists at Fox (421 comments)

The CDC and respective officials around the world train and plan for this stuff. Sure, some political idiocy always exists and sometimes makes problems worse (or blows them out of proportion) but overall the experts are making informed reasonable decisions. Naturally, propagandists twist anything to their own ends and the armchair critics who have way more confidence then competence (which BTW, is a big problem in the USA...go find the studies which prove it.)

Europe isn't banning relations with whole nations. If there was an easier way to screen for it, don't you think they would be doing that already?

You can't realistically quarantine whole nations as if that would actually work. It only takes 1 person sneaking bye -- and instead of thinking of that man who brought it to the USA as a massive failure, you should realize the obvious: they identified the man who brought it in rather quickly... he could have gone around spreading it until his death on some sidewalk somewhere.

It's not highly contagious and we have more deadly diseases in the USA already which don't get this kind of attention; no media reporting on those. Some are born right here as a result of industrial farming... (which is part of the reason it won't be hyped until more than a million die per year... or 1 celebrity.)

about a month and a half ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

bussdriver Re:well duh (228 comments)

Since when did the prohibitions on government only apply to citizens? Free Press etc does not mean only in the USA. It doesn't say that those limits on government to infringe upon inherent "inalienable" human rights are not for other humans.

about a month and a half ago
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Carl Sagan, as "Mr. X," Extolled Benefits of Marijuana

bussdriver Re:Cannabis as addictive as heroin .. (263 comments)

The daily telegraph? you need to cite something better than that.

about a month and a half ago

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Making graphene supercapacitors with a DVD writer

bussdriver bussdriver writes  |  more than 2 years ago

bussdriver (620565) writes "Researchers at UCLA found an easy cheap way to produce a graphene sheets by 'printing' them using a DVD Lightscribe laser on a coated CD or DVD. They then demonstrated a DIY super capacitor powering a LED.

A video demo by the professor on youtube and a short description is available here. The paper is on an
evil paywall Journal"

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