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

david_thornley Re:Completely unrelated... (474 comments)

In fact, there are times where the broken window fallacy isn't a fallacy. WWII was the biggest window-breaking of modern times, and even in the US we spent a tremendous amount of labor and resources on things that, even if they didn't get broken, were basically consumer goods, and got out of the Depression.

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

david_thornley Re:Wouldn't time be better spent... (474 comments)

If a white nerd gets murdered by a cop, nothing much will change. They will find some reason why he appeared to be a dangerous white nerd. The right wingers who aren't already unhappy about police abusing others will assume he had it coming.

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

david_thornley Re:Education versus racism (474 comments)

Common sense says you are cooperative with the police officer, since doing otherwise can get you beaten and/or arrested. The fact that you are legally entirely in the right isn't going to help when the officer says he had to subdue you because you got belligerent.

Suing after the fact is a much better outcome than having a murderer be put on paid leave while Internal Affairs whitewashes the case.

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

david_thornley Re:Obligatory (474 comments)

IIRC, you are required to identify yourself to a police officer. You are not legally required to show ID. You do not have to consent to any search. (You may find it convenient to show ID, and you certainly don't want to try to physically stop an officer from doing something. Just calmly make it clear that you do not consent to any search while they're patting you down.) Stay polite and calm.

3 days ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

david_thornley Re:Untie the bonuses from the schedule... (185 comments)

Programming is not construction. Programming is design. It's always going to be fuzzier than actual production.

Manufacturing, in software, is trivial. This apparently leads people to think that software development is something like manufacturing, because they want a visible step there.

about a week ago
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It's Not Developers Slowing Things Down, It's the Process

david_thornley Re:Nope... Nailed It (185 comments)

Actually, one of the best things the manager can do is shield the team from other managers, and support them when talking to others.

about a week ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

david_thornley Re:How about we beta test on Venus? (366 comments)

We've been geoengineering. So far, we've raised carbon dioxide from about 280ppm to about 400ppm, and it's having serious effects. We're already riding the tiger, and the question is not whether or when but how.

about a week ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

david_thornley Re:We've been doing it for a long time (366 comments)

Can you imagine the US doing something major while completely ignoring the UN? I can.

about a week ago
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Harvard Scientists Say It's Time To Start Thinking About Engineering the Climate

david_thornley Re:We've been doing it for a long time (366 comments)

It's possible to explain it in a variety of ways, including simple and complex. It's entirely possible to explain atmospheric warming by listing one variable. Modeling is another matter, and all the halfway decent models have tons of variables.

about a week ago
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Microsoft Rolls Out Robot Security Guards

david_thornley Beware (140 comments)

If you see a blue screen on one of these...DUCK!

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

david_thornley Re:disgraceful lawyering (243 comments)

So, if in Sweden you're wanted for questioning, you can get all charges dropped by hiding for long enough? That doesn't sound right.

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

david_thornley Re: He can rot (243 comments)

WTF does the NSA have to do with any of this?

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

david_thornley Re:the NERVE of them swedes! (243 comments)

Is it your opinion that somebody should be immune from questioning until convicted? The Swedish courts have decided that there's enough of a case to go forward.

Nor do you give any shred of reason why it would be harder to get Assange from Sweden than the UK, if the US in fact has any plans concerning him, which seems to be baseless (if not entirely implausible) speculation.

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

david_thornley Re:Swedish Puppets (243 comments)

Do you really think a foreign embassy would keep the CIA out? They might try, but if the US wanted to do any extraordinary rendition they wouldn't let a little thing like that stop them. It's only Ecuador, after all, not a country the US has to respect. As far as extradition to the US goes, the US could have filed that while Assange was in the UK and before he headed for the embassy.

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

david_thornley Re:Rape Apologetics Go Here (243 comments)

The impression I got was that both women were planning to have sex with him, but on their terms. This doesn't mean they can't be raped.

Rape and sexual assault victims vary widely in what they will do after the crime. Some victims in fact deny to themselves that the assault ever occurred, and try to go on precisely as before. I don't think this is a healthy reaction, but it happens.

As far as Assange goes, in what way is he being treated oddly? There were credible allegations of sex crimes, and he was undergoing due process through the Swedish justice system. They have asked for his extradition from Britain, and that has been granted. What's unusual about this, aside from Assange being somewhat notorious and having some extra resources to evade the legal process?

And why do you think there's a real threat of being imprisoned in a US gulag? Why do you think any such threat would be worse in Sweden than in that notorious US lapdog, the UK? If Assange was concerned about being extradited or special-renditioned, what would be the sense in going to the UK?

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

david_thornley Re:Sounds reasonable (243 comments)

First, I think you're wrong. A rapist will often not face explicit objections, having made it clear what will happen if he hears them. If I threaten a woman's baby, and tell her to shut up and cooperate, I'm not likely to hear explicit objections. I can't imagine that not counting as rape in any civilized country.

Second, asleep is incapacitated. A sleeping woman can't object and can't protect herself until she wakes up. By the time the woman woke up, the sex act was underway, so even by your dubious standards she was raped.

about a week ago
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Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

david_thornley Re:Extradition (243 comments)

Come on. There's nothing immoral in saying that Assange committed sex crimes, given evidence (which seems pretty strong, from where I sit). It would be immoral to deprive him of rights based on that, before conviction.

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

david_thornley Re:Stupid Clickbait Whoring (157 comments)

How often does the government use the rubber hose? IANAL, but it seems to me there's a tendency in the US courts to not require people to hand over cipher keys as a general rule. If the NSA can't read your email. that's at least a bit of privacy you've gained.

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

david_thornley Re:It's all bullshit (157 comments)

In my judgment, most of the third parties I've seen would be worse than the Democrats and Republicans. It is more feasible to try to change one of the parties. It's not easy, but it can have results. Look at the Tea Party and its effect on Republicans.

about a week ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

david_thornley Re:customers refusing to tolerate insecure product (157 comments)

I don't see the difference. You say "legally constrained", but such constraints can only be enforced by government. If the government is pro-surveillance, they will co-opt the corporations that collect information and attack the *cough*Qwest*cough* ones that don't. If the government wants to throw you in Gitmo, they'll get all of Google's information on you. Corporation vs. government will not protect you.

about a week ago

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Apple makes iBricks

david_thornley david_thornley writes  |  more than 6 years ago

david_thornley (598059) writes "Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet has some early reports on Apple turning iPhones into iBricks. Apparently it's happening not only to unlocked iPhones, but to standard locked iPhones where the customer hasn't done anything out of the ordinary. Once bricked, it may be possible to return it to factory settings, losing all photos, mail, contacts, and other things. This isn't good, folks. If you have iPhones of any description, except newly purchased, don't sync with the new update."

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