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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

internerdj Re:Why not talk to black people??!! (437 comments)

I clicked through to the article. I'm not sure what this has to do with "experiencing" race. When people talk about racism it is about how people treat them because of their skin color but this looks like a virtual mirror that turns your skin color dark. It might have some minor effects on my behavior but it doesn't really instruct me about what it is to actually be someone of another race.

2 days ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

internerdj Re:defense against bennett (186 comments)

Of those types of laws that I have read, they have been very specific. Even with the precedent that corporations are people, the wording doesn't apply to corporate entities.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

internerdj Re:Mississippi Is Doing Something Right? (1039 comments)

Practically nothing, but denying a religious exemption in authoring the law bears the threat of an expensive battle over the constitutionality of the law and probably court ordered delays in implementation.

about a week ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

internerdj Re:defense against bennett (186 comments)

Do you understand the "why" of stand your ground and castle? It is an extension of self defense justifications. Self defense justifications are for protection against crimes that result in intentional, direct, grievous harm to a specific person; things like rape and murder. Online interactions just don't bear those consequences in any normal case (maybe at some point for connected medical implants); certainly not in the case of Sony protecting itself from monetary loss. Anyone trying to extend SYG or castle that direction is undermining the entire justice system. SYG, castle, and self defense exist because the justice system is not fast enough to protect victims from irreversible damage from the most heinous of crimes. Property loss can wait on investigation, prosecution, and judgement.

about a week ago
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Comcast Sued For Turning Home Wi-Fi Routers Into Public Hotspots

internerdj Re:Comcast Business Class (291 comments)

Just put on Comcast's hat, say thank you for calling Comcast support, and beat them with the pistol; it will be the best Comcast service call they have ever made.

about a week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

internerdj Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

I've got several friends in law enforcement. According to them, because of incidents around the country they've had to have tactical training for dealing with a knife wielding attacker. A knife wielding attacker can close and stab a standing officer before he can draw and fire his service weapon at about 10 yards. If we are talking about a novice with a gun and a novice with a knife, then lethality for both men are going to drop significantly beyond that range. Don't underestimate a knife; I've had several skilled people from many backgrounds say it is the scariest thing you will ever face.

about a month ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

internerdj Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (698 comments)

What pool of money would a resource officer come from and what pool of money does the shooter detection system come from? Are they the same? Just because we can pay for a shooter detection system doesn't mean that money can legally be applied to a resource officer's salary instead.

about a month ago
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Police Body Cam Privacy Exploitation

internerdj Re:Legalities (301 comments)

More interesting: what happens to the footage actually contains something covered by DMCA?

about a month ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

internerdj Re:CYA (127 comments)

I'm really confused here. We've got the bankers pressuring the retailers for higher security or they will legally pursue them to cover the damages. Isn't this the picture perfect case where capitalism should solve the problem? Why are the retailers running to the government for regulation? Shouldn't the market solution be cheapest for the pure blooded capitalists of retail?

about a month ago
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What People Want From Smart Homes

internerdj Re:Yup (209 comments)

I've got a couple places where I would really like some smart bulbs but it is just under the threshold that the price isn't worth the convenience.

about a month and a half ago
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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

internerdj Re:my kid (273 comments)

I found my parents' praise over my intelligence just pointless. I haven't continued the tradition with my children. Not that I don't praise them, just that I don't go out of my way to praise them over intelligence when it is irrelevant. My oldest is in school and more practical praise doesn't seem to give him any more interest in school tasks than I had.

about a month and a half ago
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The Effect of Programming Language On Software Quality

internerdj Re:KISS (217 comments)

The motivation behind this paper was probably the intuition that language choice greatly influences KISS. But frankly, I've never had a real project where language choice wasn't driven by external forces.

about a month and a half ago
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Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys

internerdj Re:New and interesting failure methods? (150 comments)

I work in a building secured with magnetic doors. The reasoning behind default open is that if an emergency happens and the power system fails there is a higher liability for the doors to fail closed and rescuers be unable to reach victims than for the doors to fail open and someone break in.

about a month and a half ago
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US Midterm Elections Discussion

internerdj Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (401 comments)

People are paid to serve on juries without any question of partiality. I personally don't mind using my free time to vote, but I can see the problem with forcing low income voters to use unpaid leave to vote. If I've got to choose between the rent and voting, then it makes my choice pretty clear. Higher income voters are going to get more flexibility to vote and that will probably swing things to the Republicans to an extent.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

internerdj Re:Who cares if it makes sense,,, (613 comments)

We will see what you have to say about it when Ben Franklin brings out his cannons...

about a month and a half ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

internerdj Re:Price of commercials (85 comments)

Don't worry. Once all the networks have viable streaming avenues on their own, then they will renegotiate their contracts in time to price in your commercial free access.

about a month and a half ago
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We Need Distributed Social Networks More Than Ello

internerdj Re:No we don't (269 comments)

Voldemort has sent you a friend request. Confirm Not Now

about 2 months ago
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NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

internerdj Re:All the movies had women in business (786 comments)

For all the talk about the differences in socialization, I know just as many introverted women as I do men. So the question for me is the problem with associating computing careers with being non-social or is the problem telling women they are broken if they aren't social.

about 2 months ago
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Be True To Your CS School: LinkedIn Ranks US Schools For Job-Seeking Programmers

internerdj Re: In theory (130 comments)

Lucky. You've only had to deal with the eureka moments when they discover something old. The trouble comes when they've wasted a week on a problem that a 2nd year CS student would know from sight or worse they've put it in the code and now someone has to find their race condition.

about 2 months ago

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RIAA claims it is owed $72 trillion dollars by LimeWire

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 2 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes ""The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) estimates that filesharing website LimeWire owes it over $72 trillion dollars (£46 trillion) in damages." NME reports this is 120% of the combined estimated wealth of the entire planet.
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NJ Girl arrested for posting pictures of herself

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes "A New Jersey girl, age 14, has been arrested for posting over 30 nude photos of herself on Myspace. She is charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. If convicted she can face up to 17 years in prison and of course life on the sex offenders list. Interestingly, the mother whose daughter is the reason for Megan's law, Maureen Kanka, had the following to say about this application of the law: "This shouldn't fall under Megan's Law in any way, shape or form. She should have an intervention and counseling, because the only person she exploited was herself." NJ girl, 14, arrested after posting nude pics"
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Zombie warning road signs

internerdj internerdj writes  |  more than 5 years ago

internerdj (1319281) writes "Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about Nazi zombies and raptors. And highway safety officials aren't amused."

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