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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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 two weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 three weeks 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 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 a month 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 a month 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 a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

internerdj Re:Statistics and.. (407 comments)

I'm not finding very good data but it looks like California is possibly responsible for as much as half of the drop in prison population assuming the numbers that I'm finding are actually using the same definition for prison.

about a month ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

internerdj California (407 comments)

Hasn't California been under a federal order to reduce its prison population because the overcrowding situation was considered at a level to be cruel and unusual?

about a month ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

internerdj Re:Why Not???? (366 comments)

Apart from the other excellent reasons. It is optional and beneficial so it will cost money. That means you are going to have some that will participate and some that won't and that will at least loosely be tied to existing intelligence between the couple. You aren't going to have zero dumb people after this. You will have a generally dumb group maintaining their birth rates. Some super rich folks who will have more intelligent kids at the same rate. Some middle income folks who will have fewer kids who are more intelligent.

about a month ago
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Scanning Embryos For Super-Intelligent Kids Is On the Horizon

internerdj Re:What's the big deal with intelligence? (366 comments)

Where do you live/work that intelligence is more important than social skills for success in professional and personal endevours? I'd like to be there.

about a month ago
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How Women Became Gamers Through D&D

internerdj Re:More feminist FUD (239 comments)

My brother worked construction with a guy who used pink tools because pink tools won't walk off with the other guys on the crew. Other than that, what difference does handle color make?

about a month and a half 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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