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

jgerry better yet... (481 comments)

Or better yet, teach cops how to engage with citizens without being so aggressive. When a cop comes at you and starts out hostile, you're likely to feel defensive and hostile in return.

about 2 months ago

The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

jgerry Not shocked. (242 comments)

Not shocked at all. Which is sad.

about 6 months ago

Samsung Claims iPad Mini, iPad 4, New iPod Touch Also Infringe Patents

jgerry We have to get rid of software patents (124 comments)

This level of insanity cannot continue. It stifles innovation, and practically guarantees no small players will ever design a new mobile device or OS.

more than 2 years ago

Adobe Releases New Openly Licensed Coding Font

jgerry Lighter weights are good (136 comments)

I'm not sold on this being my new programming and terminal font just yet, but they've at least provided multiple weights to try. Whatever I use in OS X (Inconsolata normally) turns out looking fat and heavy. The lighter variants of Source Sans are a nice change from that.

more than 2 years ago

AT&T To Start Data Throttling Heaviest Users

jgerry Re:breach of contract (207 comments)

In other words, all of the other first amendment rights only really make sense when applied to groups of people. But, according to your logic, if any of those groups dare to form a legal entity of a "corporation," we should deny the constituent people making up the corporation those rights to act as a group

A corporation is indeed a collection of individuals, but not all of those individuals should be forced to consent to the political wills of whoever speaks for that corporation. Furthermore, a corporation is not a group that has not come together to lobby the government. It is an arbitrary group that has come together to work. Should the corporation get to use the multiplier effect of me, and hundreds of thousands of other non-consenting workers, to amplify its corporate voice, a voice that individual workers may not agree with? Absolutely not. But that's where we are today in the U.S.

more than 3 years ago

The Iceman's Last Meal

jgerry Val Kilmer (116 comments)

For a minute I thought Val Kilmer had died.

more than 3 years ago

Measuring LAMP Competency?

jgerry Re:One question I always ask... (453 comments)

This is great advice when you're looking for general, solid, all-around engineers. Probably won't apply as much when you're looking for something very specific though.

I am a general purpose software engineer and systems architect. I find solutions to problems. I may touch 5 or more different programming languages in a week, I can't remember every detail of each. But I understand logic, systems design, app design, and programming. I can find what I need. And I look for others to hire exactly as you describe.

more than 4 years ago

Google Tests Multiple Account Login

jgerry Re:Not for me (122 comments)

Who has multiple google accounts, and for what?

I have three personal accounts: one for normal use, one for craigslist postings, and one for my music business. I will also have one work account in the next month as we're moving all our email / contacts / calendaring to Google Apps.

I'd like to be able to stay logged into at least two at a time. I imagine plenty of other people would find use for this feature as well.

more than 4 years ago

Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

jgerry Re:Painful (572 comments)

The Mac filesystem is case insensitive by default. Yours is set to case-sensitive, so the above example won't work.

I tried to run case-sensitive OS X last year, lasted about 2 weeks. Most stuff worked fine, but my expensive music software (Ableton Live) and a few others things broke. Just wasn't worth it for me.

more than 4 years ago

Mobile Operators Fight App Store Fragmentation

jgerry Market trailers = consortium (178 comments)

What do you get when you take all the companies that are scrounging for the last 15% of the mobile app market and put them together? A consortium.

Can you think of a single consortium of market trailing companies that every created anything worthwhile? Because I can't.

more than 4 years ago

Slashdot Turns 100,000

jgerry Still here after all these years (443 comments)

I don't post nearly as much as I used to, and I don't get mod points as much as I used to either. But I'm always scanning the RSS feed and checking out stories, because I value the discussion here more than anywhere else. The quality of discourse here remains high, which is almost an anomaly in this age of Digg & Facebook, but it's that anomaly that keeps me coming back.

more than 5 years ago

Image of Popeye Enters Public Domain In the EU

jgerry Re:Copyright, trademark, patent (229 comments)

Thank you! Why can't people ever get this straight? Copyrights, trademarks, and patents are all different entities. It's not that hard to learn the difference.

about 6 years ago

RIAA and Net Radio Broadcasters Reach Agreement

jgerry Yay Pandora! (284 comments)

Let's all hope this keeps Pandora on the air.

more than 6 years ago


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