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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

kilfarsnar Re:Uh... (242 comments)

I wasn't aware there was an acceleration limit on the books.

It's called Exhibition of Speed, and there is a law against it. It's one of those great laws that has no clear definition and is up to the officer to identify.

about an hour ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

kilfarsnar Re:This is wrong! (242 comments)

Hmm, is there any proof of this smell? If not, it is equivalent to hearsay, wouldn't you say? And no, 2 policemen do not make 2 separate witnesses, especially for this case. You only have to point to lots and lots of historical lying by police to invalidate that argument on reasonable doubt grounds. But then again, "smell" by itself doesn't do much for them, they need something tangible. In this case, they found plenty.

AFAIK, the statements of law enforcement are treated as fact, unless they can be proven false. So if an officer says he smelled marijuana, he smelled marijuana unless you can prove he did not. I'm not a fan of that either, but it is the way it is.

1 hour ago
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Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

kilfarsnar Re:Anybody know the plate# for each scotus? (242 comments)

Shows the level of maturity on slashdot, I suppose. False police reports are a felony.

Who says it's false? I'm sure if I followed an important public figure around for a while I could catch him rolling a stop sign or two.

1 hour ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

kilfarsnar Re:SCOTUS (301 comments)

So can we just all admit that we have no control over our government anymore

Why admit something that isn't true? Would I love to have more control over my government, the US government? Absolutely. Would I like to have a much smaller government which can be controlled easier? Absolutely. Would I like constitutional rule changes, like abandoning the first past the post, that undermine the current political oligopoly? Absolutely. That doesn't mean that no control currently exists, but rather what control does exist can be greatly improved.

At the national level, very little control exists. Unless you have money for lots of contributions and lobbyists, you won't get much traction. I find it interesting that you say we have some control, but still describe our current situation as a political oligopoly.

yesterday
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

kilfarsnar Re:By what definition of "rich"? (285 comments)

Sitting at your desk all day is not working.

That's a pretty narrow definition of work. But I guess I can now tell people that I don't work for a living!

yesterday
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

kilfarsnar Re:SCOTUS (301 comments)

Yeah, and if SCOTUS rules against it they can use their many SCOTUS investigators to make sure the administration is complying, and the legendary SCOTUS army to stop them if they're not.

So can we just all admit that we have no control over our government anymore, and that any idea that we live in a democracy or a republic is just a pleasant fantasy? If a Supreme Court ruling can be simply ignored by the other two branches, why are they there?

2 days ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

kilfarsnar Re:re (281 comments)

Question is why are these people starting a family that they cant afford and shifting the cost of having that family to us the tax payers? I am 35 years old, and I would have certainly loved to have started a family earlier (in my 20s) but had to wait until I had sufficient savings to a point where I can afford to provide my kids with opportunities that they will need in other to succeed. While I believe everyone should have a choice on how many kids they want to have or when to have them, I do not believe it is fair to tax strangers for your reproductive decisions.

This would hold up if people always made rational, well thought out decisions. But we all know that is not the case. Plenty of people on this site will tell you that free will doesn't exist; that we are all driven by reactions to the events around us that are colored by our genetics, predispositions and previous experiences. I don't think it's quite that simple, but the fact remains that we all have stressors and attitudes that shape or choices. We are not rational actors, and our actions cannot always be justified logically.

2 days ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

kilfarsnar Re:Obamacare exists because... (281 comments)

Also virtually nobody in the USA chooses between a $90 doctor's visit and feeding their family. The choice is usually between a $90 doctor's visit and a $90 cable or cell phone bill.

You need to get out of your socio-economic class more. You may not know these people, but 16% of the US population lives below the poverty line ($23,050 yearly income for a family of four). Those people may indeed have to choose between eating and a $90 doctor visit. It may not be a lot to you, but $90 is almost 5% of their monthly income. They are feeding, housing and transporting four people on less than $450 a week. An unexpected $90 expenditure reduces that to $360. That's a significant hit; one that requires forgoing other things.

2 days ago
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$42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

kilfarsnar Re:obamacare says "no way" (281 comments)

I feel that there's something wrong when a powerful lobby is fighting to make Hobby Lobby pay for abortions but doesn't mind people having to pay for their own prostheses.

Who is making Hobby Lobby pay for abortions? Do employees submit expense reports for their abortions?

2 days ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

kilfarsnar Re:Rewarding the bullies... (796 comments)

How do you know what an ape thinks? I understand that a lot of my choices are not made consciously. That's why I used the word choice instead of free-will. However, I have the ability to bring some of those unconscious choices into consciousness. I have made the choice in the past to alter my perception of something in order to adjust my reaction to it. I have the ability to observe the outcomes of certain actions or attitudes and adjust my behavior to achieve a different outcome.

We have recognized that simply letting the strong have their way does not lead to a peaceful stable society. So we create laws against assault, fraud and theft. We hold ideals of equality for people in society and before the law. This was not always the case. We have made choices and changed how society works. Are we there yet? Have we created the precise society we want? Of course not. Many people still choose to use their power to dominate others. It's a process whose outcome is uncertain. But we have achieved much more than the apes. And that is due to our ability to create according to our choices.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

kilfarsnar Re:sickening (796 comments)

And a very strong reason why we won't be sending our child to public schools.

They are not places of learning. They are prison systems for children in which the biggest bully rules.

I would not be surprised if there were a strong correlation between the freedom of bullies and test scores. Why should anyone care about school when it's absolute torture going? How can they learn when it's all about emotional and sometimes physical torture?

Meh, I went to a white-bread private school and I still got bullied. In white-bread private school, your bully's father is a multi-millionaire who gives a lot of money to the school, above and beyond tuition. Ever deal with entitled, spoiled rich kid bullies? They're a lot of fun. And you can't get the school to do anything about it because they want daddy's money. Don't kid yourself. Bullies come in all shapes and sizes and socio-economic classes. Wealth and privilege only make it worse.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

kilfarsnar Re:Quite logical reaction (796 comments)

What did his mother expect from the school as a reaction? Siding with the victim of bullying? Seriously? Allow me to give you a brief rundown of how school deal with bullying.

What a school wants is "peace". They want pupils to shut up and not cause a problem. Especially not a disciplinary one. So how do they deal with bullying? Well, easy: Not at all. Because it is not a school's problem. The bully has his victim, is satisfied and will not cause any other problem towards the school, its property or its faculty. The victim is being pushed and punched.

Now when does the school run into a problem in this scenario? Right. When the victim does not want to play his role anymore. That is when the school runs into a problem. Because now they have to do something. Until that moment, there was no reason for a reaction. A pacified bully is no problem, and a victim that lets the bully kick him is none either. The very LAST thing the school wants is to be forced to take action against the bully. Because then not only does it draw attention to the bullying problem, it puts a very unhappy bully at their hands, someone who knows how to cause trouble if he wants to, who may or may not be even supported in his actions by his parents.

The school's reaction is a logical one: The victim upset the apple cart. He created a problem for the school. What the school wants is him to shut the fuck up again and swallow the punches.

Why does this explanation make me think of US foreign policy?

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

kilfarsnar Re:WTF?? (796 comments)

Unfortunately, bullying is not against the law, its against POLICY. Necessity is for breaking THE LAW. No law was broken so you can't take this route.

How about an imminent threat or personal danger? "Bullying" may not be against the law, but threats and assault are.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

kilfarsnar Re:Rewarding the bullies... (796 comments)

"...Picking on the weak is wrong, and you don't get to take advantage of a fellow human because you're physically or mentally able to do so."

You are kidding right? Survival of the fittest is the only rule in life. Just look around. People who were smart enough to "make" the most money or physically brutal enough to steal the most are your owners.

When someone has that kind of power by whatever means, and uses it to make your life miserable, you have to take them out when it is clear your "society" is not going to help you.

Even kids know this, and some of them actually attempt it.

The truth is that we are still apes with a haircut and shinier, smarter ways to kill each other.....same as it was when all had was a rock.

Survival of the fittest describes the ability to reproduce, not dominate those around you. Indeed, if it referred to the ability of an organism to dominate all around it, it would eventually run out of resources and die. Not very fit.

You are correct that might makes right. But we are different from the apes in that we have a choice. We can choose the kind of world we want to live in and work towards realizing it. Just because the powerful keep making the same selfish choices doesn't mean it has to be that way. We make it that way.

There is still a lot of pain, fear and ignorance to be worked through in the world. We are improving in that many of us recognize that the patterns of domination are not good for us. We at least recognize that it's not what we want. But we still go with selfish impulses, so clearly we have a way to go yet.

about a week ago
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Student Records Kids Who Bully Him, Then Gets Threatened With Wiretapping Charge

kilfarsnar Re:Rewarding the bullies... (796 comments)

The police aren't there to protect the innocent. They are there to defend the criminals. I have witnessed this firsthand.

Another example of the social insight of the Simpsons. Chief Wiggum wasn't wrong when he said the police are powerless to help you, not punish you. The police arrest criminals, whomever they perceive that to be. This may result in help to someone, but it isn't the primary goal. Dealing with the alleged criminal is their primary goal.

about a week ago
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How Amazon Keeps Cutting AWS Prices: Cheapskate Culture

kilfarsnar Re:Business/First class is absurd (146 comments)

I see zero reason why any company would pay for business or first class. It's like paying ten times the what it would otherwise cost, for...what, the chance to have 3 nips of something on the way? Good for Amazon for not flushing its money down the drain.

I get the impression you have never traveled business class. On a trans-atlantic filght, it makes a world of difference. It is the difference between stepping off the plane feeling like you have been shipped in a crate and feeling like you just woke up from a nice nap. When I flew business class, I didn't want to get off the plane and when we arrived I was like, "Oh, were here already?"

about a week ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

kilfarsnar Re:In most of the world... (139 comments)

So, one has to break the law to participate in modern business? I have suspected that for a while now...

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

kilfarsnar Re:In most of the world... (139 comments)

You missed the point and are being naive. Cultures and attitudes vary across the world - not every culture mirrors yours.

What does that have to do with US law? HP broke US law. They should be held to account for that. If your point is that HP couldn't do business in these countries without breaking US law, then perhaps HP shouldn't do business in these countries. However, from what I read, they broke the laws of these other countries as well. So it seems that this is not simply how business is conducted. I understand that you can't get a building built on Staten Island without the okay from the local boss. But that doesn't make it right, and it doesn't mean we should just accept it as business as usual.

about two weeks ago
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Hewlett-Packard Admits To International Bribery and Money Laundering Schemes

kilfarsnar Re:And no charges will be filed (139 comments)

From TFA: "The Polish government has elected to charge several individuals — both from HP and the government — in criminal cases in an investigation related to the guilty plea from HP" . So charges in fact have been filed, just not in USA.

Kind of makes Fredrated's point, eh?

about two weeks ago

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Web-based Visible Body Tool

kilfarsnar kilfarsnar writes  |  more than 6 years ago

kilfarsnar (561956) writes "There is a new web-based online tool for exploring the human body. It is at www.visiblebody.com. You can rotate and isolate various body systems and just generally explore the body! It's free to use, and I thought the Slashdot community might enjoy it."
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