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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

mythosaz Re:What's the problem? (230 comments)

He also forgot the third column in his test: "Use neither a geologist nor a dowser" Since that'll be just as accurate as using a dowser, it'll be the winning column for sure.

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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

mythosaz Re:...like dash cams. (234 comments)

The mere existence of bathroom stalls in my office is a fairly good indicator that our odds are a lot more than "might" catch someone pooping.

I didn't suggest we should scrap the idea -- just that there needs to be some mechanism to disable cameras. That mechanism is probably trivial: Press a button and you're snoozing the camera for a couple minutes, and it beeps 10 seconds before it comes back online. Now you just have to figure out how to police the usage of that button such that it affords some decency to the people wearing them while doing what it is you need the camera to do.

I'm a reasonable man. I'm sure there's a balance.

yesterday
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

mythosaz Re:It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (230 comments)

Both of those are fairly recent innovations. The fad will fade in a few generations, probably (sadly) to replaced by new fad pseudoscience.

yesterday
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Drought Inspires a Boom In Pseudoscience, From Rain Machines To 'Water Witches'

mythosaz It's OK to attack mythology and superstition... (230 comments)

...unless someone was taught it over a series of Sundays. :/

I suppose ignorance on things like this is generational, and we'll stamp it out slowly, like racism or smoking.

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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

mythosaz Re:...like dash cams. (234 comments)

I did. I said dashcams. :)

And I said it because I was drawing a parallel between how they operate and how to make reasonable rules governing how GoPro-like cameras should work. If you read my post again, you'll see that I suggested increasing the FOV which can be recorded, and the frequency at which the existing cameras record, and then trying to find some way to do that with officer-worn cameras -- because I think we're all entitled to a little privacy on the shitter or a little human decency when our wife calls to tell us she's got her results back from the oncologist.

yesterday
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

mythosaz Re:...like dash cams. (234 comments)

I don't see why it would necessary to turn the camera off when using the restroom.

Seriously?

I realize that everybody poops, and we're probably unnecessarily hung up on bodily functions, but if you believe we should be filming that part of their day, we're miles apart on this.

yesterday
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

mythosaz *sigh* (354 comments)

I'll "me too" on this a bit.

I own a MAME cabinet, with a (nearly) complete collection of ROMs and CHDs.
I own an RFID enabled poker table, with the kit from VideoPokerTable.net
I have a makeshift craps table, one Bally 70's era EM-series slot machine and an antique 36" roulette wheel.
We're an XBox family, now with a One.
My Cards Against Humanity set is mostly complete, only missing the extra-rare PAX sets and the misprint set, plus nearly all possible expansions, including 3rd party ones.
I've been a Magic nerd since the 93's (with time off in the 2000's for good behavior).
We do some of the newer deckbuilding games.

I rarely go a week without an organized poker tournament AND cash game, a sanctioned magic match and some "fun" Magic, CAH with friends, and some light gaming on the One. When we throw a party, nearly everything else ends up getting used.

yesterday
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mythosaz Re:All of her free time and then some (1111 comments)

She has 114k/150k followers/subscribers because she's a walking publicity stunt.

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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mythosaz Re:Her work (1111 comments)

No, they're not.

The modern feminist movement is one of "rape culture" and "privilege" not equality.

yesterday
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Anita Sarkeesian, Creator of "Tropes vs. Women," Driven From Home By Trolls

mythosaz Re: Her work (1111 comments)

Sometimes pulp fiction is fine.

I don't always want to read War and Peace.

yesterday
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

mythosaz Re:Shameless Advertisement (163 comments)

The bigger problem is that the slashvertisement has almost as much information as the linked page, most of it word-for-word.

Where's the link for modding our old consoles?

Ah well, back to emulating everything...

2 days ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

mythosaz Re:Almost dropped on side of HWY by my local 5-0 (234 comments)

FOR ABSOLUTELY NO REASON, WITH ZERO PROVOCATION..

...for what appeared to me to be without reason or provocation.

His reason might have sucked, but this idea that he was bored and just wanted to fuck around and pull his gun on some dude in the dark is nuts.

2 days ago
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Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?

mythosaz ...like dash cams. (234 comments)

Dash cams in most/many/some police cars work when the officer engages his lights or sirens, passes a certain speed threshold, etc.

It's my firm belief that the men and women serving in our police force should, for example, be allowed to pee, eat a sandwich, or talk to their partner about how bad their mortgage company is without being recorded -- but at the same time, it's my firm belief that their enforcement should be documented.

Start by expanding the dashcam FOV and expand the triggers for dashcam recording to include a period of time after the opening and closing of the doors.

How to let officers pee without also letting them turn off cameras at every "inconvenient" time presents a challenge...

2 days ago
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Limiting the Teaching of the Scientific Process In Ohio

mythosaz Re:The US slides back to the caves (512 comments)

The only thing useful about it is you don't have to memorize as much and the math is easier. BFD. Here is a chart for you.

...that and being inter-operable with the rest of the planet.

2 days ago
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MediaGoblin 0.7.0 "Time Traveler's Delight" Released

mythosaz Re:Because the summary won't tell you (69 comments)

Concur. I ran through all sorts of possibilities in my head. Is this a DNLA server? Does it record TV? ...oh, it's a personal YouTube server.

2 days ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

mythosaz Re:Ripe for abuse (181 comments)

Well, for starters, you'd need to be a temp contractor working for TargetCW, and then you'd have to run away with the phone and credit card your employer provided you with for doing your job. :/

2 days ago
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Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report

mythosaz Re:It's called fraud (181 comments)

Except, it's clear they have an intention of using the service.

They want to use their bought-and-paid-for ride as an opportunity to proselytize a captive audience.

1 - Book ride,
2 - During ride to follow script for conversion of driver from Lyft to Uber.
3 - If in a busy taxi market, wait a few minutes before booking a new ride to avoid getting the same driver.
4 - Else use Uber to get a ride to a new part of town.
5 - Repeat.

Burner phones are required if the driver in step 2 rats them out as "bad passengers."

2 days ago

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