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Real Life Super Hero Arrested

zippyspringboard Re:HBO "Superheroes" documentary on these guys (590 comments)

Law enforcement used to be encouraged to be part of the community. They were given fixed beats, and everyone knew them by name. They knew the people in the community. And there was a problem with corruption of the officers. SO the solution was to rotate beats, bring the cops in from elsewhere. The thought being that the officers would be more impartial, and difficult to corrupt if the didn't know the people they were policing. And it worked.... The officers are less corrupt than in the past, but on the other hand they have no F'ing clue who the bad guys are. And everyone hates them. Public relations have never been worse. So the pendulum is swinging back towards trying to integrate officers into the community again. Expect cops to start playing golf with the bad guys again :)

more than 2 years ago

Dutch Government To Tax Drivers Based On Car Use

zippyspringboard Re:This was proposed in Oregon (500 comments)

The average tire pressure on a car tire is 32 psi, the average pressure on a large truck is well over 60 psi, most run over 100. I was told by a highway engineer years ago that one large truck creates the same amount of wear and tear as thousands of cars, especially if it's overloaded. It is my understanding that large trucks and environmental effects are responsible for the vast majority of all damage. If you start looking at the damage closely you'll start to notice that most of it seems indicative of the dual tires that trucks run, or the long trailers they pull. For example in urban environments where the rear wheels track out of the standard path of a tire on a turn.

more than 3 years ago

BART Disables Cell Service To Disrupt Protests

zippyspringboard Re:Stupid slope (440 comments)

You shoot for center mass because that's the most effective point of aim to "stop" or "end the threat". You don't say "Kill" because it looks REALLY bad under cross examination, and furthur more it's not true, that is unless you would walk over to the incapacitated person and execute them before the ambulance arrived. Why do you draw your weapon? To kill someone, Or to protect yourself? That's the critical distinction.

more than 3 years ago

Suppressed Report Shows Pirates Are Good Customers

zippyspringboard Re:Correction (291 comments)

As someone who consumes very little media, and I mean VERY LITTLE. I wonder if by having a large quantity of media readily available for pirating doesn't actually encourage the habit of consumption. I know that often my media purchases (almost exclusively CDs and books) almost always follow an influx of new media loaned or given to me by a friend. I'll listen to some new music and think "this is good stuff" and frequently go out and purchase a few cd's or a couple books as a result, usually tangentially related, sometimes not
            I'm not saying that I purchase what was loaned to me I don't. Those poor starving artists usually get nothing from me. What I am saying is that fresh media tends to wet my appetite for more fresh media, and that if I'm in the mood for something new I usually don't hesitate to purchase it.

        In other words If it were not for books and CD's traded about I probably wouldn't purchase ANY media, other than what was necessary. For me I am quite certain that the amount of "free samples" that pass my way is directly correlated to the amount of impulsive shopping I do. Granted if I had access to all media known to man in high quality for free I wouldn't ever purchase any of it.

more than 3 years ago

Customer Asks For Itemized Bill, Verizon Tells Her To Get a Subpoena

zippyspringboard Re:Nothing will change. (415 comments)

Sure you would be crazy to not wear a seat-belt. But the question is, should the government make it illegal to not wear one? It is the Governments job to enforce good common sense? Is saving lives or strengthening the economy justification enough for our Government to dictate our actions?

more than 3 years ago

If I could revisit / re-run a chunk of my schooling:

zippyspringboard Re:do over? (309 comments)

I don't know what sort of unspeakable mistake you made in the 4th grade, but I peed in the little kids drinking fountain when I was in the second grade. I think I was sick with a fever and a bit delusional, I don't know why I did it, it seemed reflexive at the time. Anyways taking a piss in the drinking fountain with everyone watching really put a damper on shit for a long while.... Keep in mind I didn't dream I did it, I actually did it while in a dream like state... About the time I was starting to get over that (probably the 4th grade) I think my ball-sack fell out of my shorts on the Jungle Gym, and everyone saw it. That made me hide under a rock for another couple of years... I'm not sure if changing these events would make my life turn out different though.. But good grief they would be at the top of the list of shit to change. Gee, go back in time and avoid a marriage and 8 years of hell, or fix some stupid B.S. that happened when I was a kid. Should be an obvious choice....

more than 3 years ago

Off-Duty Police Officer Steals iPad From TSA Checkpoint

zippyspringboard Re:Yes would have been here (178 comments)

Umm... I totally understand what you are saying, but I feel compelled to give you a heads up, call it a bit of a warning. You see, your comment clearly reveals your age. As you get older those numbers will start to shift. Be forewarned, It wont be an unnoticed shift, in fact it'll be disturbing. I prefer to think that with maturity one gains the ability to appreciate the finer and previously un-noticed qualities of those other girls... Could just be that as you grow old you get a permanent case of beer goggles...

more than 3 years ago

Research Suggests Tobacco Companies Add Weight Loss Drugs

zippyspringboard Re:Take up smoking today! (281 comments)

I have personally known many people who smoke because they *think* it helps suppress appetite. In fact they often justify the cost by claiming they save on food. I've always assumed this is one of the many reasons young females choose to smoke.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Adventure Game To Start With?

zippyspringboard Re:classics! (480 comments)

Monkey island!

more than 3 years ago

Google/Facebook: Do-Not-Track Threatens CA Economy

zippyspringboard Re:Yeah well (363 comments)

"Everyone wants cool stuff. But nothing is free. It is just basic economics."

Fine then charge me for it. I don't want to give up my privacy.

more than 3 years ago

Crack In Fukushima Structure May Be Leaking Radiation

zippyspringboard Re:"May be" "Possibly" "Calm down" "Sleep" (280 comments)

"There's been lots of discussion here over the Fukushima incident. It's been dominated by the "pro-nuke" side, if you can call it that, but that's not surprising considering Slashdot's demographics."

Yeah, I've noticed that too. My advice for them is to get used to saying "would you like fries with that?" This is already bad news for anyone trying to make a living in any way related to nuclear power, we wont know how bad for months to come, but no matter how you slice it it's not good.

To those who would claim "yeah but next time it'll be different" I would say, correct, next time I'm not going to try and kick the football.

more than 3 years ago

How has your opinion on the safety of nuclear power changed after the events in Japan?

zippyspringboard Re:Seems just as safe as ever... (1148 comments)

They were hastily made engines often using blocks and crank assemblies adapted from existing gas engines. The engineers involved beyond a doubt knew they were junk. But the big three wanted diesel NOW! The end result was a lot of people got burned and didn't want diesel anymore. Some of them were smart enough and didn't want big three anymore either!!!

more than 3 years ago

Nuclear Emergency Declared At 2 Plants In Japan

zippyspringboard Re:If the Japanese can't do it (752 comments)

"Ironically, the anti-nuclear proponents are their own worst enemies if they actually want to prevent things like this. The demand for power isn't going away, but installing newer plants, which would be of the modern and inherently safe designs, would allow the old ones to be decommissioned or at least overhauled."

You sir are a douche.

If the plants are not safe, they shouldn't be run. If we are going to have safe nuclear energy, it needs to be managed by people who believe this. Not by people who would claim that "we could be safe if it wasn't for our detractors." This incident has nothing to do what-so-ever with anti-nuclear proponents, and everything to do with the people who choose to run and operate the reactor. Right now they have succeeded in making the entire industry look like shit. The problem isn't the outdated designs. The problem is the people who continue to use outdated designs!

more than 3 years ago

Self-Control In Kids Predicts Future Success

zippyspringboard I knew it was my fault. (245 comments)

That my parents divorced. Wish I had used more self control....

more than 3 years ago

EFF Offers an Introduction To Traitorware

zippyspringboard Re:What's the problem? (263 comments)

Who decides what is right and wrong? In your world it certainly isn't you :)

more than 3 years ago

Leak Shows US Lead Opponent of ACTA Transparency

zippyspringboard Re:apt quote (164 comments)

If you think gun ownership is expensive, try actually knowing how to use one... On a good day you can buy a box of 50 9mm rounds for $13. That's 26 cents each time you pull the trigger. The cost of the gun becomes moot if you want to practice regularly, as a good practice session is going to consume several boxes of ammo. Just like anything else you must practice to become proficient, and practice regularly to maintain your proficiency.

more than 4 years ago

Military's Robotic Pack Mule Gets $32M Boost

zippyspringboard Re:Money well spent? (167 comments)

Yeah really, just add some kevlar body armor, a camera, blinders, and a remote controlled stick with a carrot on the end of it!

more than 4 years ago

India Objects To Google Book Settlement

zippyspringboard Re:Deciding (169 comments)

I noticed you used the word "work" Would you consider owning copywrite on a 40 year old book that your father wrote as work???

more than 4 years ago

Of the following online annoyances, I most despise ...

zippyspringboard Re:Wow, they trained you good! (507 comments)

Making money out of something while denying the creator of it the right to do the same is -even worse-!!

While I wont deny that your argument has merit, I take issue with advertising in general. It has evolved into something more than just letting people know your product exists. It is manipulative in many ways that I dislike. (I'm sure you dont understand this though) In our society we regularly deny people the ability to profit from their work. What their work is and how they intend to profit is usually scrutinized. If you truly think that ads are toxic bullshit, then it follows that you will truly think there is nothing wrong with avoiding them. The creator is always free to find some other mechanism. Perhaps a more ethical one...

more than 4 years ago

Man Spends Parents Retirement Fund On Lavish Lifestyle

zippyspringboard Re: pic of the son? (7 comments)

Who gives £120,000 to their kid so they can put it in a savings account for them.

Just a guess, but perhaps someone trying to dodge taxes, or exploit some sort of loophole. The article claims that the son has some money in an offshore account and is refusing to give it back. From this I make the inference that the son knows how to handle, transfer and manage money in ways that the ordinary person isn't familiar with.

more than 4 years ago


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