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Comment: Re:Education versus racism (Score 1) 301

by ColdWetDog (#48448919) Attached to: Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

This is the problem - there is subset of individual policemen and entire departments that AREN'T courteous or reasonable. They start out hostile and alienating. The interaction also starts out at an a very unequal power level. When you are placed in this sort of situation, it is much harder (and much more important) to finesse it exactly right.

It can be done, such individuals and departments often aren't the sharpest pencils and with a bit of training and fore thought, you can work around them but it's harder. And also recall that not every alleged perp is all that sharp / sober or even interested in defusing the situation.

So play acting these types of confrontation can be extremely effective. Unfortunate, but effective.

'These are not the perps you are looking for .... '

Comment: Re:If you're not driving and not owning... (Score 1) 388

by ColdWetDog (#48443899) Attached to: In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

...isn't this just the equivalent of taxicabs? Why do so many futurists seem obsessed with pushing a taxi-based future?

If they actually called them taxis, we probably wouldn't even give it a discussion. But combine words like "personal" and "public transportation"...

Probably because we've all seen Fifth Element.

Comment: Re:That's what One-Plus-One is! (Score 1) 145

by ColdWetDog (#48434069) Attached to: Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

Right. If there are a half million Cynaogen mods out there, hell, let's make it a full million, they certainly don't represent "people getting their knickers in a twist". According to Wikipedia, there are something like 7E10 cell phones out there. 1E6 modded phones means absolutely jack.

Comment: Re:Bad sign. (Score 1) 217

by ColdWetDog (#48426575) Attached to: Lessons Learned From Google's Green Energy Bust

No, THE PROBLEM hasn't been solved. THE PROBLEM was "avoid climate change associated catastrophe". That's was their retrospective pointed out. Even had they come up with a 'free' solar panel, it would not have decreased CO2 output enough to avoid the forcings found in current climate models (whether or not you believe in that model is irrelevant for the sake of this discussion).

That is an important distinction. They basically ran the numbers and figured out they could not 'win' this one. But you have to look carefully at the rules of the game they decided to play. It is possible that Google could have developed something that made a bunch of money but in the end, would not save us from the Dante-inspired future envisioned.

We're doomed....

Comment: Re:The Old is New again (Score 1) 150

And that is exactly what this system is supposed to improve upon. By using two complementary technologies, they claim they can reliably transmit high quality data no matter what the weather. What isn't clear from TFA is how much of an improvement in speed or cost this is from plain ol microwaves. The unit shown in nice and compact - smaller than the large dishes used in high capacity microwave links - but TFA doesn't directly compare data speeds (or costs or really anything useful) so it's hard to make much of it.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 326

by ColdWetDog (#48398089) Attached to: Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X

When I went into information technology long ago, the great joy for me was getting away from these cryptic smoke signals of thin public account.

How is that working for you? IT is just as opaque, confusing, contradictory as anything out there. If you really want to get away from 'cryptic signals of thin public account' you should probably pick up Tarot cards. Everything is right there.

Did you know that for the price of a 280-Z you can buy two Z-80's? -- P.J. Plauger