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Comment Re:Oh hey that's funny (Score 1) 961

That's good. Like I said, he needs some retraining - maybe more. I have no idea about the alleged 2004 incident - maybe he has a problem.

At a minimum, his timing is WAY off. The girl in gray was right next to the girl who hit that other cop a minute earlier. If he'd have pepper sprayed the crowd at that point, with them surging the line and hitting that guy - that would have been fine.

Comment Re:Don't let Reality hit your ass on the way out (Score 1) 961

>Is being shoved by a police officer now considered hitting them? I rewatched that about ten times in HD, full screen, and I don't see her ever striking and officer once.

How do you not see that? - you can even hear it. They put the photographer on the ground. Then the crowd surges forward (3:09) - watch the girl in the backpack. They reach the cop, then when the guy yells "Let him f'ing go" she hits the cop's arm (3:10). You can hear the slap and he looks toward her - like WTF? She retreats back as the cop in white comes over to pull her out.

>You mean getting shoved by cops? If one cop shoves you, another can arrest you for assaulting first said cop? Seriously? How does that make any kind of sense?

Watch his interaction with the big black cop starting around 0:05 or so - he hits him in the chest. Obviously, the big guy ignores this - it's just a twerp and he has other things to do. But you can't fault the other cops from having a problem with a cop getting hit. I didn't mean him getting shoved by the other cop.

>Except we don't see who threw the first punch, it's off camera.

I guess you could believe the yelling guy carrying the shoe was just innocently standing there when all of a sudden the cop flips out? You can get another view here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rbXfelyIoM (about 0:39) Still not perfect, but the cop was was straddling the guy on the ground. I have a really hard time even imagining that he decides to start a fight during another arrest (and the first couple motions the cop makes look defensive to me).

I'll concede the other two points. It is very suspicious though that with all of the cameras in these videos - 90% of the available footage is the same 3 crappy videos.

Comment Re:Don't let Reality hit your ass on the way out (Score 1) 961

Ugh, that got mashed up. Let's try this again.

So, I watched a few of these videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU9Dx0x9h4A

3:05 ish
The guy whose, "head was bashed against a parked car"? He was resisting arrest and his head did NOT hit the car at all - the cop protected his head all the way down, quite professionally in fact.

3:10
The fat girl who was pulled from the crowd and past the barrier - she hit a cop. This is NYC, not the UK - you don't get to hit cops here. How stupid do you have to be to think you are innocent and nothing is going to happen to you after you hit a cop? She's going to jail. Nice of the protesters to collect the evidence though.

6:20
Here we have Mr. "They did nothing wrong" (5:58) hitting an officer. Again, morons; you don't get to touch officers, and you certainly don't get to hit them.

Hope he enjoys jail too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LaAEnB9owY

0:10
Here we have another angle that shows what the "Innocent" camera guy (from the previous video at 3:05) was up to...Yep, he can't keep his hands off cops either:

More jail time.

The pepper spray incident is right after that - and this video shows that probably wasn't warranted - but these things happen when you are associated with a crowd of people that are busy hitting officers. I have VERY little sympathy for people who put themselves into this sort of situation then cry about it. But yeah, the guy who deployed it probably needs a bit of re-training.

NYC needs to press charges on all these brats who think it is ok to hit cops. All in all - the NYPD was incredibly professional throughout all of the videos I've seen. I can't even imagine having to listen to this crap for hour after hour.

Comment Re:Don't let Reality hit your ass on the way out (Score 1) 961

So, I watched a few of these videos - I'm concerned that in true Slashdot fashion - YOU haven't watched the videos.

The guy whose, "head was bashed against a parked car"? He was resisting arrest and his head did NOT hit the car at all - the cop protected his head all the way down, quite professionally in fact.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU9Dx0x9h4A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU9Dx0x9h4A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU9Dx0x9h4A http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LaAEnB9owY 0:10

More jail time.

The pepper spray incident is right after that - and this video shows that probably wasn't warranted - but these things happen when you are associated with a crowd of people that are busy hitting officers. I have VERY little sympathy for people who put themselves into this sort of situation then cry about it. But yeah, the guy who deployed it probably needs a bit of re-training on situational awareness - he got the wrong people and was about a minute too late anyway.

NYC needs to press charges on all these brats who think it is ok to hit cops.

I'm damn sure that no one has shed any blood to give you the right to hit cops.

Comment Re:Online-courses are NOT a good idea (Score 2, Interesting) 261

So, you're a professor I take it?

As a former student, both online and traditional:
1. You don't get a useful physical or personal presence in a traditional college. You get the foreign guy, who seems brilliant and passionate, but you can't understand a word he says. Or you get the grad student, teaching something she barely understands because the professor can't be bothered to actually come to class and teach. Or you get the tiny speck, 30 rows down from you, who you can't hear and who can't apparently bother to buy new whiteboard markers. Or you get the "Flubber" guy who might be great, but he can't seem to organize his thoughts, notes, slides, etc., so you pray for the grad student to replace him. Or you get the professor who is a wanna-be political pundit so, instead of the topic of the class - which might be useful for you and your future - you get her preaching on Reaganomics, GWB, Palestine, race-relations, inter- and intra-departmental BS, death of honey bees, peak oil, etc. Ultimately, this nonsense leads even b&m classes to be more or less online - any learning you do beyond the books is through e-mails and texts/IMs with other students as you try to figure out what that last lecture was supposed to be about.
2. You don't get a useful physical or personal presence online either. But you do actually tend to get the information you need so you're prepared to do something when you graduate - so on the whole, it's a better deal unless you are only in college for the beer. The major problem with online is, not surprisingly, that the professors can't be bothered to answer questions or interact with you. Pray there's a grad student around - they might answer your e-mails about administrivia. For topical questions - better try google.

Now, surely, there are some schools that are clearly the sort of place that you should attend in person. Similarly, there are also some degrees that can't possibly be taught online. But these, in both cases, are, in my opinion, the rare exceptions. And I'm certainly not recommending "schools" like Phoenix, but if I can avoid it - I will never throw the dice and take another b&m class.

Comment Re:Microsoft and DIY don't really fit.. (Score 1) 241

I don't know. I'm pretty much a "Linux/C/assembler type" but my NetDuino is pretty fun and the MS dev environment is pretty nice (I especially like the debugger).

Our experiences may be totally different, but the vast majority of the people I know who are playing with Arduino aren't doing any assembly work anyway.

I'm not really sure how one more dev board available for hobbyists is anything but a "Good Thing".

If I had a spare $250 - I'd think about picking one of these up to play with.

Comment Re:Could Someone Help Me Out With This? (Score 1) 844

True, there are cities around or encroaching on most of the bases.

Even if the land is prime real estate (and it probably is - Kadena is awesome) - I'm not sure how we profit from giving it up.

While there would be some cost savings (which possibly aren't a good idea to pursue - but that's a different topic) to pulling back from some forward bases, Kadena included, there wouldn't be "profit" per se as far as I can tell.

The US doesn't own the land our bases are on. The land is leased from the landowners for us through the Japanese government. So it's not like we could sell their land back to them.

Comment Re:Nebraska, home of teh Corn Overlords (Score 1) 518

Exactly, although it is a bit cute how the author tries to use the word "Nebraska" in a sentence. Maybe he will update it with North Dakota or Wyoming next?

Wait.

That won't work either.

Maybe Jon should do 5 minutes of research before he posts another smug fluff piece? http://www.bls.gov/web/laus/laumstrk.htm

Comment Re:i think haven was a pun (Score 1) 303

Give me a break. Let's judge people for the content of their character and not their UID. Is a person any less valid based on how long they've had an account on Slashdot? No, so shut the fuck up. (For the record, I've been posting as AC here for something like 12 years.)

Grumpy?

For what it's worth - I thought WTF?

But I see a lot of stuff like this on my labtop. So any more I take it for granite. ;)

Comment Re:What is the deal? (Score 1) 586

I'm actually looking at using natural gas for my next vehicle - my local gas company has some subsidies for conversion/purchase. Lots of undeveloped coal-bed methane out there. Loads of it...

Not to mention off-shore methane gas hydrates...

Diesels are really pretty good too - we're weird about them in the US though.

I had though about electric, but until more nuclear capacity goes online I'm worried about supply issues driving prices back up.

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