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Comment: Re:police are good (Score 1) 481

I actually disagree to a point with your comments.

Yes, police are there to enforce laws, but I would argue to differ on that they are there to protect you. They are there to protect society in general, not necessarily you, and the powers they have only allow them to really put you in jail (or taz you and put you in jail, or shoot you and put you in jail, or shoot you and put you in a grave). That is really the extent of their power.

If you don't believe me, go read the miranda rights. By talking and interacting with police, they only thing they can really do is put you in jail. It is not up to them to prove your innocence in a potential crime, they are there to prove you guilty, and anything you say or do can and will be used against you.

I'm not saying this is a good thing, but it is the current reality that we live under. 50-70 years ago, this simply wasn't the case everywhere in the nation, but not anymore (sure there were sections, especially if you were a minority that this happened to even back then). You can't simply talk to police anymore, because you don't know the laws, and you don't know what other testimony that the police may have already been given before they come to talk to you. And since they don't have to tell you the truth, you can not even believe anything the police tell you, because it could simply be a tactic to get you to be arrested.

Comment: Re:Features change... (Score 1) 473

by Fallen Kell (#48412543) Attached to: Elite: Dangerous Dumps Offline Single-Player
I am sorry, but those polls mean nothing due to the way they were done. The only people who even saw the polls were people who actively read the forums, which is a fraction of the people who back a project. If however, a poll was sent by email to EVERY backer to notify them of an important possible feature change and request for input to determine the course of action, then I would bet you would have seen closer to 100,000 votes and you would have gotten more of the people who specifically backed due to that feature.

Consider this, the people who want offline play may want/require it due to not having good connections to the internet. It stands to reason, that those are also the same people who don't brose the forums for games that are not even out yet, and use their internet for the most essential things.

Comment: How does this work? (Score 2) 88

by Fallen Kell (#48299201) Attached to: China To Merge High-Speed Train Makers To Cut Competition

However, as we haven't been complaining about China's low prices hurting our business, shouldn't China raising the price be good for other train makers?

I don't see how this is good for any other train makers other than China. China's train maker will still undercut the price, and now will simply have one less company that it is betting against when doing so, ensuring that it undercuts the price by the least amount needed to win the contracts. The only one that wins in China in the long run when it forces all the other train manufacturers out of business and then wins the contracts by fiat as the only entity.

Comment: Re:Nonsense (Score 2) 328

ummm... you do know the first thing that happens when you are arrested is that they take your fingerprints right? So, they already take your fingerprint, and thus have it to unlock the device. The Court basically has simply stood up to the fact that taking of fingerprints is still a valid right of law enforcement to do, and using the fingerprint in any ways to connect the defendant to crimes is still a valid use of the fingerprint, be it weather it unlocks a phone, or matches a fingerprint found on a gun used to commit a crime.

+ - Virgin Galactic Spaceship 2 Crashes

Submitted by Fallen Kell
Fallen Kell (165468) writes "According to, "Virgin Galactic said its SpaceShipTwo rocket plane suffered an 'in-flight anomaly' during a powered test flight on Friday that resulted in the loss of the aircraft.

'During the test. the vehicle suffered a serious anomaly resulting in the loss of the vehicle,' the company said in a statement. 'The WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft landed safely. Our first concern is the status of the pilots, which is unknown at this time.'""

Comment: Re:They need to lock this down now! (Score 2) 475

by Fallen Kell (#48031501) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States
Because sitting next to a person on a cramped plane using the same armrests, bumping shoulders, arms, and legs isn't contact somehow? Nor is using a bathroom toilet on a plane that the infected person used isn't contact with "objects and surfaces contacted by an infected person"? Because using the same seat as that person on subsequent flights isn't contact? Because the baggage handlers didn't possibly touch the surface or handles of luggage contacted by this person?

Somehow if you believed that each seat cushion, tray table, arm rest, and bathroom get sanitized with bleach for 10-20 minutes between each flight you are in fantasy land (because that is how long it takes to ensure it is killed).

Comment: They need to lock this down now! (Score 1) 475

by Fallen Kell (#48030851) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States
Lets see, even though this is one case, we have a plane that carried the person here, we have all the other passenger and flight attendants who were on the plane with that passenger for 8-10 hours, we have the passengers who sat in plane in subsequent flights (using the same bathroom, and seat that known infected and possibly infected people used), and we have the close contacts to all those people (family/friends). While I do not believe it is contagious, immediately, all those people need to be contacted and put in isolation for 21 days.

Comment: Re:More than the article states... (Score 4, Interesting) 1134

by Fallen Kell (#47829615) Attached to: Combating Recent, Ugly Incidents of Misogyny In Gamer Culture
Well, unfortunately, I feel that in the case of Anita, some of it was brought on herself. Her videos she has been using to show how games are portraying women in bad ways were in most cases taken completely out of context and twisted to fit her preconceived opinions. In one case using a section of Hitman which took place in an adult entertainment club, and saying that the women in the level are there only to be beaten/killed and used as distractions, when in fact, that is absolutely not the case. You LOSE points for beating on them. You are meant to AVOID them, just like most other people in Hitman, as they are not your target, you are not to kill people who are not your target, and yet, she makes a video of her own play-through where she intentionally kills them, and then says that is the only purpose for them being there.... Its like saying TV's are bad because you can bash someone over the head with a TV and demonstrating that you can do that fact, when in reality, the only behavior that is bad is doing that specific behavior.

And when she gets called out on that fact, she doesn't want to hear it, and disables comments so that it isn't shown what a load of crap she is spewing forth.

Comment: Re:They lost their market (Score 3, Interesting) 203

by Fallen Kell (#47579345) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8
They have been holding out for at least 3-4 games that people want to play. Right now, there are maybe 2 games that people want. That isn't enough to warrant a console purchase. When there is a Zelda, Metroid, Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and maybe a couple others out, people might finally pickup a Wii U. Otherwise, it just doesn't have anything worth getting that you can't get a better version/experience of on the other consoles.

Comment: Re:Experience outside the valley--I agree (Score 1) 514

by Fallen Kell (#47570307) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
Also, I would go further, and state that simply looking at bachelor degrees does not really do justice for the statistics for those being hired by the Silicon Valley firms. If you look at doctoral degrees in Computer and Information sciences, the breakdown is 73% white, 3% black, 10.7% asian, 4.5% hispanic, of which 71.4% are male, and 28.6% are female. This reflects MANY of the disparages in workforce makeup at these companies. These companies are supposedly the best of the best, and brightest of the brightest, which means it will reflect closely those same best of the best and brightest of the brightest coming out of the education system (which means doctorates, post-doctorates, etc.).

Comment: Re:Experience outside the valley--I agree (Score 1) 514

by Fallen Kell (#47570223) Attached to: Jesse Jackson: Tech Diversity Is Next Civil Rights Step
And if you look at the rest of the data (i.e. the "National Center for Education" "Digest of Education Statistics" "Table 322.30") :

You will notice, that if you breakdown the ethnicity into percentages of degrees conferred, for "computer and information sciences" for 2011-2012, you will see there were 47,384 Bachelor degrees earned by students, of which 30,211 identified as "white" (63.75%), 5,410 as "black" (11.41%), 4,008 as "hispanic" (8.45%), and 4,254 as "asian" (8.97%). There are also another 2,360 "non-resident alien" listed which no ethnicity is given.

Now looking at people working at Yahoo!, 50% White (13% less than percentage earning degrees in USA in 2011-2012), 39% "asian" (30% more than percentage earning degrees), 4% hispanic (4-5% less than percentage earning degrees), 2% black (9% less than those earning degrees).

If you look at all the other companies on that list linked in the article, you will see roughly the same trend, with "whites" having about the same proportional makeup of the companies as there are those getting degrees, asians having a much higher percentage of the workforce than are getting degrees in the US (wow, not surprising since we are importing most of this labor via H1B, green card, immigration), and blacks and hispanics having slightly lower than the amount they graduate.

Now the lower amounts of blacks and hispanics may very well be simply due to location. The companies they looked at are Silicon Valley companies, with the majority of their workforce in California. California has a much lower percentage of blacks than say Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, etc... If you even slightly believe that the percentage of graduates are equally spread out across the nation's schools based on percentage of population in the schools, and that attendance in schools more closely mimics the population in the state (not always, there are historically african american shools as well women only or male only schools, and schools certain ethnicities would never even want to go to for many reasons), and take into consideration that most people will tend to stay close to home/family when searching for a job, and you will see that the breakdown of ethnicity in Silicon Valley tech companies is probably really not that out of step with the percentage of population in the labor market in Silicon Valley.

Switching From Microsoft Office To LibreOffice Saves Toulouse 1 Million Euros 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-about-the-napoleans dept.
jrepin sends this EU report: The French city of Toulouse saved 1 million euro by migrating all its desktops from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice. This project was rooted in a global digital policy which positions free software as a driver of local economic development and employment. Former IT policy-maker Erwane Monthubert said, "Software licenses for productivity suites cost Toulouse 1.8 million euro every three years. Migration cost us about 800,000 euro, due partly to some developments. One million euro has actually been saved in the first three years. It is a compelling proof in the actual context of local public finance. ... France has a high value in free software at the international level. Every decision-maker should know this."

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