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Comment Re:A day that ends in "y" for LAPD (Score 1) 173

Hey, in California, the government authorities are always looking for a reason to raise taxes. Making up the difference in legal fees might just be another way of skimming additional revenue.

I see this as more a response to being unable to raise taxes. We have laws against prostitution which require money to enforce. We have much bigger problems that are more deserving of what law enforcement dollars exist. So how to enforce this law without spending money on it? Try to chill it. It's cheaper than enforcement and may reduce the incidence. Maybe. How can this plan possibly backfire!

The next step, after the lawsuits of course, lawyers have to eat too, is to demand more in taxes to put cops back on vice. Maybe this time taxpayers will say "You know what? Policing this isn't worth the time. Legalize it.". But that's just silly of me, the religious lunatics and the misguided social justice types will want to step in to "protect the girls/family/values" when they should just let people who want to destroy themselves do it, and only put in laws to try to promote better safety, hygiene and abortion availability and minimize the actual social impact of prostitution.

Comment Re:Really??? (Score 1) 173


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Submission + - Mark Zuckerberg's Baby Born, First Words Are "WTF, Mom and Dad?"

theodp writes: On the occasion of their daughter's birth, Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan posted an open letter to baby Max on Facebook focusing on the family's goals for the future of humanity. "As you begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family," the letter explains, "we also begin the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation. Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities. We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission. We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others. We'll share more details in the coming months once we settle into our new family rhythm and return from our maternity and paternity leaves. We understand you'll have many questions about why and how we're doing this." In the social media world, notes the LA Times, Zuckerberg's letter quickly received praise and also some criticism from those who thought he was using his daughter's birth to promote his beliefs. "It sounds angelic, but it will probably end up being, mostly, a big waste," writes Gawker's Sam Biddle, citing Zuck's education reform track record. "Perhaps we should also wonder whether instead of letting the mega-rich put their estates into 'charities' of their own design, and thanking them profusely for it, we wouldn’t be better served by just taking it from their corpses."

Comment Re:Say what? (Score 1) 113

Sure I am aware of that, and clearly they have tested this plane in its ability to handle that. But the precise procedures for handling the condition would appear to vary from plane to plane, and it seems the role of a passenger pilot would reduce the operating range of the plane from "anything it can do" to "anything it would reasonably do". Clearly the imaginations of everyone involved didn't conceive of this scenario, and clearly the procedures required for the A320 are very different that require more than the standard certification training would cover.

It seems every time an Airbus crashes, it is the pilots fault, when it is clear the pilot has been doing certain things he was trained to do when encountering a scenario in all his previous experience. And frequently it's the case that's the wrong thing to do, or a misleading thing to do when flying an Airbus plane. For example pulling the circuit breaker, I'm told by a certified pilot is a reasonable action to take on many common planes. But is not procedure for an Airbus.

I guess where I'm going with this is that Airbus seems to require pilots to do differently things they have learned to do on other craft, possibly leading to their certification, and when confronted with a very rare but possibly survivable situation in Airbus, many do the wrong thing and crash. The deceased pilot is blamed (easy, cheap) but very little that seems like it is necessarily effective is done to fix what seems the actual problem: the plane is difficult to fly.

Comment Re:Good Advice (Score 2) 200

Yeah, I think it's a fair fear.

And a good practice. Male doctors, in modern times, are never with a female patient without a female assistant of some kind. Male police officers and security guards avoid detaining or frisking female suspects if a female officer is available and can do so. Male teachers avoid being in "closed office" situations with female students. On a different subject: most (married) people avoid work lunches or dinners with the opposite sex all by themselves (1:1), even if highly visible it creates the appearance of impropriety that might be difficult to explain.

You can't bypass gender by ignoring it, even if your intentions are honest and your actions clean. There are dishonest people out there, and there are more than enough gossips. In male dominated professions we may be accustomed to working exclusively with other men and not have these concerns so frequently in our lives, but, they exist and we should learn to play it smart. In reality these situations can and probably will arise more frequently in M:M and F:F situations as more homosexual people choose to "come out" (i.e. announce a weakness for predators to leap upon). In the words of Lester Burnham: "Can you prove that you didn't offer to save my job if I let you blow me?"

I think part of the issue is that a lot of conventions and social professional forums have a bit more of a party atmosphere than a professional one, and the guards we remember to use at work sometimes get forgotten.

Comment Re:Sigh. She is NOT an engineer. (Score 1) 200

The famous bridge collapse from up this way was the Tacoma Narrows Bridge - nothing to do with Seattle at all.

Which every "engineer" learns about in freshman year of undergrad (if they didn't know it before). Most of those young student "engineers" will never seek, desire or find any value in the "Professional Engineer" certification required for working with the government, which is the only forum you might get in legal trouble for advertising yourself as an engineer without being certified. Yet, the few people that bother with the PE love to bloviate about how they're the only "actual engineers"...

I'm open to debate about the value of trade certifications such as those used by doctors, but P.E. isn't even in the right ballpark. I also question the value if, and I know it will be the case, employers just want the cheapest, most minimally qualified pigeon to fill a hole and will invent any form of title for that pigeon so that he may legally fill the hole.

Comment Re:Sigh. She is NOT an engineer. (Score 1) 200

Where I live, here in the US, you're an engineer if you say so. Unless you work for or on behalf of the government, in which case you are a Professional Engineer (PE). You can be called Doctor if you haven't the slightest background in medicine (all of my university professors insisted on it), but you can't advertise yourself as a Medical Doctor (MD). You can be an Investigator but cannot represent yourself as a policeman or federal agent, unless you actually are. The list goes on. It turns out these words have been in use longer than the trade legalities, and you can't put the cat back in the bag.

"Engineer" in general as a professional term I think is hopeless. It is a massively broad field with many categories of which the education and background has only grown deeper over time. 100 years ago an electrical engineer might have been at home with motors, speakers, generators and electrical circuits of many types. These days the specialization required for semiconductor electronics versus power electrics have diverged so radically, even the fundamental math is quite different. Never mind how this might relate to mechanical engineering, civil engineering, or chemical engineering. And those are just the modern comprehension of engineers. The PE test doesn't comprehend any of that, it is simultaneously too broad and too useless to even consider for hte majority of us "engineers" to waste time on. But, we're free to call ourselves engineers, just not Professional Engineers, nor can we list P.E. after our name.

Your comment is confusing for an American site, and I think generally speaking worthless for the world at large that we live in today.

Comment Say what? (Score 1) 113

I don't think I've ever been in a passenger jet where any angle ever reached 45 degrees (or more). It seems insensible to train for unlikely scenarios, and even less sensible to expect a pilot to respond properly to very unlikely scenarios quickly and accurately. I'm not sure I can google "proper procedure for A320 rudder malfunction" and get a response before I'd be dead....

Submission + - NSF Antes Up $200K for Spin-off of Microsoft-Funded 'Code Trip' TV Show

theodp writes: The Microsoft-sponsored PBS 'reality' show Code Trip, in which Roadtrip Nation and Microsoft YouthSpark partnered to send three students across the U.S. on a "transformative journey into computer science" is getting a spin-off. According to the National Science Foundation Award Abstract for a Computer Science Roadtrip (CS Roadtrip), $199,866.00 in funding has been awarded for a pilot project that began in October "to design and develop pilot materials for a Computer Science Roadtrip (CS Roadtrip)." From the abstract: "Through this pilot project, Roadtrip Nation will lay the groundwork and provide proof-of-concept for a CS Roadtrip, leveraging a combination of multimedia deliverables, an evidence-based educational curriculum, and dynamic engagement strategies that will provide critical connections between students' natural interests, positive role models who align with those interests, and corresponding CS educational and career pathways. To that end, the CS Roadtrip Pilot will develop up to four student-facing videos that feature the stories of diverse computing professionals, appropriate for on-air, online, and classroom purposes, along with the appropriate Learning Guides." The NSF study's Principal Investigator is Roadtrip Nation co-founder Mike Marriner, who explained his company's relationship with Microsoft in a July 30th press release, "Roadtrip Nation is proud to partner with Microsoft's YouthSpark initiative not only to inform others of the many career routes one can take with a computer science background, but also to engage in the much-needed conversation of diversifying the tech field with more pluralistic perspectives."

Submission + - Phishing Blast Uses Dropbox To Target Hong Kong Journalists (

itwbennett writes: Researchers at FireEye have disclosed an ongoing Phishing campaign targeting pro-democracy media organizations in Hong Kong that's using Dropbox storage services as a command and control (C2) hub, writes CSO's Steve Ragan. 'The attacks are using basic emails trapped with documents that deliver a malware payload called LowBall,' says Ragan. 'LowBall is a basic backdoor that uses a legitimate Dropbox storage account to act as a C2.'

Submission + - Adobe Kills The 'Flash' Name After Twenty Years (

An anonymous reader writes: From January 2016 Adobe Flash will be renamed to 'Adobe Animate CC', killing one of the most unfortunate names in web security as the company pushes the product further and further to HTML5 output. Adobe's release about the update, which will form part of the annual Creative Cloud upgrade, states that a third of all material output from the program is now HTML5. The transitional HTML5 Adobe animation program Edge Animate will be replaced by the renamed Flash product.

The clothes have no emperor. -- C.A.R. Hoare, commenting on ADA.