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Comment Re:Big corp. execs think they're clever (Score 4, Informative) 329

Some years ago, the president of the company I worked for wrote a book on his management philosophy. In it, he noted that you should always be using your current job to leverage yourself into a better job and that if you were in the same position for more than 2 or 3 years, your career was stagnating. If that's a typical attitude for upper management (and I suspect it is), these folks are not making foolish mistakes. They are maximizing profit to leverage themselves into a better job somewhere else. If, after they move on, their former company craters, it's simply proof of how good they were.

Comment Re:The NYPD.... (Score 1) 186

This neither proves nor disproves corruption. If you have no cost to the requestor, there is nothing to prevent malicious requests aimed at wasting police resources (aka our tax dollars). So having a cost to a request could reasonably be considered good public policy. Of course, it could be used to try and limit legitimate access to data. Finding a balance on this issue is not easy.

Comment Re:189.47$ per hour...totally fair! (Score 1) 186

Exactly. On the surface, body cams appear to be a simple issue - how many of us have GoPros, or the like? - but when you start to think through the policy issues, the logistics, etc, body cams are by no means trivial to implement. If you implement things without thinking them through, you will likely upset many people and create a PR nightmare. Before you implement, you need to think things through and make sure that your policies are well known. that will help to minimize the complaints (you'll never avoid complaints - someone will always be unhappy with what you do).

Comment Re:Public Cam Footage? (Score 4, Insightful) 186

First off, in this case, the cost is just under $200/hr of footage.

You have to pay someone to retrieve the data and burn it to DVDs. NYPD has roughly 30,000 cops, so it's likely not entirely trivial to track down the correct video. Someone will have to review each hour of the requested footage to ensure that it includes nothing that would violate the privacy or safety of anyone involved in the video. If there's a lot of requests, you'll probably have to hire someone to do this job full time. Otherwise, you're taking a cop away from more useful work.

I cannot tell you whether $200/hr of footage is fair but I would not be the least bit surprised if it barely covers the costs incurred by the NYPD.

For what it's worth, and before you ask, there are definitely privacy and safety issues associated with body cam video. Imagine for a moment the home of one of your local TV anchors (say, the cute chick) is robbed. Police respond to her home, review the scene, take her statement, etc. Video from the police cruiser cam might be useful for a stalker to figure out where she lives. If you've any imagination at all, you can easily come up with other scenarios.

Comment Why (Score 1) 645

do we always seem to get into the mode of assuming that a large problem will have a single simple solution? In most of the world, solar will do nicely for many homes. In the right circumstances, wind is a useful option. Nuclear, too, has its place, as does hydroelectric. If we are to migrate away from fossil fuels, it would seem highly unlikely that we will move to a single form of power generation, but, rather, will use a group of technologies where they are best suited.

Comment Re:Not a zero-sum game -- and not that simple (Score 4, Insightful) 395

Keep in mind that nothing man-made remains constant. Today, we may have a government run entirely by people we trust, and can trust, without reservation. But we don't know that that will be true next year. Or 10 years from now There will always be people who will seek power for their own benefit.. That is why we ought never to give government any more trust or power than is absolutely necessary.

Comment My question (Score 1) 152

is "would the recipients of 'free basics' be better off with 'free basics'?" If they would be better off, then I don't see the problem. I'm not a fan of Zuckerburg (or twitter), but he's offering something of value. It may not be the value you'd like to see him offer, but unless someone else if offering something better, good on Zuck. "Half a steak is better than none."

Comment Short term (Score 1) 131

This might be useful in the short term. In the long term, India might want to consider putting an electric-car infrastructure in place. By that, I mean taxing gasoline to raise funds for more electric generation plants, installation of electric charging facilities, etc. Once the infrastructure is in place, or starts to be in place, offer discounted charging for electric vehicles.

Combine carrot and stick so that the carrot corresponds to the pain points caused by the stick.

Comment Re:Just cut them off (Score 1) 149

Not necessarily a good idea. Keep in mind that the company likely has only a few hundred customers in total. If you cut off a couple dozen, say, some of them may decide that they don't miss the service and like keeping their money. Potentially, they only need to convince a few friends or family members to do likewise and the company has a financial problem. And people in NWT might actually be more open to that idea than, say, people in more urban areas.

Comment Cryptography (Score 1) 508

or hacking in general. This is moreso evident on TV or in movies, but so often you'll encounter someone breaking encryption when, barring some earth shaking development in mathematics, it's impossible to do before the universe's death and they do it in scant minutes. Usually when I encounter that, I stop reading the book or watching the TV show. I'll generally stick out a movie because (seriously) I usually attend movies with friends (no, really, I have real, physical friends. Honest).

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