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Comment: Re: Kind of.. Big dig (Score 1) 481

by KGIII (#48989557) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation

Good point and I amend my statement to include, "Do NOT use the Big Dig model as your reference or as your influence. Also, don't be cheap, pay for proper studies, vet them, and use good engineers who have done this work before."

As for rail? I can now drive down to Portland and hop a train to Boston to catch a Bruins game. It is, by no means, high speed though. The Big Dig was a horrific project and, yeah, I suppose you may be right in that that's what government projects will result in. We *can* do better though.

Comment: Re:Kind of.. (Score 1) 481

by KGIII (#48989473) Attached to: DOT Warns of Dystopian Future For Transportation

California had subways. Their inclusion will be no more catastrophic than without when the big one hits so that is a moot point. Seriously, they had them. I don't recall if it was the automobile companies or the oil companies that bought them and closed them (watched a documentary on it once but it was quite a while ago) but they had them then. That and we've gotten pretty good at making things withstand quite a bit of abuse. They have subways in Japan which is more tectonically active than California. So, yes, put in subways but be smart about it and don't be cheap.

Comment: Re:0 hours to 0 hours (Score 1) 244

by KGIII (#48985545) Attached to: Over the past 10 years, my TV-watching has..

Pretty much the same here though I don't rent DVDs as I have yet to find anyone renting the material I want to watch. I pretty much only watch educational material and usually in the form of documentaries. The Red Box machine thingy didn't appear to have a single educational DVD in it. It was the same at the (now long closed) rental stores in the area. I do watch, I tend to binge watch, some television that's entertaining but I normally just stick to something that's going to make me a little more in touch with the world around me. I like science and history documentaries best so I frequent YouTube and Netflix. I can't deal with the ads - even with a paid account - from Hulu so I don't give them money any more. I did for two months as I recall and found it worthless.

+ - Portland officer sued over arrest of Bar Harbor couple videotaping police action->

Submitted by KGIII
KGIII (973947) writes "Directly from the website:

"A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against a city police officer on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who was arrested this past spring for videotaping police officers on a public street.'"

That's the gist of things right there. In my opinion it's about time. While I don't support everything that the Maine chapter of the ACLU this is one of the times that the group is spot on. The ACLU site has this to say about the taping of police in general and has a number of links to more information. They can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/free-spee...

If you're going to video tape the police then this link has a number of good rules for doing so and is worth reading before you go out and just start filming arrests. http://reason.com/archives/201... It's worth checking into your local laws because here's a store about a guy facing up to 16 years in prison for filming the police,

Yeah, really, 16 years... Let's let that set in for a minute.

While you mull that over and froth at the mouth — here are a few links to sites that are dedicated to preserving your liberties:

http://www.berkeleycopwatch.or... — Where it all began (they got Cop Watch going there).
http://www.copwatch.org/ — Lots of information with a large database — or use this link: http://copwatch.com/AAAindex.h...
http://peacefulstreets.com/ — Yet another group advocating recording the police.


As for a technical remedy it seems like it would be good protection (for the person who's doing the recording) to figure out a way to have the video uploaded and saved automatically as it is recorded and, perhaps, also enable immediate streaming to the web. Having another copy of the video being automatically made and uploaded may help you in court should the police decide to violate your rights and with it streamed there's some chance that someone's watching it and can then be a witness should such be required. Is there software to do this automatically? I imagine you can find a couple of apps that will do this for Android, Apple, and Windows phones or even cobble one together on your own.

Thoughts? I imagine that people would like those features and that they may even pay for those features though giving it away to those watching the police would still be ideal. I suppose you could add more features and do a free and paid version. If there are any app developers here (I'm sure there are) then there's an idea for you to think about. I suspect it would be a good money maker as an app like that would have more uses than just filming the police. It's your million dollar idea and it is free for the taking but I suspect somebody has already thought of it and I'm just not aware of it. Either way, streaming and automatically saving to the web would be fantastic and, as a bonus, it would really irritate the cop."

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Comment: Re:I hate theories like this. (Score 1) 289

by dzfoo (#45774631) Attached to: Asm.js Gets Faster

What are you talking about? JavaScript must always necessarily be slower than native code due to its abstracted nature. If it needs an interpreter, or virtual machine, or any other intermediate process between the program code and the CPU, there will be overhead.

Having the CPU execute native code directly will always be faster.

Now, there's an argument to be made that a higher-level, more abstracted language makes people more productive, and by extension, program code more expressive. But this is a different trade-off and objective than building a high-performance application.

            -dZ.

Comment: Re:Back in the day (Score 1) 289

by dzfoo (#45774587) Attached to: Asm.js Gets Faster

You're thinking of OLE (Object Linking & Embedding). COM (Component Object Model) was designed with distributed enterprise applications in mind, complete with a transaction coordinator and language-neutral'ish interfaces. It's the DLL paradigm taken to its natural position in the 7 circles of hell.

It was Microsoft's attempt to steal CORBA's thunder and nearly got away with it.

          -dZ.

+ - Annual Carol vs. The World! Championship Underway->

Submitted by dzfoo
dzfoo (772245) writes "Left Turn Only Productions and the Intellivision® High Score Club have announced their second annual Christmas Carol vs. The World! high-score championship. Play the game Christmas Carol vs. The Ghost Of Christmas Presents and submit your top score to the judges for a chance to win. The contest lasts for the entire month of December, and anyone can participate for prizes at all skill levels.

From the press release:

After the fantastic success of the high-score competition following the game's release in 2012, they have decided to turn it into an annual event. This year, the prizes include not only a specially designed custom edition of the game, but also commemorative merit badges and a first for any game competition: personalized mugs with hot-cocoa mix—a propos to a Christmas challenge during winter time.

More information about the contest is available at the official site."
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Comment: Re:But neverletheless... (Score 3) 340

by KGIII (#44725061) Attached to: For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad

What I take from all of this?

Everyone learns differently. You recommend one thing, the author another, and I learned another. I'm not sure that the iPad is the right choice but I would agree that a tablet, seeing as it has greater potential, is probably a better choice of aids for the students than any of the methods we've become attached to. Why? The tablet can emulate all of those things in one form or another and if they can't then they can have custom software that does if it is needed.

I guess, really, that what I'm saying is that the tablet offers all those choices (even an abacus I suppose) but doesn't lock anyone into a specific method, device, or thought process by default. It will, ideally, allow students to learn how they're best suited to learn.

Comment: Re:"Don't shoot me, I'm only the piano player!" (Score 1) 271

by KGIII (#44714915) Attached to: Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

We've been mucking about in the Middle East longer than that I'm afraid. *sighs* If you exclude the US it goes as far back as the Crusades. However, check what happened to the whole area after WWI and then under the direction of the League of Nations (which the US didn't join, we weren't wanting to police the planet back then - I'm not sure what happened to change the mentality honestly except maybe the Cold War happened but that's a rather generic statement and I can't pin it down to a specific turning point so I'd be curious to hear thoughts on the subject).

Comment: Re:Cool (Score 1) 271

by KGIII (#44714885) Attached to: Inside the 2013 US Intelligence "Black Budget"

The Cold War is long since over, McCarthyism is no longer fashionable, and bad government policy or actions do not automatically equal communism. Communism has a definition. If you learn that definition, it's real definition, you may actually not be so scared of it but I digress and that's not the point. The point is that, no, it's not communism by any stretch of the imagination.

Anyhow, no, I don't recommend communism as a system of government for anything larger than a tribe. In and of itself it isn't a bad system. Unfortunately it has had its name tarnished by lots of people and governments self-defining themselves as communists when they are nothing even close to communists. Today's seemingly more popular example would be the self-defining libertarians who don't understand the platform, don't even know what libertarianism is, and generally seem to do so because it is no longer fashionable to admit that they're Republican extremists, authoritarians, or extreme right-wing theocrats who believe capitalism is a system of governance.

But, still, I digress and will assert, again, that this isn't (and I'm not in favor of it either) communism. I can only wonder if your post was an attempt at humor.

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