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Comment: Opens the door to BS stops (Score 1) 215

by GodfatherofSoul (#46823911) Attached to: Supreme Court OKs Stop and Search Based On Anonymous 911 Tips

Law enforcement (being allowed to lie) already uses the "we've had noise complaints" or "there was a X crime in the area" bullshit to harass people they have a "hunch" are up to no good. I got a (WWB) Walking While Black once at college before I knew what was up. Like a naive kid I started asking the cop about what happened and gradually realized he just made up the story as an excuse to run my ID.

Abuses are bad enough as it is. You can guarantee cops will use the anonymous tip to launch a search, then let the union and DA worry about the consequences on the rare chance a citizen gets "uppity".

Comment: Re:If its "multi-racial" affirmative action in nam (Score 1) 190

You think that because you don't have a clue, hence your "it really seems" comment. Go look at the groups specifically targeted for AA by your college. This list at my alma mater included kids from economically advantaged communities and backgrounds in rural towns (which in Kansas means probably 99% chance of being White). AA also applies to women.

Comment: Re:Something I don't get about affirmative action (Score 1) 190

AA isn't about letting Forrest Gump into Yale. It's about people who *have* potential but haven't had the means to exercise it. Schools want the athlete with the 3.5 GPA not the sheltered bookwork with a 4.0. For example, you might have worked 40 hours a week to pay your way through college and thus your grades may have suffered. Now, for the sake of argument say a kid who didn't have to work, didn't participate in activities, probably had all his bills and car paid for by his parents, etc. shows up with a slightly higher GPA. Universities want that guy who's a hard worker *and* doing more with less. Remember, they want people who are going to go out into the workforce and produce both alumni revenue and reputation, not disappear into quiet government lab.

Another example, in my high school we had a girl who was just about a straight A student and took technical classes. In her senior year, a girl from another school enrolled who went to a school with AP classes (that we didn't have) in English and literature and didn't take any technical classes. Now, on paper one had a 4.0 GPA and the other had a 4.5 [sic] GPA. Who do you think a university wants?

It's silly to think that the enrollment process is so

Comment: Re:I am confused on this issue (Score 1) 301

Your answers are based on a normal civilian prosecution. I'm not saying I disagree with you, but can you imagine watching someone on drone footage assembling a dirty nuke in a camp in Afghanistan; someone who intel tells you wants to use it against the US. Is your answer, "OK we'll wait for them to enter the US *then* nab 'em." Should you lose them, the repercussions for "allowing" an attack to happen would be enormous. PERSONALLY, I am willing to accept that kind of risk. The vast majority of Americans are not.

The problem isn't the option of prosecution in normal civilian courts. It's being able to act proactively. Years ago, my answer to the problem was "well just make sure Congress has oversight." It's become apparent, that Congress doesn't want any of the responsibility, so they just sign off on whatever the President asks for.

Comment: Re:I am confused on this issue (Score 2) 301

Most of the commenters are ignoring the ambiguity of anti-terrorist operations when American citizens might be involved. Say, it's 1999 and Osama Bin Laden is spotted in an Al Qaeda camp sitting at his workbench building IEDs. Most Americans would scream for a drone strike.

Now, what if Joe Smith from Arkansas is sitting right next to OBL building IEDs? Now, lose OBL and it's just Joe the Terrorist from Arkansas in an Al Qaeda camp? How does the law apply? Most Americans seem perfectly fine with the idea of hitting terrorist organizations in whatever country supports them.

I have no clue what the answer is because I can see all kinds of loopholes where permissive laws could be abused.

Comment: I just can't get excited about SpaceX (Score 0, Redundant) 87

by GodfatherofSoul (#46801885) Attached to: SpaceX Successfully Delivers Supplies To ISS

The US civilian space program has regressed to 1970s levels. The greatest nation on earth needs a Russian rocket to get astronauts in space. Some private company with a shitload of government backing does what we used to be able to do 40 years ago on our own, and now people are acting like it's the Second Coming. I suspect that our oligarchy has decided that it's better to wait for Corporate America to figure out how to do with we already knew in the first place.

Comment: Yahoo like a mobius strip of fail (Score 2) 149

by GodfatherofSoul (#46787933) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

Every time I think they've hit rock bottom, they circle around one more time. First, mail was so overwhelmed by spam I started my Gmail account. When they finally got that fixed they jacked up the UI. Then they turned around and adopted some of those terrible UI metaphors Gmail introduced. I used to play Yahoo Hearts, but the game hasn't been significantly updated in at least 10 years and problems like trolls and stallers persist. Of course, search has been inferior for a decade. I had started using Yahoo news for the comments section and they even managed to jack THAT up so now their stories are like a wasteland for interacting with other readers.

Yahoo Answers was one of the last places I would hang out religiously, but then they obliterated the UI which made me swore it off. When I thought about coming back, they sealed the deal and made a change where only the asker can reward an answer (note most people from my experience don't have the courtesy to thank you or even credit you for the correct answer).

You know that fable of the dumb kid in class they figured out was actually a genius because they figured out his scores were so low it had to be intentional? I wonder if this is some Wall Street shell game to tank the company. I just can't believe Yahoo could guess wrong this many times on accident.

Comment: Re:How big OS? (Score 1) 256

by GodfatherofSoul (#46782715) Attached to: SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

Im on Windows 7 and I do a 1/2 assed job keeping files off the C drive. I've had my machine for 1 1/2 years and my C drive is about 60-70% full. I bet I could wipe out 50GB of that if I needed to. I wouldn't go any lower than 256GB on an OS-only drive otherwise you'll be constantly butting up against that limit and probably running too close to capacity for comfort.

The first version always gets thrown away.