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Comment Re:Fuck the SFPD (Score 1) 464

You were in jail "on a lie", so it wasn't the officers fault, it was your accuser.

I screwed up and left that part out of the story. I was accused of felony battery against a police officer. The officer alleged that I bumped into him on a busy train platform. When he started questioning me and I wasn't sufficiently submissive to his ego, he arrested me.

Comment Fuck the SFPD (Score 5, Interesting) 464

This hits very close to home for me. I was also arrested for felony battery and held by the SFPD. (The San Mateo County sheriffs, who police Caltrain, were the ones to make the arrest, but I was taken to the SFPD jail.) That's the only time I've ever been in jail, and it seriously fucked with me. I always thought that I would be able to handle jail/prison - hah, wrong! It's a completely dehumanizing experience.

When I first got there, I was thrown in the drunk tank and left for hours. (After a false felony battery charge, why not a false drunk in public charge?) Like Ian, I couldn't find out anything about my situation. The guards refused to answer any of my questions. There was a phone in the cell, but it was next to useless because everyone I called was unable to navigate the byzantine collect call system. (I briefly wrote about this in a previous comment in an earlier story.) The only things to do were to ponder how truly fucking scary it would be if I were eventually tried and convicted or stare at the ceiling and wonder if the stains were feces or peanut butter from the disgusting sandwiches they provided. I'm a self-confident, mentally-stable person, but that started evaporating disturbingly fast.

Things got a little better for me once they moved me from the drunk tank to a regular cell. I finally made some progress on getting bail. They took my mugshot and started processing the fingerprint/background checks. At this point, at least there was a light at the end of the tunnel. While things were looking up for me, at this point I started seeing the more fucked up shit other people were going through. The majority of the people in my new cell were making phone calls to anyone who would answer (this phone made local calls free) trying to scrounge together bail. While I was mad as hell that I was throwing away >$2,000 in bail (10% of the $25k that Ian mentioned), I'm well-off and would have spent far more to get the hell out of there. This was a Friday night, and you wouldn't get arraigned until Monday morning if you couldn't make bail. It was heartbreaking to watch these guys make call after call for bail money that they just didn't have. In retrospect, maybe I should have helped them out, but at the time I was doing my best to keep to myself.

The low point for me was one point when I saw a number of guards rushing to some situation. I couldn't see what was going on, but it was a few minutes of a lot of shouting and one voice yelping in pain. I then saw 5-6 officers manhandling an inmate to lead him to a cell. They were forcing him to do some reverse crabwalk sorta thing with his wrists chained down by his ankles, all while he's clearly in pain and protesting that he didn't do anything. This is when it really dawned on me how much these corrupt fucks can control your lives. I was confined to this cell of thick glass and concrete because of a lie. Once in jail, there's virtually nothing stopping them from using further lies to justify abuse. I have no clue if the inmate actually did something wrong or was being abused by sadistic guards, but I sure as hell wasn't going to believe the guards (who are sheriffs) just after being falsely arrested by one of their fellow officers.

Eventually my bail went through, the background check came back clean, and I was going to be released soon. For some reason I don't understand, they again transferred me to another cell. When we got there, it was full of what I stereotyped as mentally ill homeless people. One dude was lying on the floor drooling and shaking. I could not deal with this and froze up. Ignoring that this man clearly needed to be in a hospital instead of a jail, all I could do was ask to go back to the previous cell. Thankfully, it wasn't a sheriff but an administrative employee moving me around at this point, and he was sympathetic enough to take me back to the previous cell. That was the only shred of humanity I saw from anyone who worked at the jail, and it's not a coincidence that it came from someone who isn't a police officer.

I totally admit that I am incredibly privileged and had a walk in the park compared to pretty much everyone else who goes to jail. I wasn't beaten by the cops. I didn't have any bad interactions with any of the other accused. I spent a total of ~10 hours in jail. When I showed up for arraignment, the charges had already been dropped. (#crimewhilewhite) Most people go through far, far worse experiences. But that's the point. It was less horrible for me, but it was still easily the most traumatic experience of my life. There's a great quote from Dune Messiah: "Between depriving a man of one hour from his life and depriving him of his life there exists only a difference of degree. You have done violence to him, consumed his energy." Taking someone to jail is doing great violence to them; sentencing them to years or decades of prison is a truly awesome amount of violence. However, the majority of the population has no concept of this power and is completely irresponsible in their delegation of this power to corrupt institutions with little to no oversight.

I don't know how to end this, so I'll leave with two thoughts:

RIP Ian, and thanks for the first distro I ever installed

And, as always, fuck the police

Comment Re:Dammit, slashdot! (Score 1) 238

I did preview, as I always do, and it doesn't preview the subject line. Also, if you put "2 > 4" in the comment section, you don't need to escape the '>' character, so why should the subject be different?

So you're admitting, on a site supposedly for techies, that you didn't bother to take 30 seconds and test this for yourself before going straight to the flaming?

Comment Re:Good I guess (Score 4, Insightful) 173

I was arrested for contempt of cop once, and I had a similar experience. When I tried to call my family, they all told me that they got an automated recording with instructions to create an account and pay for the collect call to a cell phone. While they were trying to navigate this onerous system for the opportunity to pay exorbitant amounts of money to talk to me, I'm sitting in a jail cell wondering if I'm ever going to get a hold of them.

Getting arrested is traumatic enough already, and the assholes trying to wring dollars out of a captive audience make it that much worse. Kudos to the FCC for taking a significant step to remedy the problem.

Comment Re:Where is Dice's soul? (Score 1) 266

Why make a change (that no one wants, no one asked for) to a UI element that's served perfectly fine for 15+ years? Certainly it's not for us, the audience. Please Dice, explain.

Why? Because Dice is a bunch of short-sighted, greedy assholes.

The "read more" link has been in the same place since the beginning of time. We've all been conditioned over many years to click on that exact location. Now, if you click there, you'll share the article on various social networks. Gotta get that free advertising!

Dice, on behalf of our collective good memories of /., go fuck yourself.

Comment Re:Buggy whip makers said automobiles aren't... (Score 5, Informative) 451

Not only do automated cars not panic, but they can notify and coordinate with other cars on the road. With human drivers, even if you spot the obstacle up ahead, what's to prevent the asshole behind you from rear-ending you as you brake? With automated cars, the braking car can signal the cars behind it, and they can start applying the brakes before it's even humanly possible to react.

Automated cars will surely not be perfect, but human drivers have an atrocious safety record.

Comment Re:Yup (Score 2) 532

The data doesn't support your assertion. The centuries-long trend is a decline in homicide rates. It appears that, on the whole, our "intelligent brains" are quite capable of choosing to be a non-homicidal member of society. The homicidal deviants you mention are an inconsequential percentage of the total population.

I found this chart to be especially interesting. The US homicide rate was roughly constant throughout the 20th century.* At first glance, this contradicts the overall trend, but it's more encouraging when you look at the demographic changes. In 1900, there were 75 million people, and 40% lived in urban areas. In 2000, there were 280 million people, and 80% lived in urban areas. Urban areas have much higher homicide rates than rural areas, so it's quite impressive that the per capita homicide rate didn't rise dramatically.

*The drop from 1940 to 1960 was a combination of the Great Depression and WW2. Young men commit most murders, and you won't have many young men if your families are too poor to have kids or your young men are off fighting a war. Predictably, the homicide rate shot back up when baby boomers started becoming young men.

Comment Re:How much money are we talking about? (Score 1) 387

This is the complement to the other comments about C++ not being popular, although I disagree with them on the degree of popularity. The knowledge you mention about data structures and algorithms is transferable to any language. I often see jobs for Java, Python, etc. that say C++ experience is an acceptable substitute, but I'm also able to drop down into C.

C++ programmers are generally way smarter

Well, I did my best to disprove this by writing "extremely very large" in my OP. Note to self: when upgrading very to extremely, remove the original very.

Comment How much money are we talking about? (Score 2) 387

I'm a software engineer who works mainly in C++. There are tons of jobs available to me, and they generally pay a metric fuckload of money. How much more could these jobs for unpopular languages pay? Having the choice of many employers is a big benefit of being strong in C++, and that allows me to choose a company that will treat me well both in terms of compensation and work/life balance. There would have to be an extremely very large premium for me to focus on an unpopular language and limit my choice of employers.

Comment Re:Made it! (Score 1) 117

First, your taxes are spent on things you don't agree with. So are mine and everyone else's. You have a right to complain about how that money is spent, but nobody sane advocates a system where your taxes are only spent on things with which you agree.

That said, I'm not convinced that spending tax money to support campaigns is the ideal solution. However, it's perhaps the only solution that is politically viable but could still produce meaningful change. The Supreme Court refuses to put any limits on campaign spending, and fat chance for a constitutional amendment to overrule them passing.

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