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Comment: Re:What were they thinking? (Score 1) 177 177

>what kind of idiot waves a pole around when moving at nontrivial speed near walls, beams, etc. that the pole can catch on?

Narcissists, that's who. And unfortunately, they are becoming more common. People these days are incredibly entitled, and it's not the younger generations, it's everyone.

Comment: Re:sigh... (Score 1) 939 939

Because, in many cases, the banks crammed these loans down the throats of anyone and everyone they could find. Banks didn't give a fuck if you couldn't make the payments, they just kept issuing loans. They would lie to people about how much they would really cost or what an "interest only" mortgage really meant. Please don't pretend that the banks didn't have a large hand in causing this.

Comment: Re:sigh... (Score 1) 939 939

It's the same problem that's created the bubble we're in right now. Interest rates are so low that it's basically free money, so of course housing prices have skyrocketed in response. Once interest rates rise, prices will plummet down to a reasonable level, and a crapload of people will find themselves underwater on their mortgages overnight. Then come the homeowners defaulting on their loans, then come the government bailing out the banks with taxpayer money, and so on.

Comment: Re:Clickbait-y headline is clickbait-y (Score 1) 161 161

Nope. His system just applies a blur filter to the video and strips the audio. He hasn't done anything that a very small script couldn't have done. In fact, most programs commercially available for body cams (usually used by private security in malls and such to avoid lawsuits) have an option to do exactly that already. This guy is getting paid for doing zero useful work.

Comment: Re:Love it (Score 1) 161 161

No, he's not.

His "solution" is to blur everything, yes literally *everything*. The entire video is blurred so that you can't make out faces, which makes sense, but you also can't make out guns, weapons, street signs, small movements of hands, clothing, etc. Depending on the light, you often can't even tell the difference between a police officer and a trash can. It's worthless for any practical purpose.

This guy literally got a job to do nothing other than to copy data from a camera to a server and to post a public copy with blur filter applied to the whole thing. There's no face detection to selectively blur faces, there's no intelligence or any kind of special algorithm applied whatsoever. It's fucking stupid.

Comment: It's a PR campaign (Score 4, Insightful) 190 190

No researcher would be so reckless as to actually screw with an airplane's engines mid-flight. The fact that the FBI alleges that he did means that they know damn well they have nothing to do on, but need to paint this guy as a terrorist in order to save themselves looking like idiots for arresting a guy based on a single twitter message.

Comment: Few and far between (Score 1) 420 420

The only jobs that are "offshore-proof" are jobs that require a *very* high security clearance and can't be done by non-citizens for reasons of law and national security or jobs that literally cannot be done from a remote location, such as janitorial work. So, you have to either be the absolute top in your field or switch to menial labor.

Or, and I know this might sound ridiculous if you buy into right-wing politics, you could actually support politicians, laws, and unions that work towards ensuring that every American has a good paying job and that penalize companies for sending jobs out of the country.

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