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Comment: Re:If they were interested in upholding the law... (Score 2) 104

by NoKaOi (#46829565) Attached to: NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

Does it merely make them look bad? A bad cop is a more dangerous criminal than most of the people the cops are there to deal with. If the 'good cops' aren't enthusiastically hunting them down, I'd say that they are ineffectual at best and complicit at worst, not merely sullied by unfortunate proximity.

Very good point, but I suppose "good" and "bad" is a spectrum. The problem is, if a cop with the best intentions knows about bad/illegal behavior of another cop, what are they going to do? If they report them (at least if they're not the bad cop's superior), then the bad cop will still not be punished, but the otherwise good cop will be harassed and hazed until they have no choice but to quit or be fired (or in the case previously mentioned be thrown in a mental institution). So, would it do more "good" in the world to get shoved out the door and not effect change, or to continue doing what you can to bust the criminals that you can? I suppose the answer to that depends on how idealistic you are, but the real world tends not to be boolean.

Comment: Re:I kind of welcome the attention (Score 5, Insightful) 104

by NoKaOi (#46829059) Attached to: NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

He also said:

The photos are "old news," Bratton said. "They’ve been out there for a long time."

Well, Commissioner Bratton, since these photos are old news and you are welcoming the attention they are getting, I'm sure you'd be happy to share with us what sort of investigation into these incidents there were and what punishment the officers received?

Comment: If they were interested in upholding the law... (Score 5, Insightful) 104

by NoKaOi (#46829047) Attached to: NYPD's Twitter Campaign Backfires

...then they wouldn't consider this a failure. Truth and evidence should never be considered a failure. Identifying police brutality so that those individual cops can be punished, and thus hopefully prevent other cops from doing the same, should be considered a success. But obviously that's not how it works.

There are plenty of good cops out there, but by not punishing the bad cops it makes them all look bad.

Comment: Re:Well. (Score 4, Interesting) 189

by NoKaOi (#46819551) Attached to: How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

I find it difficult to believe... so...do you have any references that says Gorilla Glass is cheaper and harder than Sapphire?

Even Corning's own website doesn't say outright that Gorilla Glass is stronger. Only that:

Sapphire's performance as a cover for high-end watches probably leads to the current speculation. But those covers are much smaller than a mobile phone and are two to three times thicker than Gorilla Glass. In one of our commonly accepted strength tests, sapphire breaks more easily than Gorilla Glass after the same simulated use. Additionally, sapphire’s cost and environmental hit are huge issues.

Notice how they totally weasel around and, and only in "one of our commonly accepted strength tests" did Gorilla Glass outperform sapphire? So do they only have one test, or did sapphire outperform Gorilla Glass in all the others?

The real question is: Which is more likely to break in real life? That probably depends on how you test it. The best test would be to give a bunch of iPhones to a statistically significant set of teenagers and see how many screens of each are still intact after a while.

Also, there is some speculation on several different sites that Apple may not intend to use sapphire for the screen, but instead for the camera lens. They currently use it on the camera lens and the home button. I wonder if it's something they could use in other things that don't currently use Gorilla Glass, like macbook screens?

Comment: Not approved yet (Score 1) 170

by NoKaOi (#46812163) Attached to: The Science Behind Powdered Alcohol

From http://www.iflscience.com/chem...

It has now come to light that Palcohol received approval for their label, not the product. A representative for the federal bureau said that the approval was made in error, though details were not provided about how the error occurred. Palcohol creator Mark Phillips was not available for comment, but agreed to surrender the approvals this afternoon. Phillips will likely re-evaluate the situation and try for approval on his labels again.

Comment: Re:Is it really much more than goes on already? (Score 1) 188

by NoKaOi (#46811465) Attached to: Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

Maybe everyone will be able to have their cases thrown out due to the warrantless surveillance conducted on them prior to their arrest.

Hahahaha! That's the funniest bit of satire I've read all day! The notion that the judicial branch would do their jobs, hahahaha!!!1!eleven!!

Comment: Re:Apropos of "ethical dilemmas programmers face". (Score 3, Informative) 188

by NoKaOi (#46811439) Attached to: Eyes Over Compton: How Police Spied On a Whole City

but that seems unlikely to change the fact that 'power we could use' turns into 'power we just did use' with unpleasant regularity

Their whole job is dealing with people who do crime and ask for forgiveness later. I don't condone what they are doing, but I can see how they could slip in that direction.

Which is why we have this thing called the United States Constitution, and why that constitution has an amendment (the 4th one, in fact) that deals with this sort of thing. That same constitution also has a concept of separation of powers, and defines what branch of government has what power. Law enforcement (under the executive branch) are only doing half of their job - they're sworn to uphold the law but the are ignoring the highest law, the constitution The judicial branch exists to prevent that, but they don't seem to be very good at doing the part of their job that involves upholding the constitution.

Comment: Re:Suck It Up! (Score 3, Insightful) 450

by NoKaOi (#46810589) Attached to: Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

It is the utility company's responsibility to gain as much profit for their shareholders as they can. Since it's a monopoly, it's the government's responsibility to keep them in check. The problem is that the utility is succeeding at their responsibility to their shareholders, but the government is failing at its responsibility to its citizens. People always point out how evil the utility company is but fail to point out that the government who is supposed to be regulating them is who is truly evil.

Comment: Re:Citizenship Is Not A Shield (Score 5, Insightful) 307

Just because some of these so called "Americans" had a US passport doesn't mean they can take up arms against their country without consequences. I'm glad we can just blow these fuckers to smithereens and save taxpayer money on these enemy combatants. They should know not to fuck with US and should scare their buddies from thinking they can do the same.

Yeah, fuck due process, fuck the constitution! The United States Constitution is un-American!

Comment: Re:Dumbass (Score 2) 168

lol, thanks for cobbling together one of the most tortured analogies I've seen on this. Was the Enigma machine intercepting communications of millions of civilians? I'm amazed I didn't realise that.

I think it's safe to say that during that time, there was not a single cell phone call made or email sent without government surveillance.

Comment: Re:Joke about lawyers (Score 4, Insightful) 88

by NoKaOi (#46803671) Attached to: General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

can't imagine a real lawyer being so stupid, then again I hear in usa anyone can pass for one.

Just because you can't imagine a reason other than stupidity doesn't mean there is one. I can thing of 3 possibilities (in order or probability) and I'm sure there's more:
1. They knew it would never hold up in court, which they are fine with. If they ever get sued, they can still use and even if it gets shot down, it still will cost the plaintiff a ton of money to fight it. General Mills most likely has much, much deeper pockets than any prospective plaintiff. It can then be used to either run the plaintiff out of money, or it'll help them in negotiation because the plaintiff's attorneys may consider it in how much it'll cost their client.
2. The lawyers bill hourly. The longer the EULA and the more time they spend on it, the more they get paid. They know it won't hold up but they don't care because General Mills gives them more money. If it does become a point to fight in court, even if they know they will lose that particular point, they're also billing hourly for that.
3. They really are stupid.

Comment: Re:Obamacare exists because... (Score 5, Insightful) 285

by NoKaOi (#46802929) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

Obamacare exists because the poor can't be bothered to pay $90 for a doctors visit...losers that don't pay

Can't be bothered? If you have a medical issue that requires several $90 office visits, and the choice is between paying that or feeding your family (or possibly buying gas to get to your minimum wage job so you don't lose it), how is that "can't be bothered?" Oh, and then you call them losers. So which is it, they can afford to pay but can't be bothered, or they are losers who would rather sit on the sidewalk than get a job? It seems you only see those two options, which pretty much means you are completely unfamiliar, yet pass judgement on a part of our society that comprises a pretty significant portion of the US population.

Comment: Re:I don't think so (Score 4, Insightful) 234

by NoKaOi (#46796581) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

It's $11 Billion. I know that sounds like a lot, but it's not really. Not on a Global scale. It might help stabilize North Korea a bit though. They're a poor enough nation to notice it.

To put it in perspective, that's 1/4 of the B-2 program cost, 1/6 of the F-22 program cost, 1/77 of the (projected) F-35 program cost, 1/545 the cost of the Iraq + Afghanistan wars, 1/39 of Exxon's market cap, or 1/7 Bill Gate's net worth.

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