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Comment: Re:Secret Laws? (Score 4, Interesting) 307

"Notice how many TV shows are about Law Enforcement these days?"

We've always had shows about law enforcement, what's changed is perspective from the 70/80's to the 90/2000's.

The former were about largely about innocent people accused of crime who got exonerated (Matlock, Murder She Wrote, Perry Mason, Diagnosis Murder) or plain old bad detectives (Get Smart, Inspector Gadget, The Pink Panther).

In the modern era, the cops always find the right bad guy who may get off due to technicalities (Cold Case, Law and Order, CIS, Special Victims Unit, 24, Cops).

When the cops are always moral and their accused guilty, our justice system eventually has laws passed to conform to our notions of pop culture.

Comment: Re:do they have a progressive view? (Score 1) 336

by Prien715 (#46791747) Attached to: Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

I'm guessing you're white?

I lived in Houston for 8 years. And Texas is indeed rascist -- not even Anise Parker has the power to change Rick Perry's laws. Look at imprisonment statistics, the capitol case involving a man sentences to death who didn't kill anybody (...but the law of parties is wonderful!) or the black man dragged behind the back of a pickup (which was in Weider [sic] IIRC).

You can say "I didn't see any bigotry". The KKK guy who slaughtered Jewish folk inside a synagogue was "Nice to other white people" according to its mayor.

Comment: Re:Only in America... (Score 1) 307

by Prien715 (#46752669) Attached to: Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

Please note, that our continental nomenclature since before we had tectonic theory and they don't really agree.

There's at least 3 issues with thinking "plates" have anything to do with "continents":
* First of all there's at least 12 continents.
* Siberia is part of North America
* India isn't part of Asia.

Comment: Re:Gee, so only a year of screaming (Score 2) 387

by 9.x maybe it'll even be as usable as 7 again

Are you kidding? Windows 9X introduced the start menu! Don't you remember The Rolling Stones promo commercial (Start me up)?

I'm more worried about what comes after 9X (probably Me, you know, to compete with all the iProducts).

[Yes I realized there was a dot between 9 and X. Which I took to be the Perl concatenation operator.]

Comment: Emulation vs Native (Score 1) 242

by Prien715 (#46596415) Attached to: Hacking Charisma

Anyone who learns from one of these so-called "gurus" is merely emulating techniques other people with charisma mastery has "natively". Steve Jobs didn't take classes on how to be charismatic. He took acid -- and said it was one of the best experiences of his life...just like the Beatles, Manson (charisma and alignment aren't the same stat), etc.

So, if you're trying to be a better "people person", you can take the same thing Steve did in a "safe setting" -- whatever the means for you...or you can learn some techniques and be lost whenever a situation arrives you haven't learn about.

Comment: The Russian Response (Score 1) 551

by Prien715 (#46570271) Attached to: Russians Take Ukraine's Last Land Base In Crimea

"If our Western partners believe the format [of the G8] has exhausted itself, we don't cling to this format. We don't believe it will be a big problem if it [the G8] doesn't convene"
~ Sergei Lavrov (Russian Foreign Minister)

I think a shorter translation might simply be a middle finger.


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