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Comment: Re:Motive (Score 5, Insightful) 169

by Shakrai (#48670163) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

What would you think if NK released a movie about killing a US president?

They've released propaganda films about nuking us. We didn't mobilize the cyber or real armies over the matter; I guess that's the difference between a modern nation-state and one held together with a pygmy's cult of personality....

Comment: Re: Good news! (Score 1) 188

by lgw (#48670117) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

I've seen the flag-on-the-truck thing many times - never seen a confederate flag. While there are many in the South that still hate the damnyankees for the War of Northern Aggression, it's mostly pirate flags now. For a while I was confused - why were there so many Raiders fans across the South? But it's just the current generation's Rebel flag, without confusing the Northerners that it was about racism.

Comment: Re:Good news! (Score 1) 188

by pla (#48669133) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball
And even if they were the same, I love how /. is so fixated on one mistake one department made over a decade ago.

How about the repeat three years ago?

And let's not forget about "OtherOS" four years ago.

Or profiteering from Whitney Houston's extremely convenient death two years ago.


No, Sony's PR problem doesn't come from "one mistake one department made over a decade ago", it comes from their entire corporate ethos, which their latest woes merely exemplify. They pretty much have made it a holiday tradition of shoving their foot up our asses on a yearly basis, and then expecting us to just smile and ask when the next gen of Playstation will come out so we can re-buy our entire game library that doesn't work on their empty promises of backward compatibility.

Comment: Re:Violence against police ... (Score 3, Informative) 331

by pla (#48667571) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
Again, exceptions don't prove the rule.

You have an odd definition of "exceptions", when I specifically included both the bad cops and the rest of their departments. "But you left out that one really really good cop in a coma for the past 30 years!"


And bystander videos do not exactly tell the whole story.

True enough. Why, in that first video I linked, you don't get to see the context - That the guy had just run over a spike mat, lost control of the vehicle, and almost hit a cop. Clearly that missing details justifies half a dozen armed thugs beating the shit out of an unconscious guy lying bleeding on the side of the highway. Damned biased bystanders, always trying to make the police look bad!


We get to see a far more complete portrayal of events.

Except, of course, when the cameras "malfunction" at those very convenient moments when the accused suddenly has an attack of clumsiness and walks into a brick wall... Repeatedly.


That is why police body cams are so much more useful.

And that is why police hate hate hate mandatory camera policies to the point that they piss and moan and vandalized the cameras and threaten to go on illegal strikes over them.

Comment: Re:Violence against police ... (Score 3, Insightful) 331

by pla (#48667245) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
Exceptions don't prove the rule.

You see all those "good" cops standing around "just doing their jobs" in those videos?

The guy choking the drunk college kid out doesn't prove the rule. All those "good" cops doing nothing, however, do.

For every bad cop we hear about, know that an entire fucking department has facilitated his behavior, making them every bit as worthless as the "bad" ones.

Comment: Re:Going for cop's gun drastically escalates situa (Score 1) 331

by Mr. Slippery (#48667159) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

Brown was shot because he escalated the situation to a "high risk arrest" by going for the cop's gun. Period.

We have no evidence that Brown was trying to take Wilson's gun, only the word of a cop who's been caught lying before. Cops know that "he was going for my gun" are magic words to justify themselves when they commit murders.

And of course it's irrevelvant whether Brown tried to get control of Wilson's gun earlier in the confrontation. Brown was not trying to do so when he was murdered, he was (according to the majority of witness testimony) attempting to surender.

Comment: Re:Violence against police ... (Score 3, Informative) 331

by pla (#48667095) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
Violence against police is why police react so forcefully.

Uh-huh. Why, just look at the violence from this unconscious asshole! Why, that threatening way he got thrown from the car when it rolled over at highway speeds - Heck, even I felt intimidated by him, just watching the video!


People who are compliant tend not to get shot.

Right - They just get tased, pepper-sprayed, and/or choked out for shits n' giggles.


The only good cops know they have a camera trained on them (and can't just smash it and harass the photographer), period.

Comment: Re:Make it easier to hire people? (Score 1) 621

by drsquare (#48666791) Attached to: What Happens To Society When Robots Replace Workers?

A hundred years ago, you could have said the same thing about horses. Industry created more, and safer jobs for horses. Horses that were no longer needed in a cavalry charge could be redeployed to pull a canal barge or an omnibus. Until the internal combustion engine came along and no-one needed horses anymore.

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