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Comment: Re: Responsibility lies with the Taxpayers (Score 1) 201

by Scutter (#49715547) Attached to: Baton Bob Receives $20,000 Settlement For Coerced Facebook Post

I think the idea is that the taxpayers get fed up and stop voting for the people who are costing them so much money. The Chief of Police is an appointed position (usually by the town council or the mayor), while the Sheriff is elected. Taxpayers have the power to fix the problem, but voter apathy will prevent it from every happening.

Comment: Re:One small problem (Score 5, Insightful) 509

by Scutter (#49638285) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

Yes, there are bad apples, but I don't think that is the majority.
I think you misunderstand the "bad apple" metaphor. It's important to note the entire phrase or it makes zero sense: One bad apple spoils the bushel. What this means is that if you allow a minor corruption to go unchecked, it will eventually corrupt all of the apples in the bushel. One bad cop allowed to stay on the force will eventually corrupt all of the cops in the department. As soon as someone covers for him, that person is complicit. The bad apples need to be removed IMMEDIATELY before they destroy the department (or the public's trust in that department).

Little corruption begets big corruption until eventually the cops can't tell right from wrong. It starts with fixing a ticket for a friend and the next thing you know, they're planting evidence and falsifying reports "for the greater good".

Comment: Re:Linux fans will always hate Ubuntu now (Score 0, Flamebait) 300

by Scutter (#49611115) Attached to: Ubuntu 15.04 Received Well By Linux Community

And that's exactly why Linux will never take over the desktop space. Every time a distro is poised to do it, the linux userbase turns on it for one reason or another. It happened to Redhat. It happened to Ubuntu. It'll keep happening until linux users get over their elitism and start welcoming Grandma to easy-to-use Not Windows.

Comment: Re:It's Just a Euphemism... (Score 5, Insightful) 194

by Scutter (#49531323) Attached to: Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a "Remix." Don't Do That.

It never ceases to amaze me the insensitivity with which employers treat the life-changing decisions they make regarding their employees. I get that it's a business decision and that sometimes you have to make the hard call, but that doesn't mean you have to be a douchebag about it. I've seen the gamut, from firing people via text message to inviting them to a "breakfast meeting" and having security box up their stuff while they're in the meeting room (and not giving them breakfast, either).

Comment: Well...not ALL bloatware. (Score 5, Insightful) 210

by Scutter (#49149663) Attached to: Lenovo Saying Goodbye To Bloatware

We are starting immediately, and by the time we launch our Windows 10 products, our standard image will only include the operating system and related software, software required to make hardware work well (for example, when we include unique hardware in our devices, like a 3D camera), security software and Lenovo applications.

So, you're still going to be shipping it with trial versions of bloatware McAfee or bloatware Norton or whatever, plus your Lenovo-branded applications (which are really just re-branded bloatware ad-servers disguised as "handy applications for running your 3D camera!"). In other words, it'll be "bloatware-free" except for all the bloatware you're still going to pre-load onto it. Thanks, Lenovo!

Comment: Re:Blunder of the Century (Score 1) 47

by Scutter (#49074129) Attached to: When Chess Players Blunder

When the Universe is summed up at the end of time, we'll learn that someone from the future had been sent back to avert the total annihilation of the entire human race and the best way to do it undetected was to force this one chess blunder. One tiny change at one tiny but pivotal point in history. It's the only explanation for why Kramnik can't explain it himself.

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