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Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 2) 1063

by SecurityGuy (#48458779) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

I don't know that the justice system failed. I wasn't a witness, and I haven't reviewed all the evidence the grand jury saw.

IF the justice system failed, heck, even if it didn't and people wrongly think it did, I'm totally fine with them protesting. You can have a million man march for too much mayo on your sandwich if you want, that's fine with me. I just draw the line at busting up property (or heads) of people who had nothing to do with this at all. Burning businesses and looting is NOT taking action against the justice system, failed or not. It's just creating more victims. If people really care about justice, they need to stop turning innocents into victims.

Comment: Re:So what if they do? (Score 1) 237

by Lord Kano (#48408575) Attached to: Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

BTW, most commuter routes in urban areas don't have many examples of the stereotypes you list.

I don't care what most commuter routes are like. Where I live, that's how they are.

My recommendation is to get either a "music player" or a "tablet computer" if you don't have a "smart phone."

No thank you. I have an automobile.

LK

Comment: Re: So what if they do? (Score 1) 237

by Lord Kano (#48390271) Attached to: Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

That makes me feel better about the traffic situation in my city. I live 15 miles from the heart of downtown and on evenings, it's a 20-25 minute trip. Though, I only really go downtown for work.

In the morning it's a 35-45 minute drive. If I took the bus, it would be come a 75-90 minute trip. I have no desire for that nonsense.

LK

Comment: Re:So what if they do? (Score 1) 237

by Lord Kano (#48390261) Attached to: Will Lyft and Uber's Shared-Ride Service Hurt Public Transit?

I can read quite well, I'm just not going to do it on a bus full of strangers. I read to learn and relax, I can't focus on learning or relax when I'm surrounded by screaming children, unshowered hipsters and the downtown oddballs who frequent public transportation in this area.

LK

Comment: Re:This is the way we sue the school (Score 1) 320

by SecurityGuy (#48370379) Attached to: Duke: No Mercy For CS 201 Cheaters Who Don't Turn Selves In By Wednesday

Actually, one of the things I value about my degrees is that students who have them actually had to earn them. They're not just paper, they represent something real. In my graduate work, we heard on a number of occasions of students who were caught cheating. Some came to light after graduation. I many cases, they rescinded the degree. If you're a Duke student and think you won't get smacked down for this sort of thing, you're wrong. It's the very same reason I'm ticked off at UNC. They demonstrated they're willing to give degrees to anyone who is good at sports.

Duke has nothing to fear from a lawsuit unless they tag someone who didn't actually cheat. If you turned in something that's byte-for-byte identical to something off the interwebz, you deserve, at a minimum, to fail the class.

Comment: The problem isn't racism in tech (Score 3, Interesting) 459

by Lord Kano (#48365775) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

A couple of years ago, I met the guys from thedailywtf.com and as the only black guy at the table, I was asked my opinion on what should be done to get more "diversity" in technology. My answer was "Nothing. The last thing we need is to have more people getting into this field if they don't have a love of it."

There are two problems, as I see it.

First, there is the racism that exists in western society.
Second, there is the anti-intellectual facet to some parts of African American culture.

Racism is complex. It takes many forms, on one hand you have the outwardly hostile racist who just plain doesn't like people of #Race and then you have what Michael Gerson dubbed "the soft bigotry of low expectations". That is manifest where many people, who think they're progressive, automatically assume that a black person is less skilled than his white or asian counterpart. I have a very Anglicized name. It's not Demetrialis or some other ridiculous nonsense like that. When people get emails from me and speak to me on the telephone, they almost never assume that I'm black.

Occasionally, when I meet someone who has only seen my resumè or spoken to me of the phone, I can see the surprise in their face when instead of a skinny white guy, they find a 6'2" 250 pound black dude.

In September, there was a teacher strike at the local district and I addressed the school board. You wouldn't believe how many left-handed compliments I received about "how well spoken" I am.

The anti-intellectualism present in African American culture is extremely destructive. I have experienced it. In large parts of the US, any black kid who is smart, who achieves academically, who has college and career aspirations is derided as acting white. I have been accused of "thinking that[I'm} white". Fortunately, I had strong parents who gave me a much different message at home and reinforced it constantly.

I traveled in different circles, I had many groups of friends, all of them distinct. Of the core group of black guys with whom I hung out when we were growing up, two of us have never been to prison; three have and one is still there. Of the white guys who were my friends, none of them have been to prison.

We all grew up in the same area. At most, five miles separated all of the various neighborhoods. There's a reason why there's such a high rate of incarceration among the black guys. There's a reason why most of the white guys went to college. We were all middle-class. None of us had particularly wealthy parents. The white guys usually heard the message that education or training was important. It was necessary to go out there and be the best person you can be. A lot of the black guys, not all and certainly not most but a lot, were primarily concerned with getting money and bitches. Fast money and lots of bitches.

These things have consequences that last far beyond childhood.

I have a M.S. degree and I work a good job in tech. I'm the only black guy in my department. I was the only black guy in my last department and the one before that(I replaced the previous only black guy when he went back to school for his Doctorate) and the one before that and the one before that. It's not the industry's fault. It's mostly not the fault of racism. It's mostly the fault of a society, subculture and families that don't impress upon young black people, the value of education.

I love tech. I love the people. I love spending my entire day surrounded by geeks.

I find far more camaraderie in that than I do among people who share none of my interests or life experiences beyond being black.

LK

Comment: Re:Yeah, right... (Score 1) 459

by Lord Kano (#48361731) Attached to: Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

You either misunderstand or are mischaracterizing the situation.

Virtually no one says that all white people are racists.

There is an element of racism in western society and in general white people benefit from it.

I'm not saying that it's an excuse for failure or that it makes certain bad decisions any less bad but let's not kid ourselves about the fact that it's reality.

LK

Comment: Re:Subpoena-able? (Score 2) 151

by SecurityGuy (#48304865) Attached to: Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

I recently read where cops might start wearing camera's on their uniforms.

Some places already do this. It's a good idea.

There is never a reason for video from a unformed cameras to not be made public available.

Oh, sure there is. Privacy. If I call the police to my house because it's been broken into, that doesn't mean I want the contents of my house to be on youtube. Even moreso for the victims of violent crimes. The police shouldn't be broadcasting people's worst moments for people's entertainment.

It's still a good idea, we just need to figure out how to record these people we give tremendous power over us without it turning into a public spectacle. Easier said than done.

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