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Comment Re:"Let them eat cake", was Re:Life is not a comic (Score 1) 633

It's funny. You answer your own question in your very first sentence. Thousands of people join the military every year and become soldiers, sailors, marines, etc. When they sign on the dotted line and take the oath, they become subject to the UMCJ; which subjects them to a significantly higher standard of discipline than any civilian is required to adhere to.

Comment Re:Well.... (Score 1) 633

Easy solution:

- Require a car and 100% non-ambiguous non-bullshit charge before an arrest can take place. If someone is not, in fact, guilty of what they're being arrested for, then it's not an arrest, it's a kidnapping. And any resistance is 100% justified and the cop doing the arresting is, himself, arrested and prosecuted.

Comment That's a myth. (Score 1) 633

Police work is not particularly dangerous. It's not even in the top ten, coming in well below professions such as fisherman (>8x as dangerous), logger (6x), garbage collector (2x), roofer (>2x), and airline pilot (>4x); none of whom are so prone to going on 'roid-raging power trips and murdering people as the police are.


Comment Bullocks. (Score 5, Insightful) 479

This isn't some little project where one or two rogue engineers can throw a commit into github without oversight. We're talking about a major, multi-million dollar engineering project that spans both software and hardware, goes into a production run of many thousands of vehicles, and is regulated by many governmental bodies across multiple countries.

At a minimum, you'd need the involvement of:

The software engineers
The hardware engineers
The integration engineers
The software QA testers
The hardware QC testers
The integration testers
The production engineers
The production QC testers
Various compliance managers
Whoever is submitting the test vehicles to the government testers in each country.
The managers and supervisors of all of the above

With that many people involved... and that's probably a conservative list... it's hard to believe that there wasn't some C-level approval or direction. Massive fraud in a major engineering project doesn't bubble up from one rogue employee or two. It's rolled from the top down.

Comment Re:Sincerely, good luck (Score 1) 688

My point is that I believe that spending money to bring about his goal... a goal that harmed my community and some of my friends and could have harmed me... goes beyond "having an opinion". In my own opinion, spending the money was an escalation into "taking action". If you disagree, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree.

And the particular point is, as you say, somewhat moot in the here and now anyway, since prop 8 was struck down by the Supreme Court. (And, for that matter, SCOTUS is with you, not me, on the "spending money is speech, not action" thing.)

Comment Re:Sincerely, good luck (Score 1) 688

His spending is part of the public record; as is required by law for campaign contributions in California. The LA Times has an easily-searchable database of contributors showing his spending:

If you prefer to go straight to the source, the government's own database is searchable here:

I can't provide a direct link to Eich's money on the Secretary of State website. It's not exactly a user-friendly design and doesn't support permalink to specific contributions. But it's easy enough to search for his data there as well.

Comment Re:Sincerely, good luck (Score 1) 688

> I said if I personally witnessed him being a white supremacist. If I actually saw
> him randomly physically attacking a black or jewish person because they were
> black or jewish. That's policing actions, not thoughts.

An attack doesn't need to consist of physical assault to be an "action" though. Eich didn't just think he hated gay people. He didn't just say he hated gay people. He actively took action by donating money to a campaign to strip gay people of their civil rights and equal protection under the law.

Comment Re:How about if you don't like a service AVOID IT? (Score 1) 232

Good on you. People seem to forget that we're just talking about an easily-replaceable website. And that's the thing that irks me about this so-called controversy...

Facebook has always required real names. It was their policy from day one when it was still just "The Facebook" and only open to Harvard students. Whether it's based on advertising dollars or Zuckerberg's whim or something else; that's the kind of community they wanted to create, just like Slashdot's creators wanted pseudonyms plus the option to be anonymous, and Moot wanted total anonymity for 4chan.

And not only was "real names" the policy at Facebook from day one, they've never hidden it. It's right there, in black and white, when you create your account. And for a while, they were actively promoting it as a feature; in order, as I recall, to distinguish themselves from the cesspool of trolling that Myspace had degenerated into.

Out of all the sites on the internet, there's probably one somewhere that suits anybody's particular tastes. So join the site / service / community / whatever that suits you. Don't barge in somewhere else, knowing full well what you're getting into, and demand that they make changes.

Comment Re:An example (Score 3, Informative) 399

As you say, your case has flaws. The glaring one is:

> Also, assume the cops have a reputation for being
> professionals who act professionally

That's a pretty massive assumption. And I don't see how anybody paying attention to the news could miss the rampant police abuse and misconduct. Perhaps twenty years ago, before cellphone cameras, dash cameras, and body cams; you might be able to make that assumption, simply out of ignorance. But now? You'd be pretty daft to do so. And in your example, I'd operate under the assumption that any questioning of me is an attempt to railroad me into a false charge of drunk & disorderly or disturbing the peace or some such. It's just safer that way. My employer gives paid time off for jury duty or to bear witness in court; so doing so would be no inconvenience to me. And being arrested on a fabricated charge, even if it is minor and quickly dismissed, would be a bigger problem than missing out on a couple hours of sleep.

Best to treat them like poisonous snakes: Avoid them when possible. Keep any interaction as brief and minimal as possible. And don't try to handle them yourself... leave it to the trained professionals (ie. your lawyer).

Comment Re:Any influential person who takes devices to Chi (Score 1) 399

If they had probable cause that he was working with or spying for China, they should have arrested and charged him openly; not detained him without telling him what he is suspected of and denying him access to legal council. If they didn't have probable cause, they should fuck off and leave him alone.

That goes for everyone, not just mayors of third-tier cities.

Comment Re:Right Of Way (Score 1) 278

The funny thing is that I'd actually LOVE to be able to give up my car. The problem is that, ironically for a city that claims to have a "transit first" policy, MUNI is just terrible. I mean, appallingly bad... a disgrace and an embarrassment. It's pretty much useless for anything besides commuting into downtown for work. And even then, if you live in certain neighborhoods (Basically the entire northwest quadrant of the city except for a small strip along Lonbard.) then lords of Kobol help you.

If MUNI could be counted on simply to meet the schedule they publish... without adding any more service... they would be vastly better and maybe a realistic option for going shopping or having a nightlife. But the operators treat the published schedule as something between a mere suggestion and a outright joke. And their union is so strong, they effectively can't be punished for it. So trips that you could do in your car in 10 minutes, that should take 20 minutes according to the timetables, take 45 minutes if you're lucky. It's a damn disgrace, ant it keep driving, even on trips where I honestly really would prefer to leave the car behind.

Comment Re:Thaty's the wat to do it ... (Score 1) 257

I've seen TV shows... I think one of Anthony Bourdain's actually... that show what kids in France eat for their school lunch. And yeah... the meals looked like food I'd still be happy to eat as an adult.

The meals served in the schools here? Not so much. How about this for a way to get kids to eat their vegetables: Cook and season them in a way such as they are palatable. You don't need to stack them up against bad-tasting food or keep the kids hungry enough that they'd eat anything. Just prepare them well enough to stand on their own merit. When I was in public schools un the US; unless they were the toppings on a hamburger or taco salad, the vegetable portion of the meals were pretty much always boiled or steamed into a tasteless, nearly-indifferentiated, mush. Who *would* want to eat that garbage? But once I was out of school and had to learn how to cook... basically the only vegetable I don't like now is okra. (I'm sorry, but "food" that has the consistency of mucus is an abomination before god and man.)

I guess I could also suggest using higher-quality produce in the first place. But I suspect that since that would require actually spending more money on the students, the schools would be completely unwilling to do so under any circumstance. But changing the recipes & preparation ought to be doable.

Comment Re:Just makes them look even more guilty (Score 3, Interesting) 323

How about RICO?

I'm not sure about the precise legal definition of racketeering, but the Wikipedia definition of a racket is:

A racket is a service that is fraudulently offered to solve a problem, such as for a problem that does not actually exist, that will not be put into effect, or that would not otherwise exist if the racket did not exist. Conducting a racket is racketeering.[1] Particularly, the potential problem may be caused by the same party that offers to solve it, although that fact may be concealed, with the specific intent to engender continual patronage for this party.

That sounds a lot like what Volkswagen did to me. And RICO is often used to go after organizations that weasel out of responsibility for their misdeeds through loopholes. And, of course, there's the second part: Corrupt Organizations. And that fits Volkswagen to the tee... corrupt as hell and rotten to the core.

"I never let my schooling get in the way of my education." -- Mark Twain