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Comment: Re:In other news... (Score 2) 284

by TarPitt (#48947483) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People

The 65 and older generation were Vietnam era draft bait. Knowing the government could pull your 18 year old ass out to die in the jungles of Southeast Asia tends to color your perception a bit.

People here like to mock the boomer generation, but having 50,000 of your cohort die in that war does give you a different prospective on things.

Comment: Re:ALL politicians in power sound the same (Score 1) 562

by TarPitt (#48842763) Attached to: Obama: Gov't Shouldn't Be Hampered By Encrypted Communications

This has been true at the local level as well. Police departments made a practice of maintaining files based on surveillance of local politicians and had no qualms about letting their targets know they were being watched.

For example:

The commendation resolution, which several council members said they acted on without paying attention, gives no hint of Paul's role in the controversial PDID. The unit was accused of keeping files on elected officials considered hostile to the LAPD and of infiltrating liberal organizations.

The PDID was disbanded by the Police Commission in 1983 and replaced by an anti-terrorist division after the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit accusing the unit of spying on 131 law-abiding citizens and organizations. The lawsuit was settled in January, 1984, when the city agreed to pay $1.8 million in damages.

Before the suit was settled, an LAPD internal investigation found that Paul had stored confidential PDID files in the garage of his Long Beach home and had provided sensitive information to a private, right-wing organization. Paul was suspended, but a police trial board later found that his activities had been sanctioned by his supervisors, and he was reinstated with back pay.

The controversy over the PDID activities lasted for months, grabbing headlines regularly and prompting widespread criticism of the department.

"This is outrageous," Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU said upon learning of the council's action Tuesday. "Jay Paul betrayed this city; he disgraced the Police Department."

http://articles.latimes.com/19...

Comment: First Fridays - Los Angeles Natural History Museum (Score 2) 131

Drinks, food, talks by naturalists, guided tours of exhibits, followed by bands playing in the Hall of Mammals (nothing like seeing a band like Deerhoof in front of a mastedon) :

http://www.nhm.org/site/activi...

Been going on for a number of years and is very popular.

Comment: NO DRM! (Score 4, Insightful) 433

by TarPitt (#48593861) Attached to: Vinyl Record Pressing Plants Struggle To Keep Up With Demand

The best thing about an analog format is no digital rights management. You buy it, you own it. You will always be able to listen to it, no-one will be able to revoke your license.

Digital formats and DRM have made music a transient, throw-away experience.

With vinyl, the recording has history. The vinyl you buy in middle school will be still playable in middle age.

Comment: Re:Concrete proof at last (Score 2, Insightful) 330

by TarPitt (#48293429) Attached to: Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

Conservative believe people suffer because they have freely made bad life choices. People who suffer therefore do not deserve our assistance or our sympathy, as they are wholly to blame for their condition. Public policy should discourage bad choices by allowing these people to suffer the consequences of their freely chosen action. Welfare, unemployment insurance, and public healthcare are wrong, as they go against the natural order by isolating people from the consequences of their actions.

Conversely, the wealthy and powerful have made good life choices and deserve our admiration. Public policy should encourage these high ranking individuals through lower taxes and less regulation of their activities.

Comment: Re:are conservatives just showing more reaction? (Score 3, Insightful) 330

by TarPitt (#48293351) Attached to: Reactions To Disgusting Images Predict a Persons Political Ideology

It seems very reasonable to blame those with the greatest share for wealth and power for the current state of society, rather than the impoverished and marginalized.

Though the latter position has a long heritage, stating back to the days when isolated, quirky old women were burned for being witches, somehow causing famine and pestilence despite their poverty and lack of influence.

Comment: Re:They're better off avoiding CS (Score 3, Interesting) 608

by TarPitt (#48237513) Attached to: Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

I work in an environment where most of IT is outsourced to India-based corporation. My casual observation is that there are many more young females from India in our IT group than Anglo-Americans. I've also noted the same with computer courses - that there are many more Asian women (South Asian and East Asian) relative to their male counterparts than there are Anglo Americans.

I suspect that Asian societies do not view computer work as primarily male-oriented work, and that talented women are encouraged to work in the field.

Among the Anglo-Americans, many of the IT focused women are in their 50's and 60's, having entered the field when mainframes were predominant and hence when computing was viewed as less of a male domain.

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