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Comment: Re:I agree with stop & frisk... (Score 1) 481

...mainly because the US African American community has major cultural issues with broken families and an habitual acceptance of criminality that not enough of them are trying to fix internally. HOWEVER:...

It doesn't really matter what comes after "however". You've pretty much stated your case with "I am for unconstitutional searches of black people because I believe that they are inherently criminals."

Comment: Re:How about teaching civility? (Score 1) 481

How about teaching the police to stand up against laws that are unconstitutional? How about teaching police not to reach for their guns when they see black kids? If you don't think there's a problem of police on black crime, then you have been missing the news for the last 200 some years.

Comment: If you read TFA... (Score 3, Informative) 114

by TheBilgeRat (#48362029) Attached to: Fukushima Radiation Nears California Coast, Judged Harmless

You would have read this:

The findings are reassuring, Buesseler says. He measured a high of just 8 becquerels of radiation per cubic meter in the samples. Of that, he says, less than 2 becquerels came from cesium-134 traced to Fukushima. The remainder is largely from strontium-90 and cesium-137: Some of that is fallout from mid-20th century atomic bomb tests in the Pacific, and some may have come from Fukushima—these isotopes lack the half-life fingerprint that ties cesium-134 to the Japanese disaster. The total level of radiation is hardly worth worrying about, Buesseler says: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency guidelines for drinking water allow up to 7400 becquerels per cubic meter. Buesseler is presenting his latest findings Thursday at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry North America’s annual meeting.

So, that's 6 Bq that was most likely deposited by aboveground or underwater Pacific nuke testing.

You can now return to your previously scheduled freakout over "ZOMG RADIATSHUNS!"

Comment: Re:Nothing's gonna change. (Score 1) 224

by TheBilgeRat (#48350375) Attached to: Mayday PAC Goes 2 For 8

This is one of the most epic trolls ever! I salute you! Its like watching Portlandia if Portlandia was a slashdot post and about Kansas.

You're probably one of those Overland Parkers - should have given y'all to Missouri anyways - your ancestors probably helped Quantrill's raiders burn Lawrence.

Before you mod me, you'd better know who Quantrill's raiders were, and the history between Kansas and Missouri ;-)

Comment: Re:This baffles me... (Score 1) 236

by TheBilgeRat (#48327551) Attached to: CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand

have you ever used Linux with Compiz (and any decorator) along with all its various plugins, plus a dock you like? You might try avant-window-navigator, if indeed it's still called that. AWN provides a maclike dock which is dramatically more configurable. In short, Compiz+AWN gives you all the same functionality and (if you like) behavior as the mac, including Expo[se] and the like. But it's just more configurable in every way. You can change every key and mouse binding, you can change behavior and appearance of most elements, you can move widgets around to new locations. It's everything the mac is, and then some — at least in the UI department.

The only place Linux falls down is applications, there's still more of them for the Mac given that the popular ones on Linux are there too.

As for what it runs like on a macbook, I don't really know, but why would it require a hack? A macbook is a PC. Linux runs fine on PCs.

Oh, sure. Jumped on compiz way back in the day - 2006 ish? Spent hours futzing with kewl eye-candy, making all my friends go 'ooh!' with the cube. But, depending on your brand of macbook, getting Ubuntu on it is not as simple as you think. And considering that all you are gaining is some ability to tweak your desktop UI? Not really worth it. Those kids in Cupertino spent some time making sure that once you did pay the Apple tax, that at least you wouldn't have a shitty OS experience.

Plus, in terms of my linux UI choices these days? Hard to beat dwm - just recompile with your altered source code and voila! Beat THAT for customization.

If I'm feeling really froggy, I'll throw Openbox on - maybe even add Tint2.

Back on topic, the Surface Pro 3 is a great little machine.

Yeah, but Windows. I don't trust Windows as far as I can throw it, not even on a desktop, and certainly not a tablet.

With so many vectors for your privacy to escape through, I never worry about Microsoft anymore. So its a closed garden. Who cares, really? By the time you would need to throw linux on it in a few years I'm sure there will be a wiki and about twenty distro flavors to choose from.

Comment: Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 236

by TheBilgeRat (#48325595) Attached to: CNN Anchors Caught On Camera Using Microsoft Surface As an iPad Stand
I run into this on my cell phone a lot, or at least did. If you have "enough" onboard storage, I never think about whether it has an sd slot or not. Its only when "enough" becomes "not enough" that I get testy. I guess the rule of thumb is spring for as much onboard storage as you can.

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.