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Comment: Re:Shyeah, right. (Score 1) 120

by hairyfeet (#48465091) Attached to: Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?

I have 1X DVDs going back to 99/2K that still read too, that is what happens when you don't buy crap brands. Just keep 'em in a cool dry place away from light and check 'em every 3 years or so for signs of dye rot (which is easy to spot long before the disc becomes unreadable) and DVDs make a great long term storage medium for documents, pictures, videos, etc. And as a nice bonus nearly every PC on the planet can play back DVDs.I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and get a BD burner soon, does anybody here have exp with using BD for storage? How are they holding up?

As for TFA cost will end up wiping out tape, just not enough tapes and drives being sold, too many are opting for a NAS loaded with TBs of space and the large corps that traditionally bought tape are outsourcing to the cloud. Its a shame as LTO is long lasting as hell but the economies of scale just aren't there anymore.

Comment: Re:Past time for AV recording of police actions (Score 1) 995

by fyngyrz (#48464705) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Did you know that police work isn't even in the top ten jobs with the most risk of death? Check it out, starting with most dangerous and ending with the least:

  1. Construction workers
  2. Farmers and ranchers
  3. Drivers, truck drivers
  4. Electrical power line workers
  5. Sanitation workers - trash collectors
  6. Steel workers
  7. Roofers
  8. Pilots and flight engineers
  9. Fishermen
  10. Loggers

Furthermore, most police officer deaths occur in traffic accidents. Not in conflict with an aggressor.

(Source: National census of fatal occupational injuries, 2012)

Personally, I see no reason for a beat/patrolcar cop to carry a weapon at all. Particularly as the evidence shows they're far too willing to use them in non-life threatening situations -- just like this one.

Furthermore, with tasers readily available, many situations that might call for submission of a more powerful (or skilled) individual are still controllable without resorting to the extremes of discharging a firearm.

There's also something to be said for the idea of criminals knowing the cop isn't going to kill them, so it isn't nearly as attractive to kill the cop to prevent that. The fact is, if you think the cop is going to kill you, there's absolutely no downside to killing them first. It is a situation set up in the way most likely to fail.

It's going to get worse, too, as the trend is to more heavily arm the cops -- don't think for a moment that the response won't be more heavily armed criminals. It's as inevitable as the next sunrise.

But you're right. The odds of anything changing are very low. The American Couch Potato League likes armed cops, and they like it when cops do whatever they like -- they absolutely lap up movies and television shows where cops step outside the boundaries of the law, as well as vigilante scenarios. Until, of course, they are the victims. But by that time, they're embroiled with the system, and it's far too late. No one pays known criminals any mind. They're subhuman, after all. And they must have done something to deserve it, even if they "get off" or "plead out."

Comment: Past time for AV recording of police actions (Score 1) 995

by fyngyrz (#48461199) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

There is a grand jury who disagrees with the version of events that you have imagined.

The grand jury is just as likely to be corrupt, and/or incompetent, and/or prejudiced, as the rest of the people involved with, and directed by, the systemically flawed justice system we have today. In addition, even assuming 100% competence on their part, the data that reached them can be (and often is) washed to provide a particular desired outcome.

The only takeaway I get from all this noise is that we'd be somewhat better off if police officers wore tamper-resistant AV recording gear when on duty (and in any jurisdiction that assigns them 24/7 authority, on duty or not, they should be wearing those cameras 24/7 as well. Personally, I think 24/7 authority is also a Very Bad Idea.)

There is no question that some individual police officers, and some groups of police, are corrupt. Given the seriousness of the authority and responsibility assigned to them, and their ability to ruin lives and families in a heartbeat, letting them run loose without any independent oversight seems like a very serious mistake to me, particularly now that monitoring their activities is well within the bounds of technical feasibility.

A bad cop is a horrible thing. It's also long past time for the blue wall of silence to creep its slimy ass into the black hole of history to join with some of humanity's other bottom-feeder behaviors.

Comment: Re:Various hacking tools? (Score 1) 186

by hairyfeet (#48461041) Attached to: Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

I have to wonder if they didn't catch 'em using the same trick Vegas uses to catch cheaters, looking at the odds.

It never fails that cheaters get greedy and forget that if they tilt the odds too much in their favor a look at the stats over time will give them away. Sure somebody can have a lucky streak but not THAT lucky, but because they can insure a win they will, or only lose when there is nothing on the line...which again sticks out like a sore thumb.

I remember back in the late 90s when such hacks just started hitting shooters and it would never fail, look at the stats over time of a cheater compared to a really good non cheating player? The ones cheating would become obvious.They always seem to forget that no matter how good they are there will be the occasional "lucky shots" where somebody just happens to be in the right spot at the right time and catch them unaware but that doesn't happen with the cheaters, again they just get too damned greedy.

Comment: Oh, please (Score 1) 343

by fyngyrz (#48460983) Attached to: The Schizophrenic Programmer Who Built an OS To Talk To God

Many good men are [racist]

No, they aren't. If you're racist, it's more than a "sin", it's an abject failure of humanity. Just the kind of thing that gets people hurt badly, often in large numbers. Your sin here is failing to recognize evil when it's right in your face.

Others are liars, or thieves, or adulterers.

There's no worthy point in this. None of these actions can serve to exonerate racism, or racists. The only cure for racism is to abandon it as a failed mode of thought. Every thinking being is an individual. When someone loses (or never gains) sight of that and lumps them into classes, regardless of what you call the process, it's a very, very bad thing.

All men have their sins.

No, they don't. Some people are intrinsically good; and some issues are not sins, for many varied reasons, not the least of which is an overly simplistic viewpoint of the person making the judgment. The idea that all are born with/into sin is a superstitious notion with absolutely no root in reality.

Yours is self-righteousness.

Pot, meet kettle.

Comment: Re:Is Nuclear going to be acknowledged? (Score 1) 507

by Scottingham (#48459681) Attached to: Two Google Engineers Say Renewables Can't Cure Climate Change

As much as I love fission, it is FAR away from being an solved problem from an engineering standpoint.

There are some serious material science problems that still need to be addressed for any of the fast/thorium reactors to be ready for production. All the current coolant technologies have serious downsides. Sodium doesn't play nice with water or air, and liquid lead doesn't play nice with pretty much anything.

I think these problems could be solved if we approached the problem as a whole as another Manhattan project.

Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 995

by hairyfeet (#48457805) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Nope, sorry, don't work. Why? No bullet markings on the road, no bits of pavement on Brown,which if he would have been getting down the rounds would have hit the asphalt. Ever seen what happens when a bullet hits pavement? I have as we had a drunk a couple years back shooting the road in front of the apt down the street trying to scare his GF. Even with him shooting a weaker gun than the 9mm that cops carry you still had marks on the road that even I could see.

Remember they hired Dr Michael Baden, of HBO Autopsy fame, to do the autopsy on don't think he went over every crime scene photo with a magnifying glass? If he would have been down or nearly down there would have been transfer, the bullet holes likewise would be at a different angle, going from upper rear to lower front....stand up, point your finger like a gun at an object on the ground a couple feet in front of you...which way would the bullet go? From back high entrance to front lower that what we have here?

Don't take MY word for anything, look up the autopsy drawings, they have been online for awhile. Look at where each entrance and exit is and ask yourself "at what angle would Brown have to be at to get these?" and you will see that what I'm saying is correct, that the only way to get shots that line up would make brown too high to be standing and the wrong angle for him to be on the ground.

Mark my words when the jury starts saying what swayed them its gonna be the autopsy, there is simply no way for Wilson to fake that evidence.

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Comment: Re:Flip Argument (Score 1) 995

by hairyfeet (#48456817) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

According to the autopsy he was shot FROM ABOVE which means that either 1.- the cop got on top of the car and jumped so he could shoot a 6 foot plus robber in the top of the head or 2.- the robber was charging at the cop in a football tackle stance (which just FYI is consistent with every wound on Brown).

Now which do YOU think is more likely? That a cop with NO history of abuse jumped on top his car so he could pop a guy trying to surrender, or that a 6 foot tall guy who had just robbed a store charged at the cop in the hopes of taking him down before he could get arrested AGAIN while he was already awaiting court on another charge?

Oh and you might want to look up his grand jury testimony which several news sites have published as it is pretty enlightening and fits with the physical evidence. According to Wilson "he saw the suspect walking down the middle of the street and when he told him to move it to the sidewalk, Brown used an expletive and ignored him (told him to go fuck himself or fuck off from the sounds of it but the press won't publish the words used)" and that is when he noticed a fistload of cigars in Brown's hand and put two and two together about the recent robbery and called for backup, stopping in front of Brown. When he tried to get out of the cruiser he was first hit by the door and then punched (bruises on Wilson published from ER photos back this up) and at that point he "believed another punch would knock him out" so he reached for his gun which Brown them shoved his way into the driver's window and attempted to wrestle the gun away (the blood stains in the car as well as the secret witness recording immediately after the shooting back this part up) and it was only after he managed to get control of the gun that Brown ran for a bit. The only evidence we have to back up the last bit is the autopsy but considering what happened up to that point and Brown's history of strong arm crimes it does fit his criminal pattern. According to Wilson after he yelled halt Brown stopped with his hands in the air, only for him to lower them when he turned around and say something to the effect of "you are too big a pussy to shoot me" following which Brown charged in a football tackle. Wilson tried to use a stopping shot but he kept coming (again consistent with the wounds) and that is when he unloaded on him.

Yeah...sorry, if you published that word for word but simply made Brown's skin color white? Not a single word would have been said, just another criminal that thought their brute strength could beat a bullet. The only reason anybody said a word is because Brown was black, simple as that. I'm only shocked the press didn't start running photos of him in third grade like they did with Martin.

As someone with a scar on the back of his head from a cop that didn't like a "fucking hippie riding with a nigger" I'm all for busting cops who think they are above the law, that poor woman getting beaten on the side of the road is a perfect example of that but Brown? Nope, sorry, he was a strong arm robber that thought he was the big bad, which is why he walked down the middle of the street instead of doing what any sane crook would have done and beat a hasty exit from the scene of the crime. One can really only draw one conclusion from him walking down the dead center of the road right after a robbery and that he was itching for a fight. Well he got one and found out the hard way that brawn don't beat bullets.

Comment: Re: Not resigning from Debian (Score 1) 550

What I love is they are saying "this is for the desktop" when reality can't be farther from the truth as multiple tests showed ZERO gains from systemd for desktop users and a LOT of downsides!

And I know about the Debian fork, sadly they have NO chance as the old guard will use their money and influence to crush them like a bug. We are talking about a corp in bed with a bunch of 3 letter agencies, the only way you defeat that is to 1.- Create such a stink so publicly they can't change the narrative and 2.- get some seriously deep pockets on your side so they can't just bury you with endless press articles against you. While I see they are trying #1 (and failing frankly, look at how few even knew about the voting, much less the incestuous relationships of those involved) I haven't seen any indication they have enough funds to keep even a dozen devs on for a single year, much less enough cash to fix all the shit systemd is about to take a steamer on while keeping any kind of buzz going.

So while I wish them nothing but luck I have the sinking feeling that the days of Linux being anything other than just another corporate OS are ending, it'll be Apple, Google/RH, and MSFT, and Debian and the rest will end up like the pile of Ubuntu forks are now, where they change a few window dressings but its just a Taco Bell distro, rearranging the same tired ingredients and pretending that makes it something new.

Comment: Re:MOD PARENT RACIST (Score 5, Funny) 995

by hairyfeet (#48456473) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

/sung to the tune of "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers"/

Social Justice Warriors! Deciding the truth based on progressive stack!

Social Justice Warriors! If you don't think like us we bring the attack!

Doesn't matter if you kill or steal, you aren't white so you're "keepin it real", and if you have a vag you can do no wrong, just believe like us and you can sing this song!

Ever notice that even the busiest people are never too busy to tell you just how busy they are?