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Comment: Re:Why math? (Score 3, Insightful) 655

by Opportunist (#47928705) Attached to: ISIS Bans Math and Social Studies For Children

Because ISIS doesn't give half a shit more about the Koran than the average politician over here does about the Bible. It's a tool to keep them in power and keep the sheep following them.

Why do you think people in the Middle East would be different from people in other parts of the world?

+ - Portland officer sued over arrest of Bar Harbor couple videotaping police action->

Submitted by KGIII
KGIII (973947) writes "Directly from the website:

"A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against a city police officer on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who was arrested this past spring for videotaping police officers on a public street.'"

That's the gist of things right there. In my opinion it's about time. While I don't support everything that the Maine chapter of the ACLU this is one of the times that the group is spot on. The ACLU site has this to say about the taping of police in general and has a number of links to more information. They can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/free-spee...

If you're going to video tape the police then this link has a number of good rules for doing so and is worth reading before you go out and just start filming arrests. http://reason.com/archives/201... It's worth checking into your local laws because here's a store about a guy facing up to 16 years in prison for filming the police,

Yeah, really, 16 years... Let's let that set in for a minute.

While you mull that over and froth at the mouth — here are a few links to sites that are dedicated to preserving your liberties:

http://www.berkeleycopwatch.or... — Where it all began (they got Cop Watch going there).
http://www.copwatch.org/ — Lots of information with a large database — or use this link: http://copwatch.com/AAAindex.h...
http://peacefulstreets.com/ — Yet another group advocating recording the police.


As for a technical remedy it seems like it would be good protection (for the person who's doing the recording) to figure out a way to have the video uploaded and saved automatically as it is recorded and, perhaps, also enable immediate streaming to the web. Having another copy of the video being automatically made and uploaded may help you in court should the police decide to violate your rights and with it streamed there's some chance that someone's watching it and can then be a witness should such be required. Is there software to do this automatically? I imagine you can find a couple of apps that will do this for Android, Apple, and Windows phones or even cobble one together on your own.

Thoughts? I imagine that people would like those features and that they may even pay for those features though giving it away to those watching the police would still be ideal. I suppose you could add more features and do a free and paid version. If there are any app developers here (I'm sure there are) then there's an idea for you to think about. I suspect it would be a good money maker as an app like that would have more uses than just filming the police. It's your million dollar idea and it is free for the taking but I suspect somebody has already thought of it and I'm just not aware of it. Either way, streaming and automatically saving to the web would be fantastic and, as a bonus, it would really irritate the cop."

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Comment: Re:High reliability? (Score 2) 90

by Pseudonym (#47922697) Attached to: New Release of MINIX 3 For x86 and ARM Is NetBSD Compatible

Monoliths, e.g. Linux, don't have IPC latency [...]

In the case of non-memory-mapped I/O (e.g. anything that goes through a file descriptor), the major cost isn't context switching, it's copying data. Microkernels have to transfer all this data between address spaces. Macrokernels, on the other hand, have to transfer it between user space and kernel space. It's basically the same operation with basically the same cost, but it falls under a different heading.

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 1) 383

by grcumb (#47922129) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

English lit. grads can do a variety of jobs, but wouldn't be my first choice for a programmer, unless they could demonstrate strong programming skills.

How very condescending of you. But I would say the same about engineers, CS grads, science and math majors as well. Mostly because I find them generally closed-minded, with a strong tendency toward binary thinking. It is a rare person indeed that is capable of writing truly good code. Those who are capable typically can maintain a balance between left and right brain, holding a wide range of possibilities in their head, visualising very complex models and fluid scenarios, and only in the last instance reducing them to computer logic.

It may seem paradoxical, but the only useful test of a good programmer is whether they program well.

The best team I ever worked on featured an ex-veterinarian, a chemical engineer, a Classics major, one who switched majors from music to sociology, one who did half a law degree, and myself, a theatre/English lit. double major.

The half a lawyer now helps to manage Google's international network. The chemical engineer manages the systems of a globally known company. The musician/sociologist is CTO of a successful SaaS operation. The vet is a senior application designer, and I'm Chief Technologist at a think tank. I'm sure you've done far better, but we haven't done so bad either.

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 1) 383

by grcumb (#47921963) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

... employees with STEM degrees have critical thinking skills *and* STEM degrees. Just sayin'.

So... your point is that STEM degrees are intrinsically better prerequisites for all aspects of software development? Or that STEM degrees are intrinsically better in some way than liberal arts degrees? If either of those is your point, I suggest you check your assumption that completion of a STEM degree implies the presence of critical thinking skills. Because NO.

And if you think for a moment that a smart liberal arts major isn't capable of complex abstraction, conceptualisation and its expression in formal logic, then... well, once again, check your assumptions.

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