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Comment: Better option (Score 1) 435

by bkr1_2k (#49675227) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?

A better option than no windows would be "automatic shades" that make the windows opaque if the passengers choose to do so. Windows serve a lot more function than just giving the driver a field of view. Not everyone likes AC and many of us like to drive with the windows open, but being able to block the windows with an opaque tint would have its benefit too.

Comment: Re:One small problem (Score 1) 509

by bkr1_2k (#49640027) Attached to: What To Say When the Police Tell You To Stop Filming Them

...should never shoot to kill ...

Wrong, they should always shoot to kill, and the only reason they should ever shoot is when they mean to kill. They are not deer hunters or sushi chefs, they do not have time to try to aim for the legs, shoot the gun out of the perps hands, or fire warning shots (and kill innocents). They need to take down the immediate threat as soon as possible.

There's plenty of non-lethal means to incapacitate such a person

If the person is not threatening the life of the officer or anyone around him, then yes non-lethal force can be used to incapacitate. However, anytime the suspect is holding a weapon, there are too many variables involved to risk non-lethal force. Which generally only consists of a taser, bean bag shotguns can be used to resolve non-hostage situations effectively. The engagement range for a knife attack is 20 meters, the effective range on a tazer is 10 meters. If you hope to use non-lethal force on man lunging at you with a knife or a screw driver, go for it, it's your funeral if you tase him and he still closes the distance and stabs you in the throat.

At the end of the day, it is about the police officer coming home safe.

At the end of the day it's supposed to be about everyone being safe, not just the police officer. Any time a cop shoots his/her weapon, they risk more lives than the guy with the knife did. Period.

20 meters ? I'd think 20 feet, maybe 10 meters, but 20 meters is an insane engagement range for a knife. Even considering the possibility of an olympic quality sprinter somehow surprising you and closing the distance, you've got 1 or 2 seconds and they'd have to be prepared for a sprint. For "normal" people standing in a normal defensive/offensive fighting stance you've got at least 3 or 4 seconds to react.

Comment: Expand to other jurisdictions? (Score 2) 249

Can they expand their investigation to include other jurisdictions? This kind of information needs to be available (and compiled) for every police jurisdiction in the country. If we can do that we might get some accurate records of police actions since the government is disinclined to do so (even though they passed a law requiring it 4 or 5 years ago.)

Comment: Re:"Lawful" ... (Score 1) 334

by bkr1_2k (#49540947) Attached to: Drone Killed Hostages From U.S. and Italy, Drawing Obama Apology

In this case either quality or quantity means he's better at doing the job of being President. He's using authority when needed (Executive Orders) and diplomacy/bipartisanship when needed. Like him or not, he's doing the job quite effectively. Whether he's going down the correct path with his leadership will really only be determined two or three generations from now. (I'm thinking right path in some things and wrong path in others, like every other President before him).

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by bkr1_2k (#49479731) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Don't call me an expert but I believe it had to do with what it took to become a member of the religion, (in a fiscal sense) and remain a part of the religion, plus a few other things they were doing with the money once they (Scientology) had it and how they were getting it in the first place.

Again, it has nothing to do with whether they like the "religion" and whether or not the "religion" is following the laws set forth for being recognized as a religion. As far as I know you can still be a Scientologist in Germany it's just not recognized as an official religion.

Comment: Re:A first: We should follow Germany's lead (Score 1) 700

by bkr1_2k (#49479241) Attached to: 'We the People' Petition To Revoke Scientology's Tax Exempt Status

Revoking tax exempt status isn't even remotely the same as "giving the state the authority to destroy religions it disagrees with".

The Germans revoked Scientology's standing as a recognized religion. It wasn't because the government didn't like the church; iIt was because Scientology was found to be committing fraud.

Comment: Re:Olde-timey carbon fuel (Score 1) 365

by bkr1_2k (#49471295) Attached to: Can Civilization Reboot Without Fossil Fuels?

Why does everyone assume we need to make more steel? There will be plenty of it around for re-purposing. We won't need the same level of fuel to produce steel because we already have literally millions of tons of the stuff. We may need fuel to help rework the steel into different uses, but certainly not to smelt the raw materials to make brand new stuff.

Comment: Re:what? (Score 1) 227

by bkr1_2k (#49393185) Attached to: Google 'Makes People Think They Are Smarter Than They Are'

Really? You never keep any data you read in your brain? If that's true there are bigger issues at stake. I don't have 24/7 access to google and wouldn't want it, so maybe I'm the anomaly. I just don't see this "study" as worth the time it took to perform. Even if it is accurate, who the hell cares?

Comment: yes and no (Score 4, Interesting) 394

by bkr1_2k (#49393065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

I get having a "professional" social media profile (a la LinkedIn) but no way in hell is a personal profile going to be up for discussion in any job interview I have. My private life is my life, not my employer's or prospective employer's. If they can't understand that I don't want to work for them anyway.

I don't give a shit, in my personal life if people "expect a facebook". I don't even have all my real-life friends associated with my one social media profile, I'm sure as hell not handing it out to every person I meet at some bar or party.

Comment: Re:Another failure (Score 1) 392

by bkr1_2k (#49226161) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

Please find me an 11" laptop (full laptop, not a pad of some kind) for anywhere near the price of an 11" macbook air that has the same specs. When I bought my Apple I was desperately searching for something as an alternative and never found one. The next closest competition was a Sony Viaio something and it was about $800 more expensive. If it had been the same price I would have bought the Sony.

Comment: Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 392

by bkr1_2k (#49226113) Attached to: Does USB Type C Herald the End of Apple's Proprietary Connectors?

For those of us who actually travel a lot, lighter is better. I can run about 3 hours doing blender or gimp or garage band (recording audio books) on my 11" macbook air battery. No it's not 8 hours but who really expects to work that long on battery power? Even on planes you can get power in your seat these days. Does it suck having to carry an adapter? Absolutely. I'm not a fan of getting rid of even more connectors, but lighter is better in my opinion. The real question is whether the adapter just eats all the weight savings of no ports. At least with USB C you can just adapt usb devices with a cable not a real adapter.

"A car is just a big purse on wheels." -- Johanna Reynolds