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Comment: Re:Cameras only a partial solution (Score 3, Insightful) 361

by bugs2squash (#48668935) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
The handgun part is what has to change. We need to stop promoting them as a must-have item to walk the streets by playing on machismo or exaggerating threats, and/or we need to make them harder to get, or we need to render them obsolete with some better technology. I think we worship them too much for there to be hope of anything but the latter, though it seems a long way off.

Comment: minority report (Score 1) 276

by bugs2squash (#48654871) Attached to: TSA Has Record-Breaking Haul In 2014: Guns, Cannons, and Swords
so they tied last year's record at zero terrorists caught, and you are pissed at this expensive, invasive, delay-causing theater, so am I, so what ? The frequent-travelers who have to put up with this crap are such a small part of the electorate that we simply don't matter. The vast majority see this as valuable insurance against people they have been told to fear.

Comment: Re:Gone "dark"??? (Score 1) 225

by bugs2squash (#48652581) Attached to: GCHQ Warns It Is Losing Track of Serious Criminals
Which means that GCHQ need to make a lot of noise about it now, to secure funding. In 10 years time these guys and people like them working for governments around the world will have driven up the level of security in criminal (and foreign gov.) communications so high that they are unable to figure out what messages are passing back and forth, so governments will have to rely on actual police/spy work instead of electronic eavesdropping and that makes GCHQ practically obsolete, or at least subject to being scaled back if all they have to do is listen to the radio and note bearing, frequency and time of day.

Comment: Re:Time to mourn another passing... (Score 2) 156

by bugs2squash (#48613683) Attached to: Dr. Dobb's 38-Year Run Comes To an End
I don't see why Amazon could not do micropayments. One could access content via Amazon's web site, they could lend you, say, $5 when you enroll and when your usage adds up to $5 they bill your payment card, and they bill your payment card anyway at the end of the year. If you become a bad debt they pass the risk on to their content providers. Amazon takes a cut of the micropayment on each transaction.

Comment: David Mertz (Score 1) 280

by bugs2squash (#48612973) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

I really enjoyed reading the book "text processing with python" And one thing that struck me was that the guy writing it has a pretty solid liberal arts background.

So I think if I were you I would find some subject that interests you and to which computing techniques might be applied, learn what you need to be able to address that and then write a blog, a paper or even a book that describes your approach. Then use that to support your application for a STEM job. I am sure you will get PLENTY of feedback if you publish something online that captures peoples imaginations, it would be a great learning experience and make for a good portfolio to show a potential employer.

As a suggestion, why not consider how a graph database could be applied to some topic in literature or public policy or visual arts.

Comment: Re: Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 880

by bugs2squash (#48602325) Attached to: Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney

I would definitely characterize Eric Rudolf as a christian religious bigot. From wikipedia...

Rudolph has made it clear in his written statement and elsewhere that the purpose of the bombings was to fight against abortion and the "homosexual agenda". He considered abortion to be murder, the product of a "rotten feast of materialism and self-indulgence"; accordingly, he believed that its perpetrators deserved death, and that the United States government had lost its legitimacy by sanctioning it. He also considered it essential to resist by force "the concerted effort to legitimize the practice of homosexuality" in order to protect "the integrity of American society" and "the very existence of our culture", whose foundation is the "family hearth".[6] After Rudolph's arrest for the bombings, The Washington Post reported that the FBI considered Rudolph to have "had a long association with the Christian Identity movement, which asserts that Northern European whites are the direct descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, God's chosen people."[24] Christian Identity is a white nationalist sect that holds that those who are not white Christians can not be saved.[25] In the same article, the Post reported that some FBI investigators believed Rudolph may have written letters that claimed responsibility for the nightclub and abortion clinic bombings on behalf of the Army of God, a group that sanctions the use of force to combat abortions and is associated with Christian Identity.[26] In a statement released after he entered a guilty plea, Rudolph denied being a supporter of the Christian Identity movement, claiming that his involvement amounted to a brief association with the daughter of a Christian Identity adherent, later identified as Pastor Daniel Gayman. When asked about his religion he said, "I was born a Catholic, and with forgiveness I hope to die one."[27][28] In other written statements, Rudolph has cited biblical passages and offered religious motives for his militant opposition to abortion.[6] Some books and media outlets have portrayed Rudolph as a "Christian Identity extremist"; Harper's Magazine referred to him as a "Christian terrorist."[29] The NPR radio program On Point referred to him as a "Christian Identity extremist."[30] The Voice of America reported that Rudolph could be seen as part of an "attempt to try to use a Christian faith to try to forge a kind of racial and social purity."[31] Writing in 2004, authors Michael Shermer and Dennis McFarland saw Rudolph's story as an example of "religious extremism in America," warning that the phenomenon he represented was "particularly potent when gathered together under the umbrella of militia groups,"[32] whom they believe to have protected Rudolph while he was a fugitive. In a letter to his mother from prison, Rudolph has written, "Many good people continue to send me money and books. Most of them have, of course, an agenda; mostly born-again Christians looking to save my soul. I suppose the assumption is made that because I'm in here I must be a 'sinner' in need of salvation, and they would be glad to sell me a ticket to heaven, hawking this salvation like peanuts at a ballgame. I do appreciate their charity, but I could really do without the condescension. They have been so nice I would hate to break it to them that I really prefer Nietzsche to the Bible."[33]

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