Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Comment: Re:Fire them. (Score 1) 515

by cmdr_tofu (#48588819) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

Well there are rules unions and other legal precedents. Police officers are not "at will" employees.

However by any reasonable standard an officer who commits extreme misconduct (falsifying evidence to hide their own culpability) that officer should be fired and charged with a crime. Unfortunately an unreasonable standard has become the de-facto standard at least in many big cities (I have no idea how widespread this is)

Apparently good cops are victims as much as innocent citizens when the police force is corrupt: http://thefreethoughtproject.c...

Comment: Re:Fire all the officers? (Score 3, Insightful) 515

by cmdr_tofu (#48584317) Attached to: Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

yeah good luck with that strategy. This lady was "lucky" that:
1) she wasn't killed or fatally injured (she may have lasting permanent damage though)
2) the police were not successful in destroying her evidence. They appeared practiced. Who is to say they won't do a better job next time.
3) The police fabricated (and witnessed by other police stories) was an obvious fabrication thanks to her evidence. They accused her of trying to run over the police and had other police officers to back them up. They would have been "justified" in killing her to "defend themselves". It sickening the amount of power that corrupt police officers can have.

I have met plenty of good (or so I believed) officers, but now I am terrified of them.

Comment: Re:Don't foget (Score 2) 186

by cmdr_tofu (#48563111) Attached to: NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

I really want to beat the game as a wizard. I'm kind of angry because I had a bag of holding with EVERYTHING, spellbooks scrolls of earth and MagicBane!, but somehow my bag disappeared and I can't even get through the tower because I'm a boulder short and no scroll of earth. Digging with my pickaxe didn't work either

O drow wizard (slashem) your quest may end here.

Comment: Re:Don't foget (Score 2) 186

by cmdr_tofu (#48563095) Attached to: NetHack: Still One of the Greatest Games Ever Written

As far as modern games I've only played nethack and slashem (I've played rogue and moria) Crossfire too, but crossfire is so different.

I can honestly say that after over 10 years of nethacking I am not very close to winning. I love getting a ring of teleportation and eating a bunch of leprechauns and tengus to become "jumpy" though.

Comment: technical problem (Score 1) 720

by cmdr_tofu (#48490945) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

Wow so much unsolicited relationship advice. There certainly are some good answers about larger fans and quieter cases, but the problem of "long USB cables and long HDMI cables" causing propagation delay and lag is interesting. I have never heard of this issue before. How long are we talking? Are the cables shielded? Do you have repeaters in the picture?

Comment: 16 people? (Score 3, Interesting) 252

by cmdr_tofu (#48441973) Attached to: Doubling Saturated Fat In Diet Does Not Increase It In Blood

It seems awfully unscientific to come to any kind of conclusion based on a study of 16 people over a 3 week period with engineered diets.

There is a saturated fat plateau. When you consume enough saturate fats, you cannot absorb them, but that doesn't mean it's a healthy amount to eat.

Add this to the list of misleading studies:

Comment: Re:Owning stock (Score 1) 203

by cmdr_tofu (#48438767) Attached to: Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight To Court

First we should look at the past: In the past Harvard was in fact able to influence Exxons policy, by.... guess what? divestment

As to whether or not stock price affects the company. It does, the company does not sell 100% of its stock. It is used as capital (can be sold) and even awarded employees with sign-on bonuses as well.

As for what the goals of the divestment campaign are, they do not appear to be stopping oil or driving oil companies out of business. This seems to be a strawman that you have created. In the first link I posted, the goals of divestment campaign in Stanford are as follows (ftfl):
"Thus our demands of the fossil fuel companies are simple. In order to show that
they are committed to a livable future, they must
Stop seeking new fossil reserves
Stop promoting climate change denial and lobbying against climate policy
Commit to keeping 80% of theirproven reserves in the ground

As long as fossil fuel companies continue with business as usual, they must be though of as an unethical industry, recklessly pushing us toward global catastrophe." (Case for Fossil Fuel Divestment at Stanford University)

With an ever-growing population and an increasing crunch for resources, climate change is possibly the most significant threat that humanity will face. If these students want to take an approach that is legal, nonviolent and proven successful in the past to try to influence major corporations in a better direction, I say more power to them.

Everybody likes a kidder, but nobody lends him money. -- Arthur Miller