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Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 302

by crtreece (#49628813) Attached to: Uber Forced Out of Kansas

There's no public health concern in kitchen safety outside of fire hazards

I think you might have missed a few.

Storing food at unsafe temperatures, in areas with bugs, and preparing it improperly (e.g. cutting veggies on the same cutting board as raw meat) can lead to food poisoning, salmonella, or other spread of other diseases.

Not having appropriate tools and chemicals to clean up spills and mark areas that have been recently cleaned can create slip and fall hazards for employees.

Improper cleaning and storage of knives and other cutting utensils can lead to employees being cut or stabbed.

Improper care of cuts or other open wounds by employees can spread infectious disease.

Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 2) 489

by crtreece (#49440015) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

LEOs have to worry about that every single time they pull someone over. Is it a soccer mom, a businessman, or a three strikes felon who doesn't want to go back inside? They don't know.

Sorry, but any LEO that gives this line is flat out wrong. Since 1980, there have been only 2 years, 1980, and 2001, where there were more than 200 officer deaths. In 2013, there were 100 deaths, and 51,625 assaults, and 14,857 assaults with injury. Last year, out of over 900,000 sworn officers, there were 117 fatalities (didn't find the assault numbers). Of those dealths, 49 were related to a vehicle crash, 20 of which involved 1 vehicle. It sounds like driver training might be what they are lobbying for.

Top 10 deadliest jobs by death/hr worked include things like logger, fisherman, construction, farming/ranching, powerline techs, miners, and truck drivers.

there's a line of duty death in the United States nearly every day of the week. Statistically speaking law enforcement is safer today than it has been in a long time,

hmmm, the math doesn't seem to add up there. If there was one every day, then total officer deaths should exceed 365, which hasn't happened since...ever. 1930 was the last time the number was over 300.

The War on Drugs also alienates the police from our poorest and most vulnerable communities. The same thing happened during prohibition, this is not a new societal phenomenon. Nor can you blame the police, they enforce the law, legislators write it.

I'll give you the first two, but not "I only enforce the law" part. Police unions, owners of private, for profit prisons, and prison guard unions are the largest contributors to campaigns intended to roll back drug prohibitions. There is also a profit motive, at the department level at least, on the law enforcement side. Civil Forfiture allows police to confiscate personal property with no trial or conviction.

These people are a minority, out of the dozens of LEOs I know I can only name one that falls into this category. Short tempered and thin skinned are bad personality attributes for LEOs.

You have the beginning of a point there. The rest of the point is, the so called "good" officers won't cross the blue line of silence by reporting and testifying against the problem officers. Instead, you get the opposite. Just this week in South Carolina, officer Michael Slager shot and killed an unarmed man, Walter Scott, who was originally accused of trying to take the officers taser. Another officer statement confirmed this report. But wait, independent video later showed that Scott was unarmed, running away, and didn't have the taser. Well, he didn't have it until officer Slager dropped it near the dead body.

Until the LEO community is willing to apply the law to themselves, they will continue to have a reputation as corrupt thugs.

the media and body politic never make a story out of LEOs doing their jobs correctly.

They also never tell a story about a positive outcome from drug use, citizen use of a firearm in self defense, and plenty of other stuff. So how does that make the police shooting case much different?

Law enforcement is a customer service orientated business; unfortunately, all of the customers are assholes."

So LEO have just as many stereotypes as the general public? If your friend doesn't want to deal with types of people and situations that come up in that job, they should look for something different. A drunk shouldn't be a bartender, a junkie shouldn't be a doctor or pharmacist, and people with short tempers and an us vs. them attitude shouldn't be LEO.

Comment: Re:A great deal of your life? (Score 1) 394

by crtreece (#49414343) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?
NoScript is an add on to the firefox web browser. By default it blocks all javascript from running in your browser session, which is how all the social media buttons on websites track you as you click links and move around web pages. I normally set it to temporarily allow scripts from the base domain of sites I visit. So, for example, javascript would be allowed from *, but if pages on slashdot try to load additional scripts from third party sites like linkedin or facebook , those are blocked.

Using noscript does lead to some compatibility/useability issues, as a lot of the interactive crap built into websites works via calling scripts from other sites. There is an option in the noscript toolbar button to temporarily enable scripts from individual sites. By carefully allowing temp loading of scripts from (non-social media) partner or CDN domains, usually most of the functionality can be regained, while still not loading the tracking scripts from social media sites.

For the /etc/hosts part, there is a tutorial that covers multiple operating systems here. Another alternate hosts file, minus the turorial part, can be found here.

Comment: Re:A great deal of your life? (Score 4, Interesting) 394

by crtreece (#49393537) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Living Without Social Media In 2015?

The only winning move is to install noscript.

Or redirect their entries in /etc/hosts to

That way myspace, digg, reddit, twitter, google+, pinterest, linkedin, and every other social site that's managed to get tracking scripts installed in other sites won't be able to track you.

Comment: Re:We the Government (Score 1) 204

Access? Infrastructure costs? Wireless only requires the operator to have enough towers to cover their area, and get the signal back to wherever their connection to ATT was located. Currently, fiber requires you run a line to every location you will be providing service because any incumbant isn't going to lease their lines to a third party, or the lines aren't there in the first place.

What you are suggesting sounds like the essence of most of the municipal broadband plans I have seen. The city runs cables from homes to a central location(s). A company/co-op/ambitious guy buys upstream bandwidth from the central location to the internet, and uses it to service the customers they have recruited and have access to via the city owned cable plant. Some will bundle additional service on top of that, such as email, a website, a news portal, etc. Others can provide IP connectivity and get out of the way.

For a while, DSL worked like this (I did it from 98-05 or so, IIRC). I paid the ILEC for a "naked" DSL line, but they provided no IP service on the line. I then paid the ISP of MY choice for internet services. If you only wanted IP connectivity, not any bundled VOIP, streaming video, etc, you found an ISP that provided the service you wanted, at the price you were willing to pay and signed up. The ILEC also ran ISP services with all the "value added" crap, so they weren't especially interested in making it widely known that you could use someone else, but it could be done.

I moved out to the country, where no one could spell DSL, then somewhere along the line, the requirement for the ILEC to provide third party access to their copper lines was removed.

Comment: Re:We the Government (Score 2) 204

If there are so many people wanting another provider, another company would show up and eat the existing one's lunch.

If I get together with a group of like minded individual with the goal of creating a local fibre ISP, we will fail for the simple lack of access. In most areas, governments have given a local monopoly to an incumbent cable and/or telephone company, and they have exclusive access to the infrastructure needed to run new cables.

Even if it was physically possible, do we really want 47 different sets of cables run up and down every street?This sounds like a huge waste of resources, and a logistical nightmare to me.

I'm no fan of big government. I do think that government should work to manage community resources that are considered essential, electricity, water, roads; in the past, phone service. Does government get it right, and efficient, every time? No. Is government regulation better than the pure free market approach? I expect yes, but since we don't have a truly free market, we may never know.. What is considered essential changes over time. Either we are now, or will soon be, at the point where internet service is essential.

"The Street finds its own uses for technology." -- William Gibson