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Comment: Re:No s**t Sherlock (Score 1) 361

by cyberchondriac (#48676147) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
I agree with you that sometimes excessive force is used, there's no denying that. Maybe it's the adrenaline; sometimes, it's just part of a power-trip of a dickhead cop. Sometimes it's from nerves and cautious experience, there are times when a suspect under apprehension will act submissive temporarily as a ruse.
I figure there are roughly three different reasons anyone joins a police force:
1) It just runs in the family. Same is true of firefighters, it often just becomes a family legacy, and feels like a duty to join. 2) Probably most rarely, you get a truly altruistic guy who wants to try to better society and get thugs off the street. 3) You get a loser (very often someone who was always in trouble with the law themselves when they were younger) who goes on a power trip and orgasms over authority they're given.. essentially a bully.
I've met all three types. Number 3s are scary, but not representative of all or even most cops. If they were, we'd hear of a lot more incidences than we do, since there are roughly 1.1 million police officers in the US.

Comment: Re:You assume it never is the officer. (Score 0) 361

by cyberchondriac (#48676071) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
Quite the contrary. Why does the officer have greater responsibility? His life is every bit as important, if not more, than some thug's. Here's why society is breaking down. We ALL have responsibility to be civil to each other in a civilized society. Why do black thugs get a free pass? That's bullshit. A cops job is to protect society from bad people, not baby sit them.

Comment: Re:i'm not going to see this (Score 1) 348

by cyberchondriac (#48676045) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
Well, it's subjective i guess. I wouldn't care to own any of the new Star Trek films on DVD/BluRay. Sadly though (to me) the same applies to the Hobbit films. I bought the first one sometime after seeing the film in the theater, but after realizing I had no interest in watching it (again) I haven't bothered buying the DVD of the 2nd film. I did go see it in the theater, and I'll go see the 3rd for what it's worth, but .. I have no interest in buying the rest of the DVDs, even to see the special features. Seems like it would just be a bunch of green screen stuff. I just wanted to see a well-rendered dragon on the big screen. :)
Conversely, I'm happy to own the LotR discs, and watch reruns all the time.

Comment: Re:No s**t Sherlock (Score 2) 361

by cyberchondriac (#48667205) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
Yes, it goes both ways. Very often the viral videos you see of police brutality does not show what led up to the transgression, so, a portion of the cases may be misrepresented by way of missing context.
This way, everyone has an objective look at the entire encounter. The cameras are a win-win for everyone.

Comment: Re:How ghey (Score 2) 43

by cyberchondriac (#48667165) Attached to: NuSTAR Takes Beautiful X-ray Image of Sol
Sunne (or Sunna) was the OE/Germanic/Scandinavian name for the Sun (thus it's common name). Sol is the latin name for our Sun. That's why our star system is the "solar" system. It tweaks my OCD when people -especially scientists- refer to another star system as a "solar" system.
Sol /= star, it means our particular star. Though I have a feeling continued usage of it in manner will ultimately change the definition.

Comment: Re:i'm not going to see this (Score 1) 348

by cyberchondriac (#48666911) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
Perhaps not, but still, there's enough there in the story that it could have been done much, much better. The difference between Jackson's Hobbit and Jackson's LotR is night and day. The LotR trilogy is a modern classic, the Hobbit trilogy is a big fat misfire. He really did eschew themes, morals, and deeper thinking for soulless CGI action; it's like the new Star Trek films all over again.

Comment: Re:sounds like relevent expertise (Score 2) 328

Nemesis itself also being probably the worst Star Trek film in history. Though most of the TNG movies were stinkers, except the Borg one. I loved the TNG series, it's a shame that whatever the series had didn't translate over to the big screen very well.

Comment: Re:Screw them (Score 1) 221

On paper, that might sound viable to you. But it would pretty well result in NK attacking and lashing back out at anyone they could: SK, Japan, etc..
Chances are the theater threats were .. well, pure theater. But an actual military attack on Pyongang, hello WWIII, or at least the Korean War again.. And I'm sure the Chinese would just sit tight like good little dogs because the ol' USA told them to. The world is not that simple, do not let your emotions cloud your better judgment. K-Ju and crew (love that) will get their just desserts. I suspect we're going to hack back the fuck out of them.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)

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