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Comment: Re:So... (Score 1) 311

by dwye (#48797039) Attached to: Google Fund To Pay For 1 Million Copies of Charlie Hebdo

So what? I (and most of the non-French-reading world) never heard of Charlie Hebdo before the massacre, either. Does this mean that the Paris attacks never happened, or wouldn't have mattered if it hadn't happened to members of the chattering classes, instead just to of the patrons of the kosher deli where the last male attacker was killed?

Half-pint Hal's thesis was that there was outrage and calls for banning the video, and that "the Internet" is therefore hypocritical for supporting Charlie Hebdo's right to publish what they did. I would suggest that the problem is that the Internet is not a thing, but a large collection of unrelated (intellectually and culturally so, especially) individuals, and that HpH's complaint was like pointing out that some drivers drive drunk and some belong to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or that cat's do not herd.

Comment: Re:Too Late Except For The Coroner (Score 1) 219

by dwye (#48781309) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

When I started typing my comment, I would have been the first post, when saved there were 41 comments before me, almost all saying the same basic thing. Either great minds think alike and LAPD didn't, or the original article should have gone into more and better details.

Yeah, I know. I must be new, here :-)

Comment: Re:Subject Cop To Same Spying They Use On Us (Score 1) 219

by dwye (#48781295) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

Because the people they deal with on a day to day basis should have privacy, That domestic incident and many other things cops have to deal with should not be public to everyone.

If the domestic incident turns into an Officer Use Of Force incident when the couple turn on the intruding officer, it certainly should be public info.

Comment: Too Late Except For The Coroner (Score 1) 219

by dwye (#48781207) Attached to: LAPD Orders Body Cams That Will Start Recording When Police Use Tasers

Turing on the camera AFTER the taser hits only lets us (the cop-cam viewers) see if the cop then refuses to call in the subject's distress when a pacemaker goes on the haywire or if the subject suffers an epileptic fit.

The point of the body cam is to record the actions before the use of force, to determine whether on not excessive force was used, and secondarily whether alternate tactics would have had a better outcome. At a minimum, turn on the camera when the officer exits the vehicle so as to get context; if necessary, the camera can erase non-force exits after vehicle re-entry to prevent using up all the recording time.

Of course, my algorithm fails for foot patrol officers. Perhaps for them, record minute long segments and discard and record over any too long before a triggering event like the taser discharge, then convert the (timestamped, of course) segments into a continuous record as needed. This requires a bit of controlling intelligence on either the body cam or a worn pack, but shouldn't require too heavy a controlling unit, I should think.

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 435

by dwye (#48623967) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

First, the government already seized that land. Any claims to that land by returned exiles will probably be met with the same attitude as claims by Canadians to lands that their Loyalist ancestors lost after the US Revolution.

Second, the land is probably now reserved for use by higher level Party members; they won't be moving.

Third, Cuban prostitutes and taxi drivers make more money than their doctors or University professors.

Yea, the Dictatorship of the Proletariat !

Comment: Re:About Fucking Time (Score 1) 435

by dwye (#48623907) Attached to: In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

Except that there is a limit to how much US citizens can buy per trip, which works out to about half a dozen of the best cigars. My question is how much can you bring back from Canada? I can imagine a business with otherwise unemployed Detroit youths crossing the bridge to Ontario, buying a handful of loose cigars, and recrossing as many times s day as are allowed.

Anyway, the Cuban exiled cigar families that moved to other countries in the Caribbean produce cigars just as good as Cubans made by Cuban bureaucrats, often better.

Comment: Re:Respuctfully, Greenwald Is Wrong (Score 1) 103

by dwye (#48548195) Attached to: Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

Sorry, but I feel that gutless cowards have the same free speech rights as the rest of us, even to advocating for others to snivel and bow and tug their forelocks.

After all, AC is desperately trying to save our families' lives from our advocating copyrights shorter than 150 years after the death of the last person associated with some work, or net neutrality (or against it, or whatever), or using mil-spec encryption on our daily emails.

Comment: Re:Respuctfully, Greenwald Is Wrong (Score 1) 103

by dwye (#48545279) Attached to: Neglecting the Lessons of Cypherpunk History

To be fair, the AC is just expressing the same attitude as every non-political person in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. Or the attitude of slaves in the Antebellum South. Or Hegel's redefinition of "freedom" as the recognition of necessity.

Not everyone is cut out to be Nat Turner, or John Brown. The AC clearly isn't.

Comment: Re:intelligent non-human life (Score 1) 334

by dwye (#48539317) Attached to: Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

I know about the Toba Hypothesis, but the last time that I read something related to the population crunch, the crunch and the eruption were supposedly not close enough together for cause and effect. If Toba is back under indictment, good, that makes things make sense; OTOH, things making too much sense is often a sign that you are missing something important, because reality tends towards messiness.

In these matters the only certainty is that there is nothing certain. -- Pliny the Elder

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