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Comment: Paranoid since latest events (Score 1) 468

by emaname (#48916585) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

I support our local constabulary. Hell, I've generously donated to them on more than one occasion during my mid-life crisis. But I think this response is unnecessary.

My impression of the 'police stalker' is entirely the opposite. I think it's a 'police protector.'

When I'm traveling somewhere and see patrol car lights ahead, I slow down and move over, if possible, to give them more room. I'm sick and tired of hearing about self-involved, inattentive drivers who plow right into a policeman/sheriff during a traffic stop.

Give these officers a break. Slow down and, if possible, move over. Give them room to do their already scary dangerous job.

Perhaps another perspective on this is it might motivate the officers to be more attentive. Pay attention to your surroundings.

I also have to wonder if there isn't a way to manage the obviousness of their presence. There are places on the interstate where everybody adjusts speed and changes lanes because they are so familiar with a patrol car being there. I certainly don't need Waze there. So what are the options re new locations or unmarked vehicles?

Personally, I don't use it. I've nearly deleted it several times already and after this discussion, I'll consider dumping it again. I thought it would give me some useful info while our interstate gets a major 5-year overhaul. It just hasn't turned out to be useful. I've ref'd to it on several of our trips, but didn't see anything I didn't already know or expect.

Finally, if the US National Sheriffs' Association is so uncomfortable with this, then do some work internally so you prevent poorly adjusted individuals from becoming officers just because they can carry a weapon and intimidate people and assert some sort of manly image for themselves. Then your public image might improve and you won't feel as persecuted as you probably feel now.

I know they go through some evals, but (IMHO, IANAL, AFAIK) several of these terrible tragedies were on the officer for not following protocol. There is room for improvement and I certainly understand the demands put upon them by society. They are extreme. But, in the final analysis, you, the US National Sheriffs' Association, is responsible for how society in general responds to your actions.

Personally, I think if someone wants to target police officers, they'll always find a way. People like that are already motivated by hate towards authority figures.

Comment: Belkin is out (Score 1) 191

by emaname (#48088699) Attached to: Belkin Router Owners Suffering Massive Outages

Spent close to 2 hours with this in the AM. First, the ISP; ie, TWC. They directed me to Belkin. So I tried calling Belkin. It took an hour to get tech support. Their phone system kept disconnecting me. Plus I was trying to access their web site via my phone. Of course, their site was hosed, as well.

When I finally got through, it was to someone in India. She was very thorough, but ultimately no help. (Now I know why.) She assured me I would get a call back in about 2 to 4 hours with a solution.

After finishing the call and hanging up, I was out the door and headed to the nearest store. Bought a different router and am back online.

And what a surprise! Belkin never called me back with a solution. I was SO expecting it.

Comment: Boeing... really? (Score 1) 200

by emaname (#47920221) Attached to: WSJ Reports Boeing To Beat SpaceX For Manned Taxi To ISS

So I guess they've forgotten how well the Lockheed Martin F-35 JSF project is going. That's not to say SpaceX might not disappoint in the same way, but to assume the bigger corporate entity will just naturally be better prepared to meet expectations is a bit naive.

This smacks of cronyism... again.

Boeing == Big corporate entity with plenty of lobbyists and political influence. So can you say "Program cost increases and delays." I'll bet you can.

So much for opportunity in America.

Comment: Re:Moving to seattle? (Score 1) 76

by emaname (#47092539) Attached to: Steve Ballmer In Talks To Buy Los Angeles Clippers


If I had any mod points, you'd get 'em all.

That is a great example of how these huge business entities increase the burden on taxpayers.

Speaking of entitlements... How about including crap like this in the discussion. Corporations/teams/whatever should pay their own way. No more taxing the people so billionaires can become even more wealthy than they already are.

Comment: Freezing the market (Score 1) 360

by emaname (#46790001) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"

This sounds like "freezing the market." It's a marketing strategy.

I'm going to "cop out" and suggest (if you're interested) you should search on this: marketing strategy "freeze the market"

There are much better explanations/examples out there than I could ever provide.

I've been accusing MS of using this strategy for years and their name appears in several of the results re releases of Xbox and more.

Now we can include Mercedes in this auspicious group of hucksters.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.