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Comment: Re:A new gig for him (Score 1) 277

by fightermagethief (#49041593) Attached to: Jon Stewart Leaving 'The Daily Show' looks pretty dope. The about page definitely got my attention. I put it in the tabs for browsing in a bit. What's your take on it?

As far as witness testimony; what is funny is that, on the books, a police officer's word in court is taken as fact. I guess as long as no conflicting, actual evidence is found. I don't really have a better solution, since that turns every 1on1 arrest/ticket scenario into a case of 'his word against hers', or whatever you want to call it. Witnesses end up fabricating more and more elaborate stories, depending on how they are pressured by interrogators, or just because they feed off the attention.

        I think it's tied closely with the need to dramatize one's own life, so someone can picture their contribution as an epic struggle instead of prosaic or unnecessary. Like Brian Williams can retell the story of narrowly avoiding rocket-death to himself before he can even apprehend that he is exaggerating, or like I try to imagine an epic struggle for philosophical superiority when I pay for a minor ticket in court.

Comment: Re:They can be helped (Score 1) 289

I don't know a lot, but I am willing to bet that autistic people are as different from each other as they differ from us.

There have been all kinds of articles on that tip recently. I will just leave the google results. They seem to come to every possible permutation of conclusion on the subject, but there are a lot of good brain graphics.
Uniqueness of Autistic Brains

Comment: Re:Sad Hacker (Score 2) 136

I don't know about that. It looks like somebody would have had to find the exploit and kept quiet. The vague language in the summary made it sound serious enough that selling tools for it would probably make a headline or two. Remote access, full admin control, deleting files (gasp), actually did someone just confuse a movie review of Blackhat with a real event?

Comment: Re:Totally not thriving (Score 1) 79

by fightermagethief (#49029155) Attached to: The Dark Web Still Thrives After Silk Road

Although there are exceptions to every rule, this honor among thieves is a rather ridiculous notion.

At the very least, should you get less than expected purchasing something from someone who steals for a living, you are required to respond with I should have seen that coming.

I think it's the lawful evil mindset that explains this behavior. Self-interest provides an incentive for the seller to have buyers perceive them as honoring their agreements, if not general morality. I know that not everything can be explained with AD&D metaphors, but the alignments are a good abstraction to describe a lot of behavior.
I took an online alignment test and despite answering it truthfully (some answers I would be hesitant to reveal in real life), I surprisingly got a neutral good result. I always thought I was chaotic good or true neutral.
If anyone is interested: alignment test

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them. -- Bill Vaughn