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Comment: Re:Hyde Park, Chicago (Score 2) 330

by ilctoh (#45065259) Attached to: Sick of Your Local Police Force? Crowdfund Your Own
I was going to mention something along these lines - this concept really isn't that unusual. I worked in the public safety sector (EMS, though, not law enforcement) in the Cleveland, Ohio area for a few years. I was amazed at the number of distinct law enforcement agencies that had overlapping jurisdictions. In addition to the individual municipal departments, county sheriff, and state agencies, here's a set of a few I remember, just in the Cleveland area:
  • University Circle Police - a private department funded by the businesses they serve. University Circle is a neighborhood housing many significant educational, medical, cultural and historical facilities, which is bordered on all sides by very high-crime neighborhoods
  • The Transit Police, which I believe may be the largest department in Ohio - polices the public transit buses, trains and terminals
  • CMHA Police - serves the public housing projects in the county
  • CMSD Police - serves Cleveland's public school district
  • Cleveland's three largest hospitals, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and MetroHealth, each have their own police forces (though apparently not web sites)
  • Metro Parks Rangers - basically park rangers with police authority
  • Most of the colleges and universities in the area (even the small schools and technical colleges) have their own campus police forces

That's obviously in addition to all the private security services that lack full law enforcement authority. And I'm probably leaving a few out in my list above - it's been a few years since I've lived there or payed real close attention. But the point is, it's by no means unusual for a private organization to form it's own full-fledged police force.

Comment: Re:data (Score 3, Informative) 344

by ggwood (#43561433) Attached to: New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

Here is the quick summary of the historical trends by major:
From 1970 until 2010, US population grew by about a third. However, the number of bachelor's degrees granted doubled. This is reasonable - we have a more knowledge driven economy.
There were about 52 thousand engineering and computer degrees per year around 1970. By 2010, this number is about 120 thousand - so that more then doubled. Much of this is related to computer science/information degrees (not surprising). Engineering increased but failed to double.

Math/statistics degrees decreased from about 25 thousand per year to 15 thousand per year. That might be concerning.

Physical science degrees (mostly chemistry, some geology and physics) were unchanged: about 21 thousand per year up to about 23 thousand per year. That might not sound great.

Education degrees fell from 176 thousand per year to 101 thousand per year. Ya, that is probably not good.

So what boomed? Business degrees. From 115 thousand per year in 1970 up to 358 thousand per year in 2010, which is about 22% of all degrees granted. And if you look at salary and unemployment, they do not do too bad - about on par with life science majors; better than most majors.

After business degrees, social science degrees are the next largest category, but the raw number granted per year (from 1970 to 2010) did not grow very much.

Health care related degrees, performing arts and psychology also more then doubled.

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When we hear horrible economic news, it causes suffering even in the wealthiest nations. Yet the proposed remedies, such as more generous welfare benefits, or perhaps less government regulation are questionable in their ability to address the real problems and politically nonviable.

I believe there is an alternative which will be palatable to most in the US and will preserve the best aspects of capitalism while mitigating the damages.

Comment: data (Score 1) 344

by ggwood (#43558573) Attached to: New Study Suggests No Shortage of American STEM Graduates

You can find the breakdown of degrees by area in the US from:

You can find estimates of initial unemployment rates after getting a college degree, and expected earnings from:

If anyone knows more links to other data sets, I would be very interested. I want to provide my students with the best data available.

If you are interested in physics, the American Institute of Physics ( under "Physics Resources", "Statistical Research" has a huge amount of data - if anyone has similar data for other STEM majors (actually, for any major) I'm interested.

Comment: Dont be fooled (Score 1) 123

by halo8 (#33982894) Attached to: On Several Fronts, US Gov't Prepares To Regulate Online Privacy

Dont be fooled, the corporations and governments will craft legislation to give them all the power they want to collect all the data they want, think: national security.

What Privacy Acts really do, In countries like Canada, is protect the governments and protect the corporations.
its so simple
"sorry we cant release that information because it would violate the persons privacy"

Executives, Politicians, Middle Managers, Bureaucrats, they are all people too, they all have a right to privacy, right?
customer complaints, federal suits, "sorry, we cant release those, privacy"
This happens all the time to Canadian media.

Comment: If you market it, some guy with credit will buy it (Score 1) 535

by halo8 (#33897774) Attached to: Huge Shocker — 3D TVs Not Selling

It should come to no surprise to any one that there are 3.2 Million people in North America that will be buying these TV's
Think about all those douchebags, jersey shore fans, non tech people, and guys that just want to show off to the Jones's next door. I do not think any one is worried about these tv's not selling this holiday season.

Comment: Re:Now that's just stupid. (Score 1) 555

by Em Emalb (#33578950) Attached to: UK Teen Banned From US Over Obscene Obama Email

Whoops, didn't close the tag.

The above comments, and this bullshit right here: Slashdot requires you to wait between each successful posting of a comment to allow everyone a fair chance at posting a comment.

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are the reasons this place is going to shit.

Comment: Re:Now that's just stupid. (Score 0, Troll) 555

by Em Emalb (#33574764) Attached to: UK Teen Banned From US Over Obscene Obama Email

I served my country, 5 years in the Marine Corps. I've been all over the world, to countries that saying anything about the leader of that country could get you thrown in prison or worse.
This is a knee-jerk reaction to a kid's momentary lapse of judgement.

You know nothing about me, and it seems, not a whole lot about anything.

Comment: Re:Try Arizona (Score 1) 525

by Em Emalb (#32814466) Attached to: Where I am now, it's ...

No where in the NE (United States at least) does the average humidity level "hover" around 80%, at least not that I could find in my 2 seconds of googling.

That's insane. More like 40-50% is the norm. (Which is still ridiculous. Right now, in Northern Virginia where I live, the temp is 96F with 31% humidity. I just got back from Vegas and it was 109F with much less humidity. Which one was worse? I dunno man, both were stupid hot.

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