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Comment: Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698

by internerdj (#48371487) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
I've got several friends in law enforcement. According to them, because of incidents around the country they've had to have tactical training for dealing with a knife wielding attacker. A knife wielding attacker can close and stab a standing officer before he can draw and fire his service weapon at about 10 yards. If we are talking about a novice with a gun and a novice with a knife, then lethality for both men are going to drop significantly beyond that range. Don't underestimate a knife; I've had several skilled people from many backgrounds say it is the scariest thing you will ever face.

Comment: Re:Dumb idea ... Lots of assumptions .... (Score 1) 698

by internerdj (#48370809) Attached to: US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System
What pool of money would a resource officer come from and what pool of money does the shooter detection system come from? Are they the same? Just because we can pay for a shooter detection system doesn't mean that money can legally be applied to a resource officer's salary instead.

Comment: Re:CYA (Score 1) 127

I'm really confused here. We've got the bankers pressuring the retailers for higher security or they will legally pursue them to cover the damages. Isn't this the picture perfect case where capitalism should solve the problem? Why are the retailers running to the government for regulation? Shouldn't the market solution be cheapest for the pure blooded capitalists of retail?

Comment: Re:my kid (Score 1) 273

by internerdj (#48317015) Attached to: Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart
I found my parents' praise over my intelligence just pointless. I haven't continued the tradition with my children. Not that I don't praise them, just that I don't go out of my way to praise them over intelligence when it is irrelevant. My oldest is in school and more practical praise doesn't seem to give him any more interest in school tasks than I had.

Comment: Re:New and interesting failure methods? (Score 5, Informative) 150

by internerdj (#48303891) Attached to: Smartphone App To Be Used As Hotel Room Keys
I work in a building secured with magnetic doors. The reasoning behind default open is that if an emergency happens and the power system fails there is a higher liability for the doors to fail closed and rescuers be unable to reach victims than for the doors to fail open and someone break in.

Comment: Re:Have to take personal time to vote... (Score 1) 401

by internerdj (#48301223) Attached to: US Midterm Elections Discussion
People are paid to serve on juries without any question of partiality. I personally don't mind using my free time to vote, but I can see the problem with forcing low income voters to use unpaid leave to vote. If I've got to choose between the rent and voting, then it makes my choice pretty clear. Higher income voters are going to get more flexibility to vote and that will probably swing things to the Republicans to an extent.

Comment: Re:All the movies had women in business (Score 3, Interesting) 786

by internerdj (#48198883) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders
For all the talk about the differences in socialization, I know just as many introverted women as I do men. So the question for me is the problem with associating computing careers with being non-social or is the problem telling women they are broken if they aren't social.

Comment: Re: In theory (Score 1) 130

Lucky. You've only had to deal with the eureka moments when they discover something old. The trouble comes when they've wasted a week on a problem that a 2nd year CS student would know from sight or worse they've put it in the code and now someone has to find their race condition.

"Never ascribe to malice that which is caused by greed and ignorance." -- Cal Keegan