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Comment: Re:Why not talk to black people??!! (Score 1) 446

by internerdj (#48612383) Attached to: Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies
I clicked through to the article. I'm not sure what this has to do with "experiencing" race. When people talk about racism it is about how people treat them because of their skin color but this looks like a virtual mirror that turns your skin color dark. It might have some minor effects on my behavior but it doesn't really instruct me about what it is to actually be someone of another race.

Comment: Re:defense against bennett (Score 2) 189

Do you understand the "why" of stand your ground and castle? It is an extension of self defense justifications. Self defense justifications are for protection against crimes that result in intentional, direct, grievous harm to a specific person; things like rape and murder. Online interactions just don't bear those consequences in any normal case (maybe at some point for connected medical implants); certainly not in the case of Sony protecting itself from monetary loss. Anyone trying to extend SYG or castle that direction is undermining the entire justice system. SYG, castle, and self defense exist because the justice system is not fast enough to protect victims from irreversible damage from the most heinous of crimes. Property loss can wait on investigation, prosecution, and judgement.

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.

I have never seen anything fill up a vacuum so fast and still suck. -- Rob Pike, on X.