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Comment: Re:So cool (Score 1) 22

by PopeRatzo (#49754979) Attached to: A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

Or are you suggesting that turbans are only for "brown" people?

Nah, I'm just concerned that there is a religious significance to the turban that would offend people if I wore one. Like the time grew payot and wore a shtreimel while I was front man for a Christian death metal band, The Fifth Horseman.

Comment: So cool (Score 1) 22

by PopeRatzo (#49754537) Attached to: A Conversation with Druva Co-Founder Jaspreet Singh (Video)

I hope this isn't taken the wrong way or offends anyone, but I think turbans are extremely cool. I play music with a Sikh dude and always envy his headgear. If you think about all the cultural & religious headwear for men in the world, why are white American men so badly shortchanged? I can either wear a Carhartt mesh back trucker cap and look like someone who pimps out his little sister for meth or a flat-brim baseball cap and look like a gangbanger. Or, I can wear a fedora and look like some skeevy YouTube PUA or a knit skully and look like a hipster. Bowler hats or top hats are not really me, you know? What's left? A North African kufi hat is kind of slick, but what I really want to wear is a turban. I've dug them since I was a kid and saw stuff like this:

or this...

or this...

There's a rich history of cool musicians wearing turbans. Dr Lonnie Smith, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, even Professor Longhair was known to show up in a turban. I once saw the Fabulous Thunderbirds live and harmonica player extraordinaire Kim Wilson came out in a pair of RayBans and an electric blue turban. Dammit, I want to wear a turban too.

[I hope I didn't offend anyone with this comment, because I sincerely didn't mean to. If someone can offer better headwear alternatives for a white American guy, please do. ]

Comment: Re: Why ext4 (Score 1) 221

It was great... until the other filesystems caught up while it was not under development.

It was great... until it went on a rampage and murdered your data. I kid, but I'm also serious. When it was in current development, no other fs was as efficient with small files, and there's a lot of those on the average Unix system so that's of great interest. But it also was the least reliable filesystem in common use. So it was really never worth using.

Comment: Re:How about ... (Score 1) 422

by drinkypoo (#49754419) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

I can't opt out of paying the advertising tax (through everyday higher prices of every single damn object I purchase).

You can't opt out completely, not if you want to be a functioning member of society, but you can mitigate the issue by choosing to buy as many products as possible which are not advertised. One of the nifty things about the web is that you can actually find those products now...

Comment: Re:I want the same question answered clearly (Score 1) 165

by drinkypoo (#49754355) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What's the Best Dumb Phone?

Motorola made an e-Ink candybar phone for India at one point, is that still around? Would it be useful in any other countries, given the frequencies? It was supposed to have more or less best-ever battery life, like a month of standby or something nutty like that, and days of talk time.

Comment: Re:I'm extremely surprised... (Score 2) 124

by garcia (#49753167) Attached to: The Body Cam Hacker Who Schooled the Police

In Minnesota, the public sector is mandated by statute to release information to the public and be setup in a way which facilitates this action:

Subdivision 1.Public data. All government data collected, created, received, maintained or disseminated by a government entity shall be public unless classified by statute, or temporary classification pursuant to section 13.06, or federal law, as nonpublic or protected nonpublic, or with respect to data on individuals, as private or confidential. The responsible authority in every government entity shall keep records containing government data in such an arrangement and condition as to make them easily accessible for convenient use. Photographic, photostatic, microphotographic, or microfilmed records shall be considered as accessible for convenient use regardless of the size of such records.

I have used this exact quoted statute many-a-time to force local government agencies in Minnesota to not only provide me information, which they were usually willing to do, but for free or very low cost.

I made a request once to a public transit agency who told me it would be several hundred dollars to do. I told them if they had followed the statute to make the data readily accessible by the public, it wouldn't require the work they were trying to charge me to do. Their legal counsel informed them I was indeed correct and I got it for the cost of the media.

Maybe there is a similar statute in this case which drove the decision?

Comment: Re:This is why adultery is wrong (Score 2) 144

This is why people with substantial power — such as, first of all, government officials — must not engage in adultery or anything similarly reprehensible even if it is not illegal for the rest of us. Not because of some wicked "puritanism", but because it opens them up to blackmail, that corrupts government thus affecting all of us.

And if I do it, it opens me up to getting my throat slit in my sleep.

Comment: Re:Yeah, disappointing (Score 1) 769

There are plenty of men who are killed by their wives too. Here is a handy list of domestic abuse studies

It's still over three to one, with three times as many men killing their female spouses as women killing their male spouses.

So, when you say, "plenty", you are definitely not speaking relatively. For example, last year we had 1500 women killed by intimate men and 400 men killed by intimate women (and yes, that includes women who had a second man kill the husband).

Now, if you want to look at the ratios of non-fatal abuse, it's even more stark. Despite what you will see on PUA websites, men are far more likely to abuse their female spouses.

Comment: Re:Pretty stupid politicians (Score 1) 34

by drinkypoo (#49749487) Attached to: Security Researchers Wary of Wassenaar Rules

You probably can't even list the apps installed on your laptop, let alone want to uninstall and reinstall them later. You're not 'pretty stupid' for that, its normal.

Uh, what? I most certainly can list the apps installed on my laptop, in a variety of ways. What kind of moron are you that you can't?


DNA On Pizza Crust Leads To Quadruple Murder Suspect 164

Posted by samzenpus
from the taking-a-bite-out-of-crime dept. writes: In a case straight out of CSI, CNN reports that police are searching for the man suspected in the gruesome slayings of the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper, after his DNA was purportedly found on a pizza crust at the scene of the quadruple murders. They discovered his DNA on the crust of a Domino's pizza — one of two delivered to the Savopoulos home May 14 as the family was held hostage inside — a source familiar with the investigation said. The pizza apparently was paid for with cash left in an envelope on the porch. The next morning, Savvas Savopoulos's personal assistant dropped off a package containing $40,000 in cash at the home, according to the officials and police documents.

The bodies of Savopoulos, along with his wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son Philip and the family's housekeeper, Veralicia Figueroa, were discovered the afternoon of May 14 after firefighters responded to reports of a fire. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier says the killings are likely not a random crime and police have issued an arrest warrant for the 34-year-old Daron Dylon Wint, who is described as 5'7 and 155 lbs and might also go by the name "Steffon." Wint apparently used to work at American Iron Works, where Savvas Savopoulos was CEO and president. The neighborhood is home to numerous embassies and diplomatic mansions as well as the official residence of Vice President Joe Biden and his wife. "Right now you have just about every law enforcement officer across the country aware of his open warrant and are looking for him," says Lanier. "I think even his family has made pleas for him to turn himself in."

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