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Comment: Re:Buy the book BANNED by Costco! (Score 0) 135

by jedidiah (#47418607) Attached to: Alcatel-Lucent's XG-FAST Pushes 10,000Mbps Over Copper Phone Lines

If it weren't for all of this fake controversy and bogus righteous indignation, I would have no idea what this book is. Perhaps it just didn't sell well at Costco. It's a warehouse store you know. You can't depend on an item being there the next time you visit even if it was there the last time.

These Tea Baggers seem to be missing the whole "Warehouse Club" concept here.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 497

by jedidiah (#47415705) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

I might not be able to build a skyscraper but I can nail some boards together, plunge a toilet, wire a room, or lay some tile.

Basic home maintenance is something that everyone needs to understand regardless of whether they own their place or not. People need to know enough to be able to delegate to experts and not get robbed in the process. People need to understand what they are buying.

People need to be able to fend for themselves on a very basic level.

This American love of stupidity only serves to make for easier victims.

Comment: Re:Cry Me A River (Score 1) 497

by jedidiah (#47415633) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

"Complex" is not for laymen. There is only so much that you can do with any "appliance". Beyond that, you actually have to know what you are doing. This "problem" has nothing to do with programming.

Once you get into "complex", you really do want something along the lines of a profession were people have to be licensed and they can be held accountable for their failures. For the "complex" stuff, we should be striving MORE for something comparable to real engineering or medicine rather than pushing for trained monkeys and amateurs.

Right tool for the job and all that...

Comment: Re:Well, of course (Score 2) 359

I'm sure the data is used for various nefarious purposes

No doubt planned by a guy with a cat in his lap, who likes to say "eeexcellent" a lot.

That's a bit farfetched, but everything the NSA was confirmed to be doing was also farfetched before Snowden leaked those documents.

There was nothing far-fetched about the idea that the government was dong metadata analysis, or working with large corporations to access their data. Both of those things were pretty much an open "secret" well before Snowden leaked anything; he merely provided greater detail about the extent of those operations, and brought that information into the public consciousness.

Besides which, if your thought process goes along the lines of "these far-fetched things have happened, therefore all these other far-fetched things are probably true" .... you are not a rational person. People who think that way end up believing every goddamn conspiracy theory under the sun.

Comment: Re:Well, of course (Score 5, Insightful) 359

If you dare to not follow the herd, think for yourself, make up your mind by yourself without the aid of government "guided" media, of course you must be an extremist.

It's frightening how close the US already got to the USSR of old.

Oh, irony.

See, a rational person would have looked at what's going and concluded that the NSA's position is "of course you're more likely to be an extremist" rather than "of course you must be an extremist". But self-styled "free-thinkers" such as yourself always seem to tend toward these extreme, paranoid views that barely resemble the actual situation. It's almost as if you tended towards extremism or something.

Comment: Re:First world problems (Score 1) 348

by jedidiah (#47370961) Attached to: Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap

...although a screensaver can be a really simple thing. It doesn't need to be some power hungry monster that eats your entire download cap. This is simply the common developer problem of not being able to relate to the end user. They are used to having unlimited resources and code accordingly.

      More experienced vendors in the same space don't take such a boneheaded and obviously wrongful approach.

Comment: Re:or don't trust the Internet (Score 1) 191

by jedidiah (#47369099) Attached to: 30% of Americans Aren't Ready For the Next Generation of Technology

The local hospital? Are you kidding? Do you know what kind of nasty stuff you can pick up at the hospital? Some of it is even anti-biotic resistant.

You don't want to be hanging out at the hospital any more than you absolutely have to. It's much like the Internet in this regard.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 203

Which still makes me question: why 39 shots when the victim (allegedly) shot only once?

I once saw a platoon of soldiers fire ~600 rounds on a crowd of protesters who threw an egg. The first guy to fire thought it was a grenade. The rest followed suit. Luckily it was a training exercise ... but in real life shit goes sideways all the time, too. If you think you're any better, you couldn't be more wrong. If you had been there manning the perimeter, you would have fired right along with the rest.

We train hard to reduce the chances of shit like this happening in a real scenario, but no amount of training can completely eliminate it. And when you have millions of cops engaging daily in violent interactions ... it's a miracle that these kinds of fiascoes happen as rarely as they do. The only reason people find it exceptional is because youtoube is full of videos of cops behaving badly, and you can watch 50 of them in an afternoon. If you actually had to view them in proportion to normal, everyday interactions, you'd be sitting there all year. People just don't understand large numbers and selection bias.

Comment: Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 203

More likely: the killing of the granny was indeed an honest mistake, and then they tried to cover up their mistake by making her look like a criminal by planting drugs and the gun, in an attempt to justify their actions.

Yes, that's quite possible, if unlikely. Thanks for being one of the fee reasonable commenters.

Firing 39 shots sounds totally excessive - the hit rate is also pretty bad indeed. That indeed leaves some 33 stray bullets, no telling where they ended up.

They ended up inside the house. The hit rate is actually quite good. Take it from me. On the range I get every round in the bullseye. In a kinetic situation I'm lucky if I get 1 out of 4 on target. And I'm a guy who has better training than the police.

Civvies seem to expect every cop to be trained to special-forces standards. That expectation is ... unrealistic, to say the least.

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