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Comment: Re:SOmething I've always wondered (Score 1) 138

by king neckbeard (#48676637) Attached to: Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'
It's more about they only have the resources to make and promote a certain number of movies, and if it doesn't get a good enough return, it's a poor usage of limited resources. That's why a film can be a disappointment even if it DOES make back it's budget on the opening weekend.

Comment: Re:My review (Score 2) 138

by king neckbeard (#48676541) Attached to: Crowds (and Pirates) Flock To 'The Interview'
While it's not cinematically exceptional and doesn't featuring astounding writing, the Interview is quite insightful in regards to politics. Also, within the film, trashy media was used to make the world a better place, and the violence that was so controversial was actually not that important to the overall plot, so complaining that it's trashy is kind of pointless in a film whose message is that the dick joke pen is mightier than the sword.

Comment: Re:Violence against police ... (Score 1) 357

by king neckbeard (#48669487) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

You are woefully ignorant of police. An MRAP does not make the average cop think he is in danger. It makes the average copy think he is safer because other cops are here and we have a whole lot of intimidation with us. MRAPs are not used for a lone cop on patrol, its used for groups of cops in special situations.

The steady rise of no-knock warrants over often petty offenses would suggest otherwise.

Selection against intelligence, a bogus claim. The two guys I went to high school with who became cops were taking all the college prep math and science classes and doing quite well, trig, pre-calc, chem, physics, etc.

Courts have backed police departments for not hiring police officers that scored too well on a test. I'm not saying that it's a universal problem, but it certainly doesn't help.

Speaking of groups of cops. One of the most effective ways to reduce their fear is to not send them out alone. When a partner is present a cop is far more likely to use a less-than-lethal weapon like a taser or baton than his gun.

That is probably true. Equipping both with a body cam would probably also greatly reduce the plausibility of 'malfunctions' causing footage being lost.

Comment: Re:Violence against police ... (Score 1) 357

by king neckbeard (#48667071) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force
Perception of violence against police is why police react so forcefully. While actual violence against police can be a factor, it is far from the only factor, and it's not unreasonable for it to be an inverse relationship between actual danger and perceived danger. The armament of a department may also play a factor, as if a PD has an MRAP, they might think at some level that they are covering a dangerous area. Police selection against high intelligence may also tie in with aggression.

Comment: Re:Another paleo-wanker... (Score 2) 439

by king neckbeard (#48655893) Attached to: How Venture Capitalist Peter Thiel Plans To Live 120 Years
Part of the problem is the paleo enthusiasts and other fad diets are that they don't have the courtesy to test these things on their own, which can end up influencing the food supply for the rest of us. Full fat content yogurt can be nigh impossible to find in some places because of years of preaching about the dangers of fat.

Mathemeticians stand on each other's shoulders while computer scientists stand on each other's toes. -- Richard Hamming

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