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Comment: Re:Real Problem (Score 1) 264

It's hard to come by any hard stats for this, but here's an article that may shed some light on the issue.

According to the article, out of 800 positions created under DOJ's COPS program, 629 MUST go to veterans who have served at least 180 days of active duty since 9/11. Although this does not provide statistics for the existing law enforcement population, it does provide some insight. There are also numerous articles on the web that talk about transitioning veterans to local police forces.

Comment: Re:Real Problem (Score 4, Insightful) 264

Actually many (not all) of the policemen and policewomen in the U.S. are ex military. They've been trained on the equipment that was donated to the police departments. What we should be asking is why have we come to a time/place that we think we need a swat team knocking on a door for an eviction, or even a low profile drug related arrest.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 200

by lsllll (#47538811) Attached to: Cable Companies: We're Afraid Netflix Will Demand Payment From ISPs

I'm not sure if I would blame my ISP (Comcast) for that. If I'm paying for Netflix, I would expect that they release their packets to my network. This works the other way as well. If I'm paying Comcast for my Internet service, I would expect them to not filter any packets coming to my network. Once I pay for service, my vendor would be obligated to do everything it can do to make sure I can use the services I'm paying for. So, in this case, I would be calling Netflix and complaining.

Having said that, I wouldn't switch my ISP over something like this. I use my Internet connection for WAY too many different things to cancel it just over lack of Netflix. I would cancel my Netflix service instead.

Now, if I had a different, equivalent in speed, option as my ISP (which I don't), I MAY consider switching, but that would be giving in to Netflix's wishes and that's a bad thing in this case.

Going back to TFA, I think the ISPs are full of shit. This could be a prelude to them hiking their rates, even if Netflix doesn't turn to charge them. As it is, in the U.S., we are paying the highest premium for Internet service in the modern world. I don't understand all this corporate bullshit and crying with "we're losing money." Corporations (all the big ones) are raking in money hand over fist. Just look at the dividends they're paying their stock holders.

Comment: Re:Another ignorant fearmongering article (Score 1) 91

by lsllll (#47536149) Attached to: The Truth About Solar Storms
And I suppose you have calculated the magnitude of the solar storms and the voltage that will travel over lines and the distance in the breaker? How can you be sure that it won't arc across the metal underneath the breaker after you've pulled the breaker? I'm not saying it will. I'm not even saying that it'll arc across the breaker, but just saying ...

Comment: Maybe Apples and Oranges? (Score 0) 529

by lsllll (#47488277) Attached to: US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers
I haven't read the detail of the 18,000 M$ is laying off, and I doubt they have the detail anyways. But it could completely be that they're laying off all janitors and hiring an outside firm, or they're laying off a whole bunch of non-skilled or low-skilled workers. They may still need high-skilled workers with H-1B visas.

Comment: Why (Score 1) 203

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that. I'm sure lawyers will hash all this out in court, but my according to the article

Jamerson was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of obstruction against the officer, all misdemeanors, Lyon said.

I am for civil liberties, but I'm not sure I disagree with the charges.

Having said that, his case is about being coerced. Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?


Germany's Glut of Electricity Causing Prices To Plummet 365

Posted by timothy
from the these-low-low-prices-come-with-a-trail-of-blood dept.
WIth an interesting followup to the recent news that Germany's power production by at least some measures was briefly dominated by solar production, AmiMoJo (196126) writes Germany is headed for its biggest electricity glut since 2011 as new coal-fired plants start and generation of wind and solar energy increases, weighing on power prices that have already dropped for three years. From December capacity will be at 117% of peak demand. The benchmark German electricity contract has slumped 36% since the end of 2010. "The new plants will run at current prices, but they won't cover their costs" said Ricardo Klimaschka, a power trader at Energieunion GmbH. Lower prices "leave a trail of blood in our balance sheet" according to Bernhard Guenther, CFO at RWE, Germany's biggest power producer. Wind and solar's share of installed German power capacity will rise to 42% by next year from 30% in 2010. The share of hard coal and lignite plant capacity will drop to 28% from 32%.

Comment: Re:Speculation (Score 5, Funny) 475

by lsllll (#47143247) Attached to: The Sudden Policy Change In Truecrypt Explained
Amen brother! I switched to Bitlocker a while ago and never even looked back at LUKS or TrueCrypt. The problem I had, though, was that I run only Linux on my machine. No worries. I installed VirtualBox, created a VM and installed Windows on it. That way I could make /home/lsllll as a private share available in the VM and have Bitlocker go at it. That is the ONLY reason why I run Windows. God praise the Bitlocker developers. They saved me from the NSA.

Comment: Re:no (Score 1) 437

I don't think you understood what GP was saying. He just wanted to make sure that he wouldn't be held liable under any circumstances if A) he was not controlling the vehicle and B) he had all the required maintenance performed on the vehicle.

I can see his point. I wouldn't want to be sued for a "computer glitch" that may end up killing someone. I'm not even sure I want that on my conscience.

Comment: Re:no (Score 1) 437

So are humans. Every single workplace safety program starts and ends with "stop and think what you're about to do before doing it". Our higher functions operate at the timespan of minutes, not fractions of a second. This is also the reason we have traffick laws: they turn driving from an activity requiring judgement into a mechanical exercise. When that fails, accidents follow.

Not necessarily. There was a discussion of this on Slashdot back in 2006. Here's an article that explains the rationale behind removing street signs and lights: Traffic Management. What is boils down to is more driver awareness, not less (mechanical exercise)

Humans have next to no intellectual contextual awareness in realtime situations. Various levels of automation drive your body, most social situations, and even activities usually considered intellectual, like math or programming. "Intellectual contextual awareness" is what you use to pick a career, and often not even then.

I've gotta also disagree here. The day may come in our lifetime when computers can write better novels than Stephen King, but until then our intellectual capacity is king. Computers beating us at chess and in Jeopardy are one thing. A computer writing Romeo and Juliet, or composing Beethoven's Ninth is not around the corner. Hell. A computer which can do the menial programming tasks on do on a computer is not even around.

At the end of the day, I don't want a computer driving my car, because I enjoy driving my car. I like to keep it in third gear and hear the engine roar for a bit when I'm driving on the highway before I put in fourth. I just don't think I would get the same pleasure if a computer was driving my car.

It is impossible to enjoy idling thoroughly unless one has plenty of work to do. -- Jerome Klapka Jerome