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Comment: Leveling the playing field (Score 1) 285

by nehumanuscrede (#47788893) Attached to: Should police have cameras recording their work at all times?
As it stands today, an officers word ( truthful or otherwise ) is GOLD in a courtroom. Without video evidence to support your version of the story, you are screwed. End of discussion.

Body cameras will help shift this imbalance back a bit to the whole " innocent until PROVEN guilty " instead of " guilty because officer so and so says so ".

Not only that but everyone behaves differently when they know they are on camera. Police and non-police alike. Police loathe being filmed because it deprives them of the power to do whatever they want then justify it later with whatever bullshit story they come up with later.

Is why they throw a tantrum if they see you filming them. They know they can't throw together a bullshit story since video now exists that can directly refute it. Thus do they have to answer for their actions.

Police love the power they wield over non-law enforcement, but they loathe the idea of their actions or behavior being under an ever present all seeing eye they have no control over.

Comment: This is what our leaders don't understand (Score 2) 134

The damage caused to the intelligence community is only a fraction of the damage US corporations will have to endure.

The issue here is trust. Once you betray it, you never fully get it back. Ever.

This is why US companies need to fight this tooth and nail. Because when the truth finally does come out ( and it always does eventually ) it's pretty much THEIR ass that is left hanging in the wind. Regardless if the company is innocent or not, if the trust is gone, so are you. The government picks up the tab for the intelligence community so a trust issue there isn't going to cause them to go bankrupt. Take this into consideration the next time the government knocks on your door and asks for " help " in tracking the bad guys.

It's similar to how I see Law Enforcement anymore. They're not all bad people, but the few idiots they cover for or allow to wear the badge destroys the trust I have in them as a whole. To the point where I no longer trust any of them sadly.

Comment: What it would fix (Score 1) 753

by nehumanuscrede (#47449131) Attached to: Predicting a Future Free of Dollar Bills
The first things that come to mind about what going cashless could potentially fix would be tax dodging and illegal immigration.

Lots of folks love to get paid in cash so they don't have to report it to the IRS as income. In fact, many illegal immigrants are paid this way so a company can continue using them. The incentive for the illegal worker is no tax reporting to draw attention to the fact they're not supposed to be here anyway.

I rarely use cash anymore because unless you write down every purchase, it's difficult to track what you're spending it on. I just put it on a CC, pay it off in full every month and let them send me a report of where most of it is going.

Once you start tracking your own expenses, it definitely becomes an eye opener for you.

Comment: It's all about the $$$ (Score 1) 401

by nehumanuscrede (#47396473) Attached to: No Shortage In Tech Workers, Advocacy Groups Say
After reading the " How often should I change jobs " thread yesterday and noted most do so to keep asking for ever increasing pay, it isn't shocking to realize the big companies have turned to outside skills at a fraction of the cost of an American worker.

Why would they hire you at $100k + / year when they can pick someone up on a work visa, with the same skills, for half of that ? Especially for short term projects ? If they have the skills, how do you compete against someone willing to do the work at a fraction of the pay ?

Companies are under pressure to keep cutting costs and they have cut so much the only thing they have left is the labor pool.

It won't be long before American skills are just too expensive to consider for those companies who have the option to utilize outside labor. If you think unemployment is bad now, wait till they quit hiring locally because you won't / can't work for what your replacement is more than happy to get.

Not sure how to fix it either. Cost of living here is a lot higher than it is in ( insert your favorite country here ) so, as long as they have the skills, they will get the jobs instead of the guy who has had six jobs in the past three years and is demanding insane compensation and will likely jump ship in six months anyway.

Comment: Music (Score 2) 196

by nehumanuscrede (#47343187) Attached to: How Apple Can Take Its Headphones To the Next Level
"Why would the writer think that adding body sensors are an answer, 'instead of improving the fucking sound?"<br><br>They have to go a bit further back than the hardware I think. I've you've looked at a waveform for what passes as music these days, you would agree<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:D Listening to THAT on even a decent set of headphones won't help it any.<br><br>The folks that put this stuff together need to understand that the entire waveform isn't supposed to look like a solid block just barely under the clipping threshold.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:|

Comment: Re:Be polite (Score 1) 286

This line of reasoning works great until they whip out the Taser because you weren't being " co-operative " with the officer.

Your point is valid, never consent to anything nor say anything to Law Enforcement, just understand you'll likely get the shit kicked out of you for standing up for your rights.

Comment: Interesting (Score 1) 454

to note the furor of the drinking crowd is much the same as it is with the gun crowd when folks start talking about means to limit their consumption of it.

The fact that alcohol causes quite a bit of death should come as no shock to anyone. The fact that it causes MORE death than the favorite target of activists ( firearms ) these days isn't much of a shock either. What puzzles me is why folks continue to go after one with such ferocity and not the other ? Why is one such a popular icon of EVIL, while the other does even more damage ? ( Don't even get me started about heart disease, medical mistakes and the real scary killers of us all these days )

When was the last time you heard ANYONE speak of banning alcohol, certain types / amounts of alcohol, or alcohol in scary looking bottles ? Any Congressional bills getting drafted on the matter ? Demonstrations by folks with signs ? Anything ?



Comment: Maybe it's my age . . . (Score 1) 208

by nehumanuscrede (#47310287) Attached to: The Simultaneous Rise and Decline of <em>Battlefield</em>
but it's more likely my experience.<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:D<br><br>I don't buy ANY game at full price anymore. It's not that I'm cheap, I can easily afford them, it's that I'm fed up with games that are effectively Beta II at launch date. Been burned too many times I guess. Within a month of launch, most games will have a Gigabyte sized patch to fix all the crap that should have been fixed prior to release. The world certainly won't end if I don't get to play ( insert AAA title here ) on launch day. Considering the login server issues, DRM and just an overall shitty job ( is there such a thing as Quality Assurance these days ? ) I can wait.<br><br>Usually takes at least six months before I would consider the game stable.<br><br>By that time, all the bugs have been ironed out, the reviews are in either supporting or negating the pre-launch hype and the experience is more pleasant overall.<br><br>If everyone did this, companies would either release a finished and polished product as they are supposed to, or go bankrupt. Simple choice really. I choose to spend my money only on that which is worth it.

Comment: Collateral Damage ? (Score 1) 519

by nehumanuscrede (#47214991) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California
Interesting ruling, but I wonder how long it will take some law school type to figure out they may be able to apply this case to other unions as well.

All unions, to my knowledge anyway, prize seniority over all other variables. You can be the most amazing employee ever, but when it comes to layoffs, if you have less seniority than someone else, you get the boot first regardless of your abilities.

The flip side of that is you can be the most incompetent employee ever and, due to seniority rules, you get to stay because you've sat in the chair longer.

What really burns me about unions is the two aforementioned employees are paid the same once they have been with the company X years. In my opinion, this creates serious motivational issues for both employees:

One realizes they can do the bare minimum and still get paid.

While your super employee realizes that busting their ass is rather pointless since the other one that is sitting in the corner, drooling on themself is being paid exactly the same as well. ( to add insult to injury, if droolio has more seniority, they have more vacation time to boot )

I fight with unionites all the time who try to tell me the pay is what it is because the Union fights for their members. I point out that since Union dues are a percentage of employee pay, the Union is actually fighting for its own pay raise, not the members. It also explains why the unions never back down over pay, but will instantly give in to health care premium increases since those come out of the employees pockets and not the Unions.

Comment: I'll download and play with it . . . (Score 2) 147

by nehumanuscrede (#47160059) Attached to: Pixar To Give Away 3D RenderMan Software
just to see what the differences are between it and Mental Ray and / or V-Ray. ( I own both ) Unless it adds some serious " just gotta have it " reasons over Mental Ray or the other commercial renderers, then most folks probably won't bother with it.

The new hotness, however, is GPU rendering. ( eg: I-Ray or Octane )

If Renderman supports GPU rendering, then it will gain a lot more interest as it won't be considered a deprecated rendering solution.

Comment: There is no such thing as useless . . . . (Score 1) 255

by nehumanuscrede (#47150329) Attached to: A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"
I used to think otherwise, but have recently come to the revelation that even the most incapable member of a team can be useful under the right circumstances.

Example: One of my team members has been with us a few years. Their capabilities are limited to the most basic of tasks and the odds of their learning the more advanced concepts are slim. Yet, the way our company is structured, their compensation is the exact same as the most capable team members. Creates an odd environment to work in when the most capable are paid the same as the least. . . but that's another story.

One day I realized our LSTM ( Least significant team member ) had a very powerful hidden ability. They now have a code-name: Agent ITWMD. ( Yes, the Information Technology Weapon of Mass Destruction )

Anytime we get an overly pushy marketing department or someone trying to force unrealistic time-lines upon us, we simply deploy the IT WMD to handle that project, sit back and watch the chaos unfold. To give you an idea, what should take two hours will take TWO DAYS with our secret weapon. Imagine sitting on a conference call for two days on a project that any other team member can complete in their sleep in a fraction of the time. It's like being told it will take a week to rotate the tires on your car :D

After one or two of those sessions, the formerly pushy and obnoxious groups will all but BEG us to spare them the horror of such a weapon. We kindly tell them to behave and give us realistic timelines to work with and we'll provide them with a more than capable tech to work with. They usually learn rather quickly. We need only mention the IT WMD on the call when they start to go stupid again and they will instantly understand the direction they are going is the wrong one.

Keep this in mind the next time you have a LSTM of your own. :D

Comment: Re:No shit, this is the JOB of the NSA (Score 1) 241

Terrorism doesn't come to this country because they hate our way of life, our religion, or beliefs. It comes to this country because our foreign policy is, and has been, bomb everyone that doesn't doesn't agree with us as a means of control.

In the eyes of the rest of the world, the United States is the primary exporter of terrorism. We're pretty much the bully of the planet. It's obvious why we don't have daily drone strikes against Russia or China. They won't put up with it and a conflict between Super-Powers doesn't have a guaranteed or predictable outcome. So we pick on the little countries instead.

We kill some folks with a drone strike, they gun down an embassy, we stomp our feet and point " Look, look ! Teh terrorists ! " and we launch another drone. :|

Americans like to think we are the just ones here. We right the wrongs of the world and that we're the shining example of how things are supposed to be. That's what has been burned into our heads since day one. It's starting to become crystal clear just how incorrect that line of thinking really is. Sadly, outside of an armed revolution*, it's unlikely we'll be able to remove enough of the established government to make any real change in how things work here. It would basically take a complete removal of our elected leadership with some major changes to the existing laws and rules to get us back on the right track.

I sincerely hope there is more to come from Mr. Snowdens documents. I also hope the information contained therein is horrific enough to snap the average American out of the " everything is ok " daze we've been in for the last several decades. Because it will take something along those lines to get the engine of true change running.

*For the inevitable " good luck with your guns vs the military might " post that always seems to show up, I'll simply point out the last several conflicts the US has been involved with were against a much weaker military opponent who used basic guns and IED's. No tanks. No ships or aircraft to speak of. We haven't " won " any of those conflicts in recent history unless you believe the propaganda. Just food for thought before you post it.

At some point, the world will completely lose trust in the United States and when that happens, our existence and / or relevance as a country will cease to be.

Comment: You can't fix this with laws (Score 2) 96

when our government can trump them with their " think of the terrorists / kids / national security / state secrets " bullshit.

They're already breaking constitutional laws on an epic scale, do you really think they give two shits about breaking some more ?

It's akin to thinking the " no guns " sign on the front door of a bank will somehow magically avert a bank robbery :/

A nice symbolic gesture perhaps, but laughable if anyone believes it will make any difference.

The only way this gets fixed is when the companies realize that being in bed with the US govt is great, until you get caught. At which point you've eroded public trust to the point you can't GIVE away your product. You may as well blow out the candles and go home.

Comment: Re: I think it's backward. (Score 1) 258

by nehumanuscrede (#46959199) Attached to: The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling
Google: We're going to give you a super-car for the price of a consumer model. The caveat is we're going to install cameras, microphones and gps into it so anytime you use it, we get to collect all your " meta-data " for use as we see fit. We swear we won't sell it to third parties and certainly won't let the government -cough-NSA-cough- ever use it. Really :)

Not that AT&T is the champion of digital privacy by any means, but Google isn't exactly a savior either. The old saying " Beware of strangers bearing gifts " comes to mind.

Comment: Re: GigaPower isn't Gigabit Bandwidth (Score 1) 258

by nehumanuscrede (#46959127) Attached to: The Mere Promise of Google Fiber Sends Rivals Scrambling
It is to their business customers. Fiber systems terminating directly to the customer site breaking out into gigabit eth connection points. Need a gigabit connection ? No problem, can just connect your office to the shiny new unit in the basement with some cat-5e and you're good to go.

You can not win the game, and you are not allowed to stop playing. -- The Third Law Of Thermodynamics