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Comment: Re:Systemic and widespread? (Score 1) 489

by rsierpe (#49439755) Attached to: The Courage of Bystanders Who Press "Record"

These stories of police corruption come from north and south, from many different cities and neighborhoods.

This isn't police corruption, it's police brutality, which is a separate issue. I have friends and family members who are police officers, the lion's share of them are decent people, but knowing them and the small handful of their colleagues who aren't decent people I can proffer a few opinions on what drives behaviors such as these:

Isn't brutality a form of corruption? brutality is simply to shape rules in a way they see fit, with no regards for consequences. Ok, there's no profit, but brutality is a form of corruption anyway.

Comment: Re:What would Linus do? (Score 1) 255

by rsierpe (#49229833) Attached to: On Firing Open Source Community Members
In fact, it never works. If some douche tells me "nope ur wrong lol" and that's it, i dont give a damn what his name is, i'd ask for some proper explanation, or even some half assed one, because if you start getting a-ok with appeals to authority, then it will never stop and you will slowly but inexorably turn into some sheep or zombie doing and thinking because dear leader told you so, and that's ok, because that's what Leader thinks and if he says so he must be right.

Comment: Re: Data transfer? (Score 1) 466

by rsierpe (#49144685) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
Nope, you are assuming the bottleneck is on usb, but it's on ye olde HDD itself, the bottleneck would be the disk itself and it's ultra slow controller. I did just that about 15 years ago when I migrated my stuff from my Pentium 60 MHz to my then new and shiny Pentium 200 mmx , and then again when I migrated to some bigger disk. I did it the painful way, set it up slave, my Psu sucked so got an old PC and got the juice from it and copied everything to my new HDD. It took me about 30 hours to move 1gb Today I know better and I also have better tools, but on 200x that was the best I could do so don't flame me :)

Comment: Data transfer? (Score 1) 466

by rsierpe (#49143513) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem
The easiest thing to do here is getting a usb to ide adapter, connect the old hdd, start to copy and then go get some nice cup of tea. The hdd will be slow as funk so it might take a an hour or two, but it's not big deal, just dont be cheap and get the bloody adapter from a chinese no-name on ebay. Just in case, to be on the safe side, make sure the hdd is EXTERNALLY fed. If there is not enough juice from our shiny new laptop's usb port for this, it will burn your port. Just that, its not more complicated than that, good luck :)

Comment: Re: In other news... (Score 2, Insightful) 307

by rsierpe (#48949857) Attached to: The NSA Is Viewed Favorably By Most Young People
If you want to understand Satan, first grab the Torah (BTW, in not Hebrew or Jewish!). The A-shatan, the adversary, is not inherently evil nor good, it's just and individual appointed by his boss God to be the one making people fall. It's not that he likes it, it's his job. This takes us to an interesting conclusion (IMHO of course!): finally Jahveh is inherently evil itself and EVERYTHING bad is his fault. His son dead on a cross? His fault. Original sin? Guilty too. Or, you can go with traditional Catholic interpretation. This takes us to a standpoint: he is either not omnipotent (challenged by a mere Angel??) or he is the original and definitive sociopath. Pick your poison. :)

Comment: IE did it first (Score 4, Interesting) 252

by rsierpe (#43352791) Attached to: Blink! Google Is Forking WebKit
If I remember it right from ye olde days, it would be "embrace, extend, exterminate". They already embraced webkit, which is now some de facto standard, now they'll fork it, which implies some added functionality in the process, and you people know the rest. we are still trying to get off IE's dark era.

Comment: Re:They should sue LG instead (Score 1) 195

by rsierpe (#43187793) Attached to: Apple Faces Lawsuit For Retina MacBook Pro 'Ghosting' Issue
Man, LG sold you the screen? when you buy Apple or whatever brand you prefer, you are NOT buying the hodgepodge of component brands inside, you are buying Apple, because of design, alleged superior quality, etc. I have an old Vostro 1500 Laptop, and when I bought it, it was not a procession to Nvidia to pay for Video, Hynix for Ram, Foxconn for MoBo and so on. I went and paid Dell what they asked for their bundle, and I don't give a piece of crap if their components are externally manufactured or produced in-house, and neither should you or anyone, because, where will it stop? on some lost mine where silice is clawed from earth? They sold it, they are to be made responsable for whatever failure or crappy components are inside. Besides, it is not some chinese no-name but a premium brand, which is supposed to be top notch. It is crappy? change it, it's Apple problem, not buyer's.

Comment: Re:Or, instead, you could... (Score 1) 179

by rsierpe (#42435435) Attached to: Researcher Warns That Military Must Prepare For "Mutant" Future

Been tried before... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington_Naval_Treaty

Only takes one player breaking the rules to overturn the whole thing.

If economics theory teaches us something, is that in that specific scenario, when situation depends on parties "not breaking" a certain rule, they'll certainly do so, because everyone is expecting the others to do so. Basically, if you intend to make it be governed by some sort of laws or treaties, parties will break those at their first chance

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