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Comment: What the fuck (Score 4, Insightful) 282

by scumdamn (#49219343) Attached to: Scotland Yard Chief: Put CCTV In Every Home To Help Solve Crimes

is wrong with the comments section. We installed cameras around the house and ran the cables through the attic to the DVR in our closet. Houses in the neighborhood have been broken into and a car was stolen two doors down. We hope that having the cameras will deter crime and if they don't, we'll at least have footage. Our neighbor has a camera and it was very useful in catching some kids that burned down a bush in front of our house.

What the fuck is up with the kneejerk reaction to an article that is just suggesting that you try to get the bad guy's faces rather than the top of their heads? That sounds like good advice.

+ - Holder Severely limits Civil Forfeiture->

Submitted by gurps_npc
gurps_npc (621217) writes "As most people know, the US has for quite some time let police steal pretty much anything they wanted to, forcing you to (expensively) go to court to get back your stuff. Most of the problems came about because the Federal government let the local cops keep most of what they took.
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, has changed the rules of that program, making it more difficult for the police to do it under the federal program. They can still use local state programs, but that accounts for only about 57% of the cash taken. Note he did not end the program entirely, he left in some excepts that amounted to about 1% of the current federal program. Still with this action he will have struck a serious blow to a despicable practice that serious newspapers and comedy TV shows decried as nothing more than legalized theft."

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Comment: Re:do we need more shitty scripters? (Score 2) 92

by scumdamn (#46887819) Attached to: Coding Bootcamps Already 1/8th the Size of CS Undergraduates

I don't understand pointers. I mean, I read about them about 15 years ago when I was playing with C and C++ For Dummies but I don't feel like I understand them enough. I also pretty much deal with Javascript when I code and I use JQuery instead of vanilla javascript as well. Does that mean I'm just a shitty scripter?

I mean, I never even went to a bootcamp so I probably know less about scripting than the graduates of said camps even though I've been doing web shit for a few years now. Am I worthless? What if I told you I troubleshoot other people's code and optimize it for them? What if I said I can get shit to work in Internet Explorer when other people can't? Or that I'm building a shopping website now for a decently large company and that I'm stuck using SharePoint 2013 to do it due to management's decisions? Am I still shitty?

Maybe people in bootcamps aren't all Ruby bros. I have a self-development goal that I have to meet and I might consider some BS like a bootcamp if I can't just claim all the on the job learning I do. Maybe people who know something about the web or coding take these bootcamps because they want to learn the language better. It seems elitist to call anybody who takes those classes a shitty scripter or a dumbass kid. I'm definitely not a kid and I don't think I'm terribly shitty. I think I come up with novel solutions that work.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

Posted by samzenpus
from the nice-day-for-a-flight dept.
skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."
Mars

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the take-a-look dept.
SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Comment: You don't even haave to vote with your dollars. (Score 1) 5

by scumdamn (#43047505) Attached to: Cliff Bleszinski: vote with your dollars
Many games are free to play with a microtransaction model that is totally optional. EA is a leader in trying to make microtransactions required to complete the game or acquire items. Neither Valve or Riot games allow you to buy power or require you to pay money to play games. Valve's "Engagement Ring" was a joke product that is only cosmetic. Cliffy B is full of shit in this case.

Comment: Re:Linus Torvalds is his own worst enemy (Score 1) 786

by scumdamn (#43003917) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Explodes at Red Hat Developer
I don't think the desktop is terribly important now that mobile and tablets have exploded. The desktop isn't growing anymore. The notebook is taking over that market and tablets and smartphones are expanding like crazy. The Linux kernel owns those markets. Why give a fuck about the desktop anymore?

Comment: Re: What Amazing Techniques? (Score 1) 209

by scumdamn (#42087903) Attached to: Does Even Amazing Partisan Tech Deserve Applause?
This is not what the campaign did. This is simple micro targeting. The campaign A/B tested appeals to voters, focused on GOTV, bought their ads intelligently (targeting tv shows their demographic watched, etc. They made sophisticated use of the Web and built many of their tools in-house.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.

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