I guess they do things like that because the suburb doesn't have many real crimes going on, so they do stupid stuff to keep them from getting bored. But they're not making anything safer. In my opinion, they're making things more dangerous. No one drives the speed limit all the time. At most, it's accepted to go 10 miles over the limit, but sometimes traffic is moving along faster than that. You can't do that when there are asshole police officers on the prowl at night. You have to drive and act like a scared animal, looking all around for upcoming police so that you can slow down in time. For me, it leads to driving while looking in my rearview mirror way too much, and not paying attention to the road. Fearing that a police car may be behind me waiting for me to go just fast enough that he feels i'm endangering humanity and deciding I need a ticket to help me slow down only makes me pay attention to the road less. There are cases when people need to be pulled over, when they're really speeding. 20 - 30 miles over the limit is speeding, but not 1 - 20 in my opinion. Frivolous speeding tickets only make people weary of police all the time and spend more time looking for police than looking at the road.
If i'm lucky, there will be something interesting articles or interesting user posts to respond to. Though lately I just read articles and don't post too many responses, usually there are a few interesting pieces to read.
I can usually waste from 30 minutes to 2 hours.
This site is a great portal for information security sites all over the web. I usually just check the security news on the left side of the page or the scrolling news ticker. They don't always update daily, but there are links to other sites like Security Focus, and I sometimes end up checking some random site to see what it's about
I waste 30 minutes to 1 hour here.
www.shortnews.com and/or www.astalavista.com
Short News has interesting news stories from around the world. Astalavista uses ShortNews's news ticker, and sometimes Astalavista has some interesting stuff goin on there. Astalavista's Box Network as a lot of links to interesting sites, but I haven't really been motivated to check them out that much yet. Maybe some other time.
Time wasted, 10 minutes.
I spend the majority of the rest of the day with the browser on Fark. Of course I keep multiple browsers open, one for Slashdot, Fark, and whatever random content that might be interesting at the time. Fark not only has a variety of interesting news stories, photoshop contests, and other diversions, they link to other websites that I can end up spending a good amount of time at as well, such as BBSpot, Ebaum's World, and HumorFeed. Fark is a good general purpose web portal, and a good place to waste time.
Time wasted: 2 hours - the end of the shift.
Those three sites are great web portals that lead to other interesting stuff around the Internet. It'd take too long and be too boring to list all the interesting sites they link to. But sometimes, I feel the need to use all this useful information and knowledge I've acquired for something semi-useful, if not as a mental exercise. After 4 years of college, with the last 2 years as almost nothing but programming and complex computer science-type stuff, I have a job that I could've gotten after high school. So I don't use hardly any of my programming for my job, so I come up with little projects to keep the sword sharpened. It's easy to forget stuff if you don't use it regularly. So I'll sometimes make up something, and come up with a program that will do it. For instance, after reading a Perl book for the past week, I decided to make a Hangman game. A good website for random programming practice is www.topcoder.com. In the TopCoder Arena, the practice rooms have all the previous topcoder challenge problems that you can do, just for practice. This is a good time-waster itself. Unfortunately I work 3rd shift and i'm sleep all afternoon, so I have yet to actually try a TopCoder competition. One of these days when I'm awake at that time, I'll have to see how I fare against everyone else. Back to wasting time though, projects are probably the best way to actually spend it doing something useful for yourself. I've written 2 games (a yugioh clone and a tetris clone), completed a Java certification, and expanded my knowledge base from reading books (mostly new programming languages or something else computer-related). In the end I end up wasting a little over half of the time on web stuff and the other half on project stuff, and at times i'll spend more time on one or the other. Of course I make my rounds on the job websites trying to find a better job, those websites being Kelly Services, Manpower, Monster, and CareerBuilder (occasionally Flipdog). Although it seems kinda useless, gotta keep tryin anyhow. Comic books and magazines also take up a few hours every now and then, when new issues come out.
It's bad that people like Rush are paid to be in the position to reach so many people. Undoubtedly there are still millions of racist people who base their thoughts or decisions about a person on the race of the person. Those people have a right to their thoughts and beliefs. But having people like that on national TV is just bad and wrong. I would hear about different racist comments that were made back in the 80s and early 90s. And I kinda hoped that people were past that kinda thing by now. Limbaugh just lets you know that things haven't really changed that much. It is good to see people condemning what he said though. If a good majority of the people are on the right page, I guess that's good enough, since it's almost impossible to have everybody on the right page.
When people look at sports (or I guess anything for that matter), you're watching skilled athletes competing. If a player is playing good, you say they're a good player. And if they're doin bad, then that player is not doing so well. So if Donovan McNabb and let's say Kurt Warner are playing pretty well, then that's good. If McNabb is throwing incomplete passes and the team isn't winning, it's just because he's not playing so well now, and has nothing to do with his race. Likewise, with Kurt Warner, he hasn't been playing well because of his hand or whatever other factors there may be. It doesn't have anything to do with his race. Basically what I'm trying to say is that people should be able to see someone as a good athlete, not a good black athlete or a good white athlete. Here on the Internet, we see each other as screen names and know each other by the things we put on the Web here. You don't say, yeah that's a good white hacker there, or he's an overrated hispanic hacker. This sounds all We-Are-The-Worldish I know, but it's just how I wish things were.
First post, frost pist, frosty piss, etc... I can see how it can be exhilirating as a regular slashdot user to see your post as the first one that thousands of people will see when they browse the article. Even though, in most cases, you don't really have enough time to read the article and make a valid comment, or you can't think of an quick witty remark of the top of your head, something about it makes you want to be the first to mark that territory somehow. Even though you'll almost immediately be modded as Offtopic, Troll, etc. and people browsing above 0 won't even see actual first post, people still do it. I'm a people too and do try to post first when the opportunity arises. Of course, the first real ontopic comment becomes the first post most people will see, since people come to Slashdot for the news and the discussion, not to see who can post the quickest once a story is submitted. So knowing that, what makes the "frost pist" such a worthwhile quest for the AC (and sometimes the logged in user). And especially with this GNAA thing that's polluting Slashdot, what's the appeal of the fp? These people somehow manage to get a first post in, and at times they get the first couple of posts in, but usually don't post once a story has been validly commented on. I guess one of the perks of subscribing to Slashdot is that if you wanted to, and had the time and lack of a real life, you could first post on every story, whether it be a valid comment, or a "frost pist" (which is probably how these gnaa kids are gettting in so fast).
One thing is certain, the first post craze is definitely an indication of the popularity of Slashdot. Of course people try to post first on all types of forums, but it's become a regular practice here, somewhere caught between a nuisance and an art, and all you need to do it be lucky (lest someone beat you to it).
I'm of the fresh out of college bunch, and it is really hard to get even a callback now. Books such as "What Color is your Parachute?" give a lot of helpful advice, as well as the Career Center on campus. But no one really has a definite answer on dealing with this bleek job market. So I decided to expand my skill set by learning some new languages, which ended up in a callback or 2, but that's as far as it went (yrs. of experience was the factor). Then I decide to come up with some programs to write, to keep my programming skills fresh and to pad my resume. Same deal as before, a callback or 2, but that's as far as it went. Oh yeah, I tried using the network too (asking people to lookout for jobs), but even that has failed to produce, although there were a few close ones. So I'm wondering, what else is there left to do? As of now, i'm just going through a repeat of everything, and hopefully I can start to use this degree for more than wall decoration. Although it is fun and nice to be able to write programs that actually do stuff, it's time to use this skill for making a profit.
Some would ask why should we change, why can't the rest of the world change and realize the difference between a hacker and a cracker. That's just not going to happen, at least not in this lifetime. Maybe if someone saves the world and proclaims him/herself a hacker, then the world will start to change their concept of hacker = bad. But for now, that's just how it is. There should be some other title for a truly skilled computer professional and get rid of the duality of good hacker/bad hacker.