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Comment: Re:I was suspicious from the moment they denied it (Score 1) 64

by Rei (#48670095) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

To make a political statement? Since when was this "a political statement"? It was an attempt to stop a movie that made fun of the Great Leader. An attempt that mostly succeeded. Which was done after previously threatening Sony about the issue.

What, exactly, is to gain by admitting culpability? Is that usually what criminals do? "Why, yes, officer! I threw the brick through my ex's window to get back at her and scare her. I'm telling you now so that you can go ahead and punish me!"

Comment: Right. (Score 2) 64

by Rei (#48670077) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

Because the world is just full of people who would hack a company to blackmail them not to release a movie about Kim Jong Un. Because everyone loves the Great Leader! His family's personality cult^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^HVoluntary Praise Actions only take up about 1/3rd of the North Korean budget. And I mean, they totally deserve it. I mean, did you know that his father was the world's greatest golf player who never had to defecate and whose birth was fortold by a swallow and heralded by a new star in the sky?

No, of course it wasn't North Korea. Clearly it was the work of America! Because America wants nothing more than a conflict with North Korea right now. Because clearly Russia and Syria and ISIS aren't enough, no, the US obviously has nothing better to do than to try to stir up things out of the blue with the Hollywood obsessed leader of a cult state whose family has gone so far as to kidnap filmmakers and force them to make movies for him. It all just makes so damn much sense!

Cue the conspiracy theorists in three, two, one...

Comment: Re:The gender gap is female choice. (Score 1) 198

by serviscope_minor (#48670021) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

You can try with the dunce cap, but you'll have to be quicker than that.

If you actually read my post, instead of assuming a meaning and replying to that, you'll see that you've mostly posted non sequiturs. I did not label the situation add good or bad, so you cannot accuse me of bias in that regard.

It is indisputably not due to genetics as ten years is too short. So, I ask again, what had changed?

The fact that you jumped from that question to one of your customary rants indicated very singly that you have a substantial axe to grind.

Comment: Re:Statehood for England (Score 1) 172

by CrimsonAvenger (#48669721) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

Anyway, the US amendments can be amended at any time, or totally removed. The clue is in the name, "amendment".


Of course, it requires the vote of 2/3 of the House of Representatives, plus 2/3 of the Senate. Then it requires 38 States to approve the change.

Good luck on getting 2/3 of Congress to approve of toilet paper, much less repealing the First Amendment.

And we're likelier to see another Civil War than we are to see 38 States approve such a thing.....

Comment: Re:Obviously (Score 1) 300

by Maxo-Texas (#48669365) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

Try reading some old dragnet scripts for a feel of what it used to be like.

I think they used "citizens" sometimes in the bits before the show talking about the city and more often they used "people" but also used "the public" and "man" and "woman".
I don't recall "civilian" being used.

There's a blog from 2009 about this

It looks like the international definition of civilians includes police officers. ("A civilian under international humanitarian law (also known as the laws of war) is a person who is not a member of his or her countryâ(TM)s armed forces or other militia. Civilians are distinct from combatants." )

I've been unable to google when the police started using "civilian" widely. Most states still advertise for "civilian police force" jobs. So the police are explicitly civilian in the state's eyes.

Comment: Re: Obviously (Score 1) 300

by Maxo-Texas (#48669257) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

They are out protesting in large numbers because the video evidence of the obvious unwarranted and undeserved death motivated them more than simple hearsay.

The police department is changing its training policies as a result. The police department lost a lot of political capital even tho the two police officers were nobilled.

The city and the police department are spending a lot of extra money and going thru a lot of unpleasant times because of the video which will hopefully encourage them to be more careful next time they might want to illegally choke someone to death.

And two officers may have been killed* which is really terrible. But hopefully the police will work on community relations to regain the trust and support of the citizens.

*Or it may have just been a whacko who would have shot the police officers anyway.

Comment: Re:No s**t Sherlock (Score 3, Interesting) 300

by Maxo-Texas (#48669213) Attached to: Study: Police Body-Cams Reduce Unacceptable Use of Force

Do you realize that american police officers kill united states citizens at over 50x the rate UK and German police officers kill their citizens?

Do you realize that american police officers kill more children each year (including 7 year old girls) than UK and german police officers kill all citizens (including adults) combined? And basically at an infinitely higher rate.

United states police have reported* killing over 400 citizens per year since 9/11. Meanwhile, germany and uk have killed reported killing under 4 citizens per year in the same time period.

*United states police forces are NOT required to report citizens killed and many do not so the actual number of citizens killed in the united states is higher than reported.

Comment: Re:Lies & Damn Lies (Score 1) 185

by Maxo-Texas (#48669167) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

Go back a little before that and the average temperature was 12c higher than now for hundreds of millions of years at a time.

Basically, we are still in the middle of an ice age that peaked 20k years ago and started about 65 million years ago.

In farenheit terms- we average 58 degrees globally today (and rising) and we averaged 72 degrees globally from 65 million years ago to 185 million years ago.

Comment: Re:Why do you think with evidence against you? (Score 1) 185

by Maxo-Texas (#48669105) Attached to: The World Is Not Falling Apart

The largest place I see ei playing out is in things in limited quantity.

Most the population is being priced out of things which used to be generally free or affordable.

In texas, the beaches were always free but now some stretches are being locked up. On the east coast, large stretches of beach are "private".

Amusement parks are grossly over crowded but if you have money (5x the standard price), you don't have a line.

Collectables that used to be affordable if you saved up are now going for more than your entire life income because when a person has a billion dollars they can afford to drop a million dollars on a comic book.

Likewise, there are private ski resorts, special "extra money" ski privileges in areas that used to be affordable to all and equally open to all.

Likewise for the front rows at concerts, opening nights for shows.

When the wealthiest made 52x what the rest did, their spending was constrained. They could have anything but they couldn't have everything. Now at 350x to 452x, they can pretty much have everything special and unique.

The balance of wealth between the richest and poorest in society determines how we share rare things in our society. Currently, we've reached a point where the richest get everything and even the "non-rich" get a lot less than they did in the past.

Comment: Re:My Kids Nostalgia will be different from mine! (Score 2) 50

by CrimsonAvenger (#48667919) Attached to: The History of the NORAD/Microsoft and Google Santa Trackers

In general NORAD tracking of Santa is a gimmick to help bring up good will towards the organization.

Saw an article last week (early this week?) discussing the origin of the whole business.

Apparently, it got started with a Sears ad with a typo - the ad included a number to "call Santa", but a misprint gave a number to a NORAD watch officer (from TFA, the phone number was supposed to be known only to the watch officer and the duty general in the Pentagon),

Anyways, long story shortened, some kids called the number, NORAD guys went slightly apeshit that their secret phone was on a Sears ad, but they decided to play along with it, and since then, NORAD has been "tracking Santa"....

Comment: Re:Lets talk about (Score 1) 198

by serviscope_minor (#48667499) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Go ahead: you start.

Why do you expect a tech website to discuss issues in other industries? And what to bad biases in other industries have to do with biases in tech? Other industries having opposite biases just means there are more crappy things. It doesn't excuse the tech industry in any way.

Summarised glibly as: two wrongs don't make a right.

Comment: Re:The gender gap is female choice. (Score 1) 198

by serviscope_minor (#48667467) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

Except that's not true: until the 80s, women did want to do it.

10 years is far too short a time to be explained by genetics. Hell, it's not even one generation. So, what happened? Something about the environment must have changed. It may be good or bad, but either way, banal comments like that are just dripping work ignorance if the actual facts.

I have a very small mind and must live with it. -- E. Dijkstra