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Comment Re:Did the court know it was a reenactment? (Score 3, Insightful) 111

There is now an investigation and we'll see. Most likely no. The problem is that since it was "re-enacted" without disclosing the fact gives the appearance that it could have been planted. If the officer had turned on his body cam right after and merely declared "I found this gun here a minute ago. . ." most people would have given the officer the benefit of a doubt.


I guarantee you if I was a juror and something is presented as evidence and *later* is claimed to be a reenactment then I will assume "hand in the cookie jar" and will then (given the general climate of distrust of blue in the country right now) likely presume that to equate to an attempt to fabricate evidence. Once I get that in my head then *all* the testimony from that cop and his co-workers in support of his testimony becomes hearsay at best and lies at worst... eg. I become a defense attorney's favorite juror.

Remember we have a presumption of innocence. The moment that there is doubt (very reasonably so in this case) on the evidence of guilt then not guilty becomes a mandatory verdict.

Is it likely that the guy is actually guilty in this case? Honestly no idea, but lets stipulate "Yes". I still rather he go free, because what if I'm in a similar situation, but because I've been on a date with a cop's ex-wife I'm not liked much by my local PD. This would be an easy thing to do to put me away.

Comment Re:I fear they are right. (Score 1) 410

Jacqueline Tashchner, a cryptologist, testified that she deciphered part of defendant's diary and the notes on some of the papers which Kruel found crumpled near a tool box. The diary was written in a cipher alphabet. The passages she deciphered referred to jobs and resumes. One of the papers contained a tree diagram of the kind commonly used in studies of probability.

People v. Gurga, 150 Ill. App.3d 158, 161 (Ill. App. Ct. 1986)

In this case there is no mention of the defendant being asked to decrypt his diary. While a single case (and one with an external resolution) I would argue that given an external expert was brought in and the lack of defendant decrypting the diary that the defendant was afforded 5th amendment protections against divulging the key for decryption.

Comment Re:I fear they are right. (Score 1) 410

those rights were given to us by the founders of our government as a covenant of interaction between our government and its citizens.
It is a contract of sorts: The government agrees to not compel you to testify against yourself, in exchange you agree to be a citizen.

Additionally there is the case where you mentioned that you're obligated to unlock a safe. This is only true if there's a key. If it's a combination (a series of numbers, kinda like a PIN) you are not required to divulge it.

Comment Re:More fortune-telling (Score 1) 267

The people that 'run the show' aren't doing the work themselves, only tell others how they want it done.

Methinks you undervalue the role of a good leader/manager in developing logistics, forecasting demand, managing conflicting priorities, etc.
Do they deserve some 500x the pay of the average worker? Of course not. Do they deserve to be in the top percentiles for their company's workforce? yes.

Comment Re:Nowhere! (Score 1) 267

now as to this part:

Personally I do not dread the day when I don't have to spent a third of my day at work, but that's because I do not identify my self-worth with my profession, nor do I think employment itself is somehow the be-all-end-all state of human beings.

I also don't desire to spend ~55% of my waking time involved with my employment, but how does my life after displacement by automation compare with my life now?
Right now I am lower middle class (would be middle class, but divorce changed that).
If my job were to disappear, along with so many others, then it is reasonable to assume that attaining new employment will be profoundly more difficult (over 40, + presumed lack of jobs).

How do you propose society handles this issue? Note, I don't take task with you that it is happening, but what do we as a society do about it?
You mentioned basic income, okay, how do you implement that when the political body is proven corrupt (in the US at least) where the DNC forced their candidate choice via superdelegates, and the RNC is so head up ass that we ended up with Pence and President Golfer McGolf face in office? How do the people reclaim a government from that level of corruption?

I have the disturbing gut feeling that we're heading towards something that will make Arab Spring look docile; think French Revolution and watering the meadows of France with the blood of martyrs.

Comment Re:Nowhere! (Score 1) 267

If you told people in 1990 that in 30 or so years self-driving cars will start to emerge and threaten the jobs of drivers you'd have been laughed at by most. Similarly if you told them that jobs are being replaced by automated speech recognition and synthesis bots.

and just for some perspective, if you had said we'd have a moon base by now, or working fusion reactors actually in the design phase / pilot phase you would have been believed.

Comment Re:I fear they are right. (Score 4, Insightful) 410

They're welcome to saw my phone in half to get at the files on the flash chip too :)

I get the point you're making about discovery, but this *still* violates being a witness against yourself. In discovery the police/DA can't put a piece of paper and a pen in front of you and require you write a confession, even if you were caught red handed.

Comment Re:Getting Paid to Watch Cat Videos (Score 1) 114

good fucking god!
I think I'd need more than a bowl of pot after doing that for a living!

Seriously I hope that of the 3000 employees they are hiring, they plan on 300 of them being Psychs, I think that a single counselor *might* be able to handle 10 patients who all have to deal with shit like this.

related, IDK that it's FBs fault that people are capable of being so horrible to each other or animals, but maybe this live streaming thing is too far in search of a buck?

Comment Re:More (Score 1) 450

I fail to see how this is flamebait. Crude perhaps, but not flamebait.

It is a legitimate point. If you've made the decision to preferentially hire based on [trait], then that entire class of employee now is subject to the self doubt of "was I only hired because I had [trait] or am I good enough that I was hired because I am better than average?"

self doubt can be quite harmful.

Comment Re:Hiring not by merit, but by Gender (Score 1) 450

Of course, we don't know for sure because the word "experience" appears neither in the WSJ's article nor in The Verge's article. Gee that seems like the sort of basic thing that a study like this would consider.

depends on what dataset you're trying to use to put forward the statistical result that supports your narrative.

Lies, damned lies, and statistics (and all that jazz). Hell, if it really is an experience thing (likely given the article *does* mention that the rejections seem to align with rank of the coder, and women are at lower rank on average there) then by omitting that in your model means you don't even have to get outlandish with your p values. :p

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