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Comment Re:I use them all the time (Score 1) 303

>learn a song from Youtube

This is one of the better functions of Youtube. Learning a chord progression by repeatedly playing a CD or looping part of a music file isn't as easy as actually /watching/ it.

Some artists deliberately put videos out there for people to learn to play, like Dr. John.

Another value of Youtube, musically, is that there is a ton of historically significant music on it. Betty Boop cartoons with Cab Calloway music, anybody?


Comment Re:And What Will Come of It? (Score 1) 115

65 people in a year, nationwide, doesn't sound very "numerous" to me.

65 times the number of examples given by the parent poster.

But for comparison, around 267 people in the US are struck by lightning each year. Just sayin'.

Or...just bein' willfully obtuse. Those 65 people tricked or intimidated into false confessions made up almost half - 44% - of the number of innocent people released from prison in 2015. And we know there are a lot more than 267 innocent people still in prison.

Comment Re:Well, that's a start. (Score 4, Insightful) 115

Obey the instructions of the police officer and let your lawyer / attorney / barrister handle any disputes. The solution does not even require technology. Priceless.

And when the cop shoots you for following his "lawful orders"? How about when they shoot you before saying anything, like Tamir Rice or John Crawford?

No amount of authoritarian bootlicking will save your ass from a cop bent on shooting you.

Comment Re:And What Will Come of It? (Score 3, Informative) 115

You mean other than their training? Compare what an officer is trained to see to a recent shooting in my area.

You mean an anecdote? How about we look at the numbers of people who have been released from prison after being proved innocent, who were badgered into confessing by police interrogators - 65 out of 149 last year. Like prosecutors, cops are far, far, far more interested in "winning" than in actual justice.

And cops invariably lie when caught in an unjustified shooting, to cover their own asses. If a cop tells you that nighttime is darker than daytime? Go outside after sundown to check and make sure he was telling the truth.

Comment Re:Should they start sooner... (Score 2) 115

Or maybe you could stop being a racist shit. Black men use drugs at the same rate as white women, yet are 45 times more likely to serve time. Because of selective enforcement, which leads to a neat loop that took racists like yourself some time to perfect: minorities make up more of the convictions, so they are targeted more for arrest by cops. Which makes them more likely to be convicted...

Comment Re:Ruining it for everyone (Score 0) 305

The drone does not pose a privacy risk that isn't already posed by aircraft, when operated legally.

I see you went to the Pete Hoekstra school of analogies. Where to even begin? You have to have a pilots license to fly the lowliest crop duster - which can't be purchased for a few hundred dollars (or less) from Wal-Mart. Aircraft take off and land from airports or airstrips, not in the middle of residential areas. And yeah, it would be a violation of your privacy if a helicopter pilot decided to hover over your property at low altitude.

You shoot it with a camera, show that its camera was or at least could have been facing your daughter, and go to the DA. If they're doing their job, after consulting an expert they can file suit on your behalf and subpoena any camera footage if there is a legitimate privacy concern.

Pete. Pete. Pete. Up here, Pete. And how is the property owner going to know which house the drone came from, much less who the pilot was? You think the county sheriff is going to serve a warrant on a neighborhood and search house by house for a drone?

You're also an asshole if you shoot a drone out of the air with a shotgun where it may pose a significant fire hazard. There's assholes all around in this story.

Wrong. There's only one asshole in the story, the pilot who got an $1800 lesson in common courtesy.

Comment Re:OPerator not telling the whole story (Score 2) 305

Telemetry from the drone suggests it was much higher than the shooter claimed.

Yes, the pilot claimed 200 feet - but that's past the effective 40 yard range of most shotguns. And how accurate is that telemetry?

He had received a request from a friend who's house was on that flight line to fly over his house.

Then he should have checked with the other neighbors to see if it was ok, or at least so they would know he was taking pictures of his friends house and not looking for houses to break into. Seems the pilot got a $1800 lesson in common courtesy.

Footage from the drone as it is shot alone seems to prove that he was taking area shots not focusing on any one house.

Depending on the camera's zoom, you could take either a wide shot of someone's house, or be trying to get a closeup of someone's window.

Comment Re:Ruining it for everyone (Score 1) 305

Average lot is a fraction of an acre so the drone will always be in range of a few houses.

Then take your drone to a park.

Kind of silly to defend this kind of "privacy" given the amount of surveillance people not only accept but enthusiastically support.

Non sequitur.

Pics of that girl fully exposed are probably on a dozen government servers and have been viewed by hundreds of "analysts"

And cops shoot or beat innocent people to death in the streets. That mean it's ok if you take a bat to some stranger out walking his dog?

Comment Re:Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 1) 326

And the author of Forrest Gump didn't see any royalties from the movie, because it didn't make any money - too many studio costs, advertising deals, etc. So your friend might have to make do with a Lexus instead of a Bentley for a few years if she has a lot of Medicare/Medicaid patients - she'll manage to get by.

Comment Re:State Department = PR dept for CIA & Pentag (Score 1) 436

Except, it wasn't Rumsfeld who went before the U.N. to sell the invasion of Iraq, but Colin Powell. And after him and Rice, Hillary and Kerry sure sold the wars in Libya and Syria. And it's the State Department that sells hundreds of billions in weapons to friendly regimes, gives billions in military aid to Israel, and takes point in negotiations to maintain and lengthen the Pentagon's list of military bases while expanding NATO.

So I posit that disagreements between DOD and State are a) pure political theater b) like an old married couple who basically agree on everything, but argue about it anyway.

Comment Re:Single payer system would avoid this problem (Score 1) 326

Banal corporatist propaganda. And yes, the math is basic: very little of the cost of drugs comes from R&D. Much of which is taxpayer-financed through public universities, but due to incestious relationships made possible by Bob Dole, are patented so the taxpayer can enjoy paying through the nose to buy drugs she paid to develop.

You want real innovation and real reforms on drug prices? Reduce the length of drug patents to zero, and make all drug research publicly financed. R&D would no longer be focused on what is the most profitable, and instead the most needed. Drug prices would crater, as billions would no longer be spent on tv ads, no more dividends would be paid, and executive coke-and-hooker vacations to the Bahamas would be a thing of the past.

Socialized medicine: the fiscally conservative option. Always has been, always will be.

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