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by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:03 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6751
Views: 1052471

Re: Police misbehavior thread

Something that might be a useful note in this discussion: last time a topic like this came up, it became clear that some people were considering whatever organization would enforce the rules of whatever ideal justice system to be "not police", and "police" by definition to be th...
by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6751
Views: 1052471

Re: Police misbehavior thread

To those who say it's impossible by definition to be good and be a cop, how do you propose that laws be enforced? Or do you propose that laws not be enforced (or equivalently, that there be no laws at all)? Unjust laws should not exist or be enforced. Fair enough; but who do you propose should enfo...
by cphite
Thu Mar 21, 2019 3:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6751
Views: 1052471

Re: Police misbehavior thread

They demonstrated being good people by not being cops. There was not an option for them to be cops and be good that they could see. They demonstrated being good people by refusing an order that would endanger inmates in their custody. The bad actor in this situation was the judge who issued the cou...
by cphite
Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Police misbehavior thread
Replies: 6751
Views: 1052471

Re: Police misbehavior thread

I don't mean to turn this into an argument but it strikes me as a weird spin to put on the story. Everyone at the sheriff's office resigned so presumably they were all "good cops" and they are protesting against some kind of political pressure coming from outside the police force, right? ...
by cphite
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: In other news... (humorous news items)
Replies: 15117
Views: 2531311

Re: In other news... (humorous news items)

Varies by genre. Country, like Rap, finds its greatest strength in that virtually anyone can enter the genre. But its greatest weakness is that virtually anyone can enter the genre. Anyone can create lyrics and badly sing country songs while playing simplistic chords without having to bother harmon...
by cphite
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 45
Views: 1899

Re: Captain Marvel

What do the tree and the raccoon have to do with ignoring physics? A talking animate tree and a raccoon with the dexterity and mental acuity to pilot a spaceship clearly fall under the purview of biology... They also don't care about biology. Then again, Groot can expand and contract his limbs at w...
by cphite
Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:49 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Captain Marvel
Replies: 45
Views: 1899

Re: Captain Marvel

Yeah, the world-building of interstellar travel in the MCU is a bit lacking - we know routine travel uses jumps, that jumps are limited in range/destination (since it took a ridiculous number to reach Ego), that you need to get to specific points in space in order to be able to jump, but we don't k...
by cphite
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4413
Views: 647627

Re: The Darker Side of the News

But, as written, the NC subpoena would require such things as meeting minutes, time sheets, reports, travel vouchers, and such. Certainly some of the documents produced might be evidentiary against the people who committed the fraud, but more would have no evidentiary value at all. Well, unless it ...
by cphite
Mon Mar 11, 2019 5:35 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4413
Views: 647627

Re: The Darker Side of the News

I for one wasn't speaking of socialism, because that isn't hard-left. Nor was I speaking of communism or Nazism - both of which are a mix of hard-left and hard-right. Left versus right tends to be an oversimplification. It ends up being a circle... you have the left and right, obviously. But you ac...
by cphite
Tue Mar 05, 2019 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 1840

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

No, because she might not be capable of breastfeeding. Or, as someone else pointed out, if she hasn't been breastfeeding it may prove very difficult ... Whether or not she breastfeeds becomes irrelevant if she falls unconscious from dehydration or heatstroke. Speaking on Paranoid__Android's behalf,...
by cphite
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:55 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment
Replies: 33
Views: 1840

Re: Breastfeeding and bodily autonomy thought experiment

It is a fairly hotly discussed topic that breastfeeding should not be recommended too enthusiastically to new mothers, as it could be seen as a violation of their bodily autonomy. Obviously that is fine so long as there is an alternative of bottled formula, but what if there wasn't... I present a t...
by cphite
Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 359835

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's incredibly useful for Nike to have a list of names and contact information for people who are gullible. FTFY Well, sure; the gullible are the foundation of the advertising industry. Until the Butlerian jihad, anyway. Yeah, but I have to imagine we're still a good couple years away from Titans,...
by cphite
Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 359835

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

In short, I’m willing to pay more money to permanently end the invasion of my privacy than I am willing to pay to purchase their products, ever. Not really sure it matters. Advertisers are already messing with facial recognition; recognizing a logo isn't much different. It won't be long before just...
by cphite
Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:04 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 359835

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

It's incredibly useful for Nike to have a list of names and contact information for people who buy Nike shoes; They have that already from the credit card data. What this potentially gives them is a live, continuous data stream about those people's lives. The accelerometer in a cellphone is basical...
by cphite
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future
Replies: 1916
Views: 359835

Re: The Thread To Remind Me We're Living In The Future

[tinhat]Do you think it might be usesful for Nike to know when people tie their shoes? At the moment I can't think of why, but there are so many other things I couldn't think of why then that facebook has taught us - from phone cameras to free email to web beacons to fitbit to alexa, which is nothi...
by cphite
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:42 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746676

Re: Trump presidency

Or some future Democratic president declaring global warming a national emergency, say. You say that as though Global Warming isn't a national emergency. (I suppose that, strictly, it's an inter national emergency, but still.) The sad thing is, declaring Global Warming a national emergency could, p...
by cphite
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:46 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746676

Re: Trump presidency

What is really scary about this is that I am fully convinced that Trump does not believe this is an emergency yet he's declaring one anyway. The system was built with checks and balances and some situations require them to be bypassed. But when they are bypassed just because you don't like them, we...
by cphite
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746676

Re: Trump presidency

Most of those seem to be primarily be about blocking assets to foreign nationals. I'm not sure specifically why that requires emergency action, but apparently it's a thing. Mainly because it allows the administration to act quickly and with a lot of freedom... if you want to block somebody's assets...
by cphite
Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:45 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746676

Re: Trump presidency

Well, I guess he shouldn't declare a fake state of emergency to get his way then? It's opening the floodgates and everyone knows it, too bad he literally doesn't give a shit about anything except himself and appeasing his base, damn the facts and future repercussions. I don't agree with the proposa...
by cphite
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:48 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Virginia Democrats Sucks
Replies: 72
Views: 4116

Re: Virginia Democrats Sucks

I think this goes back to the first point about policing yourselves out of power and pragmatism vs princple. The ones more likely to resign are presumably the ones who may actually feel bad or regret doing it. Those who think its ok are going to be far less swayed to resign since they feel they did...
by cphite
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:12 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746676

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenaniga...
by cphite
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746676

Re: Trump presidency

Russia had already been violating the treaty with impunity and everyone knew it. I'm not sure pulling out ourselves is the right response, but ignoring Russia's flaunting of the treaty probably wasn't the right thing to do either and arguably emboldened Russia leading to their more recent shenaniga...
by cphite
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:07 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4413
Views: 647627

Re: The Darker Side of the News

IT really does seem to be extra awful in terms of sexism. "citation needed". I've read some credible evidence that the IT industry is no worse than any other field. Personal opinion based on decades of experience. The survey your article uses as it's basis is asking specifically about sex...
by cphite
Thu Jan 31, 2019 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Darker Side of the News
Replies: 4413
Views: 647627

Re: The Darker Side of the News

Why is IT such a fetid pool of misogyny and sexism? It's full of humans. Yeah but those critters are around in every industry... IT really does seem to be extra awful in terms of sexism. A few years back I had to get HR involved to override a senior manager who tried to stop me from hiring a junior...
by cphite
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Better Call Saul
Replies: 14
Views: 7645

Re: Better Call Saul

fernandoburdalo82 wrote:Is it necessary to have seen Breaking Bad before?


Nah, the series can stand on it's own... in some ways it might even be more interesting not knowing how these characters will end up in Breaking Bad.

That said, it's worth watching Breaking Bad just because it's excellent.
by cphite
Wed Jan 30, 2019 8:45 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 5938

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

More likely, once the bookies became convinced that he was infallible, they'd either "suggest" some sort of cooperative setup with Biff, or they'd allow him to keep winning just for the inside knowledge. Whatever money they paid out to Biff in either scenario would be more than offset by ...
by cphite
Mon Jan 28, 2019 7:07 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 2104: "Biff Tannen"
Replies: 42
Views: 5938

Re: 2104: "Biff Tannen"

Secondly, after his first few wins what does he need a bookie for? He can move to Vegas and become a bookmaker himself. With his knowledge he could make bank as the house. Additionally, I would not be surprised if an Almanac boasting boxing and horseracing results on its cover would contain inciden...
by cphite
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:17 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746676

Re: Trump presidency

I sincerely doubt Trump would have won without the solid base that genuinely believes he's the greatest President in modern history. Again, I don't think that's how they think. The main lie he successfully sold is that he's 'anti-elite', that he'd 'drain the swamp' etc. You don't to be 'great' for ...
by cphite
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:02 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 1793

Re: Aquaman

Can't villains just be villains anymore? It just seems like these movies today just try way too hard to give the guy wanting to mass murder a motive that is somehow relate-able and reasonable. The problem is, no reasonable person (entity, god, whatever) looks at a problem and thinks "This is t...
by cphite
Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Aquaman
Replies: 22
Views: 1793

Re: Aquaman

It just felt weird for the villain to have this ecological argument that the good guys not only never counter but don't even try to address. The whole "surface dwellers are destroying our oceans" bit has been a recurring idea in the comics, but never really been resolved there either - to...
by cphite
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:42 pm UTC
Forum: The Help Desk
Topic: Replacing laptop bottom screws
Replies: 6
Views: 1698

Re: Replacing laptop bottom screws

I've been having some problems recently with my laptop. It's the Acer Aspire V5-561p-3875. It has been really flimsy and close to breaking. I also have seen loose screws after using it a couple times but thought nothing of them. However, I now checked the bottom and almost every screw is missing. I...
by cphite
Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:21 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Trump presidency
Replies: 8442
Views: 746676

Re: Trump presidency

Then a few months down the line anti-abortion activists decide that "baby murder is equivalent to Nazism", so they add an amendment to the law justifying the gas-chambering of Nazis to include anyone who's pro-abortion, who performs abortions, and forcibly imprisons anyone who's had an ab...
by cphite
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12846

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

So given the scenario where they're going to carry weapons anyway, this course as presented by the article is at least a decent start - and far preferable to no training at all. That is a very strange way to approach this issue. You assume that teachers are going to be carrying guns and then say th...
by cphite
Thu Dec 27, 2018 7:02 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12846

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I think that your personal experience is not applicable to this situation. Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man. Yes it is. Thanks for making me feel like a jerk for engaging with the conversation. Apologies - that wasn't my intent. All of this is opinion; yours and mine, and everyone else. I...
by cphite
Thu Dec 27, 2018 5:58 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12846

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

I also agree that courses should be independently reviewed. Would you consider a course that had not been independently reviewed with independent testing of people who had passed the course to be adequate. Because as near as I can tell, this is not the case. The course sounds like it covers all of ...
by cphite
Wed Dec 26, 2018 5:24 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12846

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

The three day course described in the original post is adequate; What do you base this claim on? Personal experience. It's my opinion that the three day course is adequate. How long is it adequate for before they need a refresher? I believe an annual review would be sufficient. I would argue that n...
by cphite
Wed Dec 26, 2018 3:28 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12846

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

that's not really true. if you arm teachers you have an armed person, ready to shoot kids, in every classroom. Right now, there are armed teachers in some states - but they're not all armed. I don't believe anyone is calling for making it mandatory that teachers arm themselves. My personal opinion ...
by cphite
Fri Dec 21, 2018 3:23 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12846

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

Unless you're training them poorly -- in which case, it can be better to have never been trained at all. Which seems to be the case with pretty much every police officer in the United States. While Im sure most people here will agree police training is lacking, I’d like to see some evidence that it...
by cphite
Thu Dec 20, 2018 4:01 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12846

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

You can point out when they've made the wrong choice and let them try again, but at the end of the day there really isn't any way to "correct" the fact that humans sometimes make bad choices under high stress. Yes you can. SWAT, military, and (ideally) police can function in a stressful e...
by cphite
Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:16 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Teachers being trained to kill kids
Replies: 108
Views: 12846

Re: Teachers being trained to kill kids

How much better? Is the increase worth the expense? Are there plans for follow ups? 5 years? 1 year? Quarterly? Depends on the person, and frankly I'm not even sure how you'd definitively measure "how much" better someone gets, aside from that they get through the drills faster and with l...

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