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I am a mad computer scientist.

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Sep 30 briantrice commented on SDOT Apparently Gives a Shit About Bikers.
Wow, someone has a bee in his bonnet today.

I'm a motorcyclist who supports paying for bicycle lanes so that the roads are clearer and I can deal with fewer idiot car drivers. Seriously, car drivers are the worst, thinking they can listen to music and zone out or text on their phones and check Facebook while driving without endangering others. That's childish.
Sep 30 briantrice commented on SDOT Apparently Gives a Shit About Bikers.
@1 Only in America do we even entertain the idea that bicycles are only for children. Where the hell does that insecurity even come from? Grow up.
Sep 26 briantrice commented on Facebook Fails to Explain Its Discriminatory and Dangerous 'Real Names' Policy.
Gah, I misconstructed my first sentence. I meant:

"So, in order to *implement* a nominal policy to prevent harassment, they're letting FB users harass drag queens into either outing themselves or shutting down their accounts."
Sep 26 briantrice commented on Facebook Fails to Explain Its Discriminatory and Dangerous 'Real Names' Policy.
So, in order to prevent a nominal policy to prevent harassment, they're letting FB users harass drag queens into either outing themselves or shutting down their accounts.

Either a high-level manager at FB is aware of this complete contradiction of policy versus implementation, or they just don't care, and just want to appear as though they're acting in the interest of an ideal. I'm guessing that the latter is the case.

As someone in the tech world, I cannot understand why they cannot just implement a policy of verification through a secret backend channel. Sure, FB can know my name to make sure they have a handle on me in case I harass others, but I can present how I like. Harassment is wrapped up in behavior, not an identity.
Sep 9 briantrice commented on Apple Unveils Bigger iPhone and New Smartwatch.
Full disclosure: I am long on AAPL (almost ten years now). There are plenty of their products I find misguided at best, and their approach to services is historically tone-deaf. But damn, do they make money.
Sep 9 briantrice commented on Apple Unveils Bigger iPhone and New Smartwatch.
The only reason the Android watches exist is because of the rumor mill surrounding a possible Apple watch - Apple looks like a "me, too" contender here only because the other manufacturers rushed in fear of Apple defining the market as they did with the iPod, iPhone, and iPad.

Personally, wristwatches don't appeal to me as a form factor, but Apple's interaction methods on this one are pretty creative and might be a good recipe. Reviews of these smart watches are all over the map, and anyone could win. My money is on Apple being consistently good if on the high end of the market, but it's not like the comparable contenders are that much cheaper. Apple doesn't have to "win"; Apple just has to make the right amount of money to make it worth it for them.
Sep 2 briantrice commented on An Illustrated Review of the Highs, Lows, and Very Contagious Eye Diseases of Penny Arcade Expo.
I demoed the Rift-enabled Enemy Starfighter indie game last year (re: pinkeye), and I'll buy a Rift just to get that (and flight sims). IIRC, they do sanitize the demo unit between players.

As an aside: Generally, I avoid PAX in favor of less fantasy-oriented and more outward-facing pursuits (Burning Man, motorcycle trips, Bumbershoot).
Aug 15 briantrice commented on A Moment of Silence for Ferguson, in Seattle.
I think this says a lot: "No one cares about a black life". Our culture really doesn't care about black lives. That's what we're talking about, not the "until" bit. "until" just brings out the background rage and incomprehension.
Aug 15 briantrice commented on A Moment of Silence for Ferguson, in Seattle.
Wow. I spent time with my church working with inner city kids in Houston in the early 1990's when crime was really high. I don't live in a fantasy. I've befriended 12 year olds who can handle a gun properly. Those kids are oppressed because their parents are oppressed. Oppression is a real set of interactions and enforcement of mindset; it's very concrete and endemic to social interactions in the US. I grew up in it and I can't totally free myself of it, but I do what I can daily.

They face very real concrete bigotry, long after 1865. They've internalized so much of it that they (often) hate themselves and each other; it poisons them. This country actively destroyed african culture and gave their descendants nothing to work with but terrorism.

I guess some people think MLK did nothing, or probably will say that because of MLK nothing more needs to be done.
Aug 14 briantrice commented on A Moment of Silence for Ferguson, in Seattle.
@5 is not worth arguing with, but for those listening, "Oppressed People Suck" is a reasonable explanation for how demographics who are systematically oppressed correlate with displaying the characteristics that stigmatize them.

http://www.spectacle.org/0802/hogan.html

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