Nov 18, 2015
commented on A Reminder that Seattle Police Plan to Use 911 Call Data to Determine Police Deployments
This doesn't HAVE to be bad. If they use existing data to find a baseline, and reallocate officers based on anomalies, the algorithm can account for high average call volume in NIMBurbia, and only reroute officers when lots of people call 911 at the same time.
I don't know if the algorithm does this or not; I haven't read it. I would kind of be disappointed if it were as simple as "5 calls = 1 car".
Aug 28, 2014
commented on Anita Sarkeesian Threatened with Rape and Murder for Daring to Keep Critiquing Video Games
1) We agree on that at least.
2) The quantity and degree of threats made against women in the video game industry is on a whole different order of magnitude than those received by their male counterparts. We're seeing the backlash of a small minority who are losing their "safe space" in which they could be openly misogynistic, homophobic, and racist. The fact that these children are typically not particularly popular in school allows them to see themselves as a persecuted minority, fighting back against an invading oppressor. (Women are half the population after all! Why'd they have to come and take Video Games, my thing, away from me?)
3) It's not so much "cherry picking" as "cranberry bogging" when you can just skim the surface of the medium and come up with a heaping handful of examples. Regardless of the academic rigor displayed in these YouTube videos, I think we can be pretty confident that this man was not a kickstarter backer who is upset at the misuse of his money.
Jul 30, 2014
commented on Swill Recalled
I've got a couple of bottles of Swill at home right now - it comes in 10 Barrels sampler pack. It's pretty dang tasty - I hope that they didn't have to destroy the entire production run.