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Apr 8, 2015 drewm1980 commented on South Carolina: Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Man In the Back.
If there isn't already some protocol for officers to arrest each other on the spot for shooting people in the back, there should be. In the moments after gunning that guy down, this officer was an armed and dangerous murderer and should have been treated like any other.
Feb 5, 2015 drewm1980 commented on If a Black Man Kills a White Cop, Can He Ever Get a Fair Death-Penalty Trial?.
@dudley, somehow I think you would feel differently if you were the accused in a death penalty case, and had to go in front of a jury that was selected to be 100% pro death penalty.
Feb 2, 2015 drewm1980 commented on It's Ayn Rand's Birthday! Let's Celebrate by Remembering How She Idolized a Serial Killer.
The insidious thing about Objectivism is that it's based on very reasonable and logical sounding notions of there being no absolute morality, and you getting to choose for yourself what makes you happy and what code you will live by. In college I read a couple of her books, liked bits of them, then went to an objectivist meeting to discuss the good bits, and immediately felt like I was surrounded by jerks.
Jan 25, 2015 drewm1980 commented on Anyone Tried Out the Pono Music Player?.
I don't think he's attacking the audio quality bottleneck that is affecting most people. For me, it's always either:

1. Bad circuit design in a mobile device tablet, phone, etc... creates crosstalk from the CD drive, hard drive, or power supply to get into the headphone audio output.

2. Insufficient headphone amp causes distortion at high volumes.

We need a really convenient way around that problem first, IMHO. I've had bad experiences with glitchy USB audio, and Bluetooth is supposed to be even worse quality, so I'm imagining something wifi based, with heavy buffering to save power.
Jan 20, 2015 drewm1980 commented on President Obama and Mitt Romney Go Head-to-Head on Poverty.
@17: We have robots to do most of our work. The only reason most people have to work at all is that the small robot-factory-owning minority reaps most of the benefits of automation, and everyone else has to compete viciously for the remaining non-automatable work. The idea behind a unconditional basic income is that if you spread around the "free" wealth generated by automation, pretty much everyone can afford to live comfortably and work as much as they want to.
Oct 9, 2014 drewm1980 commented on Edgar Wright, Pharrell, and Daft Punk Zardoz Heads.
I doubt a 5 minute long Adidas commercial will become the basis of a new and perfect religion.
Sep 11, 2014 drewm1980 commented on RIP: Apple iPod™ "Classic".
The ipod touch that I was given as a gift became obsolete (as in most of the software in the app store can't be downloaded) so fast that I decided to stick with the google/android ecosystem with music. That turned out to suck as well; most phones are <10GB, and my library is >30. I bought a cheap samsung tablet and a big SD card, but software support for it has been terrible, either not finding music, or not supporting the format (I have some ac3s and some flac files lying around that I'm too lazy to transcode). Google really really wants you to upload your music to their cloud service.
Sep 8, 2014 drewm1980 commented on Google's Secret Drone Delivery Program Revealed.
I suspect all of the worries about future drones buzzing around our heads is unfounded. People forget that we more or less exist on a 2D plane, but the drones will have a full 3D volume above our heads in which to operate. Why on earth do people assume they will be flying around above sidewalks at face level instead of above rooftops and trees, or so far up you can't even see them? They will have just as much space in the air to avoid humans as birds do, and they'll more or less only be on your mental radar when they're supposed to be.
Jun 10, 2014 drewm1980 commented on Slavery in the Thai Fishing Industry.
Jesus, farmed fish was already an ecological disaster, and now this... vegetarian prawn and fish feed cannot come fast enough. I hope this entire industry gets shut down.