if you felt the orders you received were not lawful the first step was to ask for them in writing.
That didn't work very well in Vietnam. That's why the grunts invented fragging. There's lots of ways to get inconvenient commanders killed in theatre. All that was needed was to salute them while the enemy looked on.
I do honestly love how the US police have gotten so out of control that even a tech site like this cannot willfully ignore it any more and is reporting on it.
Mike, I'm sure, has his own reasons why TD should exist. For me, though, this's systems analysis. It's not hardware or software or baubles and trinkets, though those do find their way here too. It's more about *how* things work, or don't work, or fail miserably, or even attack their owners or users.
Visio "smart TVs", for instance. Sure, it's sort of amazing what we can do with TVs nowadays, but should we be doing blah with them, and what are the ramifications of doing blah with a TV? Whose TV is it really? Joe Blow who thinks he's buying entertainment, or Visio hoping to sell their customers' data to Madison Ave?
I love that sort of !@#$. :-) With TD, Mike's carrying on the grand tradition of the Risks Digest. That never gets old for me.
But I seriously doubt that's the main problem. The training is one of the symptoms.
I agree. I think the problem is management has chosen the wrong metric to measure performance. They're focusing solely on arrests and convictions, instead of enforcing the law or keeping the peace (whatever those might mean). Defusing confrontations goes against the goal of racking up arrests. Escalation comparatively plumps up the arrest numbers. They've lost sight of the forest with all those trees in the way. They're doin' it wrong.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Willful ignorance is the American Way
Tunnel vision is a common malady which knows no boundaries. All people are capable of practicing it when they allow themselves to ignore elements they can't be bothered to consider significant.
Sweeping generalizations are always wrong. :-) Just because someone is a member of a group who're all doing blah doesn't mean they have to be anything like all the other members of the group doing blah.
I'm beginning to think to many Afghanistan and Iraq veterans are drafting policing policies and training officers. Policing at home should not be modeled on what was needed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Or, in other words, "I didn't read the article, but I'm going to mouth off based on my ignorance of what it said."
The story is one where an infantryman veteran who did this stuff in the Iraq war is trash talking the police for their abysmal execution of what he did in the service of his country against foreigners, either peaceful citizens or armed combatants.
If you can't be bothered to read the article, you're exhibiting the same lazy stupidity these lazy cops exhibit. You're wasting everyone's time with your laziness. We all deserve better.
I agree with everything you wrote here. However, that doesn't mean they don't deserve to be condemned for their stupid policy.
I don't want them to get dragged through the courts and forced to change. I do want them to feel the sting of our resentment for their arrogant ignorance of long standing US cultural practice. Anonymity is important from a freedom & liberty point of view. Their unilateral condemnation of it is "un-American", and they should feel shame for spitting on that principle, and encouraging their users to accept this cultural imperialism as the new normal.
Not that I have a problem with greed, it is what makes us work our asses off in pursuit of greater things ...
Uh, speak for yourself? Of course.
I work value for value. I'm not trying to take advantage of clients/employers. I generally under-bill. I enjoy the opportunity to work that employers/clients offer. You got a problem? I love fixing problems! I've done gigs with people who were pulling down three times what I was getting. I thought it a bit odd, but not my business if the employer was resigned to pay it. Meh.
Greed's way overrated. It doesn't encourage callbacks. YMMV.
Then again, fixing problems so they never come back doesn't encourage callbacks either. Damn.
Christians get the benefitts of the first amendment, too.
That would be lovely if true. Sadly, this is Canada we're talking about here. You know, a US Constitution free zone, so to speak.
However, we've got multicult laws galore, so even microscopically small minorities are just as big legally as the most odious tyrants (assuming they're not the parliamentary majority in which case all bets are off).
... or if the copyright notice was not attached, it was never protected by copyright.
That was my take on the previous article.
It's too bad that law isn't like software. "Replace that disgusting, buggy crap" isn't considered an option. Instead, they just bolt on more crap hoping that'll fix the existing crap and it never does.
Re: Response to: Anonymous Coward on Jul 29th, 2015 @ 1:13pm
Translation: I already decided that this work is in the public domain, and while I can't comment on the substance of the defendant's opposition, I'll just declare it to be wrong.
Moron. Read and comprehend the article.
In his/her/its defence (Devil's advocate mode), that's not easy. US copyright law is a lot like "Romans stirring entrails" stuff.
I think it's ridiculous that anyone can pull in two mil per year for decades (almost a century!) over what's pretty much a folk song, with multiple instances of state copyright law intertwined with federal US copyright law as controls over the situation. What a friggin' mess! It's public domain, ffs, and should have been recognized as such a hundred mil or so ago, yet the courts still entertain the idea that this is not settled? Gimme a break!
To the grandparent poster, I think (contrary to your snide whispers to the contrary) Mike's conclusion re: this situation was clear long, long ago. You are casting wholly unwarranted aspersions. I can only assume you're being paid to do so, or you're just an amateur wannabe Imaginary Property maximalist. You're not very good at this (TD sees right through you and everything you try to do), and I think you ought to look around for another hobby. I suggest Fark.com or Onion.com would be endlessly entertaining for such as you. Perhaps RT and Stormfront would welcome such as you too.
Eventually, the details were spilled by Ed Snowden who is, of course, now being threatened with death for blowing the whistle.
From what I've read, Snowden's just happy that the only ones who're making this all about him are the LEOs/"Authoritays." He's happy that pretty much everyone else is focusing on the crap he blew the whistle on, which was always his intention. I think it's really cool how he's all over the world via Internet video, including a standing ovation at an IETF hackathon. Rock on, Ed! :-)
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: out_of_the_blue is a Freetard!
I often can't find what someone else is replying to when they don't quote anything.
Are you using threaded mode? Not everyone uses reply to this, but most do.
i) Yes, ii) and I've noticed that. It's little more than a trivial annoyance for me, however. Just a "wish list" sort of thing. Maybe one of these days, I should read the documentation ("New to Techdirt?" link)?
It is bad enough my cable provider, internet provide, smart phone and cellphone provider are spying on me. I don't need to add to that list.
Heard of Tails Linux? Runs from a USB key tor (or i2p) enabled from boot; Ed Snowden recommended. For phones, replace stock Android with something cyanogenmod-ish. iBaubles? Accept you're trendy but boned.