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    [–] IRL Eli Speaking reid8470 1 points ago in LivestreamFail

    That's from http://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/interviews/meet-sheriff-eli-the-fan-favorite-gta-online-lawman-w483873

    Which specifically says:

    Eli Thompson, a former law enforcement professional, has taken to policing a popular 'GTA Online' role-play server, and his fans love him

    and

    This probably has something to do with the fact that Thompson worked in law enforcement for nearly a decade before turning to Twitch.

    The subheader of the entire article literally says "former law enforcement professional" and the third paragraph says "Thompson worked in law enforcement for nearly a decade before turning to Twitch." I'm not sure how people are missing this as it's the first thing you learn about him when reading the article start to finish.

    [–] IRL Eli Speaking reid8470 1 points ago in LivestreamFail

    http://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/interviews/meet-sheriff-eli-the-fan-favorite-gta-online-lawman-w483873

    Eli Thompson, a former law enforcement professional, has taken to policing a popular 'GTA Online' role-play server, and his fans love him


    This probably has something to do with the fact that Thompson worked in law enforcement for nearly a decade before turning to Twitch.


    More than a decade ago, I worked in federal government information technology systems, consulting with the Navy and the Marine Corps – specifically, U.S. Southern Command.

    IT at a defense contractor --> Law enforcement --> Retired, then eventually started streaming. He's probably in his mid-late 30s.

    [–] IRL Eli Speaking reid8470 1 points ago in LivestreamFail

    The interview you're referring to states that he worked in law enforcement for "nearly a decade", and worked in IT at a defense contractor prior his law enforcement career.

    [–] IRL Eli Speaking reid8470 1 points ago in LivestreamFail

    This probably has something to do with the fact that Thompson worked in law enforcement for nearly a decade before turning to Twitch.


    More than a decade ago, I worked in federal government information technology systems, consulting with the Navy and the Marine Corps – specifically, U.S. Southern Command.

    He said he worked in IT prior to law enforcement, and had a nearly decade-long career in law enforcement. As for whether or not he was an officer (maybe he worked IT in a department as well) is anyone's guess, but the article you linked stated very clearly that he worked in IT at a defense contractor before working in law enforcement.

    The guy's probably in his mid-late 30s.

    [–] Many Trump voters who got hurricane relief in Texas aren’t sure Puerto Ricans should reid8470 7 points ago in politics

    Yup. Every time I see someone suggest that, I think "Holy shit... That was basically US history 101! How have people forgotten about Jim Crow laws!?"

    [–] Spanish Chef Has Served Nearly 1.5 Million Meals To Hungry Puerto Ricans, Surpassing the American Red Cross’s Efforts reid8470 7 points ago * (lasted edited 14 hours ago) in worldnews

    TIL an independent nonprofit is a government.

    While we're on the topic of public vs. private efficiency, look into the administrative costs of Medicare vs. administrative costs of private health insurance. You'll be pleasantly surprised to learn that Medicare operates at a fraction of the administrative costs of private health insurance, even with the role the Social Security Administration plays in those administrative duties included.

    Any sweeping generalization of "public vs. private" is basically nonsense, especially when you're attributing the "government" label to an independent nonprofit.

    [–] The bike trail was awesome tonight reid8470 4 points ago in pics

    That is one nice bike trail... Where is this? Very few trails around me are even remotely as nice.

    [–] Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet reid8470 2 points ago in technology

    PACs aren't restricted to assisting candidates.

    Nonprofits performing political work have to abide to campaign finance laws, so yes, if they took donations that exceeded the limit by $100 from an individual, the FEC would have a problem with it.

    On top of that, we have the issue that, if you are a loner, and you have a hard time finding other people to make your point with, you're going to be unable to make it.

    That's... how democracy works... If you're in a small enough minority in your town that you can't find other people who agree with your political goals, then why should your opinion matter more than someone else's?

    If there's a local initiative to, say, allocate funds to repair heavily-damaged sidewalks on Main Street, and 4,900 of 5,000 voting residents vote "Yes", why should the 100 "No" votes matter more than the 4,900 "Yes" votes? Same deal with campaign finance.

    Finally, one last issue: how the fuck did we come to $2700?

    There was an effort in the early 70s to limit the influence of wealthy interests. The new FEC and the bill that created it set the limit on hard money contributions at $1,000, which was later doubled with a mechanism to scale it with inflation each election cycle.

    $1,000 was the initial "arbitrary" amount--most likely something that the FEC considered an effective limit and that the public could easily comprehend. The doubling to $2,000 was a lot more questionable, and inflation had it at $2,700 in 2016.

    A bunch of politicians who decided that that number would help them keep their seats, right? Hmmm... Isn't that... You know, a terrible way to set election rules?

    What other way is there to do it? Elected officials set it, voters hold them accountable for it. That's how a healthy system should work. The initial law in the 1970s was passed by a far less partisan Congress than the one that amended it in the early 2000s.

    [–] Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet reid8470 1 points ago in technology

    1) 75 bucks a month is specific to gigabit. There is no way 43% of the market buys into gigabit service. Particularly when you consider there are already existing gigabit services to compete against.

    Based on what? Do you have any way to substantiate that claim? And that's breaking even without any state or federal support. And that's only from one study.

    3) Blame franchising and local laws.

    It's often cost effective for ISPs to avoid direct competition with one another. Part of it is due to local laws that they lobby for. If companies have to compete with municipal broadband, that's one more competitor in a market that sorely needs competition.

    [–] Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet reid8470 2 points ago in technology

    None of those people can get a TV commercial. Never, no matter how hard they try, nobody can ever grab your attention except a candidate who can pool your donations.

    I'm not understanding what you're saying here. I have an idea, but no certainty.

    Say some Redditors really like net neutrality and want to put up a commercial supporting it. But they can't find a candidate who wants to make that commercial. Are they just shit out of luck?

    They can run their own candidate. The entire premise of our political system is that anyone (with minor restrictions) can run for office. Look at the grassroots organizations that spawned from Bernie Sanders' campaign--those folks are planning on running lots of candidate in the next several elections at local, state, and federal levels.

    [–] Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet reid8470 1 points ago in technology

    1) 43% will never happen. Maybe 1% of consumers are looking for these speeds. Also, citation or math on those savings.

    If Seattle offered a municipal internet, you believe only 1% of residents would buy into it? Is that a hunch or do you have a source? In Chattanooga (which isn't exactly the bastion of progressive politics and government services), the municipal broadband has nearly 3x as many customers as they initially anticipated for viability; nearly 100,000 in a city with ~180,000 and a metropolitan area of ~500 thousand.

    At 43% of Seattle (307,500 of 715,000), $10/month savings is ~$3 million or $36 million annually.

    2) Smart grid is not reliant on a muni internet.

    Of course, but it's an added benefit. Systems that work in conjunction.

    3) If you do not like the product a company is providing you should use another provider.

    The vast majority of the US only has one option for high-speed internet... Including me. I'm stuck with Comcast until I move.

    I would heavily prefer a municipal internet that is managed as a utility and solely beholden to the voters.

    4) That half a billion could go a real long way in schools.

    Of course it could, but that half a billion isn't all Seattle has. In an ideal world, there would also be state and (especially) federal support to develop these sorts of things---maybe in the next 10 years we'll have a Congress that can actually get an infrastructure bill passed with some funds allocated to help the development of municipal internet.

    [–] Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet reid8470 6 points ago in technology

    Except the wealthy?

    When did I say except the wealthy?

    If I'm worth $500,000 and donated $2,700 (the 2016 maximum) to a candidate's campaign, and an individual worth $5 billion also donates $2,700 to a candidate's campaign, how is that person not allowed to speak? They're allowed to speak equally.

    Under the current system, maybe my $2,700 is all I can afford while the person worth $500 million can donate $27 million into a super PAC. Telling you right now, that $27 million gets them a seat at the table with lasting influence on the candidate. My $2,700 gets me a handshake at best.

    [–] Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet reid8470 2 points ago * (lasted edited a day ago) in technology

    That was what I was getting at.

    The vast majority of people don't have tens of millions of dollars to personally invest in politics, which demonstrably work best when people have equal speech. "One person, one vote", etc.

    When we allow our system to be directly influenced by the super wealthy, that system isn't swayed by equal speech. It's instead skewed to benefit people who can afford to "spend" the most.

    In an ideal system:

    What if my business is being individually victimized by some unjust law, and I just want to tell people?

    You would start or join a grassroots movement with other afflicted small businesses, workers, etc. to raise money for a PAC and influence politics in the way an organization like a trade union does.

    What about corporations or wealthy people that want to put out ads covering their own issues?

    There are long-standing restrictions in place in numerous countries, including a variety of restrictions in the US but they are very limited (and further deregulated over the past 40 years) compared to most other developed countries.

    Finally: who gets to decide all of these details? Is it congress? Do you really want the people being bribed to set the terms under which you're allowed to bribe them?

    Congress isn't a unitary body, and restrictions can often start at state levels. The executive branch also plays a substantial role.

    I personally want enough Americans that are educated and active enough in politics to hold politicians accountable for measures that improve the integrity of our system.

    [–] Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet reid8470 1 points ago in technology

    1. With 43% pervasiveness, it'd be a net direct savings of $36 million annually, or the savings alone accounting for the initial investment in ~15 years (which, in terms of city planning, isn't a long time).

    2. With municipal broadband in cities like Chattanooga, TN, the municipal fiber network managed by the power utility has substantially improved the efficiency of power outage responses and maintenance/expansion planning via what they call the "smart grid".

    3. With companies like Comcast pushing arbitrary data caps on consumers in numerous markets (with intent to expand), municipal broadband is more reliable from a long-term, pro-consumer stance.

    4. There are numerous other sorts of applications of a municipal fiber network that have yet to be explored for increasing the efficiency of various city programs/services.

    [–] Comcast and CenturyLink Spent $50K in Seattle to Support a Mayoral Candidate Who Opposes Community-Owned Internet reid8470 2 points ago in technology

    I live in Michigan, where our state's Republican party is working on legislation (just this past week!) to ban any local, state, and federal funds from being used to fund municipal broadband anywhere in the entire state! Yay! :(

    [–] 9.7-million-year-old tooth discovered in Germany belongs to hominin species known only to have existed in Africa 4 million years later reid8470 1 points ago in worldnews

    Pinpointing details of a single taxonomic tribe that are millions of years old isn't easy, but there is a fairly extensive degree of certainty in plenty of different fields of science.

    [–] New live cases by Google reid8470 1 points ago * (lasted edited 2 days ago) in GooglePixel

    I'm looking for a minimal case that essentially just increases the thickness of the phone so if I put it on its back, the phone isn't resting on the protruding camera lens (~1mm protrusion) and is instead more flush along the entire back.

    Mind elaborating on how the Peel case seems a bit more protective than the MNML case?

    I ordered both but if there's a clear 'winner' in this regard, can always cancel my preorder.

    [–] US wins first ever giant robot battle with Japan! reid8470 5 points ago in technology

    That's part of the fun... See what teams come up with and what sorts of attacks they imagine could affect their build, how they can defend against them, etc. People being creative in figuring out how to both destroy the other robot and defend against the other robot's intent on destroying their robot is what leads to interesting content, nevermind the fact that a whole lot can be done at such a large scale whereas typical battlebots are very small.

    As for large artillery, typically that isn't allowed. They're almost always "hand-to-hand".

    [–] US wins first ever giant robot battle with Japan! reid8470 1 points ago in technology

    We'll never be there with pilots in these machines for the sake of TV "excitement". Drop the pilots and let each team design a remote-controlled one with the objective being to completely destroy the opposing one, and they'll come up with stuff that actually results in interesting livestream content. With pilots, they have to play it way too safe for it to be actually interesting, so they have to script the hell out of it and use awful reality TV-show style of production.

    [–] US wins first ever giant robot battle with Japan! reid8470 141 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in technology

    They really need to ditch the pilots and just have giant remote-controlled robots actually fight to completely destroy the other one, not this scripted bullshit to make it look intense while holding back on everything to ensure the safety of the pilots.

    [–] Thomas Heaton - Focus Stacking in LR/PS Tutorial reid8470 2 points ago in photography

    https://i.imgur.com/Jl0bpgf.jpg

    Been watching his videos since shortly after he started and I would say the ones I blocked out in red feel like videos that are a "new" content type that he wouldn't have made if it were this time last year.

    Again, not saying it's a bad thing and I still love his videos, but it's interesting to see how he's adapting to doing this full-time by broadening the type of content he's producing and increasing the pace of producing it.

    [–] Thomas Heaton - Focus Stacking in LR/PS Tutorial reid8470 9 points ago in photography

    I think it's that when Heaton would upload the occasional video, the quality was reliably very high--I'd be drawn in start to finish. Now that he's starting to do more and more videos in between his raw photography ones, I suppose it's a bit reasonable to expect the quality to dip a bit on average as a sacrifice. Still love his videos that are the same old ordeal of him out in the wilderness hunting for compositions, but the filler videos are sort of hit or miss to me.