Our legal system at work
Jul 24th, 2015 by Ken Hagler

LAPD cop gets 3 years in jail for beat­ing sus­pect caught on dash­cam (Via Ars Tech­ni­ca)

From the arti­cle:

The 35-year-old vic­tim, Ale­sia Thomas, died lat­er that July evening. 


Supe­ri­or Court Judge Sam Ohta sus­pend­ed 20 months from the 36-month sen­tence. With good behav­ior, that means the offi­cer could be released in five months.

So to put it hon­est­ly, the cop did not receive 3 years in jail for beat­ing a sus­pect, she got five months in jail for mur­der. Sad­ly, that short sen­tence is not a surprise–it’s both obvi­ous and well-known that all aspects of the legal sys­tem work togeth­er to pro­tect cops from pun­ish­ment for their mis­deeds. What’s most sur­pris­ing about this case is that she got any jail time for com­mit­ting mur­der, as the usu­al pun­ish­ment is a paid vaca­tion.

The Austin job market is very impressive
Jul 21st, 2015 by Ken Hagler

It’s pret­ty well known that Austin is a very good place to find work in the soft­ware indus­try. That was a major part of the rea­son I moved here when I got out of California–Symantec being what they are, I want­ed to be able to eas­i­ly find anoth­er job if I got arbi­trar­i­ly laid off dur­ing a rear­gue.

It turns out that the job mar­ket here is actu­al­ly even bet­ter than I’d heard. After a month dur­ing which I con­sid­ered hir­ing a recep­tion­ist to deal with all the recruiters, I accept­ed an offer from Apple.

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