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sudo wrote

Does the quantity of items in someone's cart make a difference when you're choosing who to watch? Say nobody in the store is acting particularly suspicious, so you're just randomly looking for customers to watch. Let's also say than nobody has selected any high-shrink items like clothing or electronics. One person has mundane items in their cart (like groceries and cleaning products), but they have a lot of them. Would you be more likely to watch them than someone with, say, ten items in their cart?

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sudo wrote

You're right that it isn't always necessary to conceal in a blindspot. The people who say never to conceal in view of a camera are trying to play it safe, by not giving LP the chance to observe them concealing, on the off-chance that they are being watched on camera (and in 99% of stores, if LP doesn't see you conceal or doesn't maintain constant observation from the time of concealment to your exit, they can't stop you). These usually aren't the same people advocating for walkouts.

If you have prior knowledge of a certain store (for example, you know that they almost never actively monitor their cameras), then you can conceal in view of cameras without worry. But even if you don't have any prior knowledge, you can still use statistics and a good poker face to get away with concealing in view of cameras. The cameras essentially function as a panopticon, meaning that at any moment, LP might be watching you, or they might not. Unless there's someone acting suspicious in their store, LP will monitor people at random. So, the more people there are in the store, the lower the chance that they're monitoring you. Go during the store's peak hours. Furthermore, if you have a good poker face, you can minimize your chances of being monitored by blending in very well.

So yes, if you don't want to go through the hassle of identifying blindspots, you can probably ignore the cameras if you go during peak hours and act like an average customer.

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Reply to by Qobsxidn

sudo wrote

My boi, this is a terrible idea.

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Reply to by Qobsxidn

sudo wrote

Careful, the self-checkout lanes require all items to be put on a scale. When it detects that your box of cereal is far more massive than it expected, it will probably start screeching 'unexpected item in bagging area', and call over an attendant. I'd just put your chocolate bars in a reusable bag and walk out with it.

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sudo wrote

I would imagine their budget is itemized, meaning they probably have one section of the budget allotted to buying new equipment, one part for replacing broken or damaged equipment, and so on. If you slashed the tires of ten police cars, that would only affect their 'repair' budget, not their 'new military toys' budget. And I imagine the only effect it would have would be having them ask for a bigger 'repair' budget for next year.

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sudo OP wrote

No. The only places that have magnet-detecting towers are very high-end clothing retailers, and they usually put those on the entrances to their fitting rooms. Unless you're going to one of those, you don't have to worry about your magnets setting of towers.

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sudo wrote (edited )

Join your local communist party, and work with them to overthrow capitalism. Only through long-term strategy and organization can we hope to overthrow the police, and the capitalist system they serve. Any individual act of vengeance will not inflict any meaningful wound on the police as a whole, and will have a good chance of ending with you in jail. Victory is the best vengeance.

Edit: Yep, that's about the response I expected from the anarkids.

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sudo wrote

Don't bring your phone or credit cards with you when you lift. You shouldn't be doing that anyways, even if you don't have magnets on you. Your phone is always spying on you, and your wallet/credit cards have your real identity on them. If you get caught and you think LP is going to let you go, but send you a civil demand letter, you can give them a fake name and address to throw them off. But, if they decide to search you and find your ID or credit card, then they'll know who you really are. So don't carry around anything with your real info on it.

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sudo wrote

From the Shoplifting Master List:

CVS: (4/10)

  • Cameras: Cameras are usually not monitored.
  • Loss Prevention: LP exists regionally, and usually work two 8 hour shifts per week. Employees cannot chase out of the store, but LP can confront you, and will only try to get your license plate.
  • Blind Spots: Blind spots are frequent.
  • Tagging: CVS usually fails to tag items that they would need tagged, but it can exist.
  • Walkouts vs Conceals: Concealment will be the smartest idea.
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sudo wrote

Because activism means action, to me.

That isn't necessarily the case. Overthrowing capitalism requires enacting a long-term strategy of educating workers about the evils of capitalism, and what socialism really is. Educating your fellow workers is fighting back; you're laying the foundation for the revolution, even if that revolution won't happen in your lifetime. Only the smallest of the small-minded would reject long-term strategies such as this because they produce no immediate results.

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Reply to John Hron [CW] by n_n

sudo wrote

Content warning for what? You can't just say 'Content Warning' without saying what type of content you're warning about.

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sudo wrote

Would you say that you consider the vote counter to be the best way of quickly reading whether a post/comment is worthy of attention or are you open to other ways?

I'd have to see what those other ways are before I can say.

That's an interesting idea, although I'd like to propose a similar alternative that's done on other such sites: temporary shadow bans. The votes would look like they're registered but to every other user, they'd see the normal count.

That's basically what I had in mind, but I neglected to mention the part about the votes appearing to be intact to the alt accounts. Sorry.

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sudo wrote

I think they do have some value. For me, a highly upvoted post will grab my attention, as it (usually) signifies that it's a very good post. Likewise, I will probably skip over a post that's been massively downvoted. The same goes for comments.

I'd like to keep the current upvote/downvote system. I think that's the biggest factor that makes Reddit-style forums superior to traditional order-of-posting forums; the upvotes and downvotes do an excellent job of straining out the muck. What I think we should do to combat vote manipulation is to have an intelligent daemon program running as part of Postmill's code that would detect vote manipulation in progress (e.g. multiple accounts with no posts or comments logging in in rapid succession to up/downvote a particular post or comment), and silently reverse the votes. That way, we wouldn't have to implement any restrictions on creating new accounts.

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sudo wrote

Sounds like one of the Nordic countries is your best bet; I would personally go for Denmark. It's a social democracy, meaning they're still capitalist, but they're a much less aggressive form of capitalism. Another plus is if you move to a big city like Copenhagen, everybody already speaks English, so you won't have to learn a new language. I can't speak to how well they treat trans people, or the availability of SRS, so you'll have to research that on your own.

However, if you speak Spanish, go for Cuba.

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sudo wrote

We sometimes have a problem because people do not understand the ideology that Marx and Engels began to develop. People say, “You claim to be Marxists, but did you know that Marx was a racist?” We say, “He probably was a racist: he made a statement once about the marriage of a white woman and a black man, and he called the black man a gorilla or something like that.” The Marxists claim he was only kidding and that the statement shows Marx’s closeness to the man, but of course that is nonsense. So it does seem that Marx was a racist. ... If you are a dialectical materialist... Marx’s racism does not matter. You do not believe in the conclusions of one person but in the validity of a mode of thought; and we in the [Black Panther] Party, as dialectical materialists, recognize Karl Marx as one of the great contributors to that mode of thought. Whether or not Marx was a racist is irrelevant and immaterial to whether or not the system of thinking he helped to develop delivers truths about processes in the material world.

-Huey P Newton, Intercommunalism (1974)

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