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TechnologyHey Reddit...howzit?! Nick Woodman. Founder/CEO of GoPro, AMA!

Oct 6th 2016 by NickWoodman • 22 Questions • 564 Points

I work at the Kirwan Institute for the study of Race and Ethnicity as a Research associate. I am one of the authors of our annual publication, The State of the Science Implicit Bias Review

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Edit 1: I love you reddit! Well this is the most internet famous I've ever been and I'll ever be, Thank you all for making this happen; bet your bottom dollar this is going on my resume and my linked in! This also justifies my constant reddit-ing on my other account.. I have prepared for this day!

Edit 2: Hitting a bit of a lull so I should probably use this time to eat, drink, and be a human again. I'll be checking periodically throughout the next few hours--my hope is to get to every question. You guys have been great and asking some really challenging and insightful questions!

Here's a link to our main website at Kirwan where other great people do much better work than me http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/

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Why do you think it’s ok that you sold GPRO stock before all of your employees? You weren’t allowed to sell shares before December 2014, but you paid JP Morgan a hefty fee to give you a special exemption which they did, and you sold shares in October tanking the stock before anyone else could sell it. Stock was down 25% from the $85 price you sold before anyone else could touch it, and is now worth less than 1/5th it was when you sold. And don’t say it’s because it was a charitable gift, the “Jill + Nicholas Woodman Foundation” you created for this purpose gave away 0 dollars in those 2 months you FRONT RAN employees with no plans in place for giving and being a legitimate charity. You gave yourself a Trump level tax exemption where you’ll never have to pay taxes again, profiting hundreds of millions of dollars from this “charitable donation”. Please explain yourself.

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How hard was it to get drugs? And what were the typical rates?


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Why do I feel so dead inside?

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What evidence is there for the external validity of tests like the IAT? Are we certain we're studying biases rather than familiarity for example?

Additionally, as someone pursuing a career in science, how can I make sure I view others based on the merits of their work, rather than letting my unconscious bias take over?


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Here we go ;-)

1) We didn't pay JP Morgan a fee of any kind for an exemption to transfer shares for the formation of the Jill+Nicholas Woodman Foundation and the Foundation didn't sell shares until later in 2015. The Foundation has gone on to fund causes supporting women and children and will continue to do so!!!!

2) I personally haven't sold a single share since November 2014.

3) Since 2015, I've consistently purchased GoPro stock by paying my taxes on vested shares in cash and holding vs. selling. I'm a believer.

4) 1500+ GoPro employees and I are passionately working our tails off to continue making GoPro great...as you can see from all of the awesomeness we just released.

Next? ;-)

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The main drugs in prison, illegal ones, are heroin, suboxone, "toonchie" (they spray synthetic canabinoids on paper and cards), spice, and then weed of course.

The rates vary depending on the prison, but a small little quarter inch by quarter inch square of toonchie is about $8 and you can get high twice.

Suboxone strips go from $40-$300, depending on where and how much you buy at once. Generally a 1/16 or a 1/8 goes for $8 and guys snort it with water into their nose.

Weed is like $4-$8 for a very small pinner joint.

I never really knew the prices on the other stuff like heroin or meth and stuff when that would come around. When I was in Jesup, GA, there was a ton of cell phones and they had spice there almost as cheap as on the streets.


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Daily life is taking more than you're giving yourself; whether work, personal situations, etc. It's crucial to find something that fulfills -whether reading, gaming, creating, volunteering, working out, etc. The more you do for you, while still making sure to be considerate of the people around you, the easier it is to combat and keep depression at bay.

(Disclaimer: we are not medical professionals and the above advice is to be taken with a grain of salt. If you're truly going through a hard time: friends, family, and professional assistance can help).

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Hi! As a nerd I appreciate your question on external validity. Instead of re-inventing the wheel I'll direct you to project implicit's IAT FAQs https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/demo/background/faqs.html But I will say that this test is highly controversial, so it has gone through the validity ringer more so than many other reputable psychological measures ( I have also linked other comments to our state of the science reports, a few of them have entire sections dedicated to the IAT/measurement for future reading)

As for your second point, this is a lifelong journey that we all must approach with a ton of humility and patience. But getting out of your comfort zone and interacting with folks that come from different background and being more mindful of your decisions is a great place to start!


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How do you decide when to stop adding new features and release a new camera?

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Very interesting. I never really thought about the purchasing of such small amounts of drugs. Thanks for the reply.


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Finally what I was looking for in an AMA.

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Thanks for your response. Is there any further information available about the validity? I see the research has shown it is unlikely this test measures familiarity, but I'd like to know whether there are correlations with serious problems like hate crime. Such a correlation would provide more actionable information than what I've seen regarding the test so far.

Some further questions: Do scores on the IAT change after diversity training? Also, if the test doesn't measure familiarity, does this mean attempts to increase diversity will not be successful at removing the attitudes that caused the lack of diversity in the first place?


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Really good question. Our approach is to envision a "total solution" rather than think about each new GoPro as a "product". Products are standalone things. We want to build solutions that help solve problems for people. So, when deciding which features to included in a new GoPro, Karma, or any new software we think about the total solution and experience we're creating for our customers and not as much about the individual product itself. Hope this makes sense.

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In prison, anything works. Weed you'd brush off your table on the streets, when you haven't smoked in weeks/months/years, it has a major effect. Just have to worry about the drug tests. But yeah, stuff like suboxone, guys could make a strip of suboxone last a month if they had to.


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A pleasure to be of service ;) Anything else we can do for you?

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I've referenced the State of the Science implicit bias review in other posts. But we include a whole chapter on assessments and measurement on this year's edition http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/implicit-bias-2016.pdf starts at pg 51. There are a lot of research articles out there but of course there are limited access if you are not at a university or have a subscription so I try to refer to the SOTS whenever possible and I'd be happy to point you in the right direction if you wanted more leads.

I am not sure about hate crime specifically, but the salience of an event could definitely increase peoples likelihood of making or retrieving those associations

Hey sorry to leave this hanging! It must have slipped through! I really appreciate your thoughtful questions. I think there may be a couple things going on. My perception of the IAT's response is that it is not measuring novelty vs familiarity, Whereas the case for diversity of more of a perspective-taking/ empathy building argument rather than making the case for mere exposure. This is my perception on the matter so I wont speak for those who are more involved in the IAT or diversity work broadly.


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Do you plan to continue the GoPro Awards? I was lucky enough to win one and it made my year ( I also made a video about winning it ).

Related, how does one become a filmmaker for GoPro?

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How do they decide to drug test an inmate? Randomized or routine for all? What happens if you fail a drug test--and do the consequences vary depending on the drug (ie failing for heroin vs weed)?

Thanks, and good luck/best wishes with your life going forwards.


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Write a haiku for me please

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Mostly just curious, but are you aware of any studies or meta-analyses of how implicit bias and confirmation bias work alongside one another, particularly regarding political beliefs?

For others: confirmation bias is the system that essentially makes us assign more importance to an event that supports a pre-existing belief. It seems that a particularly strong implicit bias combined with confirmation bias could inadvertently drag people into certain political beliefs (i.e. regarding who uses welfare, etc.)

If not, researchers, feel free to borrow/steal this idea for your next study.


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GoPro Awards is at the heart of why we started GoPro: to celebrate awesome experiences shared by awesome humans. We're all about helping people capture and share their passions because we know this motivates others to go out and live a bigger, more fulfilling life. GoPro Awards is our way of supporting and promoting all of you who contribute to this positive movement that is GoPro. So yes, we're going to keep it going! And congrats on your win! Please share a link to you winning shot!

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They have two versions, "suspect", which is usually somebody told on them, or random. If you fail a drug test, you go on a hot list and get a random test once a month. If you fail a test for one thing it is just as bad as another and the same as a refusal. The disciplinary system is called a "shot", the most severe shot, 100 is killing another inmate. 203 is fighting. 300 series are for like, you were not were you were supposed to be and such. 100 series is very serious, and drug test failure/refusal, it doesn't matter if it is for heroin or weed or anything, even a medication not prescribed to you, it is a 110 I believe or a 113, one is a possession the other is failure of drug test. That gets you a lot of security points and stays with you for up to 10 years in the federal prison system. If you are in a camp, you'll go to a low, low to an FCI and from an FCI, most likely to a USP, those are the security levels.

So, to answer you question, like I said, the drug doesn't matter. If somebody says you are abusing a seizure medication like say, tegretol, which people get high on, they test your urine and if they find it, you get in the same trouble as if you had heroin in your system (unless it is a medication you are prescribed, then it is just a misuse of medication charge, with is a 300-series incident report, which has very minor consequences).

100 series incident report you can also lose good times, you're going to lose on average 48 days or more that you'll have to spend in prison and you'll also likely lose some privileges for 6 months, like your commissary or your phone or your email, or visitations.

Also, if you fail for multiple drugs, it is still the same thing, dirty urinalysis result, so that is why, a lot of guys doing drugs in prison, they are taking whatever and whenever, because the consequence is the same if you fail for weed, or fail for weed, heroin and cocaine (which you can't really find in prison, but just for example) at the same time.


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Another day Another mystery

The spider crawls from within history

OUCH! another bite

Seasons change.

The spider hides again

Deep inside.

OUCH! More.

Not sure what that was

Is this even a Haiku?

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Yes Yes you rock! One of my favorite implicit bias studies has the intersection of confirmation bias. Here: http://www.nextions.com/wp-content/files_mf/14468226472014040114WritteninBlackandWhiteYPS.pdf However, this is not one related to politics. Unfortunatly I do not know one off the top of my head related to IB, CB, and politics (but that certainly doesn't mean one doesn't exist). We spend most of our time in the race lit so there may be ones on politicians and gender that I do not know of as well. However, there is some really good lit on IB and politics and race: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/implicit-bias-2016.pdf page 72 has that year's write ups of politics and voting. Thanks!


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Hi Nick! Will you bring out software/hardware improvements to Karma, like being able to track the user while moving or obstacle avoidance/detection?

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Why is cocaine unavailable when all those other drugs are?


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No, you forgot "It's snowing on Mt Fuji"

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That's awesome, thank you so much for doing this.


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We will introduce updates to Karma to enhance its performance and what you can do with it. Karma already has a lot of hardware features built into it that we're not exploiting yet, so expect more radness to come. We know everyone is excited to learn more and we promise to share more as soon as we can. Thanks for the stoke.

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I think because the amount you have to do is larger and it is harder to get in through visitation and other methods. Heroin, people are addicts so they find a way to get it in and marijuana and stuff I often think comes from corrections officers.


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They like me they really like me haha but really I'm just happy to get the work out there and I am so thankful for folks that appreciate it! Thanks you rock!


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Yo Nick, I just want to say I love your cameras they are idiot proof. I have taken thousands of photos during backpacking trips thanks to you. Cheers brother.

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Oh wow, and did you have anyone to talk to while you were there, inside or outside of the prison? I can't imagine having an experience like that and having to keep my thoughts to myself


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Ok, easy one, where did the idea come from?

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Hi,

I found a study online where you were supposed to press right for good or bad things, then press right for homosexual or heterosexual things. I guess it was trying to see if you implicitly wanted to say one sexuality or another was good or bad.

Are you familiar with the study? I think it came from Harvard. What do you think about that as a methodology?


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Hugely appreciated, dude. Hugs back to you.

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Yeah we have an email system called trulincs to keep in contact with family and I used phone a lot and made a lot of prison friends.


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The answer is as easy as the inquiry ;)

Truthfully, we had a few friends over and were playing a few card games. A bottle of scotch, some laughs, some dialogue, and the idea came.

The replies we usually get it "What a simple concept" -because it is.

Now, this isn't to discredit the work which followed. Having ideas is the easy part. Putting them into motion, all the way through the end is the part which we're proud of. From Trademarking, Registering businesses in the proper states, Legalities, Contracts with freelancers, Site / Marketing concepts, finding the right models and honing in on a specific tone (vintage/grindhouse, etc) all took months; even after our first release, there was much work to do -improving, editing, amending, and trying our best to grow.

Concept was quasi-easy / Road to completion is continuing process.

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Instead of re-inventing the wheel I'll direct you to project implicit's IAT FAQs https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/demo/background/faqs.html But I will say that this test is highly controversial, so it has gone through the validity ringer more so than many other reputable psychological measures ( I have also linked other comments to our state of the science reports, a few of them have entire sections dedicated to the IAT/measurement for future reading)

Sorry to just copy and paste to another response but I believe this is the test you are referring to. I think it's one of the best tools for assessing implicit associations/evaluations. That being said, no tool is perfect and it's not the only options out there. In my personal opinion, I often recommend using the IAT. Thanks!


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How do you feel the Karma holds up against recent drone industry competitors such as the DJI Mavic and the Yuneec Breeze — especially considering the difference in price point?

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What did you miss the most while you were in prison? Also, did you gain any new hobbies to pass time?


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Can i play with my grandma ?

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That handout is an interesting read for sure. Would you happen to have any handouts like this that cover privileges others have (red and yellow black and white etc.)? I'm really interested in seeing them.

The book looks like a good read, I'll be sure to check it out.


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I may be biased ;-) but I think Karma shreds...especially for $799! It's amazing that you get the drone, the removable stabilizer, the handheld grip, the touch display controller all together in the backpack for that price. A couple of years ago, all of this would have been $10K! We are living in the future.

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Yeah I learned to bead lol but mostly I just typed for other inmates, legal work, grievances, and books that they'd write down. The typewriters are very shitty though, you can get paid about $1 per page to type.

I missed the internet the most, of course.


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It wouldn't be the first time. All depends on your Grannie's humor ;)

Some cards would be a bit awkward, we imagine.

So, how cool is this Grandma?

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Great! Here's a link to a buzzfeed video that included other factors like gender, class etc. As a research conscious person I won't go on record for vouching for buzzfeed's reporting accuracy, etc., but it is a good illustration of how privilege intersects multiple identities. Additionally, a lot of research focuses on the Black-White dichotomy, but there are a good bit of studies that go into the types of implicit biases that we all hold for other groups--one example is a study that showed that kids as young as middle school internalized the stereotype that Asians are good at math. A write up of the article is found on page 34 of our review: http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/2015-kirwan-implicit-bias.pdf


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Hi Mr. Woodman! What is the best GoPro footage you have shot yourself?

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Imagine not being able to look up the answers to most barguments so easily as we do now. Must have been a prison full of Cliff Clavins.


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Definitely the coolest . She suggested that we play this ;)

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This is helpful, but I was hoping for something more like the first link you had that was relevant in the same scope applied elsewhere. Does anything like that exist? Or is something like that in the works by any chance? I really am interested in seeing the full scope of privilege in a neat list like that first one you provided.

On a side note, I have found that the black-white dichotomy is a very good starting point. There differences between the two that make them unique are staggering, and can really open the mind to how people are different, and would view and interact in the world differently.

EDIT: I'm sorry, but I do not see a link to the buzzfeed vid. Try again?


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My family footage is always my favorite but if we're talking about just me, personally...well, getting barreled brah! Like most surfers, it's tough to top the tube shot as a favorite! I'll post a link! Hehehee...

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Oh man you have no idea. People argue the dumbest shit, like how long it takes to drive somewhere or some years MVP or just anything you can imagine and without Google it turns into whoever can yell the loudest.


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Woops, too much multitasking :). Here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD5f8GuNuGQ


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Did you happen to know my dad i never met? Mark Claborn. He was a DWB and went by the name "cravker". Tall white guy with a shaved head and a reddish blonde goatee and mustache. .. Just curious..


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Is the original game not a drinking game? And the expansion pack turns it into one?

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As a professor of communication I'm happy to see you engaging with the material in such a wonderful way.


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The originally stated range of 1km was a nod to safety and keeping Karma within line-of-site. But we realized after launching Karma that everyone wanted to know the actual technical spec of Karma's range capability, so we updated our published spec to more accurately reflect what Karma can do. Up to 3km, baby.

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For some reason that does sound kind of familiar, where was he from?


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The original has both. It's a bit more casual, like a dirty-man's uno: but with the occasional: Chug a beer/take a shot card (about 1/3 of the deck has drinking rules).

The "Extreme-Drunkard" expansion has 18 cards that mix-up additional mini-games and challenges into the set, all resulting in drinking and other silly stuff (Never have I ever, Beer Pong, and various twists on popular booze-oriented party-games).

The video on the expansion page shows a collection of the cards, and explains it a bit

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Thank you so much! I'm better inside the internet than I am in-person haha


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Mr Woodman, big fan of the cameras! Thanks for doing this. How do you see the Karma line evolving from here?

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How does it feel to be out?


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Cool! Thank you for the explanation.

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Have you done any research about the autistic brain and implicit bias? From my experience it seems that bias is one of the byproducts of having social programming, which autistic people are missing to a large extent.


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Thanks Stoicka! Call me Nick! Mr. Woodman makes me feel old. I'm only 41 (and still 18 in my mind)! Karma is off to an exciting start and as you can imagine there's a lot of opportunity to evolve, enhance, and extend it as a platform for capturing insanely smooth footage be it in the air, in your hand, or mounted. Some of these enhancements will come as firmware updates to the current Karma and some will come down the road in new versions. I can't share more, but know this...Karma has only just begun!

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Amazing!


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I have not, nor do I know of any. Because of how psychological research is conduct, studies almost always rely on a random sample or a sample similar to that being tested (e.g. matching participants based on race or gender). So I don't think the field as a whole knows much about individual differences in the population.. That is a very interesting point!


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As someone who uses the camera for night photos, will the lens replacements mechanism turn into different modular ways to attach things like ND filters or perhaps a zoom without placing it over the lens like previous models, so its fixed on the camera?

What is your personal favorite setting on the camera, and what activity do you use it for most frequently?

super stoked on the placement of the gimbal on the karma. finally no more blades or chop. No question here….just…good job

Love seeing the advancement of GoPro, your team is full of amazing people.

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I thought the black hands guys are required to be in solitary confinement?


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Advice on how to deal with this on-again-off-again-mostly-mist bullshit storm we are stuck with for the next couple days? The storm is ruining one of the last fun outdoor weekends of the year.

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How do you think implicit bias affects education? I'm doing a big paper about this, and it'd be interesting to hear your perspective on it.


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Being able to swap out different lens filters on HERO5 Black (in addition to replacing the clear filter if you break yours) is a big plus and will over time allow for more creative uses of your GoPro. I'm stoked you like this feature and even more stoked for the props you give to our team. GoPro really is full of amazing people who work their TAILS OFF to make the radness happen. Comments like yours really fire everyone up, thanks Jalop!

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Nah, they get out onto the rougher USP compounds, there is no gang or anything in particular where they can just say "We're sending you to ADX (Colorado supermax) because you are in this (particular gang)", but I do know California state prison and Texas state prison are a bit more strict with them.


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What are you into? We just read about a rave that's taking place in Brooklyn tonight - called "Tomb Raver".

On the lighter side, a movie-night is always good. Or maybe shack up at your favorite bar.

Let us know what you dig, and we'll see if there's anything floating around we can grab and relay to you ;)

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It affects it a lot!! This is actually my area of interest and the last couple years of our State of the Science have some really interesting studies related to implicit bias in education. http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/implicit-bias-2016.pdf starts on page 34 for the 2016 version. the Okonofua and Eberhardt piece is my favorite. We also have work specifically dedicated to school discipline on our website (although not solely IB we do use that as a lens for understanding what the data analyses reveal : http://kirwaninstitute.osu.edu/researchandstrategicinitiatives/school-discipline/ Hope you find something you can use and good luck on your paper!


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Hello Nick.

Big fan of your cameras. Have you ever considered making any that are not fish eye? Basically just very small durable video cameras.

Would love to get my hands on that new karma gimbal, but i am poor. Maybe one day!

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What was the food like?


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I love dancing, adventure, art, restaurants (particularly the ones with "exotic" cuisine.) I am planning on going to Applefest in Warwick on Sunday so maybe I will dig out a movie for tonight. Which one do you say would be a good fit for the weather?

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Hi

Im an unpaid full powers police officer who has been required to undergo Implicit Bias training, my day job has me working upper management at a mid-sized defense industry company.

I have been through the training and been instructed that I was inherently racist through a testing process that was designed to produce that result (either "overcorrecting your internal racism" or demonstrating a "negative racial preference in enforcement").

What do you have to say to the scores of officers who believe that "Implicit Bias" does not exist as a meaningful externality?


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Good news! HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session both shoot in a fish-eye free setting called "Linear". No distortion, straight horizons, exactly what some of you are looking for.

For those of you with HERO4 cameras, you can also achieve a fish-eye free look by shooting in MEDIUM or NARROW field of view instead of wide. Pretty much all distortion is eliminated in those field of view modes.

Full GoPro WIDE with some fish eye effect is awesome for immersive shots, but agreed there's a time and place for distortion free footage as well...and now you can choose and capture as you like!

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The feds feed you good except in a usp, you don't get a dinner meal they bring a styrofoam tray to the unit, baloney sandwich every other day. Most the FCI are good though, you got a hot bar and a cold bar most the time and can eat as much as you want. They call it FED for a reason. You also get canteen and can buy all kinds of crazy stuff and got microwaves in most the units where you live.


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Are you into Horror? If so, what type / decade? Literally staring at a massive DVD collection and would be happy to pick something appropriate ;)

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Well... I'm a very nurture over nature leaning person, so I don't believe that anyone is "inherently" racist. I do believe that most people hold implicit negative biases as a product of things we see and learn in our environment (not that we intend to do so). There are many situations in an officer's day (like all of us) where these biases are likely to come out at one time or another. There are sometimes in a day where someone's biases won't impact their behavior. But I think in any case, it is good to be aware of them in order to stop and check ourselves during key decisions, and reminding ourselves that we cannot always be objective. That being the case, I don't believe officers are unique in that they are the most biased, it is just that that job is very high stakes and a biased decision can alter someones life (whereas if I act on my biases, I might just say something awkward of no consequence). But I think the criminal justice system is one that needs a lot of healing on both sides, both officers and civilians are hurt by racial trauma in the system (both current and historic) we need a lot of empathy and we need to move away from pointing fingers or "choosing sides" Thank you for your questions and I'm sorry that your experience with implicit bias training was not a positive one.


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Was it a difficult decision to take "Be a Hero" out of the new logo? What is the biggest factor in making that change?

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A bologna sandwich every other day? Like is that all? Cus if that was literally all you got... I'm pretty sure that's not legal... Is it?


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I am not but I am very open and decently receptive so throw your best at me, corny or terrifying, and I will give it a shot!

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There are a number of reasons to bring in an outside trainer and/or coach. Negative attitudes, lack of trust, internal silos, inefficient communication, conflict, and inability to utilize diversity (and instead a push to simply 'tolerate it'), an increase in diversity of internal org or an increase in diversity of external context. An outside consultant can be in a better position (say, rather than from someone internal) to respond to questions that people may be fearful of being evaluated in terms of job promotion, etc. That being said, I would say that 90% of 'diversity consultants' shouldn't be brought in. I say this for two reasons. They don't take a developmental approach and they cause feelings of shame and/or guilt. Any intervention that makes people feel shamed will not be effective. I've been asked to do so many 'repair jobs' where the consultant actually did more harm than good. Part of it goes back to that first reason - they don't take a developmental approach. Should I apply for a job to be a mechanic? No. I like cars and can change the oil and air up my tires, but my my conversations with a mechanic tend to be short as the complexity of their experience and knowledge of cars is way deeper than mine. Same goes for thinking and talking about 'diversity' - it's developmental and if this isn't considered and people are thrown into 'anti-racism' or 'anti-bias training', the result is just like that of all the comments in this thread. Some think "yeah it's useful" and some think "this is a load of bs". So this gets at your question of what is 'diversity'. It's a developmental question (and one that maybe hints at your more developed mindset). For me, diversity is differences that exist in people coming from factors including, but not limited to, race, gender, ability, religion, communication style, personality, nationality, region, SES. If you're debating whether to bring in someone, I'd be more than willing to offer some pointers and/or make some suggestions.


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Be a HERO is still part of our brand, marketing and daily mantra at GoPro. We wanted to soften our voice a bit and leave "GoPro" more open to interpretation and we felt that "GoPro" is strong enough of a message alone. I think the updated logo is fresh...clean. I hope you all dig it, too! And importantly, it looks sick on the side of a race car or spacesuit :-) But never, ever stop Being a HERO.

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Haha, what is legal and what they do are two different things. It'd come with chips though and uhh, I think a piece of fruit, that is it. They say it is for security reasons they do that, but I think they are just cheap bastards. While the feds are flying you or driving you anywhere, you eat poorly. In the Atlanta holdover facility, it is pretty bad conditions there for food. There are a few other places too where it is the transfer meals, which is, an apple, four slices of bread, a slice of cheese, a slice of "meat", and a little "bag" of water, or sometimes just a small packet of aspartame with some flavoring (grape drink mix, etc.)


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here we go....

  • Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (some vintage silliness)
  • Dead and Breakfast (if you like Shawn of the Dead)
  • Street Trash (Oldschool Splatter)
  • Jack Frost 2 (it's like Saved By The Bell meets Leprechaun)
  • Tromeo & Juliet (Troma - doesn't get any better/weirder ..+ LEMMMY for Motorhead)
  • Zombi 2 (Italian Zombie film that takes place on an island)
  • Frankenhooker (NYC Times Sq Sleeze and Comedy; also see Basket Case)
  • Dead Alive (Peter Jackson before he became THE Peter Jackson)
  • Diabolical Dr. Z (Oldschool B/W film; trippy and was introduced to us by a Satanist on the Lower East Side.lol)
  • Prince of Darkness (John Carpenter film that's part of his endof the world trilogy of films: The Thing and Mouth of Madness being the other ones. People give this one shit, but we found it terrifying. Mouth of Madness is awesome too.
  • ANY of the Return of the Living Dead films (funny, entertaining ..BRAIIINSS)
  • Cannibal Ferox (a less appreciated film, in the vein of Cannibal Holocaust)
  • Brainscan (A cheesy semi-slasher flick, featuring the kid from Terminator 2; great 90's flashback)

Could. Go. On. Forever. :)

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Hi again. Great observation, heuristics and biases are very closely related and are often referred to as synonymous (i.e. heuristics are the rule, and the bias is the proclivity we lean to based on the rule). Although implicit bias training have shown positive results, the training are unique to an institution so I do not believe there is any research to say that all implicit bias training are helpful, but they depend very much on the content and the context. Usually this research focuses on one domain (e.g. a way to talk about bias in healthcare probably won't show up in the criminal justice literature, but it may).

a) decision for police officer -- who to stop in a traffic stop, when to let someone off with a warning vs citation, decisions to shoot, perceptions of neighborhoods--this is the majority of where the lit. lies for policing b) corporate: hiring decisions, promotiong, mentory, perceptions of competence.

So in each of these decisions/evaluations its important for all of us to think of what external factors may contribute to actions and perceptions at that time. Hope that helps!


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Hey Nick, went to jr high (remember Lenny?) and high school with you. Glad to see you've done so well. Question - how did you manage to get on the home shopping network all those years ago?

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Wasn't treatment like this illegalized due to a class action by some prisoners at one point?


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Looks like I'm taking October off of work to watch everything haha thanks! Stay dry

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The decisions for an officer to stop someone for a traffic violation is almost always impossible to tell their race or gender. Warnings and Citations are pretty much based on the severity of the infraction/history (lots of tickets v. few) as well as the attitude which the subject they had during the stop which varies from officer to officer. Perceptions of neighborhoods are shaped more by presence of drug dealing (and what kind of drugs), gang activity, and crime rate/rate of call out.

As far as the shoot/no shoot repeated studies show a bias for white officers to take longer to shoot a black suspect than a white suspect under the same conditions whereas black officers do not have that problem.

As far as corporate I am totally unsold on diversity for the sake of ethnic or gender diversity. Show me diversity of ideas, politics, or education but I could give a fuck less whats between your legs or what color you are.


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Lenny our headmaster, yes! Who is this?

QVC it was. I saw they had an audition for an INVENTOR SEARCH so I bought a plane ticket, flew to PA and stood in line to audition. I made it on the show! Another example of blind optimism paying off.

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Maybe in a state somewhere, but federal prisons have their own thing they do.


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Rock on.

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Thanks for replying. I'm on mobile now so I apologize for any errors or lack of clarity. To the last point I would posit that it is very difficult to gain a plurality of ideas backgrounds and experiences if the applicant pool is homogenous in term of gender or race but I'm also ok with agreeing to disagree. To your first couple points, this may not have been your personal experience but there is a wealth of public data that demonstrates disparities in traffic stops and searchers based on race. This year even states like NC, Vermont, and Minnesota demonstrated disparities by race that couldn't be attributed to the demographics, in fact disparities are often highest in areas that are predominantly White. The same is true for use of force data compared to the representation within the larger population. Many of these disparities are attributed to the tendency to perceive the behavior of racial monorities as more disruptive than if the same behavior was exhibited by a white person. Similarly, other studies showed that the number of black people in a neighborhood influenced people's perception of how dangerous that neighborhood was more than the actual presence of crime ( as indicated by the crime rates from those areas).

I feel compelled to share those things because it is what I read and what I do for a job; however I can also acknowledge that it seems like you don't feel like those findings reflect your lived experience. That is ok. I am not here to convince you otherwise, but to uplift the role of implicit bias or unconscious associations rather than saying that cops are racist or bad when these disparities are present. I am not anti cop by any means and have had officers come to my assistance in times of need that were greatly appreciated.


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How can I intern for GoPro?

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I'm not understanding, are you saying that in a usp, the entirety of the food you get is a baloney sandwich every other day?


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Question for OP or anyone that's played: How is the replay value?

I've found a lot of these games are fun ~3 times and then get really old really fast once the shock value is gone. Exploding cats and un-expanded Cards against humanity come to mind.

And to OP, what were some unexpected challenges going from an idea to production. What problems occur that you just don't read about in "Buisness for Dummies" or what have you?

And thanks for the AmA, this is a super chill thread.

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To your first couple points, this may not have been your personal experience but there is a wealth of public data that demonstrates disparities in traffic stops and searches based on race.

The National Institute of Justice — DOJ study — disagrees with you the differences are the direct result of "differences in offending" rather than racism or implicit bias.

My problem is I see your role as something destructive to society in labeling everyone a racist and your research being used tp further that goal. I believe like many others that your research is pseudoscience that is more about correlation that causation where you are working backwards from your conclusion.


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Check gopro.com/careers in January for 2017 intern opportunities! Thanks for wanting to come work with us, Solano89!

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Only for dinner, for breakfast and lunch you go to the dining hall and they have a type of 5 week menu that operates. The food then is good and not all usp are like I described, just some in tx, wv, ky, and ca, a few other places too where the violence is real bad. They assume if we don't go out for the third meal there will be less violence, I guess.


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Excellent question. Honest answer: depends on the crew. When you first play, or show it to people who have never seen it, the fun is in reading the cards out loud as you play along, etc. It's a freaking reward when people laugh from something in the game and/or find something hysterical or amusing. When it's familiar, you can play it like any other card game where, if someone drops down the Anal card -- you know what that action is. So, it becomes a nice time killer. A literal card game. When used as a drinking game at parties, the replay value is much higher.

Like anything else, it's all about what mood your in. Sometimes we play and go nuts, other times -after 15 minutes we get side tracked and the party moves on. Not everyone feels like playing a game all the time. So, truthfully, it fluctuates.

Re: your second question- It's interesting as, despite available resources, every experience is unique and you figure it out as you go along. From day one, our intention was to go by the books and make sure we secure the concept, business, taxes, yada-yada. We still have a LONG way to go, and would dance like mad monkeys if we obtained even 1% of CAH's success. As mentioned in a previous reply, showing support for the companies and people who influence and inspire you goes A LOT further than screaming into the void. A lot of the friends and business partners made was a direct result of showing love to the artists and companies we look up to; additionally, the greatest asset any company or business has is it's employees and customers. It's imperative to value and respect them -otherwise, you're nothing. From day 1, we've made a lot of friends and have kept in touch with a lot of the people who supported our first AMA and releases of the game. Everyone's trying to do something -we're no different. We're not special.

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I have no intention of labeling anyone as a racist, in fact implicit bias helps explain why these disparities occur in the absence of overt racists. I should note that The report does not meaure implicit bias in order to rule it in or out as a factor ). It also notes in the profiling section : "Despite training to avoid discrimination, officers may still rely on cultural stereotypes and act on their perceptions of a person's characteristics (such as age, race or gender)." The DOJ is also a huge proponent exploring implicit bias research to better understand these disparities. I do however acknowledge and respect the concern that police should not shoulder the ultimate blame for these disparities. I agree. I also believe that monorities should not be charterized as offending more than whites. Both of these perspectives involve stereotypes and miss the full picture . Instead implicit biases explain how how perceptions from Both the officer and civilians perspective can be shaped because of race.. And these perceptions are all influenced by a long history of race relations in the criminal justice system. I've enjoyed chatting with you and hearing your perspective


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Thanks for the clarification, and for the AMA!

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Greetings Captain! Would you be so kind as to rank your top 5 poisons to imbibe while playing this fantastic game?? Rock on! 👊🏽


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What are some small steps that people can take to minimize the negative effects of implicit bias in hiring?

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No problem, it has been really fun, just difficult to keep up with all the comments, I keep feeling like I miss some :x


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  • Jack on the Rocks
  • Gin and Tonic with Cucumber (Hendricks)
  • Shots of Jameson
  • Guinness
  • Moonshine (Grapa, Souma, etc)

-honorable mention: Blanco Absinthe made in the U.S with legit wormwood. It's heavy duty and different.

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Great Question! There are several strategies to reduce one's own individual biases (such as mindfulness, taking breaks, decreasing distractions etc..), but for hiring it's really important to build bias safeguards into the hiring process. An example could be ensuring that all hiring involves a multi-stage review. Another way is by removing identifiers (such as name, gender and race) from resumes and hiring materials. Utilizing data and concrete evaluation criteria is also a big one.. it removes the subjectivity from interviews just thinking someone is a good "fit"-- subjective and ambiguous evaluations are ones that are more likely to rely on bias.


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Why were you moved so much?

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¿Qué es esto?


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removing identifiers (such as name, gender and race) from resumes and hiring materials

We're a small company, this is where I'll start.

Thanks!

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I got in trouble for fighting in NY, then threatening staff in NJ, then my security went down in the USP after my points dropped, the only place I never got in trouble technically, then I got in trouble with all the guys in my unit when there was a bunch of spice in GA, I wasn't selling it or anything but they thought I was high on it (I wasn't) and when I passed two blood tests and three urine tests they looked bad and just shipped me to SC, my final destination before I was immediate release.


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...funny you ask lol

PORN: THE GAME! es un homenaje a la picardía de antaño; una era, antes de internet, donde tiendas sórdidas y teatros sucios era donde los pervertidos se divertían.

We actually made a Spanish version; didn't pick up as much traction as the English one. Either way, we plan on expanding into additional languages.

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Great! feel free to PM me in the future to let me know how it goes!


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Is prison rape as common or as big of an issue as people are led to believe?

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Have you ever considered repenting for your sinful ways?


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Besides working to change how you look, what are some things you can do to overcome other people's implicit bias that they make on you?

For example, if you have acne or are a POC, how would you overcome any biases in a job interview or when meeting new people? Is it best to just ignore those factors, or is there a certain framework that would be better to use?

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Nah, but there is a lot of homosexual stuff always going on. It isn't like the 80s and 90s with the raped, but there are a lot of "sissys" and "punks" as they call them. You're much more likely to be propositioned for somebody to pay you to suck your dick than the other way around, don't ask me why, it seems like everybody in prison is a bottom, lol. I'm heterosexual for the most part, so I didn't mess with any of that, but it is not what it is portrayed like on tv or movies. There is also a big transgender fad in the prisons now and they let them buy bras and panties and perfume and stuff. X_X


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Our standard is held against those we care about, and the values we hold.

Obligatory

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That being said, if you or someone you know is interested in being connected with a specific advocacy group/ resource, feel free to PM me!


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Was there Internet access in any of the locations?

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I love you guys \m/


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She said there is nothing different about police - we all have a problem with bias. It's just that police bias leads to violence. Meaning the only thing stopping most of us is the opportunity. If we were put in that situation, we would act the same.

Go watch it again. She says everyone is implicitly biased against black people, not just police.

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You can use email via their proprietary system but it is very slow. No internet access.


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Hi and thanks for your question! First, I apologize if I misinterpret any aspects of your question. I think that saying that someone has an implicit bias and is more likely to shoot unarmed Black teen does not mean the same thing as saying someone is racist and violent-- I think that the racist and violent language implies intent to do harm where implicit biases can influence behavior even when someone is trying not to. Unfortunately, implicit bias shooter studies are well documented (e.g. the tendency to shoot an unarmed black target vs and unarmed white target). This goes back to the general association between Blackness and criminality, many folks harbor this bias (regardless of race) because it is a reflection of the stereotypes we all see on TV. I am in no position to interpret Sec Clinton, but i think that pointing out the implicit biases that influence officers and all of us to are the result of a flawed system, and not big bad racists that want to cause harm (even though those types of people do exist too). Some of our partners at Fair and Impartial Policing do a good job of talking about these shooter tasks and implicit bias in policing, their website can be found here http://www.fairimpartialpolicing.com/bias/ Again, great question.


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They also have "hands laid, debts paid", which is where, if somebody owes you money and you fight them, the debt is considered null and void.

That has got to be the single most destructive unwritten law I've ever heard in any scenario.

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So you said you wanted to kill some time. Why didn't you just play your own game?


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Thanks for the response. If there was a "score" for each persons implicit bias, which would be most accurate?

1) Most people have a score above the acceptable level to be a LEO (law enforcement officer). Meaning everyone needs to get better.

2) People with high scores are more likely to become LEOs. Meaning we need to hire different people.

3) Being a LEO raises your score. Meaning we need to change police culture/training.

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Well, prevents a lot of fights, you'd be surprised. It makes it so nobody is just getting beat up for being in debt. If a guy owes you $100, what do you want, to punch him in the face, OR, wait and hope you get your money back? Most people just wait.


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Daytime, at work, some of us are juggling a few things, + we're not drinking at the moment (4 more hours 'til 5pm: Happy Hour ;). --although, truthfully, a bit hung over from last night.

Just like any game -it's all about the timing, mood of the people, and setting.

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Great Question! Negative biases toward groups that are stigmatized in our culture (racial minorities, people with disabilities, folks who are overweight) are VERY common (I believe 70% of individual have a moderate to high negative bias of those groups) So this would fall under point 1... however, the very nature of policing is an environment that those biases are more likely to be accessed during decision-making such high time constraints, life or death decisions, danger (whether real or perceived), and ambiguity. So that would speak more to number 3.. As far as point two, there is no literature to support that path of causality, that does not mean that is never the case, but it is the least supported of the three. Thanks for breaking this down and great question!


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What's (who's) a 'check in'?

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Hey guys! Great work on the game! I was wondering as to what you guys do in your free time? And what other games do you guys play?


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Wow 70% is much larger than I would have guessed. Still not "everyone" but a large majority. Thanks for the info!

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Somebody who goes to the SHU (Secure Housing Unit / Special Housing Unit) that is essentially the hole, either because they don't want to pay a debt or are scared of somebody, or something like that. It is a bad reputation to have to do that, because federal prisoners do have email and communicate between prisoners, so whatever you do one place, always catches up with you eventually. Sorry for not clarifying.


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This reply is better suited for bullet-point style ;)

  • Music/Concerts
  • (not a surprise here) Boozing
  • Getting involved in various subcultures (Events, Arts, etc - the stuff a city like NYC has to offer)
  • Horror Movies (we're total suckers for them, and it somewhat bleeds into our product)
  • Reading (the best form of meditation)
  • Eating (going out to favorite spots, discovering new places, etc)
  • and just like anyone else, trying to figure out what the future holds and what moves to make, while remaining happy -not compromising our ideals, and doing one's best despite the hurdles we all come across and the possible mistakes we all make.

c'est la vie

Everyone has their outlets.

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Exactly! Not everyone has all of the same biases, but there area certainly overarching trends, I will say that biases are a part of being human so we do all have them to some extent, but it may not be toward those identities that are highlighted in the media


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Ah ok, got it. Thanks.

You could email directly between prisoners? Or did you have to go through a third person on the outside?

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You can go through third person, but you might get in trouble. You can get approval for email between prisoners directly, but I don't know many people that have done it, it is a tricky process. Usually there is just a relay on the streets bouncing messages back and forth, a few companies do it too, for inmates, and run their facebook pages and stuff like that.

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You're right, I only used the example to illustrate more of a skin-tone place of origin expectation, purely anecdotal.

Regarding the IQ tests, these are very historically biased against other background and cultures--even to the point that some states won't allow them in their assessment of disability process. This happens because the normative sample for many of these tests were biased in the first place or weighted moral/etiquette decisions as a measure of intelligence. One example (I believe it was the WISC) included a question about what you would do if you found a wallet-- this question purportedly assesses raw intelligence, but it's easy to see how contextual factors like poverty could influence this measure.

I definitely do believe that IQ, temperament, or physical ability are very environmentally driven and not an accurate measure of genetic differences, especially as they pertain to race (but also gender). One thing that we've learned from implicit bias research is that seemingly unbiased ratings (such as the quality of a memo) can be influenced by race or gender, even if all other factors are identical (e.g. exact same memo but written race of the author was changed).

To get at the genetic vs social construction of race, here's a really good article in Science mag http://science.sciencemag.org/content/351/6273/564

I'm not sure I understand your last paragraph, could you explain further?

Finally, I don't think this disagreement means that dialogue should be hindered. And I appreciate your openness in discussing the issue


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Do you / have you written any published material based on your life experiences?

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Why is it that myself and people like myself seem to be immune from having an implicit bias but everyone else out there is somehow universally affected by this?


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Not yet, but I've thought about it. I know it would take a lot of work and editing and I'm glad now there is such an easy way to publish stuff with createspace and all that, so I know if I ever do it it would be easy to get it out there.

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Hello and thanks for sharing!! We'll I'd challenge you to explore some identities/situations where you may have biases, you never know what you might find... Even if it's not toward some of the identities that folks are more commonly biased toward, who knows? Perhaps you have experience with a wide range of people groups, less exposure to the media? Trust me, I'd love to hear your secret!!


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Thanks for the response. You seem like a very interesting individual.

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No problem :) Trying to get back adjusted to life on the outside, not much has changed, surprisingly. The internets and Reddit is still here, so I'm good.


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Would you mind expanding on why the aryan and white gangs are the worst?

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Meh, they cause a lot of violence and usually seemed to be the ones getting all the drugs in. They really take advantage of the guys trying to join their gangs (the ones I seen, anyways). So I mean, when I say they are the worst, I mean as far as fighting, stabbing and stuff like that, if we get locked down everybody would go "God damn white boys at it again", I mean, that is 90% of the time a good guess for why we were getting locked down.


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I don't quite understand the crime committed here. Were you importing a chemical you did not know was illegal? Or knew the implications of such an order considering you had a website for it.

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It was not Schedule I until ten days after I was indicted, and the CSAEA for analogues used to be read in the conjunctive for the three prongs, like sold for human consumption AND has effect of Schedule I AND has structure of Schedule I (or II). Then they changed it and started reading it in the disjunctive, so they used OR instead of AND. A guy went to the Supreme Court over it last year, McFadden, and argued the mens rea of such a statute, but he really didn't even get relief because they just remanded for a lower court and slammed him on his other counts on his indictment. The thing is, the feds can indict a ham sandwich for conspiracy to have cheese and they'll win in court every time, there is no fighting them or beating them. So yeah I got fucked over, because I was under the assumption it was legal as long as it wasn't for human consumption and I had a pretty hefty disclaimer customers had to agree to that included indemnification, but it didn't help me out in court at all.


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It doesn't help that the grand jury process is a complete joke here in the US. I did 11 weeks of it in NJ and between fatigue over the same 3 types of heroin cases and sitting in shitty chairs in a cold room for 8 hours, the juror's do not put a lot of thought into it. The DA could say fruit loops are illegal. Then the cop working the case (mind you doing it from memory, for an incident that happened 8 months ago) says Mr. Smith totally had a box. Then the jurors blindly motion for a true vote and boom, Mr. Smith is charged by a room full of people not trained in law, who don't want to be there, based on the testimony of a cop going off memory for an incident nearly a year ago. Let's not even begin to talk about complicated cases where questions are asked!

I probably did 400 cases in my 11 weeks. Not a single case didn't end up going through as charged. I was actually the only person who even voted against the true motion in a handful of cases.

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yeah, that is generally how it works, it is a very kind of mechanical system that whatever the prosecutor says, that is what they go from and the evidence often times is laughable at best. Then you get a guy going to court who, they say, you know if you keep fighting this, will give you more superseding indictments and indict all your family and friends and you'll do 20 years, or you can try to negotiate for 5-7 years, and guys jump on it because the alternative is essentially spending the rest of your valuable natural life (your 30s, 40s, etc.) in prison.


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Did you ever get into any fights or anyone ever try to attack you?

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Yeah, well in the county jail you can fight all the time it is no big deal and I had to be there going to prison. Then in NY I fought my celly almost immediately because he dropped a kite/note on me and then tried to get me out of the cell and when they wouldn't move me, tried to put his shoes on (which indicates somebody wants to fight), so I fought him. The only other fight I really had was in the USP with one of my best friends, lol. for the most part, people left me alone, I'm like 6'3" and 220, at one point in prison I was like 250lbs and I'm very energetic guy and grew up a rough life and used to fight a lot. I only do it as a last resort. There really is no "winning" a fight in federal prison, you can get in a lot of trouble and it jacks your points for your security level way up.


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Dropped? Kite/note?

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that is like, sent to staff or correctional officers a type of letter, usually detailing some kind of unsavory or questionably legal activity; in this case, the guy accused me of abusing my self carry medication and, I shit you not, drinking too much coffee and sleeping all day. Which, you can't exactly do both. So staff confiscated my self carry medication (Vitamin D3 and a thyroid pill, levothyroxine), which are not even two things you can abuse in any capacity.


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Lol are you me in 10 years im a 6'4 220lb computer programmer on levothyroxine

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Hahahaha. Beast mode! Being a big guy is great though, girls love it.


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Your best friend?

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Well, my best prison friend, lol. When you live around somebody essentially 24/7, I'm sure you can see how that leads to heated arguments and fights over dumb shit, it is the same on the streets if you hang around a best friend too much.


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When you were importing the chemicals, did you think about getting caught, or did you think you were pretty safe?

Also. How did you end up getting caught?

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I thought it was not illegal if it was not for human consumption. One of my best friends came over my house to give me money personally for a kilgoram of MDMC, which I usually only take payments in other ways and not in cash, so it was odd, but he had a cell phone and I thought he was sending text messages, but I was on video. I didn't discuss the transaction, all I did was accept the money and not even count it. Usually I'd have a purchaser send the money via Western Union to either Nanjing or Shanghai in China, and then provide them a tracking number to their specific address. In this case, the guy was working with the DEA and the address he gave me was actually for the DEA, which at the time, the packages were still getting through customs because they were not illegal, so I ended up counting the money the next day and it was not all of the money so I only sent 850 grams to that location and then another 150 grams to another location from what I paid in the difference. They still tried to claim 1000 grams arrived at the location in Tampa, FL; and what they did (video tape me in my own office/house) is actually illegal under Florida law, but acceptable under Federal law is the person is working as a confidential informant for the government.

Then they said I was in "conspiracy" to import during that time frame and the person provided a statement that he was purchasing several kilograms from me every month, so they tried to estimate, after raiding my residence (*and not finding any drugs or anything else there, just some empty packages that used to contain synthetic marijuana, all labeled not for human consumption) that I had imported twenty kilograms. Eventually my lawyer and I fought down to four kilograms, as the person who set me up, they caught him with a kilogram and then said I sent them another kilogram, all of which they used against me, which btw, they got him by illegally towing his vehicle that was parked only for a few minutes in a private parking lot and then breaking into the locked trunk and then into a locked safe inside of that trunk (the case got a successful motion to suppress in the 11th Circuit, but then the court of appeals overturned it in the government's favor, saying the search and seizure was not illegal because the person mistakenly believed the police were pursuing him.).

Anyway, long story short, they did a bunch of dirty stuff and at the end of the day, even the person who set me up was not willing to testify against me, and I had him on video agreeing to my website's legal disclaimer, so they tried to arrest my girlfriend and two other females, my codefendant's ex girlfriend and his secretary, and then tried to charge me with a superseding indictment that said that the person I dealt with may have been armed when he did a transaction with me, so they were trying to charge me with that firearm, which is also illegal, and I signed a plea deal to get all of the females, their charges dropped, and to duck the superseding indictment, and to take only 4 kilograms, which was the same sentencing bracket as the 20 kilograms they originally wanted anyway.

At the end of the day, I ended up getting relief, but it took many years of sitting in federal prison.


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Wow. Sounds like they really had it out to get you Jack. Glad you're out now, relatively unharmed I hope? Thanks for sharing your story.

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Yeah ;D Still in pretty good shape physically and mentally.


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Best friend set you up? That's fucked up. Bet they are watching their back now you are out.

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Nah, lol they got like 20 years in prison they set me up for free on the house and then tried to run from the feds and didn't even get a time cut for it. So, karma is a bitch.


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Watching I Love You Phillip Morris right now... how accurate are the prison portions?

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I can't recall the portions in it, or I'd advise. Sorry!


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How do drinking and drug use happen, like what do you do when you're drunk or high? Also, what's are some unwritten rules that most people outside of prison don't know?

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Uh, I mentioned above the "hands off" policy and "hands laid, debts paid", besides that, you get drunk or high just like anywhere else, people smoke a lot of those synthetic canabinoids on paper, out of cans and pipes and stuff. Guys use a battery and strip off part near the negative terminal, then cut a small strip of foil from a candy bar wrapper usually or Goya seasoning, then connect it to itself on the negative and it flames up, which you use to light up a small piece of rolled toilet paper (a wick), then you can make a candle with vaseline and a cut up soda can... There is a way to "pop a socket" too, with two pieces of pencil lead stuck in each side and another piece of led dangled on a piece of toilet paper between them causes an arc to shoot sparks you can light an additional piece of toilet paper with.

I know you didn't ask how. The what people do is usually just listen to their mp3, watch tv, or sit in their cells and hang out. Some like to get high and go to the rec yard, etc. especially when they are drunk, but you run the risk of being breathalyzed by officers.

For the most part, people tend to stick with drugs that either don't show up on tests or are hard to test for, like suboxone and the synthetic canabinoids.


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What is the process for getting out? Do they assist you with housing, job, etc? If you don't have money/friends/family..what do you do the first day you are out?

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shit, they gave me my money on a chase card and paid for me to take a Grey hound back to my city and i'm on my own from there, they try and help you locate a career and stuff through the probation officer, but that is about it. You get housing and stuff if you molest children, which I personally think is fucked up. The first day I was out I rode a grey hound bus that broke down on the side of the road so they ordered us all pizza, lol


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Did you meet any people inside who legitimately shouldn't have been in there? Like say someone who beat up someone who molested their kid or killed someone in self defense? Basically someone you said "What are you doing in here?!".

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Yeah lol a ton, that is a big part of the population, and guys who were innocent and guys conspire to get them indicted to get time cuts, there are tons of those.


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1.Did you feel genuinely bad for anyone while you were in there? Did you believe any sob stories of "oh I didn't do it".

2.How would you improve incarceration? (left open ended on purpose)

3.How much money were you making before?

4.Say you did go back to selling drugs, would being a felon make it harder or not? Any street cred?

5.Spend any time in solitary? If so what did you do to pass the time?

6.What did you do to pass the time normally?

7.Make any friends?

8.Were you allowed to work? If so what did you do, what did you like, what did you hate? Any jobs they wouldn't let you do?

9.What was the worst story you heard in prison?

10.What story you heard made you the happiest?

A:

1.) Yeah, there were a few people like that where I'd read their case work and be like omg this person really is innocent, lol.

2.) there are a ton of ways, but I think sentencing reform would go a long way. Inside, I'd say more programs would help.

3.) A lot. I'd buy a kilogram for $2000 and sell grams for $40-$120. Or the whole thing for $10-$20,000

4.) Yeah it would be easy because of the street cred, but dumb and stupid because of the risk.

5.) I did time in solitary when I got in trouble and all you can do is read books and listen to the radio. Ground Zero and Coast to Coast for the win!

6.) I typed a lot and listened to my mp3

7.) Yeah, a ton, all over.

8.) You can work, but like kitchen job, pick up trash, landscaping, I did all that type stuff, clean the unit, etc.; You can even be electician and plumber in there but they don't pay much, $50-$80 is considered a big amount.

9.) Hmm, I dunno, some of the things people did to get there. One guy had a picture on his wall of the skeleton they found in his murder case.

10.) Shit, the one where they told me I was getting immediate release lol :)


Q:

How did you learn the culture in prison and how it worked in there socially? Did you already know some stuff before entering, or you had to learn completely from scratch?

A:

Eh, I learned as I went for the most part. Socially it is a very different atmosphere, but just imagine the high school you went to, the locker room with all the jocks, except for they are all drug addicts and/or murders and there are no teachers around, and that is like the social situation for the most part. A lot of pranks and stuff and I talked to some military guys and you'd be surprised the parallels between the military and prison, socially.


Q:

Were you able to watch movies in prison? What was that like? What movies were available? Did you ever get to choose movies to watch?

A:

they usually played institution movies at most prisons, so they go get DVDs through a company every week and we see 3 or 4 "new" movies, sometimes they are old and there are some inmates who can influence the decision.


Q:

So, how much time did you actually serve? Why no camp status? Under 10 years and no violence usually means a camp. Why were you moved around so much? That is usually reserved as a punishment. Did you not qualify for the drug program reduction? How did they catch you, like their methods, or the usual "The ex girlfriend ratted or ex-friend got caught holding and ratted". Sorry if these questions are repeats.

A:

Yeah how they caught me is kind of long and I answered it elsewhere, but I had a few criminal history points for probation violation in the state and misdemeanor marijuana possession and then some other stuff, which caused my custody score to go up. When I got to an FCI I also had a detainer from a state saying I had open/unresolved charges, so that added 7 to my points until I got it taken care of. Yeah, 2 of my moves were disciplinary transfer, one was custody level decrease and then the last was a type of adjustment transfer after I was under investigation and they couldn't find anything to give me an incident report for.


Q:

You were convicted for importation of a Schedule I substance, Methylone, although it wasn't classified as such until after your arraignment?

Why were you importing it? What legitimate use case were you supplying with it?

A:

I was importing it not for human consumption, technically as a car wash foam, as that is what it was sent as from China, so I just made people agree it was not going to be used for human consumption. Which, btw it was Schedule I on October 21, 2011 and I was indicted October 11, 2011.


Q:

Were you in max and rape culture?

A:

I don't think the rape culture exists like it used to, at least not in federal prisons, although I hear some states are still pretty bad when it comes to that stuff. The Prison Rape Elimination Act, they take that shit serious, even a report like, if somebody sexually propositions another inmate, they'll both be held under investigation for months and likely shipped or given disciplinary reports.


Q:

How did you find out about Reddit / decide to do an AMA? Did someone point you to the website and suggest doing this, or did you find it on your own?

A:

I've always loved reddit and my mom does too and she suggested I post something on here about what I been through and then today I decided to do an AMA, as I figured it'd be the best way to communicate about it and answer any questions people might have.


Q:

As an apparently none violent offender, why were you in a medium and a high security facility as opposed to a prison camp or other low security facility?

A:

I outlined this a bit already, I had some criminal history points and I originally had an open charge / detainer that increased my security points by 7 until I got it taken care of.


Q:

What is your favorite dinosaur?

Also, have you ever had your shit pushed in esse?

A:

I dunno how to respond to this, lol, but T-Rex, and no.


Q:

We're there any Canadians inmates anywhere. And do inmates support trump?

A:

There was ONE black inmate at my last prison that supported Trump and everybody said he was the 1% and he couldn't vote because he was a prisoner. I ran into a few Canadian guys, but they can request a treaty transfer and go to another prison in Canada.


Q:

You imported MDMA and got sent to high security facilities? Were you a flight risk? It sounds like you're a skilled developer with a thing for partying.

Also, have you been able to continue developing? Did they let you have a SQL VM?

A:

No you don't get anything like that, no kind of computer access. I was lucky to even be allowed near the dumb terminals they use for email, to be honest.

Yeah, the security thing, is I also got into fights and stuff and they accused me of threatening staff, which I beat on appeal, but yeah.


Q:

Have you played prison architect?

A:

No, I have not, is that a game? What is it for?


Q:

It's a video game. You design and run a prison.

A:

Sounds pretty fun. I wish some of the people who designed and ran the prisons I was at played it :x haha. "Warden Simulator". Is there riots and stuff in it?