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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

LowerTheBar Re:And any idiot with a soldering iron can bypass (765 comments)

When I am at the range, the minute I see a group of police coming to train is the minute I start packing up my gear to leave...they are the most unsafe group of people I tend to run into at the range...even more-so than the newcomers!

about 6 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

LowerTheBar Re:Life or death (765 comments)

I live in a very upscale suburb of Atlanta Ga. A few years back, I was awoken by 4 men trying to break into my home (where my young daughter and wife also live) at 4:00 am; it was very obvious we were home at the time. I was able to meet them with my gun and they scattered. It took the police over 10 minutes to get there, imagine what could have happened if I did not have the gun that I did. By the way this is not the first time a gun has kept me and my family safe and I have never fired a shot at a person - but am more than willing to if it means the safety of my loved ones. And let me tell you the last thing I would want is to worry about weather or not I was wearing my "special" watch to make sure my gun would work. Or worry that the bad guys had an RFID jammer. Or hurt my shooting hand and have to use the gun off-hand (thus rendering the gun inoperable)....too many bad variables here. Btw, did you know that gun talked about earlier only comes in .22 cal because anything bigger causes too much recoil for the gun to work appropriately...that is not a round I would ever want to use for self defense.

about 6 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

LowerTheBar Re:Militia, then vs now (1633 comments)

Actually, I believe that the nuke or grenade examples would fall under a category of ordinance, not arms, thus not covered by the second amendment. All of my firearms (pistols and rifles) are covered by the second amendment because they fall under the category of arms.

about 6 months ago
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20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

LowerTheBar As Charlton Heson said (543 comments)

"It's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. They're making our food out of people. Next thing they'll be breeding us like cattle for food. You've gotta tell them. You've gotta tell them! " I can't believe that this is the name they chose for this product! I thought this was a joke because of the name...has anyone here seen the movie Soylent Green?

about 9 months ago
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Don't Fly During Ramadan

LowerTheBar Re:Proud? (1233 comments)

I grew up in what you call a "Civilized" state up until my mid 20s (New York)...I finally realized how terrible it was to live there, so I moved to one of those "Southern" States and I can tell you it is not the southern states that is holding up your "progress". It is the entire Federalized system of taking from one group and giving it to another. Entitlements have gotten completely out of hand and we as a nation cannot afford most of them. If the US were to disband, I would bet that the Southern states would actually fair better than the ones you like so much.

about a year ago
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Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat

LowerTheBar Re:No way... (812 comments)

This is new because of the many things this agency is doing here are just a few:
Order 1.8 billion rounds of ammunition in the last 10 months (that's right that's billion with a 'B')
Recently raided a small firearms dealer - no charges where filed, but all firearms, computers, storage devices, and files (personal and business) where confiscated.
Recently raided a private firearms collector - again, no charges, and again everything confiscated

about a year and a half ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

LowerTheBar Re:Nothing related to guns can be considered "smar (1388 comments)

So what you are saying is since I am not a licensed welder but a programmer, I cannot own/use welding equipment. That I have no use for it. It may surprise you but I do, and I use it often on many of my own projects, I even use it to help out friends and neighbors. Not once have I cause an injury to other people and I have actually fixed many dangerous vehicles/property preventing injury and damage. FYI I don't own an oxy tank for welding - I use that for cutting. I do have Argon/CO2 tanks for welding, and yes, they have been in my truck. I also own firearms - legally in my state, I have a legal Carry Permit as well. I have use my gun in the past to scare off a group of 4 men trying to break into my home one night 4 years ago. If I did not have that gun, I am sure those 4 men would have got in to my house and I would not have been able to protect my wife and child. The police did not arrive for over 15 minutes.

about 2 years ago
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27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

LowerTheBar Re:And yet... (2987 comments)

You see, My family and I were almost one of those victims. 3am, noise at doors wakes me. I grab my legal semi auto rifle and go to see what is happening - I look out the door and there are 3 armed men (and the guns they had were almost certainly not legally obtained) at the front door (didn't know there was another going around to the back - that is probably why they hadn't entered yet - he wasn't there yet). I put a round through the front door - someone yelled "run" and the 3 men ran...that is when I saw the forth running up my driveway from around back. Who knows what would have happened if I did not have my firearm - I am sure it would have ended very tragically for me and my family. FYI, it took police over 5 minutes to get there - that is an awfully long time for someone to have wait potentially fighting off armed men. And fyi, I live in an affluent neighborhood in a very nice suburb - this can happen to anyone. Don't try to take my guns away - I may need them to defend my family

about 2 years ago
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"Learn To Code, Get a Job" According To CNN

LowerTheBar Re:Whats the big deal? (688 comments)

I have been in a position where I had a number of poorly trained "code-monkies" doing a bunch of brain dead type of simple coding...unfortunately what typically happens is I spend all of my time explaining what needs to happen, writing lengthy, dummed down documents to explain simple processes, reviewing/correcting code, rewritting large sections of poorly developed code... basically if I did it myself, it would have been much quicker and I would have more time to do what really needs to be done. All in all, I have had bad experiences in situations like this

more than 2 years ago
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The Rise and Fall of Kodak

LowerTheBar Its unfortunate (352 comments)

I have in the past worked for Kadak and my parents have retired from there. We have had many discussions over the years about how shortsighted the executive decisions have been...Kodak should not have been seen (by the execs) as a "photography company", but a coating, chemical and research company. They are experts in chemical coating and would do well in many new area including photocell sheet manufacturing and new methods for lithium ion battery production (nanocarbon sheets). They could have made themselves relevent for another 100 years if they could just see outside the box.

more than 2 years ago
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How Do You Educate a Prodigy?

LowerTheBar This is how (659 comments)

Get him a library card

about 3 years ago
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Federal IT Will Survive the Budget Deal

LowerTheBar Yeah Right! (104 comments)

>>everyone involved is hoping that IT initiatives will result in cost-savings in other areas of government operations The federal government is incapabale of doing anything that will result in a cost-savings.

more than 3 years ago
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ITU's Definition Aside, T-Mobile Pushes 4G Label In New Ad Campaign

LowerTheBar Who Cares about standards anymore (120 comments)

I have been working in the IT/Telecom/Wireless areana for 15 years now, and everytime one of those Sprint 4G adds come on, my blood really begins to boil - my wife doesn't understand why this gets me angry (she is not technical at all). I wish that people/companies/marketing would get the fact that there are standards and "bending the truth" does actually do harm. Language means something, standards mean something.

more than 3 years ago
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Bicycle Thief Barred From Using Encryption

LowerTheBar In other news... (449 comments)

Computer Thief Barred From Using Handlebars

about 4 years ago
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Jaguar's Hybrid Jet-Powered Concept Car

LowerTheBar Different Safety concern (334 comments)

There was a company in the United states that tried rear mounted turbine engines for power mayber 10 years ago - the company was called Rosin motors (or something like that) - they developed increadible power and gas mileage for the time - their only problem was rear impact testing. If a sufficient enough rear impact happened, then all those "spinning blades" in the turbine became hurling blades - because of this, they never produced a streetable car. They tried many techniques to fix this, but any time they had a concept that would contain the turbines, it was too heavy and the gas mileage was degraded to much. I wounder how Jaguar has gotten around this

about 4 years ago
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A History of Media Technology Scares

LowerTheBar Just Great! (119 comments)

based on what Adams said: "The writer Douglas Adams observed how technology that existed when we were born seems normal, anything that is developed before we turn 35 is exciting, and whatever comes after that is treated with suspicion" I have to be suspicious of everything I develop now that I am older that 35

more than 4 years ago
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Google Considered Too Big To Fail

LowerTheBar Re:What a doorknob (366 comments)

I am so tired of this "too big to fail" argument. Capitalism works folks...as long as the socio-economic goons in politics stay out of the way. There is no company to big to fail. If some Car manufacturer or large banks or even Google where allowed to fail, it may sting for a while, but there would be many other entities out there ready and willing to pick up the pieces and march forward (and not cost the taxpayer any money). Allowing such a failure might also wake some large corporate entities up and make them rethink their practices.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

LowerTheBar Re:Programming time? (483 comments)

I understand the martyr reference, but this is pure self preservation...My team works in a large corporate environment, and while groups all around us are being cut (and we end up taking on the extra work), we still have jobs, and the fact that our team is the one management continues to come to, shows at least some amount of faith in us. We have a fantastic team and we are all willing to go the extra mile to stay in tact. Most of the technical people on the team are hourly contractors, so the extra cash helps.

more than 4 years ago
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How Do You Accurately Estimate Programming Time?

LowerTheBar Re:Programming time? (483 comments)

Our development time is estimated based on when management has promised a feature/enhancement. Even when management has forgotten to tell the development team the promised date, until a few days beforehand. Apparently this is a very accurate way to estimate programming/testing time, because somehow we always make the dates. Of course there are times when sleep is not accounted for in these estimates.

more than 4 years ago

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Introducing Computer Engineer Barbie! Barbie Unvei

LowerTheBar LowerTheBar writes  |  more than 4 years ago

LowerTheBar (1741458) writes "This morning Mattel unveiled Barbie’s 125th and 126th career which was decided based on votes that poured in from her fans all over the world. News Anchor Barbie won the Girls’ vote and became Barbie’s 125th career in Barbie’s I Can Be doll series, but Barbie also unleashed a surprise on us – Barbie’s 126th career. According to Lauren Dougherty, director of Barbie marketing for Mattel, voting for the Computer Engineer Barbie became viral amongst female engineers and other women in the tech industry, so much so, that many, many votes also poured in for a Computer Engineer career for Barbie. Because this popular vote went to Computer Engineer Barbie, Mattel couldn’t resist but to reward Barbie with a 126th career choice as well."
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