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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Phisbut Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees that each citizen has the right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.

No, it does not. The second amendment ensures "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed", because "A well regulated militia [is] necessary to the security of a free state." (Emphasis mine)

It says so, right there, in the amendment itself. Regulated. The right to keep and bear arms was never meant to be a free-for-all. It is for the purpose of forming a militia in a time when a state cannot raise an army. It was never about self-defense.

about 2 months ago
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"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

Phisbut Re:Gun nuts (1374 comments)

Having been robbed at gunpoint twice, I fully support legal gun ownership. Neither of the guns that have been held to my head were legally purchased

You've been robbed at gunpoint twice, yet you are still here to tell about it

Had you had a gun of your own, what would you have done? Pulled it while the other guy pointed his gun on you? How mentally stable were those people? The odds of him shooting you would have been much higher if you attempted to pull a gun on him. You really want to take such a chance with your own life, just so you can have revenge and kill the robber yourself?

and I'm sure it would have happened more than twice if it was widely known by criminals that I'm highly unlikely to be able to defend myself.

If that statement was anywhere close to being even remotely true, jurisdictions with highly restrictive gun-control laws would exhibit a much higher crime rate than the US. Up here in Canada, Most people are not allowed to carry a weapon on a daily basis. That is a well known fact, so every robber knows that everybody is a prime target unable to defend themselves. Why am I not being robbed on a daily basis if the big bad government is making me so vulnerable with those gun control laws?

about 2 months ago
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General Mills Retracts "No Right to Sue" EULA Clause

Phisbut Re:the power of the internet .... (88 comments)

We'll as an outsider - non USA - this seems to me to be a demonstration of how powerful the internet is ie, forums like slashdot, social media, email, etc. Who in their right mind would think that they could sneak in a clause that takes away already recognised rights, without VERY public and international comment. Geez, who ever hired those lawyers needs to be fired on the spot, and the company needs to hire another firm of bottom feeders.

Yet, what is the actual backlash of all this? How many of us slashdotters will change our consuption habits because of this? And we're but a very small minority. Even on Facebook, the outrage will last all of 5 minutes

Companies do this because the risk is zero. If it works, they win. If it doesn't people will talk about it once, then everything is back to normal. There are no downsides to trying.

about 3 months ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

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

Exactly. Let's not forget the second amendment calls for the need of a well regulated militia. It says so right there, in clear words, in the original text, that the right to bear arms has to come with regulation. It's those who want to buy all sorts of weapons without any regulation that are butchering the constitution.

about 3 months ago
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60 Minutes Dubbed Engines Noise Over Tesla Model S

Phisbut Re:Lies (544 comments)

It's the (computer) mice clicks that always get me. Anyone actually have a mouse that loudly clunks in the way shown on virtually every television show, news show, etc? Even better when the visuals show they're using a laptop's touchpad...

Didn't Windows at some point actually have a clicking sound come out of the speakers when you clicked to select something? Such a sound would still play with a touchpad. Now that was a real annoyance.

about 4 months ago
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Are the NIST Standard Elliptic Curves Back-doored?

Phisbut Re:Meta review (366 comments)

Now let's all stop worrying about such silly matters and go buy new iPhones!

Yes, let's go buy new iPhones which will read your fingerprints and associate them with your name...

about a year ago
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The World Fair of 2014 According To Asimov (From 1964)

Phisbut Re:One thing is for certain... (352 comments)

In the 47 years I have spent on this rock, I have yet to see a futurist reliably predict the future.

Where the fuck is my flying car?

-- BMO

I'll just leave this here : http://xkcd.com/864/

about a year ago
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In Wake of Poor Reviews, Amazon Yanks SimCity Download

Phisbut Re:Heh reviews... (511 comments)

You need to actually read the reviews for those 5-star ratings. They're clearly ironic 5-stars :

You'd think I'd be mega unhappy like everyone else at the constant waiting and lack of actually being able to play a game I purchased. Well, you'd be wrong. The hours upon hours since launch that I haven't been able to log in, whether it be sitting in queues, or server busy messages, or just plain old not working screens, I've managed to do a heap of things that I never do when I'm locked in my man cave playing video games. I've washed the dishes, the laundry, changed the oil in the car, mopped the floors, dusted, did a spot of gardening, greeted my children who I hadn't really seen since Christmas, walked the dog, asked how my wife's day has been and listened to the entire response, restocked the groceries and many more things! My family has never been happier that they've got a father and husband again.

So you stare at this window right, and then you watch a timer tick. You're nonchalant about it at first, get a bit excited at 20 minutes, more excited at 10. At 5 minutes your heart races, and then tick tock tick tock the second wind down, 4, 3, 2, 1, BAM! "Your server is still experiencing very high volumes..." Like Russian Roulette, slot machines and slicing your wrists all in one! Highly recommended!

I really don't understand the negative reviews for this. I've never seen another game emulate the experience of sitting at a loading or queue screen quite like this.

about a year ago
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Apple's App Store Tops 40 Billion Downloads; Generates $7 Billion For Developers

Phisbut Re:How many developers? (177 comments)

The part that's relevant to most of us is that while Google Play is poised to surpass iTunes in catalog size, it brings in 1/4 the revenue.

Not the sort of stat that puts a smile on my face.

You're comparing apples and oranges. The Apple app store and the Google Play store will never have a vaild comparison for revenue generated, because some decisions are not up to neither Apple nor Google. An earlier post mentionned how Rovio and EA were overrepresented in the top sellers, and they are probably responsible for most of the revenue generated in the Apple app store. Heck, just Angry Birds, including all its remakes, probably makes a significant share of that revenue.

Rovio is itself responsible for a huge part of the difference between the revenues on Apple app store and Google Play. Why? Angry Birds, priced at $0.99 on the Apple app store, is free on Google Play. The exact same game, being downloaded millions upon millions of times on both platforms, generate infinitely more revenue on the Apple app store for the simple reason that they're giving away the game for free on Google Play.

They probably have good reasons to do that. They might have considered that people on Android are cheapstakes and wouldn't pay a dollar for a game and they prefer to be ad-based. Or maybe they figured they'd make more from in-game ads on Android than with an ad-free purchase, while on iOS the game is different. Either way, we can't compare $$$ from the Apple app store and Google Play, because they are not the same, and often times, the same company will sell the same game very differently on both stores.

about a year and a half ago
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Canada To Stop Producing Pennies In 2013

Phisbut Re:Excellent; (362 comments)

Damn straight! As an American expat in Canada, I truly truly hate returning to the states and getting a wallet full of ones. Having $1 and $2 coins makes money so much easier to deal with. I say let's go the next step now: throw out the nickel and quarter, and give us a $.50 piece.

We already do have a $0.50 piece. It's been minted since 1870 and still is, but for some reason, people hoard them instead of spending them.

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon EBS Failure Brings Down Reddit, Imgur, Others

Phisbut Productivity up (176 comments)

Productivity reached a record high this afternoon.

about 2 years ago
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Sexism In Science

Phisbut Re:That's funny right there (467 comments)

Males, less sexist against good looking females than other females.

FTFY, although reading it back, that's still pretty sexist, but in a different way.

Except that in this case, only the names provided would hint towards male or female, and you can't judge looks on a name.

about 2 years ago
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Is It Time To End Our Love Affair With the QWERTY Keyboard?

Phisbut Re:Inertia (557 comments)

As a Belgian, I abandoned azerty. Qwerty is indeed better for programming. And azerty is for the French language. The Dutch language, spoken by most Belgians, has absolutely no need for a q in the center row. I really don't understand how azerty ever ended up being used in Flanders.

As a French Canadian, I use a QWERTY keyboard since that's the north-american standard. It's probably because of the habit, but the few times I've had to use AZERTY, even to type French text, I absolutely hated it and I can't understand its logic. I can't imagine what it would be like to program with that.

about 2 years ago
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Ten Cops Can't Recover Police Chief's Son's iPhone

Phisbut Re:Penny wide; Dollar foolish. (277 comments)

Wow. Really? Theft is very easy to put a value on. It's a phone worth a few hundred dollars, or a car worth a few thousand/tens of thousands, etc. We're not talking about rape/murder/violence being quantified into a dollar amount here - those are crimes worth going after without regard to cost, and the bulk of society agrees on that.

You can't really know the real value of what you're going to find until you actually find it. Thieves rarely steal exactly one item then retire from the thieving business. Chances are this guy either already stole other stuff, or will steal again in the future. If the cops recover the $200 phone and at the same time find thousands of dollars worth of other stolen goods, then all of a sudden, your waste of money just became profitable from your own calculations. And if catching the guy merely prevents him from stealing again, then we all end up better off in the end. Removing a thief from circulation, how much is that worth to society?

more than 2 years ago
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Canada To Stop Making Pennies

Phisbut Re:Just like in Norway too (473 comments)

And yes, this would force me to use a card, because there's no way "rounding to the nearest $0.05" will work out in my favour.

So what you're saying is that for something that has cost $0.99$, which once 13% sales tax is added (e.g. in Ontario), the merchant will up the price to $1.00 just to make sure he can rip you off of 2 cents, or that something which now costs $2.00 will be priced $2.02? Stores won't change their pricing scheme and everything will keep ending in .99 where it currently ends in .99 and everything will have nice (before taxes) rounded prices where they currently already have nice (before taxes) rounded tax.

Bitching about merchants who will rip you off for all of 2 cents because of this, without considering all the logistics they would have to go through just to do that reeks of tin-foil hatism from conspiracy theorists.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

Phisbut Re:from TFA (527 comments)

"We can reduce the size of the haystack when we are looking for that one-in-a-billion terrorist," said TSA Administrator John Pistole.

lets hope those 6 guys dont have 100 bucks to throw at this scheme!

If it is done right (and that is one big if), those 6 guys also won't pass the background check, so it's not only about the money.

more than 2 years ago
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Pay the TSA $100 and Bypass Airport Security

Phisbut Re:All I can say is (527 comments)

"Freedom to travel" is a protected liberty. "Freedom to travel by airplane" is not. You are free to go where you want by your own means, but nobody is forced to take you in their transportation device.

more than 2 years ago
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New Study Concludes Math Gender Gap Is Cultural, Not Biological

Phisbut Re:Math is hard (472 comments)

As for biological factors, It seems to me the distribution curve for men is flatter than for women in most things. You get more insane/evil/retarded men than women. You also get more "ultra genius" men than women.

And there are more men trying to excel in stuff that's at best a "peacock tail" when you look at it from an evolutionary perspective. Some of these "peacock tails" end up eventually being useful (indirectly - becomes popular, or directly - actual usefulness). But some may never be useful.

For an interesting read about the men's flatter curve, as well as the tendency to practice "peacock tail" skills, I recommend Is There Anything Good About Men? by Roy F. Baumeister, American Psychological Association, Invited Address, 2007.

more than 2 years ago

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