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New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

Skillet5151 Re:How ironic.... (632 comments)

If regulatory inconsistency is amusing to you then you've got an incredible amount of entertainment at your fingertips. Sorry some government bureaucrat feels the need to protect us all from negligently swallowing magnets, you seem to have described a lovely example of unnecessary restrictions.

about a year ago

New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

Skillet5151 Probability (632 comments)

According to Miller, had smart gun technology been available to Nancy Lanza, she could have programmed her guns so that only her fingerprint could have activated them; she could have enabled her son to shoot them at a firing range and disabled them upon returning home, or she could have enabled them for her son to use all the time, Miller said.

"So without the technology, we went from zero percent chance of preventing the shootings to having the technology and a 66% chance of preventing it," Miller said. "Those are much better odds."

Wow. How...what...really? "There's three scenarios related to this event I can think of in my head right now and two of them would be better ergo 66% chance of improvement?"

When I walk outside I can either be hit by lightning or not be hit by lightning, so 50% chance right? What the fuck?

about a year ago

High-Frequency Traders Use 50-Year-Old Wireless Tech

Skillet5151 Re:Great... (395 comments)

I would be a lot more impressed if you didn't hit any.

about a year and a half ago

Quantum Key Exchange With an Airplane

Skillet5151 Re:A little unclear on entanglement (44 comments)

No entanglement phenomenon has ever been shown (or really believed) to be capable of transmitting information faster than light. I promise you'll see it right there in the Slashdot headline if a decent experiment ever seems to show any kind of FTL information transfer.

about 2 years ago

Facebook Is Killing Text Messaging

Skillet5151 Re:Good (270 comments)

Intentional homicide numbers include those committed in justified self defense.

more than 2 years ago

Carmack Addresses FPS Creativity Concerns

Skillet5151 Re:Ugh (280 comments)

Efficient real time rendering is a pretty interesting subject from my nerd perspective and I for one hope that games companies continue to spend some time and money on it even though it isn't the most important factor in making a game fun.

about 3 years ago

ATM Repairman Accused of Taking (and Faking) Cash

Skillet5151 Re:what's the difference? (258 comments)

I noticed that the video just describes gold as being ideal in past millennia for carrying around in one's pocket and minting into coins, which seems like a pretty ridiculous reason for declaring it to be "real money." Paper fiat currency is even better for carrying around, so by this metric it's clearly superior now that we have printing presses.

Right? Or is it possible that the video is just a pop historical discussion irrelevant to your point?

more than 3 years ago

RIAA Lobbyist Becomes Federal Judge, Rules On File-Sharing Cases

Skillet5151 Re:Enjoy! (333 comments)

On behalf of the four other slashdotters who care about history for more than just mudslinging, thank you.

more than 3 years ago

GoldenEye Source Conversion Mod Released

Skillet5151 Re:Cue Cease and Desist in 5...4... (105 comments)

This mod has been around for years (with public releases)...if anyone at Sony was even occasionally looking for this sort of thing they should have found it a long time ago. Attention like this probably doesn't help the odds but it isn't like they developed the whole thing in secret and just dropped this release as a shocker.

more than 3 years ago

Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

Skillet5151 Re:Immature and Gun Happy (1141 comments)

It's amazing what a difference the time makes in slashdot's opinions on this issue. There is no homogenous American "gun culture." I collect and shoot historic firearms because I find them fascinating and I hugely enjoy being able to restore and preserve them. However, no one else in my family owns any firearms and I grew up with parents who were quite opposed to the idea of gun ownership in general. I think you assume that everyone in the US owns guns because of some sort of derailed-train tradition with no reasoning behind it besides "my Dad owned guns..."

The fact is that many people responsibly own firearms for both sporting uses and self defense. Guns are absolutely misused at times, but the irresponsibility of some few is not in any way an acceptable reason to strip me of my right to have firearms and use them for whatever legal purpose I desire.

I think you will also find a considerable body of research and opinions that contest the idea that banning all guns would even result in an any decline in violent crime. Off the top of my head, this paper is a good example:

Note the fact that the authors enumerate extensive statistics and constantly reiterate that they are surprised to report that, contrary to popular opinion, there exists no favorable correlation between limits on gun ownership and a reduction in violent crime.

I have no intent to convert you or the many posters in this thread who seem to share your perspective into gun lovers, but I would greatly appreciate even a moment of consideration before emotionally founded kneejerk responses that accuse all Americans of being uncivilized morons who need a strong government to take away anything they might hurt themselves with. Thanks.

more than 3 years ago

Hurt Locker File-Sharing Subpoenas Begin

Skillet5151 Re:Culprit ? (376 comments)

If it had been something people wanted to see like Avatar or Harry Potter, the early leak would not have mattered.

Shh, I don't think the studios need any further encouragement to continue pumping out movies with more "Ooh" and less "Hmm."
I saw The Hurt Locker in theaters and while it wasn't my favorite of all time, I was certainly pleased that it didn't treat me like a complete moron (as opposed to, say, Iron Man 2).

more than 3 years ago

Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout

Skillet5151 Re:American Guns!! Yay NRA!! (518 comments)

1: Most guns in Mexico come from central america or from the mexican givernment/military. See those pictures of the drug lords with H&K G3 rifles or MP5 submachine guns? Yeah, those couldn't have come from America. We can't get those here. (Well, we can, but they're 30k or more)

2. Very few americans own M-16's. As in less than a thousand most likely. Why? Because the process of purchasing a fully automatic firearm is such a pain that most people don't go through with it. Do you want the ATF to have a sheet of paper where you signed a waiver allowing them to walk into your home at any point, on ant day, without notice to search your home? Neither do most of us, and that's EXACTLY what you have to do to own a fully automatic firearm in this country.

Just to clarify, very few Americans own fully automatic weapons because it has been impossible to legally register one for civilian ownership since 1986. The supply is fixed and thus the prices for those that have been registered are extremely high. Also, owning an NFA firearm (or suppressor) certainly does not void your rights under the 4th amendment. The BATF may be able to demand to inspect your registered items but they definitely do not have a free pass to search your home or any other personal property without permission or cause.

more than 3 years ago

id Software Demos Rage On iPhone, Releases Source Code For Two Games

Skillet5151 Re:Poll; what was the best game created on Doom 3? (266 comments)

I only played the Quake Wars demo but the movement and combat on foot seemed vastly smoother and more natural (read: Quake-like) than any of the Battlefield games. It seems to me that a lot of recent id games have had strong technical merits but not so great gameplay. *Shrug*

more than 3 years ago

Wikileaks Source Outed To Stroke Hacker's Own Ego

Skillet5151 Re:I don't care (347 comments)

it looks very similar to a RPG, which can take down a helicopter

"A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), or rocket launcher, is any hand-held, shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon capable of firing an unguided rocket equipped with an explosive warhead."

Chances of taking down that gunship with an unguided projectile considering the range are That doesn't mean that the engagement was necessarily unreasonable but a lot of people seem to be rehashing this silly implication that the presence of an RPG means the gunship crew were under threat and felt the need to defend themselves.

Sorry, carry on.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Skillet5151 Re:Even the Nazis got this right! (1671 comments)

Eh... The Western front was very tame compared to the East but summary executions and collective punishment were still used (effectively) throughout the occupied territories to minimize partisan activity. There are plenty of books listing the numerous alleged war crimes of the Wehrmacht and Red Army against one another in the East.

more than 4 years ago

Wikileaks Releases Video of Journalist Killings

Skillet5151 Re:Video (1671 comments)

In fact, the conventions are written in such a way as to specifically exclude from (most of) their protections those who are unlawful combatants [...] For example, a force that does not wear uniforms and hides among civilians is both not entitled to the protections of the conventions, but also is the responsible party in any attack that kills those civilians.

Absolutely true, however the key protection that all persons including unlawful combatants are entitled to is "humane treatment." It really isn't in the spirit of the conventions to justify massacring civilians by saying "but look our enemy wasn't following the rules!" Of course the conventions are not always going to be observed due to emotional stresses etc. but the goal should be to minimize violations.

The exception was the SS, who massacred American soldiers at Malmedy and as a result were generally not captured after that, nor allowed to surrender.

Yep, and the originally all volunteer Waffen SS began reinforcing its ranks with conscripts in 1944 so awful luck to be a 17 year old with those runes on your collar, but such is life.

more than 4 years ago

Journalists' Yahoo E-Mail Accounts Compromised In China

Skillet5151 Re:Is anyone surprised? (130 comments)

It seems unlikely that the man who dominates the entire country and can take what he likes from its tax revenues is going to do whatever you ask for a check.

more than 4 years ago

Journalists' Yahoo E-Mail Accounts Compromised In China

Skillet5151 Re:Is anyone surprised? (130 comments)

And historically at least, the system of government best suited to corporate profits is not democracy, but fascist-leaning dictatorships. That's true whether we're talking about Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Pinochet, or Batista.

Uh, what? If you mean that having a rather militarist government is good if you're a corporation in the arms industry, then yes. But why the hell would an arbitrary corporation prefer having the laws change at the pleasure of a demagogue who may or may not like them instead of having an easily "lobbied"/bribed legislature?

more than 4 years ago

Rapidshare Trying To Convert Pirates Into Customers

Skillet5151 Re:This will fail (227 comments)

Ok I'll play. Since piracy rates for console games are vastly lower than PC ones, how does your theory account for the fact that most console games are released at an even higher price point than PC games?

more than 4 years ago

Rapidshare Trying To Convert Pirates Into Customers

Skillet5151 Re:This will fail (227 comments)

Yeah that's the ticket to corporate success: "Let's be fair to our customers instead of trying to maximize short term profits."
Don't let the door hit you on the way out. It's mahogany.

more than 4 years ago


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