top Apparent Islamic Terrorism Strikes Sydney
You jest... but in Texas, we have over 800,000 concealed carry permit holders... and gun battles don't break out, well, ever between them...
You would be hard pressed to walk into a busy Starbucks here without a dozen people carrying guns,
Texas has about 26 million residents. And according to you 800k of them have permits, that's about 1 in 32.
Are you telling me that the average busy Starbucks in Texas has 390 people in it? I knew things were bigger in Texas, but... really?
top Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them
Rejected for being too smart?!?
That's pretty common actually in many fields. It's generally called being "overqualified".
top US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat
The purpose of war is to shatter a social system that is harming our species and make space for something better. If your war is moral, the cruelty of your weapons is immaterial.
If you can shatter that "social system" while causing a larger or smaller amount of damage to human beings in the process, it's of course morally preferable to cause the smaller number.
For that reason, most "laws of war" are designed to outlaw methods and weapons that cause an unnecessarily high amount of human suffering relative to the resulting military gain.
top LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings
"There are numerous instances where the US Supreme Court has found that state courts have reasonably concluded that "the health, safety, morals, or general welfare" would be promoted by prohibiting particular contemplated uses of land. And in this context the Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld land-use regulations that adversely affected recognized real property interests."
This sounds like a clear case of "safety"...
top French Publishers Prepare Lawsuit Against Adblock Plus
This allowed the Germans to escape through the Falaise gap, for example, when they were otherwise going to be caught. This probably extended the war another 6 months.
[Citation needed]. Wikipedia
mentions nothing of the sort.
top Heathrow Plane In Near Miss With Drone
Obviously if you strap a bomb to one the calculation changes
What if you strap a gas tank or high-capacity battery to the drone?
top Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest
The second is that we have this misbegotten notion that "balance" is that we must give both sides of a story equal billing. When one side is flagrantly wrong, it deserves to be dismissed and ignored.
That's not the kind of "imbalance" I often see in the media nowadays. What I see is more like liberal sources heavily reporting cases of police brutality, and conservative sources heavily reporting cases of black looting, and each side failing to report on events that don't fit its narrative. To some extent, it's inevitable that journalism consists of "anecdotes" rather than "data", but journalists should at least make a honest effort to have their anecdotes reflect the data, so readers can get a fair picture of what's going on. And often this doesn't happen.
top 'Moneyball' Approach Reduces Crime In New York City
Someone in the next comment thread mentioned Wall Street...
top How High-Tech Temporary Tattoos Will Hack Your Skin
I hacked the dead branch off that tree with my axe...
top IoT Is the Third Big Technology 'Wave' In the Last 50 Years, Says Harvard
Let me go through each of the predicted
applications of the Internet of Things and see how much, or how little, effect it will have.
Environmental monitoring - Will protect you from a tsunami once a decade. Otherwise, makes no difference to your life.
Infrastructure management - Will make your train run a couple percent faster. Barely noticeable.
Industrial applications - Will let Walmart cut a few more cents off their prices and still make a profit. Barely noticeable.
Energy management - Will cut a few dollars off your electric bill. Barely noticeable.
Medical and healthcare systems - Will get you faster to the hospital when certain medical crises occur. May lead to better treatment of some chronic diseases, once a few decades of research is done based on the resulting data.
Building and home automation - Will change the world just as much as X10 did. Remember them?
Transport Systems - See infrastructure and industry above.
Large scale deployments - May save a little money. Unclear what this category even means.
Compare that to the effects of the internet on business on society. Here are a few of the first ones I can think of:
- Internet purchases - Telecommuting and eased outsourcing - Almost replaces the newspaper, travel agent, and snail mail industries - Social media as a major activity for most people - formation of new geographically-dispersed communities
There's just no reasonable comparison. Even the hype for the IoT is smaller than many of the demonstrable effects for the real internet.
top The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis
In San Francisco, I've just given up and walked because I know what the inside of certain buses will smell like, and I'd rather be in the rain
An interesting thing for "drinkypoo" to say
top The Driverless Future: Buses, Not Taxis
A bus takes up a lot of room - but the 40 cars that would have to replace the bus take up far more room.
top In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars
Or you could be like me, and take a train to work every day because it's only somewhat slower than driving and lets me work/read Slashdot for the duration of the ride.
I'm not a metrosexual. Trust me, I wear socks with sandals.
top A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body
Would that be the flying spaghetti monster?
top Alleged Satellite Photo Says Ukraine Shootdown of MH17
I bear a charmèd life, which must not yield To one of woman born.
Despair thy charm, And let the angel whom thou still hast served Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb Untimely ripped.
top Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go To Escape the NSA
"(that didn't apply to said indigenous people, or the slaves that were imported) to try and protect it. Then in the 19th century, half the country tried to repress the other half - destroying their entire way of life"
You're condemning the US both for allowing slavery and for abolishing slavery? Doesn't seem like you're coming to this subject from an unbiased place.
top I expect to be conventionally alive ...
Your name is "Bigbutt" and you expect to die like your male family members in your mid-50s.
Please talk to your doctor about bariatric surgery. about a month and a half ago
top Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys
Parent "I want #Ebola vaccine for my child" Doc "There isn't one, but we have #flushot" Parent "We don't believe in that"
https://twitter.com/AllergyKid... about a month and a half ago