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3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

jythie Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (319 comments)

Guns are a force multiplier, most gun deaths in the US are not carefully planned 'I want to kill this person' events but instead result from escalations of conflicts. Situations that would only result in injury can jump to something deadly very easily when a gun is available, which is why a huge number of deaths are due to 'heat of the moment' domestic disputes. Sure if the person is determined they will find a way, but in most cases the person is not 'determined', they just happen to have a tool that is easy.

If we were going to look at the hypothetical idea of simply making the guns in the US vanish (since simply outlawing them would take decades or centuries to actually get the guns out of circulation), the big social question would be weighing the value of the lives of the people killed or wounded against the person freedom of law abiding gun owners. Regardless of where one falls on that scale, while removing guns would not save all 10,000 people in your example, the probability is high the number would drop significantly.

2 days ago
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Facebook To DEA: Stop Using Phony Profiles To Nab Criminals

jythie Re:Government Dictionary (227 comments)

Well, yes and no. The problem with entrapment is it hinges on if the person would have committed the crime if not for the agent's actions, which is an inherently subjective test.

2 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

jythie Re:Eh (200 comments)

Yeah, but generally when a guy uses 'any means necessary' is held up as an ideal of dedication and risk taking, someone who cares enough to do whatever it takes to be a success. I have even seen plenty of cases of guys buying hookers for clients and the office rewards them with praise.

Women, not so much. Women are more likely to encounter the inverse, doing everything on the level and then being accused of something underhanded if they do well since people still seem to have the idea that women SHOULD do worse.

2 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

jythie Re:Eh (200 comments)

They had even less stomach for a woman doing 'mans' work. This was during the same time period that when they did publicity shots for high tech things like programming they replaced all the actual female scientists with male underlings. Politics played a huge role in stuff like this, but it was not fear of women getting hurt and blowback, it was fear of showing women doing intellectual work, which a lot of people were frightened by.

2 days ago
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The Woman Who Should Have Been the First Female Astronaut

jythie Re: Eh (200 comments)

Nah, at this point the supervictims are middle class white men.

2 days ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:So complicated.... (304 comments)

Once you drop the idea of owning your partner, they become pretty simple relationships.

about a week ago
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Worcester Mass. City Council Votes To Keep Comcast From Entering the Area

jythie Re:Awesome quote (232 comments)

Problem is, the physical poles to run the lines and the maintenance of that infrastructure is public. Comcast physically can not enter an area without government assistance because there is no way they would be able to privately obtain enough land to set themselves up.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:Already gone (304 comments)

We are talking about family court here, they are kinda the mirror bizzaro world version of the US legal system. I still see cases referencing 16th century english common law in decisions.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie So complicated.... (304 comments)

It is amazing what lengths people will go to when a simple solution would be something like poly or open relationships.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:Already gone (304 comments)

As someone who both knows stalking victims and been one, no, stalking and normal fascination look nothing alike in real life. They look similar on TV but mostly because the writers sprinkle pixy dust on the recipient to ensure a ratings friendly response. There are people in real life who try to emulate these tropes and think they are being romantic, but there is rarely any question in the subject's mind and any attempt to communicate this is written off by the stalker as playing hard to get.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:Already gone (304 comments)

Shared assets yes, but something like a car may or may not fall into that category depending on the paperwork. I know plenty of married couples who have separate finances and outside the house there is a pretty bright line regarding who owns what.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:Already gone (304 comments)

People have a habit of actually leaving their house now and then.

about a week ago
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Technology Heats Up the Adultery Arms Race

jythie Re:Already gone (304 comments)

This is pretty jurisdiction dependent. Even from city to city within the same state laws can vary. There is no national '50/50' rule even by a long shot.

about a week ago
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The Great Robocoin Rip-off

jythie Re:Huge spreads on withdrawals! (117 comments)

I can not help but notice how many of the communities rail against banks implement the same behavior in BTC related services. It is almost like they simply want to be the ones doing it an are bitter someone else is already.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

jythie Re:Of course! (565 comments)

Meh, wake me up when they develop a spherical reactor with an even distribution of plasma.

about a week ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

jythie Re:Python (240 comments)

For any given project it is hard to say how difficult the upgrade is. For our's it was not a simple matter of running 2to3.

More generally though, upgrades like this not only take time, but require proper validation and testing afterwards. Granted I am talking about professional rather then hobby projects, ones that you have a budget department that you are answerable to and customers who care when results change.

So upgrades can be costly for projects, then add to that the rather minimal advantages of moving to 3, ones that do not really contribute to an improved final product in terms of functionality nor cost to produce more changes. And when cost outstrips benifit, you shouldn't do it.

about a week ago
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Independent Researchers Test Rossi's Alleged Cold Fusion Device For 32 Days

jythie Re:He tried patenting it... (984 comments)

Depending on things like local climate and how many of your appliances are electric (as opposed to gas), yeah, it is not unusual for power usage to come out that way.

about a week ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

jythie Re:Python (240 comments)

Pretty badly. My project has pushed back upgrading for something like 5 years now and it is doubtful we ever will. The only thing that could push us over is if something project we depend on switches exclusively to it, and scientific python libraries show little interest in doing that.

about a week ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

jythie Wrong lens (240 comments)

I phrase I picked up years ago seems to apply here, 'standard is better then the best solution'. It is not a culture of 'worse is better', but of competing interests where the pure joy of developing languages is not the primary metric for determining what the best course of action is.

about a week ago
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Fighting the Culture of 'Worse Is Better'

jythie Re:Yes, but you are even worse. (240 comments)

This is why Python3 is still struggling. It is great if you are writing new stuff from scratch, but a real pain if you have an existing code base that is doing work. Incompatible compiler changes increase the barrier to upgrading since developers (and schedules) need an increasingly large incentive to justify the time and energy, esp when even minor (supposedly compatible) updates are already risky and potentially time consuming endeavors.

about a week ago

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