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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

because whether one or two gun dealers sell a new type of gun is equivalent to what the police and army use? Really?

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

There is no middle ground because the phrase "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED" is pretty damn clear.

You must have missed the part where I said: "Gun law advocates never admit to the 2nd amendment".

And there is a middle ground, whether that has been muddied or not. Can buy a tank? An anti-aircraft shoulder launcher? Oh you mean that is only for militia? But I thought it says "the right of the people to keep and bear arms". What are arms? military grade equipment? Nuclear ICBM? If you got the money "Shall not be infringed" seems pretty inclusive.

Living in California

So, do you think CA is overstepping its rights to create those laws? What about other states? So much for state sovereignty, right? Are you shocked that a state has a different definition of "arms" than you? I agree with you, CA has some asinine laws but so do ALL states.

Just because American politics have become bastardized into the extremes of both political parties in all conversations, does not mean there is no middle ground that accommodates the spirit and letter of the 2nd amendment as well as the civilities and power we (individually) have as a post-modern society.

Just for clarification, I am a gun owner and gun rights supporter but even I can see that the debate has become drivel like most conversations in the US.

yesterday
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Geoengineered Climate Cooling With Microbubbles

penandpaper Re:Conspiracy theory in 3...2...1.... (111 comments)

Mercury!? Of course. I always thought it was nanobots injected into the food chain so it would force vaccinate us without our consent whenever we had sushi! Mercury + Nano Bots = aliens. Clever bastards!

2 days ago
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Schneier Explains How To Protect Yourself From Sony-Style Attacks (You Can't)

penandpaper Re:Sure... (322 comments)

What's the alternative theory/model then?

2 days ago
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Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot

penandpaper Re:The case of Idaho is particularly interesting (464 comments)

This. I remember hearing about a public debate in Boise about medicinal marijuana with legislators. Consensus was they want to keep it completely illegal and more funding (from Federal grants ofc). Idaho will be one of the last states to legalize any aspect of it.

Can't find source it was a year back or so.

Boise might be down with it,

Maybe a small lead in the popular vote in the city limits. But the districts/sate legislators are very few and far between.

2 days ago
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Hackers' Shutdown of 'The Interview' Confirms Coding Is a Superpower

penandpaper national security of communications.... err (215 comments)

If only there was a government agency that could secure American communications by ensuring encryption was secure. They could help find and track zero day exploits and notify the company's of said exploits to get them resolved. They could work with industry to help promote secure communications and identify weaknesses. It would be like an agency to promote national secur... Oh, wait...

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

Like Team America the world police!

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

Currently, there is not a gun dealer in the U.S. willing to offer a smart gun for sale. A company called Armatix, based in Germany with an office in California, this year had two gun dealers — one in Maryland and one in California — ready to offer its .22-caliber handgun. The safety measure is a stopwatch worn on the wrist that sends a radio transmission, with a range of 10 inches, to the gun. The radio transmission enables the gun to fire.

The company promoted the breakthrough, and the national media jumped on the news. As a result, the two gun-shop owners were thrust into the eye of a national storm. They caught overwhelming criticism from gun owners and Second Amendment proponents. Both backed down and decided not to sell the gun.

from the second link I posted..

Yes, the law in NJ is dumb. So, is the reaction from gun rights activists/NRA on smart guns as a whole.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

I am literally shitting bullets with literal warzones in American streets! Does that mean the terrorists won? Or was it the commies?
Someone, tell it to me literally!

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

I think you would have bigger problems to worry about.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

. That's not a joke, either. You can walk down the street without a license carrying a loaded shotgun in each hand, handguns strapped all over your waist and legs, and rifles slung over your back, but nunchucks are illegal. We need to draw the line somewhere. This isn't the wild west any more.

http://www.motherjones.com/pol...

Any one sane doesn't like armed-to-the-teeth wanna-be vigilantes walking around with an axe to grind. They are being socially ostracized too.

It may not be the Wild West anymore but the culture it shaped still clings to "simpler times". When all a man needed was his horse and a gun to tame the Wild and make a life for his family, away from that meddlesome government.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

NJ State Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg says she will work to reverse a law making smart guns mandatory in her state – if the NRA will agree to stop obstructing them.

http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/wa... http://www.usatoday.com/story/...

It does not give a pass for stupid laws from being passed in NJ that mandated a certain type of gun in the first place. However, there was a willingness to compromise to allow consumers make the choice and repeal said stupid law.

I am for gun rights, but the debate is so soured that any discussion to make guns safer cannot even take place.

2 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

penandpaper Re:Land of the free (573 comments)

it's just that no firearms means less risk of gun related violence.

That may be true but a key difference in the US is that gun rights are codified into law and in the culture. What is the "Wild West" without guns? In Arizona, to this day, you can walk into a bank with a gun with no problems.

My biggest gripe with gun law conversations in the US is that the discussion never can have a middle ground. Gun law advocates never admit to the 2nd amendment while gun rights advocates never admit to sane policy. So, when there is a technology that may make guns safer or better, it gets muddied by talking point vomit.

The NRA gets upset over a "smart" gun because "hurr you have to wear a bracelet to use it". While anti-gun folks were mad because "hurr it's a gun therefore EVIL! In really, it was a interesting idea that has some issues that could be better with time and better tech.

2 days ago
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In Breakthrough, US and Cuba To Resume Diplomatic Relations

penandpaper Re:locked in 25 points? (424 comments)

I hope you are wrong. :(

3 days ago
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Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

penandpaper Re:This silly person has no idea what will happen. (658 comments)

Talk to the people that build automated tests and build configurations for software. At the last place I worked, one specialized developer did the job of 3 testers and 1 developer that released software. That company was downsizing their development team because of automated tasks like that. That is currently happening in most IT shops where I have been.

3 days ago
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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

penandpaper Already do it in Dayz (447 comments)

My Dayz avatar is black. Does that count?

What is a white man to do in a virtual black mans body in the zombie apocalypse? I killed my white friend on accident with a shotgun to the back of the head. I promise the virtual color of our skin was not a factor in his accidental death.

4 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

penandpaper Re:No (1050 comments)

Tell me more about how you can encounter smallpox in the wild. Clearly, enough people encountered smallpox in the wild and built an inoculation over time. The people that died just got the wrong pathogen of course. It had nothing to do with vaccines, right?

When your immune system cannot fight off such pathogens and you have to rely on herd immunity, will you have the same reservations against vaccines?

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

penandpaper Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1050 comments)

the whole medical field has lost the ability to diagnose

Really? I mean, you must know because their diagnostic methods and results conflicts with your google results, Right?

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

penandpaper Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1050 comments)

Perhaps the risk due to reaction to vaccines should be equated to seat belts. In most crashes a seat belt will save your life (and having been through a few in my long life, I can attest to that), but in certain types of crashes it doesn't help at all (and I can't attest to this since dead people can't talk...other than Steve Jobs).

That is the point of the Vaccine courts, isn't it?. Measure the possibility of a manufacturing mistake and individual variation to vaccine reaction. FWIK, that court is very strict on what it will allow as evidence because it has to have scientific evidence to be a valid claim. Which is incredibly hard to do for something as well studied as vaccines.

The chances of adverse vaccine reactions is so low it's like the chance of getting in a car accident on the moon. There are a rover up there so an accident could happen if you jump the wrong way (if you also consider the rover a type of car).

about a week ago

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Democracy in the Digital Age

penandpaper penandpaper writes  |  more than 2 years ago

There is an inherit problem with democracy. Two wolves and a sheep voting on whats for dinner, inevitably leaves the sheep in a continual state of wanting. However the distribution means of information this characteristic of majority rule will be prevalent in any democratic society. Most obviously the cure is the American solution of representative democracy. This leads to other inherit problems. 5 wolves voting on what to eat for 100 sheep. What is the place of Democracy in the Digital/Information Age?

TODO: Points to address.
blogs. social networking. anonymous. information. digital psychology and its impacts on the political landscape. re-evaluation of individual liberty, at least in regards to the refinment and discussion ( how do you know someone's race,gender,orientation in text that does not explicitly state) an advocate of gay marriage may not be gay.

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