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

smithmc Re:Easily done: (329 comments)

...especially when it turns out that the majority of people who vote are simply stupid and vote based on emotional appeal and how well the politicians word themselves rather than using the brain a little and investigating what they are voting for objectively.

But not you, of course. You're smarter than all those little sheeple.

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

smithmc Re:Easily done: (329 comments)

Who commits 90% of the gun crime in the U.S.? Certainly not law abiding citizens.

Well, no, I would suppose not. Kinda obvious.

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

smithmc Re:gun laws (329 comments)

We don't have to look at Japan. Let's look at Canada. The gun ownership rate in Canada is about 1/3 that of the United States (~30 per 100K people vs. ~90), and its homicide rate is... hm, a little less than 1/3 that of the US (1.44/100K vs. 4.7). How 'bout that.

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

smithmc Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (329 comments)

Adam Lanza, the Trenchcoat Mafia, etc. obviously didn't care about getting away with it, now, did they?

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

smithmc Re:That's the way the gyoza goes (329 comments)

I don't think they have "trigger-happy cops" in Japan, probably because real guns are basically illegal.

4 days ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

smithmc Re:wow (566 comments)

It gets used to boil water to make steam to run a generator.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Has Made It To the United States

smithmc Contagiousness (475 comments)

AIUI it is only strongly suspected that Ebola Reston is transmissible via aerosol, not definitely proven.

about three weeks ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

smithmc Re:Uhhh (907 comments)

There's probably a cheaper car out there somewhere that maybe they should have bought instead. People should not live outside their means.

about 1 month ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

smithmc COBOL (387 comments)

Yeesh. My school taught COBOL and FORTRAN, but only for non-CS majors. ME students had to take FORTRAN IIRC, but CS majors couldn't receive credit for either course. CS majors started with Pascal and went from there into C, C++ and assembly (Java wasn't a thing yet).

about a month ago
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Do Specs Matter Anymore For the Average Smartphone User?

smithmc Not speed or RAM etc., but... (253 comments)

What matters to me these days is display size and resolution. Ideally, around 4.5-4.7" with at least 720p resolution. Most phones are getting too big, and the display resolutions are getting ridiculous.

about a month ago
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Unpopular Programming Languages That Are Still Lucrative

smithmc Re: Trendy != popular (387 comments)

Indeed. In fact, a lot of the guts of HFT systems are implemented in hardware - TCP/IP stacks implemented in FPGAs and such.

about a month ago
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New Global Plan Would Crack Down On Corporate Tax Avoidance

smithmc Re:Most taxes are legalized theft (324 comments)

The various services of government cost more than most people would be able to afford in use taxes. To have the society we have today, the poor need to be subsidized by the wealthy. That's what progressive taxation is about.

about a month ago
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"Secret Serum" Used To Treat Americans With Ebola

smithmc Re:ROI for drug development (390 comments)

Corporations rarely do things because they're "the right thing to do" - unless one defines "the right thing to do" as "whatever maximizes shareholder value". Corporations are not moral; people are moral. And corporations are not people, people.

about 3 months ago
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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

smithmc Re:Coming to a plane journey (170 comments)

There is some research that suggests that Ebola Zaire can transmit from monkeys to pigs without contact, and could possibly be transmitted from pigs to humans. One farm worker is believed to have contracted Ebola Reston (which is not lethal to humans) from an infected pig.

about 3 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

smithmc Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

The term "believe" can be interpreted in different ways too. To "believe in a global free market economy" can mean:

  • "to be of the opinion that a global free market economy exists", or
  • "to be of the opinion that a global free market economy ought to exist, and/or would be a good thing".

about 3 months ago
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US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

smithmc Re:Free market economy (529 comments)

Then you should start by proving the belief to be false, because (at least in this case) it is not obviously false. Maybe, if you believe that it is obviously false, then it says something about you...

about 3 months ago
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The Last Three Months Were the Hottest Quarter On Record

smithmc Re:Its even worse than we thought (552 comments)

So let's just all shoot ourselves in the head now. Or... maybe... we could expend some brain power figuring out how to live longer and, y'know, not die so soon.

about 3 months ago

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smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm supposed to be headed off this weekend to sunny Narrowsburg, NY for a "canoeing" (read: golf drink golf drink drink drink) trip with a couple hundred of my closest friends, but it's not sunny, it's damp and wet outside and it's supposed to be all weekend. So instead I'll be rebuilding a server and sleeping a lot. Thus the "arrgh" bit.

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Hmm... what's this?

smithmc smithmc writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Hmm, a Web accessible journal or "blog" thingy, just for logging into /. Could this be useful? More or less useful than, say, a Wiki (which I'd have to host myself, though). Well, anyway.

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