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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

wtansill Re:Nothing related to guns can be considered "smar (1388 comments)

Dunno. Why not ask him?

BTW - while the link I posted was from a pro-RKBA site, please notice that the article was reprinted by permission of Northwestern University School of Law, Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, vol. 86, issue 1, 1995

And, as I noted in my original post:

"Statistics aside, I have the moral right and duty to protect myself from unwarranted aggression. This right was recognized in the middle ages as existing independently of any government, and was codified in the English Bill of rights, which was one source of inspiration for our own Second Amendment. That a gun helps me in that effort is indisputable."

about 2 years ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

wtansill Re:We need gas control! (1591 comments)

You really want to kill a lot of folks while keeping your planning under the radar? Get a gas can and a book of matches:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Happy_Land_fire

about 2 years ago
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New York Passes Landmark Gun Law

wtansill Re:We need gas control! (1591 comments)

Most countries with high gun ownership rates and low murder rates tend to have hunting rifles, not assault weapons. They also have extensive systems that work to prevent guns from coming into the wrong hands.

That's an indefensible statement.

First, the term "Assault Rile" relates specifically to "intermediate caliber select-fire weapons". As in firearms, both rifles and carbines that have full-auto capabilities. Try getting your hands on one of those outside the military. It can be done, but it requires a ridiculous amount of paperwork, time and money as existing weapons are tightly regulated by the ATF. Give it a try and see how long it takes you.

What the media mistakenly refer to as "Assault Weapons" (a vague term made up by the Brady's a while back which has no legal definition) are semi-automatic only rifles having cosmetic features that mimic the appearance of an Assault Rifle without the select-fire ability.

In fact, there are many, many "hunting rifles" out there that are more powerful, although the 5.56x54 NATO cartridge can and has taken down deer and smaller game. BTW - I find it very "interesting" that when the police purchase these so-called "assault weapons", they are immediately renamed, becoming "patrol rifles" - a far more palatable term.

about 2 years ago
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Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings

wtansill Re:Nothing related to guns can be considered "smar (1388 comments)

Sorry, but that study (and the one by Kellerman) have been pretty thoroughly debunked. If you want so good statistics, see the Kleck and Gertz study:

http://www.guncite.com/gun_control_gcdguse.html

Also, read the book More Guns Less Crime, by Professor John Lott.

Statistics aside, I have the moral right and duty to protect myself from unwarranted aggression. This right was recognized in the middle ages as existing independently of any government, and was codified in the English Bill of rights, which was one source of inspiration for our own Second Amendment. That a gun helps me in that effort is indisputable.

about 2 years ago
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Germany Exports More Electricity Than Ever Despite Phasing Out Nuclear Energy

wtansill Re:Could we hear some Germans tell this story? (473 comments)

So I just had a look at my most recent electric bill which provides my usage numbers for the past 13 months. According to those numbers, I used between 779 KWh and 1,291 KWh, averaging 1,001 KWh/month. I'm on the budget plan, meaning my payment is the same each month regardless of usage (with an annual settle-up to account for any over/undercharges). By my calculations, I pay about $0.11/KWh, vs. your $0.31/KWh. Does your electric company do something "special" for you in addition to simply providing electricity? For nearly triple the price/KWh I sure hope they do!

about 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: How To Avoid Working With Awful Legacy Code?

wtansill Don't avoid legacy code (360 comments)

Certainly don't become trapped with a dying language, but do not arbitrarily rule out working with legacy code. Think of it as a challenge instead:

1) You always learn something even if it's negative (don't do that!!!)
2) You gain insight into another's thought process. Sometimes that's scary, but again, you learn something - a new perspective, perhaps.
3) Really bad code can let you pull off the impossible - improving performance, reducing resource utilization, etc. You can become the "go to" person, with the job security and good performance evals that come with it.

Give it a shot before turning up your nose.

about 2 years ago
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Texas Supreme Court Cites Mr. Spock

wtansill Spock was not a founding father... (345 comments)

Had he been, he would have known that the Constitution was constructed to avoid the tyranny of the majority.

more than 3 years ago
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Swedish Police Shoe Database May Tread On Copyright

wtansill But ... (156 comments)

it's different when the "Authoritez" do it! Really! And it's for the children!!!!!

more than 4 years ago
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Students Show a Dramatic Drop In Empathy

wtansill Out of context (659 comments)

None of the questions have any surrounding context that would add or subtract from any feelings of empathy I may or may not have. Whether I (or anyone else, for that matter) feels empathy towards a subject depends greatly on the circumstances. Do I feel empathy towards the folks being impacted by the gulf oil spill? Sure. Why? Because their way of life is being altered in ways we can't even begin to measure through no fault of their own. Do I feel empathy for a guy who burned himself to a crisp because he was too realize he shouldn't smoke while fueling his Prius? Very little, actually. Don't do stupid shit ya dumbass!

more than 4 years ago
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What Do You Do When Printers Cost Less Than Ink?

wtansill What to do .. (970 comments)

Target practice? How many .40 S&W rounds do you think it can take?

more than 4 years ago
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Toyotas Suddenly Accelerate; Owners Up In Arms

wtansill Re:Put the damn thing in neutral! (1146 comments)

The other thing to consider is that no car ever made has enough engine power to overcome the brakes. Even if you don't put the transmission in Neutral, you should be able to stop the car barring massively failed brakes.

Don't believe me? Go start your car. Step on the brakes and hold them, and then put the transmission in gear. No matter how much you rev the engine, the car won't move other than torquing over a bit. The brakes are designed specifically to overcome the engine.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Experimenting With Joystick Control For Cars

wtansill Joystick control (609 comments)

This is an exceptionally bad idea. Even with extensive training, in an emergency, you do not think about how to react, and decades of "muscle memory" kicks in. There will be many, many instances of someone in a crisis situation trying in vain to stop their vehicle by attempting to stomp on a non-existant brake pedal.

If you change the QWERTY keyboard, for example, all you have are some frustrated touch-typists. Change this interface and you're going to have scores of dead bodies followed by inevitable lawsuits. A steering wheel and pedals may not be the best interface, but it's too late to change unless you have both systems in place for decades until a new generation of drivers are trained to use only the joystick mechanism.

about 5 years ago
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Dead Salmon's "Brain Activity" Cautions fMRI Researchers

wtansill I wonder ... (287 comments)

what would the readings be if they hooked up my PHB and scanned his "brain" ...

Just sayin'

more than 5 years ago
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Woman With Police-Monitoring Blog Arrested

wtansill This is old news folks ... (847 comments)

This is publicly available information to start with, and, according to someone in the know, the town is very small, and the officers are quite brazen about being "undercover cops" to the point where her disclosure came as no surprise to anyone in town. For a longer discussion, try this:

http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum54/29292.html

more than 5 years ago
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Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users

wtansill Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (367 comments)

I may still be connected to the grid, but solar power usage already provides net benefits to the company:

  • The reduction in demand allows the company to reduce its capital needs since they have less need to string new cable, less need for new generating capacity, land acquisition and attendant zoning/legal fees, etc.
  • The reduction in demand allows the company to reduce its consumption of fossil fuel - lessening both its direct fuel costs and its need to potentially purchase costly carbon offsets.

And yet they still want to chage customers more money?

more than 5 years ago
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MIT Develops Camera-Like Fabric

wtansill I can see it now (78 comments)

Many offices, courthouses, etc. ban cameras from the premises. "Excuse me ma'am -- you'll have to take off all your clothes before we'll let you in ... "

more than 5 years ago
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Copyfraud Is Stealing the Public Domain

wtansill Simple, market-based solution (263 comments)

The RIAA, MPAA, etc. all claim insanely high valuations for copyrighted content; witness the latest verdic against now-convicted "pirate" Jamie Thomas-Rasset who is now on the hook for 1.92 million. Fine. Let them copyright to their heart's content.

But let's also update the tax code to capture the full monetary value of these copyrighted works. Oh, and since "intellectual property" does not deteriorate over time as would a piece of real property, the tax code should explicitly disallow depreciation.

I suggest we start collecting back taxes on all of those old "Steamboat Willie" cartoons that Disney started putting out in the early part of the 20th century, along with old music catalogs and so forth. Let's see how truly valuable these IP assets are, and how many are suddenly not worth keeping copyrighted.

more than 5 years ago
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Smile! Urine Candid Camera!

wtansill Pity (370 comments)

They could instead have had some real fun with this:

http://www.rafelandia.com/mas863/urinecontrol.html

more than 5 years ago
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Sci-Fi Writers Dream Up Ideas For US Government

wtansill Maybe it will help. (123 comments)

Hopefully the Sci-Fi guys will help the cops and bureaucrats learn the difference between real threats and advertisements for a TV show:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2007_Boston_Mooninite_Scare.

more than 5 years ago
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Texas Makes Zombie Fire Ants

wtansill Re:Bring the over-overlords! (398 comments)

When they mentioned bringing the natural predator from another continent, I imagined this. Now, that would be a cool animal to set loose in Texas!

Won't be long before we have a recipie for that...

more than 5 years ago

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Rambus barred from using 12 patents in Micron suit

wtansill wtansill writes  |  more than 5 years ago

wtansill (576643) writes "Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — Rambus Inc., a designer of high-speed memory chips, can't use 12 of its patents to demand royalties from Micron Technology Inc., a federal judge in Delaware ruled. Rambus plunged as much as 45 percent. U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson in Wilmington said today the patents are unenforceable because Rambus destroyed documents in the infringement lawsuit. She called Rambus's litigation conduct "obstructive at best, misleading at worst." "The very integrity of the litigation process has been impugned," Robinson said in the opinion."
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Why the RIAA really hates downloads

wtansill wtansill writes  |  more than 6 years ago

wtansill (576643) writes "For 17 years, Jeff Price owned an independent label called spinART Records. He managed to do great things, but that was before the so-called digital revolution. In 2004, Price realized the label was no longer sustainable. "The advent and general adoption of the Internet, digital media and hardware took control of the global music industry away from the record labels and media outlets and handed it to the masses," he writes. (Source) Rather than cursing the masses and resisting changes brought on by the Internet, Price decided to adapt. He wanted to stay in the music business but needed to make money. "[W]hat could I do to remain in the music industry under a model that would not rely on selling music (the exploitation model)," he asked himself. "And thus the idea for a new model was born, turn distribution into a service for a simple up front, one time flat fee." http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2008/03/26/masses-remake-music-industry/"

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