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London's Crime Hot Spots Predicted Using Mobile Phone Data

zmaragdus I see you.... (64 comments)

Big Brother is watching you. Again. Even when they say they're not.

about 3 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

zmaragdus Re:False positive (264 comments)

M60? Dang, that's some fast fapping.

about 3 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

zmaragdus Re:Technology will turn this all upside down (264 comments)

We (CCW-ers) only get upset about people knowing because then they raise a stink about it. Where I live, there is a huge proliferation of guns and hunting, so even if people knew they'd shrug and go about their day. In a major coastal city (say in California or the New England areas) everyone would flip a shit, call the cops on me, and accuse me of being a baby-killer.

about 3 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

zmaragdus Re:Rule #2: The Double Tap (264 comments)

But he would at least have a chance of surviving, instead of the "bend over and take it" approach (which, by the way, doesn't always mean your assailant will just take your wallet and go away).

about 3 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

zmaragdus Re:Fire with the other hand? (264 comments)

Proper? Yes. Always gonna happen? No. In fact, the IDPA qualifier requires you to shoot one handed for a few strings, and with each hand at that.

about 3 months ago
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Using Wearable Tech To Track Gun Use

zmaragdus Re:Why just guns? (264 comments)

But now compare the violent crime rate.

about 3 months ago
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The Physics of Hot Pockets

zmaragdus Re:Microwave trays (222 comments)

Modern, yes, but most places I go "modern" is the exception, not the rule. I'd give my current house aa 50-50 chance of being built in the 20th century (vs the 19th...)

about 7 months ago
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The Physics of Hot Pockets

zmaragdus Re:Microwave trays (222 comments)

Why not do both at the same time? Power draw. A microwave can take over half the available load on a standard household circuit. Most are wired for 15 amps before the breaker starts tripping. Heating elements are just as power-hungry, which is why you typically see electric stoves on a dedicated 240V, 20A circuit. I would guess most houses do not have the wiring to support this.

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

zmaragdus Re:Gun Cowards (765 comments)

You want the UK's violent crime rate? Go for it.

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

zmaragdus Re:It's called a safety... (765 comments)

That's why responsible gun owners lock their guns up, not hide them. Furthermore, they educate and teach their children about the proper handling and use of firearms (which progresses from "don't touch and tell an adult" when they're very young to actual proper handling and usage when they have shown significant maturity and responsibility).

about 7 months ago
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A Look at Smart Gun Technology

zmaragdus Re: Have a nice time (765 comments)

Child deaths by firearms accidents are usually the result of an adult being irresponsible with their guns, typically by leaving them accessible or by not following the Four Rules of Gun Safety. I would love to see parents be more responsible with their guns *period*, especially around their children.

about 7 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Sort?

zmaragdus Combination Insertion and Merge (195 comments)

With the jazz band I play in, we have a book full of a few hundred charts. When resorting them after a gig, I typically grab a small stack, sort it insertion style, set it aside, then do the same to another pile. Once a few piles have been done, they get merge sorted into a big pile. Big piles themselves are merge sorted, until all of my music is in order.

about 10 months ago
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I'd prefer my money be made of ...

zmaragdus SHTF (532 comments)

Various commodities valuable in a post-apocalyptic scenario. Ammo, tools, clothes, seeds for plants (no bottle caps!)

about a year ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

zmaragdus Re:Its just a dumb idea (814 comments)

If a smart gun worked 99.5% of the time, go try to market such a device to a law enforcement agency or even the military. Go on. I'll wait.

Now that you've become the laughing-stock of gun salespersons to those groups, what did you learn? You need to vastly boost the reliability of such devices before even thinking of trying to sell them to serious buyers. Once the device failure rate improves by a few orders of magnitude, then try again. The actual number the military is looking for is of far higher reliability than a 0.5% error rate.

about a year and a half ago
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Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'

zmaragdus Re:Boom (814 comments)

'Tis far better to gun-proof your children than child-proof your gun. What's the best way to dissuade a child from playing with a gun? Take the magic out of it. One very clever method I heard of was from a CCW instructor who made a ritual with his son every time he wanted to play with the gun. He'd pull out his snub nose revolver, empty the bullets out, show the kid the empty chambers, make the kid count both the bullets and the empty chamber, then give the (still empty) gun to his son to play with to his heart's content. What happened? After a few minutes of dry-firing, the kid got bored with it. As he got older, actual firearms safety & experience were layered in.

about a year and a half ago
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America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

zmaragdus Re:Corporate executives are smart. (541 comments)

Not very. Different services, same business model, same shafting (pun intended) of the actual workers.

about a year and a half ago
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America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

zmaragdus Re:Out with the old... (541 comments)

{cough} Aerotek {cough}

about a year and a half ago
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America's Second-largest Employer Is a Temp Agency

zmaragdus Re:Corporate executives are smart. (541 comments)

Ditto. I worked through Aerotek for a year (which is related to TekSystems). The company I worked for paid $55/hour for me, and I only got $25/hr from Aerotek.

about a year and a half ago

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Facebook Stock Going Public?

zmaragdus zmaragdus writes  |  about 5 years ago

zmaragdus (1686342) writes "Facebook Inc. converted its existing stock holdings into different classes of stocks (Class A and Class B) designed to give certain shareholders more power than others. This has been typically done in an IPO of a company's stock to give important people (company founders, for instance) more clout in the actions of the company when stock is first offered to the public. While Facebook maintains that it does not plan to offer stock publicly in the near future, this restructuring is one of the critical steps in doing so."
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