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Comment Re:the more guns you have, the more likely you are (Score 1) 212

whitetrash gun nut

You might be interested to know that there's a funny name for you too: "Victim."

Oddly, statistics show the opposite: the more guns you have, the more likely you are to die by being shot. Most of that, of course, is suicide-- having guns around turns a brief bad moment into a permanent problem for somebody else-- but even subtracting that, gun owners are more likely to be victims than non gun owners. (the non-gun owners are likely to back away from a confrontation. The gun owners are somewhat more likely to walk into one. But "Whitetrash gun nuts" and "victims" are overlapping categories.

An Australian study after the big gun ban showed that even having a gun in the house was associated with a higher incidence of suicide, even if the gun wasn't the method used. Something about the psychology of gun owners or the environment in which they're living?

Comment Re:IP law has nothing to do with logic. (Score 1) 396

Without personal gain, shit just doesn't get done. You don't work for free. Why do you expect anyone else to.

As a real patient, I would rather the entire the entire industry not be destroyed either by crass idiots or morons with "good intentions".

The issue isn't that simple and there's a lot at stake that you're blissfully unaware of.

According to a US TV report the drug contents of the pen are worth just a couple of bucks and the pen itself is out of patent protection. There is a competitor but it had a safety recall some time ago and that put some people off buying them. Also the name "Epipen" has become like "Bandaid" in that people think that's the only official option.

Make no mistake, this is just a blatant rip-off to help pay for the CEO's US$19 million annual paycheck.

Comment Sheep (Score 3, Interesting) 190

Australian researchers have developed an inoculation against some of the most common methanogenic bacteria found in sheep, supposedly reducing their methane output by about a third. It also makes a small amount of extra food available for the sheep to utilize. I don't know if this has made it out of the laboratory and into farms as yet (if ever).

Comment Re:Easy (Score 4, Insightful) 385

If you cannot afford to buy something with cash, then you can do without it.

There have been serious suggestions here in Norway to forbid cash payments for various things. This includes buying tickets from bus drivers, paying at restaurants and for purchases above some threshold (think 2000 USD and such).

The bus drivers don't want to have cash because of robberies, the tax administration wants to make it harder for restaurant owners to cheat, and the police wants to make it harder to launder money.

We're not there yet, but I'd say it's coming soon.

A card-only system is the perfect surveillance solution. Not only does it reveal everything that you've purchased and from whom, but the time and location as well.

Presidents Putin and Erdogan recommend them!

Comment Ransomware (Score 1) 229

If your idea of local backup means network attached storage, I've heard multiple stories of ransomware getting on the system and taking out both the main disks and the NAS.

Make sure you always have some form of offline storage, whether it be a local disk or a cloud storage solution.

Comment Re:Where is the government? (Score 1) 110

This is where regulators need to step in. Simple legislation is all we need: if you don't own a domain, you can't track people on it, unless it's something like an OAuth login.

They are stepping in. Their intelligence services will be taking full advantage of it.

Comment Lost opportunity (Score 1) 122

Rather than posting all the kids' embarrassing photos on the internet, the parents should wait until the kids are 13 or 14 and acting like little shits.

Then the parents can threaten to bring the photos out and show them to all the kids' friends when they come around. You've got to think ahead. :-)

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