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Comment Re:America in one sentence (Score 1) 644

Odds are you will hand your child at 16 a item that they are 4 times as likely to kill someone else with than a firearm. You'll pretend it is fine because it is a necessity of our society, but really it is a social status, convenience, and pleasure thing. Really, it would really be far safer to delay until they were more mature and weren't dealing with the early adulthood hormonal changes, further if we could find a better way it would be even better if we kept everyone from doing it period. You'll also pretend it is fine because you've trained your kid, you've had professionals train your kid, and frankly your kid is just a little better than everyone else. You'll be a little apprehensive of the danger and for a while you will worry every time they are out with it. You're nerves will calm some as they get experience, but you will still warn them until you die to be safe when using it. Don't worry though, we don't have to call it a weapon despite how very likely it is to kill someone, we can call it a vehicle. Also don't worry about your convictions on lethal weapons because it is inconceivable that anyone who would hand their children any other potentially dangerous thing would go through any sort of similar process: tablesaws, lawnmowers, firearms, clorox, etc.

Comment Re: Next Phase (Score 1) 644

I'd agree, being a grammar-nazi about clip is pretty useless, but being precise with automatic versus semi-automatic is important. Semi-automatic includes a huge swath of hunting rifles and shotguns that look like hunting rifles that a whole lot of gun-control voters aren't really that enthusiastic about controlling.

Comment Re:None of this solves real world problems (Score 2) 82

Live training is (theoretically) more expensive than sim training. Just saying dump simulators because they aren't true to life means you will probably have more realistic training time but a whole lot less training overall. The people in charge of training should be trained to understand the limitations of all the training measures available and plan training accordingly to provide the largest benefit possible...again theoretically.

Comment Re:DSL is my only option (Score 1) 141

We only had video artifacts during primetime. If it were simple over-compression then shouldn't we have seen a steady rate of artifacts across the day? Towards the end we eventually had to give up watching TV during primetime. We'd have minutes of blockiness or missing audio. During the daytime, the picture never had artifacts.

Comment Re:DSL is my only option (Score 1) 141

I went to DSL and DirecTV at my previous residence because the cable company oversubscribed the street and I would have useful bandwidth anytime except for between 5pm and midnight on weekdays. This not only ruined normal internet use but cause all sorts of digital signal artifacts during primetime TV.

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