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Comment: Re:I wish "you" would drop dead (Score 1) 119

by CrimsonAvenger (#46798623) Attached to: New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

Venezuela enacted a country wide gun ban, and violent firearm crime dropped by 1/1000.

Venezuela has a murder rate of 45.1 per 100,000 post gun-ban. Are you really trying to suggest that their murder rate pre gun-ban was 45,100 per 100,000?

It should also be noted that the current 45.1 per 100K murder rate is ten times the US murder rate (4.5 per 100K)....

Comment: Jurisdictional issues (Score 1) 119

by davidwr (#46797765) Attached to: New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

National Security Letters work if the person receiving them is subject to US law.

The "bully stick of diplomacy" may work of the person is subject to the law of a country that wants to stay on friendly terms with the USA.

If this site is hosted in a country like North Korea (which we can probably rule out to to their self-imposed Internet near-exile), Iran, or one of a small number of other countries openly hostile with the US Government, it's highly unlikely that the US Government will be able to use "the force of law" to compromise the site itself. Far more likely is that they will have to sneak in covertly to compromise either it or the pipe leading to it, or they will find a way of "taking over" the URL without taking over the site itself.

Comment: Re:"Llets you find?" (Score 2) 119

by davidwr (#46797747) Attached to: New 'Google' For the Dark Web Makes Buying Dope and Guns Easy

ack -- posting to undo mod error

Ah, you must've found the +1 solameitscool super-secret modification option that people with "6" Karma get to use if the computer throws a 20 on the roll of the dice when it give you mod points.

Sorry you mis-used it, it will be awhile before you get another chance.

Comment: Re:What a shame. (Score 1) 114

This has way more to do with the political motivation to spend the money required than technical know how.

And the Chinese inherited the technical knowhow, since they went after the US. So, given the technical know-how, the Chinese still took 40 years, after watching us do it in eight.

Yeah, there was a lot of "who cares?" from China that saw them ignore space for a long time. But even after they started taking it semi-seriously, there was still a couple decades before they managed that lunar lander (made with 21st century tech) that the US did in eight years (using 1960's tech).

Comment: Re:I'm liking how Russia is standing up these days (Score 1) 186

by CrimsonAvenger (#46796353) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Fundamentally, you seem to believe that Iran and Syria have, in fact, given up their WMD's (poison gas in the one case, enriched uranium in the other).

So, do you have any actual evidence that this is true?

Without international inspections (which neither country has allowed), it's not like there is any way to know for sure whether all the poison gas manufacturies (in the one case) have been revealed, much less shutdown. Ditto the enriched uranium (in the other case).

And then there's Ukraine.

Next week, Obama is going to the Far East to reassure our allies there that he won't leave them hanging out to dry the way he left Ukraine hanging out to dry. While there are definite differences between Ukraine and Japan/Phillipines/etc, it'll be interesting to see if Japan/Phillipines/etc buy what he's selling.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 97

by BasilBrush (#46796295) Attached to: Google's New Camera App Simulates Shallow Depth of Field

Why would I want to ruin large parts of a good image with this effect? It seems just as stupid as adding a large lense flare.

For the same reason they use spotlight and shade in theatre shows, and floodlights on a sports field.

If you want a utilitarian document recording a place or event, such as a traffic cop taking a picture of a illegally parked car, then you can't do better than having every pixel in focus.

If you want something with artistic merit then you can use focus just as you can use light and shade to draw attention to one part of the image, and away from the background.

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