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Comment: Re:Swiss gun laws are nothing like the US (Score 1) 1496

by Barefoot Monkey (#46769849) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Sorry if that meme response was immature of me :/ It probably was. I do feel much the same as you - that having everyone armed means you need to enforce diligence or face unpleasant consequences - the need for child-safe storage of firearms is one obvious example, and having untrained people walking home from the pub at night with pistols in their holsters would be a boon for robbers (and a hazard for anyone else in the area). The regulations are extremely strict, but they don't seem to be anything the populace isn't capable of following, and it seems to be working well for them.

Comment: Re:Swiss gun laws are nothing like the US (Score 1) 1496

by Barefoot Monkey (#46769521) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

In Swiss law use, storage and transport of weapons is VERY heavily regulated. Everyone is armed, but you don't get to walk down the street with your SIG 550 or leave it propped up in your hall closet. There are sane rules on ownership, storage and transfer, and the penalties are incredibly severe. There is no comparing the US and Swiss systems. Anything but bolt-action or single-shot weapons (beyond your militia-issued weapon) require special permits.


Comment: Re: This is very exciting for indie devs (Score 1) 149

by Barefoot Monkey (#46532117) Attached to: Unreal Engine 4 Launching With Full Source Code

I agree. The old UDK licence was absolutely wonderful as long as you didn't hit the revenue threshold - then suddenly became crippling. Meanwhile, Epic earned nothing until the threshold was hit. This is a definite improvement for both Epic and for commercial licensees... although the subscription fee does add a barrier for hobbyists and freeware-authors compared to the old arrangement.

Comment: Re:Next we should sue the US treasury for issuing (Score 4, Insightful) 321

by Barefoot Monkey (#46471671) Attached to: Google Sued Over Children's In-App Android Purchases

Monetary bills are already child-proof in this regard. If I give a child $1 this doesn't cause any other money I may have to spontaneously teleport into the child's possession every time the child approaches a toy or sweet within the next 30 minutes. If the child wants more of my money then he/she will need to ask me again.

Comment: Re:They still have not caught a single terrorist. (Score 1) 289 You're right. The TSA line is relatively vulnerable, and is a more effective target in the first place. There's no reason why a bomber intending to cause terror would even want to get on the plane itself. Hijackers would certainly want to get on the plane, but they wouldn't be using bombs.

Comment: Re:Time to switch to Pale Moon (Score 1) 182

by Barefoot Monkey (#46227341) Attached to: Mozilla To Show Sponsored Links To First-Time Firefox Users

To be honest, with [Personal Titlebar]( and [Status-4-Evar]( installed I like the interface more than older Firefox or any of the other browsers. But that's just my personal preference; thank you for sharing a link to Pale Moon - it's good to know about what's available.

Comment: Re:Chip&Pin isn't perfect either. (Score 1) 731

by Barefoot Monkey (#46217503) Attached to: Death Hovers Politely For Americans' Swipe-and-Sign Credit Cards

I live in South Africa - over here the transition credit cards being having EMV chips took place during 1999-2007. I haven't seen a non-chipped card issued since then, and most of the card readers I see in shops these days don't even have the ability to read magnetic strips anymore. Since 2006 liability for unauthorised (card present) transactions was shifted to merchant who accept card payments without relying on the chip and PIN, instead of to the card-owner or bank. Basically a credit card without a chip, if you can even find one, is almost useless in South Africa.

The term "Chip and PIN" isn't used in South Africa because that's actually a UK brand name, not the term for the technology itself, but the fact is that it isn't just starting to roll out - it finished rolling out many years ago.

I don't know too much about India, but a quick look through Wikipedia indicates that their liability shift occurred in 2010 so it seems safe to assume that the transition is quite far-along there too.

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