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Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 2) 357

by Bob the Super Hamste (#47919731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
Although with some liberal arts degrees I highly doubt the critical thinking skills. I off up some of the degrees offered by my school:
Avation (learn to fly a plan)
Physical Education (you get to be a high school gym teacher)
Parks and recreation management (be an events coordinator at a local park or if you are lucky a park ranger with the NPS)

All of these were liberal arts programs, all of them had the same general education requirements as a STEM or any other degree, and all of them were much more vocational than a regular degree. I had roommates who majored in each one of these and even they admitted that apart from the vocational skill training they got nothing from these courses.

Comment: Doc Brown (Score 1) 104

I went to a rejuvenation clinic and got a whole natural overhaul. They took out some wrinkles, did hair repair, changed the blood, added a good 30 to 40 years to my life. They also replaced my spleen and colon. What do you think?

I wonder with these types of artificial filters would there be any benefit for an otherwise healthy person to have this done?

Comment: Re:Snowden is a communist spy and no whistleblower (Score 1) 193

I would go with more of a convenient US annoyance Putin can keep around to poke the US government with instead of communist spy. Also if I didn't want to find out what is is like to experience extreme rendition or be sodomized by a hellfire missile Russia seem like a pretty good country to flee to.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 580

Now that sounds like a range I would like to avoid. I like the one I go to since they take a very strict approach to those things and it sounds like you did as well while you were at that one. That seems to be how a lot of those things are one person leaves and things get lax.

Comment: Re:99.99%, eh? (Score 1) 580

As much as I would like to avoid the bears, I have had close encounters with them while out in the woods, as well as the wolves and cougars. Then again that is the only place where I carry a hand gun because my chances of needing it are fairly high. I haven't had to kill any of those critters but have used it to scare off the one wolf in front of me who was trying to drive me back into the waiting pack. I have also discharged it while heading away from a mamma bear and cub up the trail, and was very glad when I came around a bend in the trail and was about 2 feet from the ass of a black bear that was crawling into a hollowed out log. This ignores the times that I have seen such critters off a ways. A lot of it is being aware of your surroundings but being stalked by wolves is not fun and cougars really to move silently through the woods but even then it seems I have a 50/50 chance of seeing one of the large predators up there. With critters there is no quick draw, if something seems a bit off or I can see one I get it out and ready.

Comment: Re:But what about... (Score 1) 580

Unless you are one of my uncle's co-workers why wouldn't you clean the barrel or the gun after you use it? It should be considered regular maintenance just like changing oil and belts on your car. Of course if you don't take car of your shit it won't work, just like one of my uncle's coworkers has the same shotgun I do and his doesn't fire over half the time, while mine works perfectly and has never had a problem even though I use mine a lot more.

Comment: Re:But what about... (Score 1) 580

This a thousand times. In the US we live in a society that has lots of firearms so the genie is out of the bottle on that one. What we need is compulsory education on them just like we do for vehicles. In my high school everyone had to take the drivers ed course where everyone learned the rules of the road and hopefully enough to get their learners permit. We need the same thing for firearms. Hopefully this would accomplish two thing, the first being fewer stupid people doing stupid things with firearms, and the other might be fewer people who are absolutely terrified by the mere existence of firearms.

As far as training goes the following models are all good with the first 3 being among the best:
The basic firearm safety
Hunter education course (same as above but also focuses on hunting)
The BSA shotgun or rifle merit badges.
A state carry permit course (not impressed with these compared to the other options)

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 580

My friend came up with "Pro-gun, anti-NRA"

Sounds about right. The NRA like to say they speak for all gun owners but they don't. I support some of the initiatives (trigger locks) but there is a lot of rhetoric coming from them that I don't support. Because of this I will never join their organization and they will probably be pulled more to the extreme since there are groups farther out that are pulling away members. I would much rather support groups like Ducks Unlimited and Pheasants Forever who do good work advocating for hunters and restoring and preserving wild spaces.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 580

Don't worry the Boy Scouts of America still offers rifle and shotgun merit badges and they still have the same requirements that they did ~30 years ago when I got them. When I got them the range instructor was an old salty marine so we all learned how shoot like the marines do. I managed to make it into the dime club and to demonstrate proficiency to the instructor for the badge you had to be able to get 5 shots in a group that was quarter sized. There was a lot of emphasis on safe handling, when to shoot and not, cleaning, maintenance, and shooting proficiency. Both the rifle and shotgun merit badges were more comprehensive than the standard firearm safety, or even the Minnesota carry permit trainings that I have also done. They are an excellent program.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 580

I prefer to start with an air rifle instead of blanks. No I am not talking the $40 daisy BB gun but the higher end .22 or .25 cal breach loading $200+ air rifles. They are easier to handle than a .22lr and are very accurate and I can shoot it in the back yard while a .22lr I couldn't. I did expose my children to handling and cleaning my firearms before I started teaching the oldest to shoot (6 years old) but that was to remove their curiosity. They have seen me disassemble and clean the firearms and have seen me handle them properly. I have explained what to do and why you do it so that it isn't a mystery. This summer I showed the oldest one why you handle firearms safely and besides it is always fun to explode a watermelon. Good fun targets were always the store brand pop cans. Shake them up really good, toss them out a ways (still closed) and even with an air rifle they make a big mess when hit.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 580

At least to me it doesn't sound like those cited cases where responsible gun owners and that should be the response of any reasonable person. There was so much neglance in each of those cases it shouldn't come as a surprise that such things happened. We need to proscute more people for neglance especially in cases like this and responsible gun owners need to come out in support of such things.

I am one of the responsible gun owners who has a nice fireproof gun safe that is bolted into the concrete floor in my basement and have the ammunition stored elsewhere. I also use the trigger locks when I remove the firearms from the safe to go hunting or to the range (I also have a couple of nice hard sided cases for them as well). The problem is that responsible gun owners never make the news since nothing happens, the only time I see a news story about a responsible gun owner is maybe once a year on the back page of the sports section if someone gets a really big buck during deer season.

You are correct in that if you have children and firearms you need to introduce them to them but it needs to be done in the correct fashion. Kids think such things are neat and are naturally curious so you need to remove that curiosity. My oldest for the first time got dad's introduction to what a firearm can do this summer (12 gauge slug vs a watermelon) but has been taught how safely handle a firearm for several years. I have also started to introduce him to shooting using an air rifle (not a BB gun).

I also don't like the current movement of people doing open carry, especially of rifle and shotguns. I understand their reasoning but it does not draw the kind of attention they want and only makes them look like loons. They state it is for their protection or to exercise their rights but a lot of people feel intimidated by such actions. Also it seems that they are trivializing the firearm by using it to make a political statement. And for the record I do have a carry permit, but I only carry in places where I am likely to need it which is up by where I hunt since there are large predators that I have had close encounters with.

As far as the fingerprint scanner to unlock the gun I am fine with it as an option but I do not want to make them mandatory. Having it as an option is fine but the last thing I want is to trust in something additional that might fail if a bear is charging me or if I am being stalked by wolves. Add in that most of the time when I am carrying a sidearm I am wearing thin gloves this would be a complete failure.

Comment: Re:Great one more fail (Score 1) 580

I would like to know what range that is so that I can stay clear. I have only once seen a problem at a range and that was from someone who probably shouldn't have owned a firearm. The were shooting a 20 gauge with slugs and even at 25 yards only managed to hit the paper about 75% of the time. The individual after emptying the shotgun didn't follow the rules and was not handling it correctly (unloaded but waving it around). The range officer gave the cease fire command and had everyone put down there firearms and this person still didn't have a clue what was going on. They got a good yelling at, told to leave, and banned for life.

Comment: Re:This ignores the big problem of hydrogen, leaka (Score 2) 113

by Bob the Super Hamste (#47892909) Attached to: Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water
If you are worried about running out of water by doing this on large scale industrial process then you have far too few concerns in your life. Seriously we have use about 1 trillion barrels of oil in all of human existence, or about 55 trillion gallons. Assuming that all 1 trillion barrels of oil were used in the last century and if we used water at the same rate it would take somewhere around 5000 years to completely drain Lake Superior and by volume there are bigger lakes and on top of that there is still the oceans which I gather are rising so it might solve that problem as well.

Premature optimization is the root of all evil. -- D.E. Knuth