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Comment Re:We need to be harder on them (Score 1) 822

I've never been asked. That doesn't mean I still don't refuse to give up my rights. I am a staunch defender of gun ownership rights. That statement was a way to express that.

That said, while I've never been directly asked, I've indirectly felt the growing movement in this country that guns are too dangerous and that our protection should be left to police and the government. Something I strongly object to. My protect is my responsibility. Police can help, but they are not responsible for my safety.

That said (again), I've never needed my firearm for self defense and I hope I never need it. I also hope the same about my fire extinguisher and epipen.

Comment We need to be harder on them (Score 5, Insightful) 822

I am a gun owner. I have a permit and I carry daily. I support our rights to own firearms and refuse to give mine up. I believe that anyone who does this has a great responsibility to society to be trained, secure their weapon, and to be responsible. It should be a felony to leave a weapon unsecured and unsupervised. If a child acquires a weapon from you and uses it to harm himself or commit a crime you should be charged with a felony.

Only if you prove you took adequate steps to secure your weapon (safe, trigger locks, etc) should you be able to walk away free. We need to encourage responsible gun ownership and punish irresponsible gun ownership. These types of situations are preventable simply through education and a little bit of punishment.

Comment Re:Unionize (Score 3, Informative) 350

I figured they were being qualified. That's the only way I can explain the recruitment calls I get.

Ok, you found me on linkedin, you can see then I have a great full time job. Sure I'd love to sell my home and quit my job so I can move across the country for a 2 month contract gig that might be extended based on their needs.....

Thanks for calling recruiter from India...

Comment Re:BBC - hammered by its own Political Correctness (Score 1) 207

If there is one thing that the media and the internet has taught me. EVERYONE is a racist. EVERYONE. You are a racist, you just don't know it yet. It's coming though, something you say offends someone of a different race, trust me. I'm a white male, my existence alone is racist.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 154

It's very easy to use. I'm a wallet minimalist, so I hate carrying multiple cards. With NFC payment systems I can just tap the phone and pick the card I want to charge. It is also more secure in the US where pin and chip are not yet a standard. My phone is always at hand, my wallet not so much. If only we could get a digital drivers license I wouldn't even need a wallet any longer.

The biometric options are even nicer as I don't have to type in a pin. Just touch and press thumb.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 1) 154

NFC works for me everywhere I go. My vending machines are NFC enabled, every single fast good joint I've been to. My grocery store is NFC enabled, my gas station is NFC enabled. Many chain restaurants are NFC enabled (if it has a pay terminal on the table like chili's). Lowe's, walmart, and Home depot are NFC enabled. It's reached a point I get frustrated when I have to use my card.

Comment Re:No Compromises (Score 2) 154

There are a lot of things about phones that are not deal breakers. You might want front facing speakers, but that's probably not a deal breaker. Then there are deal breaker features.

For example, I can't stand phones bigger than 5.5". So those giant nexus 6's are a deal breaker. If you don't support my carrier of choice, that's a deal breaker. If it's not stock or nearly stock android, it's a deal breaker. This phone was on my must buy list though the entire launch event, until I found out it's missing NFC support. I use NFC too much, so that's a deal breaker.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison