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Comment Re:Batman (Score 5, Insightful) 720

Actually, this would be a perfect idea. There used to be a guy in Maryland known as the "Route 29 Batman" who would dress up in a (really nice) Batman costume, and would go to hospitals to visit sick children and entertain them.

And sadly, he was killed in a car accident just a few weeks ago, so there's certainly an opening for it:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Comment Re:Curious (Score 3, Informative) 374

Yes - and not just her, this is something that all of the Alaska politicians have been pushing for, for several decades now. The current governor of Alaska, who is also a Republican, also hailed the decision.

Not every issue is a Republicans vs Democrats issue, or a Right vs Left issue. This is one of the (increasingly rare) state vs. state issues. In fact, I'm pretty sure you could find any number of Ohio Democrats (as well as Ohio Republicans) that had been busy opposing this.

Comment Re:gee I wonder why all the need for secrecy here? (Score 1) 283

That's easily fixed by making sure the results provided to the FOIA/etc type request are sufficiently anonymized. The audit trail shouldn't rely on matching each vote to a specific individual voter. If there is fraud involved, it will show up through other patterns, because they don't match what reality would be expected to generate, and tend to stand out as massive statistical outliers.

Comment Re:Moronic (Score 5, Insightful) 157

It's also easily resolved by having a design that assumes the user might accidentally attempt to insert the pen the wrong way. If you're not assuming that your users are going to do something dumb like that, you should recheck your assumptions, because in a mass-market product I can virtually guarantee that someone is going to at some point. That's why you design the pen such that the back end is shaped slightly differently than the front end, and with just a little extra plastic back there, it becomes impossible to insert it end first.

Comment Re:300gig cap on fiber? (Score 4, Interesting) 253

It makes it so much easier for customers to blow through their monthly cap, and rack up massive overage charges. A perfect situation... at least from Comcast's perspective. After all, one of their execs even admitted that the caps have nothing to do with network management, and are just about money.
Citation: http://arstechnica.com/busines...

Comment This kind of stuff is Exhibit #1 (Score 4, Insightful) 282

All of the stuff written from the COINTELPRO/pre-Church committee era should be exhibit #1 for the case of why the national security apparatus needs to be strictly controlled, and heavily limited in its ability to spy on American citizens. We don't even have to go back far to see the rampant abuses, paranoid delusions, and intrusive actions taken with the intent of ruining the lives of those deemed to be political enemies, subversives, or anything else.

This sort of shit is un-american, undemocratic, and the sort of thing that should have no place in a free society.

Comment Re: Unfortunately (Score 1) 468

I'm not talking about being trained in how to use the gun, how to aim accurately, etc. I'm talking about how to think, act, move in a crisis, when seconds count, and not panic. This is not the kind of thing that civilians are normally trained to do, unless they are in certain fields (EMS, LEOs). It's something that the military tries to train you for, and combat operations throw you right in the thick of.

To put another way, even with training, a lot of soldiers tend to freeze the first time they found themselves in combat, because that's the natural human reaction. This is why they're trained to act, but also to follow orders, so the more experienced NCO can get them moving, firing back, until they overcome the initial reflex response.

It's certainly not true of everyone, but I certainly wouldn't want to rely on Joe Smith who's taken a few gun safety classes and goes to the range every other week to react in the same way that a military combat veteran would/could.

The most difficult thing in the world is to know how to do a thing and to watch someone else doing it wrong, without commenting. -- T.H. White

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