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Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 2) 295

Actually, nations with lawfully armed populaces that are subjected to such social engineering for political desires by the ruling elites... tend to shoot the ruling elites and elect or coronate new ones.

That is the true fear at the root of politicians advocating civilian disarmament: that their desired policies would ultimately be so repulsive to their subjects that they can't risk what they see as a high likelihood of being defied or overthrown by armed force. They are scared their desires will provoke their own doom, unless their subjects have been denied any choice except compliance.

Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 4, Insightful) 295

The vast majority of Slashdot readers are also objective thinkers and (generally) less prone to emotional-hysterics-on-command, which tends to make them balk at the core structure of gun control ideology.

The ideology of civilian disarmament depends on constantly keeping people terrified of sensationalized emotional and irrational fallacies. That's not a behavior pattern frequently found in hardcore tech folks.

Comment Re:There is only one goal (Score 1, Insightful) 555

Guns are simple mechanical devices where all the inner workings can be observed, inspected, and maintained in a relatively straightforward manner.

Contrary to the impression Slashdot might give itself, the overwhelming vast majority of the world does not have the knowledge and resources to invasively debug embedded code on microelectronics. Provided that code is even accessible.

We have spent over 300 years refining firearms into devices that are about as reliable as we can feasibly make them while still keeping them usable for their purpose. What the President and others are suggesting here is to undo all that progress by introducing the same sweeping potential for problems that we read about consumer electronics having everyday.

Comment Re:What could go wrong? (Score 5, Interesting) 168

Or, you know, set up an internal navigation system that is either based on image recognition using preloaded images compared to a downwards-facing camera, or onboard inertial / laser ring gyros.

Lose contact with the encrypted command and control source? Switch to internal nav or mission profile and continue with Plan B.

The jamming paradigm is built on the assumption that drones have to be phoning home to something. A drone that isn't interested in talking to the outside world can only be jammed with projectiles or a really big butterfly net.

Comment Re:Duh! (Score 1) 108

I'm looking for two things: clarification of his sentence structure, and more detailed documentation on the birth defects he's talking about - exposure values, developmental windows during exposure, type of defects, as much data as he can cite.

I have a wife who is seven months pregnant and a 3D printer that mostly runs ABS. You do the math about why I'm digging for detailed info.

Comment Re:Goldman was right, with a caveat (Score 1) 259

"The problem is that too many people live in the suburbs. More people should live in cities."

This is a subjective statement of opinion, not fact. YOU FEEL that more people should live in cities.

"Instead of making cities nicer and going towards efficiency, we went towards suburban sprawl."

It is a display of massive hubris that the only explanation you can grok for this is that there's something broken about cities that can be fixed to make them magically appeal to everybody. You appear incapable of grasping the evidence that for the last 70 years, much of America has wanted - at MOST - to live a casual drive away from a city but not in one.

Americans have clearly shown across multiple generations that they do not want to live in concrete bee hives that are loud, smelly, cramped, contentious, dirty, and a hair's breadth from logistical collapse the moment anything slightly unbalances that complex system. Americans want their own roof and walls. They want their own yard. They want their own garage as a space for their hobbies and pursuits, even if there isn't necessarily car in it. They want their own space and their own castle, and they fundamentally reject this relentless push - the same kind of push YOU are engaging in even if you can't realize it, much less admit it - to herd them by guilt and honeyed words into asphalt jungles where they are neatly organized and controlled "for the common good".

You, whether you can cogitate it or not, simply want orderly worker bees. Either you find individual freedom scary, or you have bought into the yarns told by radical urbanists who have ulterior motives for concentrating people in controlled environment, but either way you are fundamentally at odds with what American society desires and has clearly desired for nearly four generations, and all the buzzwords of efficiency and social responsibility that you sling around show how desperately out of touch you are.

Comment Seattle is also attempting to do this (Score 2, Interesting) 259

But they're wielding the Department of Transportation and urban zoning as blunt weapons to do it, and being serious assholes about the whole thing.

They're also failing to realize that by running off people who want or need to drive into the city, they're going to end up choking off commerce. But the limp-wristed hipsters running the place now either don't care or would see it as some kind of redistributive, disruptive accomplishment, so I kind of just want to watch the entire shebang come crashing down in flames to see the expression on their faces.

Comment Wow, they picked a reassuring name (Score 2) 86

Considering the next lyrics in that song after "Karma Police" are... ..."Arrest this man".

I *totally* feel safer and more free already, and I don't even live under that regime.

Not that they couldn't just make one phone call across the pond and have whatever they want done to me in the dead of night with no trace. Yay freedom.

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