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Comment Re:No such thing (Score 1) 238

When I show people the difference between using Internet Explorer and either Firefox or Chrome, adblocking is one of the items I mention. I then go to a common webpage we visit a lot, the Internet Movie DataBase at www.imdb.com.

In IE, there is usually a full scene behind the content area, plus ads along the right side of the content area. Then I show them the same page with FF/Chrome adblocking, and there is a nice clean website.

Even people who are just online to share email and Facebook with their families/friends can see the difference in how this affects their online experience. They just have to be shown.

Comment Re:This proves there's plenty of bandwidth to go a (Score 1) 106

To the new slashdot owners, when you finally get around to supporting utf-8, how about lengthening the subject line to at least another dozen characters!

A few months ago, we played around with using the Ampersand character in the subject line. It gets expanded out to 5 or 6 characters in the internal buffer, but still is shown as "&" in the line. It was noticed because someone's post had the maximum length for the subject line, but an & in the middle made it too long in the buffer, so the end of the final word was truncated before being printed.

Comment Re:How smart? (Score 1) 464

Sorry for the long delay, this week was busy. And I wasn't sure what your response to my forgetting to check that "anonymous" box would be.

But I expected more than this.

"regurgitating other people's talking points without any personal experience whatsoever"

You think that just because I don't own a gun now, as an adult with other interests, I have no experience with them?

I was referring to my exact personal experience as a child. We had guns in the house - a 12-gauge shotgun, a small shotgun, and a muzzle loader. They were never under lock and key, but they were also not left laying on the coffee table. They were kept upstairs until they needed to be used. One of us kids would get whichever gun was asked for. The muzzleloader, which was an over-and-under style, was strictly to show family friends what is was and how it worked. I don't think dad even loaded a lead ball in it, just powder and wadding. And that sucker was LOUD!

The shotgun was used for actual killing, of dogs mostly. The ones that raided our chickens and rabbits. If we heard the squawking from the barn, dad said the line I remember most, "Get the the dog gun." (I actually thought that was what it was called, not a shotgun or 12-gauge.) One of us kids would run upstairs and get the dog gun while dad got the shells from his bedroom. Soon after, there would be dead dogs outside.

I used the small shotgun for hunting a few times, rabbits or squirrels, but never had the patience for it. Beside that, we had friends and family members come out for hunting in the fall. Again, the guns were not left out, but they were not locked up either.

So, when I said that there are many people who don't keep their guns locked up, yet still manage to raise a family with no deaths, I know what I am talking about. The fact that a few people who thought they taught their kids better than they actually did doesn't change the fact about the vast majority of gun owners. Even today, I know several people with guns, and not one of them has had an accidental shooting. So stop acting like it's an every day occurrence for every gun owner.

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