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Comment Re:Teens shouldn't have access to guns... (Score 1) 377

but I do know that something, somewhere has got to give

Kind of like it already has? The use of guns in violent crimes has been going down steadily for decades. If you remove from the stats the four cities that host the worst of the country's intra-gang violence, the rate plummets. We have less murder per capita now than we have since the 1950's.

Alas, we've had mulitple murders right near us in the last few weeks. Of course, they were stabbings. When you say "something has got to give," you're talking about human behavior, right? Not which inanimate object some killer decides to use? Not whether they use a pressure cooker to shred dozens of people, but that they want to do so?

Comment Re: Teens shouldn't have access to guns... (Score 1) 377

I'm still very certain you don't see those guys clad as ninjas prancing around your yard

Why do you keep saying that? What reference have I made that makes any reference to any such thing?

It's almost so obvious that I wonder why you'd claim otherwise

I didn't claim otherwise. Rampant crime, and the tolerance of things like violent gangs populated almost entirely by illegal aliens, is certainly a cultural problem. Our culture is far, far too tolerant of violent criminals, and allows too many of them to rotate right back onto the street. Yes, that's a cultural problem.

People want to exploit fear, and make you dance to their strings,

Yup, just like you're doing right now. Trying to make people irrationally fear millions and millions of people who own firearms. You're completely unpersuasive.

Comment Re: Teens shouldn't have access to guns... (Score 1) 377

Was this hard for you to comprehend because of your focus on one personal anecdote?

No, I understand perfectly that you're trying to wish away self-defense use of firearms for your own political or ideological reasons. The problem is that such use has been substantially documented in well known academic studies, and even if you want to say that the numbers of uses found in those studies are off (too high) by an order of magnitude, the number of such uses still completely eclipses the number of deaths caused by criminals that happen to be using guns.

I get it. You live someplace where you don't have home invasions, you don't have entire departments of the local police agencies that exist just to deal with well organized gangs like MS-13, and you don't have problems with carjackings, robberies, and women getting accosted as they walk in public. You're probably in a nice gated community somewhere. That's lovely for you. And you think it's dangerous for you if I own a firearm. Why you think that, I can't imagine - considering you're much more likely to get by somebody driving a car while drunk. So am I. But whatever the odds are of my becoming a victim of violence where I live and work, the actual statistics for my family so far are over 100%, as it's happened to me and mine more than once - and not just some purse snatching or a shove from some punk on the sidewalk. We're talking serious assault, home break-ins, smashing of car windows, repeated threats from gang members, the works.

We've had to make a second pot of coffee for the number of cops we had in our house more than once, over local thugs doing violent crap in our neighborhood, and me being one of the few people who will actually name names to the police, pick out mug shots, and stand up to these ass-hats. For which I've had my life threatened, my property destroyed and stolen, and more. Neighbors have had their kids beaten up for not doing what the local gang enforcers demand, and we've watched a local pimp slash the tires of three cars just so he could be sure he got the one belonging to someone who made a call about him roughing up a woman in our parking lot.

Yeah, to you - these are just rare anecdotes, right? You need to get out more. Career thugs spend very little time locked up for doing stuff like this. They have no problem - especially the MS-13 types - intimidating people with machetes, torching cars, and throwing just-killed family pets through kitchen windows to make a point. I don't need a larger fix for "my" situation, we're talking about a problem that is culture-wide in some places. In our case, it's because our county considers itself a sanctuary for illegals, and so we're now a franchise operation for Salvadoran and Nicaraguan gangs. The really funny thing is we have it EASY compared to places like Chicago.

Please carry on with your untroubled life. But stop pontificating about the frequency with which other, less fortunate people find themselves unable to wait 30 minutes for the police to show up and deal with something that's going to happen in the next 30 seconds.

Comment Re:Tech circles vs slashdot (Score 1) 225

Guns are an exception. And Liberals don't really oppose guns, they just oppose commoners having them. They are all for guns when it suits them (police, military, elites with body guards etc.

Here's the deal, I'll give up my guns just as soon as the government gives up theirs. Not a moment before.

Comment Lingua Francas (Score 2) 129

English is the closest thing we have to a universal language, even though it isn't one.

Since even the most optimistic estimate of the number of speakers (including non-native) is around 500 million, you are talking about a language spoken by about 7% of the world's population. So no, it isn't even close to being a universal language. It is probably the closest thing the a lingua franca right now but it's no where close to universal. Hell there are more speakers of Mandarin than English albeit mostly in one country.

It used to be German, but that fell out of favor for some reason, I can't imagine why.

No idea where you got that idea. The Holy Roman Empire and Austro-Hungarian Empires used it and it's still quite popular but not much outside of Europe. Unless you are talking about Germanic languages in general which includes English. The world is a lot bigger place than Europe.

Comment Re:Tech circles vs slashdot (Score 2) 225

slashdot is overwhelmingly conservative.

If anything Slashdot is Libertarian. Pro Liberal social policies, pro conservative fiscal policies, with a fair amount of independent thought.

But I could understand liberals thinking /. is conservative, and conservatives seeing it more liberal.

But case in point, there are both liberals and conservatives that both support or reject it. Bernie Sanders isn't really conservative, but opposes TPP vehemently. As does Trump. Strange bed fellows indeed.



Comment Re:They also stopped the monorail to airport (Score 1) 129

San Diego's trolley system mysteriously goes RIGHT BY our airport without a stop there. As you pass, you can photograph the plane you'll be leaving on as the car whisks you to some stop where you'll have to catch a cab. If Uber ever gets enough traction to bust the taxi cartel, perhaps its political clout will be damaged enough that it won't be able to fight for horseshit like this any more. That day can't come fast enough.

Comment Re:Tech circles vs slashdot (Score 4, Informative) 225

Sorry, I don't oppose TTP because of Obama. I oppose it because it is a secret deal, pre approved by the powers that be, and enough (D) and (R) supported it to make it bi-partisan. If you support it, not knowing anything other than it was "Obama says it will be good" then you are the real fool. I bet you'd oppose it if GWB supported it (all other things considered).

The fact is, the whole (D) good (R) bad (Or visa versa) is really getting old. And do not pretend the (D) don't do the very same thing. Blindly following your party is for Sheeple.


Comment A certificate that isn't used is pointless (Score 0) 67

You're new here, aren't you?

Check my userid. Some have been here longer but unless you are being ironic the answer is no I'm not new here.

You know how many threads there are defending / promoting the notion that i devices are impervious to malware / viruses?

Yes I am aware. Yes their arguments are generally idiotic.

Also, it's possible once the malware gets a hold of the system, it might block actions.

If that it is true then that is a huge flaw in the system which Apple needs to correct as soon as possible. I understand that such a scenario is possible but I also understand that it is correctable. If some software needs to break to improve security then so be it.

It's an enterprise certificate, so those companies want more control over what goes in and out -- they don't want mission critical software to be suddenly removed because someone at APL bungled something.

Doesn't matter. If there is a security flaw where a certificate has been compromised then the only correct response it revoke the certificate. Yes this could be highly inconvenient but the danger of not revoking the certificate and disabling the vulnerability is worse. A certificate that isn't revoked when necessary is worse than useless. If the danger does not justify a certificate then what is the point of issuing one in the first place?

Comment Be responsible for your own navigation (Score 1) 129

ah by Vegas cabs almost universally don't have GPS.

So what? You do if you have a smartphone. Or tote along a standalone GPS if you have one. Plug the route in and if they are taking the scenic route then direct them back or get out and complain to their parent company. A good cabbie won't need a GPS and it's not hard to figure out if they know what they are doing.

I was there just this summer probably took at least fifteen cab rides not one cabbie had a GPS.

So why not rent a car if you are taking that many cab rides?

Most of them asked ME for directions.

Then get out and find a different cab. No idea why people are so bashful about demanding that the drivers know what they are doing. Frankly if they can't find their way around Vegas then they are incompetent. That's about the easiest city to get around in there is.

So in addition to the outrageous fairs, I am left using my phone and MY data plan to navigate for the drive.

Which is why I rent a car in Vegas. Honestly unless you are going directly to/from one hotel and never leaving it, taking a taxi is a stupid waste of money in Vegas. I prefer to navigate myself places anyway. Plus I'm paying for the data anyway whether I use it or not so I may as well use it. I agree it is annoying but it's better than being ripped off.

Comment Caveat emptor (Score 0) 129

I go to Vegas every year to work at CES, not to vacation.

Getting ripped off by a taxi driver and having the same discussion about "fastest way to airpor" every year gets old.

Then that is your fault for doing the same thing every year. Tell them your preferred route upon entering the car or secure alternative transportation.

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