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Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 3, Insightful) 256

by mrchaotica (#48038829) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

We have to make the laws that are reasonable to our time. The Constitution allowed slavery, for instance, and no vote for women.

Yeah, and when times changed it got amended. But the right to bear arms hasn't been amended, and until it does, it still stands as the law of the land that all arms are included.

Does it make sense now for individuals to buy and sell full-auto weapons? "Assault rifles"? Flamethrowers? Surface-to-air missles?

Absolutely! How else is the public supposed to support a revolt against tyranny? (That is what the 2nd Amendment is for, you know... it's a rule written by violent revolutionaries for violent revolutionaries.)

Comment: Re:Bad statistics (Score 1) 200

by mrchaotica (#48036303) Attached to: Which Cars Get the Most Traffic Tickets?

The trouble is that "infractions committed without a ticket being issued" is impossible to measure, since (by definition) issuing tickets is how you're supposed to measure infractions.

Of course, cellphone/GPS tracking and/or ITS could make un-ticketed infractions measurable, but entities (e.g. Progressive Insurance) are only now just starting to do so.

Comment: Here's what I don't get (Score 1) 9

by smitty_one_each (#48032119) Attached to: The Matrix is Mimetic
That quotation smacks of pure nihilism. Unsure then (in the sense of a thought experiment) why people who TRULY think that way don't just off themselves. How is death different that hanging around for a good meal?
For the truly dedicated to the kind of piffle you quote, the two ideas should seem indistinguishable.

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik