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Comment Probably not bad (Score 1) 118

Honestly Japan being much more condensed it probably makes sense. In the US we're too spread out to abandon certain technologies yet. My parents still have (3Mbps) DLS as their only option. I have a brother who doesn't even have that. He uses he cell phone for all his internet browsing occasionally tethering it to a desktop.

I live in a town - a small town (population ~8,000), but still a town, and we have good cable modem speeds but only the newest neighborhoods have fiber available (the local telecom company has installed it in new developments since 2010 or so, but hasn't retrofitted any older subdivisions).

Comment Re:Privacy (Score 4, Insightful) 277

Yes, definitely. Facebook IS a social media site. That's ALL it is. When I post things or pictures on there, it's stuff I'm explicitly putting out there for public consumption.

Google on the other hand, has a TON of services that contain private data. GMail, the search engine, and Drive. Heck even Picasa - it's a photo album program but many people were using it before it was "social". I'd upload pictures to link to in various forums and such. Took me by great surprise when I uploaded one right after Google+ went live and started getting comments on it. Granted, it was nothing embarrassing as I was linking it in a public discussion elsewhere, but what had been a gallery I had to provide a link to earlier was now just open for people in my "circles" to view. It's not the situation that's bad - it's that it STARTED as something else and then morphed into that.

Put simply - I don't have any issue with social media existing, but I don't want every single thing I use to be "socially connected".

Comment Re:Really? (Score 1) 511

If he was using buckshot, he'd have nine (or fewer) pellets to work with.

Well, not necessarily. The "standard" 00 load for 2.75" shells is 9 pellets, but you can increase the pellet count by either going with longer shells or smaller pellets.

Most 3.5" 00 12 ga loads have 18 pellets. I've also seen 12 ga 3.5" loads with #4 buckshot pellets rather than 00 that have 33 pellets.

I will say that PERSONALLY, when I shoot buckshot (mostly when deer hunting - it's legal at certain times here), my most common load is a 3" 12ga 00 load with 15 pellets.

Comment Re:How? (Score 1) 378

Once you know that, you can look up or download the algorithm and generate valud numbers all day.

And so can a kid. It's been a long time ago (33 years) but when I was 11-12 I had a VERY good concept of programming and how to tinker. The internet wasn't really a thing in most households yet but I still knew computers, and most kids these days do too - even moreso.

And even though internet porn wasn't around back then - guess what - we still had porn as kids. Typically it was in the form of a magazine that some kid smuggled out of his dad's collection, so it certainly wasn't in the same volume, but every kid in the neighborhood seen it and almost all grew up to be perfectly normal adults.

This is all focused on nothing - by the time someone is aware enough about sex to try and access a website, they're GOING to be able to get that content.

Comment Re:I never "install" OS'es on existing machines (Score 1) 266

While its not terrible, I've Windows 10 to run slower than Vista on my hardware. Granted, its older (3ghz Xeon quad-core with 4GB of DDR2), but the machine was quite responsive under Vista. Under 10 it runs fine, but will start to slow down with far fewer apps open compared to Vista.

Still, I like the system better and will likely continue to use it until I upgrade that machine (which won't be that long anyways).

Comment Re:I never "install" OS'es on existing machines (Score 1) 266

You're living in a fantasy world. An in-place upgrade might not work out well (though honestly, that's mostly something that was true back in the Windows 98 days that people just still cling to), but if you get a machine with a Windows OS already on it the FIRST thing you should do if you have media is to wipe it clean and reinstall it. Manufacturer's bloatware is terrible.

A clean MS Windows install from scratch typically works about as well as the the OS is ever going to - it's pretty much downhill from there.

Comment Re:Or... just hear me out here... (Score 1) 1182

No, it wouldn't. Birdshot is INTENDED to be fired into the air - at - you guessed it: birds. Completely different situation versus a bullet. Anybody who has hunted upland birds or waterfowl in an area with many hunters has been pelted by falling shot before. By the time it comes back down its not going fast enough to hurt anything.

Comment Re:Right to Privacy in One's Backyard? (Score 1) 1182

It says he shot it down with a shotgun. Unlike a bullet from a rifle or handgun, most small-diameter shotgun loads (ie, "birdshot") are designed to be fired into the air at flying targets - either birds or clay pigeons (skeet). Their mass is low enough that it doesn't hurt anything when it comes back down. I've been pelted by shot from other hunters while out hunting and while a bit disconcerting, it doesn't even sting.

Comment Re:The irony (Score 1) 294

What is considered "fit" isn't so simple as a longer neck or stronger muscles.

Technology and social structure are PART of evolution. As a matter of fact it seems that such things outweigh almost any of the other "natural" advantages a species might have.

At the end of the day, we squabble, and we can be short sighted, but the human race is the most evolved and complex species to ever walk this planet. From an evolutionary standpoint we're crowding everything else out. Honestly I don't think most species will survive long-term unless they are of use to us - either as pets, food, or work animals.

Comment Re:and the beer is really good (Score 2) 528

There's no shortage of pretty good beer in the US (heck I make my own). The problem is that only a small percentage of people actually want it. Anything beyond Budweiser or Coors Light is considered "weird tasting". That's changing, but for the most part people are drinking that "mass marketed barley water" by choice, not out of lack of options.

Where are the calculations that go with a calculated risk?