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Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 2) 207

by Tom (#46818471) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

Whatever you say, cowboy. The simple fact is that the USA has about 10k gun-related deaths per year, while almost every other industrialised country has less than 100.

That is a two orders of magnitude difference. So yeah, maybe your rates are at the lowest right now, but that's like saying it's especially warm in Antarctica today. It doesn't change basic facts, such as that warm clothes would still be a pretty decent idea.

Comment: Re:First they get rid of shop (Score 1) 250

by Tom (#46806303) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

I've worked with lawyers quite a bit during my career, both as in against them and as in I hired them. As human beings, they aren't better or worse than any other profession - you have assholes, you have great people, and a lot inbetween.

Sorry to hear you only got the assholes.

Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 1) 207

by Tom (#46806273) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

And if we're talking about 21st century oppressive regimes, I'd go so far to say that any weapon that doesn't penetrate an APC or at least kevlar armour is pretty much pointless.

Never forget that the 2nd amendment was written in a time when tanks were a crazy idea that an italien painter had drafted a few schematics of.

Comment: Re:fucked up (Score 1) 240

by Tom (#46805667) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Because that's not the only law on the book, and because just because it's written down doesn't mean its right.

There is no reason why the legal privileges that come from incorporation cannot be balanced with a set of legal responsibilities.

Which is exactly my point, yes.

Nor do I understand why people who incessantly complain about corporations don't work on reforming corporate law.

Because it's too late to do that the simple way. Corporations and the 0.1% who own them can easily outspend any and all groups of private citizens now that all limits are lifted.

Comment: Re:Getting attention at the expense of 3D printing (Score 2) 207

by Tom (#46803691) Attached to: Cody Wilson Interview at Reason: Happiness Is a 3D Printed Gun

So if I'm the bad guy with the gun I just need to wait until my panicked, untrained victim with his low-precision gun has wasted its two bullets somewhere into the landscape and then put a bullet into his head?

The WW2 Liberator pistols were mostly designed to create fear. Germans at checkpoints could no longer largely assume the citizens were unarmed. It works in a war setting because you're already beyond the point where you are accepting friendly casualties as part of the plan.

In a peace setting, more guns == more gun deaths. Not just due to accidents, but also because people on either side (both criminals and law enforcement) are much more likely to shoot in uncertain situations because they have to assume the other guy is armed. In most european countries, when you get robbed you are likely to lose your wallet and highly unlikely to lose your life. In countries with lots of guns, the robbers shoot more often because when the guy makes a sudden move, it could be him drawing a gun, not just panic.

Comment: Re:First they get rid of shop (Score 0) 250

by Tom (#46803673) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

Lets burn the lawyers offices down.

That's bullshit. Lawyers are just dogs biting at whatever we (as society) tell them to bite at. It's the laws that need changing. If we hadn't allowed these ridiculous lawsuits in the first place, they wouldn't exist.

Case in point: In many countries in the world you can tell a stupid kid that its stupid without fear of a lawsuit. Or you can run science projects. And you don't have to print "contents could be hot after heating" on the package of microwave food and "don't use to dry pets" on the microwave itself.

Comment: Re:Government is a tool (Score 1, Troll) 240

by A nonymous Coward (#46800881) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

I repeat, legal oppression only exists because of government. If you cannot see that simple truth, you are wilfully blind.

Primogeniture and entailment were government laws which enforced class distinctions and warfare -- withotu government creation and enforcement of classes, there would be no class oppression and warfare.

Government laws prevented women from owning property, voting, or having much freedom at all, and made marriage rape legal.

Slavery and segregation were the direct result of government laws. Society was integrating on its own until government stopped it and reversed course.

It's very simple: government creates laws to justify its oppression. You claim to get your history from the People's History. It's not much of a history if that single lesson doesn't come through loud and clear.

Comment: Re:Lots of people care (Score 3, Interesting) 240

by A nonymous Coward (#46800711) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

People care about people. Governments do not. Any one who thinks the government is his friend is either a crony or a fool, possibly both. Governments' mission is to compel or prohibit; their core competence is coercion in the name of the status quo.

Before government made black self-defense illegal and enforced bigotry with government guns, blacks at least had a chance. Society was at least slowly intergrating even in the face of government sanctioned lynching, before government stepped in officially and made it illegal, backed by government guns and jails. The US Post office and military were more integrated than most people realize, until Woodrow Wilson came along and enforced segregation. That Louisian railroad was just one of many companies who integrated in pursuit of the amlighty dollar, until governments came along and stopped them with government guns and jail.

Progressives are an ignorant whiny lot, like all statists. All power to the government! The people, not so much.

Comment: Re:Lots of people care (Score 3, Informative) 240

by A nonymous Coward (#46800339) Attached to: Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

Civil rights for Black People in the Southern American States only happened because the Federal Government stepped in with the National Guard.

BULLSHIT. Slavery and Jim Crow were both the RESULT of government laws. Neither can exist in the absence of government. Jim Crow in particular owes its existence to a Louiana law requiring a railroad to segregate its railroad cars against its own wishes, said law being approved by the US Supreme Court.

You need to learn a lot of history before opening your yap next time.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#46798505) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

True, most of my experience is with companies 10k, but you're just being arrogant calling that "really small". Almost all of those companies are part of a larger corporation, and you don't manage IT operating activities in multinational corporations on the corporate level. The corporate level decides if you go with SAP or Oracle, but not which patch level of Apache is used on the website of one of 20 subsidiaries.

At least that's the way it was in my last two companies (one a subsidiary of a 65k employee corporation, one part of a 30k employee corporation). If you know of any multinational corporations where the CTO of the top-level holding has to sign off on patch deployment, let me know.

We're talking operative emergency response here, not rollout of new corporate IT infrastructures. I hope you see the difference.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#46797065) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

You're cute. I've done this shit for a living for a while. Yes, many companies' incidence response procedures are crap, but they shouldn't, and it is perfectly possible to get an emergency countermeasure deployed within 24 hours with all the t's crossed and i's dotted and perfect SOX compliance and whatever else you need. It's just something you need to think about before the emergency hits you.

Comment: Re:Not that good (Score 1) 188

by Tom (#46797047) Attached to: Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Of course everything else is never equal.

But what are you trying to accomplish here? Argue that a project with 100 developers has more eyes on the code than one with 4? Moot point, no argument.

We don't get the luxury of having 50 identical software projects with different team sizes and a size control, so we have to go with the real world and "everything else being equal" is just a way of saying that you if you want to compare closed vs. open source, you need to compare comparable projects, not an open source project with a handful of people with a closed source project two orders of magnitude larger - or the other way around.

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