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Comment: Re: So What (Score 1) 316

by Optic7 (#49381681) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

Without taxes, there is no law enforcement. Without law enforcement, there is no security. No one is tough enough to guarantee their own security without organizing with like minded and skilled people. Once they have organized, they decide that they don't be keeping themselves secure, they are protecting others as well, and... start collecting taxes.

Here's a humorous clip related to what you are saying (not a Rickroll - it's a comedy sketch): https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Comment: Re:Then ID would be required (Score 1) 1089

by Optic7 (#49309933) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

It's usually incumbent on the person making the claim to provide citations to the evidence that supports the claims, especially if the claim is not something that is broadly and commonly known.

But just for kicks I made the following search on google:

2014 elections more votes than registered voters

I didn't find any links on the first page of results that appeared to report this widespread voter fraud.

So the citation is still needed.

Comment: Re:"Replacement for the real thing" (Score 1) 230

by Optic7 (#49243485) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines

Never mind, I found it: "Most incredibly, Harrell tells us that it could absolutely be used in a real vehicle, since it is a scaled down version of the real thing."

Yeah, I feel that the article's writer probably missed a few qualifiers or misinterpreted what the guy said. Being a mechanical engineer, I'm sure that he's quite aware that a plastic transmission wouldn't last under load from a real car engine. I imagine that what he really said was that if his thingiverse design were printed in metal that it would work.

Comment: Re:It's a model (Score 3, Interesting) 230

by Optic7 (#49243313) Attached to: Man 3D Prints a Working 5-Speed Transmission For Toyota Engines

I have to agree with hodet's point as well. I'm pretty surprised at the negativity of some of the Slashdot crowd regarding this story.

And the headline is accurate. They could have maybe added "replica" there to make it less click-baitish, but it IS a working transmission for his 3D printed, replica Toyota 22RE engine. The video shows it working exactly like a transmission should. Perhaps we have differing interpretations of the word "working"?

Still, the headline is the fault of the website, not the creator. He has done nothing wrong. On the contrary, what he has done is really cool.

Comment: So much for basing decisions on evidence... (Score 1) 498

by Optic7 (#49228383) Attached to: Mental Health Experts Seek To Block the Paths To Suicide

After reading all the top-rated comments here, I have to think that the Slashdot crowd has given up on evidence-based solutions to problems.

From the TFS: "Reducing the availability of highly lethal and commonly used suicide methods has been associated with declines in suicide rates of as much as 30%-50% in other countries (PDF)."

Who said anything about forbidding suicide? They are just talking about reducing the availability of easy routes to suicide. I just don't understand why anyone would be against that, as it is not impinging on anyone's rights. The only thing it does is to help prevent someone from making a rash decision while they are not thinking straight.

It's a little bit like IT security. You can't stop the people who are really determined to get to their objective, but you can stop the casual attempts. In this case, you will give people a chance to think twice about this very ultimate decision.

Comment: Re:What about the race of the escapee? (Score 3, Interesting) 251

by Optic7 (#49184311) Attached to: Racial Discrimination Affects Virtual Reality Characters Too

You may not be aware that there is lots of openly expressed racism in Europe - apparently much more so than in the US. This includes Italy. One of Italy's top soccer strikers (Mario Balotelli), who happens to be black, has suffered a lot of racist chants, and he's by no means the only example.

Comment: Re: Umm... Lulz.... (Score 1) 253

by Optic7 (#49113637) Attached to: Will Greek Finance Minister Varoufakis Support Cryptocurrency In Greece?

Maybe they can't sell the stuff because no one knows who actually owns it. What chance do they have without even a proper land registry? I heard about this in a comment on The Economist, and couldn't believe it, but then found more details here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05...

Comment: Re:There is no legitimate reason to show it. (Score 1) 645

by Optic7 (#49001263) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Like I replied to the parent post, this is non-sequitur. Every news agency in the world reported this news. No one needed to actually show the deed.

Or do you want your local news to show videos and photos of actual murders and rapes on a nightly basis? Is that what you consider reporting the news?

Comment: Re:There is no legitimate reason to show it. (Score 1) 645

by Optic7 (#49001219) Attached to: Does Showing a Horrific Video Serve a Legitimate Journalistic Purpose?

Isn't that a non-sequitur? Every news agency in the world reported the news of this killing and described how it was done. That was enough. It's been a long-standing tradition not to show the actual moment when someone is killed, so this had nothing to do with reporting the news.

The fact that such a horrific killing was shown likely points to it having been mostly a political decision, i.e. either to make Obama look bad, to put pressure to send in ground troops or some other level of escalation, or perhaps all of the above. Kill two or three birds with one stone.

Comment: I understand. Affect vs. Effect - drives me crazy! (Score 1) 425

by Optic7 (#48973121) Attached to: One Man's Quest To Rid Wikipedia of Exactly One Grammatical Mistake

I can understand his obsession with one particular grammar error, because I have a little bit of an obsession myself with people mixing up affect and effect. It's very, very common. I would say that up to about half the time I see someone use one of those words or derivatives (i.e., +ing, etc) they should have used the other word. Although I haven't spent hundreds (thousands?) of hours of my time to correct every instance of it that I find.

"Now this is a totally brain damaged algorithm. Gag me with a smurfette." -- P. Buhr, Computer Science 354