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Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 367

by Phoghat (#49249425) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)
"“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it, nothing can succeed.” Abraham Lincoln In "The Second Amendment: A History", Michael Waldman quotes that statement from Abraham Lincoln by way of explaining that judges, even Supreme Court justices, are not much different from politicians when it comes to public opinion: It informs, even where it does not direct, their actions and decisions. The Supreme Court only got around to affirming the individual’s right to gun ownership in 2008—by then the court’s decision in District of Columbia v. Heller was more or less in line with public opinion, which itself had changed markedly over time, thanks largely to a two-pronged propaganda blitz by the National Rifle Association and the equally vociferous arguments of conservative legal "scholars". In 1959, a Gallup poll reported that 60 percent of Americans favored banning handguns; by 2012, that figure had dropped to 24 percent. Waldman is not cynically suggesting that the Supreme Court is a slave to public opinion. Rather, he is pointing out what should be obvious but is too often ignored: The court does not operate in a vacuum. Our view of the Second Amendment, he writes, “is set at every stage [of the nation’s history], NOT BY A PRISTINE CONSTITUTIONAL TEXT , but by the push-and-pull, the rough-and-tumble of political advocacy and public agitation.” I rest my case

Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 367

by Phoghat (#49249313) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)
""A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State... "... the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." The People are to be armed, to protect the country (which is The People), AGAINST its own army, if need be. " an awful lot of personal opinion there "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed — and hence clamorous to be led to safety — by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." And, "The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it." H.L. Mencken

Comment: Re:Just Askin' (Score 1) 367

by Phoghat (#49249283) Attached to: Come and Take It, Texas Gun Enthusiasts (Video)
and seeing as how, when the 2nd amendment was written, there wasn't a hell of a lot of "densely populated regions", and those regions that were populated, densely or otherwise, many had laws that said that when in town, leave your guns at sheriff's office, get them back when you leave Look, I own guns, I used to hunt ( as a personal, don't any more), but I love target shooting Own an Olympic grade air rifle, and my personal motto is: Ten shots, 10 meters, one hole (it's sort of a Zen thing)

+ - Samsung Announces Super Fast, 4.6 Gbps Wi-Fi Technology->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Samsung Electronics has developed a new Wi-Fi technology that it says will soon allow users to download a 1 GB movie in less than three seconds, or stream uncompressed high-definition videos from mobile devices to TVs in real-time. The company also claims that the 802.11ad standard, 60 GHz Wi-Fi technology will to enable maximum speed irrespective of the number of devices connected to the same network."
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+ - Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details-> 1

Submitted by Reddog99
Reddog99 (233877) writes "Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the worldâ(TM)s insatiable demand for power.

Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being âoecompact,â Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to city power stations. It may even revive the concept of large, nuclear-powered aircraft that virtually never require refuelingâ"ideas of which were largely abandoned more than 50 years ago because of the dangers and complexities involved with nuclear fission reactors."

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+ - London To Get New Driverless Underground Trains->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The feature of the design that makes its extraordinary is that the trains are fully automatic operational.The designs have taken significant changes after estimating the demands of some parts of underground system needed much attention...Read more..."
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+ - First Demonstration Of Artificial Intelligence On A Quantum Computer

Submitted by KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "Machine learning algorithms use a training dataset to learn how to recognise features in images and use this 'knowledge' to spot the same features in new images. The computational complexity of this task is such that the time required to solve it increases in polynomial time with the number of images in the training set and the complexity of the "learned" feature. So it's no surprise that quantum computers ought to be able to rapidly speed up this process. Indeed, a group of theoretical physicists last year designed a quantum algorithm that solves this problem in logarithmic time rather than polynomial, a significant improvement. Now, a Chinese team has successfully implemented this artificial intelligence algorithm on a working quantum computer, for the first time. The information processor is a standard nuclear magnetic resonance quantum computer capable of handling 4 qubits. The team trained it to recognise the difference between the characters '6' and '9' and then asked it to classify a set of handwritten 6s and 9s accordingly, which it did successfully. The team say this is the first time that this kind of artificial intelligence has ever been demonstrated on a quantum computer and opens the way to the more rapid processing of other big data sets--provided, of course, that physicists can build more powerful quantum computers."

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