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Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 295

Actually baseball bats are more commonly used in assaults than rifles.

Most firearms homicides are with pistols of some sort, not rifles or shotguns.

http://www.breitbart.com/big-g...
http://blogs.marketwatch.com/c...

Further, most firearms deaths are suicides.:
http://www.pewresearch.org/fac...

Further, homicides are a poor indicator of how many crimes are committed with different weapons:
http://blogs.theadvocate.com/b...

Comment Re:This is a big bitchslap to Mozilla (Score 1) 110

I'm not aware of any browser that can withstand a determined and resourceful hacker. Browsers are huge beasts that are 80% attack surface. So I'll continue to fault Chrome for its memory use and other bad habits, and keep using Firefox.

I'll go further and point out that Pwn2Own folks obviously like using VMs to provide security when browsing, since they are putting VMware in the mix. And that hypervisor was originally designed for administrative convenience and full utilization of hardware, not security (now they are trying to make it a security platform, bless 'em). OTOH, Xen has long touted its security focus and has a really tiny attack surface so I'm happy to be using that in Qubes OS as well.

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

I like the P-R-N-D-4-3-2-L layout on the Toyota RAV4. Very functional and safe IMHO. Pretty hard to fuck that up.

If you like that, then you should love classic euro slush shifters, like what's in my '82 300SD... it's actually taken from another car in the same vein, probably a gasser. It has a wiggly little gate so that it's trivial to pull it back to one below overdrive, then you can push it back up into OD without looking. If you want to grab a lower gear you wiggle it to the right a little while pulling it. If you want the lowest gear, there's a gate switch which pushes over to the right from there. I don't think my trans implements that function, though. It's load and cable-controlled, though with an electric kickdown switch. It's easy to do a lot of shifting with it, I get it all the way down sometimes just for laughs in the canyons. Torque on tap...

Comment Re:So what should we do? (Score 1) 564

It's kinda like the emergency/parking brake in a car. Often you have to do two things at the same time to release it, e.g. hold a stiff button down and move a lever. You don't want it to be too easy to disengage.

That's going away, because manual parking brakes are going away. Eliminating the cable and its protecting sheath actually saves weight, even when you implement electrics which can apply the parking brake.

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