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Comment: Re:Some also want knives banned (Score 1) 615

by Praxx (#27153729) Attached to: UK To Mull High Video Game Taxes — To Fight Knife Crime

Some people in the UK are also calling for the ban of any pointed chef's knives. These people claim that there's no possible reason for a knife to have a point to it except to stab people. Now, I'm not a chef, but I've done my share of cooking. I will often use the pointed tip of my knife to "stab" a food item if the food (like, say tomatoes) resists my initial slice attempts (e.g. looks like it's going to squish instead of slice cleanly). What's next? Ban scissors? Box cutters (not just from planes but any possession of)? Swiss Army Knives?

Correct - a law against pointed knives would outlaw, for example, paring knives; making it difficult to peel certain fruits. Besides, many knives are equally effective at causing harm using just the bladed edge (think butcher knives.)

Comment: Re:The ever-decreasing depth of human knowledge (Score 2, Interesting) 369

by Praxx (#27117539) Attached to: Wolfram Promises Computing That Answers Questions

When you make it so that your analytical people - the problem solvers and those who create new things - are made irrelevant by a technology, you as a society will stop evolving socially. No, it will not happen immediately. It will happen gradually, over the period of a generation. Consider the dearth between the research abilities of a previous generation, and those who are graduating college today. There is a substantial difference, and the ease in which information is acquirable today has had a lot to do with this shortcoming.

While this may be true for some people, it's their own fault if they limit themselves in this way. The people that are really passionate about research will use this technology as a tool to enhance their research capabilities. Those that do not probably weren't motivated enough to be successful anyway.

Comment: Re:Mormons (Score 1) 623

by Praxx (#26754697) Attached to: Utah Mulls a Database of Bar Customers

Um - you're a little late there. "Mormons" are in pretty much every country on Earth. In the US, there are 6 million LDS church members - so one out of 50 people in the US is a "Mormon". Utah has 1.5 million LDS church members in it - so excluding Utah it is 1 out of 60.

The Mormon church ridiculously inflates its membership. I left the Mormon church over 10 years ago, and yet they still have me on their "inactive member" list. I know several other people in the same boat.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"