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Comment: Re:How ironic.... (Score 1) 632

by Skillet5151 (#43583587) Attached to: New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

If regulatory inconsistency is amusing to you then you've got an incredible amount of entertainment at your fingertips. Sorry some government bureaucrat feels the need to protect us all from negligently swallowing magnets, you seem to have described a lovely example of unnecessary restrictions.

Comment: Probability (Score 2) 632

by Skillet5151 (#43583277) Attached to: New Smart Gun Company Hopes To Begin Production This Summer

According to Miller, had smart gun technology been available to Nancy Lanza, she could have programmed her guns so that only her fingerprint could have activated them; she could have enabled her son to shoot them at a firing range and disabled them upon returning home, or she could have enabled them for her son to use all the time, Miller said.

"So without the technology, we went from zero percent chance of preventing the shootings to having the technology and a 66% chance of preventing it," Miller said. "Those are much better odds."

Wow. How...what...really? "There's three scenarios related to this event I can think of in my head right now and two of them would be better ergo 66% chance of improvement?"

When I walk outside I can either be hit by lightning or not be hit by lightning, so 50% chance right? What the fuck?

Comment: Re:what's the difference? (Score 1) 258

by Skillet5151 (#36263830) Attached to: ATM Repairman Accused of Taking (and Faking) Cash

I noticed that the video just describes gold as being ideal in past millennia for carrying around in one's pocket and minting into coins, which seems like a pretty ridiculous reason for declaring it to be "real money." Paper fiat currency is even better for carrying around, so by this metric it's clearly superior now that we have printing presses.

Right? Or is it possible that the video is just a pop historical discussion irrelevant to your point?

Comment: Re:Cue Cease and Desist in 5...4... (Score 2) 105

by Skillet5151 (#34559888) Attached to: <em>GoldenEye Source</em> Conversion Mod Released

This mod has been around for years (with public releases)...if anyone at Sony was even occasionally looking for this sort of thing they should have found it a long time ago. Attention like this probably doesn't help the odds but it isn't like they developed the whole thing in secret and just dropped this release as a shocker.

Comment: Re:Immature and Gun Happy (Score 1) 1141

by Skillet5151 (#33647936) Attached to: Hunters Shot Down Google Fiber

It's amazing what a difference the time makes in slashdot's opinions on this issue. There is no homogenous American "gun culture." I collect and shoot historic firearms because I find them fascinating and I hugely enjoy being able to restore and preserve them. However, no one else in my family owns any firearms and I grew up with parents who were quite opposed to the idea of gun ownership in general. I think you assume that everyone in the US owns guns because of some sort of derailed-train tradition with no reasoning behind it besides "my Dad owned guns..."

The fact is that many people responsibly own firearms for both sporting uses and self defense. Guns are absolutely misused at times, but the irresponsibility of some few is not in any way an acceptable reason to strip me of my right to have firearms and use them for whatever legal purpose I desire.

I think you will also find a considerable body of research and opinions that contest the idea that banning all guns would even result in an any decline in violent crime. Off the top of my head, this paper is a good example:
http://www.law.harvard.edu/students/orgs/jlpp/Vol30_No2_KatesMauseronline.pdf

Note the fact that the authors enumerate extensive statistics and constantly reiterate that they are surprised to report that, contrary to popular opinion, there exists no favorable correlation between limits on gun ownership and a reduction in violent crime.

I have no intent to convert you or the many posters in this thread who seem to share your perspective into gun lovers, but I would greatly appreciate even a moment of consideration before emotionally founded kneejerk responses that accuse all Americans of being uncivilized morons who need a strong government to take away anything they might hurt themselves with. Thanks.

Education

School Swaps Math Textbooks For iPads 439

Posted by samzenpus
from the there-goes-the-tech-budget dept.
MexiCali59 writes "Four of California's largest school districts will be trying something new on eighth-grade algebra students this year: giving them iPads instead of textbooks. The devices come pre-loaded with a digital version of the text, allowing students to view teaching videos, receive homework assistance and input assignment all without picking up a pen or paper. If the students with iPads turn out to do improve at a faster pace than their peers as expected, the program could soon spread throughout the Golden State."

Comment: Re:Culprit ? (Score 1) 376

by Skillet5151 (#33471384) Attached to: <em>Hurt Locker</em> File-Sharing Subpoenas Begin

If it had been something people wanted to see like Avatar or Harry Potter, the early leak would not have mattered.

Shh, I don't think the studios need any further encouragement to continue pumping out movies with more "Ooh" and less "Hmm."
I saw The Hurt Locker in theaters and while it wasn't my favorite of all time, I was certainly pleased that it didn't treat me like a complete moron (as opposed to, say, Iron Man 2).

Comment: Re:American Guns!! Yay NRA!! (Score 1) 518

by Skillet5151 (#33248528) Attached to: Narco-Blogger Beats Mexico Drug War News Blackout

1: Most guns in Mexico come from central america or from the mexican givernment/military. See those pictures of the drug lords with H&K G3 rifles or MP5 submachine guns? Yeah, those couldn't have come from America. We can't get those here. (Well, we can, but they're 30k or more)

2. Very few americans own M-16's. As in less than a thousand most likely. Why? Because the process of purchasing a fully automatic firearm is such a pain that most people don't go through with it. Do you want the ATF to have a sheet of paper where you signed a waiver allowing them to walk into your home at any point, on ant day, without notice to search your home? Neither do most of us, and that's EXACTLY what you have to do to own a fully automatic firearm in this country.

Just to clarify, very few Americans own fully automatic weapons because it has been impossible to legally register one for civilian ownership since 1986. The supply is fixed and thus the prices for those that have been registered are extremely high. Also, owning an NFA firearm (or suppressor) certainly does not void your rights under the 4th amendment. The BATF may be able to demand to inspect your registered items but they definitely do not have a free pass to search your home or any other personal property without permission or cause.

Comment: Re:Poll; what was the best game created on Doom 3? (Score 1) 266

I only played the Quake Wars demo but the movement and combat on foot seemed vastly smoother and more natural (read: Quake-like) than any of the Battlefield games. It seems to me that a lot of recent id games have had strong technical merits but not so great gameplay. *Shrug*

Comment: Re:I don't care (Score 2, Insightful) 347

by Skillet5151 (#32621624) Attached to: Wikileaks Source Outed To Stroke Hacker's Own Ego

it looks very similar to a RPG, which can take down a helicopter

"A rocket-propelled grenade (RPG), or rocket launcher, is any hand-held, shoulder-launched anti-tank weapon capable of firing an unguided rocket equipped with an explosive warhead."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocket-propelled_grenade

Chances of taking down that gunship with an unguided projectile considering the range are um....zero. That doesn't mean that the engagement was necessarily unreasonable but a lot of people seem to be rehashing this silly implication that the presence of an RPG means the gunship crew were under threat and felt the need to defend themselves.

Sorry, carry on.

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