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Comment: Re:shenanigans (Score 2) 386

by Tyndmyr (#46728557) Attached to: UN Report Reveals Odds of Being Murdered Country By Country
Uh, cherry picking is cherry picking regardless of which cherries are picked. If you want any statistical validity, you have to compare to the entire dataset. Gun ownership, across countries as a whole, is not a great indicator of violence. Norway, for instance, has a pretty fair level of gun ownership, and very low violence rates. When there's a severe lack of correlation, but a large range in the trait you are trying to find a cause for, it appears obvious that one is looking at the wrong factor.

Comment: Re:Hype (Score 1) 251

by Tyndmyr (#46572909) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?
A watertight cup is not particularly difficult, no. I've made a variety of them, as well as fully functional teapots and the like(albeit made of plastic, so certain heat issues exist, but hey). Slumping should not be an issue. Expansion might be. You can minimize this with the right setup(heated bed, controlling humidity, or just using a different plastic). Layers usually fuse fine once your setup is good.

Comment: Yes (Score 1) 251

by Tyndmyr (#46572771) Attached to: 3D Printing: Have You Taken the Plunge Yet? Planning To?
Yeah, I've got two now, they're fun toys. Made a lot of various gadgets, including a few firearms that resulted in some brief notoriety. Don't know that it's been a net profitable project so far, but really, it's not as if I bought my first(the Cube) with a business plan in mind or was just awesome, and I'd been eagerly watching the developments for quite some time, and really wanted to try it out for myself. Not everything's about money. If you were motivated to do so, you certainly could make a rapid prototyping shop or the like including 3d printing, but I already own one business, I honestly don't have time for another. I barely have the time to indulge my hobbies, it seems. But yeah, it's more fun than a barrel of monkeys.

Comment: Re:Malice? I think not. (Score 1) 166

by Tyndmyr (#46328443) Attached to: Study Shows Agent Orange Still Taints Aging C-123s
As a veteran, I have to say...this is not my experience at all. Thanks to a military doctor forgetting to use anaseptic for a minor surgery, I had to deal with infection, nearly amputation, and a follow up surgery that should have been unnecessary. This is only one example of the stunning incompetence of the military medical system(including missing a shattered ankle for eight years, until I finally went to a civilian doctor to get it handled). Being cheerful is no damned good if the person is an unskilled idiot. Yes, it may be ignorance instead of malice, but ignorance is still pretty dangerous.

Comment: Re:I don't know about the 'cluster' mailboxes. (Score 1) 867

by Tyndmyr (#44384991) Attached to: Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan
It may surprise you to learn that, like democrats, republicans are individual people, and are not universally good or bad. Sometimes, you get fiscal responsibility from a batch of republicans, and sometimes not....for the same reasons that you get differing results from different groups of PEOPLE.

Comment: Re:Boom (Score 1) 814

by Tyndmyr (#44303023) Attached to: Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'
The leg is actually a fairly lethal spot to shoot at, thanks to the femoral artery. This has the disadvantage of not stopping the assailant immediately in the way torso and head shots sometimes do, but still killing them thanks to rapid bleeding. Statistically speaking, the arm is by far the safest place to be shot. I'm afraid that the training involved betrays a lack of rigor in it's design. The issue is one of culture. Ya'll don't kill each other with guns as much because overall, ya'll just don't kill each other as much. It isn't your training per se, it's the respect of life that matters.

Comment: Re:Smart guns... (Score 1) 814

by Tyndmyr (#44302873) Attached to: Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'
Depends entirely on circumstances. Range is a big factor. In tactical shooting, there is a concept called a Tueller drill. IE, a person with a knife 21 feet away from you. The drill is to draw and fire before you are stabbed. It is exceedingly difficult. Personally, I don't really want to be shot OR stabbed. Hell, there was recently a mass stabbing in asia. Coupla dozen victims, if memory serves. Knives can be quite dangerous in the wrong hands.

Comment: Re:Smart guns... (Score 1) 814

by Tyndmyr (#44302825) Attached to: Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'
This is incorrect. Shots fired in violent incidents vastly exceed the number of individuals killed. There are no shortage of cases with dozens of rounds fired and 0-1 dead people. You may have noticed an incident in Boston recently. There was a gunfight in that chase, with two bombers vs...a lot of police. HUNDREDS of rounds were fired. Only one bomber was incapacitated by gunfire, and he hardly expired instantly. Yes, guns can kill, but wildly misrepresenting how they are used only serves to portray you as yet another person who relies on movies for his information on firearms.

Comment: Re:All guns are dangerous... (Score 1) 976

It seems like it'd be particularly easy to make other, similar apps to demonize other groups. Why, if this catches on, we'll soon be able to designate our local "godless communists", "racist rightwing nutjobs", and every other demographic imaginable! In a year or two, perhaps we can have an entire social network devoted to the people who despise you most describing you. Society will be vastly better once we are all unwillingly enrolled in Hatebook.

Comment: Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (Score 1) 976

It's partly a media issue. I've appeared in media pieces regarding firearms a dozen times or so, and I've yet to see a single mention of any safety precautions make it through editing. I did, however, have to veto at least two terminally unsafe proposals from media folks. One wanted a firearm pointed right at him for a more dramatic shot. Another wanted to borrow a firearm to take it through airport security as a demonstration. Obviously, such attitudes are doing little to promote an awareness of proper firearm safety. The NRA, on the other hand, spends the majority of it's budget on it.

Comment: Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (Score 1) 976

I somehow doubt that random people using an app are going to check over your history at length before tagging you one way or the other. It's like expecting an erudite review from a youtube comment. Sure, it's possible in theory, but in practice, people on the internet who don't need to confront you can easily be assholes.

Comment: Re:1 2 3 4 I declare flame war (Score 1) 976

How so? Did we not just have another mass stabbing in china? Twenty dead or some such? Drunken brawls are not safe. Promoting tolerance of such behavior is deeply irresponsible. Unlike how the movies portray the world, there really is no safe level of punching people in the head. Alcohol kills a LOT of people directly, and manages to ruin a lot more lives. We tried banning it, but it worked out pretty poorly. People still died, lives still got ruined. Jumping from identifying a problem to an attempted banning entirely skips the whole decision making process. How many alternatives were there to save lives from alcohol that never saw the light of day due to the fixation on prohibition? How many more reasonable ways to stop violence today? I submit that the focus on a single solution points to a solution in search of justification, not a genuine attempt at solving a problem.

A LISP programmer knows the value of everything, but the cost of nothing. -- Alan Perlis