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Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 348

by Shakrai (#48039001) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

20 years ago, my dad and I came home from a camping trip a day early, but late at night. If my mom had been armed, she would have shot at both of us.

Gosh, if only there was a way to have let your Mom know that it was the two of you instead of a would-be rapist. Perhaps you could have yelled out "HI MOM, WE'RE HOME EARLY!" as you entered the house. Nah, that couldn't possibly work. It's a damn good thing for you she wasn't armed or you'd be dead now. I have the same fear every time I come home early, but thankfully my girlfriend has evolved some pretty neat biological features like eardrums that reduce the likelihood of this happening....

Comment: Re:Anarchy is all fun and games... (Score 1) 348

by Shakrai (#48038887) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Syria is most recent historical example

The Civil War there has been ongoing for a little over three years. The American Revolutionary War took eight years to fully resolve itself. The Syrian Government only controls about 20% of the country if this map is any indication, so that would seem to dispel your notion that you can't effectively fight the police state.

The Syrian Government is doomed in the long term; it's basically a battle of attrition at this point and the cold mathematical reality is that al-Assad's followers have less males of military age than his opponents. Barring decisive intervention from the outside he is doomed; I leave it to the reader to decide if this is a good thing or not...

Comment: Re:This device is not new or interesting (Score 3, Insightful) 348

by Shakrai (#48038787) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

This would be great for organized crime and drug cartels. People with a need for untraceable guns, that use them regularly, and that have money to make it happen

Such people generally use stolen firearms or (more rarely) legally purchased firearms via straw buyers (i.e., Here's $1,500, buy this $1,000 firearm for me and pocket the change)

Criminals don't need to build their own firearms when there are sufficient numbers of stolen ones in circulation.

Comment: Re:the solution: (Score 4, Informative) 348

by Shakrai (#48038741) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

The Constitution allowed slavery, for instance, and no vote for women.

It did no such thing, it simply reserved such matters to the States, per the 10th Amendment. The 14th and 19th Amendments changed that of course. The 14th was actually intended by its drafters to be interpreted more broadly than it has been, in theory it should have immediately applied the Bill of Rights against the States (including the 2nd Amendment) but SCOTUS neutered it and it has instead taken the better part of a century and a half to get most of the Bill of Rights applied against the States.

Incidentally, the established process of amending the Constitution (Article V) is available for gun control proponents to take advantage of if they think they can actually win a debate on the merits of the issue. All you need to do is convince 2/3rd's of Congress and 3/4ths of the State Legislatures to sign off on a repeal or amendment of the 2nd Amendment. Best of luck with that. :)

Comment: Define airborne (Score 1) 431

by Ungrounded Lightning (#48036813) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States

However, the Ebola Reston strain is airborne though only dangerous to monkeys.

I have oftten wondered whether the Reston virus had mutated to be spread by things like sneezes, or if it might be another matter entirely.

A number of monkey species throw feces (and/or other bodily secretions) when under stress and perceived attack. (I don't know if this is one of them, but assume for the moment it is.) Might being confined to cages along with others provoke such behavior? Wouldn't a sick monkey's feces, and tiny particles separated by airflow during the flight, carry an ebola-family virus just fine, without any mutation to make it, say, shed into nasal mucus and be carried by a sneeze?

(Granted this might fit the literal definition of "airborne transmission". B-) )

Comment: Re:The whole article is just trolling (Score 1) 794

by Alsee (#48026195) Attached to: How Our Botched Understanding of "Science" Ruins Everything

You are suggesting that every single one of a multitude of completely independent temperature records are all wrong. You are trying to dismiss them on the irrational basis that they all point in the same direction by slightly different amounts.

Furthermore you are assuming that every single one of a multitude of completely independent temperature records are all wrong in the same direction, imposing your pre-determined bias upon them.

You are baselessly filtering out any satellite data that doesn't fit the story you want to hear.

You are baselessly filtering out ocean temperatures, which account for 90% of climate heating, because it doesn't fit the story you want to hear.

You are engaging in wild conspiracy-theoryism claiming (or implying) that some hundredthousand scientists are ALL too stupid to account for novice-level obvious measurement difficulties, or that they are ALL conspiring to deliberately lie.

And most of all you're denying THE LAWS OF PHYSICS.
CO2 lets sunlight in and blocks the escape of thermal radiation. There is no possible dispute there. End of argument. The science is utterly and unarguably settled. All that's left at that point is determining the size of the effect.

It's astounding that it somehow doesn't make it into your conscious awareness that you are baselessly ignoring anything and everything that doesn't fit the story you want to hear.


Comment: Re:Compared to Azure (Score 2) 94

by Just Some Guy (#48014453) Attached to: Amazon Forced To Reboot EC2 To Patch Bug In Xen

The architecture of Google is utterly useless for many businesses cases.There are many use cases where it'd be perfectly appropriate.

it does not and can not provide accurate answers to queries.

In most cases, businesses don't really care about accurate answers to queries; they want quick, more-or-less correct answers. For example, suppose Amazon has a dashboard that shows their book sales on an hourly basis. Timeliness is more important than exactness here, and answers more precise than the pixel resolution of the graph on the big TV are wasted. A "big data" style query that is 99% correct and runs in 5 seconds is much more valuable here than the exact answer that returns in 2 hours.

For accounting types of reporting, slow, exact architectures are probably more appropriate. For realtime analytics, a best guess that comes back immediately may be the right thing.

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