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Comment: Re:why new balls (Score 1) 127

I may have not completed my thought and main point, although it may be obvious enough... the shots in the video being further out will end up having much more curve on them by the time they reach the goal. The same shot closer to the goal won't have as much noticeable curve, of course.

Comment: Re:why new balls (Score 3, Informative) 127

Good question, but I'd argue it's more about shot selection than anything. Most of those goals were well beyond the 18 (the penalty box). If you're comparing to recent games (yeah, I'm in the US, I still call them games, shoot me), like in the World Cup, you see very few shots outside the 18. An extreme example would be the Netherlands-Argentina game where they both played very defensive games. Even in games like Germany-Brazil, it seemed Germany was more about finesse and getting the ball deep inside the box to increase chances of the shot going in the back of the net. Even on free kicks near the 18, not many are even an attempt on goal, but rather crosses.

I used to play, and IMHO shot shaping is more about technique (and shot selection) than the design of the ball. You'll notice in your video a lot of them were hit with the outside of the foot, right or left, and that's the easiest way to get it to curve to the outside. You don't see many players these days even attempting those.

Comment: Re:Tech isn't there yet (Score 2) 765

by _anomaly_ (#46981861) Attached to: A Look at Smart Gun Technology

I agree with the point you're making, in this post and others, but what if the smart gun manufacturers erred on the side of an operational, not disabled, weapon? In other words, if the battery dies or fails, or if it's determined that a fingerprint scan couldn't be gathered successfully (if it's using fingerprints), then default to an enabled state?

This would still put the onus of making the gun safe on the gun's owner, much like making sure a trigger lock is in place, requiring that the battery be checked frequently, and so on.

I realize that there are still other fail cases that would reduce reliability (like, in the case of fingerprints, a scan was successfully gathered but is not correctly identified), but eliminating the power failure, among others, by defaulting to an enabled state would no doubt get much closer to your high reliability target, would it not?
The way I see it, this would likely prevent more accidental shootings while getting closer to that reliability target.

Comment: Re:Gun nuts (Score 2) 1374

by _anomaly_ (#46890649) Attached to: "Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention
I'm sure there are parts of the Brady Bill that should be revised, re-worded, or even taken out, but I'm not going to get into that, or argue about semantics.

However, you may be able to say that a flash suppressor has no affect on the function of the weapon in a literal sense, but I'd argue it completely changes the weapon's intended use. A weapon intended for target practice, sport, or self defense has absolutely no need for a flash suppressor. This type of "feature" is intended for covert use of the weapon, which I'd argue falls under what most would categorize as an assault weapon.

Comment: Re:Learn to freaken drive. (Score 1) 723

by _anomaly_ (#46110995) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost

No doubt this false sense of security (and driving talent/experience) comes standard with most 4WD/AWD/4x4 vehicles.
When I had a 4x4 SUV, I even found myself having trouble keeping in mind the fact that I wasn't invincible.

My girlfriend and I were in Illinois a few Christmases ago when we found ourselves having to begin our 5-6 hour drive after 5-6 inches had already fallen. Even in IL, those country roads were not cleared one bit. We were in a Hyundai Sonata (4-door sedan, front-wheel drive), going maybe half the speed limit. We encountered numerous vehicles in the ditch, almost all of which were SUVs. We did end up doing a 180 in the middle of a straight road (presumably hitting some hidden ice under the snow), but we were able to at least make it to a major city in Indiana where we gave up (having gone half our distance in 5-6 hours) and stayed the night.

Comment: Re:Heard a story on NPR this morning... (Score 1) 723

by _anomaly_ (#46110677) Attached to: Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
I'm not arguing that it wasn't a disaster, but so far, in the comments I've seen that the NWS changed from a Winter Storm Watch to a Warning sometime around 3 or 3:30am. I'm not sure about Atlanta and surrounding areas, but that's awfully close to the cut-off time where schools can be cancelled. My father was a teacher, and from what I recall, if the call didn't come in that school was cancelled by 3 or 4am, it was on, regardless of what you woke up to.

Comment: Re:I used to wonder about that (Score 1) 197

by _anomaly_ (#46090677) Attached to: FileZilla Has an Evil Twin That Steals FTP Logins
Yeah, me too, and I would bet that Microsoft moves to incorporate the Windows app store into desktops. The app store could easily be expanded to offer desktop versions of software, in addition to tablet and phone versions. It would be a way for Microsoft to have more control over what gets installed on desktops running their OS... and having more control is definitely what they want.

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