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Comment: I'm very, VERY pro-gun (Score 5, Insightful) 584

by adric22 (#47046929) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

And I have no problem with these smart guns for anyone who wants to buy one. In fact, I could see advantages for these guns under certain circumstances if I was in situations where there was a risk my gun would be taken away from me in a struggle. However, personally I would not want one of these. The main reason being that it is another point of possible failure or breakdown that could keep my gun from firing in the event I need to use it. When people need to use a gun in self-defense they usually have less than a second to make that decision and pull the trigger. THere is no time to be fiddling with some gizmo or something that might prevent the gun from firing.

Comment: Re:what happens when the batters wears out? (Score 2) 398

by adric22 (#46815967) Attached to: Will the Nissan Leaf Take On the Tesla Model S At Half the Price?

While it is true, if you keep the car long enough you'll eventually need a new battery. The battery warranty is for 8 years, or 10 years in some states. Nissan hasn't released a price for a replacement pack. Most experts believe the battery costs around $5,000 currently. But it will probably be half that price by the time you need to replace it. On the flip side, the electric car requires almost no regular maintenance like your CR-V does. And when you do replace the battery, the car should be good to go for another 10 years because the rest of the car should last much longer than a gasoline car.

Comment: Re:Bullshit Made Up Language (Score 4, Insightful) 512

by adric22 (#46611907) Attached to: Why <em>Darmok</em> Is a Good <em>Star Trek: TNG</em> Episode

As somebody who studies language - I agree. You can't make analogies in the first place without a functional language. And if you have a functional language, why make up analogies? And seriously, how can the communicate complex ideas? Can you imagine them trying to write a book explaining microprocessor design?

Comment: Re:Not as bad as the reviews made it seem (Score 1) 178

by adric22 (#46091219) Attached to: IBM's PC Junior Turns 30, Too

I too do not understand why the PC Jr did not sell better. It had graphics and sound that were way better than everything else in the PC-compatible industry at the time and the Tandy 1000 carried on the video and sound systems for several years and were still better. I've recently been playing with DOSBox and set the system type to "tandy" and have played some of my old favorite games and I've been pleasantly surprised how good they look and sound compared to a similar system of the time with CGA or even EGA.

Comment: Re:It has to be more reliable than DVDs (Score 1) 289

I'm in the same camp. Especially when doing a monthly backup, I don't really care how long it takes to write. I just want to make sure when it comes time to read it that it works. The only success I ever had was with DVD-RAM, especially the ones in the caddy cartridges. Of course, 4GB just won't cut it today. Off the shelf DVD-R was a joke. Sometimes the discs would work for a few weeks before developing errors, even if stored in a jewel case in a dark, cool room, with no humidity.

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