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Comment: Re:Living Wage is mandated for, and desired by idi (Score 1) 47 47

The last Uber driver I had, was also a comedian/writer (Los Angeles). He didn't need a living wage, he wanted a part time job with a ton of flexibility to supplement income.

Makes perfect sense to me. There are lots of people whose lifestyles don't permit a regular job, but could use a flexible income supplement.

The next time someone says "that doesn't make a living wage" the correct response is to punch them in the mouth.

That's a rather violent, not to mention criminal, response. I think not.

Comment: Re:Foreign interests? (Score 1) 278 278

Not better. More available.

Here in the UK, it's pretty hard to get an illegal gun. You need connections - a contact in organized crime who can put you in touch with the right people. That means your common street gang member doesn't have a gun - they have to make do with knives. If 3D printed guns became more practical, every gangsta-wannabe would have one.

Comment: Re:Passwords are not the only way to authenticate (Score 1) 76 76

First, my comment was not a "defense" of anything.

Second, you seem to have missed the sentence "It's not quite as good if the smartphone is also providing the fingerprint scanner and camera, because in the event of an attempted fraudulent transaction that means the attacker is in control of those components."

Also, you seem to have missed the last paragraph. In fairness, I suppose I wasn't quite clear enough. When I said that the security is in the same ballpark as a four-digit PIN, I was comparing to a system using phone-mounted sensors. With sensors provided by the retailer, in a staffed checkout lane, it's unambiguously stronger.

Comment: Re:Yay, regulation!! (Score 1) 278 278

I view copyright law as intrinsically flawed today. It was a good idea pre-internet - but today it can't possibly be enforced without resorting to draconian measures. An unenforceable law is a very bad thing indeed, as it becomes easily abused, and such a law should be either repealed or reworked into a more practical form.

Comment: Re:Because...it's the LAW! (Score 1) 278 278

It does bring the cost down. Metalworking and welding tools will set someone back a few thousand dollars - a 3D printer can be obtained for a tenth that much.

The 3D printed gun will probably explode on the second shot, but that's ok. Use the old flintlock method and carry six of them. The technology will improve eventually anyway.

Comment: Re:Seen this before. (Score 1) 224 224

You've not argued with many religious people, I see. You make a common mistake of assuming they actually do as their religion says, rather than interpreting their religion so say what they want to do.

Brazil is also a heavily-Christian country, so there isn't much evangelizing to do there. The best anyone can aim for locally is poaching some followers from a rival church.

Comment: Re:My back hurts (Score 1) 223 223

Yeah. I did some charity work recently that involved standing mostly still for two days. It took over a month for my knees to recover enough that I could walk without limping again.

Standing still fucking hurts. Stand up meetings hurt, let alone a full day in the office.

I can sit in an office chair on the other hand for 70 hours in a week with no ill effect. I shuffle a LOT, which spreads the load and stops repetitive strain.

Comment: Varoufakis (Score 3, Insightful) 122 122

I think it's pretty clear Varoufakis was turfed by Tsipras because the only hope in hell Greece now has of negotiating a deal with the Troika and remaining in the Eurozone and even in the EU is not having that man by his side. The price of even talking about a new deal and further bailouts is Varoufakis's head, which has been delivered to Merkel on a silver platter. This referendum was completely about Tsipras's political survival, and having achieved that, Greek voters will now witness just how utterly irrelevant the referendum was.

Comment: Re:Because...it's the LAW! (Score 1) 278 278

So I'm going to have to stop playing http://store.steampowered.com/... ?

The company behind that game do state that they aren't publishing plans, and you couldn't build a firearm based on their game, but it's easily got enough information on how designers went from breech loaders to fully automatic that I could translate into a functioning system.

I just don't own a lathe or CNC..

Comment: Re:Presumably you've never been shot at (Score 1) 278 278

You seem to acknowledge that the good guy with a gun, most likely, cannot kill or fully disable the shooter in this situation.

zerofoo said nothing of the sort. He said that killing or fully disabling the shooter isn't necessary, not that it's not possible, or even unlikely.

The history of mass shooting violence in the US bears out both zerofoo's point that killing or disabling the shooter often isn't necessary, since mass shooters tend to suicide as soon as they meet armed resistance, and even those who don't are clearly going to have to shift their focus from mass murder to self-defense or be an easy target. There are plenty of cases in which shooters have been killed, disabled or otherwise stopped by citizens, though they tend to get less press for the simple reason that fewer people die.

So now you have to calculate, how many people could potentially be saved in that scenario, versus how many people would be killed if handguns are more widespread. If 5% of the populace is armed now, what happens to the death by gun rates when its 10%, 20%, 75%, 100%?

Interestingly, the US has conducted this experiment over the last 40 years or so, as the number of concealed carry permit holders went from basically zero to up to 15% in some areas of the country. What happened? Not much. Violence declined, and there is some weak statistical evidence that it declined faster in areas where more people began carrying guns on a daily basis. There is no evidence that violence increased.

Will the number of random shootings go down by allowing anyone, including the mentally ill, to have easier access to guns without waiting periods?

I suspect it won't change at all. What would reduce the number of shootings is removing all of the guns, but that is impossible.

P.S. Several school shootings (like Columbine) have taken place at schools with an armed police presence.

This is something of an unrelated point, but I think it's worth noting that police did not respond quickly at Columbine High School, and that the experience dramatically changed police doctrine for responding to active shooters, across the nation. After-action analyses showed that as soon as the shooters faced aggressive armed response, they killed themselves, but that happened many minutes, and several deaths, later than it could have. At the time standard procedure was to cordon the area, isolate the shooters and wait for enough backup to arrive -- preferably SWAT -- that the police could enter in overwhelming force. But Columbine changed that, and most police departments now train their officers that if they have good reason to believe it's a lone shooter then the very first officers on the scene should enter immediately.

Immediate entry, without overwhelming force or special weapons, seems like it significantly increases the risk to the officers, but in practice it doesn't, much. And, of course, waiting tends to give shooters time and space to rack up massive body counts.

Comment: Re:printing more money (Score 1) 1140 1140

The bit that I don't get is why the Greeks don't create a new currency (call it the Geuro) peg the exchange rate at one Geuro to 400 billion Euros, print one note, hand it to their creditors and _then_ let the currency devalue.

Anybody asking to exchange it for the 400 billion Euros just needs to find someone with 400 billion to exchange - i.e. not the Greek government.

You could argue that it's effectively a default, but in the event of exiting the Euro it's a nice way to finish with a big 'fuck you'.

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