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Comment: Can't blame them (Score 1) 315

by butchersong (#49123249) Attached to: FedEx Won't Ship DIY Gunsmithing Machine
New York is suing UPS for 180 million dollars for not preventing their customers from using them to ship cigarettes and avoiding cities huge revenue stream of a tobacco tax. You think they would hesitate to do the same for machining equipment that has been marketed as able to "manufacture" a gun?

Comment: Positive step I suppose but only for wealthy (Score 1) 125

by butchersong (#49019829) Attached to: Netflix Now Available In Cuba
Almost no one in cuba has full internet access. Mostly what they call "internet" is access to some government servers. There is an underground mesh network movement that is really cool but I think it is its own little network not anything you could connect to then stream netflix from. At the moment you're talking about a single digit percentage of the population able to take advantage of this. Probably mostly those in power and their children... yay?

Comment: Re:Yes. (Score 1) 673

by butchersong (#48885387) Attached to: Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?
Large companies already do this by giving you discounts on health insurance or charging you more depending on your perspective if you adopt "healthy" lifestyle habits. Also I'm sure you'd agree that you shouldn't expect to keep your job as cop if you are severely overweight or want a job as a booth babe etc.

Comment: Re:In the name of Allah ! (Score 1) 1350

by butchersong (#48757337) Attached to: Gunmen Kill 12, Wound 7 At French Magazine HQ
The population of Europe as a whole is like 740 million. Perhaps they simply have yet to reach a critical mass and these increasing troubles are a sign of something larger to come. Only about 20% of the population of the British American colonies participated in the American revolution. Muslims are rapidly outbreeding native populations in Europe and account for a large percentage of immigrants. I have friends that follow islam and they are great guys but looking at it objectively Europe in the long term may very well be screwed.

Comment: Re:Beyond request? (Score 1) 121

by butchersong (#48572795) Attached to: NASA Gets 2% Boost To Science Budget
I would be interested to see some auditor reviews of NASA's budget. I'm sure they have smart people there but those that I have met have not been very impressive. They basically fill space and know next to nothing about the technical aspects of their jobs. One guy I worked with had to spend quite a while explaining the difference between mv and copy on a file to someone that worked in their network security some years back... This was a high level technical role not a manager. So I've always wondered how much of their budget was massive overspending due to incompetence and payroll for people who effectively dodge work all day and do nothing but navigate that bureaucracy.

Comment: Re:Gestapo (Score 1) 481

Why does NYPD hate young ethnic people so much?

On the job training. If the human brain does one thing well it is pattern recognition. Unfortunately 45% of blacks live at or below poverty and it isn't middle or upper middle class people commiting most of the crime. When 80% or more of the crimes you are dealing are commited by people of a certain skin color, dressed a certain way, speaking in a similar way... you learn to associate this category of person as a danger and even eventually with all the crap you deal with day in and day out as degenerate or less of a person than you.

I would imagine that even the best of people would tend to come out of a tough police precinct as 'racist' to one degree or another regardless of their intentions or the type of person they were when entering. It would be something you would have to constantly guard against. It is a depressing problem to consider. I'm not sure how you would even combat this. Mandatory participation in things like the big brother program for the neighborhoods you police? Other community involvement while off duty?

Comment: Re:no dimocrats (Score 1) 551

by butchersong (#48302793) Attached to: In this year's US mid-term elections ...
Obviously the least amount of government necessary to achieve an end is the most desirable for any particular problem. There are any number of quotes going to back to the revolution (see thomas paine, jefferson etc) that reflect this attitude of government being at best a necessary evil (basically a reflection of the failings of man) and I don't think any one on either side of the aisle could effectively argue against this. The only argument would be what the least amount of intrusion is that is necessary.

Computer Science is merely the post-Turing decline in formal systems theory.