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Comment: Re:Besides the manipulation issue (Score 1) 351

by jader3rd (#46774079) Attached to: Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

the other sentence in the article that worried me was the mention that kids now have trouble memorizing even simple lines for a play, since they are used to information being easily always available so they aren't putting in the effort of learning it.

Isn't that the same argument for not allowing calculators in school?

Comment: Re:mental illness is the problem (Score 1) 1547

by jader3rd (#46769611) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

The elephant in the room is that mental health services have been slashed for decades and even when people are identified as being unstable there is little that is or can be done to help them before they become violent.

That's because Hollywood loves portraying society's attempts at dealing with this difficult situation as nothing but mass screw-ups (think One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest). As a result, since no option is popular enough, the states have been forced to slowly back away from the problem and ignore it at all costs. A legislative body will get a little bit of flack for ignoring the problem, but receive a whole lot of damage if a nearly perfect system has a dramatizable misstep.

Comment: Re:It's crap (Score 1) 1547

by jader3rd (#46769405) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

Today, if you would pit every civilian gun-owner in the US, with all their weapons, against the forces of a single aircraft carrier (one thenth of the aircraft carriers that the US government controls), the civilians would lose. Hellfire missiles beat automatic rifles every time.

Yes, but then there wouldn't be a tax base to supply the Aircraft carries. Once a large group of tax payers show up with weapons and say "We're willing to fight over this", policies start changing.

Comment: Re:But what is a militia? (Score 1) 1547

by jader3rd (#46769365) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

All a state would have to do is amend their constitution to proclaim that all their able bodied citizens are members of the state militia for defense of their lives, property, and the state if mustered into action. What can the feds do then?

Take away the guns from households where people have classifiable mental conditions, and aren't able bodied.

Comment: Can't we let cultures die off? (Score 1) 509

by jader3rd (#46710841) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture
I still don't see what's inherently wrong with letting a culture die off. If people don't want to live a certain way, stop forcing them to do so. If people are finding a better way of life, let them live it. Perhaps one day as we as humans become more and more in contact with all humans across the globe will find less, and less reasons to fight each other because we'll see more similarities than differences. Let the differences die off!

Comment: Re:Hardware requirements (Score 1) 641

by jader3rd (#46694649) Attached to: Meet the Diehards Who Refuse To Move On From Windows XP

Everyone running old specfialized hardware which is not compatible with windows 7 or later feel the pain of the XP end of life.

Hopefully those people will learn to get contract support for continued drivers, as part of future purchases, or since it's needed for the hardware, won't use that computer for 'normal' computer things, ie save personal data on it, or browse the web with it.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"