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Comment Re:India, Kenya, Paris...where next? (Score 1) 965

I browsed quite a few of those, and the first ones I read were not preventions of a mass shooting. Like the pearl high school schooting. The deaths were already done, the suspect was fleeing, and a person stopped him from fleeing, not from shooting more.

Regardless, these sort of stories would be red meat for Fox News, so why have I never seen Fox covering a 'mass shooting prevented by armed civilian'? You think that Fox, of all news sources, would love to have a week long 24/7 story about something like this.

The only thing I found on fox, was an article complaining about the lack of coverage: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/05/22/where-is-media-coverage-heroes-who-stop-mass-killings.html . And your link isn't exactly a vetted news agencies, and obviously has an agenda, given that the name of the site is "GUN WATCH" and has the 2nd amendment quoted at the top.....

So either very few of those incidents prove much either way, or there is a nationwide conspiracy to hide the truth about good guys saving people from mass shootings.

Comment Re:Real smart fella (sarcasm) (Score 1) 518

"Does it matter what made someone a monster? I don't think so."

It matters if a bomb kills 10 of them, yet the act of killing them ends up being enough motivation to recruit 100 more in their place.

You can't really destroy an ideology with war. You can kill enough of them that they are not able to attack other people for some period of time, but it will keep coming back unless you start curing (or at least mitigating) some of the root causes.

Comment Re:India, Kenya, Paris...where next? (Score 1) 965

but armed men don't normally wait for their turn to die while those around them get picked off one at a time.

I generally like guns. I'll probably go target shooting this Tday with the family. However, I cannot recall a single 'mass shooting' in the US, one of the famous ones, where a 'good guy with a gun' saved the day.

The most recent headline shooting, the one in the Oregon community college, actually had 2-3 armed students (one or more of which were active military). In an interview, one of them said they debated whether to walk out into the hallway with their pistols drawn to see if they could help, but they figured if swat was already in the hallway, it would just confuse the situation and likely get themselves killed.

Of course, if the bad guy had gone to their classroom first, it might have ended much earlier.

I guess my point is, I can't recall a mass shooting ever being stopped by an armed citizen. There are countries with less guns than us and more guns this us, and of those, both countries with more gun violence and less gun violence. Rather than resorting to simple black/white statements like "more guns is always the answer" or "less guns is always the answer", we should probably start talking about the dozens of other reasons why US gun violence is high, and just leave the guns out of the debate for now.

Comment mRemoteNG, Putty, Cygwin, Pac Manager (Score 1) 352

On windows I use a combination of mRemoteNG/Putty. mRemoteNG stores a list of sessions in a tree view. Can be grouped into folders etc.. You can assign a saved putty config to any new mRemoteNG connection. That way, X11 forwarding, etc.. is all handled by Putty. mRemoteNG is basically just a nicer putty shell that supports tabs, and other connection types like RDP/remote desktop.

I also like cygwin for quick command line scp from windows to headless servers.

On linux I'm using Pac Manager. Very similar to mRemoteNG. It helps you organize all your connections into a tree view. Supports many different ways of connecting (vnc, remote desktop, ssh, etc..).

Comment Re:I'm beginning to see a pattern here. (Score 1) 305

It isn't just government IT. Any sufficiently large IT project will be behind, cost more than thought, take years of fixes to make stable, etc...

There have been studies that basically 'proved' that beyond a certain level of complexity, all software projects 'fail' initially.

Comment Re:If, for what I wish was the last time (Score 1) 358

And no, the US is not in any way, shape, or form, definable as socialist (socialism is defined as the state owning the means of production, employing the workers, and setting prices.)

Government owns parts of the means of production on all levels, local, city, state, and federal. City owned production of water, State owned medical services and insurance, Federally owned and directed highway system, etc..

We have always been a mix of socialism and capitalism. Because neither on its own is very good. If you try to purely practice one or the other, that is when you end up when a failed state. That is why China wised up and now has a mix of communism/socialism/capitalism. They are doing things for practical reasons, not ideological ones. If it makes more sense for the government to own a service, they just own it. If it makes more sense for competition to make a service better, they let it go into the free market.

Comment Re:You're the problem (Score 1) 497

the number of lines of comments can actually exceed the number of lines of code

This should be the norm.

Most people, especially those with less than 10-15 years experience, don't have experiences dealing with very old code. That code may have been written using a set of assumptions that don't even exist anymore. From dependency assumptions (of course service X will be running as long as this code runs) to business/logic assumptions (of course Sheryl in accounting will drop this data file in this folder every week).

Pretend to be someone that doesn't know the business/process at all when writing comments. Pretend to be someone brand new 10 years from now when re-reading them for accuracy. Make a lot of "Why" comments, not just "How".

Comment Re:Cautionary tale (Score 1) 492

He's living with the conscious decision of enduring mild, planned hardship now with the goal of greatly improving his situation in life later. He is taking advantage of the environment and resources available to him to meet his needs, instead of blindly blowing the majority of his income on what others feel should be an acceptable quality of life for him. Why would you consider forward thinking and aggressive budgeting a 'cautionary tale'? He's got a plan and motivation, which a lot more than I can say about most of the people I work with.

Assuming his salary could afford living in the community near his work, then yeah, he has options and made a choice. I could move out of my own house, live in a tent in the backyard, and charge someone rent and pay my mortgage down at twice the rate if I wanted to also.

Comment Re:dont want it to taste like meat (Score 1) 317


"Animal agriculture is responsible for 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. "

Then the acres of rain forest burned ever year to make room for cows.
A pound of beef requires 1 gallon of oil to produce.

Lots of reasons.

Comment Re:Is this really important? (Score 1) 317

The thing that fake meats never get right, is the texture. I've never had a vegetarian dish deliver the texture of meat. For me, that is the single biggest factor.

I guess what I'm asking is, what problem are we trying to solve here?

Well, for me, I know for a fact how bad raising cattle is for the environment. Both to climate, and land. I know it is cruel to the animals, is promoting the destruction of rain forests worldwide, isn't very good for me if I eat it 4-5 days a week, etc... There are bunch of problems with meat. But damn it tastes so good and has nice a unique, irreplaceable texture.

If they can get the taste correct, and the product can be barbecued/charred, and the texture is correct, I would give up real meat in a heartbeat.

Comment Re:Why not eat meat? (Score 1) 317

Evolution happens over millions of years. Fire was likely not used until 100,000 years ago at the latest.

We were thoroughly developed as an omnivore species well before fire.

Fire did allow us to unlock more calories, as well as reduce the chances of disease from meat. We lived longer, had more energy, and could out compete other animals given the same set of resources using fire and other tools.

I suspect all animals who eat meat love the smell of cooked meat (I know my dogs do!). Not because we evolved alongside cooked meat, but likely because raw meat smells good because of evolution, and cooked meat just puts out a lot more of that same smell, as well as converts part of the meat into other familiar and favored compounds, like sugars (Maillard).

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