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Comment: Re:Losing good men to the war on pretend violence (Score 1) 250

by jxander (#46802833) Attached to: L.A. Science Teacher Suspended Over Student Science Fair Projects

What gets me is the blowback issue. The schools are starting from a small age forbidding anything gun related... and we all know that the harder stuff gets forbidden, the more it gets in demand.

As some one who grew up as the friend of a preacher's daughter (both literally and figuratively, her dad was a preacher and had very strict rules regarding boys) I can very enthusiastically confirm this concept.

Comment: Re:Sunk Costs (Score 2) 285

by jxander (#46802789) Attached to: $42,000 Prosthetic Hand Outperformed By $50 3D Printed Hand

There's also the concept of "Price the Market will bear," which gets convoluted in the mire of health insurance companies. No one really knows what the market will bear, cuz it's always just payed whatever price was asked.

$42,000 for a prosthetic hand? Sure, if that's what it costs.
$1000 for an MRI? OK, if you say so.
$500 per pill to treat my hypochondria? Seems reasonable... etc.

Right now, the market will bear a 42,000 hand. And these guys could probably sell their $50 version for 45,000 on the claims that it performs better and feels more comfortable. The real costs of medical stuff (operations, hardware, medication, etc) has long since been lost to the bureaucrats.

Comment: Re:Personal Drones (Score 1) 155

I am sure you would agree to the idea of a gun license to keep arms, right mate?

I'm not GP, but yeah, actually.

The word "license" is a bit tricky, because it implies a bit of tracking and government oversight which probably won't fly in a business like gun sales. However, requiring some form of in-house training before sale of a gun wouldn't be a terrible idea.

As one option, we could require a certified gun-safety person administer the training (look, I'm making jobs!) Before you purchase a firearm, you and Captain Safety have to spend some time on the range. He/she would observe as you load, fire, clear, etc. Maybe it could even be similar to vehicle certification (i.e. your drivers license) in that there are different flavors. Just like I'm only licensed to drive a car, and not a bus, motorcycle or big rig. I'm only licensed for handguns, not shotguns, rifles, etc.

Just a few idea... but yeah. Having some mandatory training wouldn't be a terrible idea. And if someone is already familiar with firearms, the training would be a breeze. Just another day on the range.

Comment: Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (Score 1) 128

by jxander (#46770859) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

Meatspace isn't much better. They're up to, what, 3 degrees of separation to qualify you for a search?

So if the mechanic that works on your car stops to eat at a McDonald's, and a terror suspect has visited that same McDonald's ... you're now a viable target for gubment surveillance. And apparently, so is everyone that uses the same email client.

Comment: Define "Involve" (Score 2) 367

by jxander (#46598897) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

I don't see a solid definition of what constitutes a crash involving a cell phone.

If the phone is strapped to the dashboard streaming music with the screen off... does that count? The phone is "in use"
If I'm driving and my passenger is texting... and someone runs a red light, hitting us. Does that constitute a crash involving a cell phone?
If my phone is providing turn by turn directions for me, does that make the cut?
If I'm stopped a a red light and talking on my phone, when someone rear ends me...?

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...

Ambiguous syntax implies intentionally loose constraints, imo.

Comment: Re:OMG FAG LOL (Score 1) 183

by jxander (#46594071) Attached to: Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly

Actually, yeah. You can. Especially these days where consoles are basically just underpowered PCs. For example, the XBone is running a Frankenstein'ed version of Windows 8 and Windows RT. PS4 is using a modified version of FreeBSD. Neither one are strictly "off the shelf" operating systems, but neither one are completely new, either.

Last generation, Sony caused a ruckus by tangling with people who installed Linux on their PS3s for fun (and promptly learned not to tangle with the types of people who install Linux on a PS3 for fun)

So yeah, they're just computers. Really, the only difference is that you don't get the administrator/root login. You just get user credentials, with no rights or access to change anything. Imagine if you set your PC to automatically login and launch Steam's "Big Picture" view on boot up. Congratulations, you just made a console.

Comment: Re:Doubt it. (Score 1) 282

Part of the problem is that the current supply/demand situation prevents any reasonable negotiation over the price of a Tesla.

There is a months-long waiting list. If you want to try and haggle over the sticker price, Tesla can just say "next" and have another 1000 customers lined up for the vehicle you passed over. And personally, this is 100% fine by me. I'd rather know the price, evaluate the cost and benefits on my own terms and buy a car without trying to talk down some greasy salesman.

If we ever reach a point where a hundred Teslas are sitting on a showroom floor collecting dust, then MAYBE we'll need some dealers to help us haggle out a price... but until then, Tesla has a simple "take it or leave it" price.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]