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Comment Re:Why was he modded up? (Score 1) 1146

You raise an interesting point.
Check out graphs 3&4
and here

So it sucks to be black and under 30. but what really surprised me was the white suicide rate and how it keeps climbing with age. So it also sucks to be old and white!

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1146

Just WOW. You yanks are so indoctrinated in your gun culture you have lost leave of you common sense.

Guns can kill people because of
- Accidents, exp Kids
- Suicide
- Partner Violence
- Mental Illness
- Criminals & Gangs

When you have SO MANY FREAKING guns you are going to get more gun deaths.
In fact you are 10 (yes 10) times the gun death rate of comparable western countries.

Comment Why was he modded up? (Score 1, Insightful) 1146

You are drinking the NRA's cool aid + your links were crap and had nothing to do with statistics of Gun homicides per capita: a real measure of the social impact of Guns.
Since you like the Washington Post, try this
or the BBC

For civilized western countries, the USA gun homicide rate is 10 times that of comparable countries.

This is because
- You have freaking guns everywhere. Accessibility increases the homicide rate (kids find them, a bullet does more damage than a punch etc.etc)
- You have an African American problem. When a people group you beat on for hundreds of years get their freedom & guns: you've got a problem.
- The USA celebrates violence: You as a culture group are not mature enough to have guns as freely as you do.

It will take multiple generations to solve your gun violence problem. If you put in sensible gun reforms like Australia, you will have 20-30 years of criminals having a vast supply of weapons, while law abiding people don't: thus the laws will fail from the outcry of the innocents.
I'm afraid your goose is pretty much cooked.

Comment Re: None of my cards have a chip! (Score 1) 316

Australia is unsually used as a 'test bed' for new banking tech, as we are small but early adopters of technlogy.
Australia also has a nearfield RFID payment system called paywave.
For transactions under a certain value (normally $50), you can just tap you card on the POS machine. Higher value transactions require a 4 digit PIN.

Comment Re:Labs out of business (Score 1) 111

Interesting you mention lymes disease. A friends wife recently acquired this, and had to go to Germany for treatment, as Australian doctors still deny its existence in our country. Yet you start talking to people about it, and it seems everyone knows someone who has had lymes.

Comment Re:Hypocrisy (Score 5, Interesting) 258

Because behinds the scenes, it's the same people running the show.
Do you seriously think a Black Lawyer who had a small time civil rights practice can become president without being bought?
It cost 100's of millions in Americas corrupt political system to become president.

Comment Poor Journalism (Score 1) 48

Surely the most important thing to mention in the article, is how the reading is performed.

All I could see in TFA, was 'A smart phone based reader'
So what is it. Conact, NFC, UHF Backscatter, pixie dust?
And its read range?
And if it is RF does it handle multiple tags in the field?

The TFA is just a rewording of the press release with an explanation that 2^36 > 1 Billion

Comment Re:God damn it, what a tragedy the loss of HP is.. (Score 2) 273

Remember that HP (The real HP that made electronic test equipment) was spun off into Agilent which was recently spun off again into Keysight Technoogies.

HP -> HP (Computers, Printers etc)
      -> Agilent (Life Sciences, Electronic Test)

Agilent -> Agilent (Life Sciences etc)
            -> Keysight Technologies (Electronic Test)

So when you talk to engineers about HP, we think Agilent and now Keysight as having the original DNA of HP

Comment Re:One hopes (Score 1) 403

Well said.
Check out this documentary.

Like all such docs, he draws some tenuous connections; but his overall theory sounds pretty sound.
Eg. The CIA is a front to protect big business.
Hitler was funded by American and European business to prevent what had happened to the ruling class in Russia.
The Bush family are super evil. Etc etc.

You will lose an important tape file.