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Comment: Re:Good (Score 4, Informative) 414

by mapsjanhere (#45651489) Attached to: 3-D Printed Gun Ban Fails In Senate
Unfortunately, school shooters, while getting all the press, are an insignificant contributor to the gun death total. It's economically depressed young males with pistols that make up the majority of shooters, not people with assault rifles, 3 D printed weapons, full automatic guns, silencers or whatever else is the current scare theme is.

Comment: Re:Obvious Solution (Score 3, Interesting) 270

by mapsjanhere (#44355755) Attached to: US Air Force Reporting Pilot Shortage
There's a real problem for the air force brass behind all this. Pilots are all "officers and gentlemen", drones are flown by enlisted people. Any large swing to more drones not only changes the combat environment, it changes the whole structure of the force. If you no longer have a large collection of ex-fighter jocks to staff your higher ranks with, the whole attitude of the air force as we know it will change in the long run.

Comment: Re:Diet and laziness (Score 1) 707

by mapsjanhere (#44350241) Attached to: The Man Who Convinced Us We Needed Vitamin Supplements
If you'd actually read the article and followed up on the data, you'd have realized that the plasma level discussed (50 mymol) is achievable with the normal recommended vitamin C intake of 100 mg/day. This doesn't say anything about needing to supplement the intake heavily, it just shows one of the reasons vitamin C is a vitamin aka something we do poorly without.

Comment: Re:Threat from r/c planes (Score 1) 233

by mapsjanhere (#44122453) Attached to: RC Plane Attack 'Foiled,' Say German Authorities
Ye,s the RC plane will not take out an Autobahn bridge. But you start dropping bomb-loaded RC planes into a crowd in a confined area, lets say a Bundesliga game or a rock concert, and the resulting stampede will give you a huge damage multiplier. Or you start dropping it onto the speaker podium at some campaign event. Not every politician travels with his own personal flak battery. The idea of terror attacks is to create disruption, not affect war-like destruction.

Comment: Re:As I sit here pondering.... (Score 1) 233

by mapsjanhere (#44122287) Attached to: RC Plane Attack 'Foiled,' Say German Authorities
There's also the big difference that the Germans make a much clearer cut between criminal investigations (that have to obey the niceties of law) and counter terrorism activities (which are under a special internal security service and has much greater leeway). That wouldn't work in the US due to the fruit-of-the-poisoned-tree doctrine which throws out most evidence that is collected with a "dark spot" somewhere in the chain of acquisition. German law doesn't operate that way, and can still prosecute using data procured under questionable circumstances.

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