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Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 295

Actually baseball bats are more commonly used in assaults than rifles.

Most firearms homicides are with pistols of some sort, not rifles or shotguns.

Further, most firearms deaths are suicides.:

Further, homicides are a poor indicator of how many crimes are committed with different weapons:

Comment Re:Sorry to sound like a troll. No need to reply (Score 1) 119

People live a long time these days, and a work of fiction or of history doesn't become suddenly irrelevant like a technical book on a narrow topic. Maybe we should have 25-year copyright with optional 10-year extensions which must be actively filed up to a maximum of 75 years?

Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 295

There have been isolated incidents of the MAC-10, TEC-9, the Skorpion, and the Kalishnikov being used in LA by gangs. Those I'm not sure end up with four or more shot and they're gang-related rather than the "targeted facility" mass shootings people keep worrying about. It's definitely the exception, I think even before the NFA.

Comment There's still a great advantage for the human (Score 3, Insightful) 41

There's still a great advantage for the human security analyst. The human may not be as fast or as infallible. One may not be as infallible as the AI when things are going smoothly. However, the human will still need to make sure the AI is making sense. Someone needs to make sure the traffic being flagged is consistent with actual traffic. The AI can itself be subverted via code. The AI can have a subtle bug that makes it stop making sense in some obscure edge case that isn't covered well in testing. The human cannot be so easily fooled or subverted. It's going to be a team effort. It's just that it'll be the AI and a handful of humans doing what a much bigger team of humans used to do.

Comment Re: Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 295

There's a difference between a "mass shooting" and a "mass killing spree".

Not fully automatic, but the high cyclic rate Gatling was used to subjugate the indigenous peoples. It was also used in a civil war against both regulars and militia on both sides. It was used to intimidate anti-draft protestors in New York.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre was a mass shooting by FBI standards and featured shotguns and at least one Thompson machine gun. That was gang-on-gang violence, which is what much handgun violence is today. The Thompson was a well-known weapon and well-known to be popular with crime syndicates in New York and Chicago. I can't think of a specific other incident in which 4 or more people were killed with one.

Clyde Barrow used a BAR and killed a number of people. He and Bonnie Parker and their associates were certainly killers on a spree, but I'm not sure they ever killed four people at one time. They also were firing during gang robberies and getaways, not at targeted pockets of civilians looking to make a statement or raise their body count.

Of the 25 deadliest mass murders in the 20th century, only 52 percent involved guns at all.

Comment Re:Militant Slashdot (Score 1) 295

The Browning HiPower is a pistol that uses 9mm ammunition. It is not the round. The Colt Model 1911 is a pistol that uses .45 ACP ammunition and is not the round. The 1911 was a longtime military sidearm for US forces and was replaced not with the HiPower, though, but by another 9mm known as the Beretta M9 which is basically a military version of their 92FS. That barely beat the Sig P226.

Comment Re:Militant Slashdot (Score 2) 295

You can buy AR-platform rifles not only in .300 Blackout but also readily in .308 Winchester/7.62mm NATO. There's an upper/lower kit from some company meant for the back woods which swaps out parts from .22 LR to .50 Beowulf. Armalite also carries a .338 Lapua AR-30 so that's a popular large--game hunting (and sniper) round.

Comment Re:I think you mean kilocalories (Score 1) 108

Sounds like a bunch of bull to me. Moo, bull, moo. ;-)

Actually, I know a quite a few people who for a fact have the same issue. That's one of the biggest reasons for the success of email providers independent of ISPs, schools, and employers early on I think. The account portability is a big deal.

To bring this somewhat closer to topic, it takes a lot of energy to update all those sites when your non-portable email address changes. It's more calorie-efficient to have something like a Gmail or Yahoo mail account.

Comment I think you mean kilocalories (Score 5, Insightful) 108

If you're going to complain about misunderstandings among laypeople, let's start with the proper name for the unit used pretty much everywhere: you're talking about kilocalories when you talk to a layperson in the US about the "calorie".

Second, even if in a typical case we could perfectly balance energy intake to activities, it's been shown that many bodies are atypical. We are not feeding spherical cows of uniform density in a vacuum. These are people with more or less muscle mass, different things going on in their endocrine systems, different overall body mass, different drug intakes, different vitamin and protein levels and sources, and different genetics.

The real-world test for a dietary plan is whether it helps you maintain your health and desired weight. There is enough research to recommend some alternatives as definitely better than others, but there's been no definitive perfect diet. Ultimately the perfect diet is one that allows you to be both healthy and satisfied, and that it can't do on its own. The dietary plan can contribute, but it also takes other lifestyle factors.

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