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Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 302

by Lord Kano (#48201263) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Obviously getting stabbed or strangled is just as bad as getting shot, but before somebody can stab or strangle you, they need to get up close first, and you can only get close to one person at the time.

Most of the people out there shooting people aren't exactly what you'd call marksmen. They're still getting pretty close most of the time.

And if that person happens to be bigger and stronger, there's no guarantee that it will even work. With a gun, against an unarmed opponent, it's a lot easier and quicker, even if the opponent is bigger and stronger.

That's precisely why guns are important. A 90 pound woman is not going to be able to fight off a 250 pound man with her bare hands. She'll be able to do it with a pistol.


Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 302

by Lord Kano (#48201155) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

Even if it comes to pass that metal 3D printers become cheap enough for people to start whipping up high quality guns at home, people will still be willing to pay for new and innovative products.

I suspect that you do not have much personal contact with the American gun culture. I am deeply immersed in it. I see guys selling their Third generation Glocks to buy Fourth generation versions of the same model.

Despite the fact that the 1911 is old and proven technology that nearly any manufacture can copy, people are will willing to pay more money for a Kimber because they make a really high end product.

If you're going to argue that eventually 3D printing will be able to produce pieces that are identical to those that can be made by high end manufacturers, how can any law be enforced against them? Once they're out of the printer, there's no way to tell where it came from.


Comment: Re:Can we stop trying to come up with a reason? (Score 1) 526

by Maxo-Texas (#48200045) Attached to: NPR: '80s Ads Are Responsible For the Lack of Women Coders

Actually it's both.

Sexism is a huge issue. Both sexes do it too. In female dominated fields, they abuse and sexually harass the men. It's not about sex per se as much as it is "my group is in the majority and yours is in the minority".

But... minecraft has so many 9 year old male redstone programmers. And very few female redstone programmers. Etc. for the java side.

If you don't find programming entertaining- you are not going to excel at it like people who do. You are going to put in your 6 hours programming and go home while the other person puts in their 6 hours programming, goes home, and "plays" programming for another 6 hours.

In 30 years, I've worked with exactly 1 female who enjoyed programming. I worked with dozens who did it for a living. Some were quite good but they still didn't like coding per se. It was just a job. Many went into management. 70% of our team leads were female at my last corporate job.

Comment: Re:Easily done: (Score 1) 302

by TubeSteak (#48196465) Attached to: 3D-Printed Gun Earns Man Two Years In Japanese Prison

then go lose a world war and dismantle most of your armament producing capability under scrutiny by an occupying force.

The USA (under Bush Jr. and Obama) has been encouraging Japan to become increasingly militaristic over the years.
They're trying to create a stronger military partner to help counterbalance China's burgeoning military spending.

And the current Japanese PM, Shinzo Abe, is essentially the Japanese equivalent of a Holocaust denier,
in that he's repeatedly gone on the record to deny or downplay Japanese war crimes.

His brand of nationalism is also pissing off South Korea, which certainly doesn't promote regional stability.

Comment: Re:Easy to solve - calibrate them to overestimate (Score 1) 364

by Maxo-Texas (#48196345) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

It varies by state. In oregon, you must technically stop at the yellow and then may proceed if it is safe. In texas, you may proceed thru the yellow but have been warned that a red is coming.

If your rear wheels cross the line before the light turns red, then you did not run the light. If your rear or front wheels cross the line after the light turns red, you ran it. My experience as a juror in a red light case also backs this up.

If you have a trailer, it's wheels also count.

Here is a big one that I wish more people knew...

In most states, when desiring to turn and facing a green light, the first car should proceed into the intersection. Then it may turn when safe or the light turns red.

Note-- this guarantees at least one car gets to turn per signal change!

Interesting bits here:

Red light camera contracts are very expensive to exit early.
Red light cameras are inaccurate even when the city's not cheating (ticketing a parked car shown to be parked).
Red light cameras trade T-Bone collisions for increased rear end collisions.
Red light cameras generate a lot of false positives from legal right turns on red. This overloads the court system or creates the need for employees to pre-check each ticket before it is sent out. Which wipes out the income or creates losses.

Finally, if you google "red light camera fast yellow", you'll find numerous examples of cities that cheated by making yellow lights shorter (in some cases too short to humanly react before it turned red). Apparently florida has had a lot of problems lately.

Comment: Gadget enforcement never works (Score 1) 364

by HangingChad (#48194873) Attached to: Speed Cameras In Chicago Earn $50M Less Than Expected

Furthermore, the city has not presented data on whether or not those areas have become safer.

That's because they haven't, otherwise the city would be taking a victory lap. That's because gadget enforcement can't change human nature.

We won't see any real safety improvements until we take human nature out of driving and turn it over to machines.

Comment: Re:How (Score 1) 520

by wytcld (#48189969) Attached to: Debian's Systemd Adoption Inspires Threat of Fork

As far as the init system goes, the vast majority of packages are not daemons. Only daemons require init support. Writing sysv init files is an art, but it's well-refined. It won't give you the fastest possible laptop boot. Laptop users who don't just hibernate or suspend, but do fresh boots frequently, should definitely go systemd. Of course systemd D is a Borg, assimilating far more than init scripts. But the task of maintaining a couple hundred init scripts wouldn't be hard for a small committee of volunteers. For init stuff outside that, if you can't start a daemon from rc.local you shouldn't be a sysadmin. For the non-init stuff, the trick is to convince upstream developers to support diversity, which can be done by continuing to embrace open standards and APIs.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.