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Comment: Re:Distance discrepency (Score 1) 101

by qwijibo (#47834897) Attached to: Newly Discovered Asteroid To Pass Within Geostationary Orbit Sunday

Being within a factor of 10 is still a good approximation. Considering volume as the most likely interpretation of size, the smallest house is unlikely to be on the order of 10 cars.

When describing objects in space, the general sizes we tend to see recurring in popular news stories are:

While inexact and grossly approximated, this helps generally with the "how does this affect me" question that some readers may have.

Comment: Re:Recording all data to and from a machine (Score 1) 76

by qwijibo (#47477341) Attached to: The Hacking of NASDAQ

That would require basically infinite storage and run very, very slowly. In effect, the disk (which is the slowest of CPU/memory/network/disk) becomes the bottleneck preventing any of the others from being well utilized.

There are much better ways to track what happens on critical systems, but they introduce costs that most organizations consider excessive or unnecessary, right until after a breech where they realize how the alternative can be orders of magnitude more expensive.

Comment: Re:Yes! No more mandates! (Score 1) 584

by qwijibo (#47047995) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

Great idea, we should all do our part to collect old guns. There's no reason to let guns sit in warehouses or gun stores for longer than the lifespan of a cell phone.

I was looking at some that were on sale yesterday and was thinking I can probably take 3, maybe 4 of them off the streets myself.

Comment: Re:Yes! No more mandates! (Score 1) 584

by qwijibo (#47047935) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

The drop&discharge issue that was cited is addressed with the firing pin safety. When I said "improvements", I meant there's more than one way to implement that feature.

In order to get a discharge, the gun must be dropped at a fairly specific angle onto a hard surface while the hammer is down to allow the force of hitting the ground to drive the firing pin forward. CA's safety tests were developed specifically to cause rare, specific failures.

The 1911 is a good whipping boy for arguments like this because the original 1911 can be cited as having a specific problem, even if it's difficult or impossible to go out and buy a 1911 that exhibits the specific issue today.

Comment: Re:Yes! No more mandates! (Score 2) 584

by qwijibo (#47047305) Attached to: Gun Rights Groups Say They Don't Oppose Smart Guns, Just Mandates

The state of CA is not a good example of safety evaluation. They require each model of gun to go through an expensive(IIRC, ~$25,000 per) "testing" process. A gun made in 5 different calibers and 5 different colors or finishes requires the manufacturer to pay 25 times the fee to be able to sell in CA. This process has little to do with safety. It's about income for the state and discouraging gun manufacturers from selling in their state.

Do car manufacturers need to have each color of their cars to be "safety tested" before they can be allowed to sell them? If a new color is introduced, is it inherently illegal to sell until it has gone through the testing process?

In fairness to your point, the 1911 design does lack some improvements that have been developed in the last 100 years. During that time, it was a standard sidearm of our military and used by law enforcement agencies. It may not be a perfect design, but it's clearly not inherently unsafe. The hypothetical situation you describe is due to unsafe handling practices.

Comment: Re:State government sponsored killing (Score 1) 1198

by qwijibo (#46879673) Attached to: Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

Capital punishment is a way for society to collectively say "we will no longer be needing your services."

In this case, the replacement for the previous drugs (which are less available to the US due to their use in the death penalty) turned out not to work as expected. Considering the severity of the crimes committed, there's not many people with empathy for the criminal. However, the state did the right thing by acknowledging the failure of the method and not proceeding with another inmate that was already scheduled.

Comment: Re:Oxymoron (Score 4, Insightful) 231

by qwijibo (#46852523) Attached to: White House Worried About Discrimination Through Analytics

Why aren't there more asian basketball or football players?

Some jobs need people with specific skill sets. Developing those skills is not encouraged equally among every culture.

Under representation of blacks in the senate may suggest that being a bunch of backstabbing bullshitters while smiling and saying jesus wants them to win may not be something that's important to many blacks. Then again, I don't think any culture has a lot of respect for these parasites, so maybe it's just that political donors are a bunch of racists.

Comment: Trend of Anti-Americanism by US government (Score 0) 226

by qwijibo (#46848419) Attached to: American Judge Claims Jurisdiction Over Data Stored In Other Countries

Looks like the court is saying that US companies have to spin off separate companies to exist in markets that require that sensitive data stay within the country/region.

Combine this with actively subverting security of US based products and it sounds like internet based companies need to be run and hosted outside the US.

Apparently our government is entirely staffed by people who completely missed the point of King Solomon's cut the baby in half ruling.

Comment: Re:Amiga Floppies (Score 1) 171

by qwijibo (#46832747) Attached to: Previously Unknown Warhol Works Recovered From '80s Amiga Disks

Of course you could still hammer nails with it, but can you plug it in and *type* on it?

I used to know people who would carefully disassemble their old IBM keyboards, run the parts through a dishwasher and reassemble them, fully functional.

These days, I'm not sure if some keyboards could stand up to the compressed air in a can cleaning.

Wasn't there something about a PASCAL programmer knowing the value of everything and the Wirth of nothing?