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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.

Comment: Re:Attn: americans (Score 1) 1633

by qwijibo (#46768855) Attached to: Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

It's the legal foundation our country is built upon. If there were sufficient agreement that the second amendment is detrimental, it could be eliminated through the amendment process.

Why does everything need a federal law anyway? There are state and local laws that could be used to address the concerns of people in high population density areas, and if there's enough benefit from those, the support for a federal law would bubble up from there.

Do you think people in the Bible Belt and California want to be governed by the same laws? There's no reason that different cultures should not be permitted to have laws appropriate to their communities.

Comment: Re:Where do you draw the line? (Score 1) 650

by qwijibo (#46685683) Attached to: Should Microsoft Be Required To Extend Support For Windows XP?

Rainbows are just an illusion created by the different refraction angles of sunlight coming through rain drops. Do you realize how large those pony farts would have to be to create rainbows? That's the kind of science that would win you an ig nobel award.

*I* have alternatives to running XP, but I'm also a Unix admin and programmer. I think it's fair to say the average person doesn't really get much choice once they get locked in to proprietary drivers, hardware, etc. The "don't buy it" argument is like the idea of original sin. By the time you have a choice, it's already been made for you. There are those who can and will rise above, but those people aren't in the bottom 99% of computer users.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)