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Comment: Re:Aerial or underground ? (Score 1) 516

by robkeeney (#48468445) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

Buried cables have enormous costs that you are not accounting for, number one of which is insulation. Look at those power wires hanging on the poles. They have no insulation coating, just bare conductor (if it's insulated, it's a phone line). Imagine how much more the same length of power wire is going to cost when covered with enough insulation to be safely buried. There are untold millions of miles of power line.

Comment: Re:ha! Inuit diet. Hazda diet. (Score 1) 281

by robkeeney (#47757945) Attached to: The Evolution of Diet

"They didn't eat fatty cuts of meat, they ate super-lean meat when they could catch it."

I take it you've never butchered a whitetail deer. Or a raccoon, a squirrel, a pigeon, or a dove, to name a sampling of wild animals not changed by breeding programs-- essentially the same as they were 150k years ago. There's plenty of fat in wild game. In fact, the lean muscle meats where generally the last part of the animals that people ate. First they ate the liver. Then they ate the other offal and brains, including the large globs of abdominal fat. And catching wild animals is really not that hard.

Also, there are hundreds of edible plants which have not been farmed and selected by breeding programs over the millennia, such as cat tail, sea weeds, stinging nettle, and black walnuts.

Comment: Re:Get rid of those things (Score 4, Informative) 944

by robkeeney (#45784603) Attached to: 60% of Americans Unaware of Looming Incandescent Bulb Phase Out

Consider a bulb that is used no more than twice a week for only 3 minutes each time. How long does it take to break even on the increased purchase cost of a CFL or LED over a standard 40W bulb?

Incandescents are still a better option for a number of applications.

Comment: Re:Why does 3d printing matter (Score 2) 404

by robkeeney (#43236463) Attached to: Digging Into the Legal Status of 3-D Printed Guns

That is my experience too.

Lots of anti-gun people say "nobody wants to take your gun away" yet a lot of legislation has been introduced in various states which includes, if not outright confiscation, then de facto confiscation. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "Confiscation could be an option" (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/21/nyregion/cuomo-says-he-will-outline-gun-measures-next-month.html?_r=0). So anti-gun people, shut up with the lie that "nobody wants to take your gun away". We know you are lying (or just stupid) when you say it.

Comment: Re:Reduce gun violence? (Score 1) 436

by robkeeney (#42764255) Attached to: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

They damn well are carrying handguns with "extended clips".

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Secret_Service#Training_and_weaponry
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As of 2012, Special Agents and Uniformed Division Officers carry the SIG Sauer P229 chambered for the .357 SIG cartridge, or the FN Five-seven pistol chambered for the 5.7×28mm cartridge. Agents and Officers are also trained on shoulder weapons such as the Remington 870 shotgun and the FN P90 and HK MP5 submachine guns.

Special tactical units such as the Counter Assault Team (CAT) and the Emergency Response Team (ERT) are equipped with the Knights Armament SR-16 assault rifle chambered for 5.56x45mm ammunition.
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The Sig Sauer P229, carries 13 rounds of 9mm Parabellum ( http://www.sigsauer.com/CatalogProductDetails/p229.aspx ).
The FN Five-Seven takes a 20 round magazine. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FN_Five-seven

Yes, indeed they are "armed with anything this legislation is trying to ban/limit."

Comment: Re:Reduce gun violence? (Score 1) 436

by robkeeney (#42764017) Attached to: Federal Gun Control Requires IT Overhaul

Police is not perfect, but machine guns in every house is not a solution. Better police work is a solution, that seems to be working quite well in civilized countries.

Yes, I'm sure that will work great! Women are twice as likely to be raped in the UK as they are in the US. Burglaries which take place while the occupants are home are virtually unheard of in the US, but in the UK they are more common than break-ins when the occupants aren't home.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-25671/Violent-crime-worse-Britain-US.html#axzz2Jg0nIXQx
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7922755/England-has-worse-crime-rate-than-the-US-says-Civitas-study.html
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2011/jul/14/crime-statistics-england-wales

All that "better police work" they have over there, right? Let's agree to live and let live. You keep your "better police work" and I'll keep my guns.

Comment: Re:Missing the point. (Score 1) 1013

by robkeeney (#42352533) Attached to: Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

That is likely because they can leave those cities to get those guns.

Now go compare to other countries like EU nations that have strict national gun control.

This doesn't make sense. Why aren't the places the criminals supposedly go to get the guns awash in crime, if availability of guns is the problem? It's hard to get a gun in Chicago, yet Chicago has more gun violence than anywhere else in the US. Across the state line and a couple of hours down the road from Chicago, it's very easy to get a gun in Lafayette, IN. In fact, in Indiana it's quite arguably easier for someone with no criminal record to get a gun than for someone with a criminal record to get a gun. In Chicago, I'm certain it's the reverse.

Lafayette is below the national average for violent crime; Chicago is nearly twice the national average (http://lafayettein.areaconnect.com/crime1.htm , http://chicago.areaconnect.com/crime1.htm ).

So if it's the easy availability of guns that causes the violent crime, then why is it that, in America, it's the places where guns are least available that are the most violent and, in America, it's the places where guns are most available that have the least violent crime, lower than many European countries.

Comment: Re:We can make complex AND reliable things (Score 1) 1013

by robkeeney (#42352241) Attached to: Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

Model Ts were actually fairly complex to drive. Car & Driver has a piece on it here: http://www.caranddriver.com/features/how-to-drive-a-ford-model-t It's actually way more complicated than even a modern manual transmission car. You'll find that both gun and car design over the 20th century has largely focused on making them simpler and more reliable to operate.

Comment: Two things (Score 1) 2987

by robkeeney (#42293837) Attached to: 27 Reported Killed In Connecticut Elementary School Shooting

1) I will not be punished for the evil acts of another. Others may have done horrible things with guns, but I did not. I will not submit to being punished by having my rights trampled because of their actions.

2) If you don't want to live in a place where there are lots of guns, move. There are plenty of nations in this world where you can go where there are few or no guns and they will welcome you. Vote with your feet. I want to live in a place where guns are common and freely available. If you don't want to, you are free to leave.

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