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Comment Re:Airstrikes on population centers (Score 1) 352

It's the fact that rather than bombing Daesh, they're bombing groups opposed to Daesh

As opposed to the USA, which is fighting ISIS (one of Assad's enemies) as well as Assad (one of ISIS' enemies). So we're on BOTH sides of a civil war in Syria.

Note, by the by, that helping Assad against ISIS allows Assad to use more of his own troops against, say, the Kurds, who are our nominal allies in the region.

So, we're helping Assad fight some of his enemies, while helping some of his enemies fight Assad....

Comment Re:Sandy Hook (Score 1) 1139

Hmm, a quick check...

If I didn't miscount, since 1990, there have been 288 deaths in "school shootings" (note that that number includes at least one case of an adult shot by another adult in a school parking lot).

With 330 million or so people, and 35 years, that puts the annual per capita death rate from "school shootings" at 0.000000016.

Terrorist attacks in the same 25 year period. Hmm, let's use 9/11 and call it good. 2753 from the direct attack. So, 0.00000033.

Yep, looks like you're right.

Even with a very strict definition of "terrorist acts" (essentially reducing it to "there's been ONE terrorist act"), and a loose enough definition of "school shooting" to include adults unrelated to the school in any way shooting each other in the parking lot, we have about ten times as many terrorist deaths as school shooting deaths in a generation.

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

The US also had amendment 18. The constitution is not immutable.

Quite so. Feel free to propose an Amendment eliminating the Second.

And if it doesn't pass (and it won't, since the requirements are high enough that the States with no gun problems are more than sufficient to make the proposal ignorable), then shut up about it already!

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

The military has undoubtedly determined that arming everyone would cause more gun deaths than not arming them.

No, the military has determined that the investigation into a missing rifle/pistol/tank/howitzer (not to mention the paperwork required to deal with a missing rifle/pistol/howitzer) is FAR, FAR more trouble than just keeping the (government property) firearms in the arms room.

Note, by the by, that I grew up on military bases. Yes, my family kept firearms in base housing. No, the military had no real issues with that (yes, there was paperwork associated with them, but not terribly onerous). Hell, there were even ranges dedicated to personal firearms (skeet, 50ft rifle/pistol, long range rifle/pistol)....

Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1139

the second amendment references a *well-regulated* militia. in today's language, that means well trained

If you live in the USA, are 18+ (and male, though that latter requirement is probably void due to more recent law), you are a member of the Militia. As are your children, siblings, etc.

So, why don't you own an M4 variant, which would technically be required for a proper militia weapon (though I'm personally fond of a .30-06 bolt action - much better range)? Plus a Unit of Ammo (God knows what that is these days, but I'd guess 300-400 rounds of 5.56), of course.

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 150

Nature designed sex for procreation and without a male and female you don't have that.

Nature designed your hands for holding a club (to beat large animals on the head with) or, alternately, to swing from tree to tree, depending on how far back you want to go, not for typing.

So, why are you using your hands in an unnatural way in order to post this nonsense on /.?

Submission Man Who Found Missing Dr Who Episodes Teases "More To Come"->

BigBadBus writes: In late 2013, Philip Morris announced that he had found 9 missing episodes of 1960s Dr.Who, which completed the 1968 story "Enemy of the World" and most of "The Web of Fear." He has now gone on record to talk about the only episode of these stories that he didn't find — namely part 3 of "Web of Fear" and teases of more episode finds to come.
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Comment Re:Maybe Scott just wasn't listening that hard... (Score 1) 163

I have seen a preview they did here locally. First, this is an awesome movie. It is not claustrophobic like Gravity. It moves fast and is fun. Imagine McGuyver in Space. It is just about as fun and certainly more realistic. Sure, there are things that rub you the wrong way after the movie but nothing that irked me instantly. When they say this movie is accurate, they mean that you do buy into the McGuyvering while it is going on. Even a PhD like me can enjoy this movie.
Unlike for instance the recent Maze Runner where the entire premise of some enzyme which cannot be made via biotech but can be made by the body is plain ridiculous. This movie may not be totally accurate but it is on another level.


Former GM and BMW Executive Warns Apple: Your Car Will Be a "Gigantic Money Pit" 535

An anonymous reader writes: With rumors that Apple is not only moving ahead on its electric car initiative, but trying to accelerate its development, a former GM and BMW exec is giving a few words of warning. Bob Lutz appeared on CNBC and expressed his doubts that Apple has a fighting chance to make any impact on the auto industry. "And when it comes to actually making cars," Lutz said, "there is no reason to assume that Apple, with no experience, will suddenly do a better job than General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota or Hyundai. So I think this is going to be a gigantic money pit, but then it doesn't matter. I mean Apple has an embarrassment of riches, they don't know where to put the cash anymore. So if they burn 30 or 40 billion dollars in the car business, no one's going to notice."

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_