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Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1136

They say an armed society is a polite society. I dare say they're correct. The next time you see someone brandishing a firearm in a mall stop and look around - how many people are running up to the gunman and insulting his mother? Who is sidling up behind him to bend over so that another one can come push him from the front so that he falls down and everybody has a good laugh? Nobody. That's who.

I don't know where you live, but I've never seen anyone at the all do any of things at the mall to anyone, period. Your comment just may be the saddest indictment of American culture that I read all day.

Comment Re: Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1136

Interestingly, I've also heard a few estimates that roughly 60% of the guns recovered from criminals in Canada were smuggled across the border from the United States.

It's enough to make you wonder whether the U.S. implementing some effective method of gun control wouldn't decrease firearm deaths (and other violent crime) in all three countries.

Comment Re:Who came up with that bullshit line? (Score 4, Interesting) 165

Not to mention the relentless gaming of any measurement system by all parties that erodes whatever value it might have.

I have an illustrative anecdote:

A company that I used to worked for, decided to have a bug fixing contest. They decided that they would pay a bonus to their software developers for every bug they fixed so they could lower the defect rate on their software. At first the project seemed to be a roaring success, the number of fixed bugs climbed quickly, however, the budget for the bonuses ran out only a few weeks after the contest started. An examination of the payouts quickly raised suspicion among some of the managers running it. The numbers showed that some of the testers were finding more than 10 times the number of bugs that they used to find, while others were finding the exact same number. It didn't make sense because they weren't paying any bonuses to the testers. A short investigation revealed that some of the developers were deliberately including bugs in the code before they released their work to testing, some went so far as to tell their selected tester what and where the bug was, and then splitting the bug bounty with the tester who sent the bug back to them to fix. Of course, the developers and testers who were caught collaborating were all fired. However, the fake bug fixing displaced real testing work, and fewer real bugs were fixed during the contest, and the company had to recruit new people to replace the people they fired, so the defect rate went up because normal testing was displaced, some of the deliberate bugs actually made it through testing, and the new developers and new testers who replaced the people fired were not as familiar with the product and more problems slipped through while they were settling in to their new duties.

The moral, is that when money is involved it will not take long for people to figure out how to game the system, and quite possibly achieve the exact opposite of what they were supposed to being doing.

Comment Re:More nope (Score 1) 402

Sigh...you DO understand that the word fallacy does NOT always come with the word "logical" connected, yes?

Sigh... You DO understand that the title of the page you linked to was "Logical Fallacy: Loaded Words", yes?

And excuse me for not being willing to coddle the spoiled as fuck population, I suppose you want "trigger warnings" and all that bullshit?

I really couldn't care less about your arrogance and misanthropy, but it's probably part of the reason why people assume you're a jackass instead of thinking you're being clever. You might also want to keep Poe's Law in mind.

Comment Re:More nope (Score 1) 402

I think people just (correctly) assume that you're an asshole.

Plus you go the fallacy thing wrong, it was an ad hominem, not loaded wording. Except in this case it's not a fallacy either, because he failed to provide any evidence to back up his claims. So, when someone makes baseless and false claims, what is there to do but call them on their quackery?

Comment Re: there is no (Score 1) 402

Did you think each paragraph was completely independent and unrelated?

Most likely, he actually thinks each sentence is independent and unrelated. I've been through this with others of his ilk. One guy literally chose to believe the only sentence in a paragraph that did not explicitly contradict his views. Even then the sentence he chose to believe did not say what he claimed it did. Even worse, the sentences immediately before and after the one he chose explicitly and exactly contradicted his claim. But that wasn't important, it was important that if you squinted and interpreted the sentence very loosely you could, maybe, imagine that it might support his claims. It was the most gloriously stupid example of confirmation bias that I have ever seen.

Comment Re:Government shutdown ahoy (Score 1) 404

If you fail to see how Islamic Terrorism is an existential threat to freedom and democracy worldwide, there isn't a post in Slashdot that will change your mind.

I'm more inclined to see people like you as an existential threat to freedom and democracy worldwide. The terrorists are able to kill hundreds of people a year, while the dickless cowards insist we need to strip the rights from billions of people to stop them.

Simply because there haven't been successful attacks for a while on our home soil, does not mean there aren't real threats that need to be addressed around the world that threaten our interests.

There are certainly real threats, but threats to "your interests" are not the same as "your life" and I consistently find it's evil men who seek to confuse the two.

Comment Re:No one is asking YOU (Score 1) 683

Frankly, I'd be kind of surprised if Ed Regis is able to walk to a grocery store. After all, the elevator could malfunction, it's a really long walk, and he could be hit by a bus, or break his leg, plus the groceries at the store aren't very good, and then he'd have to carry all that heavy stuff back...

The entire editorial sounds like a more erudite version of "it looks hard, so let's not try".

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 3, Insightful) 258

Pretty much, yeah. John "No boobs on the statue of Lady Justice" Ashcroft, and even James "No secure crypto for anybody" Comey, for all their faults, still believe(d) in the rule of law.

The memos that authorized torture came from the Justice Department on John Ashcroft's watch, so I'm not so sure about the "believing in the rule of law". Once you decided that you're ok with torturing people, you've already completely forgotten what the rule of law is.

Luck, that's when preparation and opportunity meet. -- P.E. Trudeau