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Comment: Re:So.... (Score 4, Insightful) 828

by vagabond_gr (#40185597) Attached to: Venezuela Bans the Commercial Sale of Firearms and Ammunition

1) As the parent stated, gun violence will go up. Bad guys love unarmed targets.

I can't predict what will happen in Venezuela, but here is my personal experience, for what it's worth. I've lived in three European countries, all of which forbid the sale of firearms. Although crime does exist, for example breaking into apartments is common, not a single person of my very extended circles has ever faced an armed bad guy.

Believe me, small scale thieves here don't have guns. And even if you're a bad guy and you can find a gun, it's a really really stupid idea to take it with you when breaking into somebody's house, cause you don't need to protect yourself against other guns, and the last think you want is to commit murder in the heat of the moment. In "small" crimes, both the victim and the bad guy are better off without guns.

Comment: Re:2500$ for that thing ??? (Score 1) 343

by vagabond_gr (#39442215) Attached to: Amiga Returns With Lackluster Linux-Powered Mini PC

So if you want a Laptop that is Light, and Fast. For PC's you have a bunch of options many without too many extras. For Apple you have only a couple of models if that to choose from.

I just happened to be looking for a thin laptop, so let's compare the 13" MacBook Air and the Dell xps 13 ultrabook (the basic model for both).

- MBA has a bit higher resolution (1440x900 vs 1366x768)
- MBA has SD card reader (but you can get a tiny usb reader for $10)
- XPS is smaller (less width/depth, same height/weight)
- XPS has USB 3.0 (MBA has Thunderbolt)
- XPS includes 1 year on site repairs

MBA: $1299
XPS: $999

So I'd say Apple charges 30% more for (at most) equal value (I personally find on site repairs a big plus).

PS. To be fair, the XPS just came out, MBA is 7-8 months old.

Comment: Re:Wiki who? (Score 2) 175

by vagabond_gr (#38368168) Attached to: Wikipedia Debates Strike Over SOPA

Get the whole Internet to go offline for a day and you might wake people up. It has never ceased to amaze me how many never used Google nor care too.

But now that I think about it, I know many people who don't really use the Internet that much. My mom certainly wouldn't care much. So...

Get supermarkets to close for a day and you might wake people up!

But I know some other people who ...

Comment: Re:Why do you care? (Score 2) 284

by vagabond_gr (#38060702) Attached to: Google To Allow Location Service Opt-out

"Public information => no need for privacy" is a very typical logical fallacy. Privacy is not a black-or-white thing, categorizing things into private/public misses the point.

For example: when you move out of your home, your location is public information. Anyone who can see you knows that you're there. Similarly, your "image" is public information, anyone can take a picture of you. This does not violates your privacy, as long as it happens by random people in the street. If someone tracks your every movement, takes a picture every minute and publishes this information on the net, your privacy is clearly violated.

I don't care that much about the SID thing, but people have every right to feel that their privacy is violated by automatic collection of data, even if the data are "public". Privacy has a lot to do with who has access to the data, what it does with it and even how easy the access is.

Comment: Re:Pay to read (Score 4, Insightful) 101

by vagabond_gr (#37600236) Attached to: For Academic Publishing, Princeton Goes Open Access By Default

and most importantly, paying not the author of the research, nor the institution that financed the author, but some random publisher who did virtually nothing.

The current publishing system really amazes me (and yes I'm an academic). This is wonderful news, I wish more institutions encouraged their researchers to go open access.

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun