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Comment Re:Suicide? (Score 1) 1343

I'm sure I must be misunderstanding you. If the safety is engineered such that a 3-year-old child can discharge the weapon in any case, then it's not a safety.

Comment Re:Down's Parent (Score 1) 391

I couldn't help but notice that your argument has absolutely nothing to do with down syndrome, and would apply equally if the boy in the video didn't have it. That is, perhaps, why down syndrome has not been discussed much in the comments: the fact that the boy has down syndrome is incidental, and using it to support an argument is an appeal to emotion.

Comment Re:Here that wooshing sound, Firefox? (Score 1) 369

I can only assume you were not around before IE7 or something like that, because that's how long it took to get proper PNG support (in the form of the alpha channel you tout as a killer feature) all major browsers. It was anything but easy.

It's much nicer now, true, but it wasn't a huge problem pre-IE7. You needed to jump through the filter=DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(...) hoop, but things like that were easily handled inside the web framework, or could be automatically "fixed" with a bit of Javascript.

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 1) 275

But it still DOES starts the encrypted request all over again.

Not all over again. Nowadays, subsequent and parallel SSL/TLS connections are quicker than the first, because certain SSL session parameters can be cached and don't need to be renegotiated. The web server needs to be setup to support this, but I expect Gmail already is.

Comment Re:completely wrong (Score 2, Insightful) 596

Either you do not, in fact, disagree with Adrian Lopez, or you are committing the naturalistic fallacy.

You seem to be arguing why things are the way they are, while Adrian is arguing how things should be in a rational society. These positions are not in conflict, contrary to your tone, unless you intend to argue an "ought" from an "is."

Comment Re:What is WRONG with us?? (Score 4, Interesting) 272

I know two Brits at work who have moved to our Canadian office, and have described the situation as night-and-day. One, while on his decision-making trip, took notice of the well-traveled path through a tree-dense field and was surprised to see actual children walking on it. Without adult escorts. He was further struck by the absence of tall, barbed fences blockading the school he was evaluating for his kids.

He told me that if he were walking across the street back home and a child in front of him tripped and fell, his first instinct would probably be to keep walking and turn a blind eye (and indeed, he figured that most men in that situation would do exactly that). I was reminded of this recently when watching Torchwood - Children of the Earth, when an adult male character, seated with a female colleague at a picnic table at a playground, rushed to help a kid who hurt herself. The mother yelled at him to get away, calling him a pervert.

Is this really representative of the situation over there? Or does the above paint an overly extreme picture?

Comment Re:Where's the... (Score 1) 507

Is personal responsibility compatible with atheism?

Book recommendation: Freedom Evolves by Dan Dennett.

Dennett argues that the the kinds of free will worth wanting (especially those needed for moral responsibility) are compatible with a deterministic universe. (Determinism doesn't necessarily follow from atheism, but it quite often does, and since Dennett is an atheist and a compatibilist, he argues from that perspective.)

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