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Comment Re:*Really*? What do they expect to defend against (Score 1) 391

Anyone that buys a gun and then fails to get the proper training with it deserves to be shot with their own firearm.

You created a situation where your hypothetical average person is doomed to failure. You've already decided that they failed to get the proper training with the weapon they are carrying.

Comment Re:*Really*? What do they expect to defend against (Score -1, Flamebait) 391

Black belts in what? Fandancing and Water Aerobics?
Inquiring minds want to know, since you're using that as an appeal to your own authority.
I wouldn't mind some kind of proof that you've ever been anywhere near a combat zone, much less served in the armed forces in any capacity as well if you're going to try to use that as a platform to attack the idea of concealed carry.

Personally I would rather be carrying the firearm than not. If I'm not in a situation where I can use it, and I give up my wallet, and I just have to go by the DMV and get a new license and whatnot, then so be it. But if the situation arises where me having a firearm would make a difference, then I have one.

Oh, and I've got a blackbelt in something useless too... So, y'know.

Comment Re:House Battery Swapping (Score 1) 603

You do not need to charge your damned car at work. Nor necessarily at home either. If you have a 300+ mile capacity and there are filling stations that can fill the damn thing up in 6 minutes then you drive the damn car around just like it had a gasoline engine and when the charge gets down around the 10% level you stop at the damn charging station and fill it up.

Why is everyone obsessed with the idea that they need to charge their car at home and at work and at the mall? Within the next couple of years regular gas stations will start having one or two electric "pumps" just like they have one or two diesel pumps. Then maybe you'll all STFU about charging your fucking car at the office.

Comment User learning curve (Score 1) 1213

Unfortunately most users learn by memorizing a series of mouse movements and button clicks. So the time and expense of retraining them to memorize a whole new series of button clicks for things is stupidly high. The slightest change in routine can completely derail most users and turn them into gibbering, panicked lunatics.

Comment Lack of verification (Score 1) 7

What really burned me up about the whole thing and prompted the article was that they actually banned someone for attempting to verify the credentials of one of their editors. I guess their solution to any accusation of false credentials is to remain willfully ignorant of them and then disclaim all knowledge.

If Wikipedia wants to be taken seriously as a repository of information then they need to be vetting their experts or not allowing anyone to claim expert status of any kind.

Wikipedia

Submission + - Wikipedia Deletes Article On Bullshido, And More! (techemperor.com) 7

The Welcome Rain writes: "Bullshido, a martial arts discussion website, had its article on Wikipedia nominated for deletion for the fourth time in a row. After the usual epic battle, they decided to delete it for an alleged lack of notability. But that's just where the fun begins! One of the editors who didn't like the outcome appealed the decision, and suddenly people started listening. The website had been featured on a TV spot in Europe, where a brave reporter gamely showed up to a Bullshido "Throwdown" to test his skills. During the deletion discussion, this wasn't accepted as evidence of notability, because it wasn't in English like Jesus spoke...but when they saw a translation, suddenly it mattered:

Hold the endorse train a moment, please. I've just read the transcript Cy Q. Faunce provides and if it's accurate then to me, it really does look like significant coverage in a reliable source. Which leaves me with egg on my face, because it means I've been wrong for the last six months and goodness knows how many deletion debates; I've been consistently saying "delete" and I shouldn't have been. My position now is that we need input from a Slovakian editor who can tell us more about that TV programme.

Was the entry saved? Nope. Or at least not yet. The editor who filed the appeal had also checked into a degree claimed by one of the opposing editors, and was therefore banned. This isn't the first time Wikipedia has been indifferent to academic fraud issues. In this case, it is being proposed as a reason to close the debate on deletion...not because the facts are false, but because someone tried to find out if an editor was for real. Is this worth fixing? Is Wikipedia too broken to fix?"

Comment Empathy Disorder (Score 1) 659

I have an empathy disorder. I simply can't empathize with people. I don't even really understand what empathy means. When someone tells me about how shit their life is I immediately start outlining ways they could fix the crap that is wrong. A lot of people get upset by this and I don't ever understand why. It's lead to a policy whereby I just don't listen to peoples whining. I've told more than one person, "I'm a problem solver, not a priest. If you want to tell your problems to someone who can't help you go to confession.". I generally stop associating with someone if they complain about something to me, refuse to follow my advice on the issue, then complain about it a second time. Apparently this is not empathetic.
What I want to know, is why the fuck anyone wants to tell all of their problems to someone and then not get any help? If I'm going to tell you that X is wrong, then I expect you to offer a solution. Not just go "Yes, that sucks. You are right." I don't need a second person for that shit.

Comment Re:Suicide? (Score 1) 1343

I grew up with loaded guns all over the house. I don't think I was ever more than 20 feet away from a loaded firearm as a child. I also had a bunch of toy guns of my own. But I knew which guns were mine and which ones were my dads.

However, a 3 year old may not be able to make that distinction yet, and so should not be running around un-supervised around loaded guns. I absolutely agree there. The solution is not to change the way that the guns are handled, it's to change the way the kid is supervised. Letting your 3 year old run around unsupervised is negligent. Doing so with a loaded gun within reaching distance of the kid is criminally negligent.

I would suggest that any other children be removed from the home and the parent at the very LEAST be sentenced to some parenting classes, and some gun safety classes, and some community service. I don't believe jail time would be an effective method of dealing with this issue though. It doesn't do anything to educate him, and he's unlikely to be sprinkling guns around random places so he's not a threat to the public.

Comment Re:Riddle me this (Score 1) 766

One of the underpinnings of a free market is an informed population. Being informed is the first step.
The second free market issue here is that government regulation is what allows Monsanto to strong arm all of the other farmers and dominate the market.
In a free market system of informed consumers the situation should end up with multiple companies genetically modifying the corn which is used in the market and competing to sell it to the companies which process it. If people demand a safer genetically modified corn, they will get it. If they demand the cheapest possible corn, they'll get that. Those two might not be the same thing though.
In a scenario like that there is actually an industry available for people testing and rating genetically modified corn. A company might start that tests the corn of several companies that make it, all of whom pay for the privilege, and then rates them based on various criteria. Consumers could then avoid food which contains products from unrated companies at the very least.
The free market DOES have a solution for this kind of thing, but it requires that the government not protect large companies and in fact actively work to make their business transparent to the people.

Comment Re:Love the space program (Score 5, Insightful) 152

Are you serious? This is what you're bringing to the table? We already disrupt local economies and destroy the livelihoods of local farmers with the amount of food relief we drop into areas. The US spends more money on foreign aid than any other developed nation. We POUR food into the third world and their fucked up governments let the civilians starve while they feed their military and trade the food to other warlords for guns.

So take that bullshit and try to sell it elsewhere jackass.

Comment Re:Paid off the house (Score 1) 582

I work full time, my fiance goes to nursing school, we both ride horses, she works at the horse barn, I have Jiujitsu training and competitions, plus my weightlifting and other workout times. We own 4 dogs and 2 horses that we have to take care of as well as house maintenance, car maintenace, etc... etc...
We eat very well, and very healthily, and very inexpensively generally speaking.
The key is to prepare and preserve large meals. Things like spaghetti, chili, shepherds pie, ratatoulli, curry, or even baking 6-8 chicken breasts at once and then freezing them for later re-heating. We package the stuff out into Tupperware containers and when it's food time we just grab one and heat it up. If you have a chest freezer you can spend one weekend making 3-4 different large dishes like that, packaging them all up into tupperware, labeling them, and them putting them in the deep freeze.
Now you have a large variety of good, home made, meals that are ready to eat in just a few minutes. It takes one or two days a month to prepare enough food for everyone. Unless you have like *5* kids, but in that case you're poor because you made bad choices and you'll just have to live with that.
Otherwise you're just being lazy and choosing not to prepare things in advance.

Seriously, how long does it take to eat out? You drive somewhere, 10 minutes, if it's fast food you wait in line for 5 minutes, you eat, 20 minutes, you drive home, 10 minutes. That's 45 minutes. You tell me you have no idea how to cook a decent meal in 45 minutes? Buy a cookbook.

Comment Re:Does your company lose 10% to IT failure? (Score 4, Insightful) 242

We see this in our clients relatively frequently. Primarily because small to medium sized businesses are some how allergic to backups. No matter how hard we push for them to actually spend money on a backup system that is appropriate to the size of their business a lot of them end up cheaping out on either no backup, or a backup that isn't the right fit for them.
The resulting failure a year or two down the line can cost then a huge piece of their annual revenue.

Other places we see this are when clients try to put their own (Windows) servers in and screw something up that requires the OS to be reinstalled to undo.
In my experience a lot of these "IT Failures" are actually management/client/accounting failures that happen to overlap the IT spectrum. If you can't get the proper budget to do your job, that's an accounting failure that shows up in your area. If management refuses to abide by their own usage guidelines on the network and constantly are passing around infected files that's going to increase your infection rate. And if a client adamantly refuses to change their tapes then when they have a flood in their server room and it gets toasted that's going to translate into longer recovery times, longer down time, and lost revenue.

Comment Re:Missing reference (Score 1) 1255

It makes me think that FOSS doesn't pay as well as proprietary development and so attracts a larger "hobbyist" crowd that women are not as often hobbyist programmers as men. Quite likely due to the whole introverted programmer nerd paradigm being so firmly entrenched in the masculine gender.
You will rarely find women who were totally unable to form solid social bonds with their peers in their teenage yeers.

Comment Re:Like I said. 0.1% of the comments. (Score 1) 1255

Why would I apologize for something that someone else has done? It wasn't my idea, I didn't encourage them to do it, nor was I aware of their intentions beforehand. So what do I have to apologize for? I had nothing to do with the situation.
Should I also be roaming the streets apologizing randomly to people for things which may have been done to them by other people with whom I am not associated?

Now, to get to the real point of this response: Life is -ist. It's Racist, it's Sexist, it's Ageist. Wherever there is a group of people with similar traits they will make jokes about groups that don't share those traits. As one of the technology elites have you never made a joke about someones lack of technical competence? Equality includes the right to be ridiculed equally. Amongst my rather diverse circle of friends which includes folk of both genders, various ethnicity's and assorted sexual preferences jokes regarding sexuality, ethnicity, gender, genealogy, personal grooming habits, etc... etc... are standard fare. When a new person is introduced to the group that person doesn't get special treatment. They receive their fair measure of harassment. It's part of our cohesion as a group.

So far no one has been able to show that any kind of sexist behavior is systemic within the community, so what we really have are a select few incidents which are being latched onto as representative of the community when they manifestly are not.

As for western culture and sexist jokes, all cultures have gender derogatory jokes regarding both sexes. Western culture is no exception. There are entire libraries of jokes about how incompetent men are as well as women. There are legions of jokes about sex which show both men and women in the role of the buffoon.

There are indeed real issues of sexism alive in the world, this is not one of them.

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