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Comment Re:Your best bet is to (Score 1) 800

You freedom-loving libertarians need to understand this concept. It really is a flaw among you libertarians to think that you somehow live in a "free" country. No, you do NOT live in a free country. You never have. Try breaking a law, and see how much freedom you have.

This just shows that you don't know what "libertarian" means. It's not the same as anarchist. Libertarians believe in being restrained by laws. The difference between libertarianism and more intrusive governmental philosophies is the KIND of laws it prefers. The kind of laws generally supported by libertarians are ones that protect people from coercion and harm.

Comment Re:More food for thought for the mentally starved (Score 1) 1130

You might think that it couldn't happen here but all militaries do their best to cultivate obedience in their troops, not compassion. They used the National Guard to illegally confiscate guns from people after hurricane Katrina. Until that happened I would have said that our troops would never agree to do such a thing on our soil. Forcibly entering peoples' homes without a warrant and illegally confiscating their property is already an act of violence. It's not much of a leap to imagine them doing worse given the right circumstances.

Comment Re:Don't make him angry. (Score 1) 1591

In a home invasion situation, if you need more than 7 shots to take someone down either: A) you are a terrible shot

When people are under intense stress they tend to become far less accurate in their shooting. 7 shots is a lot if you're at a range shooting at paper but it's not that much if you're scared to death and just trying to stay alive. That goes double if you're also being shot at.

more bullets would result in more property damage than safety

Kind of a silly thing to say. The safety of my family is way more important than any property damage to my home.

Comment Re:"likely to do harm"?? (Score 1) 1591

I have lived and worked in some of the most horrible, manky, poor, deprived, crime-ridden areas of my country. I have had people try to walk into my house past me, and have had physical threats against my person. And not once did I ever think "What this situation really needs is another gun".

You might be surprised to know that most people who own guns don't think of them as the answer to every confrontation, in my experience. In fact, in all of the training I've received has emphasized that bringing a gun into the equation should be the last resort and should only happen if you fear for your life or for the safety of others. Some dude threatening to pummel me wouldn't do it. Some dude trying to rob me wouldn't do it. Even some guy in my house stealing my TV wouldn't make me shoot as long as he didn't look threatening (although I'd certainly keep my gun handy and my family behind me while we wait for the cops). I can't see myself pulling the trigger or even aiming a gun at somebody unless they clearly pose a serious threat.

I can't emphasise it enough, if you point a gun in my direction, accidentally or not, I will do anything up to and including killing you to stop that situation occurring or continuing.

Luckily for the other party, you wouldn't be armed so there's not much chance of you being able to do anything about it if they were pointing a gun at you.

But owning a gun expressly for that purpose will only cause the same reaction from the other party.

I guess if a person owns a gun expressly for the purpose of pointing it at people then, yes, at some point one of those people might be inclined to aim a gun back at them and possibly pull the trigger. Maybe I'm not understanding what you mean by "expressly for that purpose". The "purpose" of self-defense guns is to protect the innocent from serious harm. Like the concealed-carry permit holder in my area that drew his gun to stop a guy who was stabbing random people in the parking lot of a grocery store. The gun-owner held him at gun-point until the police arrived. Personally, I sure am glad he had a gun.

Submission + - NetBeans 7.0 is Now Available (netbeans.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Oracle releases NetBeans IDE 7.0 which introduces language support for development to the proposed Java SE 7 specification with the JDK 7 developer preview. The release also provides enhanced integration with the Oracle WebLogic server, as well as support for Oracle Database and GlassFish 3.1. Additional highlights include Maven 3 and HTML5 editing support; a new GridBagLayout designer for improved Swing GUI development; enhancements to the Java editor, and more.
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Facebook Leads To Increase In STDs in Britain 270

ectotherm writes "According to Professor Peter Kelly, a director of Public Health in Great Britain: 'There has been a four-fold increase in the number of syphilis cases detected, with more young women being affected.' Why the increase? People meeting up for casual sex through Facebook. According to the article, 'Social networking sites are making it easier for people to meet up for casual sex. There is a rise in syphilis because people are having more sexual partners than 20 years ago and often do not use condoms.'"
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Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

Comment Random suggestions (Score 1) 558

  • As part of your core library study be sure to get a solid grasp on the Collections framework. It makes dealing with common data structures much easier.
  • If you don't have a specific need for it I wouldn't put Swing very high on the list. If you do need it, be sure to include some related technologies that are making it easier to deal with. Probably the most frustrating part of Swing (at least with moderately complicated UIs) is dealing with the layout. MigLayout is a modern third-party layout manager that makes the process easier. The emerging JavaFX Script stuff takes a different approach by making all the UI code declarative.
  • JPA is really nice for setting up your data access layer. The latest versions of Hibernate allow you to use JPA annotations rather than xml config files.
  • Netbeans and Eclipse are both nice but Netbeans is easier to start with. Eclipse requires some extra steps that don't feel very intuitive at first.
  • Spring is very very cool.
  • JMS is very commonly used in projects where messaging is required so I'd probably include that.

I haven't primarily been a JEE developer so others can give better advice on some of those technologies.

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