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Comment Re:But fundamentally, isn't it about a tradeoff? (Score 2) 1013

There's actually a very simple solution to this. A built in trigger lock. Not meant to replace the mechanical safety catch already built in to all modern guns.

It's really quite simple, and is foolproof. A built in mechanical lock that only opens with a fingerprint scan and password. So you pick up a gun to use for the day, and unlock it. Now it's ready to use, Whenever you want. It automatically relocks itself after 12 hours, unless it's a police or military weapon which is settable to never relock itself or after some custom time period. If it fails to unlock, then you have time to fiddle with it while in a non-attack situation, or take it in to a shop/tech to make it work. If the electronics fail the mechanical lock opens.

So, if you're the type of person who keeps one around for self defense, you can unlock it when you come home, or before going to bed, or before going out for the day, etc. Or make sure you always keep one unlocked, etc. 100% access, even if it may not be 100% reliability at any given time.

That's just one example solution to the "complexity"/"reliability" argument. I own a gun. I have children. My gun(s) are secured. In order to kill me with my own guns and take them, you'd have to first load it, and then unlock it. Which means you'd need to get the keys(s) from me first. It's not a perfect-foolproof solution. But I also know hand-to-hand combat. I've had people try to rob me before. Ms. Lanza was negligent in her care of her weapons, and should not have been allowed to own guns, until proving she would be responsible with them. I'm a big believer in the 2nd amendment. But I'm an even bigger believer in personal responsibility.

While talking of personal responsibilty. Why should gun makers be held responsible for acts commited wirth guns they made? Do we arrst and sue car manufacturers for selling cars to people who go out and kill people with them? Well, we probably do, but manufacturers are immune from those lawsuits. As they should be. The whole idea to allows lawsuits against gun-makers is a dishonest trick to sneak in the back-door of gun-control under the guise of manufacturer responsibility. Not that I am against "gun control". Guns in America are a right, but with rights come responsibility. If one can prove responsible enough they should be allowed guns. I'm not a fan of assault weapons, or of assault weapons bans. Assault weapons are only good for one thing. Killing lots of people, or other animals or plants. In fact I once saw Mythbusters kill a tree with a gun. Well maybe the tree was already dead. Hard to tell, it looked like a desert tree.

Comment Re:Straight Intel (Score 1) 260

You keep assuming that everyone works from a fixed office. Some people have mobility and work from both desktops and laptops and need a computer that is mobile enough to go where the person is working. High end desktops for doing 3D work is wonderful, but some people work outside of an office also, and sometimes even while travelling.

I don't even want to think about doing 3D on a RDP connection that is also likely piped through a firewall and VPN. the fact is, sometimes you NEED that high-end 3D on a laptop, at least occasionally, and Intel isn't going to get you there.

Comment Re:What the fuck (Score 2) 361

What are you doing that takes a week to discover if your VM can or can't do it? You'll know pretty much after installing something on it if it'll work, if not, chances are someone has already had the issue and it'll be listed on their forums (or somewhere else which is accessible via Google.)

Ok, I'll field this one. Set up a machine with VM on your home network (no static ip), play with it for a week or two. Now take that machine and stick it on a network with static IPs. Oops! It no longer works.

There's one example. I could probably add more. There's plenty of good reasons to ask around for **opinions** on a good place to start. Yes, one could Google and find opinions. But if you wanted to get a concensus how would you do that with Google? It's not even close to being as interactive as /. is.

Granted, Google is far less disfunctional. But since most people come from families with varying degrees of disfuntionality, /. is a natural pace to ask for opinions.

Lighten up people. Read and understand before spazzing out with flaming responses on a simple opinion poll by a fellow /.er. Someday you might actually want an opinion on something too. Perhaps on how to behave in civil society. I won't hold my breath.

Last I checked, asking for opinions and recommendations isn't the same thing as asking for instructions or what any VM is capable of. Maybe someone changed the meaning of all the words in the English language and didn't inform me, but I doubt that. Lastly, your assumption you'd understand and run into any problems in a week is laughable. I write software for a living and sometimes bugs slip in. Sometimes users don't hit on a bug for months at a time. So a one week limit on testing is ridiculous, and with something as complex as VMs, it's unlikely anyone outside a team of engineers would be able to fully trest an install in a week. Let alone a single person in their spare time, and a newbie at that.

Comment Lord of the Rings (Score 1) 700

Tolkien's Lord of the Rings was my first trilogy. - Stirred my imagination.
John Carter, Warlord of Mars. - Got me designing spacecraft and rocket engines and building model rockets.
Stan Lee Comics. - Got me involveed in chemistry, (and using that knowledge to make my model rockets into fireworks.
Sherlock Holmes. - Critical thinking skills.
The collection of encyclopias my parents bought. ...
and many, many more!

Comment Re:Balloon (Score 1) 267

Try that with a balloon inflated to maximum pressure with the hottest gas you can use. The reason it works with a balloon is because the internal pressure in the ballon is not much greater than the external pressure (measured in single or double digit pounds), and because the surface of the balloon has a very high elasticity. Last I check, the Earth's mantle is considerable more brittle and the pressure inside the crust is incontrovertibly greater than outside the crust, by several orders of magnitude (enough to propel, dust, heavy metals and maybe even rocks bigger than cars miles into the air at extreme velocities). Two very fatal (to the brave men and women willingly offering themselves up for sacrifice to the volcano goddess Pele) flaws in your analogy.

Comment Riiiighht (Score 1) 267

Right becasue we know we can build safety protocols to drill a hole, under miles of ocean, into what is assuredly a very highly pressurized molten ocean of mostly iron.

Why don't they just call it what it is, or rather will be? A man-made plinian or phreatomagmatic (if it develops even the tiniest leak of water into the rig) volcanic vent.

I for one welcome our first man-made volcano, although I am perplexed why none of Earth's submarine volcanoes can be utilized to examine the core.

But, I look forward to this 3.7 mile deep drilled hole. What could possibly go wrong drilling miles under the ocean looking for liquids trapped in/under the Earth's crust?
Maybe Hyundai Heavy Industries knows of a rig we can use?

Comment Re:Slackware on floppies (Score 1) 867

So, I guess, trying to make a five column display is where my junk characters came from. Would have been nice to have a f***ing link somewhere to figure it out. I originally thought it was indicating some of my distros were retail version. But nooooo. Stupid /. interface. Go ahead mod this down to -1 flamebait. Y'all know the interface sucks. try switching from html to text while doing a post. Why the f**k do you include an options button in the edit screen if you're just going to wipe the edit box? Where the hell's my cluestick, someone need to be hit with it?

Comment Re:Slackware on floppies (Score 1) 867

Today the makeup is:
Desktop: Server:
Mint Debian

and also

Home Automation: RasPi: Consumer Devices:
LinuxMCE Raspbian/Android Android

My main issue now is KDE + Nepomuk. I don't want Nepomuk, but it's not removable. Hence I'll be migrating at some point to LXDE+Compiz, which might mean
a shift to Arch or some other distro. My main desktop has dual boot, with the "stable" desktop [Mint], and the currently evaluating "beta" desktop [currently still has the Mepis, "old stable", installed]. This is a required setup, as the main desktop also runs my business.

Comment Re:reflects well (Score 4, Insightful) 1223

You have to be bats**t crazy to think that the opinions of one person, be he the leader of the Free World, the Wanna-Be-Leader of the Free World, or the leader of the truly Free and Open Linux Kernel reflects on every person in the respective community. And who's F**king Moronic idea was it, that this is even /. newsworthy?

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