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Comment Re:Expanded BG checks impractical (Score 0) 819

For what it's worth, the way to make "background checks for private sales" work is to have a gun registry. It's the only way to enforce it, and it's one of the main reasons gun supporters are so opposed to checks for private sales. Currently, I could transfer a gun to my neighbor, and there's no way to know that I transferred it, or he went and bought it himself. BUT, if there was a registry that said that I owned this gun at one point, they could figure out if I did an illegal transfer. Obviously no one talks gun registry now, but it's inevitable when people realize (or admit) there's no way to enforce checks for private sales with out it.

In short, background-check-for-private-sales = comprehensive gun registry.

Comment Non-Euclidean Geometry (Score 0) 612

It's even more fascinating than that. There's an entire body of geometry based taking the opposite of the base assumptions of Euclidean geometry (parallel lines DO cross, triangle angles add up to something other than 180 degrees, etc) and can prove all sorts of crazy stuff from there. Sorta makes your head hurt if you get too deep into it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

Comment DVORAK QWERTY is a myth (Score -1) 557

The idea that QWERTY was designed to slow us down, and that DVORAK is significantly better are both surprisingly long standing urban legends. Liebowitz and Margolis wrote the definitive article debunking this (in 1990!) with loads of research. The jamming issues were sorted out before QWERTY became standard, and it actually won out over a number of other layouts over a period of years. Additionally, the studies show DVORAK is better generally came from Dvorak himself. Independent studies (like one done in 1956) show there's no appreciable difference. This is probably the main reason DVORAK hasn't really made much ground, even though it's been around since 1936.

http://www.utdallas.edu/~liebowit/keys1.html (1990)

They wrote a follow up in 1996 showing how this myth keeps propagating, and how authors keep referring to each other, making the myth sound legitimate. Having 25 citations certainly makes it sound like it's true.

http://reason.com/archives/1996/06/01/typing-errors (1996)

My guess is DVORAK users may have some form of "sunk cost" bias, considering they spent the time and energy converting to the new layout. Possibly some affirmation bias on the old studies. Not sure how else you could justify the costs of using a non-standard keyboard with no conclusively proven gains in speed.

Satellite Glitch Rekindles GPS Concerns 101

coondoggie writes "News today that the Air Force is investigating signal problems with its latest Global Positioning System satellite is likely to rekindle the flames of a congressional report last month that said the current GPS coverage may not be so ubiquitous in the future. The Air Force stated that routine early orbit checkout procedures determined that the signals from the Lockheed-built GPS IIR-2 (M), which was launched in March, were inconsistent with the performance of other GPS IIR-M satellites. The Air Force said it has identified several parameters in the GPS IIR-20 (M)'s navigation message that can be corrected to bring the satellite into compliance with current GPS Performance Standards."

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