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Comment Re: Gun control however... (Score 3, Insightful) 856

The net effect is already known. We have jurisdictions with strict gun control in the US, and there's no causative decrease in armed crime. Gun control, at best, hopes to effect the supply, the supply is already massive so it can't do much there, at worst it's an attempt to control ownership which no law can accomplish: laws can only regulate legal commerce. Black markets just pop up and go around fhem when there is massive demand, and with the already massive supply prices stay relatively low. Example: the so called drug war. No impact on supply or demand. And with vigorous gun laws, you will create a black market.

So if you want to reduce supply, you have to get rid of guns: confiscation or buy back with significant incentives, and even then you can't eliminate supply. But thats what youd have to do. And to reduce demand you have to both reduce crime, and increase penalties on gun crimes to something so severe you both deter and slowly eliminate law breakers.

If you're serious about reducing gun violence, look at the root cause of most of it: drug control laws. Get rid of drug prohibition and a large percentage of all violent crime goes away. Anything else, including gun control laws, is only going to make a minor difference, at best, and is likely to just make things worse. You have to eliminate the root cause of violence, the gun is not the cause, it's just one means, and don't kid yourself if a lot of money is available to a criminal element, they will get all the guns they want no matter what laws you pass.

Comment Re: Gun control however... (Score 5, Informative) 856

Suicide rates aren't effected by firearms control laws. For example, in Japan the suicide rate almost twice that in the US, and in both the UK and Australia the Suisse rate did not decline after gun bans were instituted. And if you really need proof, here's a quote from the NC Juvenile Justice Department:

"Of all children and adolescents, those incarcerated in the juvenile or criminal justice systems are at the highest risk of serious suicide attempts (Gray et al., 2002; Penn et al, 2003). Despite around- the-clock supervision and a lack of access to firearms, the methods for suicides and attempts used in this population tend to be more violent and more successful than those of young people in the general population (Penn et al, 2003)."

Dispondent people find a way, so don't pat yourself on the back that gun control laws will prevent suicides. They won't, suicide isn't a gun control issue, if you really care about suicide prevention drop the political rhetoric.

Comment Re:Probability (Score 1) 632

It's ever sillier than that, Adam Lanza mother was reported to have taken his son to the range to shoot her firearms. So it stands to reason, in the hypothetical, that she would have programmed the firearms to allow her son to shoot them, and if her son was like most young people today he probably would have had to do the programming for her. So it's a double fail, he likely would have already been allowed to shoot the, by his mother, and even if she tried to deny this to him he likely would have gotten around it.

Comment Re:Stupid stupid stupid (Score 1) 1145

Wow, you really don't get it. He's right, this is what holds women back: hypersensitivity. You don't have a right to not be offended in this world. In fact it's not even possible to promise that can happen. Offense is in th eye of the beholder. But with stupid temper tantrums like Ms. Richards, peopl can get fired for what is nothing more than silly jokes, and not even sexists one you dolt.

And because people can lose their jobs, they don't want to work with people who are known to make a big stink about the slightest thing. It's common sense, who would want to put their livelihood on the line with a person that twitter shames someone for a joke about a dongle, made in private? It's basic common sense, no one. There's billions of people in this world, why risk it, hire someone with a sense of humor, thicker skin and who isn't on some personal quest to destroy anyone that makes a joke she perceives as sexist.

Keep kidding yourself that this kind of behavior is something you're entitled to. You don't have a right to a job, you can't demand someone hire you. There are plenty of men and women in this world who can handle basic human interaction with aplomb, and this lady she ain't one of them.

Submission + - Chinese Communist hackers steal Coca-Cola formula :) (bloomberg.com)

An anonymous reader writes: FBI officials quietly approached executives at Coca-Cola Co. (KO) on March 15, 2009, with some startling news. Hackers had broken into the company’s computer systems and were pilfering sensitive files about its attempted $2.4 billion acquisition of China Huiyuan Juice Group (1886)

Submission + - Try real-time GPU-based stereoscopic raytracing at home (taodyne.com)

descubes writes: "GPUs are powerful enough to do real-time ray-tracing nowadays, at least for simple scenes. Getting a 3D TV is really easy these days. So why not combine the two? In this demo, Taodyne demonstrates a simple real-time ray-traced scene, how you can interact with it, and how you can use it to render real 3D on stereoscopic displays. With sufficient GPU power, this technique even works on glasses-free 3D displays. And of course, you can use a number of other GPU tricks, like shaders from ShaderToy to add a little life to your slide elements. This is all based on freely downloadable software and widely available hardware, so you can try this at home now."

Submission + - Curiosity Rover On Standby As NASA Addresses Computer Glitch (rawstory.com)

alancronin writes: NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has been temporarily put into “safe mode,” as scientists monitoring from Earth try to fix a computer glitch, the US space agency said. Scientists switched to a backup computer Thursday so that they could troubleshoot the problem, said to be linked to a glitch in the original computer’s flash memory. “We switched computers to get to a standard state from which to begin restoring routine operations,” said Richard Cook of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the project manager for the Mars Science Laboratory Project, which built and operates Curiosity.

Submission + - Replacing hard drive voids warranty 5

Medieval_Thinker writes: I replaced a hard drive in my Chromebook and had a question for the Chrome-Ninjas. I got a reply back that my warranty was void. I suggested the tech consult a supervisor about the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act of 1975. I should be able to upgrade a hard drive or memory without voiding a warranty. I got this back in reply.

"Thank you for your message.
My supervisor was informed of the situation before sending out the previous email.
Unfortunately we are not going to be able to support your device any longer."

Have the rules changed? Is replacing a hard drive in a Chromebook any different than replacing one in a Dell?

Submission + - Can the Valve Company Model Work Elsewhere? (econtalk.org)

glowend writes: I just listened to a fascinating podcast with Valve's economist-in-residence Yanis Varoufakis about the unusual structure of the workplace at Valve where there is no hierarchy or bosses. Teams of software designers join spontaneously to create and ship video games without any top-down supervision.Varoufakis discussed the economics of this Hayekian workplace and how it actually functions alongside Steam--an open gaming platform created by Valve. I kept wondering, assuming that his description of Valve is accurate, can this model work for other tech companies?

Submission + - Cisco looking to make things right with West Virginia (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Cisco has offered to "take back" routers it sold to West Virginia if the state finds they are inappropriate for its needs, according to this post on wvgazette.com. http://wvgazette.com/News/201302280075?page=1 The offer is in response to a state auditor's finding http://www.legis.state.wv.us/Joint/PERD/perdrep/BTOP_2_2013.pdf that West Virginia wasted $8 million — and perhaps as much as $15 million — in acquiring 1,164 ISR model 3945 branch routers from Cisco in 2010 for $24 million in federal stimulus funds, or over $20,000 per router. The auditor found that hundreds of sites around the state — libraries, schools and State Police facilities — could have been just as suitably served with lower-end, less expensive routers. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2013/022513-west-virginia-cisco-router-267067.html?hpg1=bn

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Single-tasking desktop for Linux

GiboNZ writes: Like many others I easily get distracted when working on a computer. Say I work on a task — be it a programming job or bookkeeping or whatever — and need to quickly check something on Google. Unfortunately after a while I often find myself on Slashdot or eBay or reading emails instead of continuing with the job I was doing before. Maybe if I had a "single-tasking desktop" it wouldn't be such an issue. I couldn't Alt-Tab to my email client with tempting 200 unread emails, Alt-Tab to browser with 10 tabs open for later, Alt-Tab to unfinished document from yesterday, Alt-Tab to ... you know what I mean. I want to be forced by some technical means to work on the problem I should work on. Will alone doesn't work, I tried. Like when mowing a lawn — there I've got nothing else to do and I keep mowing until it's finished. If I could multitask in the same way I can on a computer our little backyard would take me the whole day to do. Any ideas how to inhibit the distractions ever present on modern multi-tasking internet-connected desktops? I genuinely want to be more productive but the technology is against me.

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