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Comment Re:Really Obvious Solution (Score 1) 1144

Australia also doesn't share borders with countries that have rampant illegal drug trade going on. It's isolated pretty well, and having a limited number of locations where entry is possible makes it difficult to smuggle conspicuous things in. America has Mexico and a whole bunch of nearby island nations in the Caribbean where all sorts of crazy shit is going down. Whether it's a matter of catapulting a package across a relatively unpatrolled part of the border, or discretely landing a motorboat on a Southern beach, people bring weapons here both for their own use, and also to sell. What worked in Australia isn't likely to work very well, here.

Comment Re:Virginia Tech (Score 1) 1144

When the state of Florida introduced requirements for registered gun ownership, they started a program to keep track of gun-related crimes involving registered gun owners. They discontinued the program after several years because there just weren't enough incidents to justify spending money on tracking them. A fair number of the incidents they did document involved a registered gun owner using his gun to save the life of a police officer.

The incident I think GP is talking about was one of the copycats following Columbine, and it was, in fact, a teacher who went out to his car, and obtained his gun, then proceeded to end the situation.

Wide-spread legal gun ownership really does make people generally safer.

Comment Re:Yeah, sure (Score 1) 104

I was diagnosed in 1993, so I came in some time after human-based insulin hit the market. Never saw humalog until I got an insulin pump, but I find that it offers somewhat tighter control over my blood sugar. Surviving diabetes is about getting insulin in your system, but controlling it is really about getting the right amount of insulin in your system all the time.

Comment Re:Yeah, sure (Score 4, Interesting) 104

Open source is important to the process of innovation otherwise type 1 diabetics would still be using needles and fingerstick meters alone to manage a disease that by using those tools is in a word unmanageable.

I, too, am a type 1 diabetic. I've used an insulin pump in the past, and I use needles and "fingerstick" meter, now. I don't want to put down the insulin pump, as it really is a very potent means for managing the disease. It just didn't work for me; I'm a fat, sweaty Norwegian living in California's San Joaquin Valley, and that catheter just doesn't have any chance of staying put.

That said, using Humalog and Lantus, I've got my A1C down to 6.5. Needles and a conventional glucometer are sufficient to the task, so long as you put forth the effort to keep track of what you're eating, and how much you need to take for it; which you should really be doing with an insulin pump, anyway.

Having a smart phone app dedicated to crunching the numbers and keeping record for you rather helps, too.

Comment Re:Computable universe (Score 1) 102

What you describe is fascinating, and I'd love to read more.

That said, because quantum physics seems to tie reality to perception, doesn't that suggest that only the paths of photons which are perceived need to be computed? That's kind of what Schrodinger's Cat is trying to tell us, isn't it? Detailed computations for the unobserved are unnecessary, but some bulk calculation will have to be made, when they become observed. A cat in a box remains in its living state, until the box is opened, at which point, the computations for both the cat and the inside of the box are done, determining not just the state of the cat, but also the evidence of what the cat has done, up until its death.

Just a thought.

Comment Re: This guy is high on Chinese pollution (Score 1) 245

What I'm trying to understand, is how this mega-app becomes usefully different from the OS, itself. I'm guessing that the app needs to switch modes to go from one function to the next, thereby requiring the user to open up a menu of some variety. I'm thinking that this is pretty much how the interface for both Android and iOS already work. Now, I'm no fan of Apple, but I just don't seem to be able to wrap my head around why this guy thinks Apple is a fool for not building in a redundant interface over the existing and completely serviceable interface.

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